Disney’s Kidani Village Resort Review

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If you are looking for a quiet and relaxed stay, Disney’s Kidani Village Resort is right for you.

Near the popular and beautiful Animal Kingdom Lodge Jambo House, this Disney Vacation Club property shares the overall design aesthetics of the lodge but is more intimate. Kidani Village borders the savanna, and about half of its rooms have spectacular, animal-filled views. The lobby and rooms have a smaller, more personal feel than those of Jambo House.

Kidani Village
Kidani Village
Kidani Village

Consisting of a separate building shaped like a backward 3, Kidani Village comprises 324 DDV units, a dedicated savanna, a well-themed pool and splash zone, and Sanaa, a top-rated sit-down restaurant combining Indian and African cuisines. Other amenities include a fitness center; an arcade; a gift shop; and tennis, shuffleboard, and basketball courts. Kidani Village is connected to Jambo House by a half-mile walking trail; DDV guests at either resort can use the facilities at both buildings. 

Kidani Village has studios and one-, two-, and three-bedroom villas. Except for the three-bedroom units, most rooms are larger than their counterparts at Jambo House by anywhere from 50 square feet (for a studio) to more than 200 square feet (for a two- bedroom unit).

Kidani’s villas also have one more bathroom for one-, two-, and three-bedroom units. Because of the difference in area, one- bedroom units in Kidani Village can accommodate up to five people and two-bedroom units can hold up to nine with a sleeper chair in the living room. 

Kidani’s distance from Jambo House makes it feel especially remote. The bus stops are a fair distance from the main building, too, and it’s easy to head in the wrong direction when you’re coming back from the parks at night. 

While Sanaa is not as upscale as Jiko, the Indian-African creations offered are delicious. Make sure to order the naan bread sampler. Try to be seated at one of the 9-foot-tall windows that look out on the resort’s savanna—giraffes, water buffalo, and other animals wander within yards of you as you dine.

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Make sure you take some time to explore the beautiful outdoor areas of Disney’s Wilderness Lodge, follow some of the trails around the resort, or hop on a boat to the Ft. Wilderness Campground to walk through the 750 acres of pine and cypress forest that house the campsites.


If you scored a Disney Resort hotel reservation, remember it does not guarantee theme park access, which you will have to request separately. If you landed both a resort reservation and park admission, note that there will be no FastPass+ service, no Extra Magic Hours, and no park hopping for now. Private dining and in-room delivery will not be offered during the initial reopening window. Be aware that face coverings will be required for each guest age 2 and up; they must be worn in all public areas, except while swimming or seated for dining. There won’t be any fireworks, parades, or character meet-and-greets for the foreseeable future. 

Some hotel amenities and experiences will be unavailable, including: arcades, campfires, marina rentals, pin trading, playgrounds, spas, in-room child services, and special events. For more information, check out the Walt Disney World Resorts website

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