Disneys Animal Kingdom Villas Kidani Village
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I wanted to take the time to write about my daughters (and mine) great experience. We went into the Community Room on the lobby floor to pass time while others in our party were getting ready and a nice lady by the name of Torri greeted us warmly and welcomed us. There were table games, board games, legos, books, crafts, TV shows - you name it.The best part was Torri's customer service and willingness to help. We made two bracelets with colorful beads (provided free by Kidani) and my daughter hasn't taken hers off since (except baths and last day swimming there).Fantastic service - thank you.
This was our second time staying at Animal Kingdom Lodge-Kidani Village. Last year we brought our family & extended family for 5 days. We stayed in a 2 bedroom villa and enjoyed it immensely. This year we stayed here for two nights just as a couple in a 1 bedroom villa. I cannot say enough good things about this resort. The villas are huge, beautifully decorated, and the beds are very comfortable. The bathroom right off of the bedroom is the stuff of dreams. There is a shower that would probably fit 6 people, a wonderful jetted tub which is great for relaxing after a day at the parks, 2 sinks with tons of counter space and the bathroom itself is really large. There are also Lion King tiles on the wall, which are really pretty. The furniture is carved wood & is gorgeous. We had a great view of the animals on the Sunset Savanna. It was very cool to go sit on the balcony and watch giraffes, zebras, etc. walking around right outside of your room. It is quite a walk if you get a room towards the end of the hallway, but not horrible. Make sure to request a lower floor and close to the lobby. Sanaa, the restaurant downstairs, has just started serving quick service breakfast. We ate here one morning and were pleasantly surprised. The food was very good, and we even had a crane buddy who kept looking in the window at us. Parking is underneath the hotel, which is great because your car is not out in the hot sun and it is relatively easy & convenient to bring your bags up to your room. Bus service is great, and runs very consistently and on time.The pool is wonderful and the pool bar is also great. Very friendly cast members, and check-in was a breeze. Airline check-in was also very easy and went smoothly with friendly people and no issues. We brought another couple with us and they also stayed in a 1 bedroom villa. They were pleasantly surprised and now they also can't wait to come back again & bring the kids. I don't have one bad thing to say about this resort. It is very quiet and peaceful. We have stayed here with kids and as a couple, and both visits were equally wonderful. If you get the chance to stay here, by all means do it!
This was our first stay at Disney's Animal Kingdom Villas-Kidani. I was hesitant to stay here because of some of past experiences of other travelers. However my experience was very different, on a positive level and a great experience for all of my family. Notes to consider: -We stayed in a standard 2 bedroom villa which faced parts of the resort pool. While this isn't exciting we didn't exactly hang out on the huge balcony that stretched three portions of our villa. For those concerned booking a standard villa vs. a savanna villa, rest assured you will see plenty of animals as you enter and exit the resort and your room. The windows in the hotel resort, lobby area, and resort hallways all feature wonderful views of the savanna, some even at night time. Everyday we saw a new animal. Some of the animals included zebras, ostriches, giraffes, wildebeests, and all kinds of unique exotic birds. The standard view is the way to go if you are trying to save some money. I'm sure the savanna view from your room would be gorgeous, but you are not missing anything at all if you decide to book standard. -Book close to the lobby as much as possible. I tried to scope out the room layout using touringplans.com. Although you can fax a room request, there is no guarantee you will get what you asked for. We lucked out and got our 2nd room request, which was very close to the lobby. If you are not close to the lobby be prepared to take a long walk to get from the bus stop to the lobby. -I passed the online check-in system on my disney experience since I like talking and asking questions to the cast members. You can do online check-in and use your magic band without having to physically check in to your resort. I am old fashioned and prefer the physical check in so I can get more information if needed. The cast members there were great, very helpful, and gave me the correct information (Including Chinese cuisine take out recommendations).-Speaking of take-out, DO NOT USE THE FLYERS SLIPPED UNDER YOUR HOTEL ROOM FRONT DOOR. These are scam artists trying to get your credit card information and spend frivolously. If you are looking for take out options, please please go to the lobby and ask concierge, bell services, or hotel management for recommendations and information. Additionally, you will have to pick up the food yourself at the lobby entrance. The food folks will not deliver directly to your door. I didn't mind this at all since it's for the safety of the folks staying at the resort. -The bus stop is very close to the lobby entrance of the resort. There is only one bus stop for the whole resort. Sometimes depending on the bus system the bus will make an additional stop to the Jambo House Animal Kingdom resort prior to heading to the final destination. Another good consideration for staying at the Kidani resort is most buses will stop at this resort first if it does make another 2nd stop to pick up people. When the buses drop off people, Sometimes Jambo house is first, sometimes Kidani is first. Either way, the bus system was fantastic. Lots of buses come frequently and the longest we ever