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Disney's Animal Kingdom Villas - Kidani Village

4.0 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

This was my first time staying at AKL, and I absolutely loved everything about it. When they send you the notification text that your room is ready, it tells you what section (Pumbaa, Timon, etc.) so you can park relatively close to your room. There are plenty of trash cans in the parking garage, which as a person that drives 10 hours to Disney, is genius for me. I don't want to carry all my trash up to my room! The hallways are long as many people have said, but not excruciating. From almost to the end of the building to the lobby, it was ~650 steps. But it's all indoors and there are plenty of places to look out and see animals, so I didn't mind the walk at all. Granted, I didn't do theme parks on this stay, so maybe I'd have a different opinion! Even if you can't get into a Savannah-view room, there are more than enough observation areas. In the rooms they also include an animal-spotting guide, which I thought was really clever. Each time I saw a new animal, I'd grab the guide to try to figure out what it is and check it off! Interesting note about this particular lodging: they have starlight safaris where people go out with night-vision goggles in the lodge's savannah. If you have a savannah-view room, make sure you step into the bathroom or close the curtains if you don't want people to see you!

My daughter, niece, and I spent one night at Kidani Village last week. We did a long weekend trip to Disney and to get the best room rates, we ended up splitting our stay between Kidani Village and Saratoga Springs (to save about $400 for 4 nights). I had expected not to love Kidani Village because pictures I had seen showed the room as very dark appearing. The walls are darker but when you are actually in the room, it really does not have such a huge impact as looking at a picture. We stayed in a deluxe studio room. We had a king size bed, sofa bed, and a chair that made a bed. There was a nice sized kitchen area and two bathrooms. The shower in the one bathroom was very nice. We really liked this resort - much better than Saratoga Springs. We went to Animal Kingdom the next day which was a very short bus ride away. The downside to staying her an entire stay is it is a fairly long bus ride to other areas of the park. If someone typically takes an afternoon break from the parks, that just increases the time on the bus. That aside, I would consider staying her again.

We had some time to kill before heading to the airport, so we stopped here to take a tour for a future stay. It looks magnificent! The lobby was beautiful and had enormous windows looking out to the wild animal park. I look forward to staying here one day.

We booked a two bedroom savanna view villa room for a party of eight. The room was spacious, clean, and well-appointed. From our massive balcony you could catch glimpses of giraffes, zebras, cranes, and hoof stock. The walk was a bit much for my in-laws (who are in their late 70’s.) We almost always could find a bench to rest. Our room was only in the fifth building. Ceiling fans are in each of the major rooms. Bathrooms were large and very clean. Kitchen was tidy. We cooked and found everything needed for success.

We stayed at the Disney's Animal Kingdom Villas - Kidani Village and the room was amazing! There was a full kitchen, living area and separate bedroom. We traveled with our 2 year old son and we could have fit an entire other family of 3 in there! Our room overlooked the savanna with animals constantly passing. It was a great place to sip on coffee in the morning. The restaurant downstairs was great, but make sure to make reservations ahead of time because it tends to fill up. The service from the hotel staff was excellent. We had missed our shuttle to the airport and the bellhop called us a taxi and gave us a voucher so we were able to catch our flight on time and it was no additional money to us! The only downside for us was the hotel was a bit far out from everything. You have to take a bus to all the parks. We normally stay at Polynesian Village when we come to Disney and we got really used to the monorail service. With a two year old waiting for the bus about 25-30 min on average get's old fast. Perhaps if we had older kids or it was an adults only trip that wouldn't have been an issue. Overall it was a very cool place to stay, beautiful scenery and excellent service!

Stay at Kidani during New Years Eve, was a busy time of the year. The bus depot was very convenient to our room, with updating times for each park. The staff was amazing, the rooms could use some remodeling but definitely no complaints.

