Walt Disney World Refurbishment Updates: Hall of Presidents, Old Key West Quiet Pools

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Despite presumably being ready for an Annual Passholder and DVC preview in late June, the official re-opening date for the Hall of Presidents has been shifted from July 2 to July 4.

At Old Key West, the Miller’s Road Quiet Pool will be closed from June 15 through June 26 and the South Point Road Quiet Pool will be closed from August 3 through August 21.

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First Look: Photos of 2 Bedroom Equivalent and Studio Units of the Villas at the Grand Californian

Scheduled to open in late September, here’s a couple of photos courtesy of Disney that show the interior of the 2-bedroom equivalent units. The DVC units will also be available for overnight guests to rent, pending availability.

Inside a 2BR equivalent unit at the villas at the Grand Californian © DisneyInside a 2BR equivalent unit at the villas at the Grand Californian © Disney

And finally, an interior shot of one of the studios:

Inside a studio unit at the villas at the Grand Californian © Disney

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Tour and Photo Gallery of Animal Kingdom Lodge’s Kidani Village

Swahili for necklace, Kidani promises to be the jewel of the Walt Disney World resorts. From the moment you walk up to the resort, you are immediately greeted with a sense of what the resort is about: a beautiful style with such intricacies that it could be said that even the details have details.

For those who don’t know already, Kidani Village is considered half of Animal Kingdom Lodge. The original portion of the resort is now known as Jambo House. While the common areas of Kidani are smaller than those of Jambo, they are infinitely more impressive.


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Review and Photo Tour of Kidani Village’s Sanaa at Animal Kingdom Lodge

Sanaa at Animal Kingdom Lodge's Kidani Village

Sanaa at Animal Kingdom Lodge's Kidani Village

Sanaa (pronounced sah-NAH) is Walt Disney World’s newest restaurant, located at Animal Kingdom Lodge’s Kidani Village. Its name is Swahili and translates to either beauty or work of art and both the restaurant and the new DVC resort itself not only live up to the name but exceed its definition.


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Florida Legislature Passes Time Share ‘Debt-Cancellation’ Bill

The Florida legislature has approved a bill that allows time share operators such as Disney’s Disney Vacation Club (DVC) to sell policies to new buyers that will allow them to walk away should they suffer a loss of income. The bill, championed by Disney, means that hesitant prospective buyers who are afraid to invest in the time share given the current state of the economy will now be offered the potential to drop the time share and any remaining balance due.

The bill will be sent to the Governor’s office who’s expected to sign.


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Sanaa Brings Flavors of India, Africa To Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge (Photos Added)

To see photos of some of Sanaa’s offerings, click here.

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – Fans of Jiko-The Cooking Place and Boma-Flavors of Africa have a new reason to dine at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge as Sanaa debuts May 1 in the resort’s new Kidani Village expansion.

The new Walt Disney World restaurant’s unusual name, pronounced “Sah-NAH,” is the Swahili word for “artwork.” With interiors inspired by African art and remarkable views of the resort’s Sunset Savannah through 9-foot windows, diners experience “the art of African cooking with Indian flavors” in the 150-seat, family-oriented restaurant located on the ground floor just below the lobby.

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Full PDFs of All of Kidani Village’s Sanaa Menus Now Available Here

Walt Disney World has graciously provided us with these PDF images of the menus for Sanaa at Animal Kingdom Lodge’s Kidani Village. Sanaa will open May 1 and will be 1 TS credit on the Disney Dining Plan. To see our extensive coverage of this highly anticipated eatery including photos of some of its offerings, click here.

To view each of the menus, click its respective link:
* Sanaa Menu – Lunch
* Sanaa Menu – Dinner
* Sanaa Menu – Dessert
* Sanaa Wine List
* Sanaa Menu – Kids

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Walt Disney World Website Publishes Restaurant Menus in PDF Format

The official Walt Disney World website has begun posting PDF versions of its menus for Table Service Locations. At this time, restaurants that offer this feature include Liberty Tree Tavern, Tony’s Town Square, Shutter’s, The Wave, Spoodles, ESPN Club, Cap’n Jack’s, Le Celier, Rose and Crown, Akershus, Coral Reef, Grand Floridian Cafe, Mama Melrose, 50s Prime Time Cafe, Sci-Fi Dine-In, Olivia’s, Kona Cafe, Boatwright’s, Turf Club and Whispering Canyon Cafe.

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WDW Resort Refurbishment Updates – All Star Sports, Fort Wilderness, Old Key West and Contemporary Resort

The following additions were added to ReSearch:

  • All Star Sports – Game Point Arcade – May 4 through May 6
  • Old Key West – Miller Road Quiet Pool – May 4 through May 15
  • Old Key West – Turtle Shack Quiet Pool – May 18 through May 29

The following changes were made:

  • Contemporary Resort – North Garden Wing/Bay Lake Tower – shortened to August 3
  • Fort Wilderness – Meadow Swimmin’ Pool – extended through April 12

Planning a trip to Walt Disney World? Be the first to know when changes that potentially affect your trip occur by signing up with ReSearch!

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Disney Vacation Club Scheduled to Open Kidani Village, Second Phase of Disney’s Animal Kingdom Villas

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – In spring 2009, Disney Vacation Club is planning to open the first phase of Kidani Village at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Villas to meet ongoing strong demand for its unique vacation-ownership program.

“We continue to see strong demand from families who want to build a lifetime of unforgettable memories by vacationing in ways they never dreamed possible,” said Jim Lewis, president of Disney Vacation Club. “Disney Vacation Club is entering a new era with Kidani Village, as it’s the first of four new properties opening in 2009.”

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