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  • On Feb 5, 2010
    Karen from PA Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    what is the difference between jambo house at animal kindgon and kingdni village?

    Hi Karen,

    Thanks for writing in with your question. Both Jambo House and Kidani Village are part of the Animal Kingdom Lodge (AKL).

    Jambo House is the original part of AKL and the larger of the two properties. It offers both regular resort rooms and Vacation Club villas. The villas are available for rent by non vacation club members based on availability. The villas offer studio, one, two and three bedroom units. Kidani Village is the newer addition of AKL and features Vacation Club villas only, while still available for non Vacation Club guests if available. The lobby at Kidani Village is much smaller and does not feature the large towering lobby that you will find at Jambo House.  Personally we prefer the Kidani pool area over the Jambo house. While both areas feature a wonderful pool area with a slide and pool side bar and afternoon activities, the Kidani pool has a great children's play/splash zone that my kids can't get enough of.

    Kidani Village does have a fantastic table service location named Sanaa, but does not offer a counter service option, There is a small merchandise shop in the lobby where you can purchase gifts, snacks and refill your resort mug. Jambo house has a larger gift shop in the lobby with a bigger selection. Jambo House also has two table service choices of Boma, a buffet, and Jiko. The Mara is a counter service location serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. Both locations share a bus service to all four parks, both waterparks and Downtown Disney. Guests can use the Disney buses, or there is a walkway between the two properties that allows guest easy access to both buildings.

    We have stayed at both properties and prefer Kidani Village. While Jambo house does offer the advantage of more dining options, we love the quaintness of Kidani as well as the pool and find it quite easy to walk over to Jambo for any additional food options. I'm sure you will love either location!
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I'm Margaret, a busy wife, mom to 3 sons, & full time paralegal. I've been visiting Disney World for twenty years & still can't wait for my next visit.  I hope that I can help other families experience the magic that our family finds in every trip. Learn More About Margaret

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