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Old 10-29-2012, 04:13 PM   #31
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The DVC Dining plan costs for 2013 are 55.59 per night for an adult and 17.16 per night for children 3-9. This is the plan that gives you one table service credit, one counter service credit and one snack credit per night (if you stay 5 nights, you would get 5 of each).

I would go to undercover tourist's website and get costs on park tickets, for whatever options you are looking for. I usually buy through them when we take guests as it will save you a few dollars per ticket and they are a great company.

Add the costs all together and you will see how you compare.
THanks Pokey! I will be getting to that shortly!
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Old 10-29-2012, 04:57 PM   #32
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Going through the DVC and some of the other sites, we won't be saving anything really so not even worth it. Bummer!

500.00 difference between the AOA and the Wilderness Lodge-Kidani ... Is it really worth the extra 500? Location wise? Busses? Restaurants?

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Old 10-29-2012, 06:34 PM   #33
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Going through the DVC and some of the other sites, we won't be saving anything really so not even worth it. Bummer!

500.00 difference between the AOA and the Wilderness Lodge-Kidani ... Is it really worth the extra 500? Location wise? Busses? Restaurants?
There is no Wilderness Lodge-Kidani.
There is a deluxe resort called the Wilderness Lodge which has DVC villas on the resort grounds - to stay there in a villa you would need a 2 br. villa. This is a lovely resort a boat ride away from the magic kingdom. It's theme is sort of a national park historic lodge, rustic w/ beams.
There is also an Animal Kingdom Lodge which is also a deluxe resort that has villas associated with it. To stay there you could get by in a 1br