Animal Kingdom Villas - Kidani or Jambo??

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  1. pooh's_my_fave

    pooh's_my_fave Earning My Ears

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    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??

    Thanks,
    Andrea :)
     
  2. BNukem

    BNukem Love the Mouse

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    I know that 1br in Kidani have 2 bathrooms.
     
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  4. nurse.darcy

    nurse.darcy DIS Veteran

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    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

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    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

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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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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