As we continue our way around the different Disney resorts, we find ourselves making a stop for Christmas at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge. In general, the Animal Kingdom Lodge is worth a trip over for anyone who has never had a chance to visit before. But the holiday touches along with the Christmas tree, make for an extra special visit.
The Animal Kingdom Lodge has recently fully re-opened in 2021, and everything is operating in full swing. Well, almost. Jiko, the Cooking Place hasn’t opened yet. But breakfast at Boma is back on, and it’s good! In fact, you might want to plan a meal there over the holiday season and check out all of the Christmas decorations while you’re at it!
With a dining reservation, you can easily drive over to the resort, enjoy a meal, and spend a little time touring while you’re there. Speaking of dining, another option is Sanaa down on the Kidani Village side of the resort.
You could enjoy a meal there and walk back up to the Lodge to see all of the Christmas stuff when you’re finished. There is a full review of Sanaa here if you’d like to learn more. And yes, it includes a preview of their delectable bread service.
Related: Animal Kingdom Lodge Restaurants
As for Christmas at Animal Kingdom Lodge, the resort is usually hustling and bustling with guests. The lobby is similar in design to Disney’s Wilderness Lodge. So there’s plenty of room to find a seat and relax for a while.
The Christmas tree at Animal Kingdom Lodge provides just the right amount of ambiance to the setting.
Its golden glow is warm and inviting. Many guests will take turns having their family photos made in front of the tree.
Make sure to take a closer inspection of the different decorations while you are there. These beautiful bows add a pop of color in all the right places.
And these cornucopias kind of blend in while still really adding to the overall effect of the tree.
The bows come in a variety of different color ribbons.
It’s truly a stunning tree.
Like most of the Christmas trees at Disney, the more you look at it, the more you will see.
During your visit, I recommend walking down the stairs at the back of the lobby to enjoy the outdoor savanna viewing areas. There is a large viewing area right outside the glass doors, and there’s no telling what kind of animals you might see.
You might also take the stairs on the right side of the lobby down to the lower level. This space is where Boma and Jiko are located. After you go outside, you’ll run into The Mara and the pool at Animal Kingdom Lodge.
Go around past the pool on either side, and you’ll run into the Uzima Savanna viewing area. It’s a pleasant walk, and sometimes I tend to see giraffes in this area.
Merry Christmas from Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge!
If you would like to know more about staying at this resort, make sure to check out our full Animal Kingdom Lodge Review. It goes over everything you can expect to find at the resort, room preferences, dining, and recreation.
Or you might also enjoy our complete guide to the Animal Kingdom Lodge Resort here.
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For more Disney World Resorts at Christmas, try these:
- Christmas at Disney’s Grand Floridian
- Disney’s Wilderness Lodge at Christmas
- Christmas at Disney’s Boardwalk Resort
Have you done a little resort-hopping at Christmas before? If not, you’ll definitely want to check out our Top Disney World Hotels to Visit at Christmas article.
As for Christmas at the Animal Kingdom Lodge, make sure not to miss this one during your visit! Have you been to the hotel during the Christmas season? That tree is amazing! Leave a comment and let me know your thoughts below.