View Full Version : Kidani or jambo

04-14-2012, 09:24 AM
What are the pros and cons of each?

04-14-2012, 03:48 PM
Kidani pros:
- smaller, quieter lobby
- 1BR have 2 full bath, 2BR have 3 full bath
- theme park busses stop here first (usually empty)
- Sanaa restaurant on property (fantastic food!)
- great pool - zero entry and nice slide
- fun splash area for younger children

Kidani cons:
- no quick service dining option (Mara is at Jambo)
- smaller gift shop with fewer options than at Jambo
- I can't think of any others (we love Kidani!)

Jambo: I haven't stayed at Jambo yet, but they have the Mara quick service restaurant, as well as Boma (buffet) and Jiko table service restaurants. The gift shop is much larger with a bigger grocery area. The lobby is huge and there is a lobby bar area. It tends to be busier and noisier than the lobby at Kidani. The pool area is supposed to be very nice as well. I look forward to learning more about Jambo during our trip in June.

04-14-2012, 03:54 PM
I like to book studios at Jambo, and larger villas at Kidani. Jambo studios have double sinks outside the regular bathroom, & I like that set up. Also when I'm in a studio, I like to be near The Mara.

04-15-2012, 02:17 PM
Kidani is nice, but we really liked Jambo. Loved all the food service options, and the feel of a busy bustling hotel. It was so easy to just pop our son into the kid's club at night, then walk over to dinner.

Simba's Mom
04-15-2012, 07:19 PM
I like to book studios at Jambo, and larger villas at Kidani. Jambo studios have double sinks outside the regular bathroom, & I like that set up. Also when I'm in a studio, I like to be near The Mara.

Sounds like someone else thinks like me-Jambo is the only place I've stayed. However, sometime I'd like to book a 1 BR, and then I'd go for Kidani. I really think DH would prefer it, for one thing the 2 baths. Also, I understand Kidani has an overall more peaceful feel than Jambo. I told someone that OKW is his favorite resort, and they said that Kidani is more like OKW.

04-15-2012, 08:00 PM
We like both, but if I had to choose one over the other, Kidani would win hands down. LOVE the smaller lobby area and how personal the animal viewing campfire area feels. We also really enjoy the exchange people there, because they go to Kidani the last half of their exchange year, and are so much more at ease talking to everyone. We also really enjoy the cultural exchanges and drum circles in the library every evening. WELL worth staying t here for that alone.

04-15-2012, 08:13 PM
Kidani is nice, but we really liked Jambo. Loved all the food service options, and the feel of a busy bustling hotel. It was so easy to just pop our son into the kid's club at night, then walk over to dinner.

Agreed. Jambo is more resort like. I like options, at Kidani there are none. We also prefer the Jambo pool. Kidani is nice, but the walk to the room was a downer. I also need a lobby bar to balance out my beautiful, screaming kids.

04-15-2012, 09:37 PM
We've stayed both - In 2011 we stayed in the value 2 bedroom lockoff at Jambo - and we loved it. In 2012 we stayed in a bedroom dedicated at Kidani and it was ok. Even if the rooms a bit smaller at Jambo, that's where we will be staying in the future.

Our only complaint was the distance from our room to the lobby - thankfully we had a rental car.

So, from here on out, when we stay at AKL, we will attempt to snag Jambo.

04-17-2012, 09:56 PM
Kidani has covered parking :thumbsup2

04-17-2012, 10:26 PM
They both have their own personality and charm. DH and I have a hard time choosing. If it's a "we need to chill and refresh trip," we go to Kidani. If we want hustle, bustle and energy, we stay at Jambo. You can't go wrong with either.

You may wish to decide whether room considerations or hotel ambiance is more important to you. That might help you decide.

04-17-2012, 11:03 PM
How far is the walk between the two?

04-17-2012, 11:18 PM
Depending on where you are in Kidani and how fast you walk, you are only 5-10 minutes away. But they have a golf cart like shuttle that runs back and forth if you catch the timing the right way. It's just along the sidewalk between the two buildings. Again, if your timing is right, you can hop the park bus over there, too, as it stops first at Kidani, then at Jambo.

