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Disney's Animal Kingdom Villas - Kidani Village
4.0 of 5 Villa   |   3701 Osceola Parkway, Lake Buena Vista, Orlando, FL 32830 (Walt Disney World Resort)   |  
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“Inconvenient”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2013

First off, we are Disney Vacation Club members who recently added points to our membership by purchasing at Animal Kingdom. For our inaugural stay, we stayed here for 4 nights this month in a studio. Having done no prior research, we lucked out and got a room on the lobby level only one building's-length corridor away from the Front Desk. (I can't imagine how much more of a hassle it would have been had we been placed in one of the far, outermost buildings!) The room smelled distinctly of bug killer for the first two days. Being DVC members, the size and amenities of the room were as expected. What was NOT EXPECTED was the tremendously long walk for breakfast in the morning! The only quick service facility is located at Jambo House which they describe as a "quick 10-min walk."...... not for a 5 year old! Hopping on the van was not an option as we would have had to fold up the double stroller and hold the infant and toddler in our laps?!?! To add insult to injury, the morning of our departure, I inquired if the Disney Magical Express airport bus service could pick us up at Jambo House since we were making the trek there for breakfast. I was told "no" (once we got to Jambo House of course) and had to scarf down a breakfast and run back to Kidani only to see that the bus stopped at Jambo House immediately after picking us up! ridiculous that there is no food service at Kidani (other than a formal sit-down place that is only open for dinner). Totally inconvenient for everyone, especially anyone using the Disney Dining Plan.

Room Tip: Stay at Jambo House if choosing Animal Kingdom Lodge..... in a room closer to the lobby. Don't...
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Allen Park, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2013

This Resort was great. Very clean and a lot to do. Animals were great to watch, community room had a lot to do and plenty of activities for the kids. Only bad thing is that other then the Animal Kingdom, it is a little farther from the Disney Parks.

Room Tip: Definitely want a Savannah view room.
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2013

I will admit, I am a Disney Hard Core vacationer and believe me I will be very honest in my review of my home resort. After all I am invested financially and do have expectations for my vacation club that I look forward to every year! I must say, this last stay was probably the most impressed ive ever been with service! This resort is so clean and even has a fesh, clean smell throught the resort! Its almost like they overcompensate knowing there are animals outside the balconies and keep this resort exceptionally clean! The rooms are beautiful! In my opinion the best Disney has to offer so far! We stayed in a One Bedroom villa and it had all the comforts of home ( I know i sound like an infomercial) but honestly it does! This is a huge plus if you enjoy/need access to a full kitchen with granite countertops, eating area, full living room, Huge bathroom and a washer and dryer! It makes it easy to spread out and bring back food to keep in the fridge or keep bottle waters and such in the fridge. What I love so much as well is the theme. It is so well appointed with all the african artwork and I dont know of another resort that sets the mood as well as this one with the colors and lighting! They truly have created a beautiful resort and it has so many beautiful common areas you want to spend time at the resort as much as you can! The service for check in was the fastest and glitch free check in I have ever had at ANY resort! They acknowledge us at check in with a smile, didnt rush us and asked us of any questions and really matched the level of check ins we had at the Four Seasons and Ritz Carlton which we stayed at right before we check in here. If you are thinking about staying here do it! It is worth every penny!

Room Tip: The quick service is only at the Jambo house, so request a room close to that if you plan on walking...
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2013

Beautiful view, rooms, service, resort! Activities for the kids and dining are right on site. Check out the animals with Night Vision Goggles. Small disney store on site. Waterpark is awesome. Buses transport you to and from the parks and shopping with ease. Best vacation our family has had yet!

  • Stayed March 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2013

Me, my daughter, son-in-law and three grandchildren spent a week at the Kidani Village in a 2 bedroom suite, which was just beautiful. There were three bathrooms! and a washer and dryer in the suite. The hotel is gorgeous, and our balcony that looked out at the savannah was so cool. The kids got up early every morning to watch the feeding of the animals. The pool area was so much fun for the kids that they were running for their suits even after a day at one of the parks.
We did have some trouble with room service. My advice, don't bother, it's not worth the price and the food is really not well prepared at all. If we had only had one bad experience, I wouldn't mention it, but it was more than once. I wasn't too impressed with how it was handled at the front desk either...it didn't feel "magical". All in all, we had a good time, but when we go back to Disney, we will stay on a different property.

