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If you’ve been keeping an eye on recent Disney developments, you’ll be aware that the Disney Vacation Club (DVC) is expanding at an amazing rate. In recent years we’ve seen announcements about new resorts, including DVC villas at Disneyland California and in Hawaii, as well as the debut of the latest addition to the offering to DVC members — Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge Villas.
This new Villas addition has included a number of firsts for a DVC resort. For starters, the rooms are being split between two locations. Currently the only ones open are those in the existing main building at Animal Kingdom Lodge, now being referred to as Jambo House. By sometime in 2009, the remainder of the rooms will be open at a new location at the resort known as Kidani Village. By the time work is finished, there will be 134 new villas in Jambo House and 324 in Kidani Village, which will be surrounded by a brand new wild animal savanah. Kidani Village will also be home to a new table service restaurant, feature pool, and interactive water play area.But let’s stop there. I’m getting ahead of myself. When I first wrote this article, the only way DVC members were going to be able to stay at the Animal Kingdom Lodge Villas was by booking a room in the main building, as Kidani Village was just a mass of cranes (and I don’t mean the birds!) in the distance. Well, that’s exactly what we did. We booked on June 6, 2007, which was the day bookings opened to those who hadn’t already purchased points at Animal Kingdom Lodge. Understandably, the new resort was exceptionally popular with members and all I could get for our dates was a one bedroom villa with a standard view. Sure, it’s a shame we couldn’t get a savannah view, but I wanted to see what the new addition was like, so I took what I could get.
Well, the verdict is that we are really impressed with what they’ve created. I guess it helps when your room is literally only three doors away from the main elevators and is overlooking the main Uzima pool. Somehow, once we saw that, the lack of a savannah view didn’t bother us that much, as we still had some beautiful scenery to admire outside.