Welcome to this month’s Magical Blogorail Blue loop. Today we are sharing what you can expect from some of the club level experiences at Disney Resorts and on the Disney Cruise Line.
Visiting Walt Disney World is always special but there are ways to add to that experience. Last year I was attending a conference at the at WDW and since it was right before the Super Bowl we decided to get there a night earlier than we planned so we could watch it there. After weighing our options we decided to splurge and stay club level at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge. It’s one of our favorite resorts and it’s also on the lower end of the price scale when it comes to the Deluxe Resorts. We also knew that we would be spending money on drinks and food for the game so it felt like the right time to splurge on our first club level stay.
When we arrived at the Animal Kingdom Lodge a Cast Member waiting outside asked our name and then took us up to the Kilimanjaro Club on the sixth floor to check in. You have to be a club level guest to access the lounge so they need to escort you there the first time. After you check in you will be able to use your MagicBand since not all club rooms are on the same floor as the lounge. In the elevator there is a place to scan your band (similar to the ones on the doors to the rooms) that will let you enter the lounge.
Each resort has a different name for the lounge. At Disney’s Animal Kingdom it is the Kilimanjaro Club. Just past the elevators are the check in desks. When we arrived both desks were busy checking other guests in so the lead us directly into the lounge so we could enjoy some snacks while we waited. That was was a nice touch. We didn’t even have to go back to the desk to see if they were ready for us. Once they were free the Cast Member came to let us know we could check in at our leisure but we were excited to see our room. He went over all of the details since this was our first stay and let us know the club’s schedule.
The Kilimanjaro Club it gorgeous, just like the rest of the resort, and has a beautiful view of the lobby. There are several tables and chairs along more comfortable couches and chairs. There is also a television, that day they were tuned in to the Super Bowl coverage, and another tv that was showing Disney cartoons that several kids were enjoying.
Breakfast at the Kilimanjaro Club is called Miamko. You can get coffee beginning at 6:30 and then breakfast is served from 7:00 am until 10:30 am. There was a nice variety available. There were types of cereal, oatmeal, quinoa, muffins, croissants, bagels, danishes, and fruit.
There were also a few juice options (including jungle juice). More juice, water, milk, and soda can be found in the refrigerator.
Tea, coffee, and expresso are also available. I definitely recommend asking one of the Cast Members for a jungle juice mimosa. They are so good!
Vitafunio, or afternoon snack time, lasts from 11:30 am until 3:00 pm. There were cookies, chocolate chip and white chocolate macadamia nut, granola bars, house made chips, trail mix, yogurt covered pretzels, gold fish, spiced nuts, and gummy bears.
To drink you can grab coffee, tea, soda, water, lemonade, purified water, and my favorite, jungle juice.
Chai, afternoon tea, lasts from 3:00 until 4:30 and you can expect cookies, scones, brownies, rice krispy treats, and various types of tea along with the drinks that were available during the afternoon snack period.
Hors d’oeuvres and beverages, Kisikusiku, are available from 5:00 – 7:30 pm. It features a variety of hot and cold snacks. We always love dining at the restaurants at the Animal Kingdom Lodge so we really loved all of the offerings available.
This particular evening they had Moroccan beef with tomato chutney, mealie dogs (fancy corn dogs), black olive and white bean hummas, bread service, several types of cheese, chilled mango ginger soup, and olives.
There is also beer and wine available. Tusker beer is one of our favorites at the park and we were happy to see it available.
Desserts and cordials, Rehema, is served from 8:00 pm until 10:00 pm. They brought out cupcakes representing both the Broncos and the Seahawks, football brownies, chocolate covered strawberries, and a few other options.
These were a little different than the usual options since it was the night of the Super Bowl. Several types cordials and liqueurs available too.
In addition to the special desserts the Cast Members set up and extra television for the Super Bowl and decorated the lounge. They also included an extra course in between hors d’oeuvres and dessert.
There were chicken breast nuggets with buffalo sauce, sambal BBQ glazed meatballs, NYC subs, and more house made chips. It was a fun atmosphere since there were several guests there watching the game.
All of the rooms on the Kilimanjaro Club have savannah views. We booked a standard room and had a nice view of the savannah but we didn’t see many animals during our short visit.
A welcome letter and two chocolate flamingos were waiting on us when we arrived.
Another nice feature is a few extra H2O amenities in addition to what you typically find in your resort room. There was also a toothbrush set.
The room itself is just like the rest of the rooms in the Animal Kingdom Lodge. Our room was wheelchair accessible and had one king bed.
Evening turn down service is included when you stay club level. It seems a little decadent but it was really nice. The bed was turned down (of course!) and there was an African proverb and some chocolates on the bed. The television was turned on to a Disney station and the robes from the room were placed on the end of the bed.
We really enjoyed our one night at the Kilimanjaro Club at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge. The Cast Members at the Kilimanjaro Club were amazing. I highly recommend checking it out sometime, especially if you are already planning on booking a savannah view room.
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