Disneys Animal Kingdom Villas Kidani Village
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On my most recent visit to Walt Disney World, I stayed in a studio at Kadani Village. The resort was beautiful. It was fun seeing the animals in savanna each day - zebras, giraffes, cattle and a variety of birds. The resort had daily activities for their resort guests. I sat in on a presentation by a cast member from South Africa. He told us stories of his life in South Africa and his work with animals and the environment. I spoke other cast members from different countries in Africa learning about their customs and traditions. The resort's restaurant Sanaa serves breakfast (recent addition), lunch and dinner daily. They also have grab and go food items in the gift shop. I highly recommend this resort to anyone thinking of staying there.
We had a one bedroom villa overlooking the safari. It was incredible! The room was very spacious and included a full kitchen, 2 full bathrooms, washer/dryer, king bed, pull-out sofa, and a pull-out chair (single bed). From the balcony we watched a variety of animals. Unfortunately, we only had one night at the resort...I wish we would have had more time to enjoy the relaxing atmosphere.
My family and I stayed at Kidani the week after Thanksgiving. We were so excited as we had heard many amazing things about AKL, and many people had said that Kidani was far better than Jambi house. I am a big into reading reviews and there are so many mixed reviews about Kidani. I started to believe the good reviews and ignore the problems that people complained about. My family is not picky and I really thought that we would love it. I am here to tell you the problems that guests complain about are real. We stayed at Bay Lake Tower last time and everything is brightly colored and modern. At AK everything is beige. I mean everything. The walls, comforter and entire bathroom were beige. There was so sense of being at Disney as before and you are so far away from everything. The room is just awful but that is not where it ends. I requested a room near the lobby and near an elevator. We were near an elevator but far from the lobby. To walk to the lobby where the buses are it was 3/4 of a mile and we were closer than others. There was no Disney magic at this hotel. Nothing Disney. I missed the themed hotels that also incorporate Disney into the theme. There was no sign of Mickey, anywhere!!We will never stay here again. It was a happy vacation and my kids had an amazing time. But after the Vaca my husband and I look at the $12,000 bill and we said to each other...it would have been better at another hotel.
We stayed at Kidani Village in a two bedroom suite with a savanna view. It was amazing. There was one bedroom with two queens, with a balcony - and a living room with a fold out sofa and balcony - and another king size bedroom with balcony. Best thing? The balcony ran from one room through the other two! It was gigantic! Even at night, in the dark, you could sit on the balcony and know that the giraffes were nearby. You couldn't really see them - but you could hear their knees bending! It was great! The beds are super comfy with great pillows. There is a full kitchen, and THREE full bathrooms! There's a washer and dryer as well. The furniture has an 'african' theme to it but it is super nice. Sanna the restaurant is great. I had a lunch of chicken tandoori and we all shared the naan bread appetizer so I can't say enough. We walked easily from Kidani to Jambo House. Boma for breakfast at Jambo is our favorite buffet, ever. Meats of turkey, corned beef, roast beef, ham, made to order omelets, tons of fresh fruits, pastries, african delicacies...amazing! The Kidani building has it's own lobby - and a small but nice shop. This was different from Bay Lake Tower and the Villas at Grand Floridian which do not have their own shops (but there are shops easily walked to). The main building Jambo House has my favorite store of all at Disney. It carries everything! The staff was nice - the pool and water park for the kids (otherwise known as a splash park but it is just a bit better than average!) - made for a fantastic stay.
My family and I were very excited to stay at Kidani. Having never stayed at a deluxe resort or in a Villa (previous trips were to Art of Animation and Port Orleans French Quarter), we expected a much higher class of Disney. For the most part, Kidani delivered. Arriving on the Magical Express (the last stop :( ) we were met immediately by a manager who led us inside and checked us in. Our room (1 Bedroom Villa, 7423) was available immediately, which was awesome. Always a plus when you can go right to the room. Checking out the lobby, it was nicely appointed with African Art and had great views of some animals on the Savanah. I will break down the resort into pros and cons below:Pros:-Everything is put together very well and it is very clean. Furniture is heavy (in a good way!) and comfortable. Different than resorts at the moderate level.-Full kitchen-In room laundry -HUGE TV in main living area-The fold out couch and chair are comfortable. -Two bathrooms! And the shower in the master bedroom is huge, along with the separate tub. Definitely the nicest WDW bathrooms we have ever seen.-Mousekeeping was excellent. Our room was always made up (we aren't DVC members) and immaculate. -Any call to maintenance or housekeeping and there was someone at our door within 5 minutes to address any issues.-In room dining was reasonably priced and offered a fair amount of food and it was delivered quickly. -Many elevators to get you to your floor. We never had to wait! -Sanaa restaurant was AMAZING.-Quick shuttle van to Jambo house. -Excellent pool with a slide the kids loved.-Plenty of places to view the animals up close and personal. Cons:-If you don't have a savannah room, don't expect a great view. We overlooked the bus stop. Though there is some Florida "Jungle" to see. -The resort is HUGE. I was on crutches and thank goodness I ordered an electric scooter to get around. On the last day I had to crutch back up to my room after turning in the scooter in the morning and it was a HIKE.-While Sanaa was awesome, we were hoping there would be a quick service like there is at Art of Animation. There isn't. We went to the one at Jambo House and the menu was disappointing. Both resorts need better quick service options!-Poor food selection at the pool. -No waiter service at the pool (again, tough to go to the bar when you have limited mobility)-Bell service was a bit confused on the sign out/in procedures for my scooter. -It is VERY VERY far from Magic Kingdom, Epcot, and Disney Springs. Assume it will take 30 minutes to go to/from those locations and that doesn't include the waiting time for the bus.All in all we really liked this resort but would probably save the money and get a family suite at the Art of Animation in the future. It's more central location makes for easier bus transfers and it's quick service dining is a better fit for our family at the end of a long touring day.
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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
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3701 Osceola Pkwy Lake Buena Vista, Orlando, FL 32830-8445
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