Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge Villas: Disney Vacation Club Resort Review: Kidani Village
|by Erin Martin, PassPorter Guest Contributor|
Last modified 04-14-2011
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Giraffes and zebras and Disney—oh my!
Where else can you find all the African animals you could want and sleep near them? At Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge Resort in the most magical place on Earth, Walt Disney World!
Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge is one of my favorite deluxe resorts at Walt Disney World, so I was excited to plan a stay at Kidani Village, the newly-added Disney Vacation Club facility. During this trip we needed larger accommodations than just a standard room, so we opted for a two bedroom villa.Our room at Kidani Village was located on the same floor as the lobby, which was very convenient. I chose to stay in a standard view room instead of a savannah view room to save money. I was initially concerned about missing out on the view, but the room more than made up for it!
I was already excited about going to Animal Kingdom Lodge again, but I was even more excited about staying at Kidani Village. The first stop was the lobby for check-in. Kidani Village has its own lobby, which is smaller than Jambo House (the original lodge building), but looks very similar with the dark wood and the African artwork. On the one side of the lobby is the check-in area and concierge desk. On the opposite side is Johari’s Treasures. This small store sells a limited selection of groceries, as well as Animal Kingdom Lodge merchandise and souvenirs. You can also find a beverage station in Johari’s Treasures where you can fill your refillable mugs with hot or cold beverages.
I had completed my check-in online prior to arrival, so I looked for the “online check-in” counter. I was informed that due to the small size of the Kidani Village lobby, there was no counter dedicated to on-line check in. Instead, you could go to any available counter. Although there was no dedicated line, we were still in and out in no time and on our way to our villa.
The size of the room was really incredible. We entered into the main living area. Here we found the washer/dryer (tucked inside the closet), a full bathroom, kitchen with breakfast bar, kitchen table, sofa, chair, and entertainment center. The entertainment center included a television and DVD player. The kitchen came well stocked with dishes, silverware, and various cooking supplies. This room also had sliding glass doors that lead out to the balcony, which we found stretched the entire length of the villa. As a result, each bedroom had direct access to the balcony.
To the left of the main living area was the second bedroom with two queen size beds and another full bathroom. A door closed off this section from the rest of the villas, which is nice if you are sharing with more than one family. Off the right side of the living area was the master bedroom and bathroom. This room included a king size bed, television, and DVD player. While this was all very nice, the master bathroom was really the most amazing spot. The bathroom was extremely large with a Jacuzzi tub and a separate shower. The shower itself was so large a whole family could get clean at once! The toilet in this room is contained in its own separate area, with a door, which makes it nice if multiple people are trying to get ready.
The theming of the room was also quite incredible. The African theme blended nicely into the décor. Additionally, Disney put its own special touch in the room with a very subtle Lion King theme throughout. The Lion King could be found in special ways on chairs and even in the bathroom. If you’re staying here, be sure to look for Hidden Lion Kings as well as Hidden Mickeys!