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carterman_12
07-25-2001, 12:12 PM
<center><b>Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge Resort FAQ</b></center>

Welcome to the soon to be famous Animal Kingdom Lodge Frequently Asked Questions. This is your stop for information on the DIS. Hmmm…I can’t think of anything else to introduce, so lets get started with it…:bounce: :bounce: :bounce:


<b>QUICK INFO:</b>
Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge
PO Box 10,000
Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830-1000
AKL Phone Number: 1-407-938-3000
Unofficial AKL Photo Gallery: www.wdwig.com/g_akl.htm
AKL Official Website via Disney: http://disneyworld.disney.go.com/waltdisneyworld/resorts/resortindex?id=DRSAnimalKingdomLodgeRsrt
Reservations: 1-407-W-DISNEY
Credit Cards Accepted: Visa, Mastercard, American Express, JCB, Discover, Diners Club, and the Disney Credit Card
Check in: 3pm
Check out: 11am

<b>What is Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge?</b>
Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge, their newest Deluxe Resort, is designed by Peter Dominick, who designed Wilderness Lodge. As you enter the lobby (which is on the third floor) you can easily tell that the whole resort features an African Theme. From the rooms, to the restaurants, and hidden mickey’s, you truly believe that you are actually in Africa. There are 1,290+ rooms at AKL.

<b>What are the rooms like?</b>
Roughly 90% of the rooms have views of one of the three Savannah’s, which we will explain in detail later. 100% of the rooms have balconies. The STANDARD ROOMS are approx. 344 sq. feet. The DELUXE ROOMS (which either have a pool or savannah view) are approx. 381 sq. feet. All rooms are themed liked Africa. All rooms feature 2 queen beds, 1 king and a daybed, and 1 queen and bunk beds. Deluxe queen rooms are close to the same as the standard rooms plus more room. King deluxe rooms feature more room in addition to the day bed it features. Contrary to what some people believe, the rooms at AKL are not really that dark. Here are the layouts of all the rooms courtesy of wdwinfo.com:
http://www.wdwinfo.com/aklodge/roomlayout.htm
All rooms feature 27in. TV, iron w/ board, safe, (inside closet), Telephone w/ voice mail, and hair dryer. If you want a coffee maker, you MUST request it.
Side note: the safe’s in your room are quite small. Ask about Guest Services about their larger safes near check in. We had to use these when we were switching rooms at the lodge.


<b>What is the room rates for 2001?</b>
For suite info, call 1-407-W-DISNEY
(Order as follows: value, regular, peak, and holiday)
Standard View: $199, $230, $275, $305
Water/Pool View: $250, $280, $325, $365,
Savannah View: $265, $295, $340, $385
Water/Pool Deluxe: $320, $360, $420, $475
Savannah Deluxe: $335 ,$375, $435, $490,
Concierge: $380, $435, $510, $565
Suites: $600-$1850, $675-$1990, $750-$2140, $850-$2350

<b>What are the rates for 2002?</b>
Standard View: $204, $239, $284, $319
Water/Pool View: $255, $290, $340, $380
Savannah View: $270, $305, $355, $400
Water/Pool Deluxe: $330, $375, $435, $490
Savannah Deluxe: $340, $385, $450, $505
Concierge: $415, $470, $535, $595
Suites: Call Call Call Call

<b>Season Dates: (2002) </b>
Value Season - 1/1/02-2/13/02, 8/25/02-10/2/02, 11/3/02-12/19/02
Regular Season - 4/21/02-8/24/02, 10/3/02-11/2/02
Peak Season - 2/14/02-4/20/02
Holiday Season - 12/20/02-12/31/02

<b>What types of view are available @ AKL?</b>
There are three views at AKL. Savannah Views overlook Arusha, Uzima, and Sunset Savannah’s. Pool views overlook the pool area. Standard views overlook the parking lot. Concierge/Deluxe rooms overlook either the pool or one of the three Savannah’s.

<b>I see on the map that they divide the rooms into trails. What does this mean?</b>
Trails at AKL are much like the buildings at the Poly and GF; and the wings at CR. There is the Zebra Trail, Kudu Trail, Ostrich Trail, and Giraffe Trail. HOWEVER, if you have your heart set on seeing Kudu, then do not request the Kudu Trail. This trail offers views of the sunset and Arusha Savannah’s, but the Kudu is only available on the Uzima Savannah.

<b>What animals would I expect to see at AKL?</b>
Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge is divided into 3 Savannah’s: Uzima, Arusha, and Sunset. Some of the animals are enemies to each other, which explains that some animals can only be found on a certain savannah. Giraffes are the only animal that is found on every savannah. Info below is courtesy of wdwinfo.com:

<b>Sunset Savannah</b>: Male Giraffe, Bongo, Impala, Thompsons Gazelles, Ostrich, Ankole Cattle, Waterbuck, African crown cranes, stork and blue cranes.

<b>Arusha Savannah</b>: Pelicans, geese, giraffe, ankole cattle, zebra, Wildebeast, eland, gemsbok

<b>Uzima Savannah</b>: Giraffe, Impala, Kudu, Bongo, Blesbok, Thompsons Gazelles

Usually, a free animal guide is included in your room, (if you have a savannah view). If you don’t have one, ask guest services.

<b>Can I see an AKL Map?</b>
http://www.wdwig.com/aklmap3.jpg

<b>Are there any special programs at AKL?</b>
There is nightly African Storytelling at the firepit at Arusha Rock. For time, inquire at guest services.

There is a daily tour of the lodge itself starting at 3:30. Once again, inquire at guest services.

There is a developing self-guided tour of the many African paintings. See when you check in to see if they have finished this.

<b>Can you tell me about AKL concierge?</b>

AKL Concierge is all of the 6th floor and part of the 5th floor. The concierge lounge, or the Kilimanjaro Club, is on the 6th floor. The rooms are the same as deluxe rooms in terms in size. Concierge at AKL includes all the features that you would expect from a Disney concierge service, plus a little bit more.
<b>SUNRISE SAFARI</b> - available to AKL concierge guests only, this exciting tour of Kilimanjaro Safaris @ the Animal Kingdom (without the poachers) is $40. Unlike the actual ride, this tour takes about 45 minutes to complete, with frequent stops to view and take pictures of the many animals. The CM’s go in length about the animals, which is also different from the ride. After the tour, guests will be escorted to the Tusker House, where a wonderful buffet awaits you (you also receive a fast pass to experience the ride when the AK is open). The tour has a max of 28 persons, and is available to book through concierge 90 days head. Avail. Tuesdays and Saturdays, and you must be at the bus stop at 6:30am. Transportation back to the resort is on your own.
<b>FOOD</b>-The following from Dreams Unlimited Travel expains AKL Concierge food:Macheo (Sunrise Offering)
6:30am
Coffee and assorted juices

Miamko (Adventurous Awakenings)
7:00AM - 10:30AM
An assortment of fresh fruits, juices, pastries and cereals.

Vitafunio (Safari Snacks)
11:30AM to 3:00PM
Various snacks and beverages

Chai (Afternoon Tea)
3:00PM - 4:30PM
Loose leaf teas, assorted scones, cookies and biscuits.

Kisikusiku (Twighlight Offerings)
5:00PM - 7:00PM
Assorted wines, hors d'oeuvers, and specialty appetizers (provided from the Lodge's restaurants, like Jiko and Boma)

Rehema (Evening Indulgences)
8:00PM - 10:00PM
Desserts and Cordials

The assortment and quality of the Concierge offerings are on par with the best Concierge lounges on property. With the possible exception of the Polynesian, the evening offerings here are arguably the best on property.


<b>What dining possibilities does AKL Provide?</b>

AKL has 2 restaurants and 1 food court, as well as a pool side bar and another one inside the lobby. To make Priority Seating for Boma or Jiko, call 1-407-WDW-DINE.
Jiko- The Cooking Place- This restaurant, which will soon be famous for it’s many African Wines, adds a very unique taste to line of Disney World Restaurants. Dishes include Banana Leaf Steamed Sea Bass and Oak Grilled Beef Tenderloin. To see the whole menu, go here: http://www.wdwig.com/menu/menu_jiko.htm. To get to Jiko, walk into the lobby and walk the first set of stairs you see on your right. Jiko is a dinner only restaurant.
Boma-Flavors of Africa- This WONDERFUL, (and I mean wonderful) buffet has many African foods as well as some of the American Favorites. I personally recommend trying the Prime Rib and the Zebra Domes for dinner. Dinner Buffet is $19.95 for adults and $8.95 for children. For Breakfast they have made to order omelets, great potatoes, bacon, sausage, ham, and even more. For the menu, go here: http://www.wdwig.com/menu/menu_boma.htm. Breakfast is $14.95 for adults and $9.95 for children.
Mara- The food court at AKL, has breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Hours are 6am to Midnight. To see the breakfast menu, go here: http://www.wdwig.com/menu/menu_mara.htm. To see the Lunch/Dinner menu, go here: http://www.wdwig.com/menu/menu_marald.htm.
AKL also offers excellent 24hr room service. Go here: http://www.wdwig.com/menu/menus.htm#res for the menus.

Victoria Falls and the Uzima Springs Bar serve the usual beverages as well as many different African wines.

<b>Does AKL have any character breakfasts?</b>
To make it short, no. The managers at Boma have firmly decided that a character breakfast, with it’s huge crowds daily, would crowd the resort itself and disturb the animals.

<b>Is there a refillable mug program at AKL?</b>
Absolutely. For $8.95 you can purchase your mug and use it throughout your trip for free. It is redeemable at Mara only. For a picture, go here: http://www.howskaren.com/refmug3.jpg

<b>What kind of store does AKL have?</b>
There is one store at AKL, Zawadi Marketplace. This 6000sq. feet store, located to the left when you enter the lobby, seemed to be changing everyday I was there. It has a HUGE pin rack, more that any that I have seen in any of the parks (except @ Epcot, of course). They have many AKL merchandise, Animal Kingdom gear, and the usual WDW stuff. Magazines, drinks, and snacks are also for sell. The best part, though, about the store is it’s many African products. They actually have a African Painter on hand to paint something for you (for a hefty price). Many carvings, noise makers, carved elephant pens, and unique African products are at your fingertips at Zawadi Marketplace.

<b>What is the pool like?</b>
The largest pool in terms of square feet on Disney Property is located at AKL. The Uzima Pool, which is 11,000 sq. feet, is themed to be an Oasis. It’s features include a zero-depth entry, a wading pool for the kids, two hot tubs, a pool side bar, and a slide. The pool only goes to about 4ft 5in. The lifeguards are out at the pool until 10pm; after that no one is allowed to use the slide. Behind the pool is the Uzima pool outlook, which showcases some of the Lodge’s aquatic animals.

<b>Is there a spa at AKL?</b>
Near the pool area, the Zahanati Fitness center is the place at AKL to workout, get a massage, of receive a facial. For prices and hours, punch the fitness button on your phone when you get to the lodge. Exercise equipment includes a full line of Cybex Equipment, treadmills, stairmasters, and bicycles. Treatments will include: Massage Therapy: Swedish, Sports, Aromatherapy; Body Treatments: Journey Rejuvenation, Paraffin Mody Basque, Aromatherapy massage and masque; and Facials: European Aromatherapy, Gentleman's, My First Facial (10-14 years).

<b>Can I do my laundry at AKL?</b>
Washers and Dryers are conveniently located right next to Simba’s Clubhouse. They are $2 each, and soap costs $1. Dry cleaning is also available. To check on prices before your trip, call guest services. There is a price sheet in your room inside the closet.

<b>My spouse and I have PS’ at Victoria and Albert’s at the Grand Floridan. Where can I take the kids at AKL for supervised baby-sitting?</b>
The following comes from wdwig.com:
The children's activity center is called Simba's Clubhouse. The tentative schedule for the Clubhouse is: 4:30 - 6:00 p.m. Check-in and free play; 6-8 p.m. Dinner; 8:30 p.m. Snack Time; 9 p.m. Creative Play; 10 p.m. Vote on a Disney Movie; 10:15 Movie time and quiet time. The Clubhouse is available for children 4-12 years old, cost $8 an hour, and closes at midnight.) Reservations can be made as far as 120 days in advance through 407-WDW-DINE

There is also a small playground near the pool area, with, of course an outlook for the kids who just don’t like to swim.

<b>I am staying at the Contemporary and would like to check out AKL for a future stay. I want to drive over there in my car, but I heard I cannot do this. Why?</b>
Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge is a secure resort. You cannot drive your own car to the resort. This is only possible if you are staying at the lodge or have PS at either Boma or Jiko. However, if you ride WDW Transportation over to AKL, you will be allowed to check out the lodge.

<b>How do I get to and from _____ when I stay at AKL?</b>
All transportation to and from AKL is by bus. The AKL bus stop at most of the parks and DD is either stop 4 or 6. Do not be fooled by going into the AK bus stop, not the AKL stop. They are two different stops. The bus depot at the resort is to the right when you exit the lodge from the lobby. From my experiences, the max waiting time for a bus was to AK, and that was fifteen minutes. Another time we had to wait 10 minutes for the Epcot bus. Every other time (we went to all parks + DD) the bus was waiting for us. Some reports have had the AKL transportation is very sloppy, so use with caution.

<b>I need a taxi to take me to USF/IOA for a day, but not sure about the ones waiting outside the hotel. Who can I call to set me up a taxi?</b>
To set up a taxi, call guest services on your in room telephone, they will set up a taxi for you for free- even if you are going to USF/IOA.

<b>Hey! I’m back from the parks mid-day and the animals are no-where to be seen! Where are they?!?</b>
Don’t worry. Disney suddenly hasn’t decided to ship them off to the Animal Kingdom. The animals go back to the “barn” area where they receive check-ups and get out of the Florida Heat. The animals usually return to the Savannah’s around 4pm.

<b>I am in a standard view, so I cannot see the animals from my balcony. Is there any other outlooks available?</b>
Absolutely. The main outlook is called Arusha Rock, which is right outside the lobby area. This is where story-telling is nightly. This outlook is prime for getting even more up-close and personal with your favorite animal. For evening viewing, a must is the Sunset Savannah viewing area. This outlooks the sunset savannah. There is also viewing area on all the trails where the rooms are.

<b>I would love to eat and watch the animals at the same time. Can I eat at one of the three restaurants and do this?</b>
To make it short, no. The three restaurants outlook the pool area; but, if you have a savannah view room, in-room dining is a must.

<b>I am hesitant about staying at AKL because I am afraid that the animals odor might stink. Does this happen?</b>
Absolutely not. Another reason that the animals go back to the barn daily is for the AKL crew to clean up the savannah’s. So far there have been no complaints that I have heard of of the smells.

<b>I would love to know more about the animals and Africa. Who can I turn to to get more information?</b>
During the day, many Animal guides from Africa are on Arusha Rock. There job is to talk to you about the many different kinds of animals. Also, because they are from Africa, it is very interesting to learn about their homeland.

<b>After watching the channel in my room, I have decided to look into the Disney Vacation Club. Is there a DVC Desk anywhere at AKL?</b>
Right next to the sunset savannah viewing area and near the entrance onto the Kudu Trail, is where you will find the DVC.

<b>What perks do I get by staying at AKL, which is a Disney owned Resort?</b>
Staying at AKL has all the perks that the rest of the resorts have, except if you are staying in concierge (sunrise safari) Those perks include-
Character Caravan- see the Disney World characters greet you just before you hit the parks! Near the entrance to the resort, numerous Disney characters greet you for a meet and greet type deal to wave you off before you go to any of the parks. This event replaces early entry at the parks.

E-ride nights- on select nights during several months of the year, Disney World guests are able to stay at the Magic Kingdom for an extra three hours for a "private party for resort guests". The charge for this is $10-$12, but it is defineatly worth it, because you can ride many of the classic e-rides (three mountains, alien encounter, haunted mansion) a lot faster due to the dramatic decrease in population at the park.

Transportation- Just like above, complientary transportation by bus is available to AKL to anywhere in the "World".

<b>When does the character caravan come to AKL?</b>
The caravan comes Sunday, Tuesday, and Thursday. Times are: 8:10 – 8:40 a.m. & 9:10 – 9:40 a.m.




Did I forget anything? Respond to this or email me at carterman_12@hotmail.com and I will! :bounce:Thanks for everyone for reading and adding to the FAQ!!!! It makes me glad that I did it....just for your information, I will be doing a huge update to the FAQ this weekend which will have all the latest updates about the hotel. Thanks!

Ricola
07-25-2001, 01:20 PM
I've found information on the AKL to be scarce and conflicting at times. It's great to know this stuff.

We're going in Oct., and I can't wait!

