The Animal Kindom Lodge is one of the most exceptional Resorts in Disney World. To get the best experience of staying on this property, you will want to consider booking one of the Disney Animal Kingdon Villas Kidani Village. The Kidani Village only has Disney Vacation Club rooms in the Animal Kingdom Deluxe Resort having Deluxe Studios, 1 and 2 Bedroom Villas and even the largest room, the 3 Bedroom Grand Villa. Each of these Villas are very distinctive with African art and sculptures throughout. This is not your typical Disney Resort because you share your space with hundreds of animals roaming the Savanna outside of your windows.
When Disney decided to build the Animal Kingdom Resort, it was planned to roll out in 2 phases. The first building phase included the Jambo House or what most guests refer to as the Disney Animal Kingdom Lodge. This section of the resort houses all of the Standard Rooms but also has a number of DVC 2 Bedroom Villas as well. If you are looking at booking one of the 2 Bedroom Villas at the Animal Kingdom, you get more variety by having the option of staying in the main lodge or the Kidani Village.
Finding your Villa
As you drive up to the Animal Kingdom Villas, you will fist pass through the Guard Shack where you will be greeted and given directions. The first building you come upon is the Jambo House, or Animal Kingdom Lodge. If you have booked one of the 2 Bedroom Villas at this part of the resort, just park in the parking lot, located directly across from it and check in. If you have booked in the Kidani Village, keep on driving. About 1/3 of a mile around the bend you will see another covered entrance. Most of the Disney Vacation Club properties have you sign in at the main desk, even if you are a DVC member but the Animal Kingdom Villas have their own separate check in location for DVC. You will be greeted at the entrance and directed inside to one of the counters where you can get your room key. This is a very seamless process and makes staying in one of the Villas at the Animal Kingdom Lodge a real joy.
Room with a View?
Each of the Villas at the Kidani Village at Animal Kingdom Resort have a couple of different viewing options, a Standard View, which gives you views of the Pool or Parking Lot or the Savanna View. The Savanna view is what most guests are looking for when they visit but they also cost about 10% – 15% higher than the standard view rooms (depending on the season of course). This is important to note. If you are staying on a budget, even if you book a standard view room, you still have access to all of the views by walking around the resort. It is important to keep this in mind when booking.
Let’s take a look at the layout of the Kidani Villas:
Each of the the Deluxe Studio units are a great choice is you have a family of 4 or less and are not as concerned about the amount of space you have as the amount of money you will spend. Yes, these rooms are the smallest in the Disney Animal Kingdom Kidani Villas but they are also the least expensive. These Studio units are 366 Square Feet in overall size and allow for 4 guests. The room configuration in all of the Studios are the same. They come with a Queen Size Bed and a Double size sleeper sofa sharing the same room. The layout is similar to what you will find in a standard hotel room but with the added Square Footage, the rooms are still pretty spacious. A nice table and chair set along with a dresser and flat screen TV fill out the rest of the room. The Studio Rooms are equipped with a small Kitchenette with a granite counter, bar type sink, toaster, coffee maker, microwave and a mini-refrigerator. The Bathrooms are stylish with a single sink in a long cabinet. This area is large enough for 2 to get ready in front of the mirror but you will not find 2 sinks in the Deluxe Studio unit. The toilet is located in a private area in the bath and you will also have a Tub/Shower unit. These Studios come with Balcony overlooking the beauty of the resort.
1 Bedroom Villa
Get over double the space when staying at one of the 1 Bedroom Villas at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Kidani Villas. At around 807 Sqaure Feet, you can probably imagine how much more space you will have to move around in the large 1 Bedroom Units over a Deluxe Studio. But, whatever your final decision, you will be amazed by the dazzling display of African artifacts and designs that make this a special place to visit indeed. As you head through the main entrance to your Unit, you immediately feel a sense of wonder and amazement by the visual appearance of the room. The room opens up in to a large main area having a full size kitchen with beautiful granite counters and all of your full size appliances. The cabinets add a nice accent to the room and are full of every pot, pan, dish and cup you will need for you stay. Part of the counter hangs over in the kitchen area creating a small bar with 2 bar-stools, just perfect for 2 kids to eat their breakfast in the morning. You will also find a nice dining table with an African style bench on one side and 2 chairs on the other. The living space is large with a Queen Sleeper Sofa and a Twin Sleeper Chair with a rustic coffee table in the middle of the room. A large Entertainment area is located on one wall with a Flat screen TV for the children to enjoy their favorite Disney Programming. The One Bedroom Villas at the Kidani Village are in a private room with the ability to close a door between the living space. The large King bed offers a restful night sleep but the bedroom also has a large dresser with a flat screen TV mounted above for your own private viewing pleasure. A desk and chair along with another chair complete the room. Off of the Master Bedroom, you will find a large Master Bath with a Jacuzzi Tub for relaxation or a stand up shower for a quick cleanup and go. The Floor and Walls are completely tiled. The Toilet is in a separate room with a door for additional privacy. An additional shared full bathroom is located in the hallway down from the kitchen. It is complete with a tub/shower unit and single granite top sink. The 1 Bedroom Villas come with a Washer and Dryer in every unit making this a perfect place to enjoy for long periods of time. These 1 Bedroom Villa can accommodate up to 5 guests during their stay.
2 Bedroom Villa
The 2 Bedroom Villa at the Kidani Village is made by combining a Deluxe Studio and a 1 Bedroom Villa. Giving you a total of 1,173 Square Feet for up to 9 guests to share is plenty of space for a great vacation getaway.
3 Bedroom Grand Villa
The largest rooms at the Kidani Village are the 3 Bedroom Grand Villas. Covering 2 full floors and offering 2,200 square feet of living space, it can easily accommodate up to 12 guests at a time. This Luxury Villa has an entry access from the Hallway to the first floor and the second floor rooms making it easy to keep everyone separate and make quiet entry and exits to not disturb others who may be sleeping in. The long balcony on the main floor covers the entire length of the villa. There are also 2 smaller balconies leading off of the 2 bedrooms on the 2nd floor. The Balconies are not very deep and are not large enough for a table but there are a number of chairs for you to sit and enjoy your coffee in the morning as you watch the Animals roam the savanna.
The main level entry opens in to a nice Foyer with the stairs leading up to the second level on your right and a full bath with single granite sink and tub/shower unit on your right. The living room on the first floor is large with a sleeper sofa and sleeper chair along with another large chair, coffee table and flat-screen TV. A large, fully equipped and well up to date kitchen is also located on this floor with full size kitchen appliances and everything you need to cook and dine for the duration of your stay. The 3 Bedroom Grand Villa also has the Master Bedroom on the main floor. This large room has a King bed with 2 nightstands, a chair by the bed as well as a desk. Across from the bed is a dresser with a flat screen TV mounted above. As with the 1 and 2 bedroom Villas, the Master Bath is decked out with a Jacuzzi Tub and a Stand Up shower. The Vanity is long enough for 2 people but it only has one sink.
As you make your way up the stairs to the second level, you notice a nice 2nd living space with sleeper sofa, coffee table and a flat screen TV. On either side of this den space is a bedroom with 2 queen beds, desk, dresser and flat screen TV. As mentioned before, each of these bedrooms have their own private balcony. Also, each of these bedrooms offer another full private bath is located across the hall with a tub/shower unit and a large single sink.
Laundry facilities with a Washer and Dryer are located on the 1st floor.
Luxury Bathroom with Jacuzzi Tub
Something for Everyone
As you can see, there are plenty of options to fit the needs of any size family or party. Take a look at the details of each Villa in the Animal Kingdom Lodge Villa Quick Facts.