Animal Kingdom Villas - Kidani or Jambo??

Discussion in 'Disney Resorts' started by pooh's_my_fave, Sep 2, 2010.

  1. pooh's_my_fave

    pooh's_my_fave Earning My Ears

    Aug 10, 2009
    Hi there,

    I'm trying to plan our first WDW trip for this February, and would love to stay at AKV. What are the main differences between the two villas? I know Kidani is newer, but that's about all I know.

    We'll be down for my daughter to be married, so there will be other family there as well. We'll be booking a 1BR plus a studio (no 2BR available right now), and I imagine the grandparents will book a studio or a regular room at AKL.

    Any thoughts??

    Andrea :)
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  3. BNukem

    BNukem Love the Mouse

    Apr 10, 2009
    I know that 1br in Kidani have 2 bathrooms.
  4. nurse.darcy

    nurse.darcy DIS Veteran

    Feb 16, 2007
    It really depends on how you vacation. I love staying at Jambo House because I love being close to Jiko, The Mara (quick service restaurant) and Boma, as well as the overall atmosphere. However, I do love the pool area at Kidani Village with the water play area for kids. Its just a really cool pool. Thankfully you can use the pool at either. If you have any family that will be staying in a regular room then to be close to them you would need to book at Jambo House. This is my absolute favorite resort on property.
  5. gerows

    gerows Mouseketeer

    Jul 5, 2009
    Kidani is smaller and therefore has fewer guests, which leads to a more intimate.
    Kidani is the 1st stop for bus pick up and drop off.
    Food at Kidani is limited to 1 TS resteraunt, while Jambo has 2 TS, one of which is upscale dinning, as well as a counter service location.
    Both have gift shops, however, Jambo is much, much, much larger.
    The lobby at Jambo is absolutely breath taking.
  6. Jaylin

    Jaylin Mouseketeer

    Feb 22, 2008
    How far of a walk is it to the counterservice if you are staying at Kidani?
  7. Sienna

    Sienna Mouseketeer

    Nov 11, 2007
    I think it's a good 10 minute walk between Jambo and Kidani. It's not exactly convenient if you're carrying a bunch of food.
  8. Goofy4

    Goofy4 DIS Veteran

    Sep 13, 2004
    A recent post said there is now a shuttle between the Jambo and Kidani.
  9. LilGMom

    LilGMom <font color=red>It makes me want to Kiss on the li

    Feb 6, 2006
    Kidani has underground parking, a very cool water play area at the pool, zero entry pool, the one bedrooms have two full bathrooms (the tub in the master bathroom is amazing!!!), there is a TS restaurant and a little store that offers quick grab goodies and mug refilss. Jambo has two TS restaurants, and a CS, zero entry pool, and good children's playground. Both are great but if having other people staying with you in a one bedroom I'd opt for Kidani for that second full bathroom.

    We love AKL/AKV Kidani and Jambo and don't think you can really go wrong with either.
  10. Deb & Bill

    Deb & Bill DVC-Trivia Contest, Apr-2006: Honorable Mention

    Mar 20, 2000
    Jambo House villas are located on the fifth and sixth floors (sixth floor is five two bedroom lockoff concierge villas - tough to get). They are converted hotel rooms. In the one bedroom and larger the shower in the master bedroom is combined with the tub - not separate like the other DVC resorts. The two bedroom villas are all lockoffs - meaning a one bedroom combined with a studio.

    Kidani has the separate shower from tub in the master bathroom. There are dedicated two bedroom villas.

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