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Animal Kingdom Villas – Jambo House

Disney’s Animal Kingdom Villas — Jambo House is a Deluxe Villa Resort that is also a Disney Vacation Club Resort. The villas are located near Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge, which mean you get to see animals walking the grounds, just as if you were on Kilimanjaro Safaris at Animal Kingdom. 

Overview

Jambo House is inspired by the traditional “kraal,” which is a horseshoe-curved design that offers views savannas where over 30 species of African wildlife can be seen. There’s also African-themed dining, fun pool areas, a range of room selections, including spacious studios and multi-bedroom villas.  

There’s even another Disney Vacation Club resort on property: Disney’s Animal Kingdom Villas — Kidani Village. Animal Kingdom Lodge offers regular guest rooms, whereas the “Villas” refer to DVC accommodations available at both Jambo House and Kidani Village. All of the resorts also share the same dining locations.

The views are unbeatable and to see African animals roaming, all while staring at a 4 lush savannas is unforgettable. Below is everything you need to know about Jambo House.

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Rooms And Bathrooms

Jambo House has several room offerings. You can choose from studios, villas, and even rooms with Club-Level Service.

You can even sleep up to 12 people, depending on the type of room you book. There are room layouts below, if you’d like to check them out.

Rooms feature the standard amenities, including a hairdryer, TV, free WiFi, a coffee maker, telephone, in-room safe, and an iron and ironing board. There are also a range of views, including either one of the savannas, landscaping, pool, or the parking area.

The rooms also have both standard and USB outlets scattered around, with some near the beds and TV stands. Unfortunately, there isn’t space underneath the beds for storing luggage. But, there are closest and drawers for you to place your items.

What makes Jambo House rooms great is that they have more amenities than your average Walt Disney World resort, like toasters, microwaves, full-size kitchens or kitchenettes, and some even have a washer, a dryer, and a dishwasher.

As for the bathrooms, they have a nice amount of counter space. Keep in mind that some of the sink and vanity areas in the bathrooms don’t have a separate door. But, there is a door separating the shower/tub combo and toilet.

Now, let’s take a look at the rooms and their offerings.

Studios

  • Deluxe Studio — Standard View: Views of Landscaping or Parking Area; 1 Queen Bed and 1 Double-Size Sleeper Sofa; Spacious accommodations include a kitchenette with small fridge and microwave, and a balcony
  • Deluxe Studio — Savanna View: Views of Savanna; 1 Queen Bed and 1 Double-Size Sleeper Sofa; Kitchenette with small fridge and microwave, and a balcony
  • Studio — Value: Views of Landscape or Parking Area; 1 Queen Bed and 1 Double-Size Sleeper Sofa; Kitchenette with small fridge and microwave, and a balcony
Jambo House Studio
Jambo House Studio

Villas

  • 1 Bedroom Villa — Savanna View: Views of One of the Savannas; 1 King Bed and 1 Queen-Size Sleeper Sofa and 1 Twin-Size Sleeper Chair; Full kitchen, a dining area, a balcony, a washer and dryer
Jambo House Villas
Jambo House Villas
  • 1 Bedroom Villa — Value:Views of Landscape or Parking Area; 1 King Bed and 1 Queen-Size Sleeper Sofa; Full kitchen, a dining area, a balcony, a washer and dryer 
  • 1 Bedroom Villa — Standard View: Views of Landscape or Parking Area; 1 King Bed and 1 Queen-Size Sleeper Sofa and 1 Twin-Size Sleeper Chair; Great for families, villas include a full kitchen, a dining area, a balcony, a washer and dryer
Jambo House Villas
Jambo House Villas
  • 3 Bedroom Grand Villa — Savanna View: Views of One of the Savannas; Savanna views can be enjoyed throughout this 2300 sq. ft. space—game room included; 1 King Bed and 4 Queen Beds and 1 Queen-Size Sleeper Sofa

Studios and Villas with Club-Level Service

These rooms and suites have standard amenities, in addition to Club-Level Service perks. They include:

  • Evening turndown
  • Secured key access to the club-level lounge (serves refreshments 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily)
  • Complimentary fax assistance
  • Access to Concierge service at the Kilimanjaro Club

Guests also have access to a DVD Player and Disney Signature Services for personal assistance with your trip.

