Tuesday, March 27, 2012
Fitness Challenge: Day 49
Animal Kingdom Lodge at Walt Disney World wows visitors with its recreated African environment. You see giraffes glide by on your way to your room. kudu and antelope with night vision goggles and African birds throughout the resort.
While your kids are at the playground or zipping down a slide into the pool, you can work off a South African feast (courtesy of the signature resaturant, Jiko, which has plenty of vegetarian options) at the gym.
There are two at Animal Kingdom Lodge, one at Jambo House, the main part of the hotel, and one at Kidani Village. I used the Jambo House gym, where the treadmills ovelook the lush vegetation and the main pool, so if our spouse is at the pool with the kids, you can keep an extra eye on them while you run. I was pleased by the selection of free weights and the stretching area, with mats and stability balls.
All day access
I've been to Animal Kingdom Lodge 3 or 4 times, and I see little kids late at night, in the wading pool or searching for animals. Not sure when they sleep. But if you have spent the day at Disney parks and still have the energy to work out, you can use the fitness center at Jambo House 24 hours a day.