A look at Christmas at Animal Kingdom Lodge:
One of the really cool things about Disney is that they take the time to decorate all of the resorts for Christmas – and they don’t just slap up a few generic decorations, either. Each resort has its own style of Christmas themeing that you’ll see reflected in their trees, ornaments, other decorations, and even music. At Animal Kingdom Lodge of course it makes sense that there is an African inspiration to all of their decor. It’s a lot of fun, and I love seeing Christmas at Animal Kingdom Lodge for something a little different.
Of course the safari and African animals aren’t what I typically associate with Christmas, but I like this twist. Being from Pennsylvania Christmas is very much associated with snow and bundling up, but that’s not the case everywhere!
Christmas Trees (Kidani and Jambo House)
If you haven’t been to Animal Kingdom Lodge before, you might not know there are two separate buildings. The bigger one is Jambo House. But Kidani Village is also very large. Kidani is the DVC portion of the resort (though Jambo House has some DVC rooms as well). Both of them have stunning lobbies in my opinion, so of course both of them need to have big, beautiful Christmas trees!
There are also mini trees around the resort, like by the elevators. It’s just fun to see more detail and of course check out more of the ornaments! And I really appreciate that the decorations aren’t limited to just the lobby area.
Ornaments on tree
I love taking time to look at the ornaments on the trees at Animal Kingdom Lodge. They are definitely unique compared to other trees around Disney and I absolutely love the style of African art. I wish I knew more about where these ornaments come from, but knowing how much Animal Kingdom Lodge appreciates art I wouldn’t be surprised if they’re handcrafted or at least purchased directly from Africa. Of course with a little sprinkle of Disney thrown in as well!
I love a good Christmas wreath! Animal Kingdom Lodge has them hanging outside to greet you when you arrive at your resort. They are of course decorated in a similar style to the trees, with colorful ribbons and small African art ornaments.
While the trees and wreaths might be the main thing to catch your eye, they also decorate with garlands. Especially in Jambo House you can see garland strung up on the railings. There’s also garland on the signs outside when you first arrive. It’s these little touches that make it feel extra magical!
To further add to the ambiance, each resort actually has its own personalized Christmas music loop. The one at Animal Kingdom Lodge is particularly unique and in keeping with the themeing of the resort. The music features a number of African artists performing Christmas music – some of it is probably tunes you’ve never heard before, while others are popular Christmas carols performed with African stylings. I personally love it! You can find most of the resort music loops on YouTube.
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Have you experienced Christmas at Animal Kingdom Lodge? What’s your favorite Disney resort during Christmas?