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Old 10-08-2012, 10:55 PM   #16
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Thank you sooo much Madmommy17! We want to take advantage of the time alone as well. With so many different night time events for Mommy and Daddy, its tempting to, "Take advantage" of the child care when you can.
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Old 10-09-2012, 06:17 PM   #17
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AKV is our home resort. We love Kidani studio & 1 bedroom savanna view. We have stayed in both for an extended period of time.

It has been our favorite place to stay.

Love the underground parking, the pool is awesome. Jambo house is just a short walk or drive.

Staff is friendly & helpful.

Love the smell when you walk up to Kidani at check-in. Grilled heaven!

Animals are great & entertaining.

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Old 10-31-2012, 09:14 PM   #18
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We loved kidani. We loved bw, bc, pofq and por too.
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Old 03-07-2013, 02:23 PM   #19
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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, 03:39 PM   #20
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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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Old 03-17-2013, 12:55 PM   #21
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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 03-17-2013, 03:10 PM   #22
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We are staying at the Kidana Village villa One bedroom April 7-11. We have not stayed at AK since it was just a regular resort with no DVC rooms. We loved it then, except for some reason i got Hot tub rash and had to get on a antibiotic when i got home. i guess you can get that anywhere. We have never stayed in a one bedroom villa before and I think the Five of us will love it. daughter 26, 20 and 11. The last trip there was when my 20 year old was 14 and we stayed at POR which we also love and debated this time but wanted more room and a kitchen. She had to be rushed back to St.Louis on a emergency flight with my husband because of her Crohns, ended up having a abscess from her surgery prior to our trip. My Mom on that same trip after my husband and daughter left back we had a day until we could fly back had a attack on the POR boat but the lady that drove the boat had a asthma inhaler on her and helped my Mom from choking and passing out. My Mom has since passed and we are so happy we had that last trip with her there. We are praying our trip is calm and beautiful and fun.......in April.
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Old 03-21-2013, 06:08 PM   #23
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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 03-24-2013, 09:36 PM   #24
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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 03-24-2013, 09:40 PM   #25
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The highlight of our trip was to get to our room we would go thru the lobby one night we got in about 11pm and the next morning we left about 9am and to our surprise and the "magic" that is Disney they had in a few hours put the christmas tree and all the christmas decorations up. My children were in awe and kind of speechless! It was MAGICAL
I think we arrived at Kidani (for our first DVC visit) that very same night!!
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Old 04-04-2013, 03:42 PM   #26
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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, 10:45 PM   #27
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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, 11:12 AM   #28
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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 05-20-2013, 08:04 PM   #29
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I agree about missing the food courts now that we stay through our DVC. Really disappointing. Granted we have enjoyed The Mara but the selections are so few. We love Kidani and every trip I spend quite a bit of time in the library. Love sitting in front of the fireplace at night checking email. Yes, I could do it in the room but usually there are so few people in the library it doesn't bother me.

klewallan-hope you get a peaceful and beautiful trip
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Old 06-07-2013, 10:16 PM   #30
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Can anyone give me a link to the gift shop at Kidani? I want to know if they have any cool beach towels. I bought princess ones for my girls, but thought animal kingdom ones would be great for the boys.
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