Janet2k
07-29-2001, 10:31 PM
I was fortunate to have stayed at the AKL during Opening Week. I had read a lot about the AKL before I arrived, and had seen quite a few pictures, too, but I still was completely blown away from the very first moment that I set foot in that resort. To say that my stay was incredible just does not do that resort justice. I found that the AKL had the best Cast Members ever -- each and every single one of them. And I was fortunate enough to have had a concierge room, and I cannot tell you how wonderful and professional their concierge Cast Members were. A few of the concierge Cast Members who went out of their way to make my family's stay magical were Don and Diane (I hope to see them on a future visit). My humble opinion is that the AKL is a beautifully managed resort that gives you a vacation experience unlike any other. I can't wait to go back.

Here is the link to my photos of the Sunrise Safari and Breakfast event: Sunrise Safari And Breakfast Event (http://new.photos.yahoo.com/janettwokay/album/576460762326623134).

My main on-line photo album is found here: Janet2k's On-Line Photo Albums (http://new.photos.yahoo.com/janettwokay/albums/). In there you’ll find photos of the suites that I have stayed in, the Sunrise Safari and Breakfast event that I have attended, and some other miscellaneous AKL photos (laundry room, Simba’s Cubhouse, Kilimanjaro Club, swimming pool, and so on).

Janet2k
07-29-2001, 10:46 PM
Dreams Unlimited Travel (associated with the Dis website) has excellent webpages on the AKL:

Overview (click here) (http://www.dreamsunlimitedtravel.com/resorts/AKLodge/index.htm)

Rooms (click here) (http://www.dreamsunlimitedtravel.com/resorts/AKLodge/rooms.htm)

Dining (click here) (http://www.dreamsunlimitedtravel.com/resorts/AKLodge/dining.htm)

Recreation (click here) (http://www.dreamsunlimitedtravel.com/resorts/AKLodge/rec.htm)

Kids Program (click here) (http://www.dreamsunlimitedtravel.com/resorts/AKLodge/kids.htm)

Concierge (click here) (http://www.dreamsunlimitedtravel.com/resorts/AKLodge/concierge.htm)

Animals & Savannahs (click here) (http://www.dreamsunlimitedtravel.com/resorts/AKLodge/animals.htm)

"Chat" Transcript (click here) (http://www.dreamsunlimitedtravel.com/resorts/AKLodge/chat.shtml)

Janet2k
07-29-2001, 10:52 PM
I have dined at both Jiko and Boma during my AKL stays and the food was scrumptious, simply out-of-this-world (as in Walt Disney World). Yum!

The Dis’ “Restaurant” board had a review of the AKL’s Jiko restaurant: Dis' Restaurant Review Thread (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?s=&threadid=10356&perpage=15&pagenumber=1)

PNO4TE
08-17-2001, 10:38 AM
My family is going to be at the AKL for two nights in December and after reading everything I could get my hands on I found we had a question that just was not addressed anywhere on this board or others so I asked Janet2K for advice and followed it! I wrote to Disney and asked about the smoking policies at the resort.
My DH is a smoker and the rest of us are not. We always stay in smoking rooms and he goes outside on the balcony to smoke or finds a smoking area like a lounge, but he does not smoke in the room. I was curious about the locations available for this at AKL.
I received a quick reply stating that there is no smoking on ANY balcony at AKL and that he would need to go to a lounge or outside to smoke. I was also told that if we were in a smoking room he would be permitted to stand in the room with the balcony door opened but he was not to venture out onto the balcony.
We felt that this was more than fair and I thought I would share what I had learned.

Really MK
08-17-2001, 11:22 PM
PNO4TE is 100% correct about the smoking on the balcony rule. The CMs explain it to you at check-in, and I'm pretty sure it is in the statement they have you sign that says you understand you can't feed the animals, etc.

However, let me warn you that when we were there last week it was obvious that people were ignoring it. Someone (or ones) in our area (which was a non-smoking area) sat on the balcony every night smoking cigars -- making the trip a little less pleasant for the rest of us who wanted to spend time watching the animals before going to bed.

laurenk
08-18-2001, 08:39 AM
No smoking on the balcany of a smoking room? Does that have to do with the animals? If it does, why do they have ashtrays all over the place by the pool? We had a smoking room, and did smoke on our balcony every night. OOOPPPS! I feel bad now, we just assumed smoking room=smoking balcony as well.


And might I add that this was not explained to us at check-in. But a lot of things were not told to us at check-in. We had a VERY not nice CM check us in. Everyone else was GREAT though. Maybe people weren't ignoring the no smoking on the balcony rule, they just were never told.;)

UKDEB
08-18-2001, 12:41 PM
Superb information. I just have to disagree with you about the rooms - I was expecting them to be dark from the pictures I'd seen, and they were exactly how I thought they'd be.

I'd been a bit worried about it, but the room grew on me very fast (we had king bed Concierge with Arusha savannah view). It was <i>immaculate</i>. I know the resort's new, but the carpet and bathroom tiles looked like they'd been laid that day!

crazyforpooh
08-18-2001, 11:00 PM
I can't wait 122 more days

carterman_12
08-19-2001, 09:09 AM
when we were there, the CM at check in said that though it is not allowed in the rule book, all the CM's at AKL are laid back about smoking on the balconies, and really don't have a huge problem about it.

*Flower*
08-19-2001, 05:44 PM
We'll be staying at AKL in December, and have booked a Savannah view room.
Can anyone recommend a few room numbers to ask for?
Or maybe even have as a suggestion for the Reception CMs?

I'd really appreciate this, because DH still isn't sure about the price being justified.

Thanks in advance for any help that you can provide.....

carterman_12
08-19-2001, 05:50 PM
It is a must that you request the second floor. You get more up-close if you are there. and depending what animals you want to see, have your pick of the savannah!

Janet2k
08-19-2001, 05:53 PM
Flower, here is a map of the AKL; please look it over and pick out a wing or bank of rooms that you might like: click here. (http://www.dreamsunlimitedtravel.com/resorts/AKLodge/aklmap.jpg)

And here is a link to my on-line photo albums, so if you get a room on a higher up floor, you just might enjoy the view (my room was on the fifth floor of Zebra Trail and I loved it and its view): Janet2k's On-Line Photo Albums (http://new.photos.yahoo.com/janettwokay/albums/)

Janet2k
08-19-2001, 06:01 PM
PNO4TE, thank you for posting the AKL's smoking policy. It is a most welcome addition to this thread.

I thought I would add that I have always been informed upon check-in that smoking is optional in the suites (regardless of the resort). My family and guests do not smoke, and we have always found the suites to be free of the smell of smoke (Disney does an excellent job on clearing any smoky smells from their resort rooms).

AKLhoneymooner
08-20-2001, 01:01 PM
Flower:

When making room requests, never request a specific room number. It's very tough for them to accomodate such a request. Instead, make a list of requests, such as which savannah you'd like to face, non-smoking or smoking room, which floor you'd like, and which bed configuration. When you add these to your ressie (by calling CRO), make sure the most important request is listed first, the second most important second, etc. That way they know what is most important to you and you have a better chance of getting what you want.

I'm calling tomorrow to do just this, and I'll find out Sept. 18 if my requests were granted. :cool:

BowlingAriel
08-22-2001, 11:39 PM
I used the DU link to look at the map. I am a little confused. Where is the concierge section?

Janet2k
08-29-2001, 12:43 AM
The sixth floor contains nothing but concierge resort rooms and the concierge lounge, the Kilimanjaro Club. The fifth floor contains both concierge resort rooms and also regular resort rooms. If you are a concierge guest, your resort room key will allow you to access the resort’s sixth floor and concierge lounge.

CaliforniaDreaming
08-29-2001, 01:08 PM
How many concierge rooms are located on the 5th floor? Do they all have good savannah views? How are the views from the 6th floor rooms? From what I heard, this concierge level is worth the price.

Is the Sunrise Safari really worth it? I don't like the idea of having to get up that early!

And, what would be best to request for a Deluxe Savannah View Room? (w/o concierge service)

Thank you!

tiggersgirl
09-01-2001, 12:31 AM
The Sunrise Safari is wonderful! I wasn't thrilled either about getting up so early but once we got started I didn't want it to end! When the sun rose over the savannah it wa so beautiful, I kept checking my watch dreading the time when it would be over! The breakfast at Tusker House was beautiful.

My best advice about staying at the AKL is, don't go to be entertained, go and EXPERIENCE it. Participate! Talk to the CMs, they're very nice and ask questions. I had to force myself to talk to the CMs, I'm not very outgoing but once I did I got used to striking up conversations and I was glad I did.

Oh, and keep an eye out for one CM in particular, her name is Chantal.
One day my dad pointed out this huge spider in a tree by Arusha rock, and he pretended like he took it out the tree, so naturally I screamed and headed toward the lobby, the next thing I knew I heard these feet POUNDING the ground behind me, I automatically started running (I thought it was my dad with that spider). It was Chantal, running with her hand out like she had the spider! As I was clinging to the fence in fear she opened her hand, it was only a leaf! I immediately took her picture and we talked for a good 45 minutes. She was adorable and very funny! http://www.snapfish.com/slideshow/AlbumID=2984540/PictureID=45505472/t_=4774

disneyberry
09-11-2001, 01:34 AM
hi all... just had to say, during our 2 night stay last week in a 4th floor std savannah room on the Zebra Trail overlooking Arusha Savannah... we hardly saw ANY animals!!!
what a bummer!

we also didn't have enough time to take the lodge tour or go on to Arusha rock during the daytime. (next time we'll have to stay longer)
so we never found out an important piece of info:


when are the feeding times???


btw, our last night we wandered around the resort taking pics, and at the Sunset Savannah lookout.... oh my lord, there had to be about 30 animals all at once in the Sunset Savannah area... i wished we had had a room there!!! maybe in the past the best animal viewing was at Arusha Savannah, but now with weather changes maybe they're rotating it to Sunset Savannah...

speculations?

Janet2k
09-29-2001, 07:45 PM
I found the following bit of information in the Fall 2001 edition of the “Disney Magazine”:

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Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge Dedication: Orlando, Florida, May 22, 2001 – Amid 100 fluttering paper birds and a flurry of leaf-shaped confetti, Shelia Gibbs belts out “Circle of Life.” Gibbs, who plays Rafiki in Broadway’s “The Lion King,” and four of her fellow cast members performed the song at the opening of Walt Disney World’s newest resort. Adding harmony was the 50-member Seminole High School Choir from Sanford, Florida. Lion King ensemble members Ron Kunene and Lindiwe Diamini followed with a reading of “Africa – We Thank You,” a poem about their native land.
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There was also a beautiful photograph in the magazine that was taken during the dedication ceremony. I wish I could have been there for it, I bet it was a wonderful thing to experience.

A few of our fellow Dis’ers were there for the AKL dedication event and posted what they saw in the thread “AKL Dedication ceremony” that was started by Piratesmate.

Mickey_k
10-18-2001, 07:39 AM
I was also wondering about the concierge rooms. Are the views good or are they blocked by trees?. What is the best request for a concierge room? ALso how is the transportation?
:smooth: :smooth:

Janet2k
10-21-2001, 10:01 PM
Mickey_k, are any of the concierge rooms’ views blocked by trees? I don’t know for certain but I would think that most of them (if not all of them) are not blocked. What would be the best concierge room to request? I don’t know. I had a concierge room on the fifth floor that overlooked Zebra Trail. I really loved my view. If you’d like to see the view from my room, here is the link to my on-line photo album: Janet2k's On-Line Photo Albums (http://photos.yahoo.com/bc/janettwokay/rlst?.dir=/&.src=ph&.done=http%3a//photos.yahoo.com/bc/janettwokay/lst%3f%26.dir=/Walt%2bDisney%2bWorld/Animal%2bKingdom%2bLodge/AKL%2bSunrise%2bSafari%2b%2526%2bBreakfast%2bEvent %26.src=ph%26.view=t)

A lot of folks really like staying in a savannah view room (non-concierge room) on the lower floors because they love the close-up view of the animals that it affords. Other folks prefer the higher-up floors for the overall view of the savannah that it affords. I can see both points. But I really feel that no matter what floor you stay on, and what savannah view you have, you will still have an incredible stay. There are also many wonderful public-viewing spaces scattered around the lodge, both inside and out. The best views are probably from those spaces, in my humble opinion. I love the AKL.

The transportation was fine during my AKL stay. As you well know, WDW transportation is really hit or miss from ALL of the WDW resorts. You'll hear good things and bad from many folks. I can only state that it was perfect during my stay. As with anything Disney, if you are in a hurry, use your car or take a taxicab. That way you will be assured of getting where you need to go at the correct time.

MomofKate
10-22-2001, 08:46 AM
I am so excited. We are leaving for Disney in just 4 more days! This is the first time I have read the thread about the AKL. Things look great here and I can't wait to experience it.

I do have a question. We are traveling with a party of 5. I booked a room for 4 of us, because the room for 5 was $50.00 more. Is it going to be ok to "sneak" in the extra person or will there will be trouble for doing this? Do they give you a bigger room for 5 people? I wonder exactly what I am paying for with that extra $50.00? Any ideas/suggestions on my dilemna? I want to be honest about having 5 in the room, but why the $50.00 more? Thanks for your help..

dandave
10-22-2001, 09:14 AM
MomofKate, Hi! The Deluxe room is appx 380 sq.ft as opposed to 340 sq.ft. The only Deluxe room which will sleep 5 is the 1 queen bed, bunk beds, and daybed combo room. The deluxe with 2 queens does not have a daybed. If you have a child 2 or under, then you can put that child in a crib.
If you have more than two adults in a room, then their is also an extra charge for the 3rd adult.
Is your 5th person 2 or under?

MomofKate
10-22-2001, 09:25 AM
In our room there would be myself, my husband, and our three children. Ages 9, 10 and 11 years old. We could put on on the floor if that's the only difference in the extra $50.00 a night. We are only staying one night there, so it's not a biggie where we will sleep. I am just worried about one of the kids not getting a transportation pass or something if we don't register him there? Will that happen? We haven't been to Disney before, but I am assuming the hotel gives you passes for the transportation system? Will one of the kids not get a pass if we don't tell them he is staying with us? My parents will be there in their RV, but we don't want to be driving that around.

Thanks again for your help!

dandave
10-22-2001, 09:31 AM
MomofKate, No, I don't think transportation will be the problem here. If Disney finds out that you are sneaking in this 3rd child, then you could be asked to leave. I'm sure that is not what you wanted to hear, and I'm sorry to have to tell you that. It is potentially a very embarrassing situation for you and your children. If it were me, then I'd try to quickly change my ressie to a deluxe and include the 5th person on the ressie.

MomofKate
10-22-2001, 10:14 AM
Originally posted by dandave
MomofKate, No, I don't think transportation will be the problem here. If Disney finds out that you are sneaking in this 3rd child, then you could be asked to leave. I'm sure that is not what you wanted to hear, and I'm sorry to have to tell you that. It is potentially a very embarrassing situation for you and your children. If it were me, then I'd try to quickly change my ressie to a deluxe and include the 5th person on the ressie.

Thanks DanDave! I am going to do that now....

dandave
10-22-2001, 10:25 AM
I hope ya'll have a wonderful time at the AKL! It is very beautiful and peaceful. I think you will be able to enjoy your stay there and be much more relaxed with the Deluxe and the 5 person ressie! :)

actuarian
10-28-2001, 10:24 AM
DW and I are staying at AKL concierge in January. We saw several posts here about the Sunrise Safari but no mention of who to call to reserve it. Does anyone have that information?

Janet2k
10-28-2001, 12:18 PM
Actuarian, you contact the AKL concierge and let them know that you would like to attend the Sunrise Safari and Breakfast event. There is a per person charge for this, as well as the fact that you will need to have a theme park pass (park hopper, annual pass, etc.) in your possession the morning of the event.

49rt67
10-28-2001, 02:21 PM
Regarding coffee makers on request at AKL, do they provide the coffee, sugar, & cream, or do I have to provide it myself? Thank you for any assistance!

actuarian
10-28-2001, 04:18 PM
Thank you, JANET2K. Do you by any chance know the number to call for the AKL concierge? (I assume that the concierge will call us eventually but I understand this event can and should be reserved 90 days in advance. Based in prior experience in concierge rooms at other hotels (GF, Polynesian, Boardwalk Inn), the concierge will not call us until about 10 days before the reservation).

Janet2k
10-28-2001, 04:46 PM
I don't have the concierge number but here is the number to the AKL resort: (407)-938-4760 (I got that phone number from the WDW webpage for the AKL). I bet if you give them a call, they could connect you to the Kilimanjaro Club (the concierge lounge) where you could speak to (or leave a message for) one of the concierge CMs.

