We stayed at Kidani, and it was magnificent.
First, I will tell you about the only small setback, which is not much, and then I will go on and on about how incredible the place is!
Khe small setback is Sanaa, the Kidani restaurant. It is not open at breakfast, and during lunch and dinner, it features food that is fun for one meal, but not the kind of food you’d want to eat all the time. So, for breakfast or regular CS food stuff, you have to stroll next door to Jambo House, which is a couple of minutes walking along a beautiful path.
See? I told you it was not a big deal. Now on to the magnificence of Kidani. First, the lobby is fabulous, just like AKL but small enough so that the CM who checks you in will also recognize you when you walk thorugh the lobby all week and will send you a nice hello!
The savannah is awesome, with plenty of really active animals and a large fire pit surrounded by rocking chairs for evening viewing.
The swimming pool is THE BEST IN ALL WDW, with the possible exception of Stormalong Bay. I can’t say enough about this pool, and I will log back on later with links to a few peoples’ trip reports that feature a lot of Kidani pool pics so you can see for yourself. We could have had an entire vacation just at the pool.
The rooms are built on an arc, like at AKL, but the parking is underneath the buildings! So if you are planning to drive, you will park underneath your room and take an elevator up, making it soooooo easy to get from room to car and back. Nice!
Bus service is excellent, maybe the best on property.
The rooms’ theming is extraordinary! Love the Hidden Mickeys and the luxury of the decor! Just wait until you see the bathrooms… and the kitchens are terrific, even in the studios.
The Community Center at Kidani is fabulous and has a great pool table, which we enjoyed quite often. Plenty of video games - Wii, etc. - and crafts for kids. And in the evening, CMs come into the lobby and play thrilling African drums and sing songs and they actually ge all the kids and a lot of the adults to dance around with them! FUN!
As for the bartenders – the pool bartender serves a lovely poolside cocktail and the bartender downstairs from the lobby is awesome, mixing expert beverages!
Did I leave anything out?