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Disney's Animal Kingdom Villas - Kidani Village
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Reviewed May 7, 2013

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.

Room Tip: Ask for a first floor room close to the lobby. The first floor is actually elevated so you are already off the ground and being close the lobby really helps when you are trying to get to the buses. Also, you don't need the savanna view to have fun at this hotel, the animals can be seen from the halls and from the lobby and unless you plan to spend a lot of time in your hotel room I would recommend saving the money on the room and spending it else where in the park.
  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled with family
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Thank Nissan1147
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Reviewed May 6, 2013 via mobile

We stayed at Kidani Village as this is our home base for DVC. We absolutely loved it here. The resort is quiet and gorgeous, which is a nice reprieve from the bustle of Disney. Our kids loved the pool and waterside. And the savanna view from our balcony was amazing. Loved seeing giraffes and zebras and other exotic animals walk by our room. We asked for a room near the lobby since we read reviews that the walk was long to some of the rooms and we have two little kids. We bought our food at Publix and made our meals in the room. The restaurants are all african themed and our kids wouldn't eat that type of food. Our one bedroom unit was gorgeous. Huge master bath with a jet tub and large shower and access to the balcony. We had a nice kitchen and dining room with plenty of space. We walked to Jumbo House in the evenings to let the kids play on the playground and get in a nice walk. Jambo is much busier than Kidani , which some people prefer. We also enjoyed the activities for the kids to earn beads and the campfires at 6:45pm to roast marshmallows. Wonderful location.

  • Stayed: May 2013
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Reviewed May 6, 2013

Arrived in the dark and we were greeted with an entrance lit by only oil lamps! What a way to begin an African adventure! Our one bedroom Disney Vacation Club villa was in perfect condition with two full baths, service for eight and a master suite! We opened the sliding glass door and were greeted on our private balcony by giraffes! During our stay we were greeted by zebras, osterage, water buffalo, and various birds. The guides were pleasant, knowledgeable and helpfull. Disney imagineering provided for the feeling of being alone in a large resort.

We had a fantastic dinning experience at Sanaa at a reasonable price. I informed the manager that it was our wedding anniversary and our dinner began with complimentary champaign with strawberries and ended with a complimentary dessert.

Suggestion to Disney: As you have on board the Disney Cruiseline, consider an adult dining time, which would have enhanced the experience.

Kidani Village is truely a Disney secret.

Room Tip: Savana view!
  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank Adam S
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Reviewed May 3, 2013

In April 2013, my family (3 kids) and I spent a week in a 1 bedroom unit/savannah view. The room is beautiful and the decoration is amazing. The lighting is very dark which my wife did not appreciate it. It has two bathrooms which is needed with a big family. The view of the animals was very impressive. We saw giraffes and zebras throughout different times of the day.

Our room had to be close to 1/3 a mile away from the lobby and even further to the bus stop. Needless to say we got our exercise in but we had to time ourselves if we had a reservation.

Transportation was excellent, staying at Kidani you get picked up first and dropped off first. Jambo house (way more crowded) is always second for the four parks. The drives were long because you are nowhere near any of the parks. Even Animal Kingdom takes a while.

When staying at Kidani you are in the middle of nowhere.

The pool area is very good and it has a decent slide.

The store is small but sufficient for a few small items. I wish they had a counter service restaurant there. There is one at Jambo House but that would be a 2 to 2 1/2 mile roundtrip walk.

Due to its far distance from the rest of WDW, I give this a very good rating.

Room Tip: Ask for a room by the lobby. It will pay off.
  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled with family
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1  Thank sgtpet
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Reviewed May 1, 2013 via mobile

We stayed in a 2 bedroom suite with a Savannah view. Each morning the kids my wife and I would see giraffe, zebras, gazelle, etc. cruising right by our balcony. Unbelievable! The room was very big, very comfortable and very nice. The staff were all very nice and helpful. The restaurant was excellent. Cons - our room was a very very long way away from the lobby, pool, etc. 12 minute walk through the hall to the lobby. The restaurant on site was excellent but if you want fine dining or a real breakfast you must go to another resort. We usually stay at the Grand Foridian and are spoiled by the ease of access to amenities and being on the Tram line. Taking the bus to the parks was somewhat of a pain but manageable since the kids are not in strollers anymore.

  • Stayed: April 2013
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Thank Andrew B
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