We stayed in a 1 Bedroom 2 bath suite, The bedroom had a king size bed and a large Bath with whirlpool tub and a shower. By far the most room of any of the resorts we have stayed in at Disney World. There was a Living room with a sleeper couch and a sleeper chair, The sleepers are somewhat hard, but slept well. Also a kitchen, laundry and another Bath (budget Hotel Size), all was very clean, and quiet, The Staff is typical Disney, extremely helpful, polite and always smiling. The animal viewing areas were really nice and normally manned to answer questions. At night there are night vision goggles. Pretty cool. But the animals were pretty sparse when we were there. Much closer at the Main Lodge viewing areas. Staying at the Disney resorts is part of the emersion into the Disney fantasy, the staff make it as easy and carefree as they can. The only thing that breaks the fantasy is the security at the parks, they can be time consuming especially when traveling with small children and the stuff they need. I know it is the times we live in, and I very much appreciate the great lengths they go through to keep us safe. But I think Disney needs to develop a Secure post security transportation system, So once you have pasted through Security you can travel between parks without going through it again.

We rented a two bedroom villa with a savannah view, room 7772. We have dreamed about staying on this property since they opened and finally saved to be able to do it. We found the transportation in and out of the resort to be top notch. Very reliable and conveniently located. Our room was phenomenal. We were not disappointed by any means. The room is large with a fully equipped kitchen. We saw animals roaming the safari at all hours of the day. My only word of caution is that once you get past about room 7720, we are very far from the lobby. The good of this is that it is so quiet. The down side of this is the long walk for a cup of coffee. The resort boasts many amenities and activities. The on site restaurant was very good but you will need a dinner reservation to get in so don’t wait until the last minute. Disney staff are amazing, as always. The pool was fantastic. We’d definitely recommend this resort. And for larger families or groups, the two bedroom villa cannot be beat. We had so much room to spread out. All sleeping accommodations were very comfortable.

We stayed in the Kidani Village, and the lobby is pretty cool especially with the wildlife right outside. As always, Disney employees are very pleasant. The room we had was nice but a little disappointing in that we didn`t see very many animals. I know they can be finicky, but didn`t really seem like too many came over our way. I`d stay closer to the lobby if I had to do it again

We are annual passholders but usually do not stay on property. We splurged with this visit for our kids. The one bedroom villa boasts two full baths and two fold out beds in the living room. This meant our two children didn't need to share a bed and they didn't need to share a bath with us! I read that Kidani villa rooms are the largest on property. They are the most spacious of any villa we have ever occupied - on or off Disney property! My only complaint was the lack of animals. We paid extra for a savannah view room, which I thought would have animals grazing on the savannah. However, we saw very few animals...some days we didn't see any animals at all from our room! That was very disappointing! I would suggest staying there but don't pay extra for the savannah view. Just enjoy the animals as you look out the windows in the hallways and visit the many viewing areas on property.

3701 Osceola Parkway Lake Buena Vista FL

Hotel highlights

  • Free WiFi in rooms and public areas
  • Free parking
  • Onsite dining
  • Outdoor pool

Located in Bay Lake, Disney's Animal Kingdom Villas - Kidani Village is 1.7 mi (2.7 km) from Disney's Animal Kingdom® Theme Park and within a 15-minute drive of other popular attractions like Disney's Hollywood Studios®. This 493-room, 4-star resort has conveniences like an outdoor pool, free in-room WiFi, and free self parking. Also nearby are Mighty Jungle Golf and Disney's Winter Summerland Miniature Golf Course.


Dining

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.


Rooms

All 493 air-conditioned rooms provide balconies or patios, microwaves, and dishwashers. Guests can expect free WiFi and flat-screen TVs with satellite channels and DVD players. Bathrooms have hair dryers and free toiletries. Coffee makers, free weekday newspapers, and free local calls are also standard.


Property features

Disney's Animal Kingdom Villas - Kidani Village features an outdoor pool, a children's pool, and a health club. Free self parking and paid valet are available, and there's also a free area shuttle. Multilingual staff at the 24-hour front desk can assist with dry cleaning/laundry, tours or tickets, and securing valuables. 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

Room, 2 Bedrooms (Savannah View)

Full 1 | King 1 | Sleeps 9

Villa, 1 Bedroom, View (Standard View)

King 1 | Sleeps 5

Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

85% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 1435 reviews