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CaliforniaDreaming
04-21-2012, 10:54 PM
We have a standard view 1 bedroom villa booked at Kidani Village. Do we have any view options other than the obvious parking lot view? I'm having trouble finding much info online for the standard view.

Thanks! :thumbsup2

deva
04-21-2012, 11:55 PM
Kidani parking is under the building. Standard view has front drive, bus stop, entrance, and on one side, the pool?

We requested close to pool and overlooked main entrance and pool house.

DizDays
04-22-2012, 12:38 PM
As Deva pointed out, ask for close to pool. It's probably the best request for standard view rooms at Kidani.

Anal Annie
04-22-2012, 12:46 PM
The time we stayed there in a standard view I asked to be not tooooo far from the lobby or bus stop and we ended up right by the bus stop. VERY convenient as there were stairs right there that went down BUT also verrry crappy view AND we heard all of the buses pull in & out at all hours (or at least until the last bus of the night). It was also a fair (and awkward) schlep over to the pool from there. I would have to think "close to the pool" would be a better request although it could mean a further walk to the bus stop. We prefer Jambo to Kidani for several reasons - layout being one.

SDmouse
04-22-2012, 01:18 PM
Close to the pool. We had a room across from the pool, and you could see the savana. I can post some pictures later. Great room.

LisaS
04-22-2012, 01:34 PM
As others have stated, ask for a pool view.

While most of the parking at Kidani is under the building there are exterior lots in several places. For example, even with a pool view if you look straight down you will see a small exterior lot that is in between the pool area and the building but you will be on the 2nd floor or higher and that parking area will be at least one floor below you. If you are in the pool side wing but close to the lobby you will see the short-term parking lot about 100 feet from your balcony.

If you are in the wing closest to Jambo House and near the bus stop and you look straight down, you will see the valet lot. Again, you will be on the 2nd floor or higher so the lot will be at least one floor below you. This lot is only a few rows deep so if you look straight out from your balcony you can ignore it. Plus since they eliminated free valet parking for DVC members, this lot doesn't generate a lot of traffic.

There is another lot for oversized vehicles at the end of that wing but there are no Standard View rooms in that area.

To see for yourself, go to Google Maps and search for Kidani Village, Lake Buena Vista, FL Then zoom in and see where the lots are located.

CaliforniaDreaming
04-22-2012, 02:31 PM
Great, sounds like it is pool view that we want. Would love to see any pics you all have taken!

Has anyone had experience with the new online check in room request options? Curious what all they are at AKV.

I've stayed in the regular rooms over in Jambo house, and love it over there. We chose Kidani this time because of the second bathroom in the one bedroom villa. I'm sure we'll enjoy Kidani, its always nice to try something new.

queenofthehive
04-22-2012, 05:44 PM
We stayed at Kidani this January and had a standard view room. It was a parking lot view - we could see the buses and the main bridge to the lobby. It was certainly not as bad as it sounds. The trees and greenery really made it nice and it was not unpleasant at all. We stayed in room 7215. It was close to the main lobby and elevator.

khmiller
04-23-2012, 02:02 PM
We were near the bus stop and it was very convenient since we go to the bus stop more than the pool. If you go to the pool a lot, then pool side would be best INO. Either way, good!

andreadoiron
04-23-2012, 02:59 PM
We have a standard view 1 bedroom villa booked at Kidani Village. Do we have any view options other than the obvious parking lot view? I'm having trouble finding much info online for the standard view.

Thanks! :thumbsup2

the checkin area(where you drive your car up) was our view for our 1 bed stnd view at kidani. we liked the room though and there are lots of animal viewing areas all over the resort so it's not a big deal to go without savannah view

andreadoiron
04-23-2012, 03:02 PM
Great, sounds like it is pool view that we want. Would love to see any pics you all have taken!

Has anyone had experience with the new online check in room request options? Curious what all they are at AKV.

I've stayed in the regular rooms over in Jambo house, and love it over there. We chose Kidani this time because of the second bathroom in the one bedroom villa. I'm sure we'll enjoy Kidani, its always nice to try something new.

the bathrooms at kidani are awesome. to me the whole resort seems very posh and not dvc-ish. we did online checkin at akv 2 yrs ago. we didn't even have to go into the lobby, were met at the entrance with our packet/keys all that however that was not our experience at blt in april so not sure if akl is just more organized or if we got lucky! i do remember requesting close to the lobby/bus stop and a high floor...both requests were honored

andreadoiron
04-23-2012, 03:04 PM
As others have stated, ask for a pool view.

