Animal Kingdom Lodge

We absolutely LOVED our time at Animal Kingdom Lodge during our last visit to Disney World for Madison’s big TENTH birthday!! For me, it solidified the fact that while all of the parks are super special and spectacular in their own right, Animal Kingdom, including its resorts, remain my absolute favorite! They transport me back to foreign lands I’ve visited and those I yearn to explore soon! I can also very firmly confirm that I truly believe Animal Kingdom offers the most delicious food in ANY of the parks! YUM! 
Here’s a glimpse at our time spent here and why we fell so in love…
Sanna is an absolute must-visit while at Animal Kingdom Lodge! It’s located in Kindani Village, one of the two main buildings within the resort. I recommend using the My Disney Experience app to make reservations far in advance if you have a specific time you wish to dine!

Sanaa is known for their naan bread service and it’s definitely worth a couple of extra bucks to upgrade to the 5 breads of choice with EVERY sauce versus just three sauces. The sauces, which include Cucumber Riata, Roasted Red Pepper Hummus, Mango Chutney, Tomato-Date Jam, Tamarind Chutney, Coriander Chutney, Garlic Pickle, Red Chile Sambal, and Spicy Jalapeño-Lime Pickle, were all so delicious and plated in order of spice level.

*The naan is offered in vegan and gluten-free varieties too! Just ask!

The menu is also filled with authentic Indian and South African dishes such as tandoori, curry, dahl, aloo dishes, and African-inspired Biryani, to name a few. Everything we tasted was packed with flavor and outrageous!

As if the food wasn’t enough of a reason to visit, the restaurant overlooks the Sunset Savanna, so basically you’re dining with giraffes, zebras, ostrich, and more! How cool?!! This didn’t get old our entire meal!

Definitely take a trip outside the restaurant too…

We really enjoyed relaxing on the balcony, just rocking in wooden chairs and watching the animals below. If you know me you know I’m not one to just sit, especially while out of town, especially with rides and such just down the road calling my name, but here I did, and I LOVED it!! I definitely felt like I was somewhere much more exotic than Orlando… and couldn’t get enough!!

I highly recommend leaving some time to just explore the grounds. Usually, we spend very minimal time at our resort but we felt this one deserved adequate time for exploring. We left a half a day (which we felt was enough) upon arrival to simply unwind and take it all in!

There’s a lot to do just in the resorts alone. In addition to movie nights, an awesome pool, and nightly bonfires, there are various stations set up throughout the resort lobbies where the kiddos can earn cool beads for necklaces they will be given each time they complete a lesson.

The staff who run the lessons all hail from different regions around the world and are very eager to not only welcome you to Animal Kingdom Lodge but proudly teach you about their country and traditions!

Geography –Drumming-Sports-It’s absolutely worth it to venture to both buildings, as they’re each so uniquely stunning and exciting.

Here’s a peek at the other building, Jambo House…

Don’t miss walking across the bridge on the 3rd floor that overlooks the entire lobby!The Animal Kingdom was exceptional, absolutely kid-friendly, even without characters, and totally splurge-worthy if you’ll take the time to enjoy it!

Rawr! XOX, Sar

1 Comment

  1. Tom
    March 24, 2019 / 3:56 pm

    Sari Marissa,

    Your family is beautiful! I enjoy reading and seeing how awesome traveling with family is. I am so impressed with you, and love your Yelp reviews too!

    Tom 🙂

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Sari Marissa aka Fab Philly Mom is passionate about sharing her travels and the fun she has in her city with her supportive husband and two super adventurous little girls.

Sari has traveled to 48 states, 36 National Parks, 25 countries, and 4 continents....so far.

Sari is currently enrolled in a 200hr YTT (yoga teacher training), was named Yelp’s Top Reviewer in Philly, and has recently co-founded Philadelphia’s first official Challah For Hunger chapter.

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