Check out an overview of Disney’s Animal Kingdom Kidani Village Resort and all the many reasons why you will love staying here! *Although this post contains affiliate links (which means I receive a commission for purchases made through the link), I was not paid for this post and all opinions expressed are my own. For questions, check out my Disclosure Statement.* My husband and I got to stay for the first time at the Animal Kingdom Kidani Village and it did no disappoint! Kidani Village is the Disney Vacation Club resort side to the Animal Kingdom Lodge. They have studios and one, two and three bedroom villas. You can book rooms here directly with Disney or a less expensive option is to rent DVC (Disney Vacation Club) points through a company like David’s Vacation Club Rentals and book. As an affiliate, I can assure you that David’s Vacation Club Rentals is the largest and most trusted source of Disney Vacation Club Rentals in the world and many have saved THOUSANDS of dollars on their Disney vacations and you can too. No Membership is required. Start saving NOW at David’s Vacation Club Rentals./a> The Animal Kingdom Lodge is surrounded by Savanna and many of the rooms have a Savanna view. Unfortunately, ours did not, but there are many viewing areas throughout the resort. Here are a few reasons while you’ll love this resort.

The Rooms

This resort is considered Deluxe level and was beautiful.

There were so many details in the room from the shower tiles to the edgings on the wooden cabinets.

The studio comes with a kitchenette area…

One bathroom…

A queen bed & a pull out sofa…

And a balcony.

You can watch my initial walk through and the reveal of our view, which unfortunately was not of the Savanna.

Kidani Village Room Tour

We were very close to the main lobby of the resort which I loved. The resort wraps around the Savanna and if you are at the far end you would have a long walk. Luckily, we were close to the lobby, which was also closer to transportation, food, the pool and the viewing areas. But, our view from our room was of the entrance and parking lot.

The Savanna

This is hands down the best part of staying at the Animal Kingdom Lodge! There were many animals to see day and night. They have picture guides in the room to refer to and kind Cast Members who are also native to Africa who are able to answer questions you may have.

Activities & Entertainment

You will receive a calendar in your room outlining the different activities available from

Nightly smores around the fire pit…

to movies in the “living area”…

to cast member entertainment.

You also have access to an arcade &

night vision goggles for viewing animals on the Savanna at night! I loved this as there are several animals you can only see at night. For an extra fee, you can also go on a night time safari with a tour guide.

Samawati Springs Pool

The pool at Kidani is amazing. There is fun to be had for the entire family.

To access the pool you must go down the elevator in the Rafiki section to the parking garage level.


Follow the signs down the sidewalk and to the left you’ll pass through a gate.

The pool features zero entry & two hot tubs… (the second hot tub is hiding behind the slide next to the health club and is more secluded with less children)

They have ping pong & a kiddie slide…

and the largest slide at the Animal Kingdom Lodge! This slide is 128 feet and is so much fun!

The kids splash area called Uwanja Camp is also extensive with many play areas. The kids will have a blast here!

You’ll also find a bar with snacks and refreshments for the whole family!

The Food

Sanaa is the restaurant at Kidani and is definitely worth a visit. Their breakfast which is served 7:00 am to 10:00 am does not require reservations. They also have the Sanaa tour at 4 pm that teaches you about authentic dishes, unique artifacts and includes some taste testing. You’ll enjoy your meals here with a view of the Savanna.

The room service is also excellent. I highly recommend the Banana Bread with homemade Hazelnut Spread.

Additional Things to Know Before You Go


Getting to the Busses

I saw a lot of people going through the lobby to get to the busses, but there is an access point down the hallway. Head down the hall towards the arcade and follow the signs to the double glass doors on your right.

Follow the walkway around to the left to access the bus pickup/dropoff.


Parking is in a garage below the resort. I recommend either pulling up to the entrance to check in or parking directly below the lobby. If you’ve checked in online, make sure to check the map they text you to see what section of the resort you are in, this way you will find a parking space as close to your room as possible.

Have you visited the Animal Kingdom Lodge? Did you stay at Jambo House or Kidani Village? Do you have a favorite? What was your favorite part of the resort? Share in the comments section below!

Resort Over-view Video

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