Don't let my title discourage you from the start until I explain. This was my family's 10th + trip to Disney. This year my husband and I decided to invite our 21 & 18 yo daughter's boyfriend's along, to make the vacation more enjoyable for everyone! Our party consisted of my husband, myself, our two daughters, our 15 yo son, my mother-in-law, and the two boyfriends - 8 people. We looked at many different room options for our large family but in the end decided we wanted to be together. Kidani Village was the perfect match.
With such a large group (we came in on 3 different flights at different times) the Magical Express was wonderful for our oldest daughter, her boyfriend and my mother-in-law. Five
of us got to Kidani early on our first day, we were greeted by a wonderful staff who was more than willing to store our luggage and then deliver it to our room when it was ready.
The staff also told us that they would call us as soon our room was ready and when the
Magical Express had picked up our family members at the airport. This really impressed me
because we had never used the Magical Express before and I have read so many horror
stories online about it. The only complaint that my family had about the Magical Express
was that it made so many stops. To me this is minimal - it saves the cost of a taxi, rental
car, picking up luggage, etc. Additionally, I don't see how there could be a Magical bus for
each hotel, that just seems excessive. I will also tell you that my 21yo daughter & her
boyfriend's flight # and time was changed three times the day before departure. We had to
go to the concierge to make sure that they were scheduled for the correct Magical Express
departure. There were so many mix-ups with the airline and Magical Express that the
concierge assured me that she would stay (she was getting ready to leave for the day) until
the problem was resolved and if it didn't get resolved correctly with Magical Express she told me the hotel would have a car take them to the airport. This again truly impressed me -
this staff member was willing to stay late to resolve a problem instead of passing it on to
someone else. After 2.5 hours I was called on my cell phone by the concierge to tell me
that everything was confirmed. She also provided me with the name of the Saturday concierge who she had already given all of the information to in case we had any issues, as she would not be working the next day. Incidentally, she called me on my cell phone on her day of to make sure that my daughter had gotten to the airport as planned - WOW!
Ok, now for the reason that I like the Jambo House better. My family and I stayed at the
Jambo house in July 2009. We stayed in a Savannah viewing room (we had not requested
it, but were surprised when we opened the curtains to see all of the wonder and
amazement). The main lobby is unlike any I have seen before! I truly felt like I was in
Africa and learned so much about the many different people, cultures and various
languages spoken in Africa. Having just worked with a person from Nigeria I thought I knew
a lot, but I was so wrong!
The convenience store at Kidani is very small, it offers the basics. Several times I asked if
they had certain items and was told I could find these at the Jambo convenience store. The
walk to Jambo wasn't far or you could take the bus, but it is not "convenient". Additionally, there are no quick food areas at Kidani, just one restaurant. I understand this is due to the fact that Animal Kingdom Lodge is one complete resort with two separate buildings. The
pool at Jambo is bigger but both are very nice. The lobby at Kidani is very small and
doesn't give you the same feel as Jambo. Don't get me wrong, Kidani is WONDERFUL, but
overall I feel that Jambo is SUPERB and I would stay at Jambo over Kidani just for the
ambiance and convenience! Animal Kingdom Lodge is DEFINATELY the place to stay in
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