This was our first trip "home" to the new Kidani Village at Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge and Villas.
The cast of characters included myself , my husband, our two boys(age 5 and 2) and my sister and her husband. We stayed in a two-bedroom lock off, savanna view on the third floor. We were in the third "bead" from the lobby, towards the pool.
We found this location to be excellent. We never had to walk too far to the lobby/restaurant or the pool.
One of the great things about this resort is the underground parking. We were always able to find parking right near to the elevator, ride the elevator up and we were right at our room. The underground parking is a great thing for Orlando. The car was always cool, and we never got wet in the frequent afternoon showers.
Back to the room.... I thought the room was spectacular. Everything was brand new, in fact, I think we may have been the first ones to stay in this room. We had a full kitchen with granite counter tops throughout. A nice feature is that in the two bedrooms, there are actually 3 full bathrooms. This makes getting ready a breeze as no one is waiting around to take showers. The master bathroom was so spacious that we were able to set up my son's pack and play in there, and it was like he had his own bedroom!
The best part of the room is of course, THE VIEW! We were able to view zebras, giraffes, wildebeasts, and a host of other animals that I don't even know the names.
To me, this is the draw of the resort, and it was hard to drag ourselves away from the balcony.
This resort is remote, furthest away from all the Disney theme parks(except for Animal Kingdom). But I think this was what I like best. I really felt like I was transported to an African Safari every time we returned to our resort.. We had our own car, so I can't speak on the bus service to and from the theme parks.
I would be remiss if I did not mention the on-site restaurant, Saana. Let me put it this way, we were only supposed to eat here once, but ended up eating there 3 times!
To me, this is one of the best restaurants on Disney property. The food and the wine were incredible. The food is Indian influenced, but it by no means an 'Indian restaurant". The wine flights were perfect and the service outstanding.
The other big draw for this hotel is the pool area, which is more like a mini water theme park! My kids were in heaven.
I think the only draw back to this resort is the fact that there is just too much to see and do, and I felt like I never wanted to leave it and go to the actual theme parks.
Our next trip we will not do the theme parks and just stay put at Kidani Village!
I highly recommend this resort to everyone!
- 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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