Janet2k
10-28-2001, 04:51 PM
I was just on the www.disneyworld.com webpage and saw on the left-hand side of it something entitled, "Taking the President's advice, 'I went to Disney World!'" by Liz Smith. If you click on that link, you'll find an article about her trip. Here is the blurb in it regarding the AKL resort:

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" Instead of flying off to Africa on safari, give yourself a break and go to the Animal Kingdom Hotel. In this luxurious inn and theme park, which is the least commercial of all the Disney playgrounds, wild animals from Africa look in your window or can be seen from your tour bus or from the little train that takes you behind the scenes."
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If you read her entire article, she mentions a lot about the Animal Kingdom Theme Park. It sounds like she had a wonderful time in Walt Disney World. Do you think she might have spent a night at the AKL? I wonder.

Janet2k
10-28-2001, 06:26 PM
I received my “100 Years of Magic: Walt Disney World” vacation planning video the other day. For those of you who have this video, if you go approximately 28 minutes into the tape, you’ll be in the “resort” section. Right at this point they show an exterior shot of the AKL. I want you to take a look at the following photo in my on-line photo album: Janet2k's Favorite Exterior View Of AKL (http://f2.pg.photos.yahoo.com/ph/janettwokay/detail?.dir=/04e1&.dnm=56e2.jpg)

Now compare that photo with the image on the Disney videotape. The two shots are basically identical. Great minds think alike, eh?! By the way, when I first viewed my videotape, I shouted out, “Hey, kids, there’s a shot of our old AKL resort room!” They got a kick out of viewing it and reminiscing about our last vacation. *Sigh* I can’t wait to go back to the AKL.

carterman_12
10-28-2001, 08:30 PM
I too just recieved my 100 years of magic video (though not going this year, made a choice to save the money for next year and wait for Mission: Space) It really shows great shots of AKL. Worth the 2 seconds it took me to order it, plus, the video was free!

Janet2k
10-28-2001, 09:05 PM
There's a thread on the "Rumors" board that mentions that "Live with Regis and Kelly" will be filiming in WDW in December. They are offering a travel package on the Live website that includes four nights at the AKL. Here's what is being offered:

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Join Regis Philbin and Kelly Ripa as they help kick off the biggest celebration in the history of Walt Disney World Resort--100 Years of Magic- spectacular yearlong celebration honoring the 100th anniversary of Walt Disney's birth. Be the first to experience new attractions, parades and shows in all four theme parks during the celebration of creativity, innovation and family entertainment.

From December 1 -December 5, "Live with Regis and Kelly" will take their show on the road and tape from the Disney-MGM Studios at Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida. And, as a special treat, fan club members will have a chance to meet Regis' new co-host Kelly Ripa, during a fan club luncheon.

Here's what the package will include:

"Five days, four nights accommodations at Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge...home to a picturesque savannah where giraffe, zebra and other exotic animals roam about a spacious wildlife reserve.

Walt Disney World passes which will include admission to: The Magic Kingdom, Epcot, the Disney-MGM Studios, and Disney's Animal Kingdom

Welcome breakfast
Luncheon with Kelly
Ground transportation to and from airport
VIP tickets to the "Live with Regis & Kelly" show tapings December 4 and 5
VIP tickets to one taping of "Who Wants To Be A Millionaire"
Plus, there'll be SURPRISE AND GIFTS!
Be a part of this spectacular vacation for just $1,084 per person, plus airfare (based on double occupancy)
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I wonder if Regis and Kelly will be staying at the AKL. For anyone vacationing at the AKL at that time, let us know if you bump into them in the resort's hallways. I remember reading about a fellow Dis'er and his wife bumping into Regis in the Bally store at the GF a few years ago. That was one of my favorite WDW stories.

dandave
11-03-2001, 10:55 PM
All rooms are themed liked Africa. All rooms feature 2 queen beds, 1 king and a daybed, and 1 queen and bunk beds. Deluxe rooms have the same except all feature a daybed and, of course, have more space.


carterman12, Hi! Thanks for the great AKL FAQ! I do not believe that a deluxe room with 2 queen beds has a daybed. It is my understanding that only the deluxe with the queen/bunkbed combo and the deluxe with the king have daybeds.
If I am correct, then the queen/bunkbed/daybed deluxe room is the only one that will sleep five.

Janet2k
11-04-2001, 01:58 AM
Dandave, I just checked Disney's website and found the following -- click here (http://disneyworld.disney.go.com/wdw/resorts/roomsDetail?id=AnimalKingdomLodgeResortGuestRoomsL istingPage):

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Guest Rooms:
Deluxe - One Queen Bed, One Bunk Bed & One Day Bed:

These rooms feature one queen-size bed, a bunk bed and a day bed, table and chairs, ceiling fan, bathroom with private commode, and data port on phone. Rooms also feature private balcony with a standard, savannah or pool view. Non-smoking rooms and rooms for Guests with disabilities are available.

Amenities include in-room safe, voice mail, hair dryer, iron and ironing board, and 27" television. Coffeemaker and refrigerator available upon request.
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And this:

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Guest Rooms:
Deluxe - Two Queen Beds:

These rooms feature two queen-sized beds, table and chairs, ceiling fan, bathroom with private commode, and data port on phone. Rooms also feature private balcony with a standard, savannah or pool view. Non-smoking rooms and rooms for Guests with disabilities are available.

Amenities include in-room safe, voice mail, hair dryer, iron and ironing board, and 27" television. Coffeemaker and refrigerator available upon request.
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Janet2k
11-04-2001, 02:03 AM
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Guest Rooms:
Deluxe - One King Bed & One Day Bed:

These rooms feature one king-size bed and a day bed, table and chairs, ceiling fan, bathroom with private commode, and data port on phone. Rooms also feature private balcony with a standard, savannah or pool view. Non-smoking rooms and rooms for Guests with disabilities are available.

Amenities include in-room safe, voice mail, hair dryer, iron and ironing board, and 27" television. Coffeemaker and refrigerator available upon request.
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TartanFan
11-04-2001, 10:11 AM
Thank you so much to all who have initiated and added to this great FAQ thread. DD and I will be there 12/15 and I've had just about all of my questions answered (including the smoking policy - I'm a smoker but I don't like to inconvenience anyone else and it's great to have advance info).

DD was excited before but now is jumping with excitement about being able to speak to a CM about her favourite Thompsons Gazelles! And she can't wait for the storytelling!

Thanks again

Diane and Nicole
(TartanFan and DuckTailFan)

Janet2k
11-04-2001, 02:19 PM
TartanFan, when you come back from your AKL vacation, we'll be expecting you to post some info in here, so get out your sleuthing hat and put it on and find us some good info on the AKL that no one else has discovered yet!

TartanFan
11-04-2001, 03:11 PM
Janet2K

I'll do my best (intend to spend as much time at AKL as possible!) but have to say you all are a hard act to follow!!!!!!

Look for the trip report around Christmas time.

Happy Thanksgiving to all in the US from us here in UK

:earsgirl: :wave:

Nasi
11-04-2001, 06:00 PM
I had 2 questions about ALK. I read on another site that if you stay concierge you cannot request a view. Is this true? My husband definitely wants a savannah view room.

Also, I was curious if you requested a coffemaker, do you have to bring your own coffee, cream, etc or do they supply it, or can we purchase it from them? I saw that this question was asked above but I didn't see the answer. Thanks, Nasi

Minybear
11-04-2001, 08:55 PM
Nasi

1) With staying with concierge savanna view is not guaranteed. You can request it within your reservation (put that request as #1 request within your reservation). I have heard that most of the rooms at concierge are good savanna rooms. Plus the concierge people always try to get the rooms their guest really wants.

Sorry I cannot answer #2.

Janet2k
11-10-2001, 03:03 AM
Here is a link to someone's AKL video clip: http://homepage.mac.com/jkeller/iMovieTheater2.html
(It is on the Apple Computer website.)

It was so nice to be able to view my favorite resort. I am even more excited about my upcoming trip than ever.

Janet2k
11-10-2001, 03:38 AM
Here is a link to an article on the AKL: http://aaaworld.com/pages/archive/JA01DISNEYAKL.html

Please take the time to read that article, it is wonderful. Kate Muhl, who wrote it, had the same experience at the AKL that I had. And that most of you who have visited the resort have also had. It was like going home again when I read it. I can't wait for my return visit.

Janet2k
11-10-2001, 04:30 AM
I am on a roll tonight (I have got to get to sleep at some point!). Here is a genuine Disney video clip of the AKL that I found on the National Association of Black Journalists' website: http://www.nabj.org/html/video/new.mov (this one has sound).

Janet2k
11-10-2001, 07:04 PM
I just read the cover story from the May 2001 issue of “Southeast Construction” (found here: click here (http://www.fwdodge.com/dcp/SECN/SEcovers/SEcovsty_may01.html)) regarding the AKL’s construction. It was an interesting article and I learned a few things. For instance, did you know any of the following tidbits of information?

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The exterior contains virtually no wood. Crews used Cemplank and Hardy Board products, fiberglass reinforced plastic columns, and concrete prepared to look like wood. Fixtures and components arrived from all over the world.

“We want it to look like a large organic structure," said Hale. "Typically you would go with wood and thatch and use all the natural materials you would find in the wilds of Africa. But the developer/owner that we are, we want to keep our projects around for a long, long time and intend to maintain them ourselves. We were challenged to go with synthetic material wherever possible."

Imagineers, with input from the general contractor and roofing subcontractor C & H Contracting Professionals, Lake City, developed a synthetic product to use in decorating the roof that replicates a reed thatch. The team fire- and wind-tested the material before using it.
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Believe it or not, I actually knew about the synthetic thatching that was mentioned above (I think it was my favorite AKL concierge Cast Member Don who first told me about it). Here are two pictures of the synthetic thatching that covered my balcony:
Thatching Photo #1 (http://f2.pg.photos.yahoo.com/ph/janettwokay/detail?.dir=/04e1&.dnm=d390.jpg)
Thatching Photo #2 (http://f2.pg.photos.yahoo.com/ph/janettwokay/detail?.dir=/04e1&.dnm=28bb.jpg&.src=ph)

Another part of the article that I found interesting was this:

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"We started with what you normally do at the end and we did that first," said Rob Hale, senior construction manager for Walt Disney Imagineering (WDI). For example, landscaping was planned and initiated almost two years prior to project completion. Building exteriors received attention before interiors to give animals time to become accustomed to their new home. Also, pressure-treated wood, paints and other materials had to be animal friendly and meet United States Department of Agriculture standards.
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And the following tidbit struck me funny because they basically had to treat the construction site as if it were a downtown building location that didn’t give them much room to move around in (remember, the AKL has a lot of fairly empty space – the three savannahs cover approximately 33 acres of land):

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Crews paved a drive lane around the main building and erected a temporary fence to separate people from the exotic animals. The barriers limited space adjacent to the structure, creating a site more like a downtown location than an undeveloped area.
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If you get a chance, please read the article.

kbeverina
11-20-2001, 01:09 PM
Would anyone happen to have the e-mail address for the AKL concierge? Thanks!

dandave
11-20-2001, 02:14 PM
kbeverina, Hi! This is the email addy I was given for our May trip. I hope it is still accurate: wdw.aklodge.concierge@disney.com

kbeverina
11-20-2001, 03:27 PM
Thank you so much! I prefer to e-mail so I don't catch them when they're busy with someone.

dandave
11-20-2001, 03:56 PM
You are very welcome!! I hope you have a wonderful stay! I cannot express how much I enjoyed my visit there. :)

Janet2k
11-22-2001, 04:02 PM
Ted and Holly posted the first photos of Christmas decorations at the AKL (2001). Since their post is no longer available, I put a few of my Christmas photos here: AKL Christmas Photos (http://f2.pg.photos.yahoo.com/ph/janettwokay/album?.dir=/e5ba)

Janet2k
11-24-2001, 02:42 PM
Deb Wills' website has photos posted that were taken from the balcony of a Standard View room: http://www.wdwig.com/g_akl.htm

DeeP
12-05-2001, 05:18 PM
When booking a standard room at AKL keep in mind that there are standard view rooms that face the pathway that leads from the bus stop to the main entrance of the resort. These rooms are literally 3 feet from the pathway and this pathway is very busy since it is the only bus stop at the resort. If you had one of these standard rooms on the first floor you would not even be able to open you curtains because everyone could look right into your room--that is how close they are to the pathway. The rooms on the higher floors would not be as easy for people to see into but I am sure they would be still be very noisey due to the heavy traffic on the pathway of people going to the bus stop, lobby, restaurants, etc. We were shocked when we saw the location of these rooms during our July trip. If you are booking a standard room at AKL make sure to request a room that is not facing the front pathway/entrance way into the resort.

markºoº
12-17-2001, 03:33 PM
Does anyone know the room layouts for the AKL suites? I'm considering switching from BC concierge to a 1 or 2 bedroom suite at AKL for our next trip.

DisOrBust
12-17-2001, 04:24 PM
Hello neighbor!!!

If you look on the home page www.wdwinfo.com under resorts there are layouts of the rooms at AKL. For more info on the suites at AKL including picture check out Janet 2ks thread.

Janets Thread
http://64.225.12524/forums/showthr....15&pagenumber=1


Janets Pics
http://albums.photopoint.com/j/albumlist?u=13559878&f=0


If these links don't work Janet has posted them on the 1st page of this thread.

LindaBabe
12-20-2001, 12:45 PM
We took the sunrise safari on December 8th. It is definitely worth the money!

There were 6 small children on our safari, though, I would say under 4 years old - not old enough for them to be reasoned with. I doubt they or their parents got anything whatsoever out of the safari, since they cried, whined, shrieked and wiggled through the entire thing.

The Tusker house staff had gone to great lengths to make the buffet a beautiful, upscale breakfast presentation and set up the room nicely, as it would be on a true safari. The first thing these two families did was rearrange the seating to suit themselves. It was just as well - everyone else was staying as far away from them as possible, by that time!

I URGE anyone, either adult or families with children old enough to be civilized in public - take advantage of the safari if you can. It is a wonderful opportunity to be close up and personal with the animals, and enjoy a wonderful, special and spectacular breakfast.

I urge anyone with smaller children - - don't do it! They'll be miserable, and so will you and everyone else around you.

leahmac
12-21-2001, 06:16 PM
Where are the deluxe sav. rooms located? Are they all close together or spread out?:jester:

leahmac
12-21-2001, 06:16 PM
Where are the deluxe sav. rooms located? Are they all close together or spread out?

Janet2k
01-26-2002, 08:00 PM
Hey, gang, since my original on-line photo albums were *lost* with the demise of PhotoPoint.com (ARGGGG!), I am in the process of re-creating them. I have just loaded my brand-new one-bedroom suite photos into my brand-new Yahoo photo album. They will be found here:
AKL One-Bedroom Suite (http://new.photos.yahoo.com/janettwokay/album/576460762326623349#page1) (Parlor Room)
AKL One-Bedroom Suite (http://new.photos.yahoo.com/janettwokay/album/576460762326623203#page1) (Master Bedroom)

I will try to put my two-bedroom suite photos into that new location within the next few weeks. Please be patient with me.

Patrick IL.
03-16-2002, 01:57 PM
OK all cleaned up :)

DisneyaHolic23
03-17-2002, 11:13 PM
I am very excited to see the AKL FAQ, since we are staying there in July. I just wanted to add a quick comment, so that I would be able to get email notification when new comments are added...:D

Nadine and Fred
03-22-2002, 09:34 PM
..and loved it. I will post a trip report this weekend but in the meantime.. any AKL questions??? (or any questions for that matter...)

Janet2k
03-23-2002, 05:16 PM
I just went through every post of mine in this thread and fixed all the broken or obsolete links. Of course some things were lost forever due to the Dis’ moving to another server two months ago, drats.

A week or two ago I put my AKL two-bedroom suite photos into my on-line photo album. I'll just post the links below:

AKL Two-Bedroom Suite (http://new.photos.yahoo.com/janettwokay/album/576460762326623776) (Parlor Room)
AKL Two-Bedroom Suite (http://new.photos.yahoo.com/janettwokay/album/576460762326623591) (Master Bedroom)
AKL Two-Bedroom Suite (http://new.photos.yahoo.com/janettwokay/album/576460762326623407) (Second Bedroom)

And here's the link to my main on-line albums:
Janet2k's On-Line Photo Albums (http://new.photos.yahoo.com/janettwokay/albums/)

minniemosa
03-24-2002, 09:16 AM
Which are the quiest standards rooms??

