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  • On Dec 5, 2022
    Marjorie from CA Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Hi. We are planning to stay at the Jambo house at AK, 2 bedroom suite, not the lock off one. Do you know if these are renovated for dvc rooms/members? Or how we can request for a renovated one?

    Jambo, Marjorie!

    Welcome to planDisney and thanks for dropping by with a question about your upcoming visit to Disney's Animal Kingdom Villas - Jambo House.  I'm so excited to hear about your upcoming stay because Jambo House is at the very top of my Disney Vacation Club Resort favorites list!  From the moment you step through the doors, you instantly feel as if you've been transported from Central Florida to the heart of the African savannah.  I love wandering through the hotel to explore all the incredible theming details, and for me, looking out the windows or wandering outside to glimpse zebras, giraffes, flamingos, and more never gets old.  So, you'll definitely want to pack your sense of adventure along with your Mickey ears this summer –– I have a feeling you're in for a wild time!

    While renovations to the rooms on the hotel side of Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge were completed in 2021, the last big update to the DVC Villas at Disney's Animal Kingdom Villas - Jambo House occurred with a soft-goods refresh back in 2016 (which included things like updating bedding styles, artwork, and so on).  This means that all of the Dedicated 2-Bedroom Villas should have the same amenities, so you won't need to request a specially-updated room.  However, if you would like to request a Villa with a specific location in mind –– like a room close to an elevator or pool –– you can always ask a Cast Member at the Front Desk if anything is available, once you arrive.

    One thing I can share with you, however, is that DVC Resorts are typically refurbished on a (roughly) 7-year schedule. With that timeframe in mind, this means that updates to the Jambo House Villas could begin some time next year, although nothing about the project has specifically been announced at this time.  The great news, though, is that you may not have long to wait for news about any upcoming refurbishments –– the renovation schedule is usually announced at the Disney Vacation Club Condominium Association Annual Meeting, which is happening later this week.  After the meetings, you should be able to find a recap of all the latest DVC news on the Disney Vacation Club website, so be sure to keep an eye on that for any refurbishment announcements before your visit.

    Thanks so much for visiting planDisney, Marjorie.  I hope this helped to answer your question, but if you need more information, please don't hesitate to stop by again –– we're always here to lend a helping hand!

    Have a Magical Day,
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