The Pool at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge

Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge has two of the most serene pools around! However, anyone planning a stay here will need to know that the pools at the Animal Kingdom Lodge are a little different from the other Disney World Resorts.

In this article, we’ll look at the setup for the pools between the resorts that make up the property. The Animal Kingdom Lodge Resort as a whole is divided into two separate hotels.

The first is Jambo House, which is the main building and home to the Uzima Springs Pool. The second is Kidani Village, a separate Disney Vacation Club Resort with its own pool, the Samawati Springs Pool.

Below is the Uzima Springs Pool, which faces the Uzima Savanna at the Animal Kingdom Lodge. This pool is the larger of the two pools between the resorts that make up the property.

Here are a few facts about the Uzima Springs Pool at Jambo House:

  • 11,000 square feet in size
  • 234,980 galloon pool
  • Has a 67′ water slide
  • Zero-Entry
  • Has a lounge and bar
  • 2 whirlpool hot tubs available
  • 1 small kiddie pool

As I mentioned above, the pool situation at the Lodge is a little different from the other resorts. That’s because most of the resort’s property is made up of savannas, which are home to African animals.

Therefore, Animal Kingdom Lodge doesn’t have any quiet or leisure pools like the other resorts at Walt Disney World. However, the feature pools at both resorts more than makeup for it.

Seriously, where else can you take a swim, hop out of the pool, and walk a couple of feet away to see a giraffe hanging out? I’m not for sure either.

Anyway, the feature pool at Animal Kingdom Lodge is tremendous in size. And the setting is serene and peaceful, with all of the tropical plantings that surround the area.

Here is the waterslide at the Uzima Springs Pool.

Related: Disney World Resorts with Water Slides

And the platform you or your child must climb to access it. This one has a mild amount of steps with a break about halfway up.

And the picture below shows the bulk of the curve on the way back down.

Most children won’t be afraid to tackle this one since it’s not so high up.

Below is a view from the opposite side where it drops out into the pool. A lifeguard is positioned nearby, and there’s plenty of room for parents to wait on their children at the bottom.

I took this photo so you could see the depth of the pool where the waterslide comes out is 3′ and 5″ (3 feet and 5 inches).

Here is some of the tropical landscaping that surrounds the pool area.

And here is Uzima Springs running from the pool area out toward the savanna.

My favorite part of the whole area is the private whirlpool spas. They are both separate from the pool area and fenced off privately. The reason I like this area so much is that it’s rarely crowded.

You do kind of have to look for them.

Life jackets are available at the pools for children. There is no charge to use them.

Additionally, the Animal Kingdom Lodge pool has a small kiddie pool. This kiddie pool is in an enclosed area separate from the main pool. There is plenty of seating inside the fenced space.

If you can’t tell, the pool is extremely shallow. I stepped in one day, and it just barely covered my ankle. The water’s temperature was rather warm given the shallow depth.

The Uzima Springs Pool Bar sits on the outskirts of the pool. Anyone visiting the resort can access the pool bar, whether you’re staying there or not.

Here is a photo of the menu.

The Lava Smoothie is one of their popular non-alcoholic beverages. It’s been a while since I tried the smoothie.

I remember it to be refreshing but on the sweet side of things.

Related: List of all the Restaurants at Animal Kingdom Lodge

Guests of both Jambo House and Kidani Village can use either of the resort pools. However, there is a bit of a trek between them.

Before we wrap things up, I wanted to go over a few facts about the Samawati Springs Pool on the Kidani Village side of the Animal Kingdom Lodge. Here are the most important details:

  • 4700 square foot pool area
  • 118,138 gallon pool
  • 128′ water slide
  • Zero-depth entry on one side
  • Has a lounge and bar
  • Has Uwanja Camp (a water playground

Right now, the Samwati Springs Pool has an upcoming refurbishment scheduled between January 2022–April 2022. It will be closed during this time. Updates will be available here on Disney’s site.

All guests will have to use the Uzima Springs Pool during the refurbishment. That probably won’t be a big deal in the cooler months when fewer people use the pool. However, I wouldn’t want to stay here during Spring Break crowds if I had plans to take advantage of the pool.

You might want to consider a stay at one of the resorts included on our list of the best resort pools at Disney World during this time.

When the pool refurbishment is over at Kidani Village, we’ll take a closer look at that pool. In the meantime, we have several articles covering the resort:

And there’s a collective of all our articles for the Animal Kingdom Lodge Resort here.

What are your thoughts on the pools at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge?

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