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Over the course of several weeks at the end of 2014, I shared our Trip Reports on our trip to celebrate Ashley’s 21st birthday. I promised to talk more about our room at the Animal Kingdom Lodge in an upcoming post. As luck would have it, our reservation started off as 2 rooms at Pop Century (which I was never thrilled about). When the 4th person in our party backed out, we decided to upgrade to one room at a Moderate resort. However, we were too late, and the only resort our agent could get for us that still had rooms for the Free Dining promotion was Animal Kingdom Lodge. The difference in cost was about $200 per person; but, after a few moments of thought, we jumped at the chance!
Of course, I had to poll my Disney expert friends at the Magical Blogorail — Melissa, Mary, and Rosanne all assured us that we’d be very happy in a Standard View Room and actually encouraged us not to upgrade. I’m SO glad I took their advice.
The check-in process took a little longer than expected. I had chosen not to do online-check-in, and then we had some issues with our Magic Bands (I guess that’s par for the course when you have so many of them associated with your My Disney Experience account!) Anyway, while we were waiting, we were soaking up the lobby and having fun with the Cast Members. One of them asked to see my camera and took our picture. (See how happy we look to be checking in?!)
I have to say that I was very pleased with our room! One of the things that my friends had mentioned was location – many of the Standard View rooms are located in the main building (where the lobby is), so they’re within easy walking distance to the bus stop. Lucky for us, room 5003 was just off the elevators on the 5th floor, the first room on the right going back the hall! So, it was very close to the lobby, Boma, and the gift shop and bus stop, and not a far walk to the food court. I absolutely LOVED the location and wouldn’t trade it!
Upon entering our room, we had a dresser on the left-hand side, with the closet directly beside it. Across from this was the bathroom. There were double sinks (yay!) and a door separating the toilet and bathtub from the sinks. The set-up worked nicely for the 3 of us. While I missed the curtain separated the bathroom from the main living space in the room, the way the room was set up made it less of an issue. And the bathroom was just so full of detail – it was amazing!
The bedroom part of the room was also amazingly detailed. (I need to interject something here – all the Disney resorts are full of details, but you can definitely tell a difference between the Value and Deluxe Resorts – as you go up, you get more detail and it’s so much “richer”.) From the handwoven baskets on the wall to the “mosquito net” over the beds, I really felt like we were in a hotel in Africa. We felt like African princesses!
And you know what? The “Standard View” really wasn’t so bad. They said it might overlook the parking lot. Well, Disney thinks of everything. Technically, our room did overlook the parking lot, but with the thatched room, we couldn’t see it. Basically, the only way to look was straight out. I loved walking out there in the mornings and drinking my coffee. This was our view on the first morning of our visit:
Would I stay at Animal Kingdom Lodge again?
Would I get in a Standard View room again?
Sure! For the difference in price to upgrade to a Savannah View room, it wouldn’t be worth it to me. We walked outside every day to see the animals and really only saw them on our last day. There are plenty of opportunities to see the animals from various places around the resort – and I love being able to interact with the Cast Members (which I couldn’t do from my room anyway). I loved the Standard View for location and convenience.