Kidani or jambo

Discussion in 'DVC Resorts' started by wls23, Apr 14, 2012.

  1. wls23

    wls23 Mouseketeer

    Mar 23, 2004
    What are the pros and cons of each?
  2. Kidanifan08

    Kidanifan08 DIS Veteran

    Feb 22, 2011
    Kidani pros:
    - smaller, quieter lobby
    - 1BR have 2 full bath, 2BR have 3 full bath
    - theme park busses stop here first (usually empty)
    - Sanaa restaurant on property (fantastic food!)
    - great pool - zero entry and nice slide
    - fun splash area for younger children

    Kidani cons:
    - no quick service dining option (Mara is at Jambo)
    - smaller gift shop with fewer options than at Jambo
    - I can't think of any others (we love Kidani!)

    Jambo: I haven't stayed at Jambo yet, but they have the Mara quick service restaurant, as well as Boma (buffet) and Jiko table service restaurants. The gift shop is much larger with a bigger grocery area. The lobby is huge and there is a lobby bar area. It tends to be busier and noisier than the lobby at Kidani. The pool area is supposed to be very nice as well. I look forward to learning more about Jambo during our trip in June.
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  4. bobbiwoz

    bobbiwoz I'm happy to dance with you!

    Aug 26, 2003
    I like to book studios at Jambo, and larger villas at Kidani. Jambo studios have double sinks outside the regular bathroom, & I like that set up. Also when I'm in a studio, I like to be near The Mara.
  5. jodifla

    jodifla WDW lover since 1972

    Jan 19, 2002
    Kidani is nice, but we really liked Jambo. Loved all the food service options, and the feel of a busy bustling hotel. It was so easy to just pop our son into the kid's club at night, then walk over to dinner.
  6. Simba's Mom

    Simba's Mom <font color=green>everything went to "H*** in a ha

    Aug 26, 1999
    Sounds like someone else thinks like me-Jambo is the only place I've stayed. However, sometime I'd like to book a 1 BR, and then I'd go for Kidani. I really think DH would prefer it, for one thing the 2 baths. Also, I understand Kidani has an overall more peaceful feel than Jambo. I told someone that OKW is his favorite resort, and they said that Kidani is more like OKW.
  7. dianeschlicht

    dianeschlicht <font color=blue>DVC-Trivia Contest, Apr-2006: Hon

    Nov 22, 2000
    We like both, but if I had to choose one over the other, Kidani would win hands down. LOVE the smaller lobby area and how personal the animal viewing campfire area feels. We also really enjoy the exchange people there, because they go to Kidani the last half of their exchange year, and are so much more at ease talking to everyone. We also really enjoy the cultural exchanges and drum circles in the library every evening. WELL worth staying t here for that alone.
  8. mjc2003

    mjc2003 DIS Veteran

    Feb 20, 2011
    Agreed. Jambo is more resort like. I like options, at Kidani there are none. We also prefer the Jambo pool. Kidani is nice, but the walk to the room was a downer. I also need a lobby bar to balance out my beautiful, screaming kids.
  9. kenakoch

    kenakoch Earning My Ears

    Sep 10, 2010
    We've stayed both - In 2011 we stayed in the value 2 bedroom lockoff at Jambo - and we loved it. In 2012 we stayed in a bedroom dedicated at Kidani and it was ok. Even if the rooms a bit smaller at Jambo, that's where we will be staying in the future.

    Our only complaint was the distance from our room to the lobby - thankfully we had a rental car.

    So, from here on out, when we stay at AKL, we will attempt to snag Jambo.
  10. mmmagic7754

    mmmagic7754 Mouseketeer

    Aug 31, 2004
    Kidani has covered parking :thumbsup2
  11. DizDays

    DizDays DVC & D23 Member

    Jun 6, 2009
    They both have their own personality and charm. DH and I have a hard time choosing. If it's a "we need to chill and refresh trip," we go to Kidani. If we want hustle, bustle and energy, we stay at Jambo. You can't go wrong with either.

