I arrived at the Animal Kingdom Lodge this morning around 8am. The first thing returning visitors will notice is that the guard shack has been moved as it now serves two sections of the resort. You will also notice signs for Jambo House and Kidani Village.
When I arrived at the check-in desk, a number of cast members were waiting to help me – all of them smiling broadly. It was obvious they were excited to be a part of the opening team at this new resort. While I was checking in, a number of them were eager to impart information about the details designed into this newest Disney Vacation Club.
The first bit of trivia they shared was the fact that all of the artifacts below the check-in counter and behind them on the wall were different types of ancient African currency. In addition, the marble counter was quarried in Africa.
I also learned that the front desk offers balloon baby-sitting. Because of the danger to the animals, Disney requests that all guests purchasing a balloon check it at the front desk so it doesn’t accidentally find its way to the savanna.
And here’s an interesting bit of detailing. It seems that the night sounds of Africa, like crickets and other insects, were recorded and are played in the evening in the outdoor areas. It was hoped that this would add a bit of realism to the ambiance.
Since many of you peppered me with questions, I spent some of my check-in time asking Claudia and Lisa for the answers. Here’s what I found out.
* Valet parking is available.
* Bell services are available.
* Magical Express serves both Jambo House and Kidani Village.
* Airline check-in is available at both Jambo House and Kidani Village.
* Additional buses have been added to the Animal Kingdom Lodge route to handle the increased number of guests. This will continually be monitored to maximize service.
* Refillable mugs are available at the Jahari Treasures merchandise shop and the Maji Pool Bar. They can be refilled at both Kidani Village and Jambo House.
* Coffee is served at Jahari Treasures merchandise shop.
* The only indoor fireplace is located at The Library.
* Survival of the Fittest Health Club does not offer massages.
A limited number of covered parking spaces are available on the first floor of the resort underneath the guest rooms. The second picture is of the parking lot elevator.
Since this was opening day, the hotel was empty and I was able to get my room immediately. I am staying in a studio.
I mentioned in my very first blog that Kidani Village has three themes: Fabric, Art, and Proverbs – and each proverb is designated by a butterfly.
When I arrived at my room, I found a washcloth shaped as a butterfly and a proverb card on the bed. In case you can’t read the card it says: “A family is like a forest, when you are outside it is dense, when you are inside you see that each tree has its place.”
Here are a few pictures of my room.
The television has a dedicated box so you can plug in and play your video equipment easily.
Take a close-up look at the curtains. Here you'll find characters from the Lion King.
Here’s a picture of the balcony and chair.
And finally, here is a picture of my view. I’m on the third floor. At the moment, the only animals on the savanna are humans. I’m hoping for more exotic creatures later in the day.
I’m off now to do some exploring. More later.
The previous post in this blog was Disneyland Paris Resort – Last Blog.
The next post in this blog is Kidani Village Part 5.