Disney Vacation Club: Kidani at Animal Kingdom Lodge and Marathons

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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Cheryl is a Disney Fan , she is also vegan and jewish. She’s addicted to BravoTV and spends her time volunteering for Hadassah, more information about Hadassah’s life saving research can be found at Hadassah.org. —-——————-——————-———-——————-——————-——— ———————-—— About this website: On the Go in MCO is a lifestyle and informational blog about all that central Florida has to offer! Enjoy our unique perspectives and news about the Orlando area attractions and resorts at Walt Disney World, and Universal Studios Florida and Islands of Adventure. Our adventures also take us to Tampa Bay and LEGOLAND Florida in Winter Haven.—-———————————-—-———-——————-——————-——— ——————-———— The site also features posts on finding activities, places to go and things to do in the Orlando & Central Florida Areas that are off the beaten path. —-——-——————-——————-——— —————-——— On The Go In MCO welcomes opportunities for product reviews, giveaways, sponsorships and other promotions based on companies and products that would be beneficial or of interest to our readers. As a contributor I am open to travel opportunities as well as advertising. Onthegoinmco.com adheres to full disclosure and FTC guidelines. Requests for site statistics may be directed to shelley@onthegoinmco.com. —————————————-——————-———————- I am not employed. In addition I am not employed with The Walt Disney Company or any of its subsidiaries – The posts here are of my own opinion and do not represent the position or opinion of the Walt Disney Company. For official Disney information and news visit www.disney.com or their www.disneyparks.com. All Disney characters and images mentioned are ©Disney. All other text, ideas and images are ©Shelley Caran unless noted. Items provided to Onthegoinmco.com for review will always be clearly noted on the post itself as well as any other terms of sponsorship or payment for reviews. Any feedback or questions or ideas can be sent by emailing shelley@onthegoinmco.com.

2 thoughts on “Disney Vacation Club: Kidani at Animal Kingdom Lodge and Marathons”

  1. Ever stay at Jambo House? We did last June but this October we’re staying at Kidani (there will be 9 of us in a 2 bedroom) Was just wondering which is nicer?

  2. For convenience: I think Jambo is better because it has a counter service. The last time I stayed in Jambo was in concierge.

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