Here are the rooms:

  • Deluxe Studio — Club Level: Views of Pool or One of the Savannas; 1 Queen Bed and 1 Double-Size Sleeper Sofa; Kitchenette, a balcony, and access to the Kilimanjaro Club
Jambo House Deluxe Studio Club Level
Jambo House Deluxe Studio Club Level
  • 1 Bedroom Villa — Club Level: Views of Pool or One of the Savannas; 1 King Bed and 1 Queen-Size Sleeper Sofa and 1 Twin-Size Sleeper Chair; Full kitchen, a dining area, and access to the Kilimanjaro Club
Jambo House 1 Bedroom Villa Club Level
Jambo House 1 Bedroom Villa Club Level

Note: There are also both wheelchair and hearing accessible rooms available that include accessible bathrooms and visual alarms.

Checking In And Out

When it comes to checking in and out, you have a few options: at the front desk, online through the official Walt Disney World website, or via the My Disney Experience app.

The lobby is located in the main building. Even though the front desk is there to assist guests, especially with checking in and checking out, all Disney World Resort guests are encouraged to check-in online or by using MDE.

Jambo House at Animal Kingdom Lodge
  • Checking-In: After you check-in online or using the app, you’ll receive a room-ready notification via next. You can then use your MagicBand or MDE’s digital key feature to unlock your room door.
  • Checking-Out: Currently, guests will automatically be checked out of their rooms. But, if you have unresolved charges to your hotel folio, you’ll need to visit the front desk.

Note: Guests also have the option of to chat virtually with resort Cast Members via MDE for any assistance. 

Jambo House shares a lobby with Animal Kingdom Lodge. Here you’ll find much of the main dining and the Zawadi Marketplace, the resort’s gift shop.

The pickup and dropoff location for Mears Connect (which is the replacement for Magical Express) and the bus stop are also right outside the main lobby, along with luggage storage for those who have checked out or are waiting to check in.

Note: Resort Airline Check-In and Magical Express are no longer available.

Parking

Parking is available at Jambo House. There is a standard $25 overnight self-parking fee (including tax) that is applied to guests’ hotel folio upon check-out.

Valet parking is also available for $33 per night.

Complimentary standard self-parking is available for non-resort guests exploring dining, shopping, entertainment, and other experiences during the day.

We also have a complete Walt Disney World parking guide you can browse.

Important: Valet parking might not always be available.

Pros And Cons

Animal Kingdom Villas – Jambo House

Resort category: Disney Vacation Club

WDW Prep Favorite: Yes

Pros: Dedicated buses, less expensive than most Deluxe Resorts, great on-site restaurants, 1 of the most gorgeous WDW resorts, Savanna View rooms have view of animals, during less busy times upgrades are often possible

Cons: Not within viewing or walking distance of any theme parks, Standard View could be disappointing, rooms are smaller than average Deluxe Rooms, on-site restaurants are African and may not appeal to everyone

Animal Kingdom Villas – Jambo House room options

Room typeBed sizeMax people per roomFloor Plan
Studio - ValueQueen4
Deluxe Studio - Standard ViewQueen4
Deluxe Studio - Savanna ViewQueen4
Deluxe Studio - Club LevelQueen4
1 Bedroom Villa - ValueKing4
1 Bedroom Villa - Standard ViewKing5
1 Bedroom Villa - Savanna ViewKing5
1 Bedroom Villa - Club LevelKing5
3 Bedroom Grand Villa - Savanna ViewQueen12

Resort Map

Animal Kingdom Villas – Jambo House

Scheduled refurbishments

None scheduled right now.

Other info

  • How to rent DVC points to stay in a Deluxe Villa and pay moderate prices
  • Photo tour of Animal Kingdom Lodge
  • DISboards.com thread with lots of pics and info
  • Animal Kingdom Villas - Jambo House Resort Maps
  • Amenities And Shops

    There are several amenities offered to guests at Jambo House, including a gift shop, on-site laundry services, and even the chance to watch movies outside on a big screen! 

    Important note: Some of the following amenities might not be available at all times.

    Zawadi Marketplace gift shop at Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge
    • Johari Treasures: Find souvenirs, snacks, and plenty of Disney items.
    • Zawadi Marketplace: Purchase sundires, snacks, souvenirs, and more.
    • Laundry Services: There are 24-hour self-service laundry facilities available. Villas with one or more bedrooms also feature in-unit washers and dryers.
    • Dry Cleaning Services: Dry cleaning and valet laundry services are also an option.
    • Movies Under the Stars: Watch complimentary Disney movies by the Uzima Springs Pool.
    • Jambo House Campfire Activities: Roast marshmallows around a campfire.
    • Zahanati Massage & Fitness Centerworkout facility and sauna with massages and facial treatments.
    • Childcare ServicesIn-room babysitting for children 6 months to 12 years old.

