September 30, 2011

Countdown to Walt Disney World 2011 (6)

2 days until Disney!

One year ago we went on our biggest trip yet. Lisa, Maddy and I, along with Ryan and Tyler made our (newly) annual fall trek to WDW. And we were finally staying at our home resort of Kidani Village!
Disney's Animal Kingdom Villas – Kidani Village is an African lodge-style Resort boasting accommodations that include kitchenettes/kitchens and multi-bedroom units. Featuring over 30 species of wildlife that roam free amidst a 21-acre wildlife preserve that includes lush, tropical savannas, Disney's Animal Kingdom Villas – Kidani Village offers you the unique opportunity to observe exotic animals in their natural habitat from special viewing areas throughout the Resort – and from the balconies of select Guest rooms.
And it was worth the wait and the DVC investment. We already loved the Animal Kingdom Lodge (now Jambo House) and Animal Kingdom had been a favorite destination since out first visit so it was pretty easy for Kidani to win us over. Smaller and quieter than Jambo House, Kidani Village has a great variety of its own animals to be seen on the savanna, and their restaurant Sanaa has a great view, great menu and wonderful service. And as always, we did not spend enough time just relaxing and enjoying the hotel itself. Thankfully we'll be going back again and again so we can experience more.

We sent Ryan and Tyler off on their own for the majority of the trip and Lisa, Maddy and I did our usual thing. And since we do make a point of trying something new on each trip we did get a chance to see and do a lot! This time down we took Maddy to Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, and we had dinner at 1900 Park Fare where Maddy met Cinderella, and we had breakfast at 'Ohana with Lilo & Stitch!

I think we all thoroughly enjoyed ourselves, I got to reconnect with an old friend who now lives in Orlando, and we were just plain exhausted by the end of every day so I'd say: Success!

Here are the video highlights:

And some snapshots from my Facebook Albums (WDW-10/12/10, WDW-10/13/10, WDW-10/14/10, WDW-10/15/10, WDW-10/16/10):

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