Balcony at Disney's Animal Kingdom resort
  • On Feb 11, 2023
    Courtney from PA Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Have 1-BR Savannah View at Kidani Village booked for me, hubby, two sons (7 and 3) and my mom. Club level is always preferred for us but club level is only available at DAK Lodge. Perks and expert opinions welcome so I can choose between the two!

    Hi Courtney,

    Jambo! Welcome to planDisney and thank you for stopping by with your great question about your options for lodging at Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge.

    Boy, that is a tough but fun decision you have between choosing to stay at Disney's Animal Kingdom Villas - Kidani Village or Disney's Animal Kingdom Villas - Jambo House.  I have been lucky enough to stay in Villas on both sides of the Resort, and I understand your dilemma.  You certainly can't go wrong with either choice, but each Resort has its own unique benefits.  Let's get started!

    At Disney's Animal Kingdom Villas - Jambo House, you will find this is the only side of the Resort which offers Club Level Concierge Service.  Club Level Concierge Service is such a special treat, and I am especially fond of the daily food and beverage offerings in the Club Lounge.  Another perk for staying here is that there are a multitude of dining options close by such as Boma - Flavors of AfricaJiko - The Cooking Place, The Mara, Victoria Falls Lounge, and Uzima Springs Pool Bar.

    At Disney's Animal Kingdom Villas - Kidani Village, there are several advantages to staying here as well.  One big advantage for a party of 3 adults and 2 children is that a 1 Bedroom Villa here is slightly larger and will have 2 separate bathrooms, while the 1 Bedroom Villas at Disney's Animal Kingdom - Jambo House will only have 1 bathroom.  Another advantage is that the pool area boasts a longer slide and there is a separate interactive water play area for children called Uwanja Camp.  Although there are fewer dining options, one of my favorite restaurants, Sanaa, is located on this side.  I encourage you to visit Sanaa no matter which side of the Resort you decide to stay and if you do I highly recommend their Indian-style bread service.

    One thing to consider when making your decision is that no matter which side of the Resort you stay, you can still visit the other side for dining and activities.  So in my opinion, the main choice for you is going to be would you rather have Club Level Service or a second bathroom?  For me, my practical side usually wins and I will choose a second bathroom if I have more than 2 adults. 

    I hope this helps you with your decision Courtney!  Please come back and see us again with all of your Walt Disney World vacation planning questions.

    See Ya Real Soon,
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I fell in love with Walt Disney World on my very first visit, which took place during my honeymoon. Since then we have added 4 "mouseketeers" to our family and have come to appreciate what a great value a Walt Disney World vacation can be on a budget. As a Physical Therapist and a mom of a large family, I would love to help you plan your next magical trip! Learn More About Brenda

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