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FOXFIELDZOO
03-02-2009, 09:32 AM
We Need Some Input On Concierge Level At Akv, We Need To Know If It Is Worth The Extra Dvc Points To Stay On That Level.

Any Info Would Be Appreciated.

dianeschlicht
03-02-2009, 11:03 AM
We thought it was well worth it to have access to the sunrise safari and also for the discount on the Wanyama safari, not to mention the nice food offerings.

Just be aware that, like us, you may not get the savanna view.

Pennykay
03-02-2009, 11:16 AM
We loved it. We felt it was well worth it. :goodvibes

Wigit12
03-02-2009, 11:34 AM
We loved it and thought it was worth the points. Plan on doing it again but not when we're making a lot of dining reservations. It was a great was to have a nice breakfast before heading out each day.

danno523
03-02-2009, 11:37 AM
I have a two bedroom concierge room reserved for next January and noted a preference for a savannah view. How do they allocate these rooms? How do they decide who will get the savannah view room and who gets the pool?

Nikisha421
03-02-2009, 11:51 AM
:goodvibes here is an intersting link to a trip review from a fellow disER..bc of this awesome review i decided that the extra points were worth it and book a trip for this upcoming july. take a look and good luck with your decision!!!


http://disboards.com/showthread.php?t=1888051

Donald is #1
03-02-2009, 07:07 PM
For me it was well worth it both for the sunrise safari and for all of the snacks/meals. That being said:

1) If you want a savanna view, then don't book CL. You are not guaranteed a savanna view. I had a savanna view and it wasn't that good (room 6006, I think) from my room.

2) If you want a hot breakfast, then don't book CL. The breakfast is an excellent continental breakfast, which I prefer. But if you want eggs, pancakes, etc, then you won't be happy.

I loved the sunrise safari! To me it was well worth the cost and the breakfast was very good. I won't be staying CL again until at least 2010, but I will definitely try to book it again.

petbren
03-02-2009, 09:48 PM
:goodvibes here is an intersting link to a trip review from a fellow disER..bc of this awesome review i decided that the extra points were worth it and book a trip for this upcoming july. take a look and good luck with your decision!!!


http://disboards.com/showthread.php?t=1888051

I did read the link--looks awsome:thumbsup2
We stayed SV March 08, and I fell in love with the resort---sadly no money in the budget to add on points at the moment:sad1:
I own at BWV, and am hoping to book 3 night CL along with 3 night BW at BWV for our 20th anniversary in May 2011.
Yes, I am a planner.
The only way I will get CL is probably to rent points from an owner there who could book right at the 11 month window, or have AKV points transfered so I could do it myself.
Any thoughts??? Anyone out there have such points that they may think of doing this for us in the future:rolleyes1

parlay
03-02-2009, 11:22 PM
We stayed Concierge Level last August and thoroughly enjoyed it. The Sunrise Safari was excellent and the breakfast that we had afterward was fabulous. My one complaint (our stay was for 10 days) was that there was quite a bit of repetition in the concierge food offerings (although I was completely addicted to their cappuccino machine)- I guess i shouldn't call it a complaint, but 10 days at this level got a little old.

But I think that if you have the points you should try concierge level at least once! I would definitely recommend the Sunrise Safari.

pyrxtc
03-03-2009, 07:00 AM
I stay there whenever I can. I love the breakfast every morning and that I can just walk out my door and there is food for most of the day.

But don't ever do Concierge and the dining plan, it is way too much food!

dianeschlicht
03-03-2009, 07:06 AM
In rereading my post it made it look like I was a bit negative, but in reality, CL is what we prefer to stay at at Jambo house. In fact, we are booked for 3 days in CL at the start of our December trip. I can see us mostly using our points at AKV for that.

Tinker74
03-03-2009, 07:28 AM
Am I unusual in that I actually WANT pool view when we stay CL this July?:)

I'll make sure I let the concierge know through e mail ..I'd be happy with either view but i'll request pool so that it will free up more SV for other guests.

Actually although i don't mind about view I DO mind if i get the room that doesn't have a bath tub!...:scared1:

Another reason for me to request pool view..they all have tubs!:)

drusba
03-03-2009, 07:30 AM
I have a two bedroom concierge room reserved for next January and noted a preference for a savannah view. How do they allocate these rooms? How do they decide who will get the savannah view room and who gets the pool?

