America's Best Family Hotels
The Walt Disney Company
No. 2 Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge, Lake Buena Vista, FL
Keep an eye out for zebras, giraffes, and gazelles on the 43-acre wildlife preserve of the Animal Kingdom Lodge. You can spy wildlife from your own private balcony, or from an open flatbed truck during the three-hour signature safari experience. African influences turn up everywhere from the grand lobby with its thatched ceiling to the upscale restaurant Jiko, which serves piri-piri chicken and South African wines. Make a reservation for two and drop the kids at Simba’s Clubhouse.
Parents Love: A sunrise wildlife excursion, followed by a private breakfast buffet at Pizzafari.
Kids Love: The 67-foot waterslide at the savanna-facing, zero-depth-entry Uzima Pool.