When Disney recently opened its 1,293-room Animal Kingdom Lodge, members of the human kingdom rejoiced. Finally, a chance to go on a state-of-the-art safari without suffering the discomforts. Rooms, of course, are climate-controlled, the water always drinkable—and the mosquito netting draped over beds is just for show. Best of all, unlike an African safari, there's no risk of going home without seeing enough animals. Giraffes graze right outside your hotel window, blesbok and spiral-horned bongo roam the grounds—visible even at night, thanks to man-made moonglow. And more feathered, furred, hoofed, beaked, billed, and horned creatures are just a few minutes away, at the company's three-year-old Animal Kingdom theme park. Hush—was that a roar?
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Rates at Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge start at $204 for a double (children free). Admission to Animal Kingdom is $50 ($38 for kids 3 to 9; free for those under 3). For more information, call 407/934-7639 or see www.disneyworld.com.