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Old 08-05-2012, 05:43 PM   #1
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Animal kingdom villas in Kidana Village

We just returned from 14 nights in a 1 bedroom savanna view and I dont have a bad word to say. The room was spotless which I can't say about SSR. This is now our favorite resort.
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Old 08-05-2012, 06:31 PM   #2
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We stayed in a 1 BDRM Kidani Standard this year as well and stayed last year in a value studio Jambo. I have to agree with you as far as cleanliness! It was spotless. We had the opportunity to be upgraded for free and stay there years ago when it was first built and we opted for WL because we didn't think we would like it. Now we kick ourselves because we LOVED AKL!
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Old 08-05-2012, 08:40 PM   #3
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We just returned from 14 nights in a 1 bedroom savanna view and I dont have a bad word to say. The room was spotless which I can't say about SSR. This is now our favorite resort.
We will be staying there in Oct - do you have any pics? We own at SSR and haven't had any cleanliness issues, did you experience some?

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Old 08-06-2012, 09:13 AM   #4
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Kidani is a beautiful resort. My hope is they stay on top of things as more and more people discover what a gem this place is!
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Old 03-07-2013, 01:23 PM   #5
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We will be staying there in Oct - do you have any pics? We own at SSR and haven't had any cleanliness issues, did you experience some?

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We are going in October too! The week of the 20th. YAY! Have fun.
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Old 03-13-2013, 02:39 PM   #6
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Headed there in about 6 week - can't wait! Love my savannah view balcony. Home - home - home...
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This was the view which we had last month (February) from our second floor studio. The largest of the bulls used to raid the giraffe's bucket by rubbing the point of his horn in the bottom of the bucket so that vegetation fell through.

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Old 03-21-2013, 05:08 PM   #8
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This was the view which we had last month (February) from our second floor studio. The largest of the bulls used to raid the giraffe's bucket by rubbing the point of his horn in the bottom of the bucket so that vegetation fell through.

Wow, what a beautiful picture! I'm booked for my first stay in October, also the week of the 20th. I've always stayed at Jambo, but last time I was over at Kidani, out on the balcony off the main lobby, I could HEAR the animals go "clip, clop" by. Can't hear that from the fifth floor at Jambo. So I'm hoping for a second floor studio, like in the picture, so I can not just see the animals, but hear them as well. Can't wait!
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Old 04-04-2013, 02:42 PM   #9
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We are going in October too! The week of the 20th. YAY! Have fun.
I'll be there those 2 weeks, first visit there since buying last year. So excited
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Old 04-30-2013, 09:45 PM   #10
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I stayed at Kidani last year and I personally didn't like it as much as Jambo. It's a beautiful property, but I didn't get the "WOW" factor that I get everytime I walk into Jambo's lobby. At Jambo there is just something about the lobby, the sights and smells of the restaurants, the people, the gift shop. I felt very secluded at Kidani and almost as if there was no one there. I love having quick service at the Mara and was disappointed there wasn't something like that at Kidani. I will say the kids pool area at Kidani is by far superior, but I like the main pool at Jambo better.
As for the rooms, it was nice to have 2 bathrooms in the one bedroom, however I thought the bathroom setup in the studios was a huge waste of space. I found the living space was smaller because of the bathroom set up. I would much rather have the living space as opposed to bathroom space when in small quarters. I am very happy to be going back to Jambo this year although my kids insist on taking a trip over to Kidani to use the kids splash area!
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Old 05-20-2013, 10:12 AM   #11
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We purchased DVC for the first time within the last year with home resorts of BLT and BWV. However, my son wanted to stay with the animals for the first time. We just returned from 8 days at Kidani. They did mess up our room assignment which was frustrating after a long day of traveling. They admitted they just overlooked the details and had to move our room the next day. Once settled in our new room, we were pleased. It was very clean and on the Sunset Savanah, 2nd floor near the bus stop. Great location! The family loved the bathroom with the whirlpool tub and separate shower. The view was great as well. My son loved the Kidani pool are and the water slide. We went to Jambo for Mara one night and were very disappointed. The food was not good at all. We had stayed in Jambo before (not DVC) and knew how beautiful the lobby was and it did not disappoint. We used to stay at moderates and values before purchasing DVC. I did not realize how much we would miss the food courts of those resorts for selection. We even took the buses to All Star Sports to eat one night. That is something I had not even considered, but now realize the DVC resorts seem more focused on upscale restaurants and not the selection of the food courts.
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Old 03-24-2013, 08:36 PM   #12
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We will be staying there in Oct - do you have any pics? We own at SSR and haven't had any cleanliness issues, did you experience some?

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We just stayed there in November - I have a TR posted with some pics ... and more to come ...
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Old 06-27-2013, 11:37 PM   #13
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We will be staying there in Oct - do you have any pics? We own at SSR and haven't had any cleanliness issues, did you experience some?

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I own at Kidani and have stayed in quite a few of the other resorts as well. Kidani and Jambo are by far the cleanest that I have experienced in my many stays. Their cast members always seem to take the best care of these beautiful resorts. I hope they keep up the great work forever.
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Old 08-06-2012, 06:09 PM   #14
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The only pictures I have are of the animals outside our room. I miss sitting there watching them. Yes I always found SSR dirty. Under the beds and couches I would find things left over from previous guests. I can't wait to return to Kidani.
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Old 08-06-2012, 07:11 PM   #15
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Glad you enjoyed yourself. We love, love, love Kidani. I didn't mind SSR but my husband felt it was old/dirty. I think maybe the carpets were dirty and something else. Lately I have hesitated to recommend it to friends because some people seem so upset with it. Enjoy your future trips!
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