There are plenty of Disney resort hotels located near Animal Kingdom, and the variation amongst one another is pretty significant. Whether you want your hotel to be movie themed, based around music, of slanted heavily towards sports, Disney’s got you covered.

On top of that, there is even a resort that will make you feel like you never left Animal Kingdom at all. How so? Let’s just say guests who stay at a particular resort are blessed with the opportunity to wake up to roaming Zebra and Giraffe in their backyard.

Let’s get right to it. 

1) Disney’s All-Star Movies Resort: The name says it all here, doesn’t it? Inspired by Disney classic films, your rooms will be themed with everything from “Toy Story” to “101 Dalmatians.”

The All-Star hotels are certainly great for kids, who will get a kick out of seeing their favorite animated characters tower over them as colorful statues all throughout the resort (for example, this particular hotel has a statue of Perdita and Pongo from “101 Dalmatians” that stands 35 and 40 feet tall, respectively!).

The All-Star Movies Resort also has a Fantasia pool that features a statue of Sorcerer Mickey shooting water from one side of the pool to the other. There are even complimentary films shown poolside on special select nights, too.

As you can tell, there’s a ton of whimsy at this park. Ideal for families, little kids will especially get a kick out of it.

Guests can stay inside standard or preferred rooms.

  • Type: Value Resort


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2) Disney’s All-Star Music Resort: When you walk into this resort, you walk into an oasis of music. From show tunes to rock ‘n’ roll, there’s absolutely no question that guests will be engulfed in the music scene from the moment they first set foot on the property.

Like the Movies resort, the Music resort boasts massive structures that pay homage to music. From a huge juke box statue to a guitar shaped pool and even a grand piano shaped one, this resort has something for everyone.

Like the Movies resort too, the music resort allows guests to eat breakfast, lunch, and dinner inside a themed food court. There, you’ll be able to eat burgers, sandwiches, pasta and much more. Those that don’t even want to leave the hotel room can expect to be treated to pizza delivered straight to their door if they so choose, too!

Guests can stay inside standard or preferred rooms—both which sleep up to four adults. Should you need more space, you can always step your game up to a Suite, which can sleep up to six adults.

Views will be of the parking lot, courtyard, or pool area.

  • Type: Value Resort


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3) Disney’s All-Star Sports Resort: Hut Hut!! This resort is dedicated to the world of competitive sports, and boy does it look like it. Let’s first start with the look of the hotel, which features the actual stairwells of the Sports resort encased inside two massive, 200 feet tall football helmets that appear to be ready to face off against one another in a fashion that reminds me of the old school Monday Night Football introductions on television.

The football theme continues with the End Zone food court, which serves American favorites like burgers and pizza. The cost of the food court is $14.99 and under per adult, so it’s not expensive compared to other eateries or restaurants located on Disney property.

There are also two pools at this resort—one that is shaped like a baseball diamond in fact—to keep the kids (and you!) cool during the hot summer months. On top of that, the Sports resort will show free movies by the pool on select nights.

Guests can stay inside a standard or preferred hotel room. Both will sleep up to four adults.

  • Type: Value Resort


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4) Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge: Shaped in a giant U (or horseshoe), the Animal Kingdom Lodge is not only a temporary home to paying Disney guests, but a permanent home to over 200 species of animals and birds that roam and fly around it.

Because of this fact, at any moment you can walk the resort and see exotic animals walking around.

Just think: In the morning you wake up, look out your window, and see a giraffe. Everyday is like a safari.

This Lodge offers guests two pools: the Uzima pool, which is 11,000 square feet and features a wading pool for the kids and even two spas; and the Samawati Springs Pool, which boasts an incredible water slide.

There are also African dining options at this resort. A place like Boma is a nicely themed African-inspired restaurant, and if you’re willing to spend more for some nice fine dining, your party might want to consider booking a reservation for Jiko, which will cost anywhere between $30 and $59.99 per adult.

Another great thing about this resort is the rooming options guests have. You can choose from a variety of different room “views,” meaning you can get a room that has a view of the pool, or a room with a view of one of the Savannahs.

And for those wanting to spend a little more money to get a few additional perks, you can buy a suite that has club level access, meaning you get things like evening turndown, free health club access and much more.

  • Type: Deluxe Resort


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5) Disney’s Animal Kingdom Villas – Jambo House: Relish all the beautiful and breathtaking benefits of the Animal Kingdom Lodge, but also enjoy the comfortable amenities that a Villa provides here at the Jambo House.

At the Villas, guests can stay inside a Regular Studio or Deluxe Studio Room, and can even upgrade to a Club Access Level room for more perks (and money) too.

Inside a regular Studio or Deluxe Studio room, for example, the amenities are essentially identical, the only difference is that the Studio may have a view of the parking lot while a Deluxe view guarantees guests a view of the pool or Savannah or some body of water.

As mentioned before, if you upgraded your room to Club Level Access, you’d get pampered with evening turndown (this just means the resort will send someone everyday to make your bed, change your sheets, and have everything fresh and tidy when it comes time for you to go to sleep), access to the club level lounge which serves refreshments daily, and much more.

  • Type: Deluxe Villa Resort


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6) Disney’s Animal Kingdom Villas – Kidani House: At the Kidana House (or Kidana Village), guests can stay inside Deluxe Studio (sleeps up to four adults) rooms or a Bedroom Villa.

To be more specific, guests can actually stay inside a 1-Bedroom (sleeps 4 to five adults), 2-Bedroom (sleeps 8 to 9 adults), or 3-Bedroom Grand Villas (sleeps up to 12 adults).

The main difference, aside from space, is the kitchen. In a Deluxe room, guests will receive a “kitchenette” which will include a small fridge, toaster, microwave, and coffee maker. Those staying in a Bedroom Villas, by contrast, receive virtually a fully stocked kitchen. Meaning, you would get a full size fridge, dishwasher, oven, microwave, and toaster. You even get plates, cups, mugs, pots and pans.

And, if you receive a Savannah view from your room, you can see giraffe and other animals walking around outside.

  • Type: Deluxe Villa Resort


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7) Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort: This is a resort that goes big on the Southwestern-theming. Allowing guests to get a little taste of what Spanish-Colonial Mexico must feel like, you can come and stay at the Coronado Springs Resort and enjoy a pool with a waterslide as well as a 24-hour health club. 

For food, you can stop by the Maya Grill, which is moderately priced between $15 and $29.99 per adult on average. Serving up Tex-Mex delicacies, this particular restaurant accepts some dining plans.

Maya Grill Menu

Guests at this resort have options to stay inside standard rooms, junior suites, or Casitas (Spanish for “small house”).

  • Type: Moderate Resort


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If you need more information on resort hotels, be sure to return to my Resort Hotels page to find out where else you can stay on Disney grounds!

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