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Disney Animal Kingdom Villas - Kidani Village & Jambo House

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Posted on February 17, 2022

Do you love visiting the Disney World theme parks in Florida? If so, then you need to know more about Disney Animal Kingdom Villas.

These Disney timeshare resales are part of Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge, one of the resort's most popular properties. Staying at the timeshares lets your family experience Disney magic like never before.

The Animal Kingdom Lodge is the traditional hotel part of the resort, but people who select Disney timeshare resales can choose a villa at either Kidani Village or Jambo House.

Regardless of which one your family selects; the Animal Kingdom resort is an absolute favorite with many Disney World visitors from around the world. What sets Animal Kingdom apart from other resorts on the property?

An Unforgettable Encounter at Disney Animal Kingdom Villas

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The people who love this resort often say that it's a piece of paradise. It surrounds guests in the magic and mystery of Africa while also letting you experience up-close-and-personal encounters with incredible wildlife.

The entire resort has an African theme, and the biggest selling point is the vast savannas on which it's possible to view an astonishing variety of wildlife like giraffes, zebras and many others.

Perhaps the only drawback to choosing Animal Kingdom Villas is the resort's location. It is on the far western side of the Disney property, which means that it will take you a little longer to get to the more traditional theme parks and water parks. Also, none of the parks are within walking distance from this deluxe resort.

However, you are also the closest to the Disney Animal Kingdom theme park and its amazing exhibits and experiences such as Pandora – The World of Avatar, Expedition Everest, Kali River Rapids and the spectacular Tree of Life.

Of course, the big advantage is that when you stay at Animal Kingdom Lodge, you have spectacular views of wildlife on a 24/7 basis. Disney also has an efficient bus system that shuttles guests around the Disney World complex.

Another reason to choose Disney Animal Kingdom Villas over other Disney Vacation Club resorts is the amazing number of on-site cultural activities that are available. Truly, if your family wants to learn, be entertained and enjoy a fantastic stay, this is the resort for you.

Disney Animal Kingdom Pandora

Kidani Village or Jambo House?

Disney Vacation Club members frequently debate whether the villas at Kidani Village or Jambo House are the best. The reality is that both offer outstanding experiences. However, they are definitely not the same.

Let's explore what makes each of these lodges different, which might help you decide which one is right for your family.

Jambo House is actually a part of the original Animal Kingdom Lodge, which means that it is attached to the hotel portion of the property. It has fewer villas than Kidani Village, so you might have a harder time finding villa availability. Nevertheless, fans of Jambo House say it is totally worth the effort.

That's partially because choosing Jambo House gives you access to the absolutely gorgeous and grand main lobby of the Animal Kingdom Lodge. It's several stories high and beautifully themed, especially at Christmas.

Jambo House also appeals to some people because it has a larger pool. Called Uzima Springs Pool, it measures 11,000 square feet and has a water slide. Beautiful foliage, including banana trees, surrounds it.

Because Jambo House overlooks three savannas instead of two, some guests say that it's easier to see wildlife from these villas. Moreover, even standard view villas at Jambo House have a pool view or a partial view of a savanna. If you stay at Kidani Village and choose a standard view, there's a chance that you won’t get a wildlife view from your villa, even though there are viewing areas at the resort.

Families who have a member who find stairs difficult might prefer Jambo House because it has single-story grand villas.

Jambo House boasts amazing dining at The Mara, Boma and Jiko as well as numerous lounges and bars. It's also worth noting that the Zawadi Marketplace, one of the largest hotel gift shops in Disney World, is located here as well.