Day 15 – This was the view from my room, many years ago when I stayed at the Polynesian. It was our 10 year wedding anniversary, and we upgraded to the Poly, as a gift to us. We could not afford a great view, and were shocked when we got this fabulous view. Every night the fireworks would go off over the castle, and my son loved watching them from his bed. (When we were in the room, lol) If you look to the right of the hotel, you will see the castle, above the monorail.
This was one of my favorite trips, as we went with our best friends and their girls. Hope you enjoy this view as much as I did!
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Of course I have heard of Disney Vacation Club, it has a ton of exposure with representatives in every lobby, and advertisements everywhere. But this was the first time we had rented DVC points, the price being something we could not pass up. We parked in the parking garage and checked our luggage and headed to the parks. Rooms don’t seem to be ready very early for DVC members, as it took till late afternoon to get a text saying our room was ready. By then we were very busy at the parks, and waited till later to get to our room to unpack.
We finally got into our room after a long day at the parks. Even though it was late, the girls went immediately to our balcony to see our view. Even an evening view is a sight, as the savannah is lit like a moonlit night, adding to the ambiance of a night on Safari. Kidani Village is a HUGE resort. It goes on and on, in a horse shoe shape. We were lucky enough to have a sunset Savannah view which our girls absolutely loved. Amanda even excitedly told me “This is better than a pool view!”, and I have to agree. Every time we returned to our room, the girls or I would go to our balcony and see what was waiting for us there. Disney provides a pamphlet of the animals you may see and the girls loved to keep track of what they saw. Even night time can be exciting, with a sleeping giraffe, or grazing zebras. And between the birds calling, lighting and shadows, you truly can believe you are on a Safari. Although I have to add it is wonderful not be in a tent and have running water. What a nice feeling to experience the savannah, without “roughing” it. Every day our girls would go the balcony to see which animals were out there, so they could mark what they saw, on the pamphlet Disney provides of animals that live in the Savannah.
Kidani Village also has a wonderful pool. Although it is smaller than the main pool, the water slide is so much better! Two twists on the slide, lengthen your ride into refreshing waters. There are also a bunch of splash areas for little ones, and two hot tubs to soak in after a long day at the parks. We wore our fit bits and tracked 13 miles one day! So those hot tubs were wonderful!
I loved our stay at Kidani Village, but I have to say my favorite part was the welcoming lanterns after a long day out on safari in the parks. Walking up to the flickering lanterns one night, I made everyone pause to enjoy the welcoming sight, and I hope they enjoyed it as much as me. For those of you wondering about a stay in Kidani, I hope you do, as it is an incredible experience to be on safari, in the heart of Disneyworld.