AAA Inspectors Rank Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge as Top Family Hotel

In honor of the summer slowly crawling towards an end, the Automobile Association of America (AAA) is honoring those families looking for one more family vacation fling by posting the results of a survey they put to their lodging and restaurant inspectors in search of the ideal family hotel.

Although not explicitly numbered, the second spot on the released list of the top ten is Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge (a 3-diamond resort) located at Walt Disney World in Lake Buena Vista, FL.

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Win an Walt Disney World Kidani Village Vacation for Four from John Tesh

Dial Global Radio Networks and Tesh.com are offering one winner a 4 day/3 night vacation stay for four at a one bedroom villa at Walt Disney World’s Kidani Village. The package also includes four 4-day Magic Your Way passes with park hopping, roundtrip air, air to hotel ground transfers and $2,900 in cash.

Eligible individuals may enter once between now and February 7. For full rules and to enter, visit the John Tesh Family Flyaway sweepstakes.

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WDW Refurb Update: Uzima Pool at Jambo House Closure in January

From January 4 through January 29, the Uzima pool at Animal Kingdom Lodge’s Jambo House will be closed for refurbishment. During this time, guests of the resort may use the Samawati Springs Pool at Kidani Village instead. ReSearch has been updated to reflect this and subscribers affected by this change have been notified.

Planning a trip to Walt Disney World? Be the first to know when changes that potentially affect your trip occur by signing up with ReSearch!

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Kidani Village’s Pembe Savanna Opens September 1 with New Animals and New Challenges

Red River Hogs on the Pembe Savanna at Kidani VillageThis debut marks the opening of the last phase of this Disney Vacation Club (DVC) resort. The final wing of Kidani Village will offer an additional 160 two-bedroom, savanna-view villas, plus windowed hallways to offer Guests clear views of the animals. Because of Pembe savanna’s unique location, it will not connect to the main savanna at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge, making it exclusive to Kidani Village Guests.

Animals that can be found in this new area may include okapi, yellow-backed duiker, Red River hogs, nyala, impala, waterbuck, spur-winged geese and blue crane.

According to Animal Curator Greg Peccie, creating this new savanna required contributions from many different teams – including Animal Programs, Horticulture, Operations and Walt Disney Imagineering – that worked together to design, build and launch this new area into operation.

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AKL Welcomes Baby Ruppell’s Griffon Vulture

Disneys Animal Kingdoms Newest Resident, a Ruppell’s Griffon Vulture (c) Disney

Animal Kingdom Lodge''s Newest Resident, a Ruppell’s Griffon Vulture (c) Disney

Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge recently welcomed a new “resident” – a Ruppell’s Griffon Vulture hatchling that is a member of a threatened species. While weighing less than six ounces and about eight inches long when hatched, a vulture could grow to reach sizes close to three feet in height, with a wingspan of nearly eight feet, and can weigh 15-20 pounds. The baby and its parents reside on one of the unique resort’s savannas at Walt Disney World Resort.

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