Three of the two bedrooms are savana view, two are pool. One of the savanna views is handicap accessible so those who have such a need and request it will get savanna view as a result. As to how the others are doled out -- who knows? I have seen varying reports on these boards and they apply to any of the not guaranteed views at the DVC resorts -- in order of reserving, in order of arrival, in order of arrival depending on which room is open at that time (you are at the mercy of possibly arriving when four of the rooms are filled by persons who arrived days before and are not leaving the day you arrive), random allocation, possibly bribery will work. I am personally proof that order of reserving is NOT the way it works because I have twice requested particularly views (with savanna view point cost rooms) when reserving exactly 11 months out (meaning I had to be one of the first in line) and got the requested view neither time, but when I made another reservation eight months out, I got the view requested.

SuzanneSLO
03-03-2009, 08:41 AM
I did read the link--looks awsome:thumbsup2
We stayed SV March 08, and I fell in love with the resort---sadly no money in the budget to add on points at the moment:sad1:
I own at BWV, and am hoping to book 3 night CL along with 3 night BW at BWV for our 20th anniversary in May 2011.
Yes, I am a planner.
The only way I will get CL is probably to rent points from an owner there who could book right at the 11 month window, or have AKV points transfered so I could do it myself.
Any thoughts??? Anyone out there have such points that they may think of doing this for us in the future:rolleyes1

We own at BWV and are staying AKV CL studio this May. Amazingly, we WL'd for a Fri/Sat night only about 4.5 months out and it came through within a few weeks. We already had a BW view booked and the CL room was only 2 points per night more. We booked so that we could do the Sunrise Safari on Sunday morning before moving to the BWVs. So, it is possible to book even when you are not an owenr, as long as you can live with only a Fri/Sat night. Best of luck -- Suzanne

drag n' fly
03-03-2009, 11:11 AM
We did CL at Christmas and it was worth every point we spent doing it. I would do it every single time if I could!:cool1:

Lorelai71
03-03-2009, 07:46 PM
Do you have to contact concierge or will they contact you?
This is the first time we will be stayng concierge .

How soon before our trip should I be in contact with them?

Donald is #1
03-04-2009, 12:24 PM
Do you have to contact concierge or will they contact you?
This is the first time we will be stayng concierge .

How soon before our trip should I be in contact with them?

I ended up emailing them instead of waiting to be contacted. I think that I sent the emails at about the 7 month mark so that I could get on the list for the sunrise safari at 180 days.

parlay
03-04-2009, 03:03 PM
Do you have to contact concierge or will they contact you?
This is the first time we will be stayng concierge .

How soon before our trip should I be in contact with them?

I looked back through my emails and see that I had correspondance with Concierge services in Feb. for my August trip. So definitely no later than 6 months prior - inorder to get the Sunrise Safari.

I have the email address if you want to send me a PM.

SuzanneSLO
03-04-2009, 06:49 PM
I ended up emailing them instead of waiting to be contacted. I think that I sent the emails at about the 7 month mark so that I could get on the list for the sunrise safari at 180 days.

The Sunrise Safari is now booked at 90 days out. The IPO office called me in response to my e-mail in early Feb for our May trip and booked the Safari for us as soon as reservations opened. You may not hear much in response to your e-mail until May unless you have requested other dining reservations that still book at 180 days (Chef Mickey and Princess meals??). Enjoy your stay. -- Suzanne

Nikisha421
03-04-2009, 08:10 PM
I stay there whenever I can. I love the breakfast every morning and that I can just walk out my door and there is food for most of the day.

But don't ever do Concierge and the dining plan, it is way too much food!

i always do the DDP when at the world but this will be our first time doing CL and I am so confused about what to do...NO plan...quick service...or regular like we have always done.

I probably cant go without a plan since my daughter always wants a snack when in a party...or maybe i could just pay for those items.

so confused:confused3

WDWMom
03-05-2009, 06:19 AM
We just booked 4 night at CL at AKV. It was the only thing available 31 days out. Yes 31 days :cool1:

I didn't even know AKV had a CL or what to expect. Trying to do some research. I doubt we would be able to do the safari at such late notice or that we would want to pay the price for 5 of us.

dianeschlicht
03-05-2009, 07:05 AM
We just booked 4 night at CL at AKV. It was the only thing available 31 days out. Yes 31 days :cool1:

I didn't even know AKV had a CL or what to expect. Trying to do some research. I doubt we would be able to do the safari at such late notice or that we would want to pay the price for 5 of us.

WOW! Someone must have cancelled late! Enjoy the food and service!

WDWMom
03-05-2009, 07:35 AM
I have sooooo many questions Diane.

What kind of food do they have??? Our kids are 12 and 14 - picky eaters. W

What types of food for breakfast?

I read on the dvcmember site some of the perks but not enough info really. What extra services and can you be specific?

Can a one bedroom legal sleep 5 on CL?

What is the difference between Jambo House and Kadini?

We stay at AKL once and didn't really like it (lots of little things) so I haven't paid attention to anything going on there with detail. And I always thought we would stay at OKW, but this is a last minute trip and taking what is available.

