Staying in the Jambo House section of Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge in May 2021 was a different sort of experience than before the COVID-19 pandemic. Only Disney Vacation Club rooms at the resort were available, and many amenities weren’t operating. No table service restaurants were open in this section of the resort, and the Zawadi Marketplace gift shop was not just closed, all the merchandise had been removed.

This probably explains why we got the hotel for a mere $126 per night.

While we could still enjoy the amazing pool area and, of course, views of the savannah, we couldn’t in good conscience do an entire hotel review when the property was missing so many of its usual comforts. So here’s a shorter review and tour focused on the just the DVC Studio rooms at Jambo House: