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jekjones1558
05-13-2012, 02:21 PM
A little back story: *DH and I usually stay at BWV. We love BW view and it is easy for DH, who is in a scooter, to get to 2 parks without the hassle of loading the scooter onto a bus or car. *This trip I am celebrating my 65th birthday by spending 5 days solo at WDW. I thought it the perfect chance to try Kidani and I hope to be able to look at an HA 1 bedroom here in case I can convince DH to give Kidani a try someday.
I left Mpls. At 7:30 AM and landed at MCO at 11:30 Florida time. Got my luggage and the rental car. All was going well until I took exit 3 off of 417 and found it was an unmanned toll booth. I picked up an envelope to mail a check (for $0.50!). The alarm sounded as I left the toll booth. I should have been prepared with change. We always use exit 6, where there is no booth. Poor planning on my part.
I was greeted by name by Stefan at the lobby. The front desk CM noted that I had requested a lower floor near the lobby but had been assigned 4th floor. She called and got me a 3rd floor room right near the lobby and it was ready. Went to Target to get some beer and breakfast stuff and then unpacked and had a sandwich I picked up at Target. Here it is only 3:30 PM and I am trying to upload photos. My room is great but the wifi is a PITA. I guess I am going to have to pay for cell data on my iPad if I want to avoid the hassles. Come on, Claire, FIX THE WIFI!!! I will try to post photos later. Love your resort, Kidani owners!

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jekjones1558
05-13-2012, 02:39 PM
Okay. Here goes an attempt to post photos. I took pictures of my studio to share with those who have not stayed here. I do miss having a washer and dryer but otherwise this is fine for 1 person.

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Toilet is in a separate room:
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Big safe. I put my iPad in it to show the size.
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Armoire:
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View from balcony:
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A visitor below my balcony:
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Frig. Yes, there is room for both beer and a stand up spot for wine!
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Three bags of coffee!!!
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Both a can opener and corkscrew.
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Real glasses.
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A tortoise from my balcony:
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More visitors!
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BWV Dreamin
05-13-2012, 03:14 PM
Great views! Was your studio considered a savannah view?

jekjones1558
05-13-2012, 03:57 PM
Yes, savanna view. Lots to watch here!

jekjones1558
05-13-2012, 04:29 PM
Last night I decided to take advantage of the gorgeous weather and go to MK for MSEP and Wishes. I didn't take photos, since I already have so many from other trips, except I took this one to honor my beloved Irish mother. *I lost her a year and a half ago. *Miss you so much, Ma!

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This morning it was up and at 'em for rope drop at DHS. I rode TSM twice and saw Mermaid also by 10:15. Low crowds!!!

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I wanted to try the Cobb Salad at Wolfgang Puck Express so went to DTD after seeing Muppets and the 11:30 Beauty and Beast show. The salad was excellent and the restaurant was not crowded (unlike Earl, which was mobbed). *I think $14 was a little overpriced, however.*

Headed back to Kidani to see if I could tour a HA 1 bedroom for DH. I was lucky to see one and I think it will work great. It does have the higher toilet in the master that DH needs. *If anyone wants to see photos you can post here and I will post them.

I have read questions on the boards about cribs in DVC rooms. I saw this one in the hall so I took a picture:

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This resort is lovely. I especially like this light in the lobby:

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I am heading to DHS for Fantasmic but will close with a few more shots from my balcony:

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ToddyLu
05-13-2012, 04:39 PM
:) Excellent Trip report!! We left Kidani on Friday 5/11 and had a blast. It was so good seeing my OL "Duffy" again ;). Can't wait to hear more about your trip. :wave2:

Missyrose
05-13-2012, 04:59 PM
Sounds like you're having a great time! I'm loving all the photos. I'm super envious of the solo trip. I've always wanted to try WDW on my own.

ForAandA
05-13-2012, 05:08 PM
Sounds like you are having a wonderful time! Enjoy!

CarolMN
05-13-2012, 05:11 PM
What a wonderful way to celebrate your special birthday! Thanks for sharing it with us. :)

Shazzasmd
05-13-2012, 05:26 PM
Enjoying your trip report. I think an occaisional solo trip sounds like lots of fun, so looking forward to seeing all of your activities.

