The DVC Open House Tour now includes models of the new room decor and furnishings for Disney's latest DVC Property and sales have began. Starting in July, DVC will take over the entire 5th and 6th floor of the main lodge building eliminating all the existing deluxe rooms, and many of the suites. Lodge Concierge Guest will stay on the 4th floor but will have access to the Concierge Lounge which will remain on the 5th floor. The Animal Kingdom Villas will open in the current lodge building (Jumbo House) in phases with the first phase opening in July 2007, followed by September 2007, December 2007, May 2008, and the new building (Kidani Village) is scheduled to be complete by the end of April 2009.
The map below shows each new area, and expected completion dates. (Click for a larger version)
Jumbo House will offer Studios, 1 Bedroom Villas, and 2 Bedroom Villas, with select rooms including Concierge Services. Non-Concierge Villas will be considered Value Villas as the rooms sizes will be somewhat smaller then comparable rooms in the new Kidani Village. In early 2009, the new Kidani Village will bring an interactive water play area and feature pool, another full-service restaurant, and an additional savannah with some new animals not currently seen at the Lodge.
Kidani Villas Studios feature one queen bed and one full-sized sleeper sofa, flat panel TV, DVD player, a kitchenette, and will be 366 sq ft sleeping 4 guests.
The Kidani 1 Bedroom Villas feature a master bedroom with a King-sized bed and whirlpool tub, a living room with a queen-size sleeper sofa and pull-out sleeper chair, flat panel TV, DVD player, full kitchen, washer/dryer, and will be 807 sq ft. sleeping 5 guests.
The Kidani 2 Bedroom Villas feature all the same amenities as a 1 bedroom plus either one queen bed and full-size sleeper sofa (lock-off with studio) or two queen-size beds (dedicated 2 bedroom villa) in a separate bedroom with a private bathroom. These accommodations will be 1173 sq ft. and will sleep 9 guests.
The Kidani 3 Bedroom Grand Villas feature a master bedroom with a King-sized bed and whirlpool tub, a living room with a queen-size sleeper sofa flat panel TV, DVD player, dinning room, full kitchen, washer/dryer, and 2 two second floor bedrooms each featuring 2 queen-sized beds and a private bathroom. These grand villas will be 2201 sq ft and will sleep 12 guests.
Pricing for Disney's Animal Kingdom Villas DVC Membership starts as $16,640.00 plus annual dues.
As always, this information is subject to change, and you should check with Disney Vacation Club to confirm any details.