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Natterjack9
04-02-2012, 12:07 AM
We will be heading home for our first visit to the AKL - Kidani Village on FRIDAY!!! :cool1: So excited. We own at SSR, but wanted to try something new. Any tips for first timers? How is the pool area? Any tips are appreciated!:thumbsup2

eaj1228
04-02-2012, 12:13 AM
Joining in!! I am going to be staying at Kidani in October and would love to know any info as well.

Reddog1134
04-02-2012, 09:51 AM
When you check in, see if there is a room available close to the lobby. It can be a bit of a walk if you are at the far end of one of the wings.

The pool area is great. It has zero point entry and there's a normal slide and a kids slide. There is also a kids water play area.

I recommend eating a meal a Sanaa. The food was delicious and if you get a seat near a window, you can see the animals out of the savanna.

diznygirl
04-02-2012, 11:10 AM
I second the suggestion to request a room close to the lobby.

There are activities at Kidani Village and Jambo House for the children and they earn beads for doing them. It was lots of fun for our kids, but we found out about it late and had to do some fancy footwork to finish and get all the beads before our stay ended.

:)

CKCruising
04-02-2012, 11:40 AM
If you do get stuck in the furthest end from Jambo, you can take the Pumba elevators to the garage and walk through the garage to save a long walk to the pool.

The beads are an excellent suggestion as well.

daisyx3
04-02-2012, 12:10 PM
We are also checking in Friday to Kidani after 3 nights at BLT. I did not do online for AKV so I can ask for close to lobby, but we usually just take what we get.
Daisyx3

Mtnman44
04-02-2012, 12:14 PM
Don't stress too much about walks and room requests (in my humble opinion). Even the farthest room is a pretty short walk compared to most other walking you will be doing in and around WDW. Plus, as mentioned, in the wing over the parking garage, the furthest rooms can actually save you time, depending on where you are going. Rooms there have the shortest total walk from your car to room of any resort at WDW.

AKV Kidanni is our favorite. This resort is at its best at night, both at the front of the resort, and in the savanah backyard. They have an awesome pool and water play area and bus service to the parks is great (you always have an empty bus to start).

Brook1099
04-02-2012, 12:38 PM
My family and I LOVED our Kidani stay!!!( my DH was skeptical now his fav)
We requested lobby floor and got it, I only requested that because we had Savannah View and in my opinion it and the third floor is the best.

Kidani is much more laid back and quiet than Jambo. And thats what we liked about it even more, the parks are hustle enough for us.

Pool was fantastic,jacuzzi, kids play room, night vision! It is by far my kids favorite ( BC now in second)

We drive to and from parks, so the parking garage was great! Zip up the elevator with a very short walk to our room.

Boma and Jiko was great dining and a nice evening walk from Kidani.
Used Mara @ Jambo for CS too and was good.


Hope u enjoy as much as we did!

domiii
04-02-2012, 05:03 PM
We are also staying in October (wait list just came through!!! :yay:) In the 2 BR villas, is the balcony the length of the room? It was when we stayed in the grand villa, but I wondered about a 2 BR.

Brook1099
04-03-2012, 04:00 PM
Yes it does!

domiii
04-03-2012, 05:46 PM
Yes it does!

:dancer:party::jumping1:

double r
04-04-2012, 07:37 PM
We will also be there Oct 7th-14th in a 1 bedroom savanah view, we have never stayed there and looking forward to it. We will be there for our 25th wedding anniversary so the wife wanted to try here so if wife is happy I am happy, see what you learn in 25 years!!!!!!!!

magicaldisney
04-04-2012, 10:44 PM
A lower floor will give you a better view of the animals. :thumbsup2

domiii
04-04-2012, 10:45 PM
We will also be there Oct 7th-14th in a 1 bedroom savanah view, we have never stayed there and looking forward to it. We will be there for our 25th wedding anniversary so the wife wanted to try here so if wife is happy I am happy, see what you learn in 25 years!!!!!!!!

You will love it!!! She will love it!! Congrats!! We are celebrating our 25th in May with dinner at V&A's!! (staying at THV) My b'day is October 9th and will also be at AKV!!

Bribrittmom
04-05-2012, 03:12 AM
We just stayed at Kidani the first time March 18-23rd.We loved the resort and the size of our one bedroom.However,we found the pool to be much warmer and more fun at Jambo House.We like being able to run into the Mara and get a snack while hanging out at the pool.

disgrits
04-05-2012, 06:58 PM
In respect to the Kidani pool area, I have only two words: Pina Colava!!:banana:

Bribrittmom
04-05-2012, 11:14 PM
In respect to the Kidani pool area, I have only two words: Pina Colava!!:banana:

You can get those at the Jambo House pool too.

