September 5, 2017
My One Bedroom Villa at Animal Kingdom Lodge with Savannah View
If you’ve been following the blog or my Instagram, you may have noticed I’ve been going to Disney World a lot lately. I was there just two months ago and loved my stay at the Grand Floridian. This time around, I stayed at Animal Kingdom Lodge Kidani Village. Animal Kingdom Lodge is made up of two sister properties adjacent to each other. Kidani Village is all Disney Vacation Club rooms while Jambo House is a mix of traditional rooms and DVC rooms. Both offer the best perk of staying at this resort: savannah views with African animals outside your window!
If you stay at Animal Kingdom Lodge, spend the extra money for a room with a Savannah view. Those rooms face giant savannahs where you can see animals like giraffes, zebras, wildebeest, ostriches, impalas, gazelles, and more! You can see zebras in the back of this photo with wildebeest and what I’m guessing is some breed of cow laying in the front. One of the most memorable parts of my trip was stepping onto my balcony and seeing three adult giraffes and one baby giraffe running over to my side of the savannah to pick leaves off the trees.
The only caveat with these views is that the animals are free roaming. There won’t always be all or any animals outside your window. This was somewhat annoying as I didn’t see anything for the first two days, but the animals decided to walk over to my side of the resort on my third day there.
The one bedroom villa is huge. The master bedroom has a king bed, a desk, a TV, and access to the room’s giant balcony. Notice the bed’s headboard has Rafiki’s depiction of baby Simba and Nala.
The master bedroom opens to an enormous master bathroom consisting of a standing shower (which is so large it has its own granite seating area inside), a bathtub, sink, and toilet.
Notice the beautiful Lion King tiles above the bathtub and shower. The center tile above the tub depicts the film’s cast of animals marching across the African savannah.
Another neat perk of the one bedroom villa is the full-sized kitchen. There’s a refrigerator, oven, stove, coffee maker, sink, and dishwasher. Those cabinets you see are full of dishes, glasses, utensils, pots, and pans. We ended up using the fridge to store our leftover food and drinks. I don’t personally end up using kitchens like these, but I understand the appeal for people who visit Disney often. For example, it’s significantly cheaper and faster to cook your own breakfast before heading to the parks as opposed to having breakfast at the resort buffet.
Next up, we have the living room! The dining table came in handy as we ordered room service breakfast and had a proper place to eat. The living room also offers a second door to access the balcony and view the animals. I should mention that I forgot to photograph the second couch in this room which opens up into a queen size sleeper sofa.
If you’re staying at Disney for an extended trip, you won’t have to worry about dirty laundry piling up as there’s a washer and dryer in the room!
Finally, the room comes with a second full bathroom (it has its own shower) in addition to the master bathroom. This was useful as we could take two showers simultaneously instead of waiting.
I loved the one bedroom villa at Animal Kingdom Lodge Kidani Village. The ample space was a great change from typical cramped hotel rooms. We had beautiful views of African savannas and animals, and we had a king bed and a queen sized sleeper sofa and two bathrooms! This arrangement could easily enable larger groups to comfortably sleep together in the same room instead of booking two separate rooms.