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dianeschlicht
12-07-2011, 07:06 AM
We arrived at MCO about a half hour late but were quickly out of the National Emerald Aisle and on our way to Publixs and then Kidani. We arrived at Kidani about 2:00pm, so I was hopefully that our unit might be ready…it wasn’t. No matter, we gave a couple of bags of fridge groceries to bell services and went down to the bus stop to catch a bus to Epcot and the MMM. We arrived at Epcot and were pleasantly surprised to see that AKV now has the coveted bus stop number 6 there that once was OKW’s. LOVE how close our stop is to the gate. We hurry through to guest services and exchange our vouchers for APs and get our TIW card. We arrived at MMM site at about 3:30, and the joint was already jumping! We got our gingerbread men and cider and started perusing the room for familiar faces. We spoke with several “new” friends, and after eating a gingerbread man, decided that it was time for a real meal, since our last food was the oatmeal we had at home at 5:00 AM. More on the mixer later.

We headed up toward the rest of WS and decided we had time to take in the last Voices of Liberty show of the day before looking for sustenance. It was a wonderful show as usual, and then we headed to Teppan Edo and even without reservations were seated almost immediately. This is our favorite Epcot eatery, and didn’t disappoint. Well, except for the fact that the value goes down a bit each year and the menu gets tightened each year, but still good food.

Then we hit the CP stand by line just as it was starting to proceed into the theatre. We were thrilled to score good seats fairly close to the stage and enjoyed another wonderful show. By the time we got out of CP, it was time to go meet John at the Owner’s Locker wine night. This is always a great visit with people who are of the same mind, and we enjoyed our visit there followed by Illuminations. The wonderful weather helped this to be a most enjoyable night, but it was getting late and we have Wild Africa Trek scheduled tomorrow, so time to “hit the hay”.

We have received our text about 4:30 telling us our room was ready, but with all the fun we were having at Epcot, we decided to wait until later to experience our unit and unpack. Let me just say here that we have been members at AKV ever since they first gave us a chance to buy in there. This is our 6th AKV stay, and with the exception of the wonderment of having the animals right outside your door and the comfy beds, I must say that very little else about the place makes me happy. Sure it has wonderful décor, but if the unit doesn’t work well or isn’t prepared well or doesn’t have good services…..well…I’d just say it lacks some basics.

This is our 6th AKV stay, but only our second at Kidani Village. We have had two stays in Concierge Club level in the past, plus two other Jambo house visits. Last time we were at Kidani, it was only for a couple of nights in a studio, and we were on the very end of the last bead, and walking to the lobby was an adventure and a PITA. We felt like we could walk to Jambo’s lobby quicker than we could to Kidani’s. So…This time I requested “close to the lobby”. Great, I am informed at check in that we had our request met and that we would be in 76?? (number to be determined once the unit was ready). Okay, 2nd floor and one bead away from the lobby…GREAT!

dianeschlicht
12-07-2011, 07:07 AM
We walk into our room at 10:30 PM and I’m immediately hit in the face with the heavy stench of bacon grease. Okay, so maybe the past guests had a late breakfast…I can deal. Oh, but what’s wrong with the kitchen? I had not stayed in a 1 bedroom at Kidani before…only 1 and 2 bedroom units at Jambo, but this layout is crazy….No counterspace, and where’s the fridge? A few seconds later I realize “oh, oh”, this is an HA unit. Again, I figure I can deal with it. Counters are a little low, and there is a tiny little dorm room type microwave that is going to be useless for doing anything other than heating up anything. The fridge is found, and it is in an awkward location between the laundry closet and the dining table.

Next I go to settle into the master bath….oops…one big huge institutional looking room that has no intrigue at all….open toilet, no drawers or shelves, small closet that is absolutely useless because it houses the high chair and safe, so no room to hang anything much in it. I decided it was strange to have the high chair in the bathroom, so I’m off to see if it fits in the front closet (with the washer and dryer). Nope, that is full with the pack and play and the vacuum cleaner. Oh well, again I decide I can deal with it.

