We woke up bright and early (or dark and early at 3:00 AM) on a Saturday morning to fly to Orlando a day before our cruise departure on a Sunday. We wanted to spend our one night pre-cruise stay on Disney property at a spot we've never stayed. Since it was only one night, we decided to try out a deluxe. I haven't stayed at a deluxe since I visited with my family in 2007, and Ashley has never stayed at one. (Spoiler alert: she never wants to stay anywhere else again. I've convinced her we need to stay at all the Disney properties so we have to branch out. :) ) Ashley's favorite park is Animal Kingdom and we've eaten at Boma a few times, so her pick has always been Animal Kingdom Lodge.
here) for dinner and hear great things about Jiko, but those are not lunch spots. Since we weren't visiting the parks, it wasn't easy for us to quickly grab lunch anywhere else. The second is that it seems to be quite far away from everything (other than Animal Kingdom.) We took a bus to Downtown Disney at about 9:00 ish and it took us FORTY FIVE minutes to get there. Not including the little bit of time we waited for the bus to arrive. Downtown Disney is currently undergoing construction so there are less bus stops open, but that was a really long bus ride for a very low-crowd time. Our ride back wasn't nearly as long, for the record. Neither of these would deter us from staying here, though, because we're ready to go back :).
P.S. The lobby is good for a quick cat nap.