Disney's Animal Kingdom Villas - Kidani Village4.0 out of 5.0
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We stayed a couple nights in a Savanna view deluxe studio in Kidani Village Villas side. Just a short walk to Jambo House if you should want to see both areas. The entire grounds were beautiful both inside and out. All of Animal Kingdom areas are further away from the rest of Disney to reduce noise in an effort to reduce the impact on the animals from things such as fireworks during nightly shows. This makes the Animal Kingdom resort lodgings very peaceful, though also very far away from everything else. That seems worse than it is but this is a great opportunity if you drove to leave your vehicle parked in resort area parking and take advantage of Disney's FREE bus transportation system. Buses ran regularly with minimal waits and the trip via Disney bus to/from Animal Kingdom park is at worst a 10 minute ride. The other parks, water parks or Disney Springs might be a bit longer a ride but...free. Back to the resort itself... Kidani Village was very cool! Not a lot to it, smaller than it's sister lodging but not lacking in any way. The architecture, the decor, the theme all dazzle, take you away and teach you of the history and culture they represent. The Saana table service restaurant and attached bar both worth a visit for a quick bite & drink or a full sit down meal experience. The fitness center on Kidani side is adequate, not the largest but still effective. The room itself, for a 2 night stay the deluxe studio for just the 2 of us was perfect. Simple but packed with the same styling and decor throughout. Microwave in the kitchenette with a sink, dishes and mini fridge offer plenty of convenience and comforts. Now the balcony SAVANNA VIEW!!! This might be the only semi-negative thing I speak to about this resort. Fourth floor view of the Savannah but even with the high vantage point looking down over the great lands, there wasn't much to be observed. We saw a few different animals from giraffe to zebra, an ostrich or two and various horned creatures all grazing peacefully. We saw the animals, that's what you're supposed to see. Just don't expect the opening scene of 'The Lion King' to unfold in front of you. The animals have a mind of their own, they go where they want, when they want. Disney can't guarantee you see a great gathering at the Peace Rock watering hole as depicted in The Jungle Book. The gf might have had her expectations set way too high. But we still enjoyed the overall experience and had a great time. The resort is well worth it as it has so much to offer to give you that Disney difference.
Having been on a photo safari in South Africa, I can tell you that with the combination of the Savannah-view rooms at Kidani Village and the Kilimanjaro Safari ride in Animal Kingdom park, this is an incredibly authentic recreation (even better in many ways!). The staff were exceptional, whether it was in the restaurant, the store, reception, airline check-in, housekeeping - you name it. Friendly and professional. I only have a couple of minor improvement suggestions: 1) When you are looking for the correct bus to take you back to your resort, there is some confusion on the signage as to what is the name of the place you are going to! Look for Animal Kingdom Lodge, or Animal Kingdom Villas, or Jambo House and Kidani Village (or any other combination thereof!) 2) There is a pleasant 10 minute walk between Kidani Village and Jambo House, but it is not well sign-posted. Even better would be some sort of themed easy link between them. Perhaps an old-time railway? Or how about one of the new Skyliners going from Kidani, Jambo and Animal Kingdom itself? We are still cherishing the memor of sitting out on our balcony for a morning coffee, watching giraffe, zebras and many other beautiful creatures.
We checked into our Standard View room on 2/16. We opened our patio door to workmen staring at us on huge machinery. I know we didn’t pay for a Savannah room but no where did it mention construction. This would be ok if we got a value on the room but we did not. This was upsetting. I gave 3 stars because the pool was great for kids and the lobby was beautiful.
Weeks stay at kidani lodge dvc members. 4rth visit and its still amazing..prefer kidani to jambo quieter and great dvc kids lounge. Pool area is fantastic. Staff amazing and friendly. We arrived early and room was ready in half an hour. Cant wait to come back again. Thanks dvc
We have stayed at Walt Disney World dozens of times in the last 18 years but our first at Kidani! What a terrific resort. It was so peaceful. The room was clean and having a view of the Savannah was perfect! The staff was the friendliest we have encountered over the years!! Definitely at the top of my list to return to!!
