We're wrapping up our stay at Animal Kingdom Lodge (AKL) before heading over to Beach Club. We've been here four nights in a Savannah View room with club level access. This is my review of Animal Kingdom Lodge's club level.
The Cost Of upgrading to club level at animal kingdom lodge
If you'r getting a Savannah View room already, adding club level might not be that much more expense. For instance, for a 7-night stay from 2/15 to 2/22 with the Gift of Magic Offer, the Savannah View room is $462 per night and club level is $516 per night. That $54 per night is not too bad for what you get. Our top tip for saving on Disney hotel rooms remains the Citi Prestige 4th Night Free benefit, which would save you huge on a club-level stay.
The animal kingdom lodge Club - the kilimanjaro club
Club level access at AKL gives you access to the Kilimanjaro Club, which is on the 6th floor of the lodge (Jambo House), overlooking the lobby. There are two club level concierges there most of the time from 7AM to 10PM. There is a fridge stocked with soda and milk, dispensers with juice, lemonade, tea, and water, a coffee machine, a Nespresso machine, and beer and wine on request. There are also liquors available to pour yourself during the Evening Indulgences.
There is plenty of space, and usually if you can't find a spot immediately, someone will be on their way out shortly. There is a TV that plays a selection of Disney movies (from Jungle 2 Jungle to The Avengers to Dumbo). Service can be a bit slow during busy times, so you'll need to work for attention if you're in a rush at those times. We got carded every time we asked for alcohol (not unusual for us at WDW), so be prepared if that is an issue for you.
Service at the kilimanjaro club
I found the concierges helpful when I needed help, but they were often busier than the front desk as there were only two of them. They did get me a taxi voucher to Animal Kingdom when I needed to get there before buses ran for Backstage Tales, but as of yet I'm unsure whether this was a club level perk or a tour perk. The staff was generally kind, but definitely played favorites with where their attention went (which was fine on the days when we made an effort).
Food Offerings AT THE KILIMANJARO CLUB
There are five food offerings through the day.
We were only able to try the breakfast, twilight offerings, and evening indulgences, but they were spectacular. The pictures give you a sense of the selection. The hummus was incredible and I overate before my dinners on multiple nights. You could easily skip a course if not an entire meal by timing your dinners around the club level offerings.
Our Favorite Club Level Hack - BYCLB
Bring Your Club Level Beer wherever you go! We brought club level beers to two of the three dinners we had while at AKL (the dinners were at AKL restaurants, to be clear). This was a great way to save money (and time, frankly, as adding a round of ordering at these restaurants can easily cost you 15 minutes).
I'm not going to lecture you on where you can and can't bring alcohol around property, but suffice to say if you've got free beer and a container, definitely consider when and where you want to be paying for alcohol.
closing thoughts about club level
Upgrading from Savannah View to Club Level is usually around $50 to $80 per day. For a couple, this is usually worth it. For a family of four, definitely worth it. The food offerings may be small bites, but they could easily cut significantly into your dinner costs, and your morning snack will be more than taken care of. I loved AKL and the Kilimanjaro Club and cannot wait to return.