While most of the parking at Kidani is under the building there are exterior lots in several places. For example, even with a pool view if you look straight down you will see a small exterior lot that is in between the pool area and the building but you will be on the 2nd floor or higher and that parking area will be at least one floor below you. If you are in the pool side wing but close to the lobby you will see the short-term parking lot about 100 feet from your balcony.

If you are in the wing closest to Jambo House and near the bus stop and you look straight down, you will see the valet lot. Again, you will be on the 2nd floor or higher so the lot will be at least one floor below you. This lot is only a few rows deep so if you look straight out from your balcony you can ignore it. Plus since they eliminated free valet parking for DVC members, this lot doesn't generate a lot of traffic.

There is another lot for oversized vehicles at the end of that wing but there are no Standard View rooms in that area.

To see for yourself, go to Google Maps and search for Kidani Village, Lake Buena Vista, FL Then zoom in and see where the lots are located.

the only downfall of the pool view is that it is a hike to the bus stop. if you have small kids, that may be a consideration. also we avoid pool views because i just think they are noisy but i'm a nitpicker when it comes to noise so it may not bother you at all.

lugnut33
04-24-2012, 04:52 PM
We have stayed second floor right next to the area where people walk down to the bus stop and never ever noticed the sound of the buses. It was great watching the people coming back from the parks, more entertaining than the animals in the savannah.

LisaS
04-24-2012, 06:13 PM
the only downfall of the pool view is that it is a hike to the bus stop. if you have small kids, that may be a consideration. also we avoid pool views because i just think they are noisy but i'm a nitpicker when it comes to noise so it may not bother you at all.I agree with you. I would be concerned about the noise from the pool area too. But the OP seemed more concerned about getting a parking lot view and the pool area is the only Standard View area where there are only a few parking spaces in view.

We usually book a Savanna View room and don't care if we're all the way down the long hallway on the pool side. We don't have kids, don't mind the long walk to the bus stop and like that the hallway is so quiet since there are very few people walking/running past the room. We like to be on the ground floor and the closer you are to the lobby, the more foot traffic there is going past the room. Some people forget to use their "inside voice" even very early in the morning or late at night.

CaliforniaDreaming
04-24-2012, 07:12 PM
I agree with you. I would be concerned about the noise from the pool area too. But the OP seemed more concerned about getting a parking lot view and the pool area is the only Standard View area where there are only a few parking spaces in view.

We usually book a Savanna View room and don't care if we're all the way down the long hallway on the pool side. We don't have kids, don't mind the long walk to the bus stop and like that the hallway is so quiet since there are very few people walking/running past the room. We like to be on the ground floor and the closer you are to the lobby, the more foot traffic there is going past the room. Some people forget to use their "inside voice" even very early in the morning or late at night.

Very true about the hallway noise close to the elevators. I guess you win some, you lose some. Obviously I'm okay with the idea of getting a parking lot view since we didn't book savanna view, it'd just be nice to be able to people watch or see something other than parked cars. ;)

P-elmo
06-08-2012, 08:42 AM
I'm thinking of putting in this request for our early January stay. We do have 3 kids (ages 10,8,5) - but they're used to walking if it's not too far.

Does anybody know how far it is from a "close to the pool" room to the bus stops? Either in yards, 0.XX miles, etc.?



Close to the pool. We had a room across from the pool, and you could see the savana. I can post some pictures later. Great room.

TinkGirl
06-13-2012, 08:08 AM
Great, sounds like it is pool view that we want. Would love to see any pics you all have taken!

Has anyone had experience with the new online check in room request options? Curious what all they are at AKV.

I've stayed in the regular rooms over in Jambo house, and love it over there. We chose Kidani this time because of the second bathroom in the one bedroom villa. I'm sure we'll enjoy Kidani, its always nice to try something new.

We checked in online about two weeks ago and the only request option it gave was which savannah we wanted.

Harlemgirl720
06-13-2012, 09:17 AM
I stayed in a standard view studio. It was the third bead facing the service road and at the end of the savannah. There were animals under the balcony.

huey578
06-13-2012, 10:37 AM
Great, sounds like it is pool view that we want. Would love to see any pics you all have taken!

Has anyone had experience with the new online check in room request options? Curious what all they are at AKV.

I've stayed in the regular rooms over in Jambo house, and love it over there. We chose Kidani this time because of the second bathroom in the one bedroom villa. I'm sure we'll enjoy Kidani, its always nice to try something new.

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kirstenb1
06-13-2012, 04:17 PM
We have stayed second floor right next to the area where people walk down to the bus stop and never ever noticed the sound of the buses. It was great watching the people coming back from the parks, more entertaining than the animals in the savannah.