Room Tip: You could end up at the very far end of the hotel, and it is quite a walk to the lobby, pool, and bu...
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Massapequa, New York, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2013

Disney is Disney is wonderful. But the atmosphere in Animal Kingdom's Kidani Village is a step above. You have all the amenities of Disney plus the real feel of another place and culture. Whether you are in a savannah view room or not, you will have ample opportunity to see and enjoy the animals. The lobby is amazing, the restaurants are amazing. The rooms are clean, comfortable and just fine. Not the largest ever, but you are not in them all that much. We were a family of 4 in a one bedroom and we did just fine, and cooked quite often. The room had everything we needed, and the staff went out of their way with suggestions and help with dining and activity reservations. We really felt as though we were important to the hotel. I cannot say enough about the atmosphere, you just need to experience it. Plus it's a quick walk to neighboring Jambo House if you want to try one of the restaurants there. I've been to Kidani in the summer, and at Christmas. Each time was unique and special.

Room Tip: Don't fret if you cannot obtain a savannah view - there is truly ample opportunity to see the an...
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Brookline, Massachusetts
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22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2013

We thoroughly enjoyed our 4 night stay at Kidani Village with our two young boys.
When you step off the shuttle to the entrance of Kidani, the door man says, “Welcome Home!”, and he means it! B/c this is the DVC part of the resort, it is designed to feel smaller scale and “cozier” than Jambo across the savanna… Cool oil lanterns light the way into the lobby with African music softly playing in the background… You feel like you are about to enter an exotic lodge in Africa! It’s a magical experience only Disney could pull off well… On the flip side of being in the cozy (read as quiet) side of the resort it that if you want to be in the middle of the action, you might feel “out in left field”… The walk to and from the main lodge is enough to plan your day accordingly… There is a shuttle but cueing up for that takes time too… But for us, we liked having our own quiet corner of the savanna. We loved having the extra bathroom in the 1 bed villa (you only get one in the Jambo House). That allowed us to easier accommodate the grand parents who stayed with us for one night. Room was clean and in excellent shape. The décor was “as expected” for higher level Disney hotel. Thoughtful details to enhance the Disney experience were noticeable. Only complaint is with the lights… I know the lighting design is part of the African savanna feel but it was just too darn dark in the hotel room. Need better task lighting to make it feel comfortable.
The kids water playground was an unexpected bonus at the pool area. The facility was never too crowded and the staff was exceptional with the kids. Be on the lookout for some fantastic “Magic moments” at the pool!  Go to the far side of this area to see more views of the Pembe Savanna and the animals. Tennis and basketball courts we very underutilized! Probably b/c there was not a lick of shade available and a bit of a walk.
Definitely make time to talk with the naturalists to hear more interesting facts/stories about the animals in the savanna. These people have amazing stories to tell of their own background and how they found themselves working at Disney World. In fact, in my opinion, the wonderful international staff is an underappreciated attribute of the Animal Kingdom Lodge in general. Story time around the camp fire is special. Go there if you love animals and want to be transported to the savannas of Africa. But you’ll LEAVE raving about the staff as we did…
Dinner at Sanna was just OK. Staff seemed overwhelmed and timing was off (even though we had a reservation). Again, everyone was friendly and tried to be accommodating. But do be prepared to wait! Best meal at Animal Kingdom Lodge was Jiko without question. We ended going back two more times it was so good! Great wine list. We got the meal plan but ate breakfast in the villa so we could save our chits for better dinners (our kids are pretty adventuresome when it comes to food). All in all, a very rich and rewarding stay way out in Kidani village. It’s worth the trek.

Highly recommend!

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 3701 Osceola Parkway, Lake Buena Vista, Orlando, FL 32830
Location: United States > Florida > Central Florida > Orlando > Walt Disney World Resort
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 14 Specialty lodging in Orlando
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:4 star — Disney's Animal Kingdom Villas - Kidani Village 4*
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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