Resort Comparison: AKV vs AKV (Jambo vs Kidani)

Which section of AKV do you love the most?

  • I love Jambo House the most

    Votes: 26 45.6%
  • I love Kidani Village the most

    Votes: 18 31.6%
  • I can't decide - love them both

    Votes: 11 19.3%
  • Neither is one of my favorites

    Votes: 1 1.8%
  • Other (explain)

    Votes: 1 1.8%

  • Total voters
    57

DVC Mike

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Comparing Jambo House and Kidani Village

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The two sections of Animal Kingdom Villas (AKV) - Jambo House and Kidani Village - are often compared. At first glance, someone not familiar with AKV would think there wasn't much of a difference.

But each section has its fans.

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Some people would say choosing one section over the other would be a toss-up due to the many similarities. However, there are still some significant differences between these two sections of AKV, so I’ve added a poll to find out which one people prefer.

Below is a chart comparing the two sections.

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My opinionated comparison​

Below are links to the resort's post on the DVC Resort Information thread, which contains more detailed information.

AKV Resort Information


Which section of AKV do you love the most?



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drusba

I went to Iowa once, and it was closed.
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Aug 19, 1999
Some possible, minor corrections to your chart. As to Jambo's room sizes being "smaller," that is true for 1BRs and 2BRs but the studios, other than value, are about the same size at the two buildings, and the Jambo GV is more than 100 sq ft larger than Kidani's. Kidani's parking is not really "underground" but instead mostly "under-building" and at some places just outside the building; it is the ground/first floor and is on same level as Sanaa. Kidani does have valet parking. You also might want to mention that Kidani's pool slide is much longer than Jambo's.
 

coastalhh

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Aug 27, 2014
Good chart.

We like both but Jambo is our favorite.

Jambo has that wow factor to us that wilderness lodge and GF have with the big multistory lobby (especially at Christmas with the huge Christmas tree)
 
  • michelleiada

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    May 12, 2006
    I've never stayed at Kidani. Stayed at Jambo twice and loved it. I love being part of the main resort with the beautiful grand lobby and the better food options.
     

    ThisIsJason

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    Mar 16, 2010
    Stayed at Kidani this past May. While we were at the resort we found ourselves over at Jambo enjoying the lobby, and the better food choices. When he head back to WDW in 2017 I am going to try for Jambo from now on. I would assume we will go with Kidani once we have children to take advantage of the second bathroom in the one bedrooms.
     

    mouselike-harrier

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    Feb 7, 2010
    Kidani for us! We always seem to get better views and with 2 teenagers, the extra bathroom and space in the one bedrooms are wonderful! Also, could be my imagination, but the rooms seem brighter.
     

    kydisneyfans

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    Sep 26, 2005
    Kidani here. It is a much more laid back resort. We like the larger rooms, the animal viewing is a bit better, and the entire atmosphere is relaxing. That being said, we visit Jambo often to eat at Mara.
     

    DisFanatic

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    Mar 1, 2005
    We love both, Jambo is perfect if you are staying in a studio. We love Kidani if we are in a 1 bed, as it has two bathrooms
     

    ABE4DISNEY

    There's a great, big, beautiful tomorrow...
    Joined
    Feb 16, 2009
    Kidani--Love the 2nd bath and the pool area is really nice. We prefer to stay here when we have a car so that we can hit the restaurants close by.
     

    supersnoop

    What time is the three o'clock parade?
    Joined
    Nov 13, 2013
    One thing you miss in the chart is the bathroom configuration in the studios. Some folks prefer the Jambo configuration where the commode and shower are separated by a door, whereas at Kidani, the commode is separate, but the sinks and shower are open to each other. Personally, I found the Jambo configuration to be much too cramped.
     

    BLLB

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    Nov 29, 2004
    I love Kidani's pool area! I am not a "sun" person, and the pool had lots of available shade. But still provided lots of sunny areas for those who enjoy that.
     

    pooh2001

    been there, done that, TRYING to go back
    Joined
    Feb 16, 2000
    Kidani sounds better for 4 adults in a studio DVC rental
    DH, DW, DS & DD - all over the age of 18
     

    supersnoop

    What time is the three o'clock parade?
    Joined
    Nov 13, 2013
    Kidani sounds better for 4 adults in a studio DVC rental
    DH, DW, DS & DD - all over the age of 18
    Your adult children are going to share the couch? The one bedroom would be a good choice for four adults, but not a studio.
     

    bwbuddy5

    First trips WDW MK 1972, Epcot 1982
    Joined
    Dec 8, 2005
    It's interesting how close the vote is, but I wonder how many of those voting have actually stayed in both Kidani and Jambo? Otherwise, I would guess that we would all just vote for the one in which we stayed, unless we had had a bad experience?
     

    supersnoop

    What time is the three o'clock parade?
    Joined
    Nov 13, 2013
    It's interesting how close the vote is, but I wonder how many of those voting have actually stayed in both Kidani and Jambo? Otherwise, I would guess that we would all just vote for the one in which we stayed, unless we had had a bad experience?
    That's a very good point. I only just stayed at Jambo. Lots of people talk about the restaurants at Jambo, but I really did like Kidani better. One person was adamant that the bathroom configuration in the studio was better at Jambo, but I hated it.
     

    bwbuddy5

    First trips WDW MK 1972, Epcot 1982
    Joined
    Dec 8, 2005
    Are you saying that you like being at the first bus stop because the buses often fill up? Otherwise, I could see advantages of being the last stop, so that you don't have to stop anymore prior to the parks.
     

    supersnoop

    What time is the three o'clock parade?
    Joined
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    Are you saying that you like being at the first bus stop because the buses often fill up? Otherwise, I could see advantages of being the last stop, so that you don't have to stop anymore prior to the parks.
    You're always going to be the second stop in one direction. Do you want to get on at the first stop, or get off at the first stop?
     

    Rochester Disney Fan

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    Sep 28, 2009
    Are you saying that you like being at the first bus stop because the buses often fill up? Otherwise, I could see advantages of being the last stop, so that you don't have to stop anymore prior to the parks.
    Yes, for the ride to the parks you're almost guaranteed a seat. Coming back your the first stop.
     

    DVC Mike

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    Aug 25, 2007
    While I love the rooms at Kidani, I voted Jambo since it has better access to dining and just has a better vibe.
     

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