    Pools And Recreation

    There’s one main pool at Jambo House, but the pool at Kidani Village is only a short walk. If you need a non-park day, we recommended spending the day at your hotel and enjoying the Disney Resort pool.

    Important note: Some of the pools and recreation options might not be available at all times.

    Uzima Springs Pool Bar

    The pool available is:

    • Uzima Springs Pool: An 11,000 square-foot pool with 234,980 gallons of water. It has a zero-depth entry point and a 67-foot-long waterslide. There’s also a bar and lounge nearby.
    • Samawati Springs Pool (located at Kidani Village): 128-foot waterslide and zero-depth-entry with a nearby lounge and bar nearby with refreshments and snacks. There’s also a water playground for kids called Uwanja Camp that features 3 distinct zones for kids of all ages. The zones include: the Observation Station (ages 4 and younger), the Departure Zone (5 to 7 years old), and Base Camp (ages 8 and up).

    Some other recreational options include:

    • Hakuna Matata Playground
    • Pumbaa’s Fun and Games Arcade

    How to get from Animal Kingdom Villas – Jambo House to anywhere at Disney World

    There is one form of complimentary transportation available at Jambo House: Walt Disney World buses. You can find the bus stop near the front of the main building.  All of the different ways to get from Animal Kingdom Lodge to anywhere in Disney World is listed below.

    wdt_ID Starting Point Ending Point How to get there
    1 All-Star Movies All-Star Music Follow these steps:
    • Walk (takes about 5-7 minutes)
    • Arrive at your destination
    Want to get there faster?
    Or have feedback about a route for us?
    2 All-Star Movies All-Star Sports Follow these steps:
    • Walk (takes about 15 minutes)
    • Arrive at your destination
    Want to get there faster?
    Or have feedback about a route for us?
    3 All-Star Movies Animal Kingdom Follow these steps:
    • Bus to Animal Kingdom
    • Arrive at your destination
    Headed to an early morning breakfast reservation at Animal Kingdom? Buses to Animal Kingdom from Disney resorts usually start running around 7-7:15 a.m. daily.
    Want to get there faster?
    Or have feedback about a route for us?
    4 All-Star Movies Animal Kingdom Lodge - Jambo House (main bldg) Follow these steps:
    • Bus to a theme park or Disney Springs
      (both resorts are closest to Animal Kingdom, so that bus will likely be your best option)
    • Bus to Animal Kingdom Lodge - Kidani Village bus stop
    • Arrive at your destination
    Want to get there faster?
    Or have feedback about a route for us?
    5 All-Star Movies Animal Kingdom Lodge - Kidani Village
    Follow these steps:
    • Bus to a theme park or Disney Springs
      (both resorts are closest to Animal Kingdom, so that bus will likely be your best option)
    • Bus to Animal Kingdom Lodge - Kidani Village bus stop
    • Arrive at your destination
    Want to get there faster?
    Or have feedback about a route for us?
    6 All-Star Movies Art of Animation Follow these steps:
    • Bus to a theme park or Disney Springs
      (All-Star Movies is closest to Animal Kingdom, and Art of Animation is closest to Hollywood Studios, so those buses will likely be your best choices)
    • Skyliner (from Hollywood Studios) or    Bus to Art of Animation
    • Arrive at your destination
    7 All-Star Movies Bay Lake Tower Follow these steps:
    • Bus to Magic Kingdom
    • Walk (takes about 10 minutes) or    monorail to Bay Lake Tower
    • Arrive at your destination
    Want to get there faster?
    Or have feedback about a route for us?
    8 All-Star Movies Beach Club Villas Follow these steps:
    • Bus to a theme park or Disney Springs
      (All-Star Movies is closest to Animal Kingdom, so that bus will likely be your best option)
    • Bus to Beach Club
    • Arrive at your destination
    Want to get there faster?
    Or have feedback about a route for us?
    9 All-Star Movies Beach Club Follow these steps:
    • Bus to a theme park or Disney Springs
      (All-Star Movies is closest to Animal Kingdom, so that bus will likely be your best option)
    • Bus to Beach Club
    • Arrive at your destination
    Want to get there faster?
    Or have feedback about a route for us?
    10 All-Star Movies Blizzard Beach Follow these steps:
    • Bus to Blizzard Beach
    • Arrive at your destination
    Want to get there faster?
    Or have feedback about a route for us?
    Starting Point Ending Point

    Dining options at Animal Kingdom Villas – Jambo House

    There are plenty of dining options available at Animal Kingdom Lodge, including lounges, Quick Service spots, and several Table Service choices, like the popular Sanaa (the bread service is a must!). At select locations, Mobile Ordering is also available.

