Where to stay

Animal Kingdom Lodge  
This Disney Resort is a luxury accommodation is surrounded by a 33-acre savannah with more than 30 species of African wildlife that can be viewed from your private balcony (Be sure to ask for a savannah-view room). The Lodge itself is amazing and offers several kid-friendly activities include animal tracking and safaris. African crafts and games, and folktales are shared nightly around the outdoor Arusha Rock fire pit.

Animal Kingdom Lodge is great for couples as well as families (my favorite Disney resort). Be sure to check out their amazing AAA Four-Diamond Jiko. The Cooking Place, which boasts the world’s largest selection of South African wines, as well as excellent multicultural cuisine.

 Saratoga Spings Resort and Spa
This Resort & Spa is an equestrian-themed Victorian-style Disney Deluxe Villa Resort on the shores of Village Lake. The Resort includes the Treehouse Villas, which allow up to nine guests to sleep high up amongst the lush forest leaves. Vacation villas in the Springs, the Paddock, Congress Park, The Carousel, The Grandstand also offer full kitchens and washer and dryers. The 3-bedroom villas are large enough to sleep up to 12 people! During our visit in June 2011 we stayed in a villa at the Springs–which is located right across from the pool, the Turf Bar and Grill, the Spa and the bus stop. Location, location, location is everything!

If you’re a golfer this is the place to stay! Of Disney’s five golf courses, the Lake Buena Course is the only one that plays right out of a Disney resort. And Saratoga Springs is one of Disney’s two full-service spas (The Grand Floridian is the other) with 19 treatment spaces offering Massage, Body Treatments, Water Therapies, Nail Services and Facial Therapies. I recommend the 50 minute or 90-minute hot stone massage–one of their specialities. Your body will melt in total relaxation. A Health Club with a large fitness center is also available for guests.

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