Gillian
03-25-2002, 10:01 PM
std view rooms -- If you look at the map

http://www.wdwig.com/aklmap3.jpgv

the standard view rooms are mostly in the front of the resort, overlooking the parking areas.

The bus area is on the lower right side of the map, below the Giraffe trail rooms. I would ask for an upper floor room on Ostrich trail, or ask for a quiet upper floor room away from the bus area. You could specify 4th or 5th floor. 3rd floor is ground level on this side of the lodge.

If you look at these pics from Deb wills site, you can see that a 5th floor ostrich trail standard view room isn't bad. It should be quiet. That side of the lodge is above the handicapped parking lot & shouldn't get a lot of foot traffic. The Giraffe trail side will have a zillion people heading to the busses all day long!

http://www.wdwig.com/g_akl.htm#sv

I hope that helps!

Tluvs2talk
03-28-2002, 10:15 PM
I have some pictures of AKL Lodge at www.picturetrail.com Where it says visitalbum/members name put Tluvs2talk. Please sign my guestbook.

trishy
04-13-2002, 06:03 PM
We booked a Deluxe Sav. room for the end of June. We were told it was the best way to guarantee we get a great room to view the animals in the early morning. My question is this: Is the Sunrise Safari tour only for concierge? It seems you have to choose between the tour or the guarantee of a good Savannah view - doesn't seem concierge offers that much more. Any thoughts?

madcoco
04-16-2002, 01:48 AM
We are in a concierge deluxe sav. room in June.I know that the Sunrise Safari tour has changed a bunch since we were there last year so can't really give you accurate info.At that time it was only offered to concierge guests.It was well worth it:)I guess it is everyones own individual taste on whether concierge services is worth it or not. How much do you think you will use the lounge and services? It is really relaxing sitting on your balcony watching the animals.It does help to bring a pair of binoculars.Have a great time on your trip!:)

DisneyaHolic23
04-16-2002, 07:42 AM
I can tell you that the concierge services, thus far, have been unbelievably impressive, and I haven't even gotten there yet!

We don't go until July, but I sent an email to the concierge desk a few days ago, asking some basic questions. So far, Alana, one of the concierge crew at AKL, has written to me about four times. I had planned to make my own PS, but I mentioned them to her, and she simply made the PS. So much easier than a long distance call!!

I wasn't even sure if she could make my PS, because we are going to DW for 18 days, but only 3 of them are in AKL Concierge - the rest are for Caribbean Beach. And, when I stay in AKL there are only 3 of us, but for the rest of the trip there are 13. She has been willing to make PS for all 13 of us, during the period I am not even in AKL!! Very impressive!

I can't wait to enjoy the rest of the imenities. However, I am already feeling like I have gotten my money's worth!!

madcoco
04-16-2002, 02:08 PM
If you like those Zebra domes they usually have those for dessert plus a few African wines and cordials. Appetizers can be some of the same ones you find in Boma.AKL is one of our fav concierge services out of all the resorts. Haven't tried YC yet. They go out of their way to help you out. One of the CM(forget his name:o) does a wonderful Donald Duck complete with puppet.:)

Sounds like you are going to have a heck of a party at CBR.Have fun!:)

*Flower*
04-17-2002, 07:08 PM
DisneyaHolic23-

Alanna worked with us in December when we were there, and she and the rest of the Concierge crew were FANTASTIC!!!

I keep meaning to send them a little something to thank them, and this just reminded me again....

Have a great trip!!

madcoco
04-17-2002, 08:05 PM
A little off topic, but what is your opinion on Disney concierge CM not being able to accept tips?IMHO it is not right as valets, baggage CMs etc are allowed to accept.The concierge staff at some of the resorts (particularly the AKL and Polynesian) have bent over backwards for us in the past.:confused:

*Flower*
04-17-2002, 08:15 PM
madcoco-

Do you do PMs?

madcoco
04-19-2002, 06:26 PM
OK up too early.Not thinking straight and this may sound dumb.:o Are you talking about flying nights?If not ?

Tluvs2talk
04-19-2002, 08:04 PM
I think she means Private Message.

madcoco
04-20-2002, 01:48 PM
Thanks.:) Sat here for 10min trying to figure it out.In the Airline World we know that as flying the night flights(redeyes).Thought is was a fellow pilot that read the profile.Really feel dumb now:o
Oh yea the answers yes.:)

Minnie's Guy
04-22-2002, 08:06 PM
I was looking at the pics on wdwig.com and saw that there are rooms facing the pool area that were catagorized as a "standard view room". The reason they were listed that way was because there was partial obstruction from the roof of Boma and Mara. Does anyone know what room #s they are and where the location is (3rd floor I know, but in Zebra trail?). I woulf like to put in a request fir these rooms rather than the parking lot if possible.
Thanks.

Maistre Gracey
04-23-2002, 02:22 AM
I have not read the entire thread, so I appologize for any repetition. We stayed at AKL last May, when it first opened. We had an Savanah view, on the second floor. Things that were noteworthy: If you do not see the animals, go to the fire escapes and look to the ends of the building. They like it there, possible because it's very quite, as well as more shade. A castmember told us this and it really was true. The best Savannah appeared to be, IMHO, the one to the right side of the lodge as you enter. I can't remember the name of it, but it is not the big or the small one, it's the middle size one. Also keep in mind that a second floor room is actually third floor, as the bottom level has no rooms (animal barrier and storage). I would reccomend the first floor, which is actualy the second level. By the way, I read about the smoking situation there, and wanted to say that we were there during the fires. There was thick smoke much of the time, and the entire resort smelled like smoke from the rooms to the parking lot!!! Have Fun!!!

Gillian
04-25-2002, 01:27 PM
minnies guy, I'm not sir of the numbers for those rooms, but they are high up. It would be wise to request a high floor anyway, because if you get stuck on the parking lot side, it will be better to be away from the busses & foot traffic.

Gregg
04-30-2002, 11:42 AM
ask for Room 3507. Savannah view room right in front of a giraffe feeding stand. Ont he zebra trail with a great view. Also very convenient to the pool (take elevator right outside room practically right to the pool). Also fairly convenient to the lobby (same floor).

3509 and 3511 look to be good too.

Hope this helps
Gregg

kid@heart
04-30-2002, 03:09 PM
We are staying at AKL this October for 3 nights. We are booked concierge and wanted to know which room requests to make. We want to be on the 6th floor. We are a family of 5 so we need one of the bunk bed rooms. We want a room with a good view of the animals and good access to the elevator to the lobby. This will be our first trip to AKL. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. THANKS!

:D :D :D

DBorges
05-02-2002, 06:14 PM
We just came back from staying at the AKL Concierge.

Only 6 of the 6th floor rooms face the sunset savannah.

The remaining rooms face the pool.

When concierge makes their rooming call to you, you will need to request one of these rooms. However, they are on a first come first serve basis. No guarantees.

If you request it, they will do their best to try and accomodate you.

Also, these rooms only occupy 4 guests.

I hope this helps you in your planning.

You would have a better chance of a savannah room on the 5th floor.

Either way, you won't be disapointed!

Enjoy your vacation.

Disney Fool
05-02-2002, 06:43 PM
I just returned from AKL Concierge. I can't say enough about how wonderful that staff is. To all who are going there for the first time, enjoy!! It's my favorite resort. I had a two-bedroom suite on the second floor, awesome views, very long porch. Concierge staff met all my requests and beyond. I just love that place, and can't wait to go back.

kid@heart
05-03-2002, 12:08 PM
When should I expect my concierge call? 30 days, 60 days, etc.? Should I fax or e-mail them ahead of time? Just looking for some feedback. THANKS!:D :D :D

DBorges
05-03-2002, 12:18 PM
They called me 5 times.

The last call was two days before I got there.

If you have their number, call them first to get put in the system about 2 months out.

Janet2k
05-04-2002, 01:14 AM
Dizpro had a thread that talked about an AKL mention in a USA Today article. Here is the link to the electronic version of the article: USA Today Article (http://www.usatoday.com/travel/vacations/great/millionaire.htm).

The article was entitled "10 Great Places To Meet A Millionaire." Septuagenarian socialite Marylou Whitney shared with the article's author "choice spots for rubbing shoulders with the monetarily endowed of both sexes." Here's an excerpt:

- - - - - - -
Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge, Lake Buena Vista, Fla.

Suites here can run $600 to $2,000 nightly. "John and I stayed in a big one with balconies all around. Giraffes practically poked their heads in our noses. Marvelous food and service! I want to go back."
- - - - - - -

leahmac
05-04-2002, 08:20 AM
DBORGES, what do you mean by first come first serve basis. (first to ask, or first to arrive) I want a 5th floor savanna room. I have requested it by e-mail they e-mailed bak and said they have it as an a request should Icall back before I leave and double check.

kid@heart
05-04-2002, 08:45 AM
How can I e-mail and/or fax AKL concierge? THANKS!
:D :D :D

leahmac
05-04-2002, 09:59 AM
I e-mailed this address: wdwaklodgeconcierge@disney.com>

DBorges
05-05-2002, 08:50 AM
There are plenty of 5th floor rooms.

There are only 6 6th floor concierge rooms with a savannah view.

I had called concierge before my posting to kid@heart.

That is what I was told by the cast member at the concierge desk.

It would be on a first come first serve basis.

AS far as a clarification, you might want to call them.

MHolleman
05-11-2002, 08:43 PM
I am very interested in staying at AKL is Sept. I have a few questions for any AKL pros out there;
1) Are there any great rates for the AKL out there for Sept right now?
2) What are some of the best rooms for the concierge guests?
3) I am planning on doing Tues., Sept. 17th at the AK park, then I will relax at the resort for the rest of the day. What are some really great things to do while staying here?
And Last......
4) I am going to do the concierge level, how are the wines and cordials? I also plan to eat at Jiko's that night.

Thanks for any help, and extra suggestions you might have.

Melissa
:)

madcoco
05-11-2002, 11:26 PM
1. Sorry don't know:(

2.Of course the Royal suites;) 6th floor is exclusive to concierge and that is where the lounge is. Both of our short stays there last year where on the 5th floor Arusha Sav View. There are Sunset Sav. and Pool view as well.
The rooms are the size of the WL.We love just sitting out on the balcony watching the animals.Please check this site out for photos:http://www.wdwig.com/g_akl.htm

3.Explore the grounds.Relax by the pool.Take a tour.There are numerous CMs hanging around to answer questions about the resort.Have a refreshment before dinner in the Victoria falls lounge. Attend the storytelling at the Arusha Firepit. Relax Relax Relax.:)

4. The wines are South African.The cordials that I remember were standards: GrandMarnier,Drambuie,etc.The problem is you can get really stuffed on the foods they put out.(if that's a problem.LOL)I know the Sunrise Safari that they used to offer concierge guests, has changed quite a bit since we attended it just after the resort opened.It was wonderful.Don't know what they do now.It is our favorite concierge of the WDW resorts.They staff is delightful.:)Here are other reviews.
http://www.wdwig.com/faq_daklc.htm
Take along small binoculars.It can help in your animal viewing.Enjoy your stay:D

DBorges
05-12-2002, 08:38 AM
I think your confused the suites are located on the fifth floor

Both the Presidental and the vice Prisidental are on the fifth floor with some two bedrooms suites and one bedroom suite on lower floors.


Maybe you need to check the resort map...:bounce:

madcoco
05-12-2002, 12:15 PM
Sorry.That was not the intention.Question 2: They were asking about what concierge rooms are the best and we stated of course the suites were the nicest. The 6th floor rooms are exclusive to concierge guests.The 5th floor is not. Not that the suites were located on the 6th floor.Our first stay when the resort opened was in the room right next to the Royal suite on the 5th floor overlooking Arusha Rock.

KelliR
05-13-2002, 01:46 PM
Hi...just booked AKL for August 15, 2002. I am using the great rate for annual passholders. I booked savannah view but I will not be staying in concierge level. Is there a phone number or e-mail address I can use to request a specific room, etc.? I saw the e-mail address for concierge.

Thanks for your help and Iwould appreciate any other suggestions.



:Pinkbounc :bounce: :earsboy: :earsgirl: :earsgirl: :earsgirl: :earseek:

surfgirl
05-16-2002, 12:46 PM
First, a *big* thank you to everyone who has provided information!

A few questions and input is apporeciated.

We are staying in a concierge room in early Sept. with our 2 1/2-yr. old. Our preference would be the same floor as the lounge so we can leave her in the room after she falls asleep (with a monitor) and we could walk down to the lounge. However, we would *love* a savannah view.

1. Should we go with a savannah view, even if 5th floor, and and not plan on utilizing the lounge in that method?

2. Is she too young for the Sunrise Safari ? She is a "watcher" and is very good about sitting in a car and watching (we routinely drive 400+ miles with only 2 or 3 stops).

3. Do you have to enter AK after the Sunrise Safari or can you get on the bus back to AKL?

4. Will the Concierge CM book a character meal for us?

Thanks, all!
Any other room request info would be appreciated.

Gregg
05-16-2002, 01:17 PM
I have never stayed in a concierge room. Using AKL as an example, is it worth the extra money? I mean, what do you get above what a normal savanah view room gets?

Sorry for the semi-off-topic question!

Gregg

carterman_12
05-16-2002, 07:36 PM
To Gregg-
Concierge, besides offering a larger room, offers food and specialized guest services during your stay. if you can get a nice discount, then I think it is worth the money.

To surfgirl-
you can always request a 6th floor savanna room for your needs. When concierge contacts you, be sure that you request that, and mention that you have a baby and it would be of a major convience for you.

It depends on how your baby tolerates the roughness. Sunrise Safari is basically a long Kilimanjaro Safaris ride, with a major focus on the animals. It is pretty rough, so its up to you.

No, there is transportation back to AKL after the sunrise safari (Im think im right on this one...might have to re-check)

You can ask a concierge CM to pull strigs for you to book character breakfast or any other resturants. it can work espically the hard to get resturants. But yes, they can book food ressies.

hmp2z
05-19-2002, 02:56 PM
Hi! We are going to be staying in a savannah view room at the AKL, and I was wondering if they provide binoculars in the rooms, or if we should bring some along.
Thank you!
Heather P

Gaylord_Focker
05-19-2002, 03:56 PM
I've read through these (pretty fast, though) and am not sure if this was brought up. We have the AKL booked for June - at the FANTASTIC *new* annual passholder code (go to mousesavers for the code) - a Deluxe Savannah room ($243/night-total). When we were first booking this room, we could not get a definite answer to what's the difference between Savannah and Deluxe Savannah. However, on the last trip to the "reservation fairy" we found out the Deluxe sleeps 5. The regular Savannah goes up to 4. There. Now we know and wanted to share it with you. Can't wait!

madcoco
05-19-2002, 08:45 PM
The deluxe has a few more square feet.Not 100% positive but I believe it is about a balcony width extra.

hmp2z You have to bring your own. unless something has changed in the last few months that we haven't heard about. Picked up a neat little zooming set at SharperImage.They don't take up much room, worked great and most important, they didn't fog when we took them from the room to the balcony.
Have a great trip!:)

Gregg
05-20-2002, 08:30 AM
we had a great savanah view room in April. Add in an Aerobed and walah! Sleeping capacity for 6! ;o)

susy
05-20-2002, 08:34 AM
I'm not done reading all the pages yet, but do they give you a map with the public viewing areas at check-in??? I'm thinking about paying for a pool view, instead of standard. Also, what floor to request? I was thinking 3rd floor. We will only be there 3 days/2 nights and I want to be close to the lobby, pool, and restaurants.

sharoncity
05-20-2002, 01:21 PM
Yes you get a map at check in with everything marked. The public viewing areas are very easy to find as you walk down the hallways. Third floor is good, but which trail you are on determines how close you are to the pool and restaurants. However, if you book pool view, then you will definitely be in the right wing for proximatey (sp?). The restaurants (all three) are located near the pool on the first floor. Remember the lobby is on the third floor. Takes some getting used to at first, but then it seems logical. Have a great trip, we sure did!!:D

susy
05-20-2002, 04:58 PM
Thanks! I would love to be on the same floor as the lobby, so I think I will request the 3rd floor. I just hope this all works out. We are in the midst of DS starting preschool and me finally going back to work. We also need to get another car. Lots can happen in a few months time!

surfgirl
05-23-2002, 09:17 AM
Carterman, thanks for the info.

