Disneys Animal Kingdom Villas Kidani Village
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Kidani Village is fairly close to Animal Kingdom. It's not like you can walk from the Magic Kingdom to the Contemporary, by simply crossing a street. You have a short bus ride. And you do have a twenty min. ride to the other parks. However, if you are willing to make that sacrifice, Kidani is nearly perfect. Incredible on-site restaurant. Relaxing on your balcony watching yaks, zebras, and giraffes. Good room with a polite staff! However, there is one other drawback, Disney doesn't tell you that you may be walking quite a bit up to get to your room. For every five or so rooms, there's also a small viewing area of the grounds. So, the walk is a large walk. You can get off the elevator, and you may have to walk over 80 rooms and all of those look-out areas. It it can a bit exhausting. Yet, out experience was truly magical at this resort!!
We are almost at the end of a two week stay at Kidani Village in a one bedroom villa. The suite is spacious and well-equipped and the resort itself is beautiful. What has taken the shine off our stay has been disappointing customer service. On two occasions in the last three days we have returned home from a long day at the parks to discover that housekeeping has not cleaned our room. On both occasions, I called to report this and on both occasions received a very disappointing response. The first night, the person I spoke to did not even apologise for this oversight and tried to say that we did not qualify for a housekeeping service as it was a DVC hotel. I explained that we were not DVC guests and therefore expected that we would get housekeeping (a service we had received throughout our stay). I requested that someone at least bring fresh towels to our room and received a large dose of bad attitude in return. To add insult to injury, we again returned to our room tonight to find that it again had not been serviced. Again the person on the phone was unapologetic and unhelpful. This is not the service I would expect from what is billed as a deluxe resort. I am very disappointed as I have enjoyed the resort but I think it is incredibly cheeky not to offer basic housekeeping services in a hotel that costs over $500 a night. Clearly something is going wrong in the system if these mistakes are continually being made. However, I found the response of the customer service staff the most frustrating thing of all. Some basic training in customer service would go a long way.
We visited for March Break and quite liked the resort. We stayed in a one bedroom villa at Kidani. The room was lovely and spacious. The kitchen was well stocked. The laundry was super convenient. The king bed and both pull outs were very comfortable. The room sleeps five quite nicely. Was awesome to have two separate bathrooms.What we loved:-peaceful atmosphere away from the typical Disney busy-lots of cool animals to see-several great sit down restaurants close by with Saana, Boma and Jiko-great quick serve breakfast at Saana overlooking the animals (this is a hidden gem!)-awesome pool with great kid area and several water slides-fabulous kid's activities at the pool and throughout the resort-amazing kid's activities and crafts in the community room-bus service was very good (we were worried after reading some negative reviews)-easy parking What we didn't love:-proximity to parks as it's a long bus ride to all the parks ex AK-very limited quick serve options for lunch and dinner. The bar at the pool offered a chicken Caesar salad but literally no other meal options. You had to take a shuttle to Jambo House to get a decent variety and this wasn't convenient with kids that didn't want to leave the pool. Disney needs to fix this or I'd suggest buying groceries and ditching the meal plan.-long wait for shuttle to Jambo on rainy daysOverall, a great experience and would stay again. Giving this a four star rating because if the limited food options right at Kidani. This was super inconvenient with kids. Otherwise, would have been a five star.
We stayed 4 nights over Spring Break week at Kidani (using DVC points) and enjoyed our stay. We stayed in a one bedroom Savannah-view villa which was very comfortable for our family of three (my husband, myself and our 17 year old son). Our DVC home property is Bay Lake Towers and this was our first stay at Kidani. We've also stayed before at Boulder Ridge Villas, Port Orleans and All-Star Sports.The room itself was very nice with really great theming to go along with the animal kingdom thing. There's a full kitchen, living room with pullout couch and chair, master bedroom and two full bathrooms.The king bed in the master was fine. My son said the pullout was good. The master bath is huge! Nice large shower and jetted tub. The only complaint was that the lighting over the vanity in the master bath was dimmer than I'd like. The second bath has a "normal" sized tub, sink and toilet. Having two bathrooms was very nice since we could all be getting ready to go at the same time.I ventured down to the pool on one of the afternoons and enjoyed lounging around watching all the swimmers. The pool was busy and there were lots of fun games and activities being offered for the kiddos. The only transportation option to the parks is by bus and since this is the farthest resort out it does take a while to get to places - both parks and Springs. We tend to spend most of our time at MK so that made for some long bus rides back at night.We enjoyed having the Savannah view but we didn't see near as many animals out there as we thought we might. We happened to catch them at feeding time the morning we left and I think that was when we saw the most! One of the best perks of Kidani is the parking - we were able to park almost directly under where our room in the self-park area that's under the building itself. So unloading and loading our car was a breeze. Another nice thing is that Kidani is very close to some off-Disney dining and shopping (including two grocery stores) so you can get in and out to those easily if you choose.All in all we enjoyed our stay but probably won't stay here again. Since MK is where we spend most of our time we'd choose a resort closer to there in the future.
Second trip to Disney - first time at the Wilderness Cabins. The pool was under construction so we decided to look at other options. We had a range of ages with us, 4 adults, 3 kids - 9, 3, and 7 months. We booked a suite at Kidani Village - and boy are we glad we did! The buses run on a regular basis - so we never had to wait long. We would head back to the resort for a break from 11 to about 1 then went back to the park. We had a car so we went off "campus" and bought groceries so we could have breakfast and lunch (most times) in our room (and COFFEE). The view off the balcony was fabulous!! Can't say enough about it. The diverse types of animals kept the kids and the grown ups entertained. We ordered take out pizza twice (delivered to the hotel) as the wee ones were not up to eating out for dinner (Flippers Pizza - great delivery service. The large pizzas were on the small side - but they were really good). Eating at the hotel restaurant in Kidani Village I found MUCH more reasonable than eating in the Park, and the food was fantastic!! The hotel staff could not have been more helpful. Every one was kind, smiling and polite - all the time! We did have a VERY long walk to the lobby (over 700 grown man steps) - so if you have mobility issues - mention that up front when booking. The rooms were well appointed, clean, and very comfortable. Added bonus - our car was parked below the hotel - near our room - so we could scoot off campus with ease. Can not recommend this place enough - top notch - all around. Going to Disney and staying on site is not cheap - in my opinion - this hotel was worth the money!
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- 972 rooms
- 3 restaurants
- 2 bars
- 2 pools
- Spa (fee)
- Disney shops
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- 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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