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Disney 2003: First Week

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A November 2003 trip to Orlando by jo_j_k

AKL From Savannah 1 Photo, Orlando, Florida More Photos
Quote: This journal is a recounting of the first week of our 2003 trip to Walt Disney World, Florida.

Disney 2003: First Week

Overview

AKL From Savannah 1 Photo, Orlando, Florida
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During this first week, the biggest highlight was the moment we walked into our room at the Animal Kingdom Lodge. I walked out onto our savannah room balcony and there was the most beautiful giraffe standing there as if to say hello. It was almost as if the girl who checked us in called down and told them to send him on over. It was beautiful. While we did visit the Disney parks this week, I'm not going to talk in detail about them in this journal because I'll be covering them in the journal for our third week: Disney 2003 Third Week. I'll just provide a FreeForm entry for this week talking about the general things we did.Quick Tips: If you are a Disney fan at all, I totally recomme...Read More

Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge

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Hotel

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First off, for my third-floor savannah-view room, the rate was $260/night with tax, off season, using my AAA 15% discount. Ordinarily, the rate ranges from $275 - $410 a night depending on what time of year. So, what were they like? The rooms were top-notch accommodations. Clean and wonderful decor, with beds hard as rocks. The African theme is throughout and I just loved the wallpaper. The real treat that made the room more than worth the money was the view - the view of beautiful creatures walking the savannah. It was beyond amazing to see them in the morning. Quiet, calm, living their lives in harmony with the world around them. I think if I hadn't already been spoiled by t...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 4, 2004

Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge
2901 Osceola Parkway
Lake Buena Vista, Florida 32830
(407) WDW-MAGIC

Boma-Flavors of Africa

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Restaurant | "Boma"

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Ah, Boma - yummy. - Dinner - We ate there for dinner when we arrived. We were lucky we didn't need priority seating, but we did show up just as they opened. It got crowded fast. Well, Boma is a buffet with food from all around Africa. We made a decision to grab only things that weren't immediately recognizable. They do have standard American kiddie fare (mac & cheese and such), and of course any chef on Disney property will accommodate your tastes when they can. The food was fabulous. All the main ingredients were pretty standard - chicken, beef, etc. - but the seasonings were amazing. I found that there was never just one flavor. You would take a bite ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on January 5, 2004

Boma-Flavors of Africa
Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge
Orlando, Florida 32830
(407) 939-3463

Jiko - The Cooking Place

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Restaurant | "Jikos"

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We really enjoyed Jikos - it was exactly the level of fine dining that we like - upscale but not Victoria & Alberts! Again, we were brave. We ordered: Appetizers Crispy Cinnamon Spiced Beef Roll - with vegetable banana dip - very good. I did not expect to like cinnamon and beef but it makes a tasty combo. Dinner Oak-Grilled Filet Mignon - with macaroni and cheese and red wine sauce - my husband got this one and he quite enjoyed it. Chermoula Roasted Chicken - with mashed potatoes, preserved lemons, roasted garlic, kalamata olives, herbs and harissa - very good. The chicken was so very moist and flavorful. Once again, the spices th...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on January 5, 2004

Jiko - The Cooking Place
Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge
Orlando, Florida 32830
(407) 938-3000

Disney and the Animal Kingdom Lodge

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Story/Tip

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Hi all, Well, as stated in the overview, we were quite impressed with Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge (AKL). Staying on the Savannah and watching the animals was just a treat and well worth paying for. We arrived in the afternoon the Tuesday of Thanksgiving week. After checking in and marveling at the giraffes we wandered down to Boma - which was just opening. Since we were so early we managed to get seated right away but it sure did fill up fast. The food was yummy so please be sure to read my review. After dinner we decided to catch a bus over to the Magic Kingdom. Oh - just a divergence here - one really nice thing about staying at AKL is that it's the only stop on its...Read More