Disney’s Animal Kingdom Villas – Kidani Village was our home away from home for the week. This hotel is fantastic for individuals or families. I love the villas and appreciate having a kitchen and laundry facilities. The savanna view is incredible, too! This little guy was just outside of the balcony. We were on the 4th floor and that seemed to be just the right spot to see the animals. As a tip, if you visit this resort and you don't have a car, be sure to request a room close to the lobby. Luckily, I had requested this in advance and was close to the lobby, but I heard others complaining about a 15 minute walk to the bus!
The hotel offers an array of interesting programs to guests that offer a unique experience beyond the theme parks. We celebrated the New Year in South African style and the girls participated in numerous children's programming activities. There's also a community room with crafts, billiards, games, and other activities.
|The Twincesses designed their own t-shirts!|
Transportation, timing, and tricks
With a little bit of planning, you can see and do everything in the Disney parks without standing in line, even during the busiest times of the year! We used Disney transportation on this trip, but honestly, I think that I will rent a car in the future. Often, the buses were very crowded, particularly after fireworks or evening shows.
Since the twincesses and I are used to waking up early, we just continued our normal routine and were at the gates for the rope drop every morning. This strategy isn't for everyone, but it certainly worked extremely well for us! In the Magic Kingdom, we finished every attraction in Fantasyland and Tomorrowland in less than an hour and a half, including Space Mountain! In every park, the same story was true. We rode Soarin' in Epcot, Expedition Everest in Animal Kingdom, and Toy Story Mania in Hollywood Studios with little to no wait.
|105 minutes? No way. We only waited 5 minutes for this ride and rode it a second time with a fast pass!|
The girls also love to meet characters and I enjoy the Christmas decorations. Usually, we take a break in the afternoon and spend some time at the hotel before heading back to the parks for evening entertainment like the Candlelight Processional, which is probably one of the most moving Christmas shows I have ever seen.
There's so much more that I can share with you about this incredible experiencee! Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions.
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