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Old 09-18-2011, 01:12 PM   #1
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AKV Jambo Value Villas: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know

Welcome to the unofficial AKV "value" villas info thread! This is a work in progress, with info gleaned from various sources that I have come across in researching my own stay, as well as my personal observations and opinions from actual experience in the units.

I cannot confirm that absolutely ALL of my info is correct, so if you notice something that I've misstated, please let me know so that I can change it in this first post! I also invite everyone to add their own info and experiences, as well as ask questions

Basic Info

The "value" villas at Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge are a small group of Disney Vacation Club units that were converted from AKL's "standard" class of hotel rooms, and therefore ended up approximately 3 ft. shorter (measured from front door to balcony door) than all of the other AKL DVC villas. All of the other studio and 1 bedroom villas at AKV - Jambo were converted from the "deluxe" sized hotel rooms.

All of the "value" villas are located in the Giraffe and Ostrich trails of AKL - Jambo House (the main AKL lodge building, map HERE), which DVC units share with AKL's normal hotel rooms. All of the "value" villas are on the 5th floor.


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When booking a "value" category villa, guests are not able to choose a view or room location. There are idenitcal numbers of Sunset Savanna and Uzima Pool area view villas, and a smaller number of parking lot view units, but those booking this villa category are still rolling the dice and it IS possible to end up with one of the parking lot views. AKL/V will not only not accept requests for the savanna view, but they will not accept ANY requests on "value" villa reservations (i.e. requesting adjoining units, or Giraffe Trail or "close to lobby").

Here are the specifics on villa numbers and the views they have (All room numbers listed from closest to furthest from lobby)

Sunset Savanna (Ostrich Trail):

4 dedicated studios (#s 5120, 5122, 5124, 5126)
4 adjoining* studios (#s 5112, 5114, 5132, 5134)
4 adjoining* 1 bedrooms (#s 5110, 5116, 5130, 5136)
4 2 bedrooms* (#s 5110+5112, 5116+5114, 5130+5132, 5136+5134)

Parking Lot (Ostrich Trail):

2 adjoining* studios (#s 5131, 5133)
2 adjoining* 1 bedrooms (#s 5129, 5135)
2 2 bedrooms* (#s 5129+5131, 5135+5133)

Uzima Springs Pool Area, Jiko stream, and Boma roof (Giraffe Trail):

4 dedicated studios (#s 5014, 5016, 5018, 5020)
4 adjoining* studios (#s 5006, 5012, 5026, 5028)
4 adjoining* 1 bedrooms (#s 5004, 5010**, 5024, 5030)
4 2 bedrooms* (#s 5004+5006, 5010**+5012, 5024+5026, 5030+5028)

* 2 bedroom "value" villas are ALL lockoffs, or 1br units with adjoining doors to studio units. In this case, the studio is the second bedroom, which means that it will have a kitchenette and it's own door to the public hallway (useful info if you plan on keeping children in the second bedroom). There are no studio/studio adjoining units.

** Handicap accessible, but no roll in shower (jetted tub/shower combo).



Video Walk Throughs

Value studio, rm 5012:

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v8...6-08-29-46.mp4

Value 1br, rm 5010:

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v8...6-09-40-53.mp4
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Old 09-18-2011, 03:27 PM   #2
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Thanks for posting! They are sideways

We have a value 2 bedroom booked for our next two trips and I've been dying to see some video of it! It's not nearly as small as I imagined. I can't wait!!
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Old 09-18-2011, 05:42 PM   #3
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Thanks for posting! They are sideways

We have a value 2 bedroom booked for our next two trips and I've been dying to see some video of it! It's not nearly as small as I imagined. I can't wait!!
Yeah, sorry about that! I took them with my phone and didn't realize they'd upload that way. I will try to fix them now that I am HOME home and can get back on my desktop

And we didn't find them too small at all! In fact, we thought they were pretty luxurious, but that may just be because we live in a teeny house, lol!
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Thank you so much for the videos! I have a value studio reservation and found scant information about them. They look pretty close to the standard. Thanks for the visuals.
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No problem, happy to have helped

I looked on Photobucket, but there's nothing there that is allowing me to spin the vids right side up. Sorry about that
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It would be very rare to get an AKV Value villa for cash through Disney Reservation Center. You could probably have found the info on the DVC boards. You might ask to move this post over to the DVC Boards.
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Thanks for the thread.
I do have one bit of info to add.
While you may not be able to request adjoining rooms, if you book two studios for yourself and another family, they will put you in the system as traveling together and will do their best to put your rooms close together. We are doing this in August.
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Thanks for the thread.
I do have one bit of info to add.
While you may not be able to request adjoining rooms, if you book two studios for yourself and another family, they will put you in the system as traveling together and will do their best to put your rooms close together. We are doing this in August.
Adjoining is not connecting. Adjoining just means close, preferably next to each other. Two studios will never connect. A one bedroom connects to a studio to make a two bedroom villa at Jambo House. All two bedroom villas at JH are lockoffs.
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thanks for the responses!

Here's another question....do the studios have pack and play beds for babies? If not how do I request one?

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thanks for the responses!

Here's another question....do the studios have pack and play beds for babies? If not how do I request one?

Thanks!!
All DVC villas will have a pack and play in the closet.
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Just wanted to make a quick post and say we just got back last week from a week in a 1 bedroom value villa that I lucked out at the beginning of November and got on the RO discounts. The best part was the look on ds's face when the check in agent said the magic words "and we have you in a 1 bedroom savanna view". So we got one of the coveted savanna view value villa's and it was fantastic. Plenty of room for dh, ds (7) and I. I think it would be plenty for two adults and two kids. Four adults might be pushing it for space in my opinion though. Would definitely book one again if I could. I do have some photo's that I can try to post later if I can figure out how.
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So the video of the 1 bedroom value room is a HA room? A "regular" 1 bedroom value room differs how? Will the kitchen have an island? Will the bathroom have the sperate shower/jacuzzi tub? Is there a bigger kitchen table? I would love to see pictures or a floor plan if anyone has links to it.

I'm thinking of booking this for Xmas 2013. Thanks OP for this thread!!
I believe the kitchen has an island, but the jacuzzi tub will always be part of a tub/shower combo. Not sure about the table.

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Very pleased I found this thread, it's very helpful! Thank you OP. I can't get the video to work though we have a 2bed accessible so I'm guessing the same room as OP, so the vid would be super if i could see it! Thank you xxx

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AKL Value resort

We are new to the DVC membership and were wondering if anyone knows most of the room numbers of the value studio resort rooms?

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the value rooms are the 2 'arms' at the front of the resort on this map...

http://www.parkinfo2go.com/dvc-akv/floor5.php
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