Disneys Animal Kingdom Villas Kidani Village
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Animal Kingdom lodge was great, we had a very nice quick stay. The only reason for the 4 instead of 5 stars is Kidani Village is a little far from the main lodge. It was slightly inconvenient to travel to the main lodge for dinner. Kidani Village does have dining and its own animals but we prefer the main lodge. Would definitely stay again everything was clean and quiet.
We just finished our visit and this place was wonderful. As a DVC resort, it is a little more remote, but a lot less crowded which made it a lot nicer to sit and relax in the lobby. We had a studio villa and for us this trip, it was ideal. We made our breakfast in the room each morning and headed out to the bus stop which is very conveniently located. We enjoyed viewing the animals and speaking with the cast members. Can't wait to return.
We stayed here in October 2016 right after Hurricane Matthew. The resort was very nice. The best part were the giraffes outside our windows every morning. We had a one bedroom suite as part of our DVC. The room was nice but very dark due to all the dark furniture. The bathroom could do with some updating and more lights. We did not eat at the resort. We used the kids club which was clean and staff friendly.
I absolutely loved this hotel. It was clean, well equipped and the animals were an absolute pleasure to watch. Less kids than Jambo House - - but a better pool/slide.My only problem was that housekeeping actually made a mess in my room, and when they came back in to clean it up, they sprayed the floor and then placed a towel on the floor and used their feet to clean. The "towel" was the same type of towel that is supplied to guests in the bathroom - - a hand towel. How disgusting. Prior to the cleaning incident above - - I would have give them 5 stars.
We had a fantastic experience, staying 4 nights in a 1-bedroom villa, standard view (2 adults and 2 kids, ages 5 and 2) in early March 2017. Major reasons to stay here: It's such a beautiful resort. Also, Kidani really takes theming to the next level by offering valuable exposure to African culture (albeit a sanitized Disney version, but I think thatâ€™s better than nothing). The architecture is interesting and inviting, original African art is spread throughout, and there's even a "savannah" with grazing African animals. Importantly, â€ścultural representativesâ€ť from African nations staff the resort and provide programming throughout the day. My son participated in an African drum circle, played a fun "match the poop to the animalâ€ť game, and we had an interesting conversation with a cast member from Botswana about his country. I think my kids enjoyed these interactions even more than the animals, which I wasnâ€™t expecting. Other pros:-Offers good value for a Deluxe Disney resort, as itâ€™s typically less expensive than the monorail resorts. -Pool is lovely and has a really fun splash area for kids. -Housekeeping was fantastic; villa was very comfortable and spacious. Major reason to not stay here: It is a bit removed from everything else at WDW (except for the Animal Kingdom park, which is around the corner). The ride to the Magic Kingdom seemed particularly long. If your vision for your Disney vacation includes lots of park-hopping, frequent swim breaks, late nights at the Magic Kingdom, etc., then you might be better off at a monorail resort for ease of getting around. On the flip-side, the remoteness can be a bonus if you prefer a more low-key trip. Having young kids with us, we decided it best to hit the parks at opening, stay as long as they were happy, and call it a day when they started to max out (vs. taking a mid-day break and heading back to the parks at night). We did make an exception with Animal Kingdom, since itâ€™s so close and I really wanted to see the nighttime Tree of Life Awakenings. So for this trip, we didnâ€™t really miss the monorail. Kidani Village vs. Jambo House:- Jambo House is larger and more impressive architecturally (e.g. the jaw-dropping lobby) while Kidani is still beautiful but more subtle. -Kidani has a quiet, serene atmosphere while Jambo House is much more busy (esp. the downstairs dining area by Boma and Jiko- this got really congested at night). -Jambo has casual, quick-service dining (the Mara) while Kidani does not. I walked over to the Mara from Kidani a couple of times to grab dinner and bring it back to the room. I enjoyed the walk, but Iâ€™m in pretty good shape; those w/ more limited mobility might find it a bit long (note there is a little van that shuttles people between the two areas). -The buses always picked-up at Kidani first, then Jambo House, so this is a bonus during busy times when buses fill-up quickly. Savannah view vs. standard view room:Personally, Iâ€™m glad we didnâ€™t shell out for a Savannah-view room. There are plenty of lovely public areas to view the animals, and we really didnâ€™t spend much time in the room. Transportation: Generally, we were pleased with bus transportation to and from the parks. Buses to parks in the AM were very efficient (we never waited more than a few minutes). However, we typically waited longer when returning to Kidani later in the day (the longest wait was over 30 minutes, when leaving the Magic Kingdom one day at 1 PM). Food tip: Sanaa has a very small lounge, including a bar and a few tables, which serves the full dinner menu. The tables are first-come, first-serve, so if you donâ€™t have a reservation (ADR in Disney-speak) and none are available, ask for a table in the lounge. Itâ€™s a little dark and thereâ€™s no view of the animals (as in the main dining room) but we still enjoyed a lovely meal here.
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- 972 rooms
- 3 restaurants
- 2 bars
- 2 pools
- Spa (fee)
- Disney shops
- Complimentary transportation throughout the Walt Disney World Resort
- Extra Magic Hours: Extended opening hours - before and after regular hours - for Disney hotel guests
- 1 king-size bed
- Living area with queen-size sofa bed and one sleeper chair
- Whirlpool tub
- Flat panel TV
- In-room safe
- Alarm clock
- Washer and dryer
- DVD player
- Full kitchen
- Occupancy up to 5 persons (max. adults: 5 / max. children: 4)
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Disneys Animal Kingdom Villas Kidani VillageOrlando,United States
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3701 Osceola Pkwy Lake Buena Vista, Orlando, FL 32830-8445
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