Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge, Lake Buena Vista
Lake Buena Vista , Florida
Tel: 407 939 6244
Concierge.com's insider take:
By far the most interesting Disney-run hoteland the best choice for guests who aren't enamored of the company's mythologythe 1,307-room property, several miles from the western frontier of the Disney campus, overlooks savannahs stocked with real African game. Giraffes, zebras, ostrich, and other animals roam carefree, and most rooms have a furnished balcony peering over the cud-chewing action (a fraction face the parking lot or animal-free gardens). The buzzy lobby mimics a luxury safari lodge and hosts regular wildlife talks and movie screenings beneath its 100-foot vaulted atrium. Away from the animals, in a secluded grove by the property's three restaurants (one counter-service, two by reservation), there's a pool with a water slide. Rooms are accented with carved woods and mock-Afro fabrics, but are standard in every other way. And if you actually want to do anythingfrom having dinner (with a reservation) to storing luggagebe prepared to wait in line.