Now comes the kitchen inspection to make sure we have everything we need. I keep hearing this annoying “beep” and it takes me about a minute to locate it. It seems the dishwasher was turned off with 10 minutes remaining in the cycle, and it’s beeping for attention. I reset the dishwasher and then go in search of what most certainly must be “half clean” dishes. It doesn’t take me long to find an issue. The coffee maker has something white and gooey oozing out from under the carafe, and on closer inspection has that same gooey stuff under the rim and leaking down the side of the carafe. Yuck…I need to do something about this. About this time the bell services guy has arrived at my door with the Owner’s Locker and our cold groceries. I tip him and mention that there is some sort of foreign matter leaking from our coffee maker. A few minutes later housekeeping comes with a new coffee maker and takes away the soiled one. Okay…good service there from bell services and housekeeping, but why was there an issue with it in the first place??? So now I’m putting away things in the kitchen, and it becomes painfully obvious that this kitchen isn’t going to function well for me at all. First of all…No counter space!!! The stove and sink feel like they are at my knees, and no storage under the sink. Add to that the fact that the only available drawer to use for my kitchen stuff is unable to be opened because it hits the edge of the lowered farm style sink. Okay, now that’s a design flaw that just shouldn’t happen anywhere! UNACEPTABLE!

So in my 6 trips to AKV, I have had only one that was problem free, and that was 2 nights at Concierge level a couple years ago. Our first stay in a 1 bedroom concierge level had issues way back when it opened too, but I contributed that to the newness.

Enough of my complaining for now (I’m not usually a complainer). It’s time to get ready for Wild Africa Trek, and I can’t wait!!! More later.

bobbiwoz
12-07-2011, 07:26 AM
I'm sorry you have had to deal with these issues after what seemed like a perfect start to your vacation!

Enjoy your day!

Bobbi:goodvibes

BEASLYBOO
12-07-2011, 10:30 AM
Oh, but what’s wrong with the kitchen? I had not stayed in a 1 bedroom at Kidani before…only 1 and 2 bedroom units at Jambo, but this layout is crazy….No counterspace, and where’s the fridge? A few seconds later I realize “oh, oh”, this is an HA unit. Again, I figure I can deal with it. Counters are a little low, and there is a tiny little dorm room type microwave that is going to be useless for doing anything other than heating up anything. The fridge is found, and it is in an awkward location between the laundry closet and the dining table.

Next I go to settle into the master bath….oops…one big huge institutional looking room that has no intrigue at all….open toilet, no drawers or shelves, small closet that is absolutely useless because it houses the high chair and safe, so no room to hang anything much in it. I decided it was strange to have the high chair in the bathroom, so I’m off to see if it fits in the front closet (with the washer and dryer). Nope, that is full with the pack and play and the vacuum cleaner. Oh well, again I decide I can deal with it.



Interesting, it must be the HA that makes your 1br so very different than a standard 2br. I wasn't a big fan of Jambo but was really surprised at how much I enjoyed Kidani this Aug. The layout of the 2br is completely different than what you describe.

Enter, 3rd bath to the left, closet with W/D to the right. Dining table, right, kitchen upper counter left. Enter kitchen, not a huge kitchen but the layout was good, fridge far right (and yes, actually inside the kitchen, what a concept), stove/upper mircowave, a bit of a counter where the coffee pot is. Face the dining room, dishwasher, sink and a decent amount of counter space. I didn't think that the kitchen supplies were as extensive as OKW, but adequate.

The MB, walk in , soak in tub right, huge shower right hand corner, nice sink area to the front with drawers and cubbies, and to the left, big closet, and a closed in toilet area to the far left corner.

I know at times you don't have a choice but I would rather not have a HA villa.

Well, enjoy your stay, the wonderful X-Mas decorations and the great weather!

mckryan
12-07-2011, 02:13 PM
Pretty sure I know which villa you are in as my friends stayed there in November, the difference being that he requested that unit because his wife uses a wheelchair. I can see where it could be frustrating to someone that doesn't need the HA modifications. I wish that the front desk staff would assign the HA rooms as a last resort, unless someone specifically requests them.

Hope your Wild Africa Trek was good this morning!

