Fire Alarm Blares at Disney’s Jambo House, Guests Stop for a Selfie

Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge
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When planning a trip to Walt Disney World, you expect magic and pixie dust, and maybe not fire alarms and evacuations. But even at “The Most Magical Place On Earth,” protocols are in place to ensure all Guests are safe at all hours of the day.

Disney World has so much to offer from its four Parks, two water Parks, and countless Resorts. A trip to any of the Parks always includes attractions, entertainment, dining experiences, and nighttime shows. Magic Kingdom, Animal Kingdom, EPCOT, and Hollywood Studios all have so much to offer; each trip can feel like an entirely new experience each time you visit.

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Disney World Resorts

One way to ensure you have a magical trip is by planning out ahead of time all you want to accomplish during your stay. For many Guests, staying on property adds the extra special touch to an unforgettable vacation. While staying off-property is always an option and can sometimes be more affordable, Disney offers many perks for staying at a Disney Resort Hotel.

Though off-property could be cheaper, if you do your research and have flexibility with your dates, a cheap stay at Disney is possible! Especially with promotions they often roll out throughout the year. Disney’s Resort ranges from their Value Resort Hotels to their Deluxe Villas. Within the ranges, Resorts include their own unique themes, recreation, dining, and amenities.

Family fitness at Disney's Art of Animation Resort

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Resorts like Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort, and Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge are Deluxe Resort Hotels with over-the-top accommodations. At Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge, Guests “Step into the heart of Africa” with this immersive Resort. The Resort offers dazzling pools, African art, and nearly 200 animals roaming the lush savannas.

Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge

It may just be the best views from any Resort offered at a Disney Resort, with zebras, birds, and giraffes all seen from the comfort of your own balcony. While the views are breathtaking, and the experience is unreal, it’s still a Resort at the end of the day. That means it still has to operate the way a hotel would with protocols, security, and safety for all Guests and Cast Members.

Animal Kingdom Lodge

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Recently, a Guest recounted their stay at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge and their experience when a not-so-magical alarm sounded. Guests staying in the Jambo House were asked to leave their hotel rooms mid-night due to a fire alarm. While this happens sometimes, what comes next isn’t something you’d expect.

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A Guest took to Reddit to share their frustration not with the alarm but with other Guests also staying at the Deluxe Resort. They wrote, “Seriously, people. While the fire alarm going off at 2:30 a.m. at Jambo House may be nothing (or a fire alarm going off anywhere, really), you stopping the flow of traffic to take selfies with you and your children on the stairs is ridiculous. You are holding up people evacuating a building in case of a fire for a picture?”

Another Disney fan took to the comment section to add, “How else will people on the gram know about that experience if there is no selfie to prove it… We live in a weird digital age…”

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Staying at a Disney Resort

We certainly live in an era where everything is documented, but a fire alarm in the early morning hours is an interesting choice to snap a photo of. Although no further comments were made, it seems the fire alarm was nothing more than an alarm, as a fire or something of the liking would have likely been reported.

Animal Kingdom Resort

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It’s always important to note that during situations like this, to evacuate and get out quickly in case there may be a fire in your area. As a Guest at any Resort, it’s also important to remember that most areas are communal and you do have neighbors, though it may feel like your vacation is an oasis of all its own.

Have you ever experienced a fire alarm during your stay at a Disney Resort?

About Sarahfina LoFaso

Sarahfina is an author, and adjunct professor with a passion for writing and of course, all things Disney! Cinderella is her favorite princess and movie, both the animated and Rodgers & Hammerstein’s 1997 version. In close second place is Hercules, tied with Saving Mr. Banks. Sarahfina enjoys writing about the history of Walt Disney and all the parks, along with food, dining, and resorts. Her favorite ride is the Tower of Terror, and her favorite restaurant right now is the San Angel Inn, in EPCOT. Most importantly, her must-have snack every Disney trip is the controversial turkey leg, because it reminds her of her family trips as a kid with her grandparents.