    You may wish to decide whether room considerations or hotel ambiance is more important to you. That might help you decide.
  12. dreams91

    dreams91 DIS Cast Member<br><font color=teal>Loves to veg o

    Sep 7, 2004
    How far is the walk between the two?
  13. DizDays

    DizDays DVC & D23 Member

    Jun 6, 2009
    Depending on where you are in Kidani and how fast you walk, you are only 5-10 minutes away. But they have a golf cart like shuttle that runs back and forth if you catch the timing the right way. It's just along the sidewalk between the two buildings. Again, if your timing is right, you can hop the park bus over there, too, as it stops first at Kidani, then at Jambo.
  14. dgaston

    dgaston Proudly wears a "Believes in Fairies tshirt"

    May 23, 2001
    Here's my pros and cons:

    Comparison of Jambo and Kidani

    large impressive lobby, larger gift shop
    busier atmosphere
    larger pool, wimpy slide (IMHO)
    steam room in workout area
    counter service at Mara
    value and concierge rooms
    rooms retrofitted from existing hotel rooms
    Master bath has shower/jetted tub combo plus toilet in one room (toilet is split off)
    Parking in lots
    Bus to DTD first stop
    Rooms on 5th floor, except for 5 2br lockoffs on 6th for concierge

    smaller, more intimate lobby and gift shop
    quieter atmosphere
    splash area at pool, and better slide (IMHO)
    rooms designed for DVC
    extra bath in one and two bedrooms
    separate shower and jetted tub in master bath
    community hall
    Under building parking
    Park busses first stop
    Rooms on floors 2 through 5
  15. mamaprincess

    mamaprincess DIS Veteran

    Jan 6, 2005
    What are you really leaning toward in your heart. Have you been to either or seen video and pictures? Go with your gut. Personally if it is a studio Jambo and Kidani have equal sized rooms but Jambo as a resort is awe inspiring so to me Jambo. If you have a larger group with you then you may prefer the space that the 1br and up at Kidani offer plus extra bathroom.
  16. bbn1122

    bbn1122 DIS Veteran

    Oct 4, 2009
    We only stayed at Kidani (last August) and really liked it. We had dinner over at just gets very crowded with the two restaurants and all the non guest coming over for dinner.

    Our boys are older so the walking was not a problem, it was no more than 6-7 minutes and we were the opposite end of Kidani. We loved the 2 baths in the 1 bedroom. We also booked Standard view and had the front savannah view. The only animals that did not come over to this area were of course, the giraffes and zebras. We saw dozens of animals a day, it was great.

    We joined DVC saw we could eat breakfast and lunches in our room, so quick service does not matter.

    So, I guess I would vote Kidani....:thumbsup2
  17. drusba

    drusba I went to Iowa once, and it was closed.

    Aug 19, 1999
    We have stayed at both. As a resort overall, we feel Jambo is better with it's three restaurants, larger lobby, larger store, and larger pool with lots of areas to find shade. However, we will stay in Jambo only when using studio or GV. The studios at Jambo and Kidani are about the same size, the GVs at Jambo are the best at WDW. But if getting 1BR or 2BR, Kidani wins by a very large margin, the room is 100 sq ft larger, you have an extra bathroom, more closet space, separate tub and shower in master bath (Jambo is a combined tub and shower with a very high stepover into tub), and just all around nicer rooms. Kidani does have the better kid's play area at the pool, one of the best restaurants at WDW (Sanaa), and ideal parking under the building if you have a car.

    And the walking distance front door to front door between the two is about 1/2 mile.
  18. CastleLight

    CastleLight DIS Veteran

    Jun 6, 2005
    Can you use the pool at Kidani if you are staying at Jambo?
  19. dd08

    dd08 Mouseketeer

    Dec 13, 2008
  20. dd08

    dd08 Mouseketeer

    Dec 13, 2008
    Both Jambo and Kidani are great for their own ways.

    My advice, go twice and try each one. :stir:
  21. DizDays

    DizDays DVC & D23 Member

    Jun 6, 2009
    They are both so close, you can spend time and enjoy the best both have to offer. It really comes down to the room. ITA with PPs - studio at Jambo - anything bigger at Kidani.

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