Friday, April 30, 2004
Luxury Living: Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge
Think of it as an African safari without travelling half way around the world. In Tonight's Luxury Living report, Shireen Sandoval is ready for the great outdoors. She's showing us a side of Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge reserved for the rich and famous.
(WSVN) -- Imagine looking out your hotel window and seeing these guys roaming around.
No this isn't africa -- it's walt disney world's animal kingdom lodge in orlando.
It's where you go if the call of the wild is calling you, but roughing it isn't your style.
Damarys Erickson of the Animal Kingdom Lodge says, "The guests do not worry about anything while they're here, we pretty much take care of everything that they need."
Especially if you stay at one of the resorts 17 suites.
Joe Kalla from the Animal Kingdom Lodge says, "Welcome to the presidential suite at Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge."
The presidential is the biggest, and its where celebrities like Julie Andrews and Regis Philbin have kicked up their feet.
Here, you have 2,000 square feet of luxury living space in authentic african decor.
Relax in the living room by the fireplace.
Enjoy the museum quality artwork, like these real royal slippers made of gold. Or check out the incredible view.
"It might even be more luxurious then some of the places you'd see in Africa," says Kalla.
Staying in a suite has its' perks like Winyama -- an exclusive sunset safari.
Animal Kingdom Lodge Safari Guide Leisl King says, "This is our replication of an authentic African safari experience."
Hop into a special roof raised van and behind the gates into the hotel's savannah.
The animals are so close, they've even touched guests.
A hotel guest says, "Oh I think it was a wonderful thing to offer."
"It's a unique experience that not that many people get to do and for some people it turns out to be the highlight of their stay with us," says Leisl.
Once the safari's over, the luxury living isn't... It's time for edible experience where you get to chat about your adventure.
"Welcome to Jiko. I'm going to start you out with our taste of Africa," says the executive chef.
The hotel's premiere restaurant offers a multi-course African dinner prepared by the restaurant's executive chef -- plus you get your very own wine expert to pair a wine with your meal.
So get out your binoculars and your khakis, and toast to this luxury living experience of a lifetime.The safari and the dinner costs about $150 Dollars, but is only open to concierge level guests.
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