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View Poll Results: Which Resort - difference in price $489.86
AKL Pool View 35 62.50%
POFQ King Bed Room 21 37.50%
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Old 10-10-2012, 07:44 PM   #16
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I have stayed at POFQ and visited AKL. I did not care for AKL at all. It's so dark, and nothing like I expected. I would go with POFQ all the way!
I will admit that the animals appeal to me but I was worried about the decor. I love the feeling of POFQ but I also loved WL and it was darker decor as well.
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Old 10-10-2012, 07:56 PM   #17
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Been to both. Love AKL, but if you aren't going to be there much, I can't justify the price difference. When we stayed at AKL, we made sure we had plenty of time to enjoy the resort. POFQ is great and that would be my choice based on how you will be spending your days.
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Old 10-10-2012, 08:07 PM   #18
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Sounds like there would be several things you would make time to enjoy at AKL. There is no place like "home" for us AKL all the way!
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Old 10-10-2012, 08:36 PM   #19
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I voted for AKL! I have not stayed at POFQ or AKL, however I have been to AKL and was very impressed with the resort and would even consider staying there, depsite loving the Poly so mcuh! Having stayed at a value, moderate, and deluxe resort I have to say that I prefer the deluxe. You can't go wrong with AKL and I think you will really enjoy it!!
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Old 10-10-2012, 08:41 PM   #20
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I am sooo sooo glad you posted this, because I have the same decision going on right now....

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Old 10-10-2012, 08:44 PM   #21
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Based on that info and park schedule my vote is POFQ. Great mod for the money. Save the extra money.
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Old 10-10-2012, 08:45 PM   #22
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Originally Posted by goofyredraider View Post
I am sooo sooo glad you posted this, because I have the same decision going on right now....
Well I hope it helps you make a decision too!!!!
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Old 10-10-2012, 08:45 PM   #23
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Oh, and I loved the location. It seemed like it never took more then 10 min to get to any of the parks.
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Old 10-11-2012, 08:46 AM   #24
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I might be the minority here, but we hated POFQ. Loved the smallness, but hated the buses. Loved the guy who opened the door for us everyday... loved him But, truly didnt like the resort. I know not everybody has the same situation.
I have a pool view booked at AKL right now for Feb. I am trying to absorb all info I can get on the place. Been a dream of mine to stay here. I get all misty even thinking about pulling into the place lol.
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Old 10-11-2012, 10:12 AM   #25
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If you didn't put the price difference, I'd lean towards AKL .

But with the price, it's just the realization that it's a bit of money, and how much value you find in the upgrade is really specific to your family and trip.

Be aware of time constraints getting from AKL to the parks that aren't AK, you should be fine, but you need to be aware of the potential long turn around.
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Old 10-11-2012, 10:21 AM   #26
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Nothing, just nothing like AKL in my mind! It is a very unique resort - more of a resort experience than a hotel. I also think it would be wonderful for a couple - lots of great ambiance to enjoy at the resort, great dining, secluded spots by the pool etc. It is very magical!

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Old 10-11-2012, 10:24 AM   #27
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I've stayed at both and I have to say that I really loved the smallness of POFQ. I'm glad I stayed at AKL and if I had the opportunity to rent DVC points again I'd stay there again without a doubt, but after staying at the CR and at the YC recently, I just don't put AKL in the same deluxe category in my mind.

If I'm paying the "big bucks" to stay at a deluxe (and not the little bucks renting points), I want it to be a deluxe; AKL is gorgeous and has a sweeping lobby (and animals, don't forget the animals!), but anybody can enjoy those things without the hefty price tag.

For $500 less, I think POFQ is a great, great choice, especially for two adults! But I will say - if you could offer me a room at CR (even a garden room!), or at the BC/YC/BWV for $500 more that POFQ for four nights? I would jump on it. And then, after booking, I would hop up and down like a little girl, squealing.

Now, when my ex and I went, he took one look at BC/YC, looked at me accusingly, and asked why we hadn't stayed there instead of POFQ. Just sayin....
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Old 10-11-2012, 12:09 PM   #28
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I voted AKL because everytime I walk into the lobby I take a deep breath and just feel my entire self relax. It is beautiful and calming and just wonderful. POFQ is just the opposite. When I walk into the main building there I feel the excitement and everything feels lively and frenetic. For two adults AKL just seems so much more appropriate -- even with the price difference.
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Old 10-11-2012, 01:10 PM   #29
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We have stayed at both POFQ and CSR, and everyone agreed that we much preferred POFQ. After a day of so much walking, it was easier to get to our room. Also, as Jillianv29 pointed out, it seemed to be a shorter bus ride to the parks. Finally - Beignets
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Old 10-11-2012, 01:32 PM   #30
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I voted AKL. It sounds like you'll have some time to enjoy while dining at both Jiko and Boma. You may decide to cancel one of your scheduled ADR's to enjoy a little bit more at AKL too. It's truly a unique resort. If your budget can allow it, I'd go that route.
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