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Disney's Animal Kingdom Villas - Kidani Village

4.0 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

We loved our studio at Kidani Village. The balcony overlooked the Savannah which was so peaceful. We have stayed at several Disney properties, and although this one is a little bit farther from the parks, we felt this property was quieter and more peaceful then others. I would definitely stay again and would recommend for couples or others looking for a bit more laid back experience.

I am a DVC member and was really looking forward to staying here. The resort is gorgeous. We had a one bedroom villa. It had a lot of room and I love the bathroom! The lobby was very pretty. There were 3 things that really disappointed me. First off we were supposed to have a Savannah View room. The room we got was not on the main savannah. Our view was of a fenced in area that had the same 10 animals on it the whole visit. Second the walk to get to our room was horrible. We had to walk down the equivalent of 8 hallways. The last thing you want after a long day at the parks is to have to walk 8 hallways back to your room. Third the buses to and from the parks are horrible. We waited at least 40 minutes for every bus minus the ones going to Animal Kingdom which came every 5 minutes. I have stayed at many resorts and never had such a bad experience with buses. It was so bad that we gave up on the buses and started getting a Lyft everywhere. If you are just planning on staying at your resort or just going to Animal Kingdom then this would be the perfect resort for you. Otherwise I would highly suggest staying at one of the other amazing resorts on property!!

My wife and I spent 3 days at Kidani we stayed in a savanna view studio room using Disney Vacation Club points. For this visit we used Disney transportation both to and from the Airport and to the parks. We really enjoyed sitting on our balcony with coffee or a glass of wine watching the animals. The DVC studio is really a hotel room and was nice for the 2 of us. I believe it would be tight if we had our girls on this trip and I would not want to stuff 4 adults into the room. We had a mini fridge, toaster, microwave and coffee pot in the room. We took the disney dining plan on this trip and ate all of our meals in the bubble. We had a very nice dinner at Saana and a surprising good meal at the character buffet at tusker house in animal kingdom park. The only advice I'd offer by way of caution has to do with the airport transfer using the magic express. our flight arrived around 9pm and we foolishly elected to use disney's baggage handling option. We should have collected our bags and put them on the bus with us. Our bags were finally delivered to our room around 1 am. This is really just sharing a poor choice on my part rather than a criticism of the service. I would happily use the service again when arriving earlier in the day.

We stayed in Kidani Village in the Rafiki section on the 5th floor with a Savanna view. Our DVC room was a two bedroom lock-off that accommodated 7 people (4 adults, 3 kids) comfortably. We had a full kitchen, dishwasher, washer/dryer and 3 full bathrooms. The largest bedroom had a king bed, the smaller bedroom had a queen bed and hide-abed. The living room had 2 hide-beds. We were a 2 minute walk to the Kidani Village reception area that has a small store and we were adjacent the Kidani pool area. Our savanna view was nice but we didn’t get many animals in our section. The animals mainly stay to the main lodge where they get fed. I’d suggest asking for a room on the lower floors as it’s difficult to see animals past the tops of the trees. The Kidani pool was great, lots of seating, a fun water slide and splash area. We also enjoyed the pool games the staff set up for the kids. The Jambo House has a bigger pool, bigger store and more restaurants. It’s to far to walk to from Kidani Village but there’s plenty of parking out front. The hotel has a fun and educational game where you can earn beads by participating in scheduled events throughout both hotels. It’s free and our party of 7 enjoyed discovering and learning about the animals at Animal Kingdom. The staff were absolutely fantastic throughout our 9 night stay and we enjoyed every minute. We typically drove to the parks each day because it’s free to park for Disney hotel guests but one of our party used the Disney bus to get back to the hotel and found it to be easy and quick. We will definitely stay here again in the future.

I was excited to stay at this hotel and was willing to pay the extra cash to stay by the animals. The lobby staff were super nice and helpful. We walked along way to get to our room. I mean LONG to get to our room. Nothing bad about the room but not great for the price. It looked on on a pretty bleak scrubby savanna. The bathroom was fine just looked wore out.. Room service was decent and expensive. I did like that the had a full size coffee pot. I saw most of the animals by the lobby. Fine stay just not the quality of a 400 dollar plus room.

