I really didn't think I would like staying at the villas in animal kingdom but I was pleasantly surprised. It is very quiet and peaceful at Kidani Village and if you can afford it or have the Disney vacation club points I would suggest that you get the Savannah view because it is really nice. The place is very laid back and peaceful. Even the kids seemed to be mellower here. You can sit on your balcony and watch the animals. I know that doesn't sound very exciting for some but believe me it is very calm and serene. It isn't every day that you can drink your coffee and watch giraffes eating twigs. The animals are also very close to your balcony and you get great views. If you have kids they will love this place. There are alot of education activities going on for them. There is a very nice lounge right off of the lobby and they have employees who play the drums with anyone who wants to join in and they give lectures on african culture. There are many viewing areas off of the lobby also with places that give you facts about the animals. The rooms are really nice but a bit dark. You can walk over to Jambo House which seems to have more of the action and chaos going on because they have 3 restaurants over there. Kidani only has one restaurant with is Sanaa. I didn't eat there because I do not like African Indian cuisine. If you don't like that kind of food then I suggest that you stay some where else or go off property to eat. You can always use the kitchen in the villa to cook something. Animal Kingdom is kind of off the beaten path from all the other disney resorts and theme parks and some people don't like that. If you don't have a car it can be a problem. If you have a car, we found that there are many restaurants and stores which are very close to the resort. You have to go out the back way and get on the Osceola Parkway. The walk over the Jambo house really isn't that long. People make it sound like it is 10 miles. If you don't like to walk then request a room closer to the lobby. The parking is underneath your building so if you have a car then you are fine. I guess if you are relying on the disney buses it could be a long walk back to your room if you aren't near the bus stop. Both Kidani village and Jambo house are huge. The staff is also very friendly and helpful. I was impressed and would definitely go back. If you are lucky enough to own DVC and use points that is great. Or if you are lucky enough to have friends or family that let you use their timeshare then you are even luckier. If you are paying for these rooms they can be 600 a night. Do I think they are worth that? Probably not. But it is always more expensive to stay on disney property and be right in the middle of the action. The rooms are nice in kidani in the newer building built 2009. 2 full bathrooms, sleeps 5 and the master bathroom is huge with a nice shower and jacuzzi tub.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Disney's Animal Kingdom Villas – Kidani Village is an African lodge-style Resort boasting accommodations that include kitchenettes/kitchens and multi-bedroom units. Featuring over 30 species of wildlife that roam free amidst a 21-acre wildlife preserve that includes lush, tropical savannas, Disney's Animal Kingdom Villas – Kidani Village offers you the unique opportunity to observe exotic animals in their natural habitat from special viewing areas throughout the Resort – and from the balconies of select Guest rooms. ... more less
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