LisaS
05-13-2012, 06:13 PM
Give tech support a call about the wifi. We did that on our last stay at BWV and they were able to do something to address the problem. They seemed to appreciate knowing who was having problems with the service so they could fix the problems. (That was the first week the service was available. They're probably tired of hearing from all of us by now!)

We were at Kidani a week ago in a room a bit further down the south wing from your room and had usable wifi service at all times of the day. According to www.speedtest.net we were getting 1Mbps down and .25Mbps up at all times which is not great but it was fast enough for checking email and reading and responding to posts here without too much delay.

If you check your upload and download speeds with speedtest.net, I would be interested to know if your numbers are significantly different than what we experienced last week.

Thanks for posting that photo of the tortoise. I didn't know they had one at Kidani. We were there for a week and never saw it!

nutz2notz
05-13-2012, 08:23 PM
Loving your trip report. Thanks for posting the pictures of the animals. We stayed at Kidani in January 2011 and I sure miss it. We had such a great time and the kids and I loved the rooms.

Great picture in remembrance of your Mom. I lost my Mom a year and a half ago as well and I miss her so much so I know how you feel. :hug:

Looking forward to reading more about your travels. :goodvibes

rentayenta
05-13-2012, 08:39 PM
Great report Jean. :thumbsup2

jekjones1558
05-13-2012, 09:28 PM
Give tech support a call about the wifi. We did that on our last stay at BWV and they were able to do something to address the problem. They seemed to appreciate knowing who was having problems with the service so they could fix the problems. (That was the first week the service was available. They're probably tired of hearing from all of us by now!)

We were at Kidani a week ago in a room a bit further down the south wing from your room and had usable wifi service at all times of the day. According to www.speedtest.net we were getting 1Mbps down and .25Mbps up at all times which is not great but it was fast enough for checking email and reading and responding to posts here without too much delay.

If you check your upload and download speeds with speedtest.net, I would be interested to know if your numbers are significantly different than what we experienced last week.

Thanks for posting that photo of the tortoise. I didn't know they had one at Kidani. We were there for a week and never saw it!

Tonight I have better service. I have Speedtest app on my iPad and tonight I got .95 down and .19 up. This morning service kept cutting out. Uploading photos was impossible so I just bought data for a month and LTE worked fine. I will see if wifi is better now. Maybe I just hit a bad period this morning.

jekjones1558
05-13-2012, 09:58 PM
Last post for the day. I have to be up early for my Wild Trek tour! *
Loved this topiary outside DHS:

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Couldn't pass up The Great Movie Ride even if it is totally hokey. This is not the best scene but it is one of my favorite movies:

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Fantasmic had a few changes since I last saw it: torches on ALL FOUR canoes stayed lit (I can't remember that ever happening before) and there were only 2 princess pontoons (Belle and Beast pontoon was missing). I was worried that the Steamboat Willie boat of characters would be radically different as someone posted on these boards but apparently that was an aberration because all was well.*

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And of course Mickey made everything right.*

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Hope the weather cooperates for my Trek!


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AnnaS
05-14-2012, 04:17 AM
Have a great time Jean. Can't wait to hear all about your Wild Africa Trek tour today. How much was it this time of year? Any discounts?

bobbiwoz
05-14-2012, 05:47 AM
What great photos! Thanks for posting them, and I love reading your report!

Bobbi:goodvibes

granmanh603
05-14-2012, 07:52 AM
thanks so much for reporting....Yeah for you, I hope you have a super trip:goodvibes

dianeschlicht
05-14-2012, 09:41 AM
Hope you are having a great time on the TREK today! We loved it.

Don't forget to take advantage of the nightly offerings in the Kidani library. There is always a presentation by one of the exchange personel from different parts of Africa. It is usually around an hour long and is poorly attended, so you get lots of personal attention and can ask lots of questions. We enjoy them so much, we have been known to go over to Kidani and take them in even when we aren't staying there!:thumbsup2 FYI, they also have a "drum circle" before the presentation that is rather loud and more for the younger set.

lugnut33
05-14-2012, 11:21 AM
Nice photos, thanks for posting. They are getting me excited for our June trip to Kidani.

rascalmom
05-14-2012, 11:41 AM
Great photos - I'm glad to see they still have the paddleboat at the end of Fantasmic. We didn't get to go see that show on our last trip, but I had heard that it might be gone. Maybe it was just out for repairs or something.

