Disneys Animal Kingdom Villas Kidani Village
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This hotel is beautiful. Exotic animals paint the background to a fun hotel. The hotel pool had a great water slide and relaxing atmosphere. The restaurant onsite is one of the most unique at Disney. The only downside is the distance away from the rest of Disney. The bus service was a little slow.
Before I start this review,I have to say that I love the Disney magic and the magic of Disney's Animal Kingdom Villas is no exception. We have stayed here several times and I love it more each visit. We stayed in a 1 bedroom villa with a standard view, which we enjoyed. Many of the standard view villas look out on the natural area across from the villas. We like this side because you get a beautiful view of the Florida sunset. These are condo type units with a full size, fully equipped kitchen, living room and an enormous master bath. There is also a second bathroom off the living room and a balcony that extends all the way across both the master bedroom and living rooms with sliding door access from both rooms. While we are now empty nesters, others may find the queen sized sleeper sofa and twin sleeper chair great for a family. When it's just us, we like to stay here and tend to spend more time enjoying the resort than the parks. The decor is African themed which is reflected in both the lobby and the rooms. While the rooms in the past were a bit dark they have just undergone refurbishment and are now lighter. I did not myself mind the darker ambience. The villas have a beautiful pool area that includes a small water park for the kids. There is also a nice bar area where you can get cocktails and some limited food items. The resort also has a restaurant, called Sanaa which is open for lunch and dinner. We have an arrival night ritual where we go down to Sanaa and have a dinner of bread service and a bottle of wine. I would highly recommend the bread service which comes with a variety of naan fresh from the oven along with complementary sauces in which to dip the bread. The staff here is always friendly and helpful and the resort has a regular schedule of activities for families and children. There is a walkway that goes out from the lobby to the savanna side of the resort, and a firepit with rocking chairs. Here you will usually find an intern on duty to talk with you about Africa and the animals.There are no breakfast options on site, but Jambo House is a quick 5 minute walk next door where there are multiple options. I believe Kidani does have room service breakfast and that can be an option as well. We usually fix breakfast ourselves in our villa. We also enjoyed watching the sunset from our balcony. We had an interesting treat this trip. We were on the top floor of the building in the corner, and as the sun just set we were surprised by a flight of what turned out to be hundreds of bats flying out into the dusk. They did not come close enough to us on the balcony to be nervous, so it was a beautiful sight! We made a point each night to grab a glass of wine, watch the sunset, and watch the launch of the bats. As empty nesters we very much enjoy the Animal Kingdom Villas at Kidani. If you have young children and plan to spend considerable time at the parks you will want to consider that this resort is only close to the Animal Kingdom park. While there is regular bus service, it does take longer to travel back and forth to the other parks.
This was our fourth time at this resort and each time has been amazing. We had a studio savannah room this time and giraffe's were right outside our door. Our three year old loved this hotel and we will definitely be back.
We are Disney Vacation Club members, and booked a 2-bedroom villa for 10 family members. We chose Kidani Village because the 2-bedroom has 3 bathrooms (as opposed to 2 in Jambo House). After our 6 nights in Kindani, 4 of us moved over to Jambo for one more night before the long drive home. The resort is beautiful. The theming is amazing, making you feel like you are really a part of the African environment. I actually enjoyed the facilities in Jambo House more, as there are more restaurants there, two bars, a more grand lobby, and Simbas Cubhouse. During our stay in Kidani, we had a Savannah view room. We saw many animals, including longhorn cattle, zebras, giraffes, gazelles, and an ostrich. However, if you are expecting to see them every time you look over your balcony, you will be disappointed. All of the food we had in the resort was delicious. We at at Boma twice, and Mara twice. The drinks at the bar were great. The only thing I was displeased with was the housekeeping service. Before our stay, I called an asked a few questions, to know if I needed to bring a nonslip bath mat for my kids, coffee for the room, and laundry detergent. I was told all would be provided. I was also told a high chair would be in the room - this was not true. We got one pack of coffee and 2 loads worth of laundry detergent for a room with 10 people for 7 days. Also, they told me they were bringing up the nonslip mat, and after 48 hours, finally came with a towel and said they didn't have any mats. After my son had an accident in his bed, it took 12 hours, two phone calls, and me raising my voice, to get someone to just bring up a fresh pair of sheets. This was not the level of service I expect from Disney, especial in this price range.
Our stay at the AKL-Kidani Village was over New Years. Our home resort is Saratoga Springs and we were able to reserve AKL (dedicated 2 bedroom/2bath with a Savanna view) exactly at the 7 month check-in date.Kidani Village is geared towards DVC so the rooms are a tad bit larger and overall quieter than Jambo. There is only one restaurant in Kidani, Sanaa, which was very good. All the other restaurants are in Jambo. This really didn't bother us as we ate most meals off the property.As far as getting to and from Kidani and Jambo, there is a shuttle (van) that operates about every 5-10 minutes, otherwise it's about a 1/2 mile walk between the two lodges. Since we were there during the holidays, the shuttle did operate on a timely basis. When my daughter stayed at Kidani in October she mentioned that the shuttle didn't run as often as stated.The room was decorated in an African theme which I found acceptable, but made the unit dark so we had the lights on even during the day. The kitchen wasn't well stocked with pots and pans (only one small frying pan, 2 small sauce pans and a smaller stock pot). There is a stackable washer/dryer in the unit, but it's really loud when in use.The Kidani lodge was built with really long hallways because of the savanna. Our room was really far the the lobby and on the other wing furthest from Jambo house. If you don't want a long walk, request a room close to the lobby. We did have a rental car and were able to park close to the room, but we tried to use the Disney transportation when going to and from the parks. Btw, there is only one entrance to the self parking and it's located under the lodge and follows the long hallways of the lodge. It's divided into 4 continous sections (Pumba, Rafiki, Timon and Zasu) so the garage may initally seem like a maze, but the signage is excellent.We really did enjoy the unit with the savanna view and that the property was beautiful, but in hindsight we felt that, for our needs, that AKL was somewhat out of the way for us. Yes, the shuttles to and from the parks are great and run on time, but we were there to also golf. We had a rental car, but it's still a bit out of the way to any of the Disney golf courses, or any golf course for that matter. Also, I always like to stop by the outlet mall and AKL is further away than Saratoga Springs (a golf pro shop is located at SSR and the LBV golf course is on property). Naturally, we know all of this before we booked AKL; if anything we wanted to try it as a change of pace.Overall, If I come with other people who have a primary goal of just going the the parks, I would stay at AKL again. Otherwise, I'll stick with my home resort of SSR.
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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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