04-18-2012, 09:31 AM
Here's my pros and cons:

Comparison of Jambo and Kidani

large impressive lobby, larger gift shop
busier atmosphere
larger pool, wimpy slide (IMHO)
steam room in workout area
counter service at Mara
value and concierge rooms
rooms retrofitted from existing hotel rooms
Master bath has shower/jetted tub combo plus toilet in one room (toilet is split off)
Parking in lots
Bus to DTD first stop
Rooms on 5th floor, except for 5 2br lockoffs on 6th for concierge

smaller, more intimate lobby and gift shop
quieter atmosphere
splash area at pool, and better slide (IMHO)
rooms designed for DVC
extra bath in one and two bedrooms
separate shower and jetted tub in master bath
community hall
Under building parking
Park busses first stop
Rooms on floors 2 through 5

04-18-2012, 10:03 AM
What are you really leaning toward in your heart. Have you been to either or seen video and pictures? Go with your gut. Personally if it is a studio Jambo and Kidani have equal sized rooms but Jambo as a resort is awe inspiring so to me Jambo. If you have a larger group with you then you may prefer the space that the 1br and up at Kidani offer plus extra bathroom.

04-18-2012, 10:46 AM
We only stayed at Kidani (last August) and really liked it. We had dinner over at Jambo...it just gets very crowded with the two restaurants and all the non guest coming over for dinner.

Our boys are older so the walking was not a problem, it was no more than 6-7 minutes and we were the opposite end of Kidani. We loved the 2 baths in the 1 bedroom. We also booked Standard view and had the front savannah view. The only animals that did not come over to this area were of course, the giraffes and zebras. We saw dozens of animals a day, it was great.

We joined DVC saw we could eat breakfast and lunches in our room, so quick service does not matter.

So, I guess I would vote Kidani....:thumbsup2

04-18-2012, 11:02 AM
We have stayed at both. As a resort overall, we feel Jambo is better with it's three restaurants, larger lobby, larger store, and larger pool with lots of areas to find shade. However, we will stay in Jambo only when using studio or GV. The studios at Jambo and Kidani are about the same size, the GVs at Jambo are the best at WDW. But if getting 1BR or 2BR, Kidani wins by a very large margin, the room is 100 sq ft larger, you have an extra bathroom, more closet space, separate tub and shower in master bath (Jambo is a combined tub and shower with a very high stepover into tub), and just all around nicer rooms. Kidani does have the better kid's play area at the pool, one of the best restaurants at WDW (Sanaa), and ideal parking under the building if you have a car.

And the walking distance front door to front door between the two is about 1/2 mile.

04-21-2012, 07:00 PM
Can you use the pool at Kidani if you are staying at Jambo?

04-21-2012, 08:49 PM
Can you use the pool at Kidani if you are staying at Jambo?


04-21-2012, 08:50 PM
Both Jambo and Kidani are great for their own ways.

My advice, go twice and try each one. :stir:

04-22-2012, 12:46 PM
They are both so close, you can spend time and enjoy the best both have to offer. It really comes down to the room. ITA with PPs - studio at Jambo - anything bigger at Kidani.

Anal Annie
04-22-2012, 12:58 PM
We prefer Jambo over Kidani by a mile. We only use studios and I didn't care for the Kidani ones AT ALL. The kitchenette sink was more like the size of a bathroom lavatory sink - I couldn't even get the coffee pot in it to wash it properly. The countertop area is also almost non-existent. It is absolutely THE WORST DVC studio kitchenette as far as space. Oh, and the microwave looks like a toy size.

I also hated the bathroom layout for the studios at Kidani. Normally with a split bath setup they put the tub/shower in the same room with the toilet. Well, at Kidani they have the toilet alone in I guess what is technically called a "water closet". Then the sink is in another room along with the tub/shower. So it made it more awkward for someone to use the sink while someone else was showering. We had to be like "OK, turning the water off now if anybody's out there....." or "OK, close your eyes, I'm getting out of the shower now". It was stooopid. At Jambo the bathrooms have the more traditional setup of having the sink outside where it's accessible to anyone without any complications.

We also thought that Kidani was very underwhelming compared to most of the other DVC resorts. We missed having a grand lobby and a decent size store to shop in and ended up schelping over to Jambo to shop.

THEN there is the matter of no CS options. While Sanaa is a nice dinner option we love the Mara for its convenience and selection and really missed having that closeby. So again, more schelping over to Jambo.:headache: I also missed smelling Boma in the lobby area. :rolleyes1

04-22-2012, 09:40 PM
Do they have the same in-room dining menu at both places?

04-23-2012, 12:12 AM
It's funny how the same features of each can be appealing or unappealing depending on your needs. I really like Kidani for the same reasons that Anal Annie dislikes Kidani. I travel with my mother and we always have a lot of toiletries, so having a large bathroom vanity in the Kidani studio is perfect for us. I don't like that Jambo House's bathroom is so tiny. I also love Kidani's underground parking. It's much faster to take the parking garage elevator to the room instead of parking in Jambo House's large lot and walking to the lobby. We don't really eat at The Mara that much anymore so not having counter service isn't a big deal for us. I do love Jambo House's lobby and gift shop more than Kidani's but we don't spend that much time hanging out in the gift shop or the lobby anyway.