Mom B
12-07-2011, 04:16 PM
Diane, I'm sorry that the room isn't to your liking, but I envy you just the same! We're 30 days behind you and really getting excited for our trip with our 6 yr old grandson and his parents and 'other' grandparents. Can hardly wait! Hope you have great weather for your Trek and throughout the trip. Please keep us posted! ;)

dianeschlicht
12-07-2011, 06:28 PM
Wild Africa trek was absolutely amazing!!! We had the most wonderful guides, Meghan and Frankie. The only negative was that no one at guest services could tell us where we had to be to check in for it. One told us to go back out and meet the guide outside. We went back out, and that wasn't the right place. That guide sent us over to the other side of the entrance. There we learned that , no we needed to be INSIDE the park, so we go back through the turnstiles, but they don't want to let us in because our tickets had already been accessed minutes earlier. We finally get inside and get the correct information about where to go. We arrive with minutes to spare, but I needed to go get a bandaid for my developing blister.

We finally got on the trek, and got fitted for our safety vests and sound equipment for the hike in the jungle. We had a little Jambo Juice and practiced on the rope bridge before starting the trek and getting to know each member. They first took us on a trail that ended at a crocadile and hippo skull trail marker. We went down to the rive near the hippos, and another animal caretaker was there with a bucket of romaine to feed the hippo. The problem is that the hippo was totally non responsive to the handler's call. It was disappointing, but what can you do....they're wild animals after all. :)

From the hippo exhibit, we moved to crocs. I forgot to mention that they had us cross two rope bridges prior to the hippos. I decided to go first, and it was so cool! They stop you near the end of the second bridge to take a picture of you with the crocs in the background.

At the croc exhibit, we hooked our tethers up again and hung out above the crocs. They were more active than we have seen them other times, and we spent quite a bit of time with them.

After the crocs, we trekked a bit farther through the jungle, and then took off our gear and got on an open truck. The truck was just like the ones they use for the Wanyama safari back at the Lodge. After we board the truck, we follow the regular safari route, but they stop along the road often and let us take as many pictures as we want and they talk about the animals more. When we get to the Flamingo pond, we cut across and go to the Trek outpost where they served us a magnificent little Trek lunch. I'll come back and post a few pictures later after I download them from the camera. I didn't get as many as I wanted because my battery died near the end of the trek.

After our wonderful lunch and time watching the animals from the lunch area, we got back on the truck and finished the rest of the safari track. We got to watch the lions for quite awhile, and I got some good pictures of them.

The weather was absolutely gorgeous today....High around 80 and nice and sunny. Unfortunately, while we were watching the Jingle Jungle parade, the weather cooled, and clouds rolled in. By the time we got on the last safari of the day, it started to rain. We didn't really do a lot beyond the Trek for the day. We did make a quick pass through Asia Trek, and saw Flights of Wonder and Finding Nemo the Musical before the parade.

We left the park at closing and are now sitting in our villa waiting for the oven to be done with our dinner. I found the low stove and oven to be extremely difficult to deal with, and in the case of the oven, actually dangerous for someone NOT in a wheel chair. Once again I was bemoaning about not having the OKW kitchen and it's utensils to cook with. We didn't find out until I had to take the hot pan from the oven that there were no pot holders.

Mom B
12-07-2011, 10:01 PM
The Trek sounds fabulous! May I ask, how difficult was the walking/climbing, what kind of ability would one need to manage it? Probably not this year, as I'm only 3 months past total knee replacement, but for future reference, as I think we'd like to give this one a try...:thumbsup2

DVC Mike
12-07-2011, 10:11 PM
Glad to hear you enjoyed the Trek. We loved it too!

quirty30
12-07-2011, 10:48 PM
Diane, I know you're all settled in now, but why didn't you ask to be moved to a villa that wasn't HA? I know it's the first thing I would have done. And I would not have felt guilty about it. HA villas just don't work for me - I'm almost 6 feet tall and my bad back makes bending difficult and painful. I just can't handle the low countertops. It doesn't sound like it's optimal for you either. Between that and the other issues (bacon smell, coffee maker problem and incomplete dishwasher cycle) I think you should have asked to be moved. Depending on how long you're staying and how much cooking you plan to do, you might want to ask now. I understand how the ADA law works, but at the same time, like you said, there are features in those HA units that don't work for people who aren't in wheelchairs. All in all, when you look forward to your vacation so much, I just don't think it's fair to be so disappointed with your villa. You say you don't like to complain, but I think you have every right to.

