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    • Geri604

      Registered: January 2006
      Location: IL
      Posts: 18
      Review Date: Sun October 8, 2017 Would you recommend the product? Yes | | Rating: 10 

      Positive aspects of the product (pros): Friendly cast members; the savanna; shuttle to Jambo House
      Cons: only one restaurant option

      I was nervous about staying here (we are used to Boardwalk Villas and Beach Club Villas, which are more centrally located), but we really enjoyed our stay! The cast members were by far the friendliest and most cheerful we've ever seen at any resort. We had one small hiccup on arrival day - when I called Bell Services to have our carry-on bags delivered, I also told them I had a Garden Grocer order - when they came, they only delivered the luggage. The guy said he'd bring the GG order the next time he was on our floor - but couldn't tell when that would be, so I ended up going down and getting it myself (using my mom's walker to carry everything). The other odd thing was that we had a handicap accessible 2 BR villa. I was expecting the master bath to have the accessible shower, but there was a 6" step up. The bathroom attached to the 2nd bedroom had the accessible shower - not a big deal, but it just struck me as odd.
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      Registered: January 2014
      Posts: 7
      Review Date: Mon December 19, 2016 Would you recommend the product? Yes | | Rating: 9 

      Positive aspects of the product (pros): very friendly cast members, helpful, savannah view
      Cons: none

      2 BR savannah room for 3 weeks from 24th NOV.
      staff very helpful and friendly
      check in a breeze even on thanksgiving
      to see the animals in the savannah every day even in december was amazing
      the hotel was full but remained quiet with minimal disruptions at any time.
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      Registered: October 2012
      Posts: 14
      Review Date: Thu October 20, 2016 Would you recommend the product? Yes | | Rating: 9 

      Positive aspects of the product (pros): scenery, attention to details, the people
      Cons: distance if you have tired feet

      At first I did not want to rent a DVC property because of the unknowns of the people staying and operating the resort. Our 7 night stay was fantastic. Very relaxing atmosphere. We were two buildings from the pool, lobby and bus station. This was perfect. The attention to details wherever we wondered was the best of Disney. The Sanaa restaurant opened a couple weeks prior our 10/8/16 arrival for QM breakfast. Excellent and quick. The view of the animals was worth waking up for.
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      Registered: July 2006
      Posts: 122
      Review Date: Thu September 22, 2016 Would you recommend the product? Yes | | Rating: 10 

      Positive aspects of the product (pros): Quiet and peaceful, friendly staff
      Cons: None

      Love staying at Kidani Village. Room was clean and ready upon check in at 2pm. Resort staff are very friendly. It is more peaceful here than at other resorts. It is a plus that the buses serve only Kidani and Jambo house, so it is more efficient than other resorts. Although there is no quick serve in Kidani, the Mara at Jambo House is one of the best. The third bathroom really comes in handy. Theming is very nicely done. Resort is really a mini museum.
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      Registered: August 2016
      Posts: 2
      Review Date: Sun August 21, 2016 Would you recommend the product? Yes | | Rating: 10 

      Positive aspects of the product (pros): Learned a lot about African culture.
      Cons: Walking from room to lobby

      If you love animals, stunning architecture, amazing food, and lots to do, I highly recommend Kidani. My kids always had something to do. We learned so much from the cultural reps. There isn't a QS, but Sanaa is delicious. I went on the culinary tour at Boma and Jiko. (Jambo House) Tebby was a gracious and very informative guide. We walked and took the shuttle to Jambo to eat at Mara (QS). It was very good! The zebra domes are one of the best desserts I've ever eaten! The walk from our room, 7955, was a HIKE to the lobby and pool until I discovered using the elevator to the parking garage.
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      Registered: May 2014
      Posts: 13
      Review Date: Wed June 29, 2016 Would you recommend the product? Yes | | Rating: 8 

      Positive aspects of the product (pros): View, staff
      Cons: Starting to Show Some wear

      Stayed at Kidani from June 7-14. The staff was wonderful and very helpful. My only issues were transportation, though the electronic signs were very helpful, and the fact that the seal on our fridge had a huge gap. I imagine that it wasted quite a bit of power, and though I reported it, it was never addressed.
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      Registered: October 2013
      Posts: 39
      Review Date: Tue May 3, 2016 Would you recommend the product? Yes | | Rating: 9 

