Animals in the Savannah at Disney's Animal Kingdom resort
  • On Nov 14, 2018
    Jessica from IL Asked

    We are staying at AKL Christmas week. Will my family have issues at breakfast, lunch, and/or dinner w/o having a reservation? I understand Sanaa and Jiko reservations are required due to crowds, but I'm concerned about off times during this crazy week

    Hello Jessica!

    Welcome to the Disney Parks Moms Panel!

    I am happy to hEAR that you will be visiting “The Most Magical Place on Earth” during the holiday season!
    You will absolutely love staying at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge during Christmas week. The decorations at this Disney Resort hotel are stunning, and the beautiful Christmas tree in the lobby is breathtaking!

    This is a very popular Disney Resort hotel not only for Guests wishing to stay there, but also for Guests who wish to have a meal at popular dining destinations such as Sanaa, Jiko – The Cooking Place, and Boma – Flavors of Africa. While reservations are indeed highly recommended for all of these restaurants year round and especially during peak times, you may still try to check availability for Guests without a reservation. To increase your chances of finding a table, try to arrive earlier or later than the times most people will normally have their meals. If you try a late breakfast and early or late lunch and dinner you may have better chances. I also recommend to constantly check the My Disney Experience mobile app, because sometimes plans change and Guests must cancel their reservations. In addition, The Mara is a great quick-service restaurant located at this Disney Resort hotel, and it also offers amazing options for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and I am sure they will appeal to the appetites of your family. What’s great about The Mara is that is stays open until 1:30 a.m. Finally, don’t forget that you can also rely on room service.

    Thank you so much for sending your question our way. I hope this helps you plan a magical vacation!

    Best magical wishes,
    Thiana
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Meet the Panelist: Thiana, Brazil

My name is Thiana, and I'm a university professor and certified translator from beautiful Brazil. I am happily married to my best friend, and we have a lovely girl who is an aspiring Jedi knight, and loves the Disney Princesses. When I am not busy with work or family, you can catch me reading, playing and listening to music, or planning our next vacation - the Walt Disney World Resort is our top destination. I hope to help you plan a magical Disney vacation that will be filled with wonderful memories. Learn More About Thiana

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