When I was at Disney World for the Princess Half Marathon I had the pleasure of staying at both Coronado Springs Resort for the first night and than 5 nights in a 1 bedroom savanna view villa at Animal Kingdom Lodge Kidani Village. When we originally booked I had planned on coming in on Friday, but due to an event in the area we needed to come in on Thursday. Kidani was booked so we decided we would stay at Coronado Springs that first night since the next morning the Princess Half Expo was there and I could just walk right over to it.
I have to say that I was VERY impressed with both resorts!
Coronado Springs is in the moderate resort category, which was the one category I had never stayed at before. The rooms were nicely decorated and very comfortable. The resort grounds are beautiful with hammocks around and large trees. The pool area is very large and even has a tiny baby pool with fountains. In the main building there is a quick service market with gelato, small food items, and coffee. We ate dinner that night at Pepper Market, which is set up in stations. You can find the menu here http://allears.net/menu/menu_pm.htm. The half roasted chicken was delicious and moist!
(A side note: allears.com has all the menus for all food at all Disneyland and Walt Disney World locations! Great resource).
After I went to the Expo in the morning we packed up and made our way to Animal Kingdom Lodge Kidani Village. Kidani Village is made up of DVC villas. We are not DVC members, but probably should be! haha We prefer to stay at the villas though so we have a full kitchen and washer and dryer. With a toddler and staying for longer than a couple days, these things come in very handy. I often like to prepare my own food before running a half/full marathon and I have this ability with a full kitchen. My almost 3 year old is often a picky eater, so instead of only eating at restaurants where she will usually only eat pizza or a cheeseburger, I also get the option of cooking her healthy food that she will eat. In the long run it also saves us money not eating out all the time. With annual passholder, Florida Resident, or certain times of the year discounts the villas are often not much more than a regular hotel room.
Since we frequent Disney World we have certain resorts we have tried and loved. We have stayed at Old Key West, Boardwalk, Beach Club Villas and regular hotel room, Saratoga Springs, Bay Lake Tower, All Star Sports and now Coronado Springs and Kidani Village.
Kidani Village was AMAZING! We had a 1 bedroom villa with a savanna view. Giraffes, zebras, and countless other animals would just be wandering around all day. It was great because when we were sitting around our hotel room we were still seeing fun things! The pool at Kidani was also amazing. They have a great big water slide, but also a tiny water slide that my almost 3 year old could do all by herself. They have a splash and play area which was very nice for my little one too. Kidani has one sit down restaurant, but no quick service restaurant which for me was the only draw back, but again with a villa you have a kitchen so it wan’t that big of a deal.
The lay out of the Kidani 1 bedroom is very nice and spacious. The kitchen area is a little bigger than other villas and I like that the one bedroom has 2 bathrooms, so if people are sleeping on the sleeper sofa they have a restroom right there to use.
Here are some pictures I took right form our villa!
We will definitely be staying at both of these resorts again. 🙂
What is your favorite Walt Disney World Resort hotel?