dianeschlicht
12-08-2011, 07:02 AM
The Trek sounds fabulous! May I ask, how difficult was the walking/climbing, what kind of ability would one need to manage it? Probably not this year, as I'm only 3 months past total knee replacement, but for future reference, as I think we'd like to give this one a try...:thumbsup2

Dick is in need of two total knee replacements, and he had no trouble doing everything, but he did suffer last night. I also saw him popping Tylenol throughout the day. He told me it was worth it though!

dianeschlicht
12-08-2011, 07:05 AM
Some pictures from our "trek".
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v328/Dianeschlicht/VacationDec2011047.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v328/Dianeschlicht/VacationDec2011049.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v328/Dianeschlicht/VacationDec2011059.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v328/Dianeschlicht/VacationDec2011035.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v328/Dianeschlicht/VacationDec2011011.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v328/Dianeschlicht/VacationDec2011048.jpg

Deb & Bill
12-08-2011, 09:12 PM
Dick is in need of two total knee replacements, and he had no trouble doing everything, but he did suffer last night. I also saw him popping Tylenol throughout the day. He told me it was worth it though!

Diane, tell him to do it NOW! I have a great surgeon here in Louisiana if he wants to get away from the cold weather of Minnesota (he does surgery Mon, Wed, Fri and has done a lot of knees and hips). I just had my right knee done six weeks ago and I went back to work yesterday. I put the cane away last week, the walker two weeks ago. Two more weeks of PT.

I kept putting the second one off because the first one wasn't so easy (did the first one about four years ago). I thought my recovery took a long time the first time (maybe eight weeks before I went back to work part time). But the little pain I have now as part of the recovery from the surgery, is so much better than the pain of walking with bones rubbing on bones. That was miserable. I'm looking forward to my next WDW trip ( or any trip for that matter) because I will be able to walk without pain.

bobbiwoz
12-08-2011, 09:44 PM
Diane, those are fabulous picture! Thanks for the information!

Sammie
12-08-2011, 09:49 PM
The photos are great thanks for sharing.:thumbsup2

mckryan
12-08-2011, 10:00 PM
Love the pictures of the lions!!!

dianeschlicht
12-08-2011, 10:05 PM
Diane, I know you're all settled in now, but why didn't you ask to be moved to a villa that wasn't HA? I know it's the first thing I would have done. And I would not have felt guilty about it. HA villas just don't work for me - I'm almost 6 feet tall and my bad back makes bending difficult and painful. I just can't handle the low countertops. It doesn't sound like it's optimal for you either. Between that and the other issues (bacon smell, coffee maker problem and incomplete dishwasher cycle) I think you should have asked to be moved. Depending on how long you're staying and how much cooking you plan to do, you might want to ask now. I understand how the ADA law works, but at the same time, like you said, there are features in those HA units that don't work for people who aren't in wheelchairs. All in all, when you look forward to your vacation so much, I just don't think it's fair to be so disappointed with your villa. You say you don't like to complain, but I think you have every right to.
I know we COULD have asked to change, but frankly, we didn't even get into our unit until 10:30 pm (our choice, not DVC's), so we decided to just deal with it. It is a bit of a hardship, but someone has to take them, I guess. Dick is 6'3", so he has more difficulty with it than I do. The bathroom isn't too much of a problem with the exception of the lack of closet and storage space. It's kind of an institutional feel to it.

To be honest, I'm not one to make a lot of waves about things that I know I can deal with if I have to.

dianeschlicht
12-08-2011, 10:12 PM
Did the Annual Meeting today, and it was much better than past meetings we have been to. There was an actual DATE for the start of on line booking!!! If I remember correctly, it's January 19. Of course, I'm sure you all know by now that Grand Floridian Villas was announced as well.

I must say I was favorably impressed with Claire Bilby. (other than the fact that she had no idea when MMM was.:rotfl:)

It was a bit chilly here this morning, so we did DHS until about 11:00 when we went back to Kidani to cook our dinner and relax a bit before the meeting. Tonight we went over to MK for the parade, Magic, Memories & You and Wishes. Love watching those shows, but not fond of the crowd exit afterwards.

dianeschlicht
12-08-2011, 10:17 PM
Love the pictures of the lions!!!

