We and another family had a 2 bedroom, 3 bath suite that we purchased with rented Disney Vacation Club points. The 2 bedroom suite was the size of three large/standard rooms put together with bedrooms on the ends and a large living area in the middle. The set-up was great for our two families and having a full kitchen and an 3rd bath made all the difference. The quality was what you would expect from a top tier Disney resort and we never had any problems with anything in the room.
We went in January and the cost was $200/night per couple since we rented DVC points. Prior to learning about renting points we were planning on staying at a Port Orleans Riverside in a standard room for $210/night, $10 more than we paid for our portion of the large suite at a deluxe hotel.
We had a view of the pool/parking lot and I'm happy we didn't pay the extra amount for the animal views. The location of the hotel is fairly far from the parks so going back the hotel midday is a pretty time consuming task (unless you are at Animal Kingdom), so we were only in our rooms in the mornings and then after dark in the evenings. At night they have night vision goggles (the real ones that are $3k+ each) for viewing animals and my girls had a blast using them. In the mornings we were more concerned with getting up and to the parks than we were about looking out the windows. Sure if I would have paid more and I woken up earlier to spend time looking at the animals but for me I would rather have more sleep and less expense. Plus you can see the animals as you walk to the lobby, and it can be a LONG walk, although no longer than you would have to do at a moderate resort; but it does feel like a longer walk because you are inside the whole time.
Our only problem with the hotel was that they had just switched over to Disney's new IT system and were having a lot of troubles with it. They said they switched over in the slow period (January) so they would have all the bugs worked out by spring break but for us it was a pain. We ended up having to have three sets of keys made and at one point they had to cancel our reservation and rebuild it from scratch. Overall this probably waster 45 minutes of my time and I'm sure they have everything worked out by know.
We didn't mind not having quick service food on site as we had groceries delivered from a local company that we stored in our kitchen. It saved us a lot of money and allowed us to make a warm breakfast and eat at our own pace, which saved us time in the morning.
We are happy with our trip and the hotel was great but we would probably choose a more centrally located resort for our next trip. Our style is a little more active so choosing one of the monorail resorts or the EPCOT resorts would be better for us next time.
- 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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- Disney`s Animal Kingdom Villas - Kidani Village Hotel Orlando