Our family of four (two adults & two kids, ages 4 & 6), plus two guests (adult and child, age 5) all stayed in a two-bedroom savanna view room for one week. One king and two queens in other room. We shared a common living room and kitchen area that included another full bath plus washer and dryer. Dryer came in handy on the rainy days. Very spacious. We were very fortunate to get a room close to the lobby; that allowed us to have easy access to the pool, store and front entrance. I could see how other people might complain about the walk because it is a big place. I didn't want the worry or hassle of car rental. Took the magical express which got us right to our Kidani Villa (about 30 min, stopped at two other resorts first). The view from our room was great. Animals were always viewable all day, even when it rained. We took buses to all the parks. Average wait for the bus was about 20 min. But the buses took you right to the front of all the parks and no hassle with parking a car. When we wanted to leave, we just went back to where the buses dropped us off and went back. It was pretty easy. Jambo house is the sister resort right next to the Kidani, well it takes about 7-10 min. to walk there, but there is a van that always runs between Kidani and Jambo Villas so we used that most of the time. The pool at Kidani I feel was better for younger kids, it had its own kids play area, plus the main pool with slides. Jambo pool was bigger, but a lot more adults and older kids used it. Food choices or lack thereof was definitely an issue at Kidani. They have only one restaurant which is African cuisine so my kids had an issue with it. Jambo has two fancier restaurants and one with table service that has all the same meals as every disney restaurant does, so it got old after awhile. The Bama restaurant was excellent. It was a huge buffet with enough choices and tastes for all the kids and adults to enjoy, spendy, but worth it for one night. We ordered grocieries from gardengrocer.com a couple of days before arrival. It was definitely worth it. We all had snacks and drinks and food for the kids for breakfast and dinner. By the end of the day, the kids were so worn out, they didn't want to leave anywhere to eat. So The groceries really helped out and saved money. We did not do the dining package and glad we didn't with young kids. We were not limited to staying at the resort, we could have taken buses and ate other places, but chose not to most nights. Also, be sure to buy a beverage cup from the store when you first get there, free refills on pop, coffee, etc. We definitely got our moneys worth.
We went to all the parks, one day in the tornado infested rain. We didn't get too caught up withe all the scheduling and running around like crazy. We took advantage of the early hours for resort guests and did get fast passes when we could and when it was worth it. We did not get the hopper or water park add ons. You only really need or can see one park per day with young kids. You want to make sure you spend time at the pool and relax and that is what we did when we returned from parks in early afternoons.
I would definitely do it again, especially with younger kids. When the kids get a little bit older, we'll try other resorts with more things to do within walking distance. Staff was great, with the two rain days, the staff was busy helping entertain the kids at the resort.
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- Escape on your own African safari adventure at this magnificent resort hotel. Inspired by the traditional African kraal, the horseshoe-curved design offers exquisite views of lush savannas-where over 30 species of African wildlife freely roam. Delight in dazzling pool areas, exciting animal programs and all the comforts of home in our spacious studios and multi-bedroom villas. ... more less
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