The Scimitar-horned Oryx were 'teasing' the lions by walking right on the edge of the lion exhibit. Of course, there is a deep gorge inbetween them, and the oryx know the lions can't get them The lions do take notice though! That's why they were both looking in the same direction.

quirty30
12-08-2011, 11:19 PM
I know we COULD have asked to change, but frankly, we didn't even get into our unit until 10:30 pm (our choice, not DVC's), so we decided to just deal with it. It is a bit of a hardship, but someone has to take them, I guess. Dick is 6'3", so he has more difficulty with it than I do. The bathroom isn't too much of a problem with the exception of the lack of closet and storage space. It's kind of an institutional feel to it.

To be honest, I'm not one to make a lot of waves about things that I know I can deal with if I have to.

Well I think you are very gracious for not making a big deal of it.

KAT4DISNEY
12-09-2011, 12:21 AM
The Scimitar-horned Oryx were 'teasing' the lions by walking right on the edge of the lion exhibit. Of course, there is a deep gorge inbetween them, and the oryx know the lions can't get them The lions do take notice though! That's why they were both looking in the same direction.

They were doing the same thing on the last safari ride of the day we took in Nov!!! :laughing:

lugnut33
12-09-2011, 12:27 AM
I love KV. It's also the #1 rated resort in the unofficial guide.

LisaS
12-09-2011, 12:29 AM
Next I go to settle into the master bath….oops…one big huge institutional looking room that has no intrigue at all….open toilet, no drawers or shelves, small closet that is absolutely useless because it houses the high chair and safe, so no room to hang anything much in it. I decided it was strange to have the high chair in the bathroom, so I’m off to see if it fits in the front closet (with the washer and dryer). Nope, that is full with the pack and play and the vacuum cleaner. Oh well, again I decide I can deal with it.The closet situation at Kidani is annoying. I've found that if you turn the high chair upside down, you can maneuver it into the front hall closet. (I think what I did was remove the pack and play, turn the high chair upside down and put that in the closet, then put the pack and play inside the overturned high chair.) Otherwise, as you say, there is no room to hang up anything in the closet in the master bath. And even if there was plenty of room despite the high chair, I find it is often sticky and I do not want it in the same closet as my clothes!

spleen
12-09-2011, 03:49 AM
Some pictures from our "trek".
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v328/Dianeschlicht/VacationDec2011049.jpg

Diane - thanks for the great pics and I also think that you're being very gracious about living within the limitations of the HA villa.

Can you give a little more detail about the food supplied? I can't quite figure out what the pink rolled up thing is in the middle of the pic - some kind of cold cut with cream cheese or salmon???? And what's the cake/pie thingy in the bottom left? The mind boggles at the possibilities. :laughing:

dianeschlicht
12-09-2011, 10:09 PM
Diane - thanks for the great pics and I also think that you're being very gracious about living within the limitations of the HA villa.

Can you give a little more detail about the food supplied? I can't quite figure out what the pink rolled up thing is in the middle of the pic - some kind of cold cut with cream cheese or salmon???? And what's the cake/pie thingy in the bottom left? The mind boggles at the possibilities. :laughing:

Of course! the top tray contained yogurt with a fresh made oatmeal/cranberry granola on top, the other two cups contained fruit balls, and brie with dried apricots. The lower tray contained a jicama slaw with a smoked salmon/cream cheese rollup on top (the pink thing), a container of air dried sliced meats (beef and procuito sp?), and a tin of fig and almond bars that were amazing! That bottom tray also included some small pita rounds, and top one included an edible orchid. FYI, I ate EVERYTHING. Yes, even the flower. It had virtually no taste though.

dianeschlicht
12-09-2011, 10:29 PM
I'm getting used to the HA kitchen, but I will NEVER enjoy the dark decor at AKV. Maybe it's our age, but I can't see a darned thing in here!:headache: We have decided we're going to take a break from Kidani for awhile. I just find myself frustrated by the inconvenience of it all. LOVE the savanna and the decor is beautiful, but it doesn't function well for me. This time I got close to the lobby so we don't have that horrendous long hallway to deal with, but I think the hallway would almost be easier than the HA unit.

