In 2010, for Marathon cheering we stayed at Wilderness Lodge. I love the proximity to Magic Kingdom.
Once Todd registered for the Half Marathon, I waitlisted Bay Lake tower and we made a reservation at Kidani as well.
For Disney Vacation Club, members currently get to plan vacations at the 11 months ahead for their Home resort. My home resorts are Boardwalk Villas and Saratoga Springs. At 7 months ahead they can use their points at the other disney vacation club resorts.
Since Bay Lake Tower is close to Magic Kingdom, I waitlisted a studio there and also made a reservation at Kidani since Todd’s cousin Lindsay and her partner Jackie were staying there.
What is a waitlist? If all of the DVC inventory is taken, you can request to be on a list that if someone cancels, you woud get a chance to get a room. It was about 2 months before the event when I cancelled my request.
Kidani is the Larger of the DVC choices at Animal Kingdom Lodge. Todd called DVC to verify our request of a room near his cousin. We went to dinner the night before at Sanaa which is located in Kidani and stopped to verify that we would be near them. That morning when we checked in, our assigned room was no where near them! After a few tries with the front desk, we got our room.
For most Disney races you have to be up early, race buses stop at 5am promptly and traffic can occur trying to get there. Most of this is a blur. For an accurate account go to Todd’s blog at Touringplans.
Since we had a savannah view, which basically means you get to see the animals. It was great to be able to go back to the room and relax and open the curtains so we can see the animals. We got some great shots of the scenery and animals!
We did not get to use the pool during this visit, but we did visit Sanaa 2 nights in a row. Sanaa is excellent, it works well with my dietary needs. I agree with others in that this resort needs a counter service option for convenience!
We enjoyed our stay at Kidani, and look forward to staying there again!
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