      Positive aspects of the product (pros): beautiful resort
      Cons: lack of real bakery onsite/quick service at Kidani

      We stayed at Kidani Village in a DVC 1br villa from 4/19-4/26. We had a standard view, looking out at the bus stop, but could also see the pool in the far distance. One real bonus: we could see the top of Wishes from our balcony! What a treat each night. Our room was #7523, so not a far walk from either the lobby or Jambo, and only a few minutes to the pool. The room was very clean and everything was in good shape. The pool here is our favorite of all the DVC pools. There are always tables with umbrellas available, and the bartenders are very friendly. I love that there is a view of the savanna close to the pool, always with a Cast Member nearby to talk to you about whatever animal you might be seeing. One day we saw a 5mo old Okapi right up next to the fence. Just amazing! Love this resort and will most certainly return.
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      Registered: March 2016
      Posts: 3
      Review Date: Sun March 6, 2016 Would you recommend the product? Yes | | Rating: 9 

      Positive aspects of the product (pros): Great views of the animals. Exotic feel to the resort. Convenient to off-site retail in Kissimmee.
      Cons: Much walking. Distance from parks, you need a rental car here.

      We stayed here 4 nights (1-31-16 to 2-3-16) to get out of winter. We have stayed at Kidani 3 times before. This is probably our favorite "villa" resort, due to the animals and the exotic nature of the resort, and the extra bathroom in the 2 bedroom villa. This time we stayed on the "Zazu" end (the end closest to Jambo). It was our first time on that end. We were on the very end room, second floor, savannah view. Great views! It seemed the best view for animals of our four times. Zebra, giraffe, wildebeest, and ostrich were common. We like to shop and eat out over in Kissimmee a few times, so it is a very convenient drive from the back of the resort area. There is a little known road that runs from close to the AKL entrance over to Erlo Bronson highway. The only drawback is the walking. From the Zazu end especially, the furthest rooms are a long walk as the last elevators are only about halfway around. My wife has arthritis and would not have made it but for renting a scooter. The lightweight ones can easily be navigated to and from the room, and into the rental car. Other than a little wear and tear in the kitchen, the room was nice. We will stay at Kidani again. Spent a good deal of time out on the large balcony. There is a lack of choices for eating at this resort, but we usually fend for ourselves in our rental car and we know the area well, so it doesn't seem a drawback to us. For a family without a car, or new to Orlando, these negatives honestly would be bigger and maybe outweigh the novelty of the animals.
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      Registered: October 2006
      Location: central, IL
      Posts: 4
      Review Date: Sun February 7, 2016 Would you recommend the product? Yes | | Rating: 8 

      Positive aspects of the product (pros): Awesome Surroundings
      Cons: Lack of counter service and very long walk to most rooms

      The Kidani Village Villas were very well maintained, the staff was friendly and very helpful. The biggest drawback to this resort is the lack of counter service like what is available at other deluxe Disney resorts. In order to get a counter service meal, you have to take a bus or shuttle to Jambo house. Be prepared to walk quite a distance to get to your room. Because of a mobility issue I requested in advance, for a location close to the bus transportation. Suffice it to say, the walk was nowhere near transportation. The setting was wonderful, but in the future I'll stay at Wilderness Lodge or Beach Club.
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      Registered: October 2012
      Location: NO Louisiana
      Posts: 18
      Review Date: Mon November 2, 2015 Would you recommend the product? Yes | | Rating: 8 

      Positive aspects of the product (pros): Under ground parking
      Cons: Bus transportation

      My wife and I decided to stay at Animal Kingdom Lodge Kidani village before we decided to stay here I read the reviews on here to make my final decision. Absolutely love the resort very pretty surroundings we had the savanna view and we could sit out there for hours just watching the animal. The only negative thing that I have to say about Animal kingdom is there is only the bus transportation while at the beginning of the trip wasn't bad it is a long ride from the magic kingdom to the resort. But I would definitely stay there again
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      Registered: October 2015
      Posts: 4
      Review Date: Thu October 8, 2015 Would you recommend the product? Yes | | Rating: 8 

      Positive aspects of the product (pros): Theming, Pool, Room, Room View, Lobby
      Cons: Long walk to lobby, farthest from parks and other resorts

      Stayed in Kidani Village 9/27 - 10/02 and had a great time! Ate at Sanaa first night and it was wonderful! Loved Boma at Jambo house too! Best part about the resort is the Savanna view from our room and the room itself. Very cool getting to see all the animals from your balcony. The theming was outstanding and my husband and I enjoyed the pool. The slide was super fun!