On to happier stuff though....our trip. We have had a wonderful trip with mostly incredible weather. We've gotten to see a few internet/DVC friends so far too. Besides everyone we saw at the OL meet last Tuesday, we saw Webmaster Doc at the annual meeting, and today I met an occasionaly DIS board/DVC visitor who's handle I have trouble remembering. I believe he might have been at another one of my meets a couple years ago too. Sorry, but I think it is is Skooch to Sklooch or something like that. We listened to a wonderful Voices of Liberty concert with him and his wife.

kristenrice
12-11-2011, 01:51 PM
Thank you for the info on the Wild Africa Trek:).

My DD8 and I are getting so excited to take this tour:banana:. Did you book it at 180 days, or is it less? We want the first one of the day, which I think is 8am, since we are traveling with the whole family and we want to maximize our time with them.

Question...I know that you cannot wear sandals, but would you recommend hiking boots/shoes or will sneakers suffice?

LisaS
12-11-2011, 02:50 PM
Question...I know that you cannot wear sandals, but would you recommend hiking boots/shoes or will sneakers suffice?When DH and I took the tour, we wore our usual running shoes that we wear to the parks. They don't take you anywhere that would require hiking boots.

It is a wonderful tour. I really like hippos so it was such a treat to get so close to them. I enjoyed the food they served too. DH and I are vegetarians and I made sure to mention it when we booked the tour. Our meal was all vegetarian and everything was unusual and very tasty.

spleen
12-11-2011, 08:25 PM
Of course! the top tray contained yogurt with a fresh made oatmeal/cranberry granola on top, the other two cups contained fruit balls, and brie with dried apricots. The lower tray contained a jicama slaw with a smoked salmon/cream cheese rollup on top (the pink thing), a container of air dried sliced meats (beef and procuito sp?), and a tin of fig and almond bars that were amazing! That bottom tray also included some small pita rounds, and top one included an edible orchid. FYI, I ate EVERYTHING. Yes, even the flower. It had virtually no taste though.

Yum, everything sounds great! (well, besides the orchid) ;) Thanks for the details!

dianeschlicht
12-11-2011, 08:49 PM
Yum, everything sounds great! (well, besides the orchid) ;) Thanks for the details!

I actually got a kick out of eating the orchid, but you are probably used to that in Hawaii.

I thought I would post a few pictures of our HA unit for those of you who have never had the "pleasure".

Here is the kitchen...low counters, no storage under the sink, microwave taking up precious counter space, and no island. Also the fridge is not in the kitchen.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v328/Dianeschlicht/VacationDec2011122.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v328/Dianeschlicht/VacationDec2011123.jpg

Excuse our "mess" in the bathroom, but here is the institutional part of it.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v328/Dianeschlicht/VacationDec2011124.jpg

El&Asmom
12-11-2011, 10:46 PM
Glad you are enjoying your trip, but wow. I would have requested a change immediately from that HA room. You paid good money for this timeshare and annual dues, so you deserve to enjoy your stay. I would be very upset with that unit.
Hope you have a magical remainder of your stay. Dh and I did the Trek last January, and were the in the second group on the very first day it was offered. We loved it. Especially since I am a vet and love seeing the animals up close. Funny enough, the hippos didn't cooperate for us either. The crocs were the best.

lugnut33
12-11-2011, 11:01 PM
After seeing the photos of the room I definitely wouldn't want a HA room.

rentayenta
12-11-2011, 11:20 PM
:goodvibes You are a far more tolerant person than I am because I would have requested a villa change immediately.

Enjoy your trip and thank you for sharing. :thumbsup2

KAT4DISNEY
12-11-2011, 11:44 PM
Who would have thought that they'd get a worse design for an HA room. Placing the fridge next to the dining table? Really??????

We've had a couple of HA rooms - BWV and VWL and while I missed the counter space that the microwave took up it really didn't bother me otherwise. However the Kidani layout is pretty strange. And the sink still looks like it would be too high for someone in a wheelchair. :confused:

The big thing that stands out to me in the HA rooms is the lack of shelves in the bathroom. Why Disney doesn't think that storage there is required or helpful escapes me.

dianeschlicht
12-12-2011, 06:19 AM
Who would have thought that they'd get a worse design for an HA room. Placing the fridge next to the dining table? Really??????

