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Pig Pen
06-21-2007, 10:35 AM
I was fortunate to snag a standard view AKV studio Nov 4-9. I told DH we would probably be looking at the parking lot...but when I analyzed the construction map that came with our AKV information, it appears that our view will most likely be of the pool!

Can this be correct? I don't see where any of the units that will be completed during this timeframe overlook a parking lot. If this is true, then :banana: :banana: :banana:

johde
06-21-2007, 11:06 AM
In Jumbo House, all of the parking lot views should be in the value rooms. The standard view rooms would face the pool. Once the new building is done, here will be some Standard view rooms with parking lot views.

Connor' Dad
06-21-2007, 12:48 PM
In Jumbo House, all of the parking lot views should be in the value rooms. The standard view rooms would face the pool. Once the new building is done, here will be some Standard view rooms with parking lot views.

Value rooms could have parking lot, pool, or savanah view. I believe LisaS has a breakdown. IIRC about half of the values were savanah view. Standard view could be pool, garden or parking lot. Based upon the time the OP has booked only the pool view standards are scheduled to be completed.

Pig Pen
06-21-2007, 01:54 PM
I think I will continue to let DH think we will have a parking lot view. Then if we check-in and get a better view, he will think I am a miracle-worker (even more than I really am).

Connor' Dad
06-21-2007, 02:18 PM
I would still request a pool view just in case they were ahead of schedule and released rooms with a parking lot view.

lisareniff
06-21-2007, 02:32 PM
The standard views in Jambo House will only be of the pool. They are the pool view rooms on the zebra trail. They are in a good location, above the Mara, and near the elevator on the zebra trail to go down to the pool. :thumbsup2

Connor' Dad
06-21-2007, 03:10 PM
The standard views in Jambo House will only be of the pool. They are the pool view rooms on the zebra trail. They are in a good location, above the Mara, and near the elevator on the zebra trail to go down to the pool. :thumbsup2

As per the member site:

What views are available from the rooms?

* Approximately 80% of all rooms have a Savanna View.
* All Grand Villas have a Savanna View.
* Approximately half of the Value Accommodations and Kilimanjaro Club Concierge rooms have a Savanna View. The rest have a Standard View, which includes a view of the pool, garden, or parking lot. While Savanna View or Standard View room categories are confirmed at time of reservation, please note that Standard View room view preference requests are noted but not guaranteed.

LisaS
06-21-2007, 04:09 PM
I agree with lisareniff that none of the Standard view villas at Jambo House will have parking lot views. I think they will all have pool area views. By definition, Standard View rooms will have a view of a pool, garden or parking lot. However, it looks to me like the only rooms at AKL that face the parking lot will become AKV Value villas. And even then, based on the outline of AKV in the legal documents, it looks like only some of those parking lot view AKL rooms will be included in AKV, so there may not even be that many Value villas that face the parking lot. (Wouldn't want to bet on that just yet -- different documents show a different number of parking lot rooms included within AKV.)

This map might help. It was taken from the "construction phases" map of AKV. I marked the location of where I believe the Standard View and Value villas will be. I also marked the two Concierge sections and the GVs. Standard View is marked in yellow, Value in green, the two Concierge areas are in pink and the six GVs are marked in orange.

This particular map includes more of the parking lot view rooms into AKV than other documents I've seen. Many of the other documents include about 6 AKL rooms on the left side (as you face the entrance) and none on the right side of the entrance.

http://www.wdwinfo.com/photopost/data/500/81115AKV_Value_Standard_Concierge.JPG

LisaS
06-21-2007, 04:48 PM
One thing that the construction phases map of AKV does not show is that the view from that first section of Standard View rooms is partially obscured by the roof of the restaurants below. This satellite view of the AKL pool area will give you a much better idea of what the Standard View at Jambo House will be like. The Concierge rooms will also have the roof obscuring part of their view.

http://www.wdwinfo.com/photopost/data/500/81115AKL_Pool_Area_Aerial.JPG
(Photo copied from Microsoft's maps.live.com website)

CaliforniaDreaming
06-21-2007, 06:36 PM
What floors are the DVC villas going to be on at AKL?

LisaS
06-21-2007, 06:57 PM
What floors are the DVC villas going to be on at AKL?They are converting most/all of the 5th floor and all of the 6th floor.

lisareniff
06-21-2007, 08:09 PM
WOW! I hadn't thought about how many of the 5th floor rooms overlook Boma's roof! Great Pic Lisa!

LisaS
06-21-2007, 08:35 PM
WOW! I hadn't thought about how many of the 5th floor rooms overlook Boma's roof! Great Pic Lisa!I've never stayed in a pool view room at AKL so I hadn't realized it either until the other day when I pulled up that satellite image. I went looking for it originally because I wanted to see what kind of view a pool view Concierge villa might have.

CaliforniaDreaming
06-21-2007, 08:40 PM
They are converting most/all of the 5th floor and all of the 6th floor.

So there will no longer be any deluxe rooms at AKL? Where will the concierge rooms (regular hotel) be located?

LisaS
06-21-2007, 08:46 PM
So there will no longer be any deluxe rooms at AKL?Correct.


Where will the concierge rooms (regular hotel) be located?The Concierge lounge will remain on the 6th floor but the hotel guests staying concierge level will be on the 4th floor I think, based on a post I saw on the Resorts board.

daisyduck123
06-21-2007, 10:25 PM
subscribing....

when DH made our reservations for Christmas week...the CM on the phone told him that we have a Standard room with a parking lot view.
So am I correct in understanding that our view WON'T be of a parking lot??
I'd love a pool view rather than a parking lot. :)

lisareniff
06-21-2007, 10:34 PM
I've never stayed in a pool view room at AKL so I hadn't realized it either until the other day when I pulled up that satellite image. I went looking for it originally because I wanted to see what kind of view a pool view Concierge villa might have.

