We just returned from Disney World today. We drove down the day after Christmas, and left Florida on the 3rd. While we were there we stayed at the Animal Kingdom Lodge. Our room was located in Jambo House. This is the original hotel location that got several floors upgraded for DVC member accommodations. We stayed there once previously, but it was not in a DVC accommodation because they weren’t fully finished as of yet.
As we entered the building we were teased with the smells of African food from one of the restaurants. Being that we were situated with our food we did not have a chance to dine in the restaurants this trip. We have heard that the restaurants are good.
Staying in the Jambo House we have found that the rooms have great views. The layout of the 1 bedroom is slightly different than we are used to in comparison to Old Key West. There is no FULL size jacuzzi tub. There is a couch bed, and a chair bed in addition to the master bed. In general the room felt slightly smaller than the Old Key West rooms. We were in a Savannah view room. Stepping out your porch door and seeing giraffe, and more just seems to make it so much more worth it.
The downside to Jambo House is that there is very few smoking areas. You either need to go the the front of the building, or to the pool area. This has a lot to do with animal safety. The room had carpeting, and the kitchen, and bath were tiled. The one thing that we would really find to be a nice change would be for the rooms to have wood flooring like the alloc original laminate that we have seen in some other timeshares. The buses seemed to take forever. I am sure that this had a lot to do with the holidays.
The lodge had their Christmas tree up still when we got there. Towards the end of our stay we noticed some of the decorations being removed. Overall the lodge is very nice looking, and the accomodations are acceptable.