Review of Club Level at Animal Kingdom Lodge

During our stay at Animal Kingdom Lodge (AKL), we spent four nights in a Savannah View room with club level access. (We were able to afford club level because we were able to save $2025.09 with the Citi Prestige!) This is our review of one of our best Disney experiences ever, our time at Animal Kingdom Lodge's club level, the Kilimanjaro Club.

View from the Kilimanjaro Club at Animal Kingdom Lodge

View from the Kilimanjaro Club at Animal Kingdom Lodge

The Animal Kingdom Lodge Club - The Kilimanjaro Club

Club level access at Animal Kingdom Lodge gives you access to the Kilimanjaro Club, which is on the 6th floor of 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. A treat like this is important, given that Animal Kingdom Lodge is the deluxe resort with the most limited transit options. 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).

The lighting in AKL is not the best for photos

The lighting in AKL is not the best for photos

Food Offerings AT THE KILIMANJARO CLUB

There are five food offerings through the day.

The menu of offerings at the Animal Kingdom Lodge Club Level Kilimanjaro Club

The menu of offerings at the Animal Kingdom Lodge Club Level Kilimanjaro Club

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.

Some of the breakfast at AKL Kilimanjaro Club

Some of the breakfast at AKL Kilimanjaro Club

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).

Yes, That is Tim Allen - Jungle 2 Jungle and a Tusker Ale

Yes, That is Tim Allen - Jungle 2 Jungle and a Tusker Ale

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.

The Cost Of upgrading to club level at animal kingdom lodge

If you're getting a Savannah View room already (which you should), adding club level might not be that much more expensive.

A Savannah View room gives you a great spot from which to watch the animals!

A Savannah View room gives you a great spot from which to watch the animals!

For instance, for a 7-night stay from February 15 to February 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.

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.

Want to know about another deluxe disney world resort? check out our review of wilderness lodge!