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Disney’s Animal Kingdom Villas at a Discount

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I felt like a little kid discovering colored eggs and a basket filled with toys on Easter morning as I stood on my balcony and spotted giraffes sauntering past. And…over there…it’s a gazelle! Oh, what’s that…a wildebeest? And a zebra! I couldn’t stop texting photos of my animal finds plus pictures of the pimped out pool and my swanky digs to my kids and husband at home. I stayed solo at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge, located on the same property as the the Animal Kingdom Villas, earlier this year during a press trip preview of Disney’s newest ship, Fantasy. Finally my husband told me to stop sending the photos — it was making the kids too sad to see all of the fun they were missing. I vowed to return to this incredible hotel someday with the whole family. But I would have to find a budget-friendly solution!

Giraffes at Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge & Villas

Giraffes as seen from my Animal Kingdom Lodge balcony

I found it: According to a representative with, “Depending on the unit size and time of year, we have weeks available for rent as low as $500 per week ($72 per night) and on average around $1,500 per week ($215 per night).  Just taking a quick look at renting through Disney’s site their cheapest option looks to be $265 per night and this is just for a standard hotel room.  The units available on our site all come with separate bedrooms, living rooms, full kitchens, and balconies. Looking at Disney’s pricing, the cost jumps up to $780 per night to get those same amenities, which is almost $5,500 for the week.” Check out SellMyTimeshareNow’s rental deals here.

Disney’s Animal Kingdom Villas are a safari dream come true for animal-loving families. Over 30 species of animals, like okapi, flamingos, antelopes, cranes and wild hogs roam free amidst a 21-acre lush savanna-like wildlife preserve.

Hakuna Matata Playground at Disney's Anima Kingdom Lodge Villas

After a day of waiting in lines at the parks, the Hakuna Matata Playground gives kids the freedom to run around and play

Once you tire of gazing at the animals (if that ever happens!), there are lots of other activities on-site to keep your family content. There’s the Uzima Pool (a water complex with zero-entry pool, 67-foot-long waterslide, two hot tubs, and wading pool), two high-tech arcades, the Hakuna Matata Playground, and Movies Under the Stars showcasing Disney films on a big screen outdoors. Parents will also appreciate the on-site fitness center, spa and salon.

Simba’s Clubhouse, open daily from 4:30 p.m. to midnight, entertains children ages 3 to 12 while mom and dad enjoy a night out alone, maybe over glowing blue martinis at the Victoria Falls lounge and bar.

 Animal Kingdom Lodge Villas pool with waterslide

Zero-entry Uzima Pool with waterslide

You’ll want to sample some of the African and more traditional American cuisine available at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge and Villas. The Mara is a fast casual dining locale with sandwiches, soups, salads and other simple fare. Boma is a buffet with options sure to please all palates, from timid to adventurous. Sanaa offers views of the Savannah with food inspired by the Spice Road, like Tandoori Chicken and Lamb Kefta Kabobs for adults and standards like macaroni and cheese or pizza for kids, as well as a grilled fish for tots with more refined taste-buds. For a date night splurge, make reservations at Jiko for upscale African cuisine paired with South African wines.

With your own full kitchen, you can save time and money by eating breakfast and maybe even an occasional lunch or dinner in your villa. You could even grill out one night during your vacation on one of the resort’s two charcoal barbecue grills.

Disney Movie Under the Stars at Animal Kingdom Lodge Villas

Watch a Disney movie, like A Bug’s Life under the stars

Choosing where to stay is a big part of planning a Walt Disney World vacation. Typically you need to give up some things to get others. Do you want to stay at a Disney property to take advantage of included transportation and early morning Magic Hours at the Disney parks while remaining immersed in Disney ambiance, with amenities like an awesome hotel pool, themed dining, and African wildlife in your temporary backyard? Do you want to book a spacious condo with a kitchen, separate bedrooms for parents and kids, and room to spread out? Do you want to save money on where you spend the night so you can maximize your vacation dollars on day time activities?

If you book an Animal Kingdom Villa through you don’t have to compromise Disney quality to stay within your budget.  Whether you rent from or directly through Disney, you are entitled to all of the benefits of staying at a Disney property. Finally, you can get your Disney-themed cake and eat it too, at a tasty discount!

Where is your favorite place to stay at Disney World? Let us know in the comments!

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About Colleen Lanin

Colleen Lanin is the founder/editor-in-chief of As the author of her book, "The Travel Mamas' Guide," she teaches parents not only how to survive a trip with children, but also how to love exploring the world with their offspring. Her stories have appeared online and in print for such outlets as the "Today" show,, Parenting Magazine, Orlando Sentinel, Chicago Tribune, Expedia, San Diego Family Magazine, and more. Colleen gives tips on television, radio, and as a public speaker. She has a master’s degree in business administration with a background in marketing. She lives in Arizona with her husband and two kids.

  1. Love giraffes, they are so cute :))))

    • Colleen Lanin, The Travel Mama says

      Eva – If you love giraffes, you’ll love this resort! So cool to watch them “hiding” amongst the trees just outside your room!

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