I am in love with Kidani Village. It's the smaller property of the two lodges that make up Animal Kingdom Lodge. There are about 400+ rooms in Kidani Village, a mixture of studios and 1 and 2 bedroom villas. We stayed in a studio which had a large bed and sleeper sofa, kitchenette, and large bathroom, balcony with view of the animals on the savannah (giraffes, zebra, etc.).
My only complaint would be that we were placed at the far end of the hotel. It was literally a 6 minute walk from the lobby elevator to our room. However, we discovered a shortcut by avoiding the lobby altogether and walking by the pool and taking the last parking garage elevator up to our floor. Normally I wouldn't mind a bit of a walk to my room, but after a long day at the Disney parks or when you realize you forgot something in your hotel room, it makes a difference.
However, again - the ambience of the hotel (smaller than many other Disney properties), decor, amenities, etc. really made up for it. The pool area is fabulous. There's a large splash/toddler zone, a larger slide and a smaller one, and a pool bar. The community room for the hotel has pool, foosball, video games, coloring and markers, etc. all day long with scheduled activities as well. If you want to pay a few dollars, they have even more crafts. Most nights there is a drum circle in the library area (again, great for kids). And at night they have the firepit going that overlooks the savannah.
In the gift shop, there is a soda station if you have the free refillable cup. There is a good restaurant, Sanaa, that is a mix of Indian & African.
You can walk or catch a shuttle over to Jambo House (the larger hotel that also is part of Animal Kingdom Lodge).
We really loved Kidani. Dare I say - it "made" our trip.
- 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