I second this. We live in the country, so we're not used to traffic noise at all. We were the first room around the corner from the elevator, 7401 and 7403 (2br). When I saw the view, I was pretty bummed, because I thought it would be loud, right overlooking the portico. I don't know kind of superhero glass those sliding doors are made of, but I told dh, I want those!!! We could see constant traffic from taxis and shuttles, but really couldn't hear it at all.

jacesmommy
06-15-2012, 07:57 PM
Sort of off subject but we stayed in a 1BR standard view back in September. I was SO excited to finally stay at AKL and wanted to love it so badly.... but didn't. :confused3 And I still am trying to make myself remember it in a 'loving manner.' :rotfl: It was awkward. THe hallway is endless.....getting to the pool was awkward....coming off the elevator into a parking garage to get to the bus stop....rooms so dark and not feeling luxurious at all. Although the master bath was amazing! I'm still sad about it. The feel of the resort outside was VERY nice, however. Maybe I should try again. :lmao:

LisaS
06-16-2012, 12:06 PM
It was awkward. .....getting to the pool was awkward ....coming off the elevator into a parking garage to get to the bus stop....On the second floor (lobby level) there is a door that leads right out to the bus stop. Going down to the parking garage to get to the bus stop would be a bit awkward though possibly a few steps shorter if your room is past the last elevator in the south wing.

The location of the pool is unusual but I assume it was put there to maximize the number of Sunset Savanna view rooms. Given a choice I would rather have the pool where it is rather than sacrifice some of the Sunset Savanna to a pool and have to contend with pool noise when out on the balcony watching the animals. Getting to the pool is a bit awkward but I think they made the right tradeoff.

monorailmom
06-16-2012, 06:21 PM
We are staying at Kidani for the first time in just 57 days, standard view!! :) I did already request Pool View, but mostly because we love our afternoon pool time and it's so nice to be able to look out of your balcony and judge how crowded the pool is. :) Glad to hear others have been happy with this!

MissouriPrincess
06-17-2012, 12:33 AM
We returned from Kidani last week with a standard view. I didn't even step out onto the balcony until the last day because when we were in the room, it was raining monsoon style. :) Even the evening we went to the pool, there was a constant drizzle. We were between the pool and the lobby, and we thought the location was fine.

dianeschlicht
06-18-2012, 09:04 AM
Great, sounds like it is pool view that we want. Would love to see any pics you all have taken!

Has anyone had experience with the new online check in room request options? Curious what all they are at AKV.

I've stayed in the regular rooms over in Jambo house, and love it over there. We chose Kidani this time because of the second bathroom in the one bedroom villa. I'm sure we'll enjoy Kidani, its always nice to try something new.

Be sure to take advantage of the things Kidani offers that are exceptional over Jambo. The cultural talks given by the exchange personnel from Africa are wonderful and very often missed by guests. We like to head down to the Kidani fire pit about 7 to speak with the young people from Africa about the animals and then head in to the library about 8:15 for the cultural presentation of the day. Absolutely the best over looked thing there!:thumbsup2

CaliforniaDreaming
06-18-2012, 05:48 PM
Be sure to take advantage of the things Kidani offers that are exceptional over Jambo. The cultural talks given by the exchange personnel from Africa are wonderful and very often missed by guests. We like to head down to the Kidani fire pit about 7 to speak with the young people from Africa about the animals and then head in to the library about 8:15 for the cultural presentation of the day. Absolutely the best over looked thing there!:thumbsup2

Great tip, I'll make sure we take some time to do that! :thumbsup2

locodemickey
06-20-2012, 07:20 PM
We are here now and have a savanna view for our standard view. It is where the Pemba savanna narrows. We have seen many animals. A great deal for standard, but it is a LONG walk.

delaneyc52
06-21-2012, 06:48 PM
We checked in online about two weeks ago and the only request option it gave was which savannah we wanted.

I never make any request on line --- well let's face it, they really don't give you too many options to make requests on line. However, I have to say that when I call Member Services and ask them to document my request, they not only do it, but I usually get it. (Maybe I don't ask for much? LOL!!! )

princesslillybug
06-22-2012, 03:09 PM
Wondering if any request was given to have a Pembe View Room assignment when booking a standard 1 br villa? We are booking a standard due to availability of points for upcoming trip. Thanks!

locodemickey
06-23-2012, 06:48 PM
Wondering if any request was given to have a Pembe View Room assignment when booking a standard 1 br villa? We are booking a standard due to availability of points for upcoming trip. Thanks!

The cast member put in a savanna request. I just said that I had heard that there were standard views with savanna views. As far as I can tell, our entire bead on the Pembe side is standard.

princesslillybug
06-24-2012, 12:19 AM
Thanks so much for the advice!! Hope we have a great "standard" view. We love Kidani Villas so it will all be wonderful.