ANIMAL KINGDOM LODGE, FLORIDA
What’s so great about this pool?
This luxurious 11,000 sq ft swimming pool is the perfect watering hole to come to rest at after a day at Disney theme parks. Surrounded by large canopy trees and Floridian palms, it is like sitting in a tropical oasis. This is the pool for you, if you’re looking for a space that manages to remain peaceful – and, yes, idyllic – despite appealing to kids. It creates the perfect balance of potential pleasure for both adults and children. Whilst the seating around the swimming pool is wonderfully comfy – with lots and lots of high-quality loungers – there’s also a 67-foot-long waterslide for kids (and adults who fancy it). It’s a gentle and totally unterrifying experience.
Animal Kingdom Lodge
This is one of the most fun Walt Disney hotels in Florida – it’s set in a ‘savannah’ full of wild animals so that when you look out of your bedroom window there’ll be some fabulous wildlife walking past, including giraffes and all manner of gazelles. Sit on the balcony and take it all in at your leisure.
There are buses to take you all over Walt Disney World, and they’re free to hotel residents.
A wonderful buffet breakfast is to be had at Boma restaurant. And one of the best restaurants in WDW is on site: Jiko offers elegant fine dining with African, Indian and Mediterranean cuisine.
What else is there to do round there?
There are four theme parks at Walt Disney World, with Animal Kingdom being a firm favourite for adults and kids alike. The other three are Epcot (the science-based park), Magic Kingdom (this is where Mickey and Dumbo mainly hang out), and Hollywood Studios (with lots of film-making based fun). There are also two waterparks. And if you want to step outside of ‘Disney’, Florida can off you cycling, golf, fishing, tennis, para-sailing, archery, canoeing, kayaking, motorboat hire and more.
- This wide and luscious pool has a gentle gradient that measures four feet, ten inches at its deepest point – deep enough for a good swim and yet unthreatening.
- One of the entrances to the pool is a zero entry point – a slope that makes you feel like you’re walking out into the sea. It’s also great for wheelchair users who can ride right in. That aside, there are some easy to navigate sloping steps.
- You don’t need to worry about towels – there is always a great supply of them for the taking. And there are also lockers and showers on site. The lifeguard is there until 8pm when the swimming pool closes.
- The bar pool serves drinks (including sangria and African beer) as well as salads and snacks. Or if you can bear to tear yourself away from the poolside there’s the Mara Quick Service restaurant right by the pool which serves both African and American food.
- There are two kids pools nearby, and two whirlpool hot tubs for adults.
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