So this is a new blog but honestly I’ve been blogging about Disney on FB posts, in person meet ups and pretty much to anyone who will stand still long enough because…
I am a devout Disney person- much more than a fan- it’s one of my passions because I see what Walt Disney took from his heart and inspite of the naysaying from his nearest and dearest he made magic come to life. And it has not stopped growing. There is a reason people go to Disneyworld and Disneyland over and over again. It is a rich multi-sensory experience that will blow your mind everytime. And that is just the tip of the iceberg.
In this blog I will feature different aspects of each park and each resort- they are all exquisitely themed. I do this because I think if you are reading this blog then you need to go too…and also so you can learn more and decide when and where you would like to go.
I often have people say to me “how do you afford to travel there so often?” The truth is~ I have a successful coaching and consulting business for entrepreneurs that gives me total freedom to work when I want and from wherever I am. The other part of it is…I am also a performer/ singer and writer and my intention is to one day get a song of mine placed inside the Disney empire. Honestly I get my magic doses when I am in the Majic Kingdom or Animal Kingdom or Epcot or Hollywood Studios.
See, I believe this need in me to be part of all things Disney is a calling card from God~ a nudge from the Divine saying “hey you…the one who eats too much ice cream and obsesses over your next trip…you got gifts, now use em! You know where to go and what to do…just keep on. You’ll get there sooner and easier than you may think.” That is true for you too, my friend.
Disney does it for me. I hope you will find your own Disney and maybe even some inspiration in this blog.
First up is our favorite Disney resort Animal Kingdom Lodge. This resorts leaves nothing to lack…it is heaven to come back here time and again and the minute you arrive it is like stepping into a lush african savannah and in the middle of it is the huge lobby of AKL Jambo House- dark and cool with wood and the smell of spice and smoke and don’t even get me started on the african art that decorates the lodge.
This is a resort for you if you love nature and your family loves animals, you are literally surrounded by giraffe, zebra, wildebeast, gazelle and dozens of other savanah wildlife.
The food at Boma is excellent with a wide array of african and american dishes (try the boboti and the zulu cabbage!).
The rooms are great too, as all Disney rooms are, for the most part -these have lots of wood and african decor. This resort is a longer bus ride to Magic Kingdom but it’s close to Animal Kingdom. Animal Kingdom Lodge is a resort that is a great place to stay and hang out and skip the parks if you are so inclined. The pools at both Jambo House and the sister property at Kidani Village are fun and beautiful. My little girl and I have a tradition to always get a frozen coconut raspberry (na) drink from the pool bar each visit before we hit the water and we always eat dinner the first night at Boma.
There are african conservation experts stationed throughout the resort at different times with fun learning activities for the kids and engagement opportunities for the animals. There are also free night vision goggles that can be used to view the night animal life. This is a quiet resort overall…the animals are the center stage here and they are free to roam the ground and look healthy and active. I remember the first time we stayed here in 2013- I had not been to Disney since the age of 10 and I instantly fell in love with this resort.
One thing happened on our first visit though that I do want to caution you about -ADULT SCOOTERS-. My daughter who was 3 at the time was standing behind me in line to check in and my husband was getting cinnamon water offered in the lobby when a woman on a scooter zoomed by, hit my daughter and pushed her flat on the floor with the vehicle. The staff instantly raced over and made sure she was okay – brought her matching Minnie and Mickey plushes and we got an upgrade to a suite with a perfect savannah view.
I have seen some reckless (shall I say almost entitled) behavior with a few of these adult scooters both in parks and resorts- some of whom will hop off their scooter and race to the next fast pass ride. So while most people on scooters are aware and courteous -Give them space and watch your kids. This particular woman who was staying at the resort did not even stop long enough to say she was sorry- she looked back and kept on scooting.
But don’t let that deter you because for the most part, this resort is totally unique and worth the money to stay here, It’s more than a hotel stay – its an experience in another world that you will never forget.
Just like I will never forget the first time I was waking up to the sound of soft hooves of zebra and the munching of grass by zebra…it is something you never forget.
Stay tuned for my next blog post and I am glad you are in my life.
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