Disney’s Animal Kingdom Villas Guide

Disney's Animal Kingdom Villas Guide

Disney’s Animal Kingdom Villas
2901 Osceola Parkway
Bay Lake, Florida 32830
Phone: 407-938-3000
Fax: 407-938-4799

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Disney Deluxe Villas Resort Classification
Located in the Animal Kingdom resort area
Check In: 4:00 p.m. / Check Out: 11:00 a.m.

Disney’s Animal Kingdom Villas is a part of the Disney Vacation Club and Disney Deluxe Villas resorts, and likely the closest thing to a true African journey without crossing the ocean. Disney’s Animal Kingdom Villas has an elaborate African safari theme. Throughout the hotel, there are alcoves with glass windows that provide views of the savannas and its wildlife. Each area has its own savannahs, and guests staying in a savannah view room can literally view the animals from their balconies.

Check our Rehabs and Closures schedule for any refurbishments or work taking place at the Animal Kingdom Villas Resort during your visit.

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Disney’s Animal Kingdom Villas Rooms


In addition to standard rooms, there are two views available, pool and savannah (which overlooks one of the exclusive Lodge savannahs). Kidani Village offers more spacious accommodations than rooms available as part of Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge. 492 villas in Kidani Village (separate building from Animal Kingdom Lodge)
216 villas on the 5th and 6th floors in the main Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge

All Villas Include:
Alarm Clock
DVD player
Complimentary wireless Internet (WiFi)
Coffee Maker & Setup
Hair Dryer
Fire extinguisher
In-Room Wall Safe
Iron and Board
Private balcony
Ceiling fan
Table and chairs
Pack ‘n Play
Flat Panel TV – ABC, Disney Channel, Check the TV channel guide for more

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Deluxe Studios sleep four (plus a crib)

1 queen bed
1 double sleeper sofa
Hair Dryer
DVD Player
Iron & ironing board
High Chair
Pack ‘n Play Crib
Coffee Maker
In room safe

Deluxe Studio



One-bedroom villas sleep up to four (plus a crib)

1 King Bed
1 double sleeper bed
Fully Equipped Kitchen With Refrigerator
Hair Dryer
DVD Player
High Chair
Iron & ironing board
Coffee Maker
Pack ‘n Play Crib
In room safe
Whirlpool Tub

1 Bedroom



Two-bedroom villas sleep up to eight (plus a crib)

1 king Bed
1 queen bed
1 queen sleeper sofa
1 double sleeper sofa
Fully Equipped Kitchen With Refrigerator
Hair Dryer
DVD Player
High Chair
Iron & ironing board
Coffee Maker
Pack ‘n Play Crib
In room safe
Whirlpool Tub

2 Bedroom

Three-bedroom villas sleep up to twelve (plus a crib)

1 king bed
4 queen beds
1 queen sleeper sofa
Fully equipped kitchen
Dishes, glasses, and utensils
Pots and pans
Stove and oven
Washer and dryer
Whirlpool tub
DVD player
Iron and ironing board
Hair dryer
In-room safe
Portable crib

3 Bedroom


Disney’s Animal Kingdom Villas Dining



Jambo House

Boma – Flavors of Africa – Full Service buffet-style restaurant
Jiko – The Cooking Place – Full Service restaurant
The Mara – Quick Service Location
Uzima Springs Pool Bar
Two Lounges
In-Room Dining Available 6am to midnight

Kidani Village

Saana Restaurant – Full Service restaurant serves African cuisine with Indian flavors for lunch and dinner
One Lounge
Maji Pool Bar – with limited quick service food options, as well as a private dining option available by phone order; food is prepared in the Sanaa kitchen and delivered poolside for a $3 fee plus 18% gratuity. Disney Dining Plan credits can not be used, but cash, credit card or room charge are accepted as payment.
In-Room Dining available 6am to midnight
Refillable mugs are available for purchase at The Mara and locations in Kidani Village for $15.49 plus tax. There is also a convenient soda refilling station located by Maji Pool Bar.

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Disney’s Animal Kingdom Villas Recreation



Jambo House Recreation

1 Pool featuring zero-depth entry and 67 ft long water slide
Child pool
2 whirlpool spas
Children’s playground
Fitness Center
Massage Services
Animal Programs
Nightly movies under the stars

Kidani Village Recreation

1 Pool featuring zero-depth entry and 128 ft long water slide
2 whirlpool spas
Fitness Center
Animal Programs
Community Hall
Basketball (Half Court) and Shuffleboard Court
2-lighted Tennis Courts
Barbecue Pavilion
Nightly Movies Under The Stars
Uwanja Camp – Located near Samawati Springs Pool, is an animal observation site-themed water playground that includes 3 interactive areas for kids of all ages.

  • Observation Station: For children ages 4 and younger, this play space invites kids to unscramble animal images, cross a rope bridge and frolic through a geyser and shallow pool.
  • Departure Zone: For kids ages 5-7, this area includes a water tower, pulleys and squirting gardens.
  • Base Camp: For kids 8 and older, this play area includes water canons and overflowing water buckets.