I think the best thing is to prioritize what I want for a room (ie. floor, savannah view, queens vs. daybed) and let them do what they can! I will email the concierge and enlist their help.

merryRwe
05-30-2002, 10:47 AM
HELP!! This will be our 1st Dis trip with OUR own kids DS 4 and DD 2. Just got off the phone with CRO, booked AKL standard room for $129 9\25-10\01 but now I am panicking after reading all your posts. Should I have made some kind of room request? Should I upgrade to a view room? Should I call them back, she said it was a 2 queen bed room, which was what I wanted, but I didn't verify non-smoking. Any input for us first-timers? Thanks so much. We are also booked a the Dolphin, but will probably cancel, AKL sounds so great! THanks for any help!

sharoncity
05-30-2002, 12:19 PM
Welcome to the DIS merryRwe!

I would definitely call back to request the Nonsmoking room. Whether or not to upgrade depends if you can afford it. If you can swing it easily, it is definitely worth it! But if it would really be a stretch, don't worry about it. There are plenty of areas throughout the resort to see the animals. If you think your kids are old enough, you could request bunkbeds. My dd(9) and ds(4) loved them. We also requested (and got) the Zebra Trail. This trail puts you on the same side of the resort as the pool and restaurants. This was key for refilling our mugs every day! Also, the Zebras are an aggressive animal, so they are not on every savannah (they don't mix well with some of the other animals). I wanted to make sure our room had a view of both Zebra and Giraffe as those would be the only animals my ds would be able to recognize himself. (Although he certainly enjoyed seeing all the others as well - "I see animals!!! I don't know what kind! Just animals!!!! - was his litany each day.) I tried not to go over board with my requests because I didn't want the cms to just throw it out because I was asking for the world. Have to say we got all but 1 request (and I'm not sure that it would have been possible to receive that request in combination with the other requests.)

In summary, if it is very important to you, then by all means request it. If not, go with the flow and wait to have your socks knocked off! I'm sure this resort will!

merryRwe
05-30-2002, 05:02 PM
Thanks Sharoncity!

Here is what I am thinking, since this is our first WDW trip with the munchkins we are kind of looking at it as a learning experience (DD and I were there in 2000, stayed @ Downtown Dis area, and learned that ON property was MUCh better) Anyway, financially to upgrade to a savannah view is not a problem, but we were splurging in other areas, ie the flight down there (it was important to us to have a direct flight with lots of extra seat room, so we upgraded on the flight) I know you all think we are probably nuts, but it makes more sense for us.

So this is what it boils down to, the WDW rep was not extremely helpful this morning when I booked. After reading all of the great posts here I got some much needed info. But still wondering about the actual room requests, we are planning on doing 3 days of parks and the rest of the time at the hotel pools. So is there a particular area we should request as far as a standard room? Need to be close to food\pool and probably lobby (assuming that is where the buses depart from) any area we should be looking at specifically?

Thanks for any help...all of you are my only source of info, we don't know ANYONE who has stayed at AKL yet!!!

Babymoon
06-07-2002, 06:33 AM
We're staying at AKL for our trip in January 2003 and I have a question about bunk beds.

Is it only the deluxe rooms that have bunk beds? Do I have to request this at the time I make the reservation or should I do it at check-in?

Thanks!

sharoncity
06-07-2002, 08:18 AM
The regular savannah view rooms also have bunk beds. I would definitely request them when making reservations. My kids (9 & 4) loved them!

Gregg
06-07-2002, 08:49 AM
If you are looking for a great bunkbed room overlooking the savannah, request 3507. We had that in April and it's great because:

1) it's right in front of a giraffe feeding box
2) great view of the entire savannah (zebra trail)
3) same level as lobby
4) easy access to pool and food -- a few steps out of the room, down the elevator 2 floors and you're there

3509 and 3511 also look to be good, but I'm not sure if they are bunkbed rooms or not.

good luck
Gregg

bonzie1
06-09-2002, 01:23 PM
Does anyone know if the safari they offer to concierge guests is always sold out... can a regular guest be put on a waitlist if there is any extra room? Thanks!

bonzie1
06-09-2002, 01:23 PM
Does anyone know if the safari they offer to concierge guests is always sold out... can a regular guest be put on a waitlist if there is any extra room? Thanks!

bonzie1
06-09-2002, 01:23 PM
Does anyone know if the safari they offer to concierge guests is always sold out... can a regular guest be put on a waitlist if there is any extra room? Thanks!

KerriL
06-10-2002, 02:22 PM
From what the castmember in concierge told me, they are almost always sold out. They offer the safari only 2 mornings per week.
And it is exclusively for concierge guests only.
Kerri

susy
06-13-2002, 06:27 AM
This has probably been asked before. I have ressies for Labor Day Weekend (arriving Fri night). We have a standard room booked. I wonder what the chances would be to get an upgrade. This is a special trip for us- first stay at Deluxe, my b day, and we are also making up for last year's stay that we had to cancel due to financial burdens after 9/11. We had a savannah room booked then (boo hoo). Is there a specific way to ask? Should it be in our fax? We want to be as meek and polite as possibe and we completely understand if it's not possible. Who knows? Maybe between now and then I can get together the money for the difference. Any suggestions?

sharoncity
06-13-2002, 10:50 AM
Susy - maybe you could nicely word it in your fax to the room assignor and give them all the reasons you just gave us for why you'd LOVE to be upgraded to savannah view. However, I wouldn't count on it because that is a holiday weekend and could be very busy. I'm wishing pixie dust for you!:earsgirl:

minniemosa
06-14-2002, 10:32 AM
Last June 1, 2002.we were upgrade from a stad room to a pool view. There were two rooms and both were upgrade. Let me tell you that we prefer this view because we only saw at the savanah two zebras in four days.Th cast member said it was because of the hot weather.Our rooms were great, near MARA, laundry room, arcade,etc. We love them . All I requested(connecting rooms, bunk beds, std rooms that not were near pathway to bus stop), were done.I just think that if they have the rooms availabe, they upgrade.Maybe because we have ressies for Pop Century and were offer the AKL, we were upgrade.

DisneyDreamer
06-14-2002, 04:12 PM
We stayed at the AKL from June 7-12. During our stay, they offered the following activities.
Horticulture Show and Tell on Wednesdays, 9 a.m., Arusha Rock,
Track the Animals, 9:30 a.m., Arusha Rock,
Flamingo Feedings, 10:30 at Uzima Savanna,
Recreational Activities, 11:45 a.m. and 2:05 p.m. at the Lobby and Uzima Pool,
Cookie Decorating, 1:00 p.m., Boma Restaurant,
Pelican Feedings, 2:00 p.m., Arusha Rock,
Lodge Tour, 3:30 p.m., Ogun’s Firepit,
Junior Researcher, 4:00 p.m., Uzima Savanna,
Poolside Activities, 5:00 p.m., Uzima Pool,
Storytelling, 6:30 p.m., Arusha Rock Firepit (Sunset Overlook if it’s raining),
Games with Savanna Guides, 7:30 p.m., Sunset Overlook,
Cultural Safari, 8:30 p.m., Sunset Overlook,
Night Vision Tracking, 10:15 p.m., Arusha Rock

We saw the Pelican feeding (not too exciting) and attended two of the storytelling sessions (entertaining). Our kids played the 7:30 animal trivia game with a savanna guide. They both enjoyed this. My oldest son “earned” two badges at the Track the Animals (use tracking equipment to find a hidden transmitter) and Junior Researcher (observe an animal for 5 minutes, checking off their observed activity every minute). The night we tried to do the night vision tracking it was cancelled due to rain. The storytelling lasted about 30-40 minutes, but the other activities only took about 5 minutes each.

. . .

Folks with balloons they had bought at the parks were notified in the lobby by CM’s that they would need to check their balloons, for the safety of animals.

. . .

My husband and I enjoyed the music played throughout the lodge so he asked at the gift shop about purchasing it. This is obviously a frequest request, because they gave him a sheet which stated “Where can we purchase the music that is played throughout the resort?---Most of the music is available at Virgin Megastore. Here is a Listing:
Telek: Go Ralom, Balamaris, Talaigu
Vieuz Diop: C On, Mom’s Jam, Nio Koto Koba
Khadja Nin: Africa Obota, Embargo, Like An Angel, Mama, Mzee Mandela, Turasa
Voices (of Africa): Dala, Ekibobo, Kothbiro, Ngak, Ondiek, Tatenda, Wasuze Otya
Nakodje: Aliou Wara, Nana
African World: Sou
Samite: Bring Back . . . Music, Cradle with Love, Esawayo, Having a Good Time, Night Stories, Tindiba

. . .

Grilled veggies and mozarelli pizza from room service was our best meal of the trip!

bjakmom
06-14-2002, 04:45 PM
Thanks for the hours of the "night vision tracking", DisneyDreamer. The CM at CRO was very helpful and chatty about AKL, she even mentioned this to me and said how much fun it would be for my 13yo - I hadn't heard mention of it before, but can't wait to try it!

susy
06-14-2002, 09:59 PM
Can you request turndown service in a standard room??? I have not had problems with this at other dexlue hotels (non-disney). What is their policy? Of course, a tip would be left.

mattjs
06-17-2002, 10:39 AM
What's the night vision tracking? Will be there in September.

DisneyDreamer
06-17-2002, 07:28 PM
Although we didn't get to do it, it's my understanding that the guides on Arusha Rock have special binoculars which allow you to see the animals in the dark.

bjakmom
06-18-2002, 05:54 AM
That's how the CM @ CRO explained it to me - that the AKL CM lets you use special night-vision binoculars to view the animals. We'll be there end of August - I'll let you know how it went, matt - DS will definitely want to try this!

bigdisneydaddy
06-18-2002, 10:06 PM
Last November I had the oppurtunity to speak to a CM at AKL who was from Africa, She told me that most of the animals are past the tree line after dark. She did not have any night vision binoculars. The impression I got from her was that there wasnt much to see after dark.
It was very interesting to listen to her perspective on America and the many oppurtunities this great country has to offer.

sharoncity
06-19-2002, 07:54 AM
While there in April, we had 3 or 4 wildebeast who liked to sleep right in front of our room each night. That was well worth seeing! But didn't need night vision binoculars for it. They also keep the savannahs artificially lit at night so that it has the same light as it would under a full moon. We saw lots of animal activity during the evening hours. I think the night vision thing would be neat, especially for kids!

DisneyDreamer
06-19-2002, 09:18 PM
Susy,
I think you can request turndown service. During our stay, I was in the hall and overheard Housekeeping staff knock and announce "turndown service" a couple doors down.

WDW2000
06-20-2002, 02:02 AM
This question has been asked several times on this thread, but for some reason hasn't been answered. I was wondering if the Deluxe Savannah Rooms are on specific floors or have specific views like the concierge rooms? Can I request a Deluxe Savannah Room on the second floor to be closer to animals? Does anyone know of a specific room to ask for? I need one with queen/bunk/daybed to sleep 5.:bounce:

sharoncity
06-20-2002, 08:19 AM
With deluxe rooms, you can reserve savannah views. They are more expensive than the pool/water view deluxes. However the deluxe rooms are all on the fifth floor. The concierge rooms are on fifth or sixth floor. You can request a savannah view for concierge, but it is not guarenteed. You would not be able to get a deluxe room on the second floor. Hope this helps!:D

Gail T AGAIN
06-26-2002, 06:52 PM
I have night vision on my video camera and the shots I got of the many animals out there at night, I counted at least 11. When i came home and watched it I fely like I was reliving it all over again, we had a great room, I do believe it was room 3325 savanhah. I was wishing to get upreaded to concierge but she told me for 135 I could, i couldn't justifie that seeing as I was staying one night and going to go to the parks all day. I can't wait to go back, I just wish the lighting was better:)

TammyPB
06-28-2002, 10:57 AM
Is the AKL pool a sand bottom pool? I just can't tell from the pictures.

sharoncity
07-01-2002, 10:38 AM
Nope, no sand bottom. It is kind of a green color. It is supposed to look like a watering hole on a savannah. It does have a zero depth entry side, which is wonderful for the little tikes!

grumpyandbashful
07-06-2002, 07:28 PM
Does anyone know if the section of rooms that stick out of Zebra Trail and directly overlook the smaller hot tub (by the savannah) are classified as pool view or savannah view?? From what I can tell, they sort of overlook both.

Twoears
07-18-2002, 10:26 PM
Do the concierge rooms have refridgerators? Has anyone stayed in a pool view concierge room? Was it by choice? We are going next weekend and are booked concierge and really want sav. view. The CM at CRO told me that if we didn't get the view we wanted, we would have to call back and rebook through CRO to get our AP discount to change to a regular sav. view room. Has anyone had any problems getting the view you wanted in concierge? Thanks!

grumpyandbashful
07-21-2002, 06:47 PM
We stayed in concierge last summer and requested Arusha Savannah view on the 5th floor. We were put in Sunset savannah view on the 6th floor (very convenient to the lounge, but we didn't care for the view). They were able to move us the next day to a 5th floor room on Zebra Trail, and we were very happy with this room. I think the concierge staff want to make you happy and will get you in the location you want if at all possible.
Good Luck!

grumpyandbashful
07-21-2002, 06:49 PM
No, the concierge rooms don't have refrigerators, but maybe you can request one. Don't know if they'd charge you or not.

madcoco
07-21-2002, 11:06 PM
The concierge services were wonderful as usual at AKL this stay. 5th floor. On a stay last year, our 5th floor sav.room was not ready but they offered us a 6th floor room which was pool view and smelled heavily of smoke.We passed on it.Don't know about the refrigerators.

Wags
07-24-2002, 10:36 AM
Bump

bigsis1970
07-24-2002, 01:38 PM
Hi , I am sure this was asked before but don't own a computer at home and using mine from work so don't have time to read the entire post and the search isn't - wasn't - working

I really just want to know what are good room # to request..
I said i would like 4th floor on Zebra trail ? any other suggestions
We will only be there for 2 nights ( 12/05& 12/06) and would like to get maxiux viewing - we won't be doing parks just enjoying the resort?

thanks for any help.. Michelle

MelissaD
07-24-2002, 03:26 PM
Hi,
I am booked at AKL in October for 2 nights for my anniversary and reserved a one bedroom suite. I would like any feedback from anyone who has stayed in the suites and also, what views and room #'s if possible. I want to make sure for the extra $$$ I get the best possible view's.

From the posts I have read, I understand there are not Zebra's in all the savannah's.

We are Zebra Crazy and want to make sure we see them!:Pinkbounc

Jay'sPrincess
07-24-2002, 04:21 PM
The Arusha savannah is the only one with zebras. That is what the CM told us when we checked in.

bigdisneydaddy
07-28-2002, 10:37 AM
The CM that was at the Arusha rock viewing area told us that they have to keep the zebra in only one area because they dont get along well with the other animals, So they have to confine them to one area. He also said that they have only one sex of any particular species. Some species are male and some are female. If they mix them, they get agressive towards each other and the other species.

BoyLovesBuzz
07-29-2002, 08:26 AM
Can anyone tell me if any of the standard rooms have bunk beds

wdisneyaholic
07-30-2002, 08:02 PM
Can I just say how much I love this resort!!! We just stayed last week for nights and was upgraded to a pool view from a reg standard view. We originally had 1 night booked but when we got there decided to book and extra night. We had a dicounted rate and they gave us the additional night at the same discounted rate. Hoping to stay in 2004 concierge!!!

bigdisneydaddy
07-30-2002, 08:18 PM
We had a std view room last week that had bunk beds in it. All we did was ask.

corvair
08-02-2002, 07:29 AM
Hi, I am new to this post. Last trip we stayed WL.This trip we would like to try AKL. I have been checking the maps. I have 2 DDs. One would like to sit on the balcony and watch the animals. the other is in the pool all the time. I am looking at rooms that face zebra trail and other side of hall are the poolside rooms. These rooms look close to the elevator so easy access to the pool and the mara. the numbers are 2423 or 2451. Is there a name for this location? Could someone give me some good locations for what I am looking for???? thanks.....corvair amy

minniemosa
08-02-2002, 04:27 PM
We stayed in rooms 1462 and 1464 last June. They were facing the pool area, but with many bushes that the pool were not viewing at all. But it was greatly located,near the pool exit , near laundry room, and Simba Club house and of course to Mara. I like them very much.

Gagebre
08-05-2002, 10:29 PM
Bumping:wave:

corvair
08-06-2002, 07:34 AM
minniemosa,, did you request ground level? The section of rooms you were in, is there a name for these? I would like to be there only on the third floor? Did you make any requests and if you did were they met? Was there somewhere close you could go to veiw the animals? How was the Mara? Would you stay on ground floor again? How did you enjoy the pool??? thanks,,,corvair amy

pam2girls
08-06-2002, 12:03 PM
We are just back from 2 nights at AKL. We paid for a standard room and made no special requests except nonsmoking and 2 Queen beds. At check in they told us we had been upgraded to a pool view room at no extra charge. Great!!

