Get ready for greenbacks to go away at Disney’s African-themed hotel, because Walt Disney World will soon be testing cashless resort stays at Animal Kingdom Lodge Jambo House. [Read more…]
While visiting Africa with renowned primatologist Dr. Jane Goodall would be the ultimate safari, Disney and The Jane Goodall Institute are offering a trip that’s closer to home for most. A special VIP trip with Jane Goodall at Disney’s Animal Kingdom is being offered from Feb. 18 to 21, 2011. [Read more…]
The Summer 2009 issue of Orlando Attractions Magazine is now available for preview and pre-order.
It’s our first quarterly issue and the first of our new and improved editions featuring nearly 20% more pages, thicker paper, more high-quality photography, and more articles than ever before.
Feature articles in this issue include:
• COVER STORY: Hitch a Ride on a Giant Stingray
with SeaWorld’s Manta, Florida’s First Flying Roller Coaster.
• Slip Slide Away at Disney’s Water Parks
Typhoon Lagoon and Blizzard Beach offer cool retreats year-round.
• Skipper Ben’s Top 10 Ways to Beat the Heat
• Magical Memories
Contest winner looks back at his year as Disney’s Chief Magic Official.
• Africa, Animals and Art
Kidani Village expands upon the culture found at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge.
• Africa meets India at Sanaa
Disney’s newest restaurant dishes up African cuisine with Indian flavors.
• Stitch invades Tomorrowland in Stitch’s SuperSonic Celebration.
And if you subscribe now at our new low price of $19.99, you’ll be among the first to receive the new Summer 2009 issue when it begins to mail out next week. But hurry or you’ll miss it!
Again, you can preview and pre-order the Summer 2009 issue here.
Disney held an “Open Mouse” today for cast members to get a look at their newest vacation club resort, Kidani Village at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge. Here are a few pictures of the resort. For more photos and information, buy a copy of our upcoming Summer issue. We’ll have a full story on the new resort and restaurant.
Above is a look at the main building from the walkway behind.
Although the Kidani Village, which opens May 1, is part of the Disney Vacation Club (DVC), if there’s space available, anyone can stay there. Stay with me here as I explain how this resort fits in with the Animal Kingdom Lodge. Jambo House is the name of the current Animal Kingdom Lodge. It’s a regular hotel except for the top two floors, which are part of the DVC. The name Disney’s Animal Kingdom Villas refers to the DVC accommodations at both Jambo House and Kidani Village. So, the name Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge now refers to the entire site – Jambo House (hotel and DVC) and Kidani Village. To further complicate things, Kidani Village is just phase one of the new DVC resort. Phase two, Pembe Savanna, will open this fall.
The lobby of Kidani Village.
As you walk to the back of the lobby, you’ll see this view looking out at the savanna, where the animals roam.
One of the many villas that has a view of the savanna.
The entrance area to Sanaa, the restaurant at Kidani Village. Can you see the hidden Mickey?
This is just part of Uwanja Camp, the water play area. The large Samwawati Springs Pool and the Survival of the Fittest Health Club are nearby.
• For more information and photos of Kidani Village and Sanaa, be sure to read the Resort Report and Restaurant Report in the upcoming Summer issue of Orlando Attractions Magazine.