I’d like to start this blog with some logistical details.
Guests and Members must check-in to their respective section of the resort – either Jambo House or Kidani Village. But other than that, all resort facilities are shared.
Kidani Village will have its own bus stop with service to all four theme parks, both water parks, and Downtown Disney.
Guests wishing to travel from Jambo House to Kidani Village can board any Downtown Disney bus.
Guests wishing to travel from Kidani Village to Jambo House can board any Theme Park bus.
Much of the parking is underneath the building. You will appreciate this when you go to get your car during the hot summer.
Phase 1 of Kidani Village is opening on May 1. Phase 2, including the Pembe Savanna, is scheduled to open this fall.
Kidani Village was designed with three themes, Fabric, Proverbs, and Art. And when it comes to Art, it is abundant everywhere. But it’s far more than just paintings hanging from the wall. The building was designed with all types of artistic creations in mind. Everywhere you see alcoves and recessed shelves that were designed specifically for sculptures and statuary.
Other pieces are strategically positioned in the middle of a room.
The ceilings are equally impressive.
Even the elevator doors are magnificent!
And let’s not forget about the public restrooms. This is the men’s, by the way.
Here’s one of the hallways leading to other public rooms. This, in and of itself, is a work of art.
Sanaa (sa-NAH) is a 150 seat restaurant that will be open for both lunch and dinner. Sanaa means “artwork” in Swahili and will offer culinary traditions of East Africa.
Below is a picture of the check-in podium. Notice the hidden Mickey? Also, if you look closely at the counter you can see a colorful band running horizontally. This band is made up of small, ceramic beads. As I mentioned in my first blog, Kidani means “necklace” in Swahili and these beads are keeping with this theme.
Sanaa also has its own Proverb.
Right off the entrance of the restaurant is a 24-seat lounge. This is the perfect place to enjoy a cocktail while waiting for your table. The lounge is dimly lit, so in order to give you a better view, I have lightened the first two pictures.
The restaurant portion of Sanaa is broken into sections by the use of half-walls, trees, and giant beads. Hanging from the ceiling are light fixtures that resemble gourds dangling from a tree’s limbs.
Other architectural features also help give this restaurant an intimate feel.
There are a handful of tables that look directly out onto the Sunset Savanna. Don’t despair. The chain-link fence will be gone by May 1st. Note, “window” tables can be requested, but not guaranteed.
This next picture shows off another of the resort's themes, Fabric.
Here’s a picture of a booth with a not-so-hidden Mickey on the wall. Once again, notice the rich Fabric used on the cushions.
I was quite impressed with the décor of Sanaa. I will be eating there on May 1st so watch for my review. In the meantime, check out their Pre-Opening menus: Sanaa Lunch and Sanaa Dinner. There is also a Press Release from Disney about Sanaa.
Another of the public rooms is Community Hall.
Community Hall is the place where you can play games to your heart’s content. Computer games, including Wii, board games, pool, foosball, and more are waiting for you. This is also the place where you can check out basketballs, tennis rackets, and other outdoor sporting equipment.
Kidani Village also has its own electronic game room, the Safari So Good Arcade.
A very nice laundry room is also available for those of you in Studio units or if you have more loads than your room facility can handle.
The last public room I’m going to talk about today is The Library. Now don’t think of books when you venture this way, think of activities. Posted outside this room is a list of programs that will be offered to entertain and educate. Besides a description of the activity, times and locations are also listed here.
In a sense, this bulletin is like a cruise ship activity sheet. I realize you can’t read it, so let me give you a few examples of what’s offered.
Make your own beaded jewelry
Animal Viewing with Night Vision
So you think you know Disney Trivia
Obviously, not all of these activities take place in The Library, but some do. Here’s a few pictures of this innovative room.
That’s it for this blog. Next I’ll be talking about the swimming pool and the guest rooms.
The previous post in this blog was Animal Kingdom Lodge - Kidani Village Preview.
The next post in this blog is Walt Disney Studios Park Paris - Part 8 - Toon Studio – Flying Carpets Over Agrabah, Cars Race Rally, and Crush's Coaster.