Beginner’s Guide: Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge & Kidani Village

Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge is a beautiful resort inspired by the African kraal (homestead) and features one of the largest exhibits of African art in the United States. Disney’s Animal Kingdom Villas – Kidani Village is the DVC portion of the resort. Both feature savannas where you can view wildlife from the main part of the resorts or from savanna view resort rooms.

Jambo House Lobby – Photo Courtesy of Rolling with the Magic

Each lobby has an amazing theme and so many details that you can’t see them all in one visit. Join us for a tour of one of the most unique resorts at Walt Disney World.

Kidani Village Lobby – Photo Courtesy of Rolling with the Magic

Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge – Jambo House

At Jambo House Standard View rooms have views of the rooftop or parking areas. Pool View rooms face the beautiful Uzima Pool. Both views have either two queen beds, one king bed and one day bed, or one queen bed and one bunk bed.

Savanna View face one of the savannas and Arusha View face the Arusha Savanna. Rooms have either two queen beds, one king bed and one day bed, or one queen bed and one bunk bed.

Club Level rooms (Kilimanjaro Club) all have views of the savannas. There are standard rooms, one bedroom, and two bedroom suites. There are also a few DVC rooms located at Jambo House.

Standard Club Level Room – Photo Courtesy of Rolling with the Magic

Kidani Village

Photo Courtesy of For the Love of Disney

Kidani Village is a Disney Vacation Club Resort but you don’t have to be a DVC member to stay. There are three room types and each features Standard View (views of the parking area or pool) and Savanna View rooms.

Photo Courtesy of Disney Mamas

Deluxe Studio Rooms have one queen bed and one deluxe sleeper sofa, One Bedroom Villas have one king bed, one queen size sleeper sofa, and one twin size sleeper chair, and Two Bedroom Villas have one king bed or two queen beds, one queen sized sleeper sofa, and one twin size sleeper chair. Deluxe Studio Rooms also feature a kitchenette while the one and two bedroom villas have a full kitchen.

One Bedroom Villa

All of the restaurants, pools, recreation, and other amenities can be used by guests of both Jambo House and Kidani Village. You can walk between the resorts or there is a van that will take guests from the lobby of one resort to the other.


The Uzima Pool at Jambo House is a 11,000 square feet that features a zero entry point and a 67 foot long water slide. It is surrounded by trees and greenery that really makes you feel like you are in the middle of a lush oasis.

Uzima Pool – Photo Courtesy of WDW News

At Jambo House you can also visit the Hakuna Matata Playground, Pumbaa’s Fun and Games, or the Jambo House Campfire. There is also a special Sunrise Safari for club level guests.

Kidani Village features the Samawati Springs Pool. It has a 128 foot long slide, zero entry point, and is the perfect place to take a break from the parks.

Samawati Springs Pool

The pool area at Kidani also has the Uwanja Camp. Kids will love this water playground. From the Disney Parks site “At Observation Station, children 4 years of age and younger can climb through cargo crates, unscramble animal images and frolic through a gently bubbling geyser and shallow cistern pool—while their parents watch from nearby. At Departure Zone, a leaky water tower and sneaky African irises squirt children 5 to 7 years of age, while at Base Camp, kids 8 years of age and up can douse each other with water cannons.”

Uwanja Camp

Kidani Village also has the Survival of the Fittest fitness center, Safari So Good Arcade, a jogging trail, playground, Movies Under the Stars, Community Hall, pool tables, tennis courts, basketball courts, and the Kidani Campfire.

Simba’s Clubhouse is a supervised children’s activity center for kids from 3 to 12. It is located at Jambo House and is open from 4:30 PM until Midnight. Children must be potty-trained. No pull-ups are allowed. Reservations are recommended but not required. An hourly rate is charged per child, and a 2-hour minimum applies. Same-day walk-ins are also welcome based on availability. To make a reservation, please call (407) WDW-DINE, or (407) 939-3463.


The main counter service location for both resorts is located at Jambo House. Named for a river that flows through Kenya and Tanzania, The Mara is open from 7:30 am until 11:30 pm and serves African inspired fare breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

For breakfast you can try the African Inspired Breakfast Patter, Bobotie Platter, or play it safe with Mickey Waffles. Lunch features flatbreads, sandwiches, African Stew, Falafel Pita, and Mara Chicken Salad. The dinner menu has some of the same items from lunch plus items that can change nightly like the fish of the day, Lamb Stew, Seafood Gumbo, and ribs.

You can also pick up counter service meals at the Maji Pool Bar at Kidani Village and the Uzima Springs Pool Bar at Jambo House.

Boma is a buffet with African inspired cuisine that is a favorite of many Disney guests. For breakfast you can enjoy Kenyan coffee and Jungle juice, African pastries, made to order omelets, a carving station, and corn beef bobotie. Dinner there are several vegetarian specialties, grilled seafood, roasted meats, fresh salads, and lots of yummy desserts including zebra domes.

Sanaa features East African dishes for lunch and dinner. For your entrée, select from tender meats slow-cooked in gravy—such as beef short ribs and spicy Durban shrimp—as well as vegetarian dishes like the Sanaa vegetarian sampler. A range of sampler platters lets you choose a variety of flavors, and kid-friendly fare like turkey burgers, pizza and grilled chicken is sure to please even the pickiest of palates. You can also request a table with a view of the savanna and watch zebras, giraffes, gazelles, and more as you dine.

Vegetarian Sampler at Sanaa – Photo Courtesy of Rolling with the Magic

Jiko – The Cooking Place is a signature restaurant that blends traditional African, Indian, and Mediterranean cuisine. The menu changes seasonally but the menu can include flatbreads and Jiko’s signature filet mignon.

Before or after dinner you can visit the Victoria Falls Lounge that overlooks Boma or  enjoy an appetizer and drinks Cape Town Lounge and Wine Bar near Jiko.

What Our Pilots Say

Jennifer from For the Love of Disney“Animal Kingdom Lodge – both the Jambo House and Kidani Village sections – are among our favorite places in all of Walt Disney World. While staying in a Savannah View room is our preference when possible, visiting anywhere in the resort can afford magical, amazing views of the savannas and the many animals that call the resort home. For us, there are so many reasons to spend time at the Lodge. From the aforementioned views to the activities offered each day, the spectacular theming throughout the public areas and the rooms, the majestic lobby of Jambo House and quiet seclusion of Kidani Village, and the food – oh, the food, at all of the restaurants on resort grounds – we can’t get enough of this resort. Thankfully, it’s also a wonderful point value for Disney Vacation Club members, and is big enough that it often has availability when we travel!”

Kidani Village Savanna – Photo Courtesy of For the Love of Disney

Mary from Capturing Magical Memories” “Animal Kingdom Lodge is my favorite resort when I know I will be relaxing. There is nothing like having your morning coffee on your balcony watching the giraffes having breakfast. It also has my favorite food item – butternut squash soup at Mara. I have it at least 3 times each time we stay there. Yum!””  

Photo Courtesy of For the Love of Disney

Lin from Disney Mamas“Our family adores the DVC accommodations at Kidani Village! The second full bathroom in the one-bedroom units makes it a must for us when travelling with my parents. The walk to your room can be quite long, so request a room near the lobby if that is a concern. Don’t miss dining at Sanaa; it is incredible, and highly underrated. “  

Kidani Village Entrance – Photo Courtesy of Disney Mamas

Mike from My Dreams of Disney“If you have never been to Kidani Village before, you will want to stop by to visit! It’s a great resort for relaxing in, as you can tell just by looking at some of the incredible decor in the lobby.

Kidani Village Lobby – Photo Courtesy of My Dreams of Disney

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