Any and all info would be appreciated. We are excited to try something new even though the kids are bummed we aren't staying at OKW.

MomsOf2boys
03-05-2009, 07:44 AM
We stayed CL at AKL in September and will be there again in January. We have a very picky eater along with us and even he found that he could do ok in the lounge. For breakfast he ate danish and fruit and yogurt. He is not an oatmeal kind of kid and does not eat cereal in a bowl with milk, it can't touch. :rolleyes1

He ate snacks and cookies during the day, always put a yogurt in the refrigerator in the room IN CASE... The evening offerings were not so easy for him as he would not try most things. He ate cheese and crackers and pb&j crustables.

We went on a dining plan... the platinum actually because we wanted to do things we had not done before.... so it was way too much food. Our January trip will not include a dining plan... we are DVC now and will have lunch meat etc in our room and plan only snacks and a Boma dinner out of pocket.

wildernessDad
03-05-2009, 07:45 AM
I have an off and on vacation blog that you can take a look at. Look at the Archive section to see a blog on our concierge stay at AKV. Take a look at the pics. I think you'll see that it's well worth the extra few points.

http://web.mac.com/hambrose/Vacation_Site/Welcome.html

ead79
03-05-2009, 08:12 AM
Hey there! I'm not Diane, but I thought I'd take a stab at your questions. We stayed AKV concierge in a 1 BR this past December, and we really enjoyed ourselves.

What kind of food do they have??? Our kids are 12 and 14 - picky eaters. The breakfast is a traditional continental style breakfast. There were various cereals, oatmeal, quinoa (kind of like a porridge), mini muffins, danishes, bagels, fruit, juices, coffee and milk when we were there.

Mid-day snacks were things like cookies and gummy worms. They also had a mid-afternoon tea service with teas and scones.

The evening appetizers included various things from Boma and Jiko--grilled marinated chicken on skewers, mulligatawny stew from Boma (yum!), beef and pork sausage, a fish dish I can't recall, various cheeses, hummus with pita bread dippers, and marinated veggies (hearts of palm, red peppers, celery, carrots, olives). At dinner they always had PB&J uncrustable sandwiches and gummy worms out for the kids.

The desserts and cordials includes various cordials, small pastries that alternated out each evening (stuff like zebra domes from Boma, mini mousse desserts, etc.). They also had cookies for the kids (and I think rice krispie treats one night too). The desserts would disappear quickly, but they replenished the trays quickly too.

What types of food for breakfast? see above

I read on the dvcmember site some of the perks but not enough info really. What extra services and can you be specific? The main service benefit is their pre-planning assistance. The concierge can book your ADR's for you, assist you with planning any special surprises you might want to do, book dinner shows and Cirque du Soleil, purchase items to have waiting for you in your room (like an autograph book for example), etc. Additionally, you get access to the Sunrise Safari as a concierge guest (it's an additional charge and sometimes books up early), which is truly fantastic! You also get a discount on the Wanyama Safari as well. I haven't been on that one, but I've heard it's really good as well.

Also, your room will have bathrobes provided. You'll receive daily housekeeping, plus nightly turndown service with chocolates on your pillow. Once you're at WDW, the concierge can help with any changes you'd like to make to your ADR's, assuming they are available. The concierge has some extra pull to get you into the restaurants at AKL, but not the other things, so if you want that castle breakfast, you should let them know before your 90 day booking window for sure.

Can a one bedroom legal sleep 5 on CL? Yes, there is the king bed in the master bedroom, plus a queen sleeper sofa and a twin sleeper chair in the living room.

What is the difference between Jambo House and Kadini? The Jambo House rooms are a bit smaller than Kidani. In Kidani the 1 bedroom bathroom will have a separate shower and jacuzzi tub. In Jambo House the shower and jacuzzi tub are a combo. Also, only Jambo House will have value and concierge category rooms.

I hope that helps! Here are some pictures of the food offerings that I took during my trip last December so you can get an idea about the food:

Breakfast:
http://i56.photobucket.com/albums/g164/ead79/Live%20from%20AKV/100_1902.jpg

http://i56.photobucket.com/albums/g164/ead79/Live%20from%20AKV/100_1903.jpg

http://i56.photobucket.com/albums/g164/ead79/Live%20from%20AKV/100_1904.jpg

http://i56.photobucket.com/albums/g164/ead79/Live%20from%20AKV/100_1905.jpg

http://i56.photobucket.com/albums/g164/ead79/Live%20from%20AKV/100_1901.jpg

Evening Appetizers:
http://i56.photobucket.com/albums/g164/ead79/Live%20from%20AKV/100_1913.jpg

http://i56.photobucket.com/albums/g164/ead79/Live%20from%20AKV/100_1914.jpg

http://i56.photobucket.com/albums/g164/ead79/Live%20from%20AKV/100_1915.jpg

dianeschlicht
03-05-2009, 08:24 AM
Sorry, I didn't get back here in time, but you got the good answers!