Mom2m&k
04-06-2012, 07:01 PM
In respect to the Kidani pool area, I have only two words: Pina Colava!!:banana:

Totally agree!! Only 24 more days!! :banana:

freya
04-08-2012, 08:49 PM
I'll be in Kidani for the first time in July. :banana: We have 2 studio rooms booked and I'm trying to find out if the studios have 2 beds in them or if we will have to open up the sleeper sofa...anyone know?

locodemickey
04-08-2012, 09:00 PM
I'll be in Kidani for the first time in July. :banana: We have 2 studio rooms booked and I'm trying to find out if the studios have 2 beds in them or if we will have to open up the sleeper sofa...anyone know?

There is a pull-out sofa in all studios at Kidani

jo-jo
04-08-2012, 09:41 PM
Our first time at Kidani in May. Is the garage under the whole resort? I want to request a lower floor but didn't want ground floor. I like having a balcony.

bobbiwoz
04-09-2012, 07:31 AM
Our first time at Kidani in May. Is the garage under the whole resort? I want to request a lower floor but didn't want ground floor. I like having a balcony.

All of the rooms at AKV/AKL have a balcony, none have a patio.

jo-jo
04-09-2012, 02:18 PM
All of the rooms at AKV/AKL have a balcony, none have a patio.


Thank you. I wanted to request a lower floor so the DGD can get a better look at animals from the room but was afraid of getting a ground floor room.

magicaldisney
04-09-2012, 04:13 PM
Thank you. I wanted to request a lower floor so the DGD can get a better look at animals from the room but was afraid of getting a ground floor room.

If you look at this picture you will see that the lowest floor is not close to the ground level.

http://i77.photobucket.com/albums/j46/Lunow/dvc%20AKV/025.jpg

Buckeye Bob
04-10-2012, 09:36 AM
This is our home resort and we love it! When we last stayed in July 2010 we were in a 1BR with a savannah view on the first floor and it was great! The view of the animals was fantastic and I spent every early morning on the balcony, sipping some coffee and enjoying the animals. We were pretty far from the lobby but it wasn't an issue for us and the elevator to the garage was right nearby making for a quick trip from the room to the car! Having your car in the carport is a nice plus and we drove everywhere except to MK. Bus transportation was prompt and as others have said it's the first stop when traveling to MK so it's empty.

The pool is fun and relaxing and I think that you'll really enjoy Sanaa!

Your family will have a great time at Kidani.

We're going back to Kidani in late December to celebrate DS 14th birthday on New Year's Day and we can't wait.

Have a magical day!

gracelrm
04-10-2012, 12:00 PM
We have just decided to change our Christmas trip to an October trip and DD19 wants to stay at Kidani. We can not get a Savannah view room for our entire stay, but we could get a standard view room. For those of you that have stayed before - would it be worth it to stay in a Savannah view for part of the stay and then move to a standard view? Or should we just save a move and stay Standard the entire trip.

BabsBunny
04-10-2012, 12:10 PM
We had a 4th floor room last trip, and we could see the animals just fine. No worries.

If you don't have a SV, there is a little off of lobby that you can just hang out and relax and watch the animals. Have fun!

BabsBunny
04-10-2012, 12:17 PM
We have just decided to change our Christmas trip to an October trip and DD19 wants to stay at Kidani. We can not get a Savannah view room for our entire stay, but we could get a standard view room. For those of you that have stayed before - would it be worth it to stay in a Savannah view for part of the stay and then move to a standard view? Or should we just save a move and stay Standard the entire trip.

That's a good question. If it was a Dec trip, I would go with the STD for the whole trip. We stayed in STD two bedroom for a Pres Week trip one year, and I was so glad we didn't waste points on SV, because it was too cold to enjoy the balcony anyway.

That being said, we had a SV for a long weekend in March, and it was really nice, but next time I think I'd go STD and use the points saved for another trip. So I would weigh the inconvenience of the move and the point savings of staying in STD the whole time against how badly you want to hang out with the animals. :)

vandy
04-10-2012, 04:07 PM
We love Kidani! Love the 2br villas and 3 bathrooms, Love the parking garage underneath the building, Love how quick you can get to your room with the elevators, Love the pool area and of course Love the animals.

Those who have never stayed there before should realize that the lobby and rooms start on the second floor. Ground floor is the garage and restaurant area