DVC JAMBA vrs Kidani which one

Discussion in 'Disney Resorts' started by cavesrus, Apr 10, 2013.

  1. cavesrus

    cavesrus Mouseketeer

    Jul 30, 2012
    ok may have to make this choice tomorrow if BLT doesnt come though. so put it out there what you guys think

    2 bedroom savannah view

    wife and 2 kids 5 3/4 DD and 3 DD

    Inlaws as well saying with us but they dont count lol im leaning towards JAMBA due to looks cool as you walk in from memory about 6 years ago?

    Still pulling for BLT but wont know till tomorrow on available lost day today for nov 10th :(((

    davids rental is who we r using
  2. myjourney

    myjourney DIS Veteran

    Mar 11, 2007
    We like Jambo house the best. I tried Kidani once and it just did not have the same feel. I like the gift shop and restaurants in Jambo
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  4. cavesrus

    cavesrus Mouseketeer

    Jul 30, 2012
    sweet anyone else?
  5. PKT531

    PKT531 Mouseketeer

    Jul 3, 2008
    Jambo!! Just got back from 6 nights. It was so wonderful!!!!!!! I cannot wait to go back!

    I rented points but am planning to buy DVC with AKL my home resort. I don't wanna stay anywhere else! Pure awesomeness!

    I saw kidani, not impressed and I didn't care for the location of the pool or that there was no quick service.
  6. Harlemgirl720

    Harlemgirl720 DIS Veteran

    May 27, 2007

    2BRs at Kidani have 3 bathrooms with a separate bathtub and shower. Where Jambo has only 2 bathrooms with a combined tub and shower.

    Pool is better at Kidani. IMHO Great water gym area for the kids.

    Yeah Jambo has quick service and Kidani doesn't....go to Jambo by walking, bus or shuttle.

    Buses stop at Kidani first when going to the parks....except for the Downtown Disney bus.

    Great community hall at Kidani. Love it better than the one at Jambo.

    Savannah view rooms at Jambo are on the top two floors. At Kidani on any floor.
  7. bumbershoot

    bumbershoot DIS Veteran

    Mar 5, 2007
    After staying in a villa at each, I personally am done with AKL, but if someone MADE me go back, I would do Kidani.

    The lobby, to me, at Kidani is much prettier, and it's not as overwhelming to me. More intimate. They still have activities and the night-vision goggles, etc etc. If you want to visit the Jambo lobby you can walk, bus, or drive over easily.
  8. buzznina

    buzznina DIS Veteran

    Oct 18, 2007
    Another vote for Jambo! We do like the kids water area a lot better at Kidani's, but just walking into the Jambo lobby was great. We were very unimpressed by Kidani's lobby.
  9. stormer

    stormer DIS Veteran

    Sep 28, 2007
    We love Kidani. The pool is awesome. The extra bathroom is great. The only thing we like better about Jambo is the lobby but it is so easy to hop on the shuttle if we want to go over there
  10. lugnut33

    lugnut33 DIS Veteran

    Jan 17, 2008
    Kidani wins in my mind. Have stayed at both multiple times and I prefer Kidani. Don't care about not having quick service restaurant. I can always head over to Jambo very easily if I want to. The extra bathroom at Kidani cannot be beat, especially since my wife and I have two daughters.
  11. Pakey

    Pakey DIS Veteran

    Aug 29, 2007
    I also prefer Kidani. The villa itself is nicer with the 3rd bathroom. When I feel the need to see the Jambo lobby in all its glory, it's a 7 minute walk from lobby to lobby.

    I also like that the park buses stop first at Kidani.
  12. spiceycat

    spiceycat dvc-blt

    Oct 26, 2000
    Kidani - you have a full kitchen - so counter service is not necessary.

    just order pre-made meals in your grocery deliver.

    Kidani the villa are bigger, better organized, 3 bathrooms is definitely better than 2. Especially that master bath - Jambo house has no separate whirlpool tub and shower - just a combination - which does not work nearly as well.

    now if you were going for a studio then Jambo House - but a 2-bedroom definitely Kidani.

    you can go over to Jambo House if you want to eat at Boma or Jiko - but don't get something for your entire stay to try and impress - that never really works.
  13. letsgoreds

    letsgoreds DIS Veteran

    Nov 2, 2011
    Loved the third full bath, less of a concern with your group. We also drove to the parks each day, and door to door at Kidiani (near zazu elevator), was maybe 2 minutes. Loved parking underneath the resort!

    Much prefer the pool at Kindai, plus young kid playground/splash pad area. Slide is better. Pool bar is great (don't recall one at Jambo, but maybe it was there).
  14. TigrLvsPooh

    TigrLvsPooh DIS Veteran

    Jul 6, 2001
    Haven't done a two bedroom, but we've done a one bedroom at Kidani and a one bedroom at Jambo and I much preferred Kidani! :thumbsup2 But I think its biggest drawback is its lack of quick service options. They have very limited offering at the pool and market. If quick service is important to your family I would definitely do Jambo. When we do villas we have groceries delivered so we never use the quick service anyway.
  15. Magic3forme

    Magic3forme Grand Slam club members

    Jan 26, 2005
    Kidani hands down. we were there last week at both Jambo and Kidani... we had lots of problems at Jambo, not one at Kidani.

    the extra bathroom is great too.

    the only downside to kidani is no quick service.

    the busses pick you up first. :)
  16. Minniesgal

    Minniesgal DIS Veteran

    Mar 29, 2013
    For your party size I would only consider Kidani from a space and bathroom point of view. We also prefer Kidani
  17. goofy4tink

    goofy4tink No tags...not needed! Transportation moderator Moderator

    May 2, 2002
    For me? I love Kidani. I like Jambo House as well, but just love the feel of Kidani. BUT....for a group with kids, I think Jambo may be a better bet. You have Mara right there for those times when you just want to grab a quick bite to eat. That isn't possible at Kidani.
    But, if not having a food court handy doesn't matter that much? CHoose Kidani. The pool area is to die for!!!!! And I love the views from Kidani better. But the walks to the villas can be longer!!!
  18. wiigirl

    wiigirl DIS Veteran

    Oct 29, 2012
    Kidani :thumbsup2

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