Reviewed 14 July, 2021
We booked Jambo house as a last minute trip after we had cancelled our stay at the Contemporary/GF due to covid restrictions being lifted in our state. I was able to book the value accomidations which I wasn't expecting anything grand, was pleasantly surprised at how nice the room was, it wasn't any smaller in my opinion than any other deluxe studio we've stayed in, we had a lovely view of the pool and we could see the animals beyond that, which my kids really enjoyed! The bed was comfy, kids thought the pull out sofa not so great but they managed just fine. The pool area was so calm and relaxing, we had several people from Kidani come over to use this pool as the other was much more crowded and loud. While not everything at Jambo was opened at the time we did grab breakfast a few mornings from the Mara and it was good, the wait times for the buses didn't seem any longer than they have ever been at any of the other resorts. We would definitley stay here again! We own at The Polynesian but we've talked about adding points here!
Reviewed 20 June, 2021
Amazing resort! We were given a savanna view! It was so cool to see animals from the balcony! We had a 1 bedroom suite and it was awesome! Full kitchen nice bathroom and a washer and dryer! Loved that the bedroom had its own thermostat. Pool was nice but it was closed 2 of the days we were there. We went over to the pool at Kidani Villas and it was very crowded. Mobile order for food was nice. Bed was comfortable and room was quiet and clean! Theming is great! First time using my DVC and it was fabulous! Highly recommend staying here!
Another fantastic stay
Reviewed 28 April, 2021
Stayed there for a few nights recently..staff were excellent, the lobby is gorgeous, and the staff at the pool bar and Mara quick service were fabulous. The valet helped us quickly utilize the shuttle to Kidani for dinner and they were extremely friendly and polite. We stayed in a Savannah view room, as we usually do when we stay at AKL, and the view did not disappoint. Highly recommend staying here!
Reviewed 28 March, 2021
As DVC Members we have stayed at multiple Disney resorts. Everything is spotless, always smiling faces. We love having coffee in the morning and drinks at night on the patio watching the animals. The pool was at the absolute perfect temperature. Thanks again Disney!
Love the Resort
Reviewed 12 January, 2021
This is our second stay at Jambo, our first was pre-Covid in January and we just returned from Kidani in Nov. We booked Jambo before Covid because it has our favorite spot to unwind - Victoria Falls lobby bar, and our favorite restaurant - Jiko, and great buffet Boma. Unfortunately nothing is open, but because we booked thru David's Rental/DVC, we could not cancel.
We still love the resort, but it really takes a lot away from the (still full price) stay when you can't even go to the gift shop to get a water. You have to walk or shuttle to Kidani if you want to do that. The vending machines are often empty since everyone is using them. They just opened up the fast food portion at Jambo for breakfast take out only. We did not check it out. From what I understand, only floor 5 (DVC) is open and that is only because they have to offer the DVC who have Jambo as their home resort an option. This was told to us by a hotel staff member.
We booked a savanah view because it's all about the animals!!!! We had a nice view, but didn't seem to see as much (specifically the giraffes) as other stays. I don't feel we had as much time to just lounge out on the balcony and wait for them either, so a bit of both. It was pretty chilly during our week, that could have had something to do with it also. Rooms show a little wear, but overall are in good shape. One complaint is that the lighting is really lacking. Even with all the table lamps on in the room, it was hard to see, especially digging in the suitcases and whatnot.
Any staff member we came in contact with was very friendly and helpful. Bus service was still great and timely. Never had a chance to check out the pool or hot tub (open until 10pm we were told). Be warned, the pool bar is only open on the weekends, but Kidana is open.
Love this resort, but paying full price right now isn't the best thing. We will like to return again some day, but it will only be after this resort fully opens so we can get the full experience.