      Only major downsides, and would keep me from staying here again, is the sprawling resort area. Our room was on the 4th floor and it was literally a 1/4 mile walk from our lobby to our room. I understand that is because of the shape of the buildings because of the savanna, but it was very inconvenient. I also did not like being so secluded. This resort was far away from anything else except Animal Kingdom park (which is not my favorite). If you enjoy the other 3 parks more and like being close, this resort may not be for you.

      Otherwise, everything else was great!
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      Registered: January 2008
      Location: Refton PA
      Posts: 55
      Review Date: Tue October 6, 2015 Would you recommend the product? Yes | | Rating: 10 

      Positive aspects of the product (pros): theme
      Cons: room wasn't ready and never received a call when it was. Had to call front desk when I was done with the MNSSHP.

      Had 2 studios, 1 a savannah view and 2 bedroom villa. Everything was clean and working. Mu 2 studios were ready upon check-in but the 2 bedroom villa was not.

      had dinner reservations and tickets to the MNSSHP. I wasn't able to get dress for the party because my room wasn't ready.

      I really enjoy the resort and the animals. My great granddaughter really enjoyed the pool and the community room.
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      Registered: October 2013
      Posts: 39
      Review Date: Sat September 12, 2015 Would you recommend the product? Yes | | Rating: 10 

      Positive aspects of the product (pros): Wonderful stay!

      We stayed at the AKV from 8/18-8/27. This was our second stay here, but first time with a savanna view. While we probably wouldn't spend that amounts of points on every trip here, it was *completely* worth it! We were a bit of a walk from the elevator, but had a great view every evening of the Frozen fireworks, so that made the walk worth it! Bus service was fine, some days better than others. (no different than at any other resort we've stayed at) The Maji pool remains one of our favorites: never a problem finding an umbrella table every afternoon, and excellent bar staff. My kids are too old for the pool activities now, but my 14yr old son was encouraged to participate in some of the games, so he did, and had a great time. We met a fascinating cast member at the savanna by the pool, who was from Uganda. He was wonderful to chat with and gave us some information to take home on his conservation efforts at home so we could look it up online. This was a wonderful, memorable stay. We will definitely be back.
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      Registered: May 2012
      Posts: 15
      Review Date: Tue September 1, 2015 Would you recommend the product? Yes | | Rating: 9 

      Positive aspects of the product (pros): Rooms, friednly employees, undeground parking, proximity to off property services
      Cons: low quality counter service

      I used vacation club points for a one bedroom for the two full baths. The rooms were well set up. We didn't ask for a Savannah view but all rooms seem to have beautiful animals walking around the property.

      The Maji Pool bar had low quality counter service.

      You are only a few minutes drive from large shopping areas off property so if you didn't want to pay high Disney meal prices, there were so many choices just down the street (if you have a car)

      The underground parking was awesome for those late afternoon thunderstorms.
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      Registered: December 2009
      Posts: 5
      Review Date: Thu August 13, 2015 Would you recommend the product? No | | Rating: 3 

      Positive aspects of the product (pros): Savannah animals
      Cons: No actual quick service, rude front desk

      We checked in August 1 following a Disney cruise for two nights. We go to Disney often, are ap holders and dvc members. From the moment we checked in we were met with the rudest staff ever. Waited over 5 hours for our villa to be ready and it was so dirty. The one request we had was to be close to main lobby/elevators since I have feet problems. What room did we get, yep clear down at the end of the level 3 pumba hallway. You couldn't go by the hours on the gift shop, the only place other than the pool you could refill your mugs, maybe they would stay open until 11 maybe not. Save your points and money, eat a meal at sanea and enjoy the animals but don't stay here.
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