Service was very very good. Desk clerk went out of her way to accommodate a wedding dress that had a lot of layers and could not get wrinkled. The room itself was disappointing for the price. Clean of course, it's Disney, but dated. Balcony was awesome, with the animals right outside.

This is an amazing hotel it has big rooms and the animals outside your window is awesome. If you stay here ask to stay by the lobby as the hotel is big and I heard the walking can be a bit much back and forth to your room. We stayed in a one bedroom villa with 2 bathrooms, a pull out sleep sofa and a sleep chair. There was also a full kitchen with a microwave, full size stove, a dishwasher and full size refrigerator. Also they was a washer and dryer! One draw back is the quick serve restaurant is located in Jambo house which they have a quick shuttle available every 10 minutes. Buses to the parks are great also not packed like some of the other resorts.

My husband and I visited Apr. 21-25 and had a split stay between Savannah room and Standard. Our Savannah room was amazing, but when it came time to switch to Standard view because of no availability- we were greatly disappointed in the room they gave us. It had a balcony but literally a crane was parked under our balcony and the smell of chemicals was throughout the room.. Our view was a crane, parking lot and chain link fence....not what I would expect for over $400.00 a night. After going back to the check-in nearly in tears they did change us to something a little better, but I can’t believe they would think that is acceptable at all. Also I felt like I was being treated like I was asking too much for them to change us...... which I wouldn’t have expected after hearing so much about Disney’s exceptional service. So, For the cost difference I highly recommend Savannah room type. In general, The studio rooms are very nice and larger than I thought. The Kidani pool is beautiful.....we used both Jambo and Kidani and liked both for different reasons. Jambo had better food choices for lunch at the pool and at the Quick-serve. Kidani was more lush, and seemed to offer more for kids. We preferred the hot tubs at Kidani. We walked and used shuttles to get back and forth between the two. The Jambo House has the most impressive lobby! Both have indoor and outdoor fires to enjoy in the evening. I highly recommend Boma buffet! We went both at night and one morning. Both excellent!! I was concerned about it not having enough regular food......but that is so not the case! The food was plentiful and after visiting Ohana, Cape May, Be Our Guest and Boma....we thought Boma dinner buffet was our best meal! Sanaa in the morning has a Quick service meal with an incredible view of the Savannah. We would return for a Savannah view room, but if we return we will most likely try other Disney resorts for the fun of it. :)

Our stay last week at Disney's Animal Kingdom Villas- Kidani Village was nothing but amazing! The customer service was outstanding! Everyone was so helpful and friendly. There was a lot of walking while at the resort, however the amenities are the best! The fitness center and pool area were perfect! The pool is great for kids while they have large area for the younger kids. While at the resort, enjoy amazing views of the savanna where you will witness animals such as giraffes and zebras wandering. It is a little far from the parks other than Animal Kingdom! You will not leave this resort disappointed!

We returned to Kidani after a 7 year gap and pleased that we did! We like the one bed rooms with the 2 bathrooms and the layout of the kitchen, it was a nice surprize to see the upgrades to the room like a 60 inch television! There is a new rule now that that can be very intrusive, is the housekeeping will come in every day to do a maintence check and will knock continually on the door even with the sign on the door until you let them in! Parking was a problem as it was Spring break and especially if guests didn't go out and new guests were checking in! My Husband would drop me off at the elevator near our room and go and find a space usually quite away from our room! It was clean in the room except for the oven racks they were covered in burnt soft grease! so we asked for new racks! very unhealthy to reheat burnt grease in the oven! Next time we come over to stay we will try the new Riviera Resort!

Hotel highlights

  • Free WiFi in rooms and ...
  • Onsite dining
  • Free airport shuttle
  • Outdoor pool

Located in Bay Lake, Disney's Animal Kingdom Villas - Kidani Village is 3.1 mi (5 km) from Disney's Animal Kingdom® Theme Park and 4.7 mi (7.5 km) from ESPN Wide World of Sports. 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.

Property features

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.

Room options

Studio (Savanna View)

Queen 1 | Sleeps 4

Room, 1 Bedroom (Savanna View)

King 1 | Twin 1 | Sleeps 5

Deluxe Studio, View

Queen 1 | Sleeps 4

Room, 2 Bedrooms

King 1 | Sleeps 9

Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

85.0% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 1619 reviews

Disney's Animal Kingdom Villas - Kidani Village

3701 Osceola Parkway, Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830