Disney’s Animal Kingdom Villas Pool and Recreation



Disney’s Animal Kingdom Villas Shopping



Zawadi Marketplace at Jambo House stocks Disney character apparel and souvenirs as well as Animal Kingdom Lodge and Villas logo merchandise. In addition, there is a large variety of African treasures that are fun and unexpected. You can also find snack foods, beverages (including adult beverages), magazines and books, and other general sundries.

Johari Treasures at Kidani Village offers authentic African-themed merchandise including Zulu baskets, hand-loomed clothing and hand-carved masks, snack food and breakfast options. Open from 7:30 a.m. to 11:00 p.m., Johari Treasures also sells Disney-branded items like apparel, toys and Disney Character plush.

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Disney’s Animal Kingdom Villas Transportation


Overnight Self-Parking

Effective for reservations made March 21, 2018, and thereafter, standard overnight self-parking is available to registered Guests for a fee that will be applied to their hotel folio upon check-out. All parking fees include applicable tax.

Standard Overnight Parking charges for Disney Deluxe and Deluxe Villa Resorts: $24 per night

Disney’s bus service is available to the Disney’s Hollywood Studios, the Magic Kingdom and the Animal Kingdom, as well as Disney Springs and the Disney water parks. There are two bus stops for this resort outside of the lobby area of AKL and one at Kidani Village.

Transportation Times Between Disney’s Animal Kingdom Villas Jambo House and Disney Destinations

These times are approximate, provided to give you an idea of average travel times. Please plan on up to a 20 minute wait for Disney transportation in addition to walking time to resort or theme park transportation stops.
Magic Kingdom – 22 minutes by bus, 35 minutes by car (with transfers)
Epcot – 18 minutes by bus, 18 minutes by car
Disney’s Hollywood Studios – 15 minutes by bus, 16 minutes by car
Disney’s Animal Kingdom – 11 minutes by bus, 7 minutes by car
Disney Springs – 20 minutes by bus, 18 minutes by car
Blizzard Beach water park – 18 minutes by bus, 14 minutes by car
Typhoon Lagoon water park – 25 minutes by bus, 17 minutes by car


Disney’s Animal Kingdom Villas Childcare

***Disney has closed its three Children’s Activity Centers located at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge, Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort and Disney’s Yacht & Beach Club Resorts.  As well the Pixar Play Zone that was located at The Contemporary Resort has closed.  The Walt Disney World Dolphin will still offer a Children’s Activity Center option and you do not have to be a guest at that resort to use the Children’s Activity Center.***

  1. While not on-site child care facility, however Kid’s Nite Out, in-room child care, is available at all resorts for children 6 months to 12 years old. Reservations may begin as early as 6:30 a.m. and/or may begin as late as 11:00 p.m., Services are available 24/7.  
  2. The Walt Disney World Dolphin will still offer a Children’s Activity Center option and you do not have to be a guest at that resort to use the Children’s Activity Center.  Camp Dolphin


Disney’s Animal Kingdom Villas VIP Top Tips


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Take time to walk around the resorts, including down the halls. Notice the artwork displayed throughout. At the end of the halls in Jambo House there are outdoor stairways; they are great places to watch animals from two different savannas at the same time.

Be sure to check the schedule for many extra activities including bead art, story time, night-vision viewing, and more.

Strike up conversations with the Cast Members working here. Most of them enjoy talking about their country and it can be a very interesting experience. Many are on a cultural exchange program and it is like having your own personal guide into African life and the land. If you get a chance, also talk with the animal keepers, including the ones you see out on the savanna.

Discover all the overlooks throughout the resort. Walk around and explore the hidden wonders that bring you closer to the animals. Each overlook has information about the animals you may see.

Walk the trail around Arusha Rock. You will often find a Cast Member there who can answer questions about the animals.

Request a room close to the lobby. Animal Kingdom Lodge – Jambo House has a U-shaped footprint around the main Arusha Savanna. The farthest rooms at the end of the trails can be a long walk to the lobby and bus transportation.

The Zebra Trail is most convenient for accessing the Uzima Pool, laundry facility and dining options located at Jambo House.

When you check in at the Animal Kingdom Lodge, you should receive an activities and recreation information sheet. Take advantage of the fun and cultural activities offered at the resort. Children can even earn Animal Kingdom beads after they complete each cultural event at the lodge.

Walk past the Uzima pool on the left hand side by the spa to discover flamingos and a great overlook of the Uzima Savanna. Giraffes tend to enjoy eating in this area of the savanna.

The animals on the savanna tend to be more visible during feeding times like early morning and late afternoon.

Animal Kingdom offers transportation between Kidani Village and Jambo House allowing you to explore both areas of the resort, and enjoy both swimming pools and unique dining experiences like Sanaa and Boma.

Explore the artifacts and cultural pieces displayed throughout the resort. It is educational as well as fascinating to see actual pieces from different areas of Africa.

Jambo House offers night viewing of the animals on the safari. Check the resort activities; it is typically offered between 8:30/9:00pm – 11:00pm each evening. Night-vision googles are available to share in limited quantities.

For the safety of the animals, balloons are not allowed inside the Animal Kingdom resorts. Any balloons brought to the resorts will have to be checked with Bell Services for the duration of the guest’s stay. They will be returned upon departure.


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