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Old 02-08-2013, 11:26 AM   #1
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Just booked AKL club level for one night of our stay...Good or bad idea?

We are already doing a split stay. BWV 7/2-7/3, Dolphin 7/3-7/5, and then BWV 7/5-7/7

However, it is DD's birthday and I wanted to do something different so I researched about the Sunrise Safari tour and thought that was really amazing. My 2 children are young, DD is turning 6 and DS will be 2. And they will really get a kick out of the animal view from our room. DH and I will love the lounge. However, DH hates AKL. He thinks it is too far and hates the buses. I have not told him that I booked this as I am not sure I will keep the reservation. I got a AAA rate but would love a passholder discounted rate. DH hates the heat so I figured with lounge access, the safari tour, AK close by, and just hanging out at the resort for 1.5 days, he might like it. We could leave mid-day on July 4 and check into the Dolphin, eat dinner and see the fireworks at Epcot.

We are frugal and this is a splurge. We are renting points at the BWV and have a very nice discounted rate at the Dolphin. The AKL club level with AAA discount for one night costs more than my 2 night stay at the Dolphin.

So my question is, is it worth it for one night?
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Old 02-08-2013, 11:30 AM   #2
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We are already doing a split stay. BWV 7/2-7/3, Dolphin 7/3-7/5, and then BWV 7/5-7/7

However, it is DD's birthday and I wanted to do something different so I researched about the Sunrise Safari tour and thought that was really amazing. My 2 children are young, DD is turning 6 and DS will be 2. And they will really get a kick out of the animal view from our room. DH and I will love the lounge. However, DH hates AKL. He thinks it is too far and hates the buses. I have not told him that I booked this as I am not sure I will keep the reservation. I got a AAA rate but would love a passholder discounted rate. DH hates the heat so I figured with lounge access, the safari tour, AK close by, and just hanging out at the resort for 1.5 days, he might like it. We could leave mid-day on July 4 and check into the Dolphin, eat dinner and see the fireworks at Epcot.

We are frugal and this is a splurge. We are renting points at the BWV and have a very nice discounted rate at the Dolphin. The AKL club level with AAA discount for one night costs more than my 2 night stay at the Dolphin.

So my question is, is it worth it for one night?
You'll pay another $50-60 per person for the Sunrise Safari, too, so add that cost. I know when we stayed at the AKL Concierge level, the Sunrise Safari was only offered twice a week. Is it offered when you need it to be available?
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Old 02-08-2013, 11:35 AM   #3
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You'll pay another $50-60 per person for the Sunrise Safari, too, so add that cost. I know when we stayed at the AKL Concierge level, the Sunrise Safari was only offered twice a week. Is it offered when you need it to be available?
Yes, that is why I booked the room for that date. And I am aware of the cost.
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Old 02-08-2013, 11:54 AM   #4
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Yes, that is why I booked the room for that date. And I am aware of the cost.
What night are you doing AKV? You will be 1 night at BWV, 2 nights at The Dolphin, then 2 nights at BWV again. There's no way I would do that with 2 small children and I love split stays, do them every trip.
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Old 02-08-2013, 12:08 PM   #5
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Way too much moving around for my taste. Throw into the mix 2 small children, and there is no way I would stay in 4 resorts in such a small amount of time. There is an excellent chance that you will be homeless most of the day on moving days - which will be hard with the dynamics of your family. Add to that all the packing and unpacking - it doesn't sound like much of a vacation to me - way too stressful. Save AK for a different trip.
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Old 02-08-2013, 01:34 PM   #6
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Will your 6 year old appreciate the significance and perks of staying club level? It's nice treat, but one that I would be more appropriate for an adult. I think a 6 year old might prefer BBB or dinner at CRT with a slipper dessert over turndown service and free appetizers for a special birthday gift.
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