We’re a few weeks out from our trip to Disney World and I am still dreaming of our time there! We were there to celebrate our sweet girl’s 3rd birthday and we had such a blast. It was also Liam’s first trip to Disney, so that made it even more special (though he mostly slept through everything).
Macie is a total animal-lover and while we were initially planning to stay at Riviera Resort (where we are DVC owners), we decided that for Macie girl, we’d stay at Animal Kingdom Lodge.
If y’all have never heard of it, Animal Kingdom Lodge is seriously an amazing experience. We stayed in a standard view, but the beauty of staying on our points with DVC is that the standard view DVC villas still mostly have an amazing view of the “Savanna”.
Macie was totally captivated by all the animals. Even as an adult, I have to say it was super cool getting to see all those animals in one place!
Something I really love about this resort is how spacious the rooms are. From what I’ve seen online, Animal Kingdom Lodge has some of the roomiest suites on all of Disney property. So, if you’re looking for a great family resort, this is it!
We were in a two bedroom-lock-off villa. That meant that we had a one-bedroom that was attached to a deluxe studio. This was a great option for us because we had Ryan’s mom with us.
In the living area there is a couch that pulls out to a full sized bed, a chair that pulls out to a twin bed, a large TV and dining area. Plenty of room to lounge and play!
With Disney having gotten rid of the Disney Dining Plan options, we have been finding that having a kitchen has been really nice for us.
When you’re traveling with small kids, you need to be flexible. While we loved the convenience of the dining plans, we’ve actually found that we enjoy not being tied down by dining reservations. Kids can be unpredictable, and having the freedom to dine in the comfort of your own room rather than out at a restaurant is really nice (and a money saver!)
This full kitchen comes equipped with literally everything you need to cook some basic meals. From pots & pans to utensils, a coffee pot and so much more, you have everything you need here!
Onto the bedrooms! In the one-bedroom portion of this resort there is a king bedroom with a nice sized chair, armoire, dresser and a desk. We had Liam in our room with us and there was so much room in here. We had plenty of space for his pack n’ play with lots of room to still move around comfortably.
The full bathroom is right across the hall from the main bedroom. It has a full shower/bath combo, a separate area for the toilet, a full-length mirror, and double vanity. This bathroom is HUGE, y’all. If you’re looking for a resort that has tons of bathroom storage, this is the resort for you. There is a large area underneath the vanity to store items. On top of that, to the left of the sinks, there is a long section of shelves to pop things on as well.
In the deluxe studio portion of this room it comes equipped with many of the same things a standard hotel room would. This side of the room has a queen sized bed, a couch that pulls out to a queen bed, full bathroom and s small kitchenette area. The kitchenette has some basics like a small set of dishes and utensils, sink, mini fridge and coffee maker.
Now onto one of the top reasons we choose large rooms: a washer and dryer! The ability to wash our clothes on vacation is such a thing for us. I hate coming home with dirty clothes. Beyond that, kids are messy as heck, have potty accidents, blowouts and a whole slew of other things. Being able to wash their clothes is SO nice so they don’t stain.
This massive balcony was a total hit with Macie. We could see all the animals from here and Macie loved that. She kept bringing her toys out here so she could play and also see the animals. It was really nice sitting out here in the mornings and enjoying my coffee with the animals. Such a cool experience!
I can’t say enough good things about this resort. We had such a great time here and cannot wait to come back!