    Plus, Sanaa also features Mobile Dine Check-In, meaning you’ll check-in using the My Disney Experience app rather than going to the host stand. When your table is ready, you’ll be notified to proceed to a specific location.

    Sanaa also has Table Service To Go, which allows guests to Mobile Order and take their meal back to their room. You can read more about the dining options below.



    Breakfast

    The Mara (breakfast)

    Quick Service

    Animal Kingdom Villas – Jambo House - The Mara (breakfast)

    Location: Animal Kingdom Lodge

    On the Disney Dining Plan? Yes, 1 Quick Service credit(s)

    WDW Prep Favorite: No

    Link to menu →

    Pros: Nice spot to grab items to go or a hot breakfast, including Mickey waffles, mobile ordering in My Disney Experience available

    Cons: Gets very busy during peak times


    Boma Flavors of Africa (breakfast)

    Table Service

    Animal Kingdom Villas – Jambo House - Boma Flavors of Africa (breakfast)

    Location: Animal Kingdom Lodge

    On the Disney Dining Plan? Yes, 1 Table Service credit(s)

    WDW Prep Favorite: Yes

    Link to menu →

    Pros: Delicious food (one of the best restaurants at Disney World)

    Cons: Small tables that are often close together


    Lunch

    The Mara (lunch)

    Quick Service

    Animal Kingdom Villas – Jambo House - The Mara (lunch)

    Location: Animal Kingdom Lodge

    On the Disney Dining Plan? Yes, 1 Quick Service credit(s)

    WDW Prep Favorite: No

    Link to menu →

    Pros: Wide variety of options on the menu, including the very popular Zebra Domes which make a tasty dessert, mobile ordering in My Disney Experience available

    Cons: Gets very busy during peak times


    Dinner

    The Mara (dinner)

    Quick Service

    Animal Kingdom Villas – Jambo House - The Mara (dinner)

    Location: Animal Kingdom Lodge

    On the Disney Dining Plan? Yes, 1 Quick Service credit(s)

    WDW Prep Favorite: No

    Link to menu →

    Pros: Wide variety of options on the menu, including the very popular Zebra Domes which make a tasty dessert, mobile ordering in My Disney Experience available

    Cons: Gets very busy during peak times


    Jiko – The Cooking Place (dinner) – Temporarily Closed

    Table Service

    Animal Kingdom Villas – Jambo House - Jiko – The Cooking Place (dinner) – Temporarily Closed

    Location: Animal Kingdom Lodge

    On the Disney Dining Plan? Yes, 2 Table Service credit(s)

    WDW Prep Favorite: Yes

    Link to menu →

    Pros: One of the best restaurants at Disney World with delicious food and great ambiance

    Cons: Expensive (but to most people, it's worth every penny)


    Boma Flavors of Africa (dinner)

    Table Service

    Animal Kingdom Villas – Jambo House - Boma Flavors of Africa (dinner)

    Location: Animal Kingdom Lodge

    On the Disney Dining Plan? Yes, 1 Table Service credit(s)

    WDW Prep Favorite: Yes

    Link to menu →

    Pros: Fantastic food and a great way to sample African foods (save room for great desserts though, including the popular Zebra Domes)

    Cons: Small tables that are often close together


    Everything Else

    Uzima Springs Pool Bar

    Quick Service

    Animal Kingdom Villas – Jambo House - Uzima Springs Pool Bar

    Location: Animal Kingdom Lodge

    On the Disney Dining Plan? No, 0 Quick Service credit(s)

    WDW Prep Favorite: No

    Link to menu →

    Pros: Standard bar menu available, as well as some African imports

    Cons: Disney Dining Plan credits not accepted


    Victoria Falls Lounge

    Table Service

    Animal Kingdom Villas – Jambo House - Victoria Falls Lounge

    Location: Animal Kingdom Lodge

    On the Disney Dining Plan? No, 0 Table Service credit(s)

    WDW Prep Favorite: No

    Link to menu →

    Pros: Quiet spot to grab delicious appetizers and a drink (including some African options)

    Cons: Disney Dining Plan credits not accepted


    Cape Town Lounge and Wine Bar – Temporarily Closed

    Table Service

    Animal Kingdom Villas – Jambo House - Cape Town Lounge and Wine Bar – Temporarily Closed

    Location: Animal Kingdom Lodge

    On the Disney Dining Plan? No, Table Service credit(s)

    WDW Prep Favorite: No

    Link to menu →

    Pros: Extensive drink list, including a nice wine selection (many of them are from Africa)

    Cons: Limited seating


    Dining options at Animal Kingdom Villas – Kidani Village

    Animal Kingdom Lodge, Kidani Village, and Jambo House share the same dining options. You can read more about the dining options below.