Enjoy your Trek!

mouseaider
05-14-2012, 03:25 PM
I'm loving your trip report..... keep it coming! :yay:

We too loved Kidani when we stayed there in January..... and even though we own a BWV, I can see us staying there again. popcorn::

jekjones1558
05-14-2012, 03:49 PM
Wild Trek! *The weather was very cloudy, which turned out to be a great thing because it is more humid today. Also the animals seemed pretty active.
I checked in near Dawa Bar at AK and signed waivers. I was taken to a special area to stow my purse in a free locker and to get weighed and outfitted.*
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The scale has no numbers and even I did not know what it said, but it helps the guide fit you with the correct gear.*
We were provided with sunscreen, bug repellent, POG to drink and a stainless steel water bottle (ours to keep).*
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We practiced walking on a small rope bridge, just to get the idea what a larger, higher version would be like. The planks were spaced far enough apart that I am not surprised by the age restriction.*
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Our guides, Mandy and Paul, took us on the first part of the Pangani Trail before proceeding to the "Trek" areas.*
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Our vests had carabiners to attach to straps on ground mounted posts so that we could lean over without fear of falling.*
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I took lots of photos of feeding the hippo. Here is one of them.*
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Mandy showed us a hippo skull.*
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The next few shots are of the rope bridge experience. It was actually 2 separate bridges.*
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Here is what awaited us below:
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jekjones1558
05-14-2012, 03:51 PM
The next part of the tour was in a vehicle which stopped for photos and education.*
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About 2 hours into the 3 hour tour we stopped for lunch and a bathroom break. The lunch was very filling, the bathroom was modern (woohoo) and the photo ops were great.*
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We were given frosty towels to cool off (and keep) and there were binoculars for us to use.
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I took so many photos of animals. Here are a few, in no particular order:
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At the end of the tour we were given souvenir pins. Guides do not accept tips. This was my best Disney tour yet! *Thanks to you DISers who recommended it.*

bobbiwoz
05-14-2012, 06:16 PM
Wow! Wonderful!!!:goodvibes

Kidanifan08
05-14-2012, 07:13 PM
I am really enjoying your TR. The wild trek looks great! I can't wait until my son (6yo) is old enough to do some of those exciting tours. Thanks for the pics of the Kidani studio. We are staying in a Kidani studio for the first time in December. I'm glad that you are getting a chance to experience our "home". We really love the quiet Kidani lobby and serene views of the savanna.

jekjones1558
05-14-2012, 07:16 PM
I had planned to spend some time at Epcot this evening and then watch Illuminations. But it started to rain and the rain stayed around so I decided that it was a good night to try out Sanaa and get to bed earlier than the last 2 nights. I have an early Segway tour in the morning.
Below are pictures of my dinner--a salad sampler and a lamb/ beef short rib combo. It was way too much food, even though I am a big eater. *I guess I thought that each item would be a smaller amount, since they were combos. Everything was just delicious. I like Sanaa so much better than the majority of Disney carbon copy restaurants. *
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I am also posting a few photos of the many, many beautiful artifacts, the lobby and Sanaa. AKV owners can be so proud of this gorgeous resort.
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I called tech support twice today but am still getting lousy wifi. Sometimes I can upload photos in the lobby but it is hopeless in my room. Sometimes i cannot even get a connection. *I guess I will just have to use cell coverage on my iPad, but boy does this LTE service eat up the data FAST!

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dianeschlicht
05-15-2012, 07:57 AM
Jean, are you on the right side of the lobby or the left side as you are facing the Sunset savanna? Some of you pictures indicate you might be in an area similar to where we were in December. I recognize the giraffe feeding station and the ankole cattle. We had great wifi in December though. No issues at all.

I have to agree with you about Sanaa. It's our favorite restaurant in all of Disney. Now let's hope they don't make them standardize the fare there like they did at some of the other signatures.

