Disneys Animal Kingdom Villas Kidani Village
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My husband and I have been DVC members for years and decided to try this resort for the first time. We did not know there would be such a big difference between the Villas at Kidani Village and the Jambo house resort. First of all, we requested a quieter room with a savanna view. We got the view but the room was not in a quiet location. We requested to be moved after seeing the room and hearing a giant family gathering and about an hour later we received a call that we could move to a new location. It is important to know that these villas are designed in a LONG serpentine line and it can be a VERY long walk to get from your room to the lobby. We walk at a fast pace and it took us 7 minutes. Also know that unless you want food from the gift shop, outdoor bar or upscale restaurants you either need to make and additional 10 minute walk of catch a shuttle to the Jambo House where the is a large quick service restaurant with many more choices and a much larger, impressive lobby. We were not greeted or acknowledged by any staff at the Kidani Village but the staff is very welcoming at the Jambo House. Since we lost time waiting for the quieter room and walking such great distances and had to wait on the shuttle to eat we asked for a late check out. This night desk receptionist thought it was possible and said we'd get a call in the morning. When no call cam by 8:30 we called the front desk and were told DVC members never get a late checkout. I tried to explain our situation but late checkout is only possible for other guests. We felt almost punished because we were DVC members and will not be back.
Did a split stay here between poly, kidani and Jambo this trip. I was again reminded why I love this resort so much. Yes it is a little out of the way and you rely on the bus system more but that only adds to it. You don't even feel like you are in Florida - it could be a resort vacation in itself. Nothing beats the savannah views or the food!
When we first stayed at Kidani Village, I wondered if I'd like it. It's far away from all the Disney parks except Animal Kingdom. The food is different, of course it is, it's an African resort. I was supposed to be able to see some animals from our room. Well let me tell you, it's a family favorite. Here's why: the savanna views are breath-taking. There's something surrealistic about waking up in the morning and looking out and seeing giraffes and antelope outside your room without the need to get binoculars. Hint - ask for a room away from the center of the resort - the view is better. Also, at night, go down to the fire ring, eat some smores, and put on a pair of night vision goggles to see the wildlife at night. Incredible! The restaurants at Kidani and the adjacent Jambo House are wonderful. Even if you've never had African food, try it, because you will love it. Kidani also has a great pool and a tennis court that you can arrange to have a local pro come for a lesson. The tennis pro we've had was great with kids, in case you are wondering. If you have a car at Disney, the main parking area at Kidani is at ground level, but under the resort itself, so heat never becomes an issue when you need your car.
Wow!!! We stayed in a studio room for 4 days, it had a small kitchen with utensils included. The hotel was undergoing renovations but we didn't see or hear any noises. Beautiful hotel. Very clean. Fantastic service. You do have to walk a lot to get to your rooms, but worth it 100%. We saw animals every day all day. Amazing experience!!!
We stayed 8 nights over March break at Kidani. The kids threw the drapes open every morning to discover something new and/or wild on the savanna. They even saw an ostrich chasing two gazelles one morning! Morning or Night, the views here are amazing. Many complain it is too far from the Disney action but this is the PRINCIPAL reason we LOVE AKL! Off the beaten path, quiet and totally immersive. My youngest is almost finished her charm bracelet, my son loved the basketball court and pool and my eldest soaked in all of the decor and culture. We've stayed here 5 times and already have a 6th on the calendar. Sanaa is AMAZING and the bread service unbelievable! The Castmembers are very knowledgeable and love sharing their passion for Disney. I'll never get bored of "Welcome Home" every time we walk through the front sliding doors. Jambo may be bigger but Kidani is truly "Home" for us!
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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)
Resort Location Map
Disneys Animal Kingdom Villas Kidani VillageOrlando,United States
- Hotel Contacts
- Extra Info
3701 Osceola Pkwy Lake Buena Vista, Orlando, FL 32830-8445
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