We've had a couple of HA rooms - BWV and VWL and while I missed the counter space that the microwave took up it really didn't bother me otherwise. However the Kidani layout is pretty strange. And the sink still looks like it would be too high for someone in a wheelchair. :confused:

The big thing that stands out to me in the HA rooms is the lack of shelves in the bathroom. Why Disney doesn't think that storage there is required or helpful escapes me.

Actually, the sink and counters are way too low for us in the kitchen. I have made such a mess in front of the sink every day, because the water seems to run off the front no matter what I do. And yes, the lack of storage in the bathroom is annoying, but with two bathrooms, I have taken to using the smaller one for make up...It keeps the clutter down a bit in the master bath.

Anyway....I've gotten over the inconvenience of the HA unit. In fact, I consider myself lucky to have never gotten one before this. We've been members for nearly 15 years, and this is a first. Well, a first for a full sized unit. We did have a HA studio once before at Jambo. That was only for a couple nights though, so it wasn't an issue.

dianeschlicht
12-12-2011, 06:28 AM
Has anyone else here on the board taken advantage of the cultural exchange talks each night in the Kidani library? I didn't find them until a couple nights ago, but they have been such fun and amazing information. Saturday night we had Titus from Namibia who told us about his tribe (I think it was Wongo) and their culture and the fact that he could speak 22 of the 28 African dialects. He had videos of the women in his tribe dancing and of the men (him included) jumping over each other. That was the most amazing thing! They literally jump completely over the head of the next person! The person he had to jump was significantly taller than he. He also told us about running 17 kilometers to school each day. Can you imagine that? ONE way too! He said he had to leave at 3:30 AM and wouldn't get home until well after dark. It's no wonder so many people from African countries win marathons and Olympic running sports!:cool2:

Last night we heard Harold from South Africa speak. It looks to me like South Africa is the most urban of the African continent, and seems to be very industrially developed. I can't wait to hear who is speaking tonight too! Now I wish I would have discovered these presentations a week ago when we arrived! They aren't very well publicized, but they are mentioned in the little info sheet they give you at check in.

Here are some the animals on our part of the savanna last night.
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magicaldisney
12-12-2011, 08:30 AM
Has anyone else here on the board taken advantage of the cultural exchange talks each night in the Kidani library?

Yep, we did!! Loved it!! We enjoyed the dance that they perform before hand as well.

CRSNDSNY
12-12-2011, 09:25 AM
Thanks for the report and the pictures, Diane. We stayed at Kidani in October and were not thrilled with our visit. We had a SVH studio but there were so many variables with the stay that just didn't suit us. We'd be happy at Jambo house, though.

Also, we were given a HC 1BR a few years back and asked to be moved. With our kids there is no way we could have a HC villa - just way to easy for them to get into mischief with everything at their height. We did get moved, but it was to a room that ended up stinking of smoke the whole visit. Oh well! We've had more great locations and rooms than not so it was just a bit of a kink in our visit history. :)

Keep up the reporting! I'm enjoying your posts! :)

momof2disprincesses
12-12-2011, 03:44 PM
[QUOTE=dianeschlicht;43450794]Has anyone else here on the board taken advantage of the cultural exchange talks each night in the Kidani library?

We did that last summer when DH and I went alone to Kidani for our anniversary. It was the highlight of our trip! We were the only ones there so we got a personal presentation and asked lots of questions.

dianeschlicht
12-12-2011, 07:59 PM
We were the only ones at the presentation last night too! We will be leaving in a few minutes for tonight's presentation, and I'll report back later.

florep1
12-12-2011, 08:02 PM
LOL my family had that unit 2 years ago and we actually liked the room in the middle that the island would have otherwise taken up. We didnt ask for a HA unit but we got it. Loved the location, the only thing that bothered me was the bed was too low. We don't cook in our unit so the kitchen counter being too low was a non-issue. We eat breakfast in our unit at times and my kids thought it was nice that the milk was right next to the kitchen table LOL!

