Giraffes at Disney's Animal Kingdom
  • On Jan 22, 2020
    Cate from NC Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Have both Jambo and Kidani rooms been refurbished or only Jambo by fall of 2020? If I book at the resort for 5 days, but add the 3 days of tickets to my account later, will I still get the 60 days for fast pass or do I have to book a package at same time?

    Jambo Kate,

    Welcome to the Disney Parks Moms Panel! Disney’s Animal Kingdom Villas are one of my favorite places to stay within the Walt Disney World Resort; with breathtaking views of animals roaming the savanna throughout the resort, and if you are lucky enough to have one, your own private balcony. There are some incredible restaurants within the resorts, with Boma – Flavors of Africa, an incredible buffet style restaurant and Sanaa a truly delicious table service meal. Both Kidani Village and Jambo House have great swimming pools, with my favorite out of the two being Uzima Springs Pool because of the nearby stunning views of the Uzima Savanna. 

    I haven’t stayed in a newly refurbished villa at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Villas, but I have seen the photos from the newly refurbished rooms in Jambo House and they are incredible. Adorable Simba carvings can be found in the bedside tables, plenty of outlets with USB ports, the inclusion of pocket doors in the bathroom to create more space and privacy, and storage space under the now lifted beds. The theming throughout the newly refurbished room is just extraordinary. The refurbishment at Disney’s Animal Kingdom – Jambo House has been completed, with Kidani Village now underway. There is not a projected time frame in which the refurbishments will be complete, but perhaps a good bit, if not all, will have been refurbished by the time you arrive in September. You can always request a newly refurbished villa in your reservation, but please keep in mind when making the request, that like all requests, it is not a guarantee that you will be assigned to a newly refurbished villa, but the Front Desk Cast Members will do their best to honor it. 

    I hope you have an incredible stay at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Villas and a magical vacation in September! 

    -Angie C. 
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Meet the Panelist: Angie, Florida

Hi! I'm Angie, an Air Force wife from The Sunshine State! I am so happy to share my love and passion for travel, Disney vacation planning, and the magic of a Disney Vacation Club Membership. My family and I have been enjoying our Vacation Club Membership since 2012 and have discovered a whole new world by taking incredible Walt Disney World vacations, cruises on Disney Cruise Line, and have even made a trip to Disneyland Paris. I would love to help you experience the most magical vacation possible!  Learn More About Angie

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