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Since you’re here in Disney, thoroughly enmeshed in themes of all kinds, why not go one step further and stay somewhere that everyone will love, at Kidani Village? Original African art is displayed throughout the property, and you’ll be forgiven for thinking you’re really in Kenya for a moment, as the abundance of Masai warrior shields is pretty astounding.
Along with Jambo House, Kidani Village makes up Disney’s Animal Kingdom Villas, both cleverly styled as true African safari lodges, where over 30 species of African wildlife roam just beyond your window, that is if you plan well.
For the best wildlife views, opt for a Savannah View Villa (not stand alone; essentially a suite), otherwise you may overlook the pool or worse, the carpark. Make sure to ask for a room near the lobby, or you’ll find yourself in for a long walk to and fro. All rooms are located within the traditional “kraal” building and, while comfortably appointed, are lacking a few things you may be used to, like bathrobes and a well-stocked minibar. That’s not to say that you can’t get a drink here, in fact, you’re never far from a tipple: there’s a lounge, a wine bar and two pool bars.
Drinks aside, dining here is pretty fantastic. Book in advance to reserve a space on a Kidani safari, followed by dinner at Jiko – the Cooking Place where African, Indian and Meditteranean cuisines come together in a super-creative style. They pride themselves on the many superb South African wines offered here, and you can even sign up for a wine tasting event. Kids menus are available everywhere, of course, and staff at the restaurants, like the resort in general, mostly hail from Africa. They are happy to talk about their homeland, the animals, even climbing Kilimanjaro.
Kidani Village offers a lot of features and amenities, including a games room, tennis courts and recreational facilities for little ones. The pool has water slides, jacuzzis and water cannons, and there’s a massage and fitness centre where treatments and facials are offered.
Of note are the perks that come with staying in a Disney resort property. Parking here is free for guests and that privilege extends to the theme parks, so renting a car may be easier than witing for the shuttle bus. Fastpass services are also offered, and extended park hours may ensure that tempers, of those young and old, stay in check.
How to get here
30 minutes by road from Orlando International Airport