Have you had a chance to see any of the cultural exchange talks in the library yet? I'm wondering if Elspeth is still there. We heard her first presentation in December and heard her again in March, and she had gotten so much better at it! I think she goes back to South Africa in June.

Also, I have to tell you I do NOT think I could do what you are doing. I have no desire to travel alone. I would never dine alone. Way to go girl!

jekjones1558
05-15-2012, 09:55 AM
Jean, are you on the right side of the lobby or the left side as you are facing the Sunset savanna? Some of you pictures indicate you might be in an area similar to where we were in December. I recognize the giraffe feeding station and the ankole cattle. We had great wifi in December though. No issues at all.

I have to agree with you about Sanaa. It's our favorite restaurant in all of Disney. Now let's hope they don't make them standardize the fare there like they did at some of the other signatures.

Have you had a chance to see any of the cultural exchange talks in the library yet? I'm wondering if Elspeth is still there. We heard her first presentation in December and heard her again in March, and she had gotten so much better at it! I think she goes back to South Africa in June.

Also, I have to tell you I do NOT think I could do what you are doing. I have no desire to travel alone. I would never dine alone. Way to go girl!

I am on the right side, the Timon elevator side. My room is the first one so close to lobby and my balcony is open on the lobby side for great animal viewing.
I listened to Heide talk about South Africa last night and learned a lot. Thanks for the tip about the drums. Boy are they loud!

jekjones1558
05-15-2012, 01:14 PM
I have been looking forward to a Segway tour for years. DH and I had one scheduled but had to cancel when his health became an issue. So I thought this solo trip was a perfect chance. I decided on the Fort Wilderness one rather than the Epcot one because the Segways have the big tires and I have never spent much time around FW. I drove to the check-in area and parked, then took an internal bus to the Meadows area. I signed waivers and watched a short video, then a safety instructor gave me my helmet and a verbal lesson in how to operate the Segway.*
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We were then led outside to the Segways in a practice area.
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In case anyone is reading who is nervous about trying this, I understand. I have been hopelessly clumsy my whole life. My BFF threatens to bring a shower curtain when we go out to eat because I seem to always dump my water or worse. *Some of the folks on our tour had ridden Segways before so I was REALLY intimidated. But the instructor was patient and reassuring and I ended up doing just as well as the others in the group. Still can't believe that!
Our tour stopped at several places around FW and our guide gave us Disney trivia all along the route via ear pieces. We went by Discovery Island and over to Wilderness Lodge. Here are a few of the many photos I took along the way, some WHILE I WAS DRIVING THE SEGWAY WITH THE OTHER HAND!
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And just for you VWL owners:
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Another fun tour for me. Now I have NO schedule for the rest of the day nor for tomorrow!

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Tinks "SS"
05-15-2012, 02:51 PM
What a fun packed solo trip!! you are my idol! I can totally see myself doing a solo trip one day. Right now, just enjoying through you!! Have a fabulous relaxing day today and tomorrow with what ever floats your boat!

nutz2notz
05-15-2012, 03:46 PM
Wow, both of those tours look wonderful. Thank you for taking so many pictures and sharing them with us. Now I really need to go on a Segway tour! :thumbsup2

goofydad99
05-15-2012, 08:11 PM
I am loving your trip report so far. I am currently on hold to see how much the Wild Trek tour will cost for our family. I imagine it's going to be a big ouch!

Am I to understand that you can only get internet through wifi now??

jekjones1558
05-15-2012, 08:16 PM
I am loving your trip report so far. I am currently on hold to see how much the Wild Trek tour will cost for our family. I imagine it's going to be a big ouch!

Am I to understand that you can only get internet through wifi now??

Correct. No Ethernet anymore. Today I seem to be able to connect okay but I just can't upload photos. Maybe if I lowered the resolution on my photos I would be okay but it was just easier to do the cell data for a month.
You will get sticker shock for the Trek tour. But if you can swing it, I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

goofydad99
05-15-2012, 08:24 PM
You will get sticker shock for the Trek tour. But if you can swing it, I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

You are correct about the shock! Goofydad won't go for that price but he did enjoy looking at your pictures.