    Breakfast

    Sanaa (breakfast) – Temporarily Unavailable

    Quick Service

    Boma Flavors of Africa (breakfast) - Sanaa (breakfast) – Temporarily Unavailable

    Location: Animal Kingdom Villas – Kidani Village

    On the Disney Dining Plan? Yes, 1 Quick Service credit(s)

    WDW Prep Favorite: No

    Link to menu →

    Pros: 1 of the best Table Service restaurants at Disney World however breakfast is a Quick Service with the same savanna views

    Cons: Getting there can be kind of a chore if you aren't staying at the resort (driving is fastest, but you can take a bus to Animal Kingdom Lodge and get off at the Kidani stop)


    Lunch

    Maji Pool Bar (lunch)

    Quick Service

    Boma Flavors of Africa (breakfast) - Maji Pool Bar (lunch)

    Location: Animal Kingdom Villas – Kidani Village

    On the Disney Dining Plan? Yes, 1 Quick Service credit(s)

    WDW Prep Favorite: No

    Link to menu →

    Pros: Convenient spot to grab a drink and food, private dining menu available here

    Cons: Service can be slow


    Sanaa (lunch)

    Table Service

    Boma Flavors of Africa (breakfast) - Sanaa (lunch)

    Location: Animal Kingdom Villas – Kidani Village

    On the Disney Dining Plan? Yes, 1 Table Service credit(s)

    WDW Prep Favorite: Yes

    Link to menu →

    Pros: 1 of the best restaurants at Disney World with great service, fantastic food (be sure to get the bread service!), and savanna views

    Cons: Getting there can be kind of a chore if you aren't staying at the resort (driving is fastest, but you can take a bus to Animal Kingdom Lodge and get off at the Kidani stop)


    Dinner

    Sanaa (dinner)

    Table Service

    Boma Flavors of Africa (breakfast) - Sanaa (dinner)

    Location: Animal Kingdom Villas – Kidani Village

    On the Disney Dining Plan? Yes, 1 Table Service credit(s)

    WDW Prep Favorite: Yes

    Link to menu →

    Pros: 1 of the best restaurants at Disney World with great service, fantastic food (be sure to get the bread service!), and savanna views

    Cons: Getting there can be kind of a chore if you aren't staying at the resort (driving is fastest, but you can take a bus to Animal Kingdom Lodge and get off at the Kidani stop)


    Everything Else

    Maji Pool Bar

    Quick Service

    Boma Flavors of Africa (breakfast) - Maji Pool Bar

    Location: Animal Kingdom Villas – Kidani Village

    On the Disney Dining Plan? Yes, Quick Service credit(s)

    WDW Prep Favorite: No

    Link to menu →

    Pros: Convenient spot to grab a drink and food, private dining menu available here

    Cons: Service can be slow


    Sanaa Lounge

    Table Service

    Boma Flavors of Africa (breakfast) - Sanaa Lounge

    Location: Animal Kingdom Villas – Kidani Village

    On the Disney Dining Plan? No, 0 Table Service credit(s)

    WDW Prep Favorite: No

    Link to menu →

    Pros: Nice ambiance, ability to grab a drink and order the super popular bread service that's also served inside the restaurant

    Cons: Getting there can be kind of a chore if you aren't staying at the resort (driving is fastest, but you can take a bus to Animal Kingdom Lodge and get off at the Kidani stop)


    Trip reports that included Animal Kingdom Lodge

    Ashley Singleton

    Tuesday 16th of March 2021

    We have a 1 BR villa standard view booked for the 1st week of may at jambo house. In the past, we have always stayed in a savanna view room. Which rooms would still be “standard” but with partial savanna view? Thanks! We enjoy all of your tips!

    Nicole

    Wednesday 9th of December 2020

    And now it's right. Weird.

    Nicole

    Wednesday 9th of December 2020

    The transportation grid is for all stars, not AKL.