We had me (DisneyDad), Mom, Amy, Andy along with Tink and Minnie in a savanna view 2 bedroom villa. Ridge had his own deluxe studio just down the hall from our villa. We arrived early on our check-in day as we drove and waited for Amy and family to arrive on Disney's Magical Express. We had lunch reservations at Sanaa and had an absolutely fantastic meal. If you have never been to Sanaa, don't miss the Bread Service. Naan with dipping sauces. Yumm!
|Amy, Tink and Minnie|
|Shield on Kidani Village Doors|
Kidani Village is one of the Disney Vacation Club properties at Walt Disney World. Over the years we have stayed at most of the DVC properties. Each of the DVC resorts are unique with their own theme. Kidani Village is themed after the African savanna with a good dash of The Lion King thrown in for good measure.
|Kidani Village 2 br Living Room|
|Dining Table in 2BR Villa at Kidani Village|
Amy and Andy's bags had been delivered to the villa before we arrived and we brought up all our bags from our cars and began to settle in. The villa has a full kitchen and comes stocked with cooking utensils and dishes. Kidani Village is near US192 so off we went to the Publix at Celebration and stocked up on milk, bread and other goodies to make breakfast in our room. Eggs, bread for toast, bacon, cereal, and ingredients for making sausage balls made sure we had plenty to eat for breakfast. Dining reservations in the parks and Epcot's International Food and Wine Festival made sure we didn't go hungry,
|Kitchen in 2 Br Villa|
Kidani Village has a large zero entry pool with a water play area next to it. The girls loved going down the big waterslide with dad at the bottom of the slide waiting on them.. There were plenty of activities around the pool and the cast members had a modified dunking booth that popped a water balloon over your head instead of dunking you. The kids at the pool lined up for a chance to "dunk" someone and be the next to be "dunked".
|Master Bedroom Kidani Village - note the Lion King Headboard|
|2 BR Villa 2nd Bedroom Kidani Village|
Community hall had movies playing on the TV as well as plenty of games and activities. Across the hall was the Arcade with lots of games there too. I think Tink liked the arcade ride along a roller coaster the best. That and beating me at Air Hockey.
It was not too far of a walk to go from our room to Jambo House where we had breakfast at Boma one day and dinner there another. There was a shuttle that would take you but it was not but about a 5 minute walk. Transportation to the parks was by bus. Disney has placed video screens at the bus stop to let you know how long until the next bus comes. I thought this was a great idea and the times displayed were always right.
The walk to Jambo House is important if you are not making breakfast in your room. There are some groceries available at Kidani Village, but there is not a true counter service restaurant. At the pool you can get some pre-prepared sandwiches or order from room service that will deliver to the pool.
|Mom and baby from our balcony, taken with my iPhone|
The real draw of Kidani Village is the Savanna. From our room you had a great view of the animals on the Savanna. Sitting on our balcony each morning you could watch animals come out for their breakfast. Tink and Minnie loved watching the giraffes from our room. There was even a baby giraffe that follow its mother around. Near the front desk were two areas to watch from inside or you could step out onto a balcony and sit in a rocking chair as you watch the animals. Down on the grown floor you can walk out around a fire pit and watch the animals from ground level. At night you could see the fire pit from our room, but we never made it there for the activities around the fire pit. Also at night from our balcony you could watch trucks come through for a nighttime safari across the Savanna.
Let us know if you have been to Kidani Village and what you think of the resort.