We had room # 4016 in the Giraffe trail section. I could not have asked for a better room. It was right by the elevator that went directly down to the pool and restaurants.

We ate at Mara twice. Never busy. It was good. I tried the sugar cane chicken since it was one of the least expensive "african fare" choices. The veggies were too spicy for me, but the chicken was fine. Cost $6.99. My husband and kids ate American. the 2nd night we got a pizza there, about $17 for a large pepperoni pizza, it had 10 large pieces, plenty big for me and my husband and 2 light eater children, we had 3 pieces left over.

I would not pay for a savanna room if it isn't in you budget, we saw plenty of animals from all the public areas. I loved the pool view room we had, we could see the whole pool from the balcony.

Great resort.

corvair
08-06-2002, 12:25 PM
pam2girls, thanks for the info. Was your room right above the Jiko? How was the pool? would 2 girls 12 and 9 enjoy it? How were the hottubs? We are thinking of savanah for my one daughter and pool veiw for other. It was great to hear that you could see alot of animals from the veiwing areas. thanks...corvair amy

rocknty
08-06-2002, 01:23 PM
Originally posted by MelissaD
Hi,
I am booked at AKL in October for 2 nights for my anniversary and reserved a one bedroom suite. I would like any feedback from anyone who has stayed in the suites and also, what views and room #'s if possible. I want to make sure for the extra $$$ I get the best possible view's.

We have booked a 1BR suite for AKL and we also would really would like some tips on how we should request the right room.

My 3 y/o DS is a real animal fan and we want him to be able to see Zebras as well as be close to the pool.

What about the big patios we read about. Is that something only on the 6th floor?

Thanks for any help. :earsboy:

MickMan
08-09-2002, 01:24 PM
Any suggestions for room requests(section, room number, floor)?We will be in a savannah room.

Thanks!:bounce:

pam2girls
08-09-2002, 03:59 PM
cornair, I think your girls would love it. I have 3 girls, ages 7 and 3 and 8 mos. They are not animal lovers, but they thought it was great. They loved the pool. It is less than 5 ft at its deepest part, so they thought it was neat that daddy could take them all over the pool. I'm sure you know that one area is zero ft. entry, another side has steps. There is a water slide, very mild but looked like all the kids loved it.

I walked by the hot tub on the way to the playground area, but I didn't pay that much attention to it. sorry. I was watching my 8 mo. old nap most of the time we were there. That's why I liked my pool view room, I watched my other 2 girls swim with dad.

Room 4016 very centrally located and yes, pretty much above Jiko, just take the elevator down. The elevators seemed very spaced out, that is why I liked eing so close to one. Easy access to refill mugs at Mara and to pool.

You will have a great time any room you stay in though. Hope this helps. Pam

zachsmom8899
08-15-2002, 10:43 AM
Hi everyone!

I was wondering if someone could answer a question. I am heading to Disney in October with my family and a friend. My friend really wanted to stay at Animal Kingdom, but I didn't really want to (or really couldn't afford to). We have plans to stay at the Wilderness Lodge instead since we got a really great rate there. My question is, with the new fall rates they were offering a great rate on the standard view. My friend will only stay in a savanah view room. Is there a way to still get adjoining/connecting rooms, but have the different view? I would appreciate any help.

Thanks.

skuttle
08-17-2002, 11:32 PM
First, I must say that this thread is great! Thanks for all the wonderful info. :)

DH and I are planning on staying at AKL in May. We're trying to decide between a Savannah view room or a pool view room. When we visited AKL last week, it seemed like almost any room in the pool area would offer a nice view since the pool is so beautiful. I'm afraid if we do savannah view that we could possibly end up w/ the "people pen" savannah...I would cry...it's so ugly looking. I've never made any special request when booking a room...are they normally fulfilled? THANKS!

disnaholic
08-27-2002, 09:17 PM
Hello,
I just booked a room a AKL for December and I would like some opinions on the best floor to see the animals from AND I am really interested in some opinions on the best savannah. I have been looking at some online photos and was not to impressed by the sunset savannah. The Arusha savannah looked nice, but I would really like some opinions from people who have already been luicky enough to experience this resort.
Thanks for any info!!!!!

Maleficent2
09-05-2002, 07:42 AM
bumping

HookedOnDiz
09-05-2002, 09:18 AM
:bounce: bump:bounce:

KelliR
09-05-2002, 03:50 PM
We stayed at the AKL on August 15, 2002 in room # 4348 in the Kudu Trail guest rooms. We had a savannah view booked and the only thing I requested was a room with bunk beds.

We love this resort! I think it is my favorite of all the Disney resorts. (I also love the Dolphin). :p

The room was quite a walk from the pool, restaurants, and lobby. Not really too far, but a hike for my 4 yr old when she was tired. But she never complained a bit because of the lookout points along the way to see the animals. It was quite an adventure for her. We took the elevator, but the 4th floor is only one floor up from the lobby.

We saw tons of animals. None in the afternoon, but when the animals were out we saw vultures, zebra, gazelle, etc. on our walk to the room. Right outside of our room was a giraffe feeding station so from our room ... we saw plenty of giraffe, many ankole cattle, greater kudu, ostrich, and other animals that I am not sure if they were bongo or blesbok or gemsbok. But we saw plenty. After awhile, we saw so many it lost the novelty for my DD4! We enjoyed walking out of the lobby and seein zebras, pelicans, etc.

We like Jiko and absolutely LOVED Boma! Lee, our server, was superb! The food was great and desserts were excellent!:D Mara was also a great place for a quick meal.

I truly enjoyed the lodge tour at 3:30 pm. (lasted about 45 minutes). Storytelling at Arush Rock Firepit at 7:30 pm was fantastic!!! It lasted about 45 minutes as well and my DD4 wants to go back. I highly recommend it.

I liked the 4th floor, the animals seemed close enough to me. I hope my thoughts have helped a little bit. The CM's are the greatest. Extremely kind, thoughtful, and knowledgeable.

Enjoy your stay and I can't wait to go back again!

:p

disnaholic
09-05-2002, 09:34 PM
Thank you very much for the reply! I am very excited about our trip and your great review has made me that much more excited!

A. Jr.
09-05-2002, 10:28 PM
This has been well worth the read...

AKL here we come!

KelliR
09-06-2002, 06:46 AM
A. Jr.
Please post when you return from your stay at the AKL and let us know how everything went on your trip! Have a great time!:D

A. Jr.
09-08-2002, 09:06 AM
Originally posted by KelliR
A. Jr.
Please post when you return from your stay at the AKL and let us know how everything went on your trip! Have a great time!:D

My pleasure!

Woo-hoo - One week to Go! :bounce:

ZuZugal
09-10-2002, 05:46 PM
We're off to AKL next month - concierge.

My questions are:

1. I'd love opinions on which room to request (though I know it may not be honored)

2. DS & DD are 7 & 9; anything we should definitely do while there and not miss?

3. We'll have a rental but it's cheaper to take the busses. How the transportation from AKL to other parks?

4. Anything you would like to add!

kdibattista
09-10-2002, 06:02 PM
Just a quick FYI.... I called AKL directly because I heard a couple of rumors. The first being that there is construction happening on the savannahs. The truth (according to AKL) is that they ARE doing some work on one savannah at a time. If you booked savannah view, you will get savannah view. As of yesterday, they were working on Arusha savannah. The second rumor(s) I heard was about the bus transportation - that it was being monitored by a CM at the stop and was only being used "as needed" - not true according to AKL - they are running on a regular basis and are NOT being shared with any other resorts/parks (which is the other transportation rumor I heard).

Please keep in mind again that this is coming directly from the hotel - I don't know from personal experience. I will find out for myself next month :Pinkbounc

disnaholic
09-10-2002, 08:32 PM
Zugal

I have not stayed at AKL yet (ressies in Dec) but I asked the very same question about where to stay at AKL on several different threads and I got a lot of replies for Zebra Trail, the area that came in second was Kudu trail. I beieve that Zebra Trail rooms are closer to the pool and restaurants. I hope this helps!

jdkdorn
09-25-2002, 10:57 AM
We leave on Thursday, YAHOOO

We are looking forward to our trip. We have not been on Vacation in 2 years. I hope that the storms stay away

Wish us luck


:jester:

KelliR
09-25-2002, 03:43 PM
jdkdorn...HAVE A MAGICAL TRIP!:D Please make sure you enjoy everything the AKL has to offer. I recommend taking the lodge tour (in the afternoon, around 3:00)and going to the storytelling in the evening. I hope the storms do not intrude on your vacation! Let us know how everything goes.

A. Jr.
10-08-2002, 10:23 PM
Upon arriving, the first thing out of my older son's mouth (7 year old) was
"Wow, Dad, this place is cool!"

We reserved a Savannah View Standard room. I requested non-smoking,
queen/bunk-bed and Zebra trail. It took some double and triple checking,
but ultimately they were able to find us a room that met all our needs.

Out room number was 2545. A bit of a hike from the lobby (3 minute walk).
And yes, we were quite close to a "people pen" but that didn't bother us
much. We had a great view of the animals and saw a lot of them throughout
the week. A bellman mentioned that our room was in an area where the
animals pass each day on their way to their daily vet check, so it worked
out nice.

In addition to the view from the room, there are plenty of savannah outlooks
that provide excellent viewing opportunities.

The rooms are not bright, but I wouldn't call them "dark" - it really is a
matter of the theme, and Disney has done a great job. The music, the art
and decor - the place is amazing. We found the dresser a bit small for a
family of four, I lived out of my suitcase for the week. Also, the bathroom
was very small, though the double-sink vanity space outside the bathroom was
a nice size.

The pool was beautiful. My sons (7 & 4) loved the water slide. There's a
"zero-entry" side and a pool-side bar. The "Mara" (cafeteria style
restaurant) is also right off the pool area. The pool is opened 24 hours,
though the lifeguards are on duty only until 10:00 PM. The slide is only
open when the lifeguards are on duty.

We ate at Boma a few times for breakfast - good food and good selection.
Never got to try Jiko, though it looked really nice.

Buses were great in the morning and during the day, though the evenings were
sometimes tough depending on where we were and the crowd volume. Overall,
though, I'd still recommend the buses. We'll do it the same way next time.

All in all it was a very nice place to stay - enough so, that we are
considering it for a return trip in two to three years. :D

April in Disney
11-02-2002, 11:28 AM
Leaving in 2 days.

Fridye
11-03-2002, 09:27 PM
Has anyone stayed in a concierge room? What savannahs do they overlook or what trails are they on? Are the views good? Is there one I should request?

Thanks for the help!

msim
11-25-2002, 08:27 PM
Does anyone have any idea if there will be any codes or AP rates for AKL during peak season in April of 2003? Are there any rooms that would have a semi-savannah view that would be cheaper than the savannah view? Thanks.

FeeFeeWhite
12-23-2002, 06:38 AM
We go 12/31 with the first night at AS due to the holiday rate and then on to AKL (first time) for 2 nights then a Cabin until Sun. Will the Xmas decor still be up at the AK and other resorts/parks?

I usually plan comando style for our regular group of over 10, but this time it is just us 4 (including a 3 and 8 year old). Any planning ideas.

Do you think it is a must for MK on 12/31 or will it be too crowded?

The only idea I have it doing AK our first AM at the AKL.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

adisneynut
12-27-2002, 04:21 PM
We really loved out visit to AKL so much that we our planning our next trip there already. I can't say enough good things about the resort. Our kids make cookies 2 afternoons at Boma's. They loved the pool and I vote 2 thumbs up for the pool and hot tubs.

We booked concierge so we didn't eat much at the resort. We did manage pizza at Marra once and it was good.

Service was great and everyone was friendly and very helpful.

We were on the Kudu trail in room 3495 all the way at the end. Very quiet and peaceful and it helped work off some of the food with the hike there.

chucknrita
12-27-2002, 04:25 PM
I thought AKL concierge rooms were on the 5th and 6th floors? Also, what did they have in the lounge as far as refreshments? We might try AKL concierge next time...we did the Polynesian concierge from Dec. 19-25, mainly because I had read that it was the most kid-friendly, and it was great.

adisneynut
12-27-2002, 05:01 PM
I still don't know how we ended up where we did. We were on the 4th floor though.

Food offering were fruit, oatmeal, cereals, juices, bagels, muffins, pastries, tea, hot chocolate, coofee and the machine was broken during our visit. From 730-1030

Then snacks like nuts, sunflower seeds, pretsels, gummy bears.

From 3:00-4:00 tea with scones, peanut buuter sanwhiches, tea cookies.

5:00-7:00 appetizers from Jiko and Boma along with chicken nuggets for kids. Wines also.

8:00-10:00- desserts and cordials.

TwingleMum
12-28-2002, 05:42 AM
DH aand I are planning a trip for Nov 03. WE will take our DS(who will be 3 1/2) and our twin DS (who will be 1 ). DH will stay back w/twins but I would like to take older DS on safari. My parents will be with us. Is this possible??? Also can 2 cribs fit in romm???? Thanks!

luvindisneyworld
01-07-2003, 12:43 PM
hi all, i just have a couple of questions, we are going to be there in may for 5 nights and i was wondering if concierge is worth it or should we just do a savannah view,i am afraid if we do concierge that we will not get a savannah view and that is what we want. we will be staying using our points from DVC and is is 17 points less a night to do just savannah instead of concierge,so please help me decide, this will be our first stay at AKL and this will be myself and my DH first trip alone since our honeymoon so i want this to be very special.
thanks,misty:bounce: :Pinkbounc :bounce: :Pinkbounc

EmptyNester
01-07-2003, 12:48 PM
Hey, Misty!

We're using points to stay two nights in February - I'll let you know if it was worth it when we get back. :)

luvindisneyworld
01-07-2003, 01:38 PM
i would appreciate it.
thanks,misty:bounce: :Pinkbounc :bounce:

luvindisneyworld
01-07-2003, 06:13 PM
bump:bounce: :bounce: :Pinkbounc :Pinkbounc

currycook
01-18-2003, 05:04 PM
This should help answer the question on the AKL someone recently had

SuAnne
01-20-2003, 04:26 PM
Do any of the rooms at AKL open to the lobby like some of the rooms do at WL. If so are they Standard, Pool, Savanah, Concierge?? Thanks!

welovedis
01-27-2003, 09:20 AM
I'm looking at a resort map and trying to figure out what would be the best room request. There is no indication of where on the 6th floor the club is located.

Since I want a savannah view room I thought about requesting:
5th floor savannah view, Zebra Trail, close to Arusha Rock, Bunk bed room.

Is there such a thing??lol!

I realize we'll have to go up a floor to access the K Club, but we wanted a savannah view and this request seems to be our best bet. Any comments, suggestions or info on where the K Club is located?

TIA

armydark
01-30-2003, 08:32 PM
Hey,

Me and the family are going to AKL in April for 7 days. Its myself, my wife, my parents and my wife's mother, so there will be 3 rooms. We all have booked standard rooms, so here is my question. My father can't get around too well, so i guess I want him near the lobby. What are the best rooms near the lobby? As for us we can be anywhere, so are there any better standard rooms? Also, is there anyway that we will be able to upgrade rooms at all, that is without having to pay extra for them? Did anyone pull this off?

And one other thing, how is the transportation from AKL to the parks, particularly Epcot and Magic Kingdom? I know AKL is the farthest resort, but how far is the ride on the buses?

Also, has anyone eaten at JIKO or BOMA? How was it? We really enjoyed OHANA and I'm wondering if those places are anything like that?

Thanks for all the info in advance.

Armydark

disnaholic
01-30-2003, 09:01 PM
Armydark

We stayed at AKL back in December and the restaurants there are great. I was a little leary of trying Jiko at first but now I am so glad we did. The food was absolutley wonderful. I want to go back so I can go to Jiko again!

My husband and I also loved Boma. You have got to try the Zebra Domes on the dessert bar. They are great! Boma's food is definitley different from your standard buffet fare, but excellent! They have an area with Mc and cheese, spaghetti and chicken tenders too. Our kids ate mostly the chicken and mac and cheese. My son did enjoy the prime rib though, it was very good.
You can get a lot of info and pics at www.wdwig.com
There is a restaraunt menu there for Boma and Jiko and tons of pictures. I hope this helps!!!!!!!!
Enjoy your trip, AKL is magical!

sharoncity
02-03-2003, 07:52 AM
Because the lobby is actually on the 3rd floor, that is probably where you'll want your Dad to be. Also, request his room near the elevator, and on the same side as the pool. The restaurants are all on that side, so it will minimize the walking. The corridors are pretty long at this hotel, so that could be important for him. As far as upgrades, If your going prior to April 25, I wouldn't really count on them. That is busy season and the hotel will be crowded. It certainly wouldn't hurt you to ask in a pleasant manner upon check in however!
This hotel is truly spectacular! You will absolutely love it. We only ate in Mara while there. We found the food to be very good. Not a great variety for lunch/dinner, but we didn't want to eat in the same place every night anyhow. Fairly reasonable as far as prices (this is still Disney!) We used our refillable mugs often! (Another reason to request a room on the Mara side of the resort!)