I knew they were slowly implementing wifi everywhere but I was hoping we could use both. Oh well, time to get rid of the old router I planned to put into the OL.

ccigliano
05-15-2012, 08:29 PM
Absolutley loving your TR. Have a wonderful time going solo and while I have done a day or two solo before or after a business trip, I have yet to do one of serious length. I think Disney is the one place where I would feel comfortable enough to do that though.

iluveeyore
05-16-2012, 01:58 PM
First of all HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!:bday:
So glad I found your trip report - your pics are amazing of Kidani - makes me even more excited to get there soon!!! And so jealous you are on a solo trip there - I have been on two, both at the Value resorts (DH wouldn't let me use points without him!), and I hope I can do one at DVC someday!
Enjoy the rest of your trip - make sure you find yourself a yummy cupcake on property to celebrate your birthday!! Looking forward to the remainder of your report!:goodvibes

jekjones1558
05-16-2012, 04:24 PM
I had planned to spend Tuesday afternoon and evening at Epcot, hopefully including Illuminations. I also wanted to catch Off Kilter but they were not playing. I managed to enjoy some more of the Flower and Garden Festival (DH and I were here in March, so I saw lots then) and I also did Spaceship Earth and The Land ride.
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This one is for bobbiwoz. I didn't make the tea this time but I hope to on a future trip:
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At that point the skies were looking bad so I headed for the hacienda, stopping by The Mara to pick up a Mara Salad on the way. I no sooner got to underground parking than the skies opened up. Heavy rain and wind. Boy was I happy for the parking here at Kidani! *It continued to rain lightly on and off all night and I was grateful for my covered balcony so I could still enjoy the savanna.*

I had planned a leisurely start for my last full day but the weather was predicted to worsen as the day progressed so I headed to MK for rope drop. I always get choked up. I think it is because I imagine all the people seeing it for the first time and how they must be feeling.
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I managed to do Buzz twice, Small World, Haunted, Pirates and Peter, after waiting to have my picture taken with Mickey and Minnie. All of this in about 2 hours-- one of the perks of solo traveling. *
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I always stop here to pay my respects to Richyams. *I don't know if his ashes are really here, but if they are then he knows he is not forgotten on the DIS.
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Since the showers were coming I decided to head to Kona Cafe for lunch, then to Epcot. Too bad, Kona's breakfast was over and lunch wouldn't start for a while so thought I would go to Big River Grill instead. Too bad for me again because there was a waiting list so headed for Chefs de France. *Got right in and it was meant to be. I have tried for years to meet Remy and he came right to my table!
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I took more topiary photos, went to Germany to get treats for DH, stopped at Fort Wilderness for a gift for neighbors and back to Kidani.
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Right now I hear lots of thunder. I am doing laundry (no one else using the machines!) and having a glass of wine on the balcony while the zebras entertain me. I suspect that there will be no Illuminations for me tonight either but I can walk over every night when I am at BWV in October. Maybe the hot tub? Maybe Sanaa? Maybe my really good book? Maybe the library for another cultural talk. Solo trips aren't perfect but there is a lot to be said for not having to worry about anyone else! *Thanks for joining me in cyberspace travel!



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jekjones1558
05-16-2012, 04:36 PM
Here are photos of the pool area. Great place for young kids and good HA accommodations!
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LisaS
05-16-2012, 04:46 PM
Thanks for posting the photo of Remy. I'm so glad you got to see him!

crazybones27
05-16-2012, 07:11 PM
I've really enjoyed you're trip report :goodvibes. It looks like you are having a wonderful time. Thanks so much for sharing :).

a742246
05-16-2012, 07:39 PM
Jean,
Thank you for sharing your vacation and birthday with us. Love your photos!
And a big Happy Birthday to you.

tb1972
05-16-2012, 08:31 PM
Happy b day, Jean!

Your pics are making me want a new AKL trip! I especially like the tortoise pic - I didn't see one in Sept at Jambo.

Tabatha

bobbiwoz
05-17-2012, 05:50 AM
Happy b day, Jean!

