My fiancee and I stayed at the Animal Kingdom Lodge- Kidani Villiage from 10/5 through 10/10. we We were underwhelmed at first glance of this hotel. There's noting great from the outside front of the hotel. While it was neat looking, nothing too exciting.
Our check in only went some what smoothly. We had a mishap with our magic band, which Sam tried feverishly to fix to no avail, but that wasn't his fault. He was very accomodating, and even gave myself a rose and my fiancee and pirate bandana for the trouble. Very nice! Our room wasn't ready, but only waited about 2 hours. In the mean time, we went to Animal Kingdom, which was an awesome 4 minute ride.
Once into our room, we were greeted with a great space that was decorated perfectly. We had a studio room with kitchenette area. The bed was comfortable as was the couch. The bathroom was very spacious and had a great showerhead. (you know that's important!) We had a balcony facing the parking lot, but our view was mostly trees and the fitness center. Although our room wasn't a savannah (animal viewing room), we were close to the lobby, which was nice. They also had viewing areas of the animals with rocking chairs to sit on, which was great since we didn't have a savannah room. There was also a ton of educational activities going on throughout the day.
With that being said, everything else wasn't too great. Kidani Villiage does not have a quick service restaurant. They do have a small, I emphasize small, gift shop where you can fill up your mug, but that's about it. If you want any kind of snack or meal, you have to go over to Jambo House. The walk wasn't terrible- 10 minutes. You could also hop a bus over to Jambo House since they all stop at Kidani first. Kidani does offer one sit down resturant, but we didn't eat there. The pool at Kindani Villiage was noticably smaller than Jambo House and was nothing great. We went to go for a swim once, but didn't even bother once we saw it. Then there's the buses. The buses going out of Kidani Villiage weren't a terrible wait at all. Maybe 10 minutes; however, going back to Kindani Villiage from a park is a whole different story. From MK, we waiting over 30 minutes every time. DTD was just as bad. It was very frustrating watching several buses for each of the other resorts drive by and not one for yours.
Overall, while it was an okay resort with a nice room, I would not stay there again. Jambo House is another story. They have a grand lobby, a great gift shop, two sit down restaurants and a quick service restaurant. They also have a larger pool/pool area. While the buses are still a thron in my side, if I had a savannah view, I could make it work.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Disney`s Animal Kingdom Villas - Kidani Village Hotel Orlando