Our family of 6 stayed for 9 nights in a 2 bedroom savannah view unit. I checked-in in advance and received a text when the room was ready - during my ride from the airport on Disney Magical Express - as was able to go straight to the room using my magic band for access. Bell Services had received and brought up the luggage on request about an hour later. All the bathrooms were clean and well supplied as was the overall unit. The bedding was incredible - so comfortable that I took a photo of the mattress and am considering replacing our own bed at home. We were located on the 3rd floor near elevator & park transportation. This was really convenient. Despite the resort being quite busy as it was a holiday week it was very quiet. No noise from nearby rooms or guests even from the hallways. And the daily views of the various animals from our balcony that spanned the entire unit was very relaxing for the adults and provided great entertainment for the kids. Kidani pool area is very nice with splash zone and main pool with nice slide. Our youngest son really enjoyed the pool several days and made friends with other kids his age as well. Daily activities at the pol and nice bar with light menu. While the on-site restaurants are very popular and have a good menu, they did not appeal to our family for more than 1 dinner. We utilized the full kitchen in our unit for breakfast daily and went out for most other meals. The room service option was prompt for a dinner as well. Transportation to the Disney parks by bus was prompt. Lots of activities and amenities at the resort that we just did not take advantage of such as night goggle viewing of the animals, arcade, movies and more. Overall our family loves the space of the units, comfort of the beds, and overall relaxed & quiet atmosphere of Kidani and will return. Thank you for a great trip.
We stayed at kidani village for 4 nights and 5 days and we had a GREAT experience. We were there with 8 people ranging from ages 4 months to 72 years old. We had a 2 bedroom villa & the space was fantastic for us. It was great to have the space, fridge, separate rooms and the kids loved looking out the window and seeing giraffes, ostrich’s, etc. Our one and ONLY complaint was the distance from everything and the amount of time it took to bus to each location but you will have that anywhere! But we would totally stay here again
Kidani Village is a beautiful place to stay. The staff and cast members were so friendly and knowledgeable. I loved the animals being right outside at any time. Great for photo opportunities and watching zebras, giraffes, wildebeest, crowned cranes. At night we sat in the rocking chairs and had the pleasure of meeting many different cast members from different African countries. I loved learning so much about the cultures and customs. There were even night vision goggles available if you couldn't see the animals nearby. I would recommend it completely.
We just completed our stay at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. There were 3 in our party- my sister, my 6 year old niece and myself. We stayed at the Kidani Village. The resort is beautiful. The architecture and the artwork are wonderful!! The lobby at Kidani Village and the Jambo House are wonderful. We rented a DVC room. Small kitchenette was a nice feature. The rooms are small as previous reviews have stated. We were not in a Savannah’s view but could see animals from the many observation points. I thought the time to get to the Disney Parks was not as bad. But the bus service between Kidani Village and the Jamba House is very slow. I also found Jamba House to be very crowded. I gave this resort only 4 stars as each night we stayed it was very loud in the rooms. You could hear guests on both sides and above. We’ve stayed at a quite a few DVC and Disney properties, this one is by far the prettiest. My biggest suggestion is to check the calendar of events. Coming at a less busy or popular time would definitely give you a better experience.
Terrible experience here. Surprised they have this listed as a 4 star luxury hotel. Disney does everything (except for the rides) as cheaply as possible. Have fun spending $400+ a night to get very low service, no one knowing how to answer any simple questions, fire alarms going off only to have multiple Disney employees tell us they don’t know what to do (while our kids were trying to nap), all the paper products (TP included) are like sandpaper, the internet speeds were so slow I couldn’t browse the internet, and a very limited and over priced options for food at the hotel. This is my first experience and my last.
- Steps from Walt Disney World® area and Walt Disney World® Resort
- Free WiFi in rooms and public areas
- Onsite dining
- Free airport shuttle
Located in Bay Lake, Disney's Animal Kingdom Villas - Kidani Village is next to popular attractions like Walt Disney World® area and Walt Disney World® Resort. This 493-room, 4-star resort has conveniences like an outdoor pool, free in-room WiFi, and a free airport shuttle.
This resort is home to 4 onsite restaurants, perfect for a quick bite to eat. Satisfy your hunger without leaving your room with 24-hour room service, or quench your thirst with a beverage at the bar/lounge or coffee shop/café. For your convenience, breakfast is available for a fee.
A flat-screen TV comes with satellite channels and a DVD player, and guests can stay connected with free WiFi. The bathroom offers hair dryers and free toiletries. Other standard amenities include a balcony or patio, a microwave, and a coffee maker.
Disney's Animal Kingdom Villas - Kidani Village features an outdoor pool, a children's pool, and a health club. Parking is USD $24.00 per night (USD $33.00 per night for valet parking)—but if you prefer not to drive, catch a ride in the free airport shuttle (available 24 hours). Multilingual staff at the 24-hour front desk can assist with tours or tickets, securing valuables, and dry cleaning/laundry. Other amenities at this family-friendly resort include a spa tub, a sauna, and free WiFi in public areas.
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85.0% of guests recommend this hotelTotal of 1603 reviews