Your pics are making me want a new AKL trip! I especially like the tortoise pic - I didn't see one in Sept at Jambo.

Tabatha

They are only at Kidani. They are outside the indoor walkway from the elevators to Sanaa. When we had lunch with the Animal expert, she explained that they had been rescued and placed at Kidani.

kristenrice
05-17-2012, 01:42 PM
Your trip report is making me so "homesick":guilty:. I love my AKV home, but I can take comfort in knowing that we will be at OKW in less than a month:goodvibes.

Thank you for the great information on the Wild Africa Trek. My daughter wanted to do this for her birthday present and since the trip is being paid for by the grandparents, we were able to use our regular vacation money to cover it. Unfortunately, she had to choose who would go with her...mom or dad...she chose me:yay:! I can't wait!!

I did the WL Segway tour back in 2010 on my birthday trip. I loved it! I was pretty clumsy on my Segway, and when we parked it at the horse barn, mine was "wobbling" up against the fence:lmao:...just mine...everyone else's was completely still.

Enjoy the rest of your trip:goodvibes. Kidani is so wonderful...I could easily spend a week there without visiting the parks. Alas, we won't be back to our AKV home until 2014 or 2015:sad1:.

bjakmom
05-19-2012, 10:19 PM
Happy Birthday! What a wonderful trip!
We were checking out of Kidani on the day you checked in. We spent our first 3 nights at BWV and the last 4 nights at AKV - DGrD's 1st birthday trip and DS and his GF flew in from Calif to spend some time with us all and the big kids wanted to check out AKV.:goodvibes
I love love love my BWV - but knew I had to have some AKV points as soon as they started building. I am a huge fan of AKL Jambo and have now enjoyed 3 stays over at Kidani and, though I love so many things about it, I am still struggling with the lack of food options - we walked to Jambo for most meals, but I found myself resenting having to and feeling inconvenienced having to leave my resort to get anything other than room service. I agree that Sanaa is wonderful - we sent DD and DSinL for dinner one night while we babysat and they also loved it. The savannah was full of animals and we also love sitting on the balcony there- I think one of my favorite things is listening to all the little voices coming from various balconies in the morning and evening calling, "look, mommy, look, daddy - it's a ....!!" fill in the animal;)
I also had a terrible time with the WiFi - kept shutting off on me and it was sloowwww when it was working.

Thanks for the wonderful review of the AK Trek - I have promised to take DNeph (14) on this tour as soon as we can work a trip around his school schedule - I told him I can't survive it on a summer trip - too hot for me.
Hope the rest of your trip is awesome!!

ashleypmo
05-21-2012, 10:03 PM
We're looking at staying at AKV April 2013 :goodvibes, and I think I've decided on Kidani over Jambo after reading your trip report. The kids' play areas look great, and since we'll have two families and 10 kids total, I think that will be an important factor! ;)

jekjones1558
05-22-2012, 05:32 AM
We're looking at staying at AKV April 2013 :goodvibes, and I think I've decided on Kidani over Jambo after reading your trip report. The kids' play areas look great, and since we'll have two families and 10 kids total, I think that will be an important factor! ;)

10 kids!!! :crazy: I wish that our trip last October, when we had 7 young kids along, would have been at Kidani. They would have LOVED it! Can't wait to bring them to Kidani on a future trip!

DenLo
05-23-2012, 01:32 PM
Great TR Jean sounds like a lot of fun. Have you had a chance to check out a handicapped 1BR? I'd be interested in comparing it to you usual resorts. Maybe it's the location that bothers your DH?

I sure wish they would get the wifi straightened out. I'd be tempted to ask for a manager when allying tech service. And definitely a letter to member satisfaction on your return.

jekjones1558
05-23-2012, 05:33 PM
Great TR Jean sounds like a lot of fun. Have you had a chance to check out a handicapped 1BR? I'd be interested in comparing it to you usual resorts. Maybe it's the location that bothers your DH?

I sure wish they would get the wifi straightened out. I'd be tempted to ask for a manager when allying tech service. And definitely a letter to member satisfaction on your return.

