When I was little, I always wondered what it would be like to be on safari and wake up surrounded by animals and wildlife each day. Finally, at the age of 30, I was able to quench my curiosity by visiting Walt Disney World Resort’s Animal Kingdom Lodge – Kidani Village. Animal Kingdom Lodge is made up of both Jambo House and Kidani Village. While they are within walking distance of each other, the resort also provides shuttle service between the two. On our most recent trip, we rented Disney Vacation Club points from David’s DVC Request and for five days called a Savannah View Studio Villa our home away from home.
From the moment that you arrive at Kidani Village, you feel transported to an African village as you become immersed in your surroundings. The lobby features African influences and artwork as it overlooks one of the savannahs. The warm and friendly hospitality that you expect from Disney does not disappoint as you are greeted with a “Welcome Home” from cast members.
Our family of three stayed in a studio villa with a savannah view. This was the perfect amount of space! The room featured a double bed, a sleep sofa, table with two chairs, TV and entertainment center, full bath, and a kitchenette. The kitchenette was perfect for storing some snacks and drinks that we used both in the room and took in a cooler to the parks. We had plenty of room for ourselves, our luggage, and even our fairly large stroller. If you are looking for more space though, Kidani Village also has larger villa accommodations available.
But the true highlight of the room was the view! Waking up with giraffes and zebras outside of our window was an amazing experience each day. My son didn’t fight leaving the parks when we needed a break because he knew what fun awaited him back at our resort. He liked using his pirate spyglass to be on the lookout for animals. For older children and adults, a guide is included in your room to help you identify some of the lesser-known animals that may appear.
DIStracted Tip – Just like in the park, the animals are more active during the morning and evening hours when the weather is cooler. If you have a toddler that is an early riser (like mine!) you can enjoy the animals from your balcony or the many viewing areas around the resort.
Kidani Village is also home to Sanaa. This table service restaurant features African cuisine and views of the savannah as well. The wait staff was terrific here as they entertained our two year old with a Toy Story juice cup and jokes throughout the evening. While at the resort, don’t forget to also check out the pool area – a great respite from the Florida heat.
Kidani Village at the Animal Kingdom Lodge is a perfect place for the animal lover in us all. If you’re looking for a resort that will both entertain your kids while also offering a relaxed atmosphere, you’re sure to find it here!