Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge & Villas - Jambo House Review

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Editor’s Review of Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge & Villas - Jambo House

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Walt Disney World's Animal Kingdom Lodge, also known as the Jambo House, opened in April 2001 to offer an opportunity that is wholly different from Disney World's other resorts: a chance to experience the culture of another continent through all of the senses. More than 20 African lodges were visited by Disney's Imagineers for inspiration before recreating a slice of Africa in the Orlando area, complete with thatched roofs, mud fireplaces, traditional art, food, music and a 43-acre wildlife preserve.

The Animal Kingdom's preserve, featuring more than 30 species of animals, is what makes the resort famous. Many of the animals are visible from guestroom
... more balconies and special viewing areas, including an elevated kopje (or rock outcropping) that puts guests within 15 feet of the animals. In addition, in-room Wildlife Field Guides provide a checklist with identification pointers and behavior tips on everything from ankole cattle to okapi, red river hogs and zebras.

Note: While many past guests refer to the six-story Animal Kingdom Lodge as "the lodge," the lodge is actually the first four floors of the property, while the fifth and sixth floors are known as Jambo House Villas. Why? When Animal Kingdom Lodge opened in 2001, demand was so great that Disney added a sixth floor and converted most of the fifth floor rooms into studio, and one-, two- and three-bedroom Disney Vacation Club villas, and then added another set of villas, a short walk away, called Kidani Village.

Both the lodge building and the villas located within it are referred to as Jambo House, and the Animal Kingdom Lodge moniker refers to both Jambo House and the Kidani Village villas.

See Kidani Village for details on the Kidani Village, as many of Kidani's amenities are also available to Jambo House guests. less
Our Editor Loves
  • African-inspired rooms
  • Supervised activities for children
  • More than 30 species of animals roaming around the resort's savannas
Family Interests
  • Bicycling
Family Amenities
  • Babysitting
  • Cribs
  • DVD Player
  • Laundry Service
  • Refrigerator
  • Pool
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Best Time Ever
Reviewed on 06/02/2014
We took our boys to a surprise visit in 2011 and stayed at the beautiful anmial kingdom. Animals right out our window. It was the best time we ever had. We saved for years and would like to go back and create some new memories....
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ckelsay
Animal Kingdom Lodge - Jamba House was excellent! Stayed on the first floor where we were very close to an observation area, swimming pool with a slide, the lower level restaurant was just across the way and the hot tub was just ...
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Animal Kingdom Lodge's hotel category rooms are located on the first four floors of the six-story facility, while its upper two floors are the Jambo House villas -- a separate Walt Disney World Resort accommodation (Deluxe Villa) category.

Standard Rooms
Standard hotel category rooms sleep four, plus a crib for guests 3 and under, and guestroom pricing is based on a combination of view, bed configuration and season. Room choices range from standard view rooms to preferred view rooms (pool or savanna), to preferred view rooms with bunk beds. Bunk beds are also an option in some concierge category (Club Level) hotel lodgings, which range from standard rooms (sleep four) to one-bedroom and two-bedroom suites, which sleep six and eight persons, respectively.

Presidential Suite
The elaborately themed and elegant Presidential Suite has a double-door entry to a foyer with domed lighting; a rough-cut, glossed cypress wood dining table; a plush half-circle couch facing a floor-to-ceiling stone fireplace and flat-screen TV; an office; kitchenette; floor-to-ceiling windows that look out over an extra-long balcony; and a master bedroom, complete with a canopied king bed, two flat-screen TV's and a bathroom as big as a standard guest room that has a bidet, whirlpool tub and beautifully tiled shower. Oh, yes, and the kids -- they have a room with two queen beds and their own bathroom, located down the hallway.

While specific rooms cannot be guaranteed, guests can try and request a particular area based on the four "trails" that lead from the lobby. For easy access to the pool and arcade, request a room off either the Zebra or Giraffe Trail. Rooms located at the end of a trail hallway, while farther from the lobby and restaurants, are also quieter for mid-day nappers.

Disney's Animal Kingdom Villages - Jambo House Rooms
Disney's Animal Kingdom Villas - Jambo House offers 128 studios, 82 one-bedroom villas, 82 two-bedroom villas and six grand villas; with views that range from standard (view of the parking lot) to savanna views.

One-Bedroom Villa
An average, one-bedroom villa sleeps four with a king bed in the master bedroom and queen sofa bed in the living room.

Two-Bedroom Villa
The two-bedroom villas can sleep eight to nine people and has a "lock-off" second bedroom and an additional kitchenette. They are actually a combination of a studio and a one-bedroom villa, and have one queen bed and one double sofa bed in the second bedroom, a queen sofa bed in living room and a single sleeper chair in the studio living room, as well as two bathrooms.

Three-Bedroom Villa
The three-bedroom villa sleeps up to 12, with a king-sized bed in the master bedroom, two queen-sized beds in two additional bedrooms, a queen-size sleeper sofa in the living room, and four bathrooms and a whirlpool tub in the master bathroom.

One-, two- and three-bedroom villas also include full kitchens with a full-size refrigerator, microwave, stove, sink, cabinets and coffee maker. Studios (Value to Deluxe Club Level) sleep up to four, with a queen bed and a double sofa bed, and include smaller kitchenettes with a mini-fridge, wet bar, microwave and coffee maker.

Each villa also offers flat-screen TV's, a small safe, hairdryer and iron, as well as Pack 'N Plays and high chairs. Washers and dryers can be found in the laundry rooms located on the first and fifth floors of the Zebra Trail hallway and the second floor of Kudu Trail. All rooms are nonsmoking. Designated outdoor smoking areas, which can be found on the map, are situated around the resort.

While specific rooms cannot be guaranteed, guests can try and request a particular area based on the four "trails" that lead from the lobby. For easy access to the pool and arcade, request a room off either the Zebra or Giraffe Trail. Rooms located at the end of a trail hallway, while farther from the lobby and restaurants, are also quieter for mid-day nappers.

Value Category
Jambo House is the only Walt Disney World Vacation Club resort to offer a Value Category. Value priced-options include studios, one-bedroom villas and two-bedroom villas.

Kilimanjaro Concierge Club Villas
Guests of both Animal Kingdom Lodge Resort and Disney's Animal Kingdom Villas -- Jambo House can reserve a "Club Level" accommodation for extra perks. Guests staying in a Club Level accommodation can take advantage of a number of extra amenities, including the Kilimanjaro Club itself. The club is an oversized loft, located on the sixth floor and overlooking the lobby. Here, concierge cast members help arrange dining, childcare, transportation and assorted activities.

There are comfortable seating areas and food and beverage offerings throughout the day, including a continental breakfast (complete with an espresso machine), an afternoon tea with cookies and fruit, wine and cheese selections, beer, cordials and desserts. Be sure to try the delicious homemade kettle chips and African smoothies.

Additional concierge club benefits include an advance itinerary planning service, newspaper delivery, opportunity to book a Wildlife Discovery Excursion at Disney's Animal Kingdom Park and the opportunity to book and experience the Sunrise Safari Breakfast Adventure (park tickets for Animal Kingdom must be purchased separately).

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