Welcome to this month’s Blogorail Orange Loop. Today we are sharing our reviews of the deluxe villa resorts at Walt Disney World. Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge – Kidani Village is a beautiful, unique resort. The resort was inspired by the traditional African kraal (village), the horseshoe-curved design of the resort means that the views of the savannas are beautiful. Here’s what we thought about our two visits.
We stayed at Kidani Village in February and December 2013. Some of the decor and bedding may have changed but you’ll get the general idea. 🙂 Since Kidani is a DVC resort rooms are either a studio, one bedroom, or two bedroom villas.
In both cases we rented points and stayed in non accessible rooms but we made it work. The studio had plenty of room getting in and I liked that the first part of the room had tile.
The bathroom had a bathtub so we just asked for a shower chair. You can also check into renting one if you want something specific. Studios also have a kitchenette with mini fridge, microwave, coffee maker, and toaster. You’ll also find cups, plates, and utensils.
The room was spacious and I loved the theme and decor. Studios have 1 queen bed and 1 double-size sleeper sofa. In the studio we also had a savannah view. All I can say is that if you can work it into your budget book it! We stayed concierge level at Animal Kingdom Lodge for one night and I think the view at Kidani is better.
The one bedrooms are really spacious. They can sleep up to 5 adults and have 1 king sized bed and a queen size sleeper sofa and twin size sleeper chair in the living room.
One of the best features is that they have two bathrooms. We stayed in the one bedroom with friends and it was so nice having our own bathroom. The one out in the living area has a tub so you can get a shower bench if you need one.
The second bathroom is huge and is right off the bedroom. It had a huge tub and shower. There was a bench but it may be hard to use for some wheelchair users. We made it work but if you need a roll in shower at any resort definitely book it.
The rooms are beautiful. I kinda want my bedroom at home to look the same. 🙂
You should also keep in mind that check in is at 4:00 pm and the cleaning schedule is different. Allears.net has a great break down.
One bedrooms also have a full kitchen and washer/dryer combo. There is also a really nice table. We brought food up from the Mara one night and it was nice relaxing in our room.
Sanaa is often called a hidden treasure. I’m not sure it’s really all that hidden anymore but it is definitely somewhere you need to visit. The restaurant is beautiful, just like the resort, and you can dine while looking out over the savannah. Such a fun experience!
We recommend trying the bread service. You get a choice of five breads and three accompaniments. You really can’t go wrong with any of the choices. Sanaa is described as having African foods with Indian flavors. Even if you are a picky eater you’ve got to give it a try!
If you don’t want to commit to a full meal stop by the Sanaa Lounge. Seating is first come first served but I’ve never seen it too busy. You can try some appetizers and salads as well as some signature drinks. My favorite is the African Starr Mojito. And if your looking for a unique experience, Sanaa also offers Dine with an Animal Specialist.
Sanaa also recently added breakfast. It makes the resort even more appealing since you don’t have to travel over to Jambo House for breakfast if you’re spending the day at the resort. There are grab and go and some quick service options. And if you are hanging out at the resort, the Maji Pool Bar has lunch options.
Speaking of Jambo house, that is where you will find more dining options. The Mara, the quick service restaurant, is one of our favorites on property. You can also pick up some zebra domes. Yum! Also at Jambo House you’ll find a buffet at Boma and upscale dining at Jiko – The Cooking Place. You can also stop by the Victoria Falls Lounge for drinks and appetizers and the Cape Town Lounge and Wine Bar.
The wheelchair accessibility at Kidani Village is great. There is lots of parking so you can get pretty close to you room. People tend to park in the ones under the buildings (they are raised with parking underneath) but we never had a problem finding a close space outside.
All of the pathways are smooth and pretty wide. The Animal Kingdom is probably the bumpiest park at Walt Disney World, thankfully the resorts aren’t the same!
There is also a nice paved path that leads up to Jambo House if you want to visit the restaurants or pool. There is a slight hill but it’s not too bad. If you want a shorter walk request to be in near the Zazu parking area. There is also a van that runs between the resorts.
The pool at Kidani has a zero entry area and a lift. There is even a slide that wheelchair users can get too. The kids splash zone is also really nice.
Our two stays at Kidani Village were wonderful. I love the atmosphere and food. It’s nice that there is another resort so close by too. We like hanging out and having a drink to relax and there are so many nice spots to unwind. Wheelchair accessibility is also great. Plenty of elevators and nice, smooth paths. If you have any questions just leave a comment below!
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