Opening Date (Jambo House): July 2, 2007
Opening Date (Kidani): May 1, 2009
Deed Expiration: Jan 31st, 2057
2021 Annual Dues per Point: $8.08 (See Dues History)
Direct Cost (2020): $186 / point
Average Resale Cost (2020): $105-$120 / point
Next Expected Refurb date: In progress 2020
Animal Kingdom Villas (AKV) is the only DVC location that is made up of two sites under one combined resort. The Animal Kingdom Lodge was opened April 16, 2001. When the decision was made to construct Animal Kingdom Villas, Disney chose to get the resort available faster by taking the 5th and 6th floors of Animal Kingdom Lodge and converting them to mostly DVC rooms. The portion of the resort at Animal Kingdom Lodge - known as "Jambo House" - was opened on July 2, 2007 as the EIGHTH DVC resort in the system with a contract end date of January 31st, 2057. Meanwhile, a second building later named "Kidani Village" was constructed adjacent to the main Jambo resort, where the majority of DVC rooms are located and opened on May 1, 2009.
Sales started for AKV in Febraury 2007 for current members at $101 per point, and in March for $108 per point for non-members. AKV was considered sold out in January of 2014 with a final price of $150 per point. Current pricing (as of October, 2019) for direct purchse from Disney is $186 per point.
Owners at either Jambo or Kidani have home resort advantage at both resorts - with the ability to book either resort at 11 months. The resort is the fourth largest in the DVC system with a total of 467 units, and 7,399,200 points. There are four room categories at AKV overall, though only two at Kidani. The value rooms are smaller and very limited in number. Club level or Concierge rooms are only 5 lock-offs, and are on the 6th floor. All remaining rooms are either standard view (pool or partial Savannah) or Savannah view. Back in 2011 a lot of rooms were reclassified at the resort, so some of the standard view rooms actually have decent savannah views. Details of room distribution within the resort is shown below.
All DVC studios have a kitchenette which containers a small coffeemaker, toaster, microwave, small sink, and dorm-sized refrigerator. Paper plates/bowls and plastic utencils are usually provided. All DVC 1-bedroom and larger have a complete kitchen with full-size refrigerator, stove, oven, microwave, dishwasher and sink. Also provided are dining ware and cook ware in basic amounts. DVC 1-bedroom and larger also have a free washer and dryer in the room, while studios have free access to a common laundry facility
1 Bedroom Villa:
2 Bedroom Villa:
3 Bedroom Grand Villa:
1 Bedroom Villa:
2 Bedroom Villa:
2 Bedroom Lock-off Villa:
3 Bedroom Grand Villa, 1st Floor:
3 Bedroom Grand Villa, 2nd Floor:
As mentioned above - 1-bedroom studios and larger have their own machines, but for those in a studio, there is also access to free laundry machines.
Both Jambo and Kidani Village share a single bus service with one bus stop at each location. Buses stop at Kidani Village first and then at Jambo House before heading to the parks, with the exception being the Disney Springs bus which stops at Jambo House first. In addition, there is a full-size van that shuttles between the two resorts constantly roughly every 10-15 minutes. There is also a walkway between the two resorts, but from lobby to lobby it is a 10 minute walk.
Transportaion to other locations at Walt Disney World (not including typical wait times for buses which typically range from 0-20 minutes)