I did get to see the HA 1 bedroom. I specifically asked to see one with a high toilet. It was PERFECT! And the living room area seemed roomier than BWV 1 bedroom so more room for the scooter. And the entry was big enough to park the scooter AND it had an outlet to charge it! The jacuzzi was way smaller than BWV but we never use the jacuzzi anyway except to hold the dirty towels. :rotfl2: I am so sad that out October family trip was not at Kidani. The pool area would have been ideal for the young kids in our family. We have done 3 big family trips and I was thinking that we would be done with that (pretty hectic) but after seeing the Kidani pool area with my own eyes, we might have to try one more big trip. This time I will not give the family the chance to vote for the resort. I will just book Kidani (and that means I will probably have to do renting or transferring points. Ugh.).

DenLo
05-24-2012, 01:48 PM
I know what you mean we are planning one for June 2013 for 23 family members and 10 are children under age 10. :scared1: We've been saving our BLT points to stay there so they could walk to MK. But now with so many little ones we're wondering if AKV wouldn't have been the way to go.

And I'm not sure I said it before, but

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jekjones1558
05-24-2012, 02:05 PM
I know what you mean we are planning one for June 2013 for 23 family members and 10 are children under age 10. :scared1: We've been saving our BLT points to stay there so they could walk to MK. But now with so many little ones we're wondering if AKV wouldn't have been the way to go.

And I'm not sure I said it before, but

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Good luck on our trip. 10 under 10 will be exciting!?!? We had the 5 youngest in the GV and that was a mistake!

cj9200
05-24-2012, 02:12 PM
Happy Birthday.

Enjoying your trip. Two things on my to do list are the Africa Trek and a Segway tour. Great pics and reports of both.

bzzelady
05-25-2012, 07:45 PM
Happy Birthday Jean!

Your pictures from the Wild Africa Trek are fabulous! The suspended bridges remind me of the canopy walks below the ziplines in Whistler. We were planning on doing those last August while my parents ziplined post Alaska cruise until my DF became ill. We had to cancel that cruise with one month to go but I plan on taking my DD later this summer to Vancouver/Whistler and we are going to do all the activities on land, including that canopy walk.

I commend you for doing all those things on your list-keep doing all of them while you can :)

jekjones1558
05-25-2012, 08:17 PM
Happy Birthday Jean!

Your pictures from the Wild Africa Trek are fabulous! The suspended bridges remind me of the canopy walks below the ziplines in Whistler. We were planning on doing those last August while my parents ziplined post Alaska cruise until my DF became ill. We had to cancel that cruise with one month to go but I plan on taking my DD later this summer to Vancouver/Whistler and we are going to do all the activities on land, including that canopy walk.

I commend you for doing all those things on your list-keep doing all of them while you can :)

Here's to a great trip for you and your daughter! it will be a vacation you will treasure, I'm sure. I don't think that I could do a high zip line like Whistler. But if I can find a lower one... My next dream is to try the parasailing at WDW. Maybe in October so DH can cheer me on.

kristenrice
05-25-2012, 08:51 PM
Here's to a great trip for you and your daughter! it will be a vacation you will treasure, I'm sure. I don't think that I could do a high zip line like Whistler. But if I can find a lower one... My next dream is to try the parasailing at WDW. Maybe in October so DH can cheer me on.

DO IT:hyper:!!

DH and I did this on our honeymoon (single, not tandem) and it was some of the best views I've ever experienced. It is so peaceful when you are up that high...you don't even hear the boat! I hate heights, but I did OK as long as I didn't look up...those tiny carabiners holding me in place were not reassuring:faint:.

bzzelady
05-26-2012, 05:11 AM
Here's to a great trip for you and your daughter! it will be a vacation you will treasure, I'm sure. I don't think that I could do a high zip line like Whistler. But if I can find a lower one... My next dream is to try the parasailing at WDW. Maybe in October so DH can cheer me on.