Frankly, we didn't always eat much at the club lounge, but we did enjoy breakfast and dessert! We only got dessert a couple of times, because you have to be there RIGHT away when they put it out, or you miss it! It was things like zerbra domes from Boma and tarts from Jiko.

One of the best features of CL other than food and turn down and daily maid service (which I could do without), is that they make all your reservations for you! We LOVED both safaris too, and plan to do at least one of them again in December when we stay CL for the first 3 days of our trip.

WDWMom
03-05-2009, 12:05 PM
Thanks everyone.

So I'm sure we don't need to worry about breakfast. The lounge should provide us with everything.

Can our kids go to the lounge by themselves or with each other? Do we have to be present? They are 12, 14 and 17.

Since we are booking on a month out, I doubt we can get an ADR's or the safari. Not really worried about it either. We've never done ADR's before because of the picky kids and this is kind of a budget trip.

MomsOf2boys
03-05-2009, 12:09 PM
Thanks everyone.

So I'm sure we don't need to worry about breakfast. The lounge should provide us with everything.

Can our kids go to the lounge by themselves or with each other? Do we have to be present? They are 12, 14 and 17.

Since we are booking on a month out, I doubt we can get an ADR's or the safari. Not really worried about it either. We've never done ADR's before because of the picky kids and this is kind of a budget trip.

Mine went alone, they are 12 & 17 as well. They mostly just brought stuff back but one time we could not find 12 year old... he was up there watching cartoons with a bunch of kids.

Nikisha421
03-05-2009, 02:49 PM
Just a question...I notice they have breakfast...what kind of milk do they have (my DD5 needs soy milk):confused3

ead79
03-05-2009, 02:51 PM
Just a question...I notice they have breakfast...what kind of milk do they have (my DD5 needs soy milk):confused3

I'm sure if you let the concierge know ahead of time, they would be happy to provide soy milk for your DD.

dbriggsq
03-05-2009, 04:20 PM
We're going to AKV concierge in about 7 weeks but we haven't heard anything from IPO yet.

We're not planning to book a lot of things - just one or two meals - should we contact them directly or wait.

Donald is #1
03-05-2009, 07:29 PM
We're going to AKV concierge in about 7 weeks but we haven't heard anything from IPO yet.

We're not planning to book a lot of things - just one or two meals - should we contact them directly or wait.


I would contact them directly.

podsnel
03-06-2009, 05:58 AM
We own at BWV and are staying AKV CL studio this May. Amazingly, we WL'd for a Fri/Sat night only about 4.5 months out and it came through within a few weeks. We already had a BW view booked and the CL room was only 2 points per night more. We booked so that we could do the Sunrise Safari on Sunday morning before moving to the BWVs. So, it is possible to book even when you are not an owenr, as long as you can live with only a Fri/Sat night. Best of luck -- Suzanne

Hi! Which Sunday SS are you doing? We'll be on the one on May 17th. :goodvibes

SuzanneSLO
03-06-2009, 10:49 AM
Hi! Which Sunday SS are you doing? We'll be on the one on May 17th. :goodvibes

We are going on Mothers' Day, May 10, so we will miss you. -- Suzanne

wingkng
03-06-2009, 01:22 PM
Next year, my family and I are inviting my wife's family to come and stay with us. We don't know yet how many people. Should I go with the CL 2 bedroom + a studio, or splurge on a Grand Villa? I didn't think the Grand Villas are in the Concierge level.

dianeschlicht
03-06-2009, 01:43 PM
Next year, my family and I are inviting my wife's family to come and stay with us. We don't know yet how many people. Should I go with the CL 2 bedroom + a studio, or splurge on a Grand Villa? I didn't think the Grand Villas are in the Concierge level.

No GVs in CL. Only 5 2 bedroom lock offs.

adminjedi
03-07-2009, 05:39 PM
Next year, my family and I are inviting my wife's family to come and stay with us. We don't know yet how many people. Should I go with the CL 2 bedroom + a studio, or splurge on a Grand Villa? I didn't think the Grand Villas are in the Concierge level.
More points "per person" for the Grand Villa compared to a 2bdrm plus studio (but you do get the pool table :thumbsup2 ). However, be aware - it is very difficult to book 2 rooms at CL. We had a fiasco this year due to the "New booking rules" and only ended up getting one of our rooms initially. We were very fortunate that our wait list just came thru for the 2nd room!
We're doing the double digit dance!!! :cheer2: :cheer2: