Disney’s Animal Kingdom Villas – Kidani Village, Walt Disney World Resort

No vacation to Walt Disney World Resort is long enough, be it 5-days or 5-weeks, in my opinion, so when we decided to return for our adventures with close family, we booked Disney’s Animal Kingdom Villas – Kidani Village for 2-weeks. The plan was to alternate Theme Park with Resort hotel days – the best of both worlds, and it worked like a charm. The benefits of staying on property are plenty, with the biggest convenience of being able to head back to your Resort hotel to relax and enjoy the unique theming, which for us was to watch an active savanna from our authentically themed main lobby or Guest Room balcony. Β We truly were just as excited about hanging around Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge and Kidani Village, as we were to tour the Theme Parks and Disney Springs. The view of the savanna from our balcony was incredible. Disney Resort hotels can easily be vacation destinations all on their own.

Kidani Balcony

The best part? Andrew and his look of realization seeing the animals in their natural habitat right from our accommodations. Now that was something to see and hear about, with bursts of verbal animal identification that we didn’t know he knew.

Andrew Kidani

And, this look of wonderment at The Most Magical Place on Earth, where many think it’s all about amusement parks. Well, that may be, but Walt Disney World Resort Theme Parks are on another level – a level of uniqueness and immersion that magically transports you to a place where all your troubles are left behind – thanks to the creativity of talented, enthusiastic and dedicated Disney Imagineers.

For us? It’s about the entire vacation experience and all the surprises we see from Andrew. It’s about the bursts of language, the connections he makes to his beloved Disney animated movies when the Disney Characters come alive, or, when he walks into a storybook setting that he becomes a part of. This makes leaving our Disney vacation extremely difficult for fear of what we will miss upon our return home.

Andrew and Buzz

Such as this photo above with his buddy Buzz Lightyear, during our visit to Disney California Adventure Park, Disneyland Resort. The direct eye contact took mere seconds and Buzz had Andrew’s attention for a solid 20-minutes of fun and frolic. We can’t wait to take him to experience Radiator Springs Racers back at Disney California Adventure Park this summer, which I’m certain he’ll make the connection to his beloved Test Track attraction!

That’s the magic of Disney.

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24-Hour Coast to Coast Disney Events this Spring

The Disney Parks coast to coast will be celebrating this spring!

Over at Disneyland Resort in California they’re hosting a 24-hour event launching the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration May 22-23. The event begins 6 a.m. Friday, May 22 and will run continuously through Saturday, May 23 until 6 a.m.

The 24-hour event will include character greets and dancing in designated locations at Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure Park. More festivities await with shows and the thrilling attractions at both theme parks. The event will mark the beginning of exciting new entertainment when the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration begins on May 22, such as:

  • “Disneyland Forever” Fireworks
  • “World of Color-Celebrate! The Wonderful World of Walt Disney”
  • “Paint the Night” Parade

Credit and Photo: Disney Parks Blog

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Over on the East Coast at Florida’s Walt Disney World Resort the fun continues with Giant Sand Castle in the Snow Announces 24-Hour Party, ‘Coolest Summer Ever’!

Inspired by Olaf’s “In Summer” dream, the event was announced just this morning on ABC-TV’s “Good Morning America”. Our friend Olaf will also be the official host of the “Coolest Summer Ever”.

The “Coolest Summer Ever” will be a grand 24-hour event at Magic Kingdom Park during Memorial Day weekend, to kick off the summer.

The fun will run for twenty-four hours beginning 6 a.m. and guests will be encouraged to show their DisneySide while enjoying the fun festivities, special decorations, entertainment, food and merchandise. It will also mark the beginning of the coolest summer at Walt Disney World Resort.

“Coolest Summer Ever” experiences will include:

  • Epcot Entertainment
  • New Restaurants and Shopping
  • A Splash at Water Parks
  • Star Wars Weekends
  • Frozen Fun
  • Cool Thrill Rides

Credit and photo: Disney Parks Blog

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