By the way, WELCOME to the boards Armydark!:Pinkbounc :bounce: :Pinkbounc :bounce:

welovedis
02-04-2003, 08:43 AM
Hi--
anyone have info on my questions--posted right above armydark-thanks!

vbfamily
02-04-2003, 08:56 AM
You can request a savannah view, I think people request whatever particular trail they want to be on. If a savannah view is most important to you-make that your first request. You should make your requests in the order of importance. I believe there are bunk bed rooms on the 5th floor. You can request as much as you want but they can't guarantee anything.

I believe the concierge rooms are bigger than the regular rooms because they also have a day bed.

I was told by the Concierge people that they try their best to meet all requests.

You might be getting too particular with your request but you never know, you could get everything you want.

welovedis
02-04-2003, 09:05 AM
Thanks for the info. Do you know which floor the Kilimanjaro Club is on? TIA!

postal1110
02-22-2003, 04:37 PM
We're starting to plan our first trip with ds (4) for oct. My parents are going too. AK is where we want to stay, I guess a savannah room is what we want, but I would like to be close to the pool and all that too! DS wants to see Zebras, giraffes

Any suggestions on room requests? I'd like either connecting with parents or across the hall...t different views?

Is there early entrance into the park with AK?

Are ther any discounts available for oct reservations yet?

Do I have to wait to book rooms or can I get the discounts when they become available?

Should I book through travel agent or can I get a better rate callling direct?

Any other suggestions or thoughts are GREATLY appreciated!

vbfamily
02-22-2003, 04:41 PM
Postal1110,

That's a good idea about rooms across the hall with different views. That is what we did at WL last October. That way, you get to enjoy both views and you pretty much can switch with the other people in your party if you want to look at the pool and they want to look at the animals.

Just make a request to be on the same floor across the hall from eachother. I think it will work.

I'm sure someone can correct me if you can't get a pool and savannah view across the hall from eachother.

You can book now and add a discount later. You can get a Disney Club or AAA discount now. Just book and then wait for a code or something to come out and you can call back and have it applied to your reservation.

Hope this helps.

Tiffany
02-22-2003, 05:47 PM
Originally posted by vbfamily
Postal1110,

That's a good idea about rooms across the hall with different views. That is what we did at WL last October. That way, you get to enjoy both views and you pretty much can switch with the other people in your party if you want to look at the pool and they want to look at the animals.

Just make a request to be on the same floor across the hall from eachother. I think it will work.

I'm sure someone can correct me if you can't get a pool and savannah view across the hall from eachother.

You can book now and add a discount later. You can get a Disney Club or AAA discount now. Just book and then wait for a code or something to come out and you can call back and have it applied to your reservation.

Hope this helps.

Not all of the pool view rooms are across from a savanna view room. The pool view rooms on the Giraffe Trail have standard view rooms across from them.

armydark
03-06-2003, 09:34 PM
We're going to disney in April/May and I was wondering...with all of the WAR talk going on(on which I wont make a comment because this isn't about politics) what will happen at Disney? Will they continue to open the parks? Will it dramatically effect our vacation?

Any ideas?

thanks
armydark

EmptyNester
03-07-2003, 06:39 AM
Originally posted by luvindisneyworld
hi all, i just have a couple of questions, we are going to be there in may for 5 nights and i was wondering if concierge is worth it or should we just do a savannah view,i am afraid if we do concierge that we will not get a savannah view and that is what we want. we will be staying using our points from DVC and is is 17 points less a night to do just savannah instead of concierge,so please help me decide, this will be our first stay at AKL and this will be myself and my DH first trip alone since our honeymoon so i want this to be very special.
thanks,misty:bounce: :Pinkbounc :bounce: :Pinkbounc

Misty:

We used our points last month to stay on the concierge level. I requested non-smoking, savannah view, king bed. We got room #5225 (two queen beds) Kudo trail/looking right out at Arusha rock. Lots of animals every day. It was wonderful!

The concierge staff was very helpful, the food offerings plentiful, the lodge is really very beautiful! Although DH remarked that the rooms were a little "dark", [I]I[\I] thought it added to the ambiance. AKL is a great place for a romantic getaway ;-)

We did the sunrise safari and that, in itself, made it worth using all those points! Would I do it again? You bet!


Enjoy your stay!

- Sharon

CJK
04-05-2003, 11:47 AM
We are SOOO excited to be staying at the AKL in a few weeks! We've only stayed at the Value hotels so this is an unbelievable treat! I wonder if anyone could tell me about noise in the standard rooms? How thick are the walls? We've had to change rooms at the All Star Resort because the walls were so thin that a baby kept us up all night. Do deluxe hotels automatically have thick walls regardless of what room you have (standard vs. concierge?)? Thanks for your help.

Tiffany
04-05-2003, 12:11 PM
Originally posted by CJK
We are SOOO excited to be staying at the AKL in a few weeks! We've only stayed at the Value hotels so this is an unbelievable treat! I wonder if anyone could tell me about noise in the standard rooms? How thick are the walls? We've had to change rooms at the All Star Resort because the walls were so thin that a baby kept us up all night. Do deluxe hotels automatically have thick walls regardless of what room you have (standard vs. concierge?)? Thanks for your help.

I do not know about wall thickness, but we have stayed at the AKL on three different trips and have never had an issue with being able to hear regular noise from the surrounding rooms.

What view did you book? When you refer to "standard room" do you mean size or view? I do not believe there is any difference in noise between the standard size rooms and the deluxe size rooms.

Some of the standard view rooms are on the walk way to the resort bus stop and I would assume that those rooms would have noise as a room overlooking the savanna or the pool would not have any bus noise. Hope this helps and hope you have a great trip.

CJK
04-05-2003, 12:15 PM
Thanks for the quick response! We actually haven't put any requests in other than asking for a non-smoking room and a room with a king size bed. We are two adults so we'd like a quiet room with best view possible. We don't mind a little extra walking. Do you suggest we request a certain area of the hotel? Any suggestions? Thanks again!

Tiffany
04-06-2003, 08:54 AM
Originally posted by CJK
Thanks for the quick response! We actually haven't put any requests in other than asking for a non-smoking room and a room with a king size bed. We are two adults so we'd like a quiet room with best view possible. We don't mind a little extra walking. Do you suggest we request a certain area of the hotel? Any suggestions? Thanks again!

Just so you know the view is not a request. When you booked your room you booked on the following view; Standard, Pool or Savanna. You also booked a room size standard or deluxe. Depending on what you booked will help me suggest what the best view in the category you booked is.

An FYI on the King Bed request. My understanding is that all of these rooms are handicapped accessable. We were in one during our Sept 2001 trip and even though the bathroom was very large there is no tub and only one sink. We perfer the rooms witht he two queen beds so that we get two sinks and a tub.

CJK
04-06-2003, 09:05 AM
We booked the $139 rate so that means we got standard view and standard size. Thanks for the info regarding one sink vs. two in the king bed rooms. I think we'll change our request. Thanks for all your help!

Tiffany
04-06-2003, 10:11 AM
Originally posted by CJK
We booked the $139 rate so that means we got standard view and standard size. Thanks for the info regarding one sink vs. two in the king bed rooms. I think we'll change our request. Thanks for all your help!

If you have a standard view room then I would request the Ostrich Trail so that this way you will be away from the bus stop.

currycook
04-11-2003, 09:52 AM
For those wanting more info on AKL

Mrs.A
04-11-2003, 12:03 PM
We, Myself, DH, DS 9, and DD 7, will be staying at the AKL for 5 days in Aug. Currently have a savannah room booked. Where are the concierge rooms located? Do they have a good view of the savannah? l Thought I read somewhere that some are not savannag view? Do they offer bunk beds? We don't plan on going to the parks at all. This is the end of our trip and will be resting and relaxing for our trip home. (we drive) Would appreciate any info.

msim
04-18-2003, 04:10 PM
With the exception of the bellman at check in, I was very disappointed with the whole experience. Poor service, unfriendly and unhelpful cm's, and multiple billing errors. (major ones) The Sunrise Safari had 50 something people on it, which pretty much eliminated the educational aspect I had planned for my daughter- good tour guide though. Just couldn't hear-especially with all the crying toddlers. I am an annual pass holder and a frequent visitor to Disney World and as of now, I'm not all that sure I even want to go back. Even the CM's in the park were not smiling and a few were just downright rude!!!!!!!!!! Considering I had to take out a loan to afford this trip, I am very disapointed.

I do wish to complain to someone at Disney about several "things" at the hotel. Does anyone know the email address?

By the way, bring extra shampoo, soap and toilet paper with you if you're planning to stay here. They are very stingy. One day, we were completely out of shampoo and they would not bring a second bottle. They did not restock us everyday. We finally had to use up the last of the Kleenex for toilet paper on our last day!!! :mad:

floridafam
04-18-2003, 04:25 PM
msim,

I PM'd you.:D

ducklite
04-18-2003, 06:48 PM
Wow msim--except for the crying kids on the SS, I have twice stayed at teh AKL and had COMPLETELY different experiences. My rooms have been spotless, and my requests for extra soap/shampoo always met with a smile and overabundance (I came home from my last trip with 18 bars of soap that I sent to a kids homeless shelter!)

I've always found the CM's there to be incredibly gracious and frendly, and my aslt trip was just over a month ago.

Anne

disnaholic
04-18-2003, 08:20 PM
I am really surprised about the soap and toilet paper. When we stayed in a Standard Savannah view room in Dec., we had plenty of shampoo, soap, etc.... that was replaced every day. I guess it just depends on who your housekeeper is. Give Disney a second chance. WE had a wonderful experience at AKL and can't wait to go back and try AKL again plus give WL a try.

madcoco
04-19-2003, 03:42 AM
Sorry to hear.:( Your experience sounds like a rarity at the AKL Problems can happen anywhere We had a few problems with inconsiderate guests not staff in the concierge lounge on our last visit there in Feb, but still had a wonderful stay.Always have had more than enough supplies for the room. Agree with the others; the CMs at the AKL have always been among the friendliest and most helpful. For our upcoming stay, the concierge staff has E-mailed and phoned more than 5 times in helping us plan some special events.

Tiffany
04-19-2003, 11:47 AM
Sorry to hear about your bad experiance msim. My husband and I stayed AKL Concierge back in Feb of this year and we had the exact oppisite experiance. Durning turndown service the room was restocked with clean towels and anything else we needed. This was after the regular housekeeper took care of everything earlier in the day. We also thought that the $100 we spent on the Sunrise Sarfari was the best $100 we have ever spent. I would have dealt with the issues when they occured but since that did not happen write the GM of the resort and be specific about your issues so that this way he/she can address your concerns.

Nathan's Grandma
05-10-2003, 11:30 AM
I want to thank everyone for this thread. I decided to search for AKL so we could learn more about it for this trip and the amount of information is awesome.

Thanks to each and everyone of you for contributing to this thread.

Kathy

msim
05-10-2003, 04:18 PM
It seems like it's been about three weeks, but so far, no one at Disney has responded back - other than the automated reply you get when you first email them. I wonder if they actually read them and respond......................

harperwi
06-20-2003, 07:08 PM
O.k., I just finished the entire FAQ (whew!), and I am still unclear on one thing.

Is it true that there are rooms, or rather suites, with more than one balcony, say, on the ends of the hallways? If so, how are these rooms classified (are they concierge only? suites? etc.)

I was thinking about splurging for a concierge level room, but if the type of room I'm describing is available and is not concierge level, I'd like to look into splurging for that instead.

Thanks, everyone.

Jon :confused: :confused: :confused:

floridafam
06-20-2003, 07:20 PM
The suites are situated at the ends of the arms that jet out from the resorts or at the end of hallways. Don't quote me.

There are 1 bedroom, 2 bedroom and the Royal suites.

The one bedromm is $710 per night in regular season. You can view the prices on the DisneyWorld website under their resorts section.

The suites at AKL come with concierge service but this could change at anytime even though I was assured it would probably always be like this.

The 1br suites have 2 queens in the bedroom and a parlor with a pull out couch and the 2br suites have a king in the bedroom with a pull out sofa in ther parlor and another bedroom that could have one of a few configurations.

Sometimes they will block off the 2nd bedroom of a 2br suite and turn it into a 1br.

The balconies on the suites are larger than the regular balconies. I also think balcony size in the suites at AKL may be a little larger on the 5th floor from the pictures I've seen.

We are staying in a suite in October and I will be sure to do a trip report.

You can also check out ourlaughingplace.com for pictures. I apologize if I'm not allowed to post this website.

Janet2k from these boards has some awesome pictures of the 1 and 2br suites.

Janet2k
07-26-2003, 12:36 AM
A one-bedroom suite has one, long balcony. I stayed in a one-bedroom suite on the third floor:
click here for balcony photo # 1 (http://f1.pg.photos.yahoo.com/bc/janettwokay/vwp?.dir=/Walt+Disney+World/Walt+Disney+World+Suites/AKL+One-Bedroom+Suite/Parlor+Room&.src=ph&.dnm=Balcony.jpg&.view=t&.done=http%3a//f1.pg.photos.yahoo.com/bc/janettwokay/lst%3f%26.dir=/Walt%2bDisney%2bWorld/Walt%2bDisney%2bWorld%2bSuites/AKL%2bOne-Bedroom%2bSuite/Parlor%2bRoom%26.src=ph%26.view=t)
click here for balcony photo # 2 (http://f1.pg.photos.yahoo.com/bc/janettwokay/vwp?.dir=/Walt+Disney+World/Walt+Disney+World+Suites/AKL+One-Bedroom+Suite/Parlor+Room&.dnm=Another+Balcony+View.jpg&.src=ph&.done=http%3a//f1.pg.photos.yahoo.com/bc/janettwokay/vwp%3f.dir=/Walt%2bDisney%2bWorld/Walt%2bDisney%2bWorld%2bSuites/AKL%2bOne-Bedroom%2bSuite/Parlor%2bRoom%26.dnm=Balcony.jpg%26.src=ph)

A two-bedroom suite has multiple balconies. I stayed in a two-bedroom suite on the fifth floor:
click here for balcony photo # 1 (http://f1.pg.photos.yahoo.com/bc/janettwokay/vwp?.dir=/Walt+Disney+World/Walt+Disney+World+Suites/AKL+Two-Bedroom+Suite/Parlor+Room&.src=ph&.dnm=Dome+Suite+Dome.jpg&.view=t&.done=http%3a//f1.pg.photos.yahoo.com/bc/janettwokay/lst%3f%26.dir=/Walt%2bDisney%2bWorld/Walt%2bDisney%2bWorld%2bSuites/AKL%2bTwo-Bedroom%2bSuite/Parlor%2bRoom%26.src=ph%26.view=t)
click here for balcony photo # 2 (http://f1.pg.photos.yahoo.com/bc/janettwokay/vwp?.dir=/Walt+Disney+World/Walt+Disney+World+Suites/AKL+Two-Bedroom+Suite/Parlor+Room&.dnm=That%27s+A+Big+Balcony.jpg&.src=ph&.done=http%3a//f1.pg.photos.yahoo.com/bc/janettwokay/vwp%3f.dir=/Walt%2bDisney%2bWorld/Walt%2bDisney%2bWorld%2bSuites/AKL%2bTwo-Bedroom%2bSuite/Parlor%2bRoom%26.dnm=Dome%2bSuite%2bDome.jpg%26.sr c=ph)
click here for balcony photo # 3 (http://f1.pg.photos.yahoo.com/bc/janettwokay/vwp?.dir=/Walt+Disney+World/Walt+Disney+World+Suites/AKL+Two-Bedroom+Suite/Parlor+Room&.src=ph&.dnm=Bleacher+Seating.jpg&.view=t&.done=http%3a//f1.pg.photos.yahoo.com/bc/janettwokay/lst%3f%26.dir=/Walt%2bDisney%2bWorld/Walt%2bDisney%2bWorld%2bSuites/AKL%2bTwo-Bedroom%2bSuite/Parlor%2bRoom%26.src=ph%26.view=t)
click here for balcony photo # 4 (http://f1.pg.photos.yahoo.com/bc/janettwokay/vwp?.dir=/Walt+Disney+World/Walt+Disney+World+Suites/AKL+Two-Bedroom+Suite/Parlor+Room&.src=ph&.dnm=Balcony%27s+Thatched+Roof.jpg&.view=t&.done=http%3a//f1.pg.photos.yahoo.com/bc/janettwokay/lst%3f%26.dir=/Walt%2bDisney%2bWorld/Walt%2bDisney%2bWorld%2bSuites/AKL%2bTwo-Bedroom%2bSuite/Parlor%2bRoom%26.src=ph%26.view=t)
click here for balcony photo # 5 (http://f1.pg.photos.yahoo.com/bc/janettwokay/vwp?.dir=/Walt+Disney+World/Walt+Disney+World+Suites/AKL+Two-Bedroom+Suite/Second+Bedroom&.src=ph&.dnm=Suite%27s+Second+Balcony.jpg&.view=t&.done=http%3a//f1.pg.photos.yahoo.com/bc/janettwokay/lst%3f%26.dir=/Walt%2bDisney%2bWorld/Walt%2bDisney%2bWorld%2bSuites/AKL%2bTwo-Bedroom%2bSuite/Second%2bBedroom%26.src=ph%26.view=t)
click here for balcony photo # 6 (http://f1.pg.photos.yahoo.com/bc/janettwokay/vwp?.dir=/Walt+Disney+World/Walt+Disney+World+Suites/AKL+Two-Bedroom+Suite/Second+Bedroom&.dnm=Safety+Comes+First+at+Disney.jpg&.src=ph&.done=http%3a//f1.pg.photos.yahoo.com/bc/janettwokay/vwp%3f.dir=/Walt%2bDisney%2bWorld/Walt%2bDisney%2bWorld%2bSuites/AKL%2bTwo-Bedroom%2bSuite/Second%2bBedroom%26.dnm=Suite%2527s%2bSecond%2bBal cony.jpg%26.src=ph)

I hope those photos help.

