Jambo House is the common name for the main resort building at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge. If you visit the Lodge this is more than likely where you will end up. Unless you are going to dinner at Sanaa, which is located in the other portion of the resort known as Kidani Village.
For the sake of this review we will take a look at a deluxe studio room at Jambo House. This is a specific type of room we think you might like to consider. It’s also a favorite in our list of Walt Disney World Resorts.
Disney’s Animal Kingdom Jambo House is a resort like no other. The hotel is expansive but is designed in a way that makes it easy to get around. It almost offers a boutique feel, with dining or transportation seemingly only a few steps away.
For this stay, we had reserved a standard studio room at Jambo House. Surprisingly, we were upgraded to a pool view room. It actually also ended up having a partial savanna view. Upgrades at Disney are very unexpected when you receive them and always a delight.
Anyways, this studio room works really good for two adults or solo trips. It’s also great for couples traveling with one child or two small children. As you can see in the photo below there is one standard queen size bed.
Additionally the double sofa pulls out to make another queen bed.
Note: If you are traveling with two small children or maybe a girls trip, ask us about reserving a room with bunk beds as well. Jambo House does offer some standard rooms with one queen bed and a set of bunk beds. This is something fairly unique to the resort.
The deluxe studios are spacious and ideal for preparing small meals throughout the trip.
As you can probably tell, there is ample room for storage and a decent sized table with chairs.
There is a wardrobe that provides space for hanging clothing items and the dresser has nice drawer space.
For us, this is always a nice perk because we like to unpack when we arrive for a long vacation. These furniture pieces provide plenty of room to allow for organization.
Here’s a close up of that table with chairs. Most of the table service restaurants at Disney are now offering the option to order takeout. You can order bread service from Sanaa and then take a leisurely walk down to Kidani Village to pick it up. After that, bring it back to your room and enjoy it here.
Or you could even have dinner out on the balcony. Trust me, Animal Kingdom Lodge is one of those resorts that puts you in relaxation mode. You are going to want to spend some resort time here.
The balcony offers two chairs with a table in between.
And here’s a look at our pool view. One of the animal savanna viewing areas is also visible in the distance.
Back inside, a look at the room from the foyer.
One of the differences when reserving a villa over a standard hotel room at Jambo House is the mini kitchenette. You may remember that same difference from our recent look at the Copper Creek studio and the Riviera Resort room review.
The kitchenette offers a regular size coffee maker, microwave, mini-fridge, dishes, and a sink.
There’s a little counter space to prepare meals. Many of our clients use this area to prepare breakfast before heading out to the parks. You can also purchase microwaveable meals in the resort store or have groceries delivered.
Underneath the counters you’ll find another plus. There is extra storage for trash and recycle. Unlike most standard rooms you won’t have trash just sitting out in the room. And the refrigerator in the villas is also larger than the ones found in regular rooms at Jambo House.
The guests baths provide a water closet style space that is separate from the vanity area. That allows multiple people to get ready at the same time.
The pocket door between the vanity and bath area is a nice space saver. And there are double sinks with a raised counter for personal items, and additional storage space below.
The bath is a standard tub with shower combination.
Altogether, the bath area is spacious and efficient.
In addition to the large wardrobe in the room, you’ll find a separate closet space. Here there’s an in room safe, iron, ironing board, and hair dryer.
We’ll wrap this up with a brief look around Jambo House. There are two main animal viewing areas for the public on the savanna. One is back behind the resorts main pool area. The other is located toward the back lower floor of the main lobby at Jambo.
One unique thing about Animal Kingdom Lodge is they only have one feature pool and no separate quiet pool. But the feature pool is so nice I doubt too many people notice.
And the recreation area around the pool is also worth mentioning. There’s tons of outdoor lounge chairs, tables with chairs, and different types of games set up.
And you’ll find multiple spas surrounding the outdoor pool area. They are all located a bit off from the pool providing offering a little distance from the noise.
Here’s a look at one of the outdoor animal viewing areas.
Make sure to check them out often during your stay at Jambo House. You never know what you’ll end up seeing.
We at Firefly Travels hoped you enjoyed this Jambo House room review. Animal Kingdom Lodge is one of our favorite Disney resorts to recommend to guests for a variety of reasons. With so many things to see and do at the resort alone, we truly believe you could enjoy a stay here without even visiting the parks!
But we know most of you are eager to head to Hollywood Studios for Rise of the Resistance. While others can’t wait to experience the magic of Magic Kingdom, or maybe you just want to try everything at Epcot!
And if you haven’t visited Animal Kingdom since Pandora opened, well, maybe it wouldn’t be so easy to do a resort-only stay after all.
Whatever you decide, we hope you’ll contact us to help you plan your next vacation. You can do so by filling out a contact form here on the site. And feel free to leave a comment below with any questions!