Kidani Village - Animal Kingdom Lodge
Kah-Don-ee. That's how you say it. The Kidani Village is one of the most unique resorts at Disney World. It's also one of the ugliest. Driving up to the hotel my first impression was that this may be the ugliest hotel at Disney World. Yes, I said ugly.
Yes, the lobby and the inside of the resort are beautiful, but what you can see from the road is ...
Photo by Jeff Christiansen
All Villas all the Time
This resort is a bit hard to understand. Is it a hotel, or is it a Disney Vacation Club Resort? The Kidani is all suites or villas, all the time.
You'll find studio, one, and two bedroom villas and the monster grand villas can all be found here. The rooms are pretty standard for Disney Vacation Club villas. Here are the layouts.
Just across the street from the resort is a big park with a barbeque pavilion and basketball and shuffleboard courts. There are jogging trails, a Community Hall with arts and crafts, pool tables and foosball and more.
The Samawati pool is surrounded by a large canopy and has 2 hot tubs. There's all kinds of diversions around here without looking at the animals on the Savanna.
There is only one restaurant at Kidani Villas. That's Sanaa. It specializes in African cuisine influenced with Indian flavors. (Sanaa means work of art in Swahili.)
The Sunset and Pembe Savannas are open 24 hours a day according to Disney. What does that mean? That means animals roam the savanna all the time. The Sunset Savanna is on one side of the resort, while the Pembe Savanna is on the other.
Transportation can be a challenge from the Kidani Village. The only Disney transportation available is Disney's Escorted Motor Coaches. You'll share Escorted Motor Coaches with Jambo House. When coming back from the parks you get left off first, but that means when going to the parks you get picked up first.
Dad's Bottom Line
Dad's not a big fan of the Animal Kingdom Lodge because of it's location. If you put this over between the Magic Kingdom and Epcot on the monorail ...