I recently had the opportunity to spend a girl’s weekend with 5 others in a two bedroom unit at Animal Kingdom Lodge. The unit is part of the Disney Vacation Club and was obtained through David’s DVC Rentals. David’s is the way to go if you want to rent DVC points. Great prices, easy streamed-lined process and a great and helpful staff to guide you through the process.
Reserving this unit through DVC point rental for 3 nights, requires approximately 100 points (depending on time of year) which rent for $14 a point ($1,400). Reserving this unit through Disney’s direct reservation system for 3 nights would start at a cost of $757 per night (cost starting at $2,271+).
Our unit was considered a two-bedroom “lock off” that sleeps 9. Not being a DVC owner, the term “lock off” initially confused me but once I arrived it became very clear. It was actually a combination of a one bedroom unit with a studio on one side. The studio is usable alone and the one bedroom unit is usable alone. The studio can also be used with the center living area as a one bedroom unit that would sleep 7. The living area sits in the middle of the studio and the one bedroom. For anyone that has ever wondered about the comfort of those chairs that convert into a single bed – wonder no longer – comfortable – roomy and a great spot for someone that isn’t a fan of sharing a bed! The chart below shows how the rooms were situated:
So Disney Vacation Club actually considers this two separate units. A studio that sleeps 4, and a one bedroom that sleeps 5 – Combine the two via unlocked doors and you have a two bedroom “lock off.”
We all know that the Animal Kingdom Lodge is a beautiful resort. The lobby and grounds are stunning and the restaurants outstanding. If you have the opportunity to rent DVC points to stay at this resort – I highly recommend it. The only negative I could say would be that the Jacuzzi tub in the master bath is high. This is also the shower. Stepping over the side of the tub to shower can be difficult for someone that is not as flexible and agile as others.
Note: In the photos, the cabinets appear dirty. This is not the case – everything is spotless. The cabinets are “distressed” wood.
When staying in a DVC unit, you do not receive daily housekeeping services. Housekeeping only visits the units every 3 days to change towels, empty trash and replenish small items such as shampoo, soap, etc. We used Garden Grocer for our small food, coffee and soft drink supplies.
If you would like to stay at one of Walt Disney World’s Deluxe resorts on a moderate resort budget, think about renting DVC points! I will definitely be staying at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge again.