wait was probably ten minutes. I think the only time that it was a terrible wait is being picked up from Disney Springs. We found that to be the case with most of the resort bus systems, regardless of where you were staying. We waited about 30 minutes for a Kidani bus to show up. Otherwise that was the only exception. -Our room itself was spacious, clean and beautiful. All the appliances worked, including kitchen and bathroom areas. TVs were in working condition. Water pressure was surprisingly awesome and we did not run out hot or cold water. The Jacuzzi tub had some issues: The only way to turn on the jets was to turn it on from the electrical breaker for the room. The button did not work. We did call this in and although the cast members were very helpful to let us know how to work it, the fact that we couldn't operate the jets directly from the tub was a little strange. The room temperature was adequate and our thermostat worked very well. -The only reason why this review didn't get five stars is because of the lighting of the room and the resort. This resort is somewhat of a romantic adventure setting, with very low "mood" lighting to set the experience right. While that portion is nice, it made for seeing areas and reading stuff very difficult to do. Our family of 7 had a hard time reading items and we often resorted to our cell phone for additional light. Some walkways are very dark, especially outside, so you have to watch where you are going. This also holds true for the rooms. Even with all the lights on, it was still hard to see what you are reading or doing. -If the lighting is the only complaint of this resort, I'd say our experience was amazing and delightful. I don't know if I would come back here again as I would like to stay at the Disney resorts, but I am very glad we got the opportunity to stay here and we are all very happy. If Disney is reading this: Please please bring back the classic Disney cartoons on your television channels! The "new" Mickey cartoons remind me of Ren and Stimpy and are NOT the same as the Disney classics. You can still show those, just have a separate channel for the awesome classics.
We stayed at AKV, Kidani Village again- and we loved it! We stayed for a few days, and honestly if we stayed any longer we never would have even been to the parks. We were so mesmerized with the view! I really enjoyed staying here with my daughter and sister. The room was spectacular in African and Indonesian decorum are balcony overlooked a Savannah of exotic animals of Giraffes, Zebras, Ostrich, Cattle. THere are over fifty types of species and exotic birds . You wake up to African drumbeats every morning.We stayed in a studio/ savanna view room, and it was adorable! We tried to open the sofa bed but we weren't strong enough so my sister slept on the couch instead. I really liked the decor. All my daughter wanted to do was sit on the balcony and look at the animals. We took more video of the animals then we did at all of the parks combined! We werent the only people who just wanted to enjoy the view, many people were on their balconies as well, just watching the giraffes and zebras walk around, eat, and just be as if in the wild. It was like being in Africa. The staff is most welcoming and friendly. The lobby was so nice that many people sat down there talking and playing cards, just to enjoy the scenery. We were in Kidani Village, which only has the one restaurant- Sanaa. To be honest I was not impressed with the food, it was ok- but the theming of the restaurant was nice. Do be aware that the food court and the better pool is at Jambo House. THere is a small shuttle to take you there, but the last one leaves at 10pm, so if you want something to eat after 10 you need to walk it. It is about a 10 -15 minute walk to the building. I use a cane to walk, so that was not cool. Front desk was efficient everything is run so smoothly, , lobby was beautiful, staff friendly, room decor very nicely themed, great view from balcony, this was a winner for us! The room and tub were very clean. One thing , the bed was really high. Comfy, but high, hard for a little one to climb up on. other than that. this place is amazing! Will be back again! Now if I can only pry my daughter off the balcony to go out to eat or to the parks.....I love the whole Disney experience. Buses, boats, water taxi's. When you stay on site you are totally immersed in Disney. I love it!!Room Tip: Go for the extra bucks and get a savanna view! worth every penny!
This place is top notch! We had a 1 bedroom villa, savannah view and the size was perfect for our family of 4. We had 2 pack and plays delivered for our boys and the set up of the villa was great so that we wouldn't be trapped in silence when it was bedtime. The extra bathroom was a godsend. Service at this resort was wonderful. We ordered room service every morning and the food was always great and the person bringing it was always cheerful.If I had to nitpick, I'd say the savannah view was a bit dissappointing. I got so excited reading all the reviews saying giraffes and zebras were right outside their balcony but that wasn't the case for us. I guess the part of the savannah we were overlooking isn't frequented by the more exotic animals, as we only saw what we feel were just species of pigs, deer, and donkeys and a few birds. We got to see plenty of giraffes and zebras on our long walk to the lobby each day though. But if I were to pay for a savannah view again I'd want to somehow guarantee that we would be overlooking the main savannah where all the cool animals are!This property IS a bit further out there. Bus rides took a minimum of 20 minutes. Just enough time for the kids to fall asleep on the way back to the resort. We will probably stay closer to Magic Kingdom next time!
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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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