Ziptrek Ecotours has a variety of zipline trails in Whistler...a couple for beginners, and a couple not to be taken for the faint of heart ;)


My DM has a list and we are going to work on it! My DF fortunately had the opportunity to do pretty much everything on his list before he became ill...he was lucky enough to retire at 52 and he lived that early retirement very actively. I have learned so much from him and from his illness about living life to the fullest so keep on going well past Medicare :woohoo:

jekjones1558
05-26-2012, 05:58 AM
Ziptrek Ecotours has a variety of zipline trails in Whistler...a couple for beginners, and a couple not to be taken for the faint of heart ;)


My DM has a list and we are going to work on it! My DF fortunately had the opportunity to do pretty much everything on his list before he became ill...he was lucky enough to retire at 52 and he lived that early retirement very actively. I have learned so much from him and from his illness about living life to the fullest so keep on going well past Medicare :woohoo:

Thanks for the reminder. My bucket list is still way too long!

arthur06
05-26-2012, 02:21 PM
Here's to a great trip for you and your daughter! it will be a vacation you will treasure, I'm sure. I don't think that I could do a high zip line like Whistler. But if I can find a lower one... My next dream is to try the parasailing at WDW. Maybe in October so DH can cheer me on.

I agree with the "Do It" comment...

DW and I went skydiving last year in Winstead, MN for our anniversary. If a big wimp like me can skydive, then I know you could parasail at WDW!

cj9200
05-26-2012, 05:06 PM
My next dream is to try the parasailing at WDW. Maybe in October so DH can cheer me on.

DO IT! We did it last June and it was lots of fun. Here are a couple of pics. Not a big fan of heights but I did enjoy it.
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If you are really adventurous you might want to also think about the Indoor Skydiving thing that is near Universal. Here is DD flying.
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jekjones1558
05-26-2012, 06:49 PM
DO IT! We did it last June and it was lots of fun. Here are a couple of pics. Not a big fan of heights but I did enjoy it.
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If you are really adventurous you might want to also think about the Indoor Skydiving thing that is near Universal. Here is DD flying.
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I remember this trip report! I am too heavy and clumsy to try the zero gravity but I hope that I can do the parasailing without motion sickness issues.

cj9200
05-26-2012, 07:29 PM
I remember this trip report! I am too heavy and clumsy to try the zero gravity but I hope that I can do the parasailing without motion sickness issues.

I would bet you won't get motion sickness unless it is on the boat on the way out there. Waters are going to be pretty calm so I don't think that would happen. I'm sure I beat you on the clumsiness quotient and I was able to do fly on top of a jet engine and not severely injure myself.

bdoleary
05-27-2012, 05:56 AM
Great trip report - beautiful pictures - thanks for sharing.

franandaj
05-27-2012, 11:58 PM
Loved reading this TR!

Can you tell me what separates the Kidani HA Villas from the regular ones? Do they still have the tubs? Our big factor is the height of the toilet, we have some things in our OL to help with this.

jekjones1558
05-28-2012, 06:04 AM
Loved reading this TR!

Can you tell me what separates the Kidani HA Villas from the regular ones? Do they still have the tubs? Our big factor is the height of the toilet, we have some things in our OL to help with this.

The higher toilet is what DH needs and the HA unit I looked at had it. We had a HA unit at OKW that did NOT have it, so I don't know if all HA units at Kidani have them or not. It also had a jetted tub (they are not the big jacuzzi style). Here are photos:

Toilet:
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Roll-in shower:
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Jetted tub:
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Master bed:
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Living room with sleeper chair and still enough space to maneuver a scooter:
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Kitchen with lower stove, sink and microwave:
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Frig with freezer drawer on the bottom:
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Large entry with outlet to plug in scooter:
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I didn't take photos of the second bathroom (sorry). I didn't want to take too much of the CM's time and I was mostly interested in the HA features.

franandaj
05-28-2012, 11:56 AM
Thanks for the pictures. The toilet is definitely raised, but it looks like the bed is lower. So it's sort of a catch 22. The kitchen doesn't matter because I am the one who does the cooking. We keep some HA aids in our OL so we might just stick with the regular villas.

I appreciate you posting the pictures!

MarlaSingersLaundry
05-28-2012, 07:23 PM
Happy belated birthday, Jean. Solo trip, what a wonderful present! Thank you for sharing your trip and photos! Makes me miss Kidani, my favorite property so far. We are planning on the Wild Africa Trek in October. I'm very excited after reading your report.