dianeschlicht
12-12-2011, 09:40 PM
Okay, so I have done 3 of this week's cultural presentations from the African exchange people, and all have been different and wonderful. The first night was Titus speaking about Namibia and the animals, and culture of the many diverse groups in his country. Last night was Harold who spoke of South Africa and gave us a "sports" tour of the country. Tonight was Elesette also from South Africa who spoke about Africaan's language and their national anthem etc. All have been extremely informative and engaging young people who are thoroughly enjoying their time in a new country. The enthusiasm is contageous! If you are staying at Kidani, don't forget to take advantage of these presentations. They are done in the Library at 8:15 each evening. The young people must plan their own presentations, and all are very well done!:thumbsup2

zev
12-12-2011, 10:01 PM
I would have a hard time with an HA room myself but they might have me by calling it a KA room.....Kid Accessible for age 6 and up. :goodvibes This could be a bad thing for some, but could be a break for others depending on how you set it up. :)

dianeschlicht
12-13-2011, 07:13 AM
Zev, I would not want to have young people in this HA unit. They would be able to reach everything better than I can. :lmao: Everything is too low.

magicaldisney
12-13-2011, 07:42 AM
We were the only ones at the presentation last night too! We will be leaving in a few minutes for tonight's presentation, and I'll report back later.

We were the only ones at our presentations as well. A diamond in the rough!!!

dianeschlicht
12-13-2011, 08:13 AM
We were the only ones at our presentations as well. A diamond in the rough!!!

Yes, we were the only ones last night too. People need to know about this at take advantage of it. It's one of the best things I've found at Kidani. LOVE the animals, LOVE the embiance, LOVE the cultural exchange aspect...BUT...HATE the darkness of the rooms, HATE how inconvienience some of the layout is with the closets etc, and not too thrilled with the quality of housekeeping here. Let's just say no tip will be left.

GGOOFY1
12-13-2011, 08:42 AM
Enjoying your TR. DS and I are going for a quick unscheduled trip end of January. We are in a Jambo Studio, Savannah view. This will be our first time staying at AKV. I have wanted to stay there since it opened....so hopefully won't be disappointed!! I'm looking forward to my book, coffee and the Savannah!!!

jakenjess
12-13-2011, 10:21 AM
Thanks for the info on the presentations! We will definitely check those out next time we're there. I hope they don't cancel them if not enough people are showing up.

We had a HA 2 BR at OKW once, and it wasn't too bad but I definitely will avoid them in the future if possible. That is a strange setup!

Sounds like you're having a great time -- thanks for sharing!:goodvibes

Mtnman44
12-13-2011, 02:58 PM
Well everybody, most of the time Somebody has to stay in the HA rooms. If there aren't enough handicapped people who have reserved them, then we are going to get them once in a while. To those of you saying you would have demanded a new room, on what basis? Because someone else should get it besides you? How should that be decided? The member that complains the least should get it?

The OP mentioned this was the first time in 15 years. I'd say we should all be so lucky. I figure once every 10 trips is fair. If only their system would track such a thing and assign them based on whose "turn" it is. :)

dianeschlicht
12-13-2011, 05:41 PM
Well everybody, most of the time Somebody has to stay in the HA rooms. If there aren't enough handicapped people who have reserved them, then we are going to get them once in a while. To those of you saying you would have demanded a new room, on what basis? Because someone else should get it besides you? How should that be decided? The member that complains the least should get it?

The OP mentioned this was the first time in 15 years. I'd say we should all be so lucky. I figure once every 10 trips is fair. If only their system would track such a thing and assign them based on whose "turn" it is. :)

LOL! Yep, I think it was my turn!

DonnaL
12-14-2011, 12:11 AM
Diane.... I know the feeling of getting a HA unit when it's not needed....January 2010 we were booked for a 2 bdrm at BLT since we had our three kids (all young adults) and our grandson with us. Same situation as with you......when we arrived room wasn't ready so off we went......our oldest son (28 at the time) had a sinus infection and after the flight wasn't feeling the best...so when we received the text that the room was ready he left MK and headed back to BLT to rest. He went into the room and checked it out quickly, but, obviously didn't notice the low kitchen counters, etc.(typical guy) and simply went into the 2nd bdrm for a nap. As soon as we arrived a few hours later (late evening as you did) I immediately realized it was a HA room, but, since he had already slept in one of the beds and unpacked some of his stuff we also didn't bother to call and asked to be changed. However, I will say, if it should ever happen again.......I will immediately request a change since my husband is also over 6 ft tall and it was awful for him the entire week. I'm only 4'11" and I even had a difficult time..especially with the kitchen sink as you mentioned. I'm guessing my problem was because I've adapted to higher counters over the years.