Those pool view concierge rooms have to look over a whole lotta roof, don't they?

LisaS
06-22-2007, 12:12 AM
when DH made our reservations for Christmas week...the CM on the phone told him that we have a Standard room with a parking lot view.
So am I correct in understanding that our view WON'T be of a parking lot??
I'd love a pool view rather than a parking lot. :)I believe that in Jambo House, the only parking lot views will be from some of the Value villas. I think the Standard View villas will all be along two sides of the pool area. So provided your DH booked a Standard View and not a Value villa, you should be facing the pool and not the parking lot.

You can see how confusing this all must be for MS! Standard View villas are listed as having a view of a pool, garden or parking lot. And while that will be true at Kidani Village (as far as we know), I don't believe that will be the case at Jambo House because of the Value villas. But I must admit, every time someone reports that MS told them their Standard View villa will face the parking lot, I ask myself if I'm overlooking something!

daisyduck123
06-22-2007, 12:29 AM
I believe that in Jambo House, the only parking lot views will be from some of the Value villas. I think the Standard View villas will all be along two sides of the pool area. So provided your DH booked a Standard View and not a Value villa, you should be facing the pool and not the parking lot.

You can see how confusing this all must be for MS! Standard View villas are listed as having a view of a pool, garden or parking lot. And while that will be true at Kidani Village (as far as we know), I don't believe that will be the case at Jambo House because of the Value villas. But I must admit, every time someone reports that MS told them their Standard View villa will face the parking lot, I ask myself if I'm overlooking something!


Ok thanks! I checked our confirmation that came in the mail & it definitely says "Studio Std View Jambo" & I know that when DH booked it, the first thing he told me was that the CM told him "parking lot view". So we'll just wait & see.

One thing that's weird on my confirmation is that it doesn't state anything about our "trash & towel service" day. It has stated that for our other 2 trips this year.

rigsby25
06-22-2007, 06:02 AM
I was told pool or parking lot view when I reserved a standard 1 BR in Dec., but the confirmation came back stating "requests pool view". I did not request a pool view, as I originally requested savannah view but they were not available.

Pig Pen
06-22-2007, 08:39 AM
I think alot of this will depend on the timing of the construction. When I go (first week of November) it appears that the areas with parking lot views will still be under construction. Therefore, it seems that I will luck out this time!

rlduvall
06-22-2007, 10:21 AM
LisaS thanks so much for posting that satellite image. I actually studied it last night for quite a while (I know, I need a life:goodvibes ) I didn't realize how many rooms may have the potential of looking over/at the restaurant roof. I'm all about the view. I have a standard view studio for 12/9 - 12/15 and I seriously hope I don't get stuck with that view (thought I had hit a homerun for a poolview:) ). BUT, if I had paid all those extra points for concierge and got that view (which looks like a few rooms do that), I would be very upset - even though nothing I could do about it.

All this construction talk has made me nervous, so I have put myself on a waitlist for a standard view studio at BWV. I love to nap during the day. ;)

Merylj
06-22-2007, 10:44 AM
I`m very pleased with our std view AKV reservation - for 9 points per night to get a converted deluxe room with a poolview is a bargain :goodvibes
I would imagine MS are stating possible parking lot view will be to lessen confusion.

wildernessDad
06-22-2007, 11:01 AM
DW and I are going concierge next May. Although a savanna view would be nice, I am not expecting it. I am going concierge for the Safaris anyway. I can 'do the view' at another time.

LisaS
06-22-2007, 01:20 PM
DW and I are going concierge next May. Although a savanna view would be nice, I am not expecting it. I am going concierge for the Safaris anyway. I can 'do the view' at another time.Exactly my thought as well. The savanna view from Concierge is not that great either so I'm not expecting much either way (pool or savanna). We want to do the safaris and will sacrifice the view this trip in order to do them.


Re: the Standard View rooms at Jambo House, yes the roof does interfere with the view somewhat from the Standard View rooms in that first section, but as long as you look out towards the pool rather than straight down, it may not be that bad and it beats a parking lot view in my opinion. In Kidani Village, some of the Standard View rooms will face the parking lot so I still think (even with the roof in the way) the Standard View rooms at Jambo House are a great deal!

LisaS
06-22-2007, 01:23 PM
I think alot of this will depend on the timing of the construction. When I go (first week of November) it appears that the areas with parking lot views will still be under construction. Therefore, it seems that I will luck out this time!Those will be the Value rooms which is a separate booking category from the Standard View rooms. The Value Rooms will be available starting Dec 1st.

EEyorelover22
06-24-2007, 09:26 AM
DW and I are going concierge next May. Although a savanna view would be nice, I am not expecting it. I am going concierge for the Safaris anyway. I can 'do the view' at another time.

The safari is wonderful. Our family loved it. The breakfast after the Sunrise Safari is delicious. Make sure you get the French toast. YUM!!!

Codie
06-24-2007, 06:10 PM
Can someone help me? I'm trying to take a dance group to disney and thought it would be great if we could use DVC (I'm a member but would borrow points cause I don't have enough) rather than staying at the allstars. I would LOVE to stay at akl. I'm wondering though...what's the difference between value rooms and standard view rooms? Are they different amenities or just size/views? Thanks to anyone who has more of a clue than I.!!