Janet2k
07-26-2003, 12:44 AM
I was just on the Dreams Unlimited Travel (http://www.dreamsunlimitedtravel.com/index.html) website (they're the owners of the Dis website), and I found a link to a video of the Animal Kingdom Lodge that is set to music (the video is courtesy of someone by the name of Matt Matthews): click here to go to Dreams Unlimited Travel's AKL video clip. (http://www.dreamsunlimitedtravel.com/resorts/aklodge/phototour/index.htm) The video is wonderful.

Disneymoon04
07-26-2003, 08:22 PM
Phew! Just finished the thread... luckily it's not too long... yet!

I do have a few questions still:
*The menu on WDWIG says room service is until midnight but I know I read somewhere in this thread that it's 24 hours... anyone know which is correct?
*Are all king bed rooms handicapped accessable? If so, I think we'll just do 2 queens because we prefer a tub and 2 sinks.
*Is the ENTIRE 5th floor concierge only?


Thanks :)

DisneyFreaks
07-26-2003, 10:48 PM
We just stayed at AKL in May and our King bed room was not handicap accessable. We had a tub/shower combo just like the regular rooms. We absolutely loved having the sofa to relax on when we got back from busy days at the parks.

Nathan's Grandma
07-27-2003, 06:31 AM
Is the ENTIRE 5th floor concierge only?

We stayed on the 5th floor and we were not concierge, that floor just have all deluxe rooms which just mean they are a little bigger than standard.

We never use room service so I can answer that one.

Kathy

Tiffany
07-27-2003, 08:06 AM
Originally posted by Nathan's Grandma
Is the ENTIRE 5th floor concierge only?

We stayed on the 5th floor and we were not concierge, that floor just have all deluxe rooms which just mean they are a little bigger than standard.

We never use room service so I can answer that one.

Kathy

No. The fifth floor is where all of the deluxe size rooms are. They are bigger then the standard sized rooms on floors 1 - 4 so they sleep 5 people instead of four. Concierge guests also stay on the 5th floor.

Only the 6th floor is Concierge only and you need your room key to access it via elevator.

Disneymoon04
07-27-2003, 03:26 PM
Thanks for answering those questions! - anyone else know about the room service?

Tiffany
07-27-2003, 04:28 PM
Originally posted by Disneymoon04
Thanks for answering those questions! - anyone else know about the room service?

According to the In Room Dining Menu I have from our Feb 2003 trip it is only until Midnight and then breakfast starts up again at 6am.

Disneymoon04
07-27-2003, 04:55 PM
Thanks for the room service info! :)

Has anyone been able to upgrade at check in to concierge? I'd like to have that AND a savanna view room, but I really don't want to risk not having a view since that is our whole purpose of staying there.

Disneymoon04
07-27-2003, 10:58 PM
Yes... it's me again! LOL!

Has anyone noticed if the Giraffes or Zebras tend to stay near the Kudu or Zebra trail? Or do they wander all over?

CaliforniaDreaming
08-03-2003, 03:45 PM
Does anyone have any good pictures of a deluxe bunk room?

Is it worth it to upgrade to a "Deluxe Savanna Bunk Room"? It is the only way to guarantee a bunk bed, or would I have a good enough chance of getting them with either a standard, pool, or regular savanna view room?

Thanks. :)

Tiffany
08-03-2003, 03:50 PM
Originally posted by CaliforniaDreaming
Does anyone have any good pictures of a deluxe bunk room?

Is it worth it to upgrade to a "Deluxe Savanna Bunk Room"? It is the only way to guarantee a bunk bed, or would I have a good enough chance of getting them with either a standard, pool, or regular savanna view room?

Thanks. :)

My understanding is that bunk beds are only a request regardless of the room type booked. The rooms types are as follows;

Standard view Regular Size
Pool view Regular Size
Savanna view Regular Size

And then you have Standard view, Pool view and Savanna view deluxe size.

All the room type come in three different configurations.

King Bed and a day bed
Two Queens and a day bed
Two Queens
One Queen and a set of bunk beds

I guess in a long winded way I am saying that it is my understanding that Bunk Beds are only considered a request and therefore might not be granted. Hope this helps.

CaliforniaDreaming
08-03-2003, 05:28 PM
Tiffany, here is the 2003 rate structure from disneyworld.com

2003 Room Rates
(tax not included)

Room Type Value Regular Peak Holiday
Standard $ 199 $ 239 $ 289 $ 324
Water/Pool $ 260 $ 295 $ 345 $ 390
Savannah View $ 275 $ 315 $ 365 $ 410
Deluxe, Water/Pool $ 340 $ 385 $ 445 $ 500
Deluxe, Savannah View $ 350 $ 395 $ 460 $ 515
Deluxe, Savannah View Bunk $ 350 $ 395 $ 460 $ 515
Concierge $ 425 $ 480 $ 545 $ 610
Presidential Suite $ 1945 $ 2115 $ 2275 $ 2505
Vice Presidential Suite $ 1690 $ 1860 $ 2055 $ 2290
1 Bedroom Suite $ 635 $ 710 $ 795 $ 900
2 Bedroom Suite $ 1135 $ 1250 $ 1395 $ 1575

Value season for 2003 is 1/1 - 2/12, 7/4 - 10/1, 11/2 - 12/19
Regular season for 2003 is 4/27 - 7/3, 10/2 - 11/1
Peak season for 2003 is 2/13 - 4/26
Holiday season for 2003 is 12/20 - 12/31


I called CRO about rates for my dates next year, and they want $340 a night for the deluxe savanna bunk room (guaranteed queen/bunk/daybed) or $199/standard, $220 standard pool, or $275 standard savanna with queen/bunk beds on a request basis.

Also, btw, there are no rooms with 2 queens and a daybed. The standard rooms come with one king & twin sleeper, two queens, or one queen & bunks. The deluxe rooms come with one king & daybed, two queens, or one queen & bunks & daybed (for savanna view, it is a seperate category).

BlueFairy
08-09-2003, 09:21 AM
Hi everyone!
This is a great FAQ. After reading it all it seems theres not much on the restaurants. So I thought that our Jiko review of last August might be helpful. Here you go:

"Dinner – Jiko
4 stars! This was fabulous, once again. We arrived at sunset Sun. evening by car from PO-FQ. You do have to pay $6 for valet here. The resort is as beautiful as ever and the lobby was very busy, as was Boma. However, Jiko was quiet. We asked the CM if we could spend time looking around the resort first, as our friends were new to the place. The animals were mostly very hidden or quiet. Only saw 1 giraffe. Anyway, we took our time getting to the restaurant, but were seated immediately. Tommi was our server and she was great! Been there since the restaurant opened (when we visited the first week they were open). Tommi was very helpful and informative with the wine and menu items. She told us that some items like the marinated Ahi tuna appetizer have been altered slightly because they have a new chef (see Disney Magazine fall 2002 article). Anyway, we were somewhat disappointed in the tuna as a result. Previously it was marinated in a vinaigrette, much more Asian flavors and tangy. Not anymore. It now has barley and beans and hummus. Unusual, still good, but not as good as the first version. DH had the smoked bacon and onion flatbread. Yummy. For entrees we chose the pan roasted monkfish and the Duck Confit and grilled Duck Sausage. The duck is unchanged, and still fantastic. The monkfish is a huge portion, pan fried (not roasted) and the vegetables and butter sauce were better than the fish. Parsnips were a nice addition. We split a bottle of wine with the entrees. Tommi let us taste a number of wines while selecting, made suggestions, described South African varieties, and even gave us phone numbers and web sites for ordering the wines we tasted. She encouraged us to share the tastes, passing around each glass, and made sure to remind us not to leave any unfinished glass on the table, as it is bad luck. Also, the last glass of our bottle was full of sediment. Not only did she notice when she removed or friend's glass, but she appeared later with a fresh glass from a new bottle. Very nice! We finished the meal with the Walt’s Gala Apple crumble and Black mission fig napoleon. The figs dish is VERY strong in flavors. The apple dish is very good. DH also had a glass of sambuca. For 2 appetizers, 2 entrees, 2 deserts, ½ bottle wine and 1 sambuca the total was around $100 (lost receipt, sorry)."

harperwi
08-09-2003, 09:25 AM
Along those same lines, I would LOVE to hear a review of Boma's breakfast buffet. I've got it booked for us early in the week, and then again the morning we depart (in case we LOVE it and want to do it twice, which probably isn't too far fetched).

Still, I would love to hear others' experiences with the morning buffet @ Boma. :)

Thanks!
Jon

Pugrpooh
08-12-2003, 09:22 AM
Along those same lines, I would LOVE to hear a review of Boma's breakfast buffet

We just ate there on Friday morning. I don't think you'll be disappointed. They have all the standard breakfast items, including made to order omelettes, plus some different things. There was a type of curry and along with oatmeal, there was quinoa and another type of hot cereal (I can't recall the name of it). The French toast was very good. A good variety of fresh fruit and pastries, even cornbread. I guess that goes along with the African theme. There was a juice they give you first thing which, if I remember correctly, was a mixture of orange juice, mango, and pineapple juices. It was very good.

We had PSA's for yesterday at 10:30, our last day there, but we didn't keep them because the kids went off to do their own thing in the morning. If I were to do it over again, I would have made the breakfast reservations early on the last day because I would have liked to have eaten there again.

We ate dinner at Boma on Sunday and it was one of the best meals we had all week long.

Just go there hungry!:p

Laurabearz
08-13-2003, 12:02 PM
I am soooooo siked! Just booked 2 nights at AKL Deluxe Savanna! I am toying with the idea of bumping us up to COncierige but concerned they wont have a Savanna view, since that cant be garenteed (sp sorry)

Sooooooo do you think I should just keep the reservation as it is.... then when we check in, see if there are any savanna views concierge level and upgrade on the spot.... or rebook now and hope for the best??

We really want the best of both worlds..... Concierge and Views since we are not planning on leaving the resort at all!

What to do........... what to do..........

floridafam
08-13-2003, 12:33 PM
laurabearz,

If you request a concierge non-smoking room you are pretty much guaranteed to get a savannah view room. The concierge staff does a lot to make sure you get the savannah view room. I haven't read about anyone not getting a savannah view room that requested non-smoking.

I would change to concierge now and request non-smoking/savannah view. (provided you actually want a non-smoking room)
:D

Laurabearz
08-13-2003, 01:54 PM
Thanks for the tip..... of course now I am second guessing the whole Savanna view thing..... and thinking a main pool view would be sweet also, since chances are I will be in the room a lot with baby Charlie and would then be able to at least wave at my girls and DH down at the pool, from time to time!


what to do......... what to do.......... lol

Laurabearz
08-15-2003, 09:27 AM
Welp....... I solve my "I really want a Savanna View andConcierge garenteed" problem this morning......

I changed our reservation to a 1 bedroom Suite!

Last night as I was rocking Charlie (at 130 am and 330 am and 530 am) I kept thinking how in the heck will I be able to allow the others to sleep, all while sharing one room.... I kept picturing Charlie and I hanging out in the bathroom all night....... not good.

Soooooooo, I called first thing this morning and they had availiblity for the 1 bedroom suite! Problem solved. Of course it is a bit more money (okay a lot more money lol) but we are not doing the parks this trip and plan on using our room a lot, I think it is worth the splurge.

We are super duper totally siked now!

Still havent told the kids.....

Thanks everyone for your help!!!

Laurabearz
08-15-2003, 09:29 AM
One last question (yeah right)

Anyone have the AKL Concierge Email address??

Thanks bunches:bounce:

Tiffany
08-15-2003, 09:38 AM
Originally posted by Laurabearz
One last question (yeah right)

Anyone have the AKL Concierge Email address??

Thanks bunches:bounce:

I just you a PM with the address.

Laurabearz
08-15-2003, 09:43 AM
Originally posted by Tiffany
I just you a PM with the address.

Thanks! Got it! Yahooooooooooooo!!!!

DOCTORRICK
08-15-2003, 10:55 AM
Anybody know what types of rooms connect to what?
Specifically can I get a queen/bunk room, connecting to a 2 queen room? I'm looking at deluxe savannah view rooms.

If this has been answered before I apologize.


Thanks

Pugrpooh
08-15-2003, 12:53 PM
We had connecting rooms last week, savannah view standard. We had two queens connecting with a queen/bunk. So they probably have the same in deluxe rooms. I'm sure if you call AKL they will tell you.

Janet2k
08-16-2003, 09:54 PM
Laurabearz, happy (early) birthday! I can't wait to see your one-bedroom suite photos upon your return. Take good ones, will ya, for us photo-starved Dis'ers?! ;)

CaliforniaDreaming, you asked for photos of a deluxe bunk bed room. I kinda have some. The second bedroom in my 5th floor two-bedroom suite was a connecting room, and therefore fits both the "deluxe" and "bunk bed" categories that you are craving: click here to see the suite's second bedroom. (http://f1.pg.photos.yahoo.com/ph/janettwokay/lst?.dir=/Walt+Disney+World/Walt+Disney+World+Suites/AKL+Two-Bedroom+Suite/Second+Bedroom&.src=ph&.done=http%3a//f1.pg.photos.yahoo.com/ph/janettwokay/vwp%3f.dir=/Walt%2bDisney%2bWorld/Walt%2bDisney%2bWorld%2bSuites/AKL%2bTwo-Bedroom%2bSuite/Second%2bBedroom%26.dnm=View%2bof%2bWatering%2bHol e.jpg%26.src=ph&.view=t) I hope that helps.

Laurabearz
08-17-2003, 11:21 AM
Janet...... it was your pictures that convinced me to go all out! LOL But I will take lots of photos too. I just gotta remember to take them before we sprawl out, so they look as nice as your!! hee hee

Kurgan4
08-28-2003, 07:05 PM
I just got an AP rate of $109 for standard room so I got to upgrade from POR. I am sure this has been answered before but with a 4 yr old I don't have time to check all the pages to this--Is the transportation ok?? We will be going to MVMCP and MK 2 days and am concerned about waiting a long time for buses or having to stand the whole time--any info would be appreciated. Thanks

twinmomplus2
08-29-2003, 08:02 AM
Anyone have the Concierge e-mail address? I missed the safari last time, And want to make sure we get it in December!! Thanks!

julfre
08-29-2003, 06:31 PM
Kurgan4

AKL has the best transportation of all the resorts I have stayed at. It does not share the bus with any other resort and there is only one stop so no full buses driving by. I was there for almost a week and only had to wait for more than 10 minutes once. The drive to the parks may be 2 or 3 minutes longer than some of the other resorts, but I'd rather have dedicated bus serivce that isn't trying to cram people from several resorts on one bus anytime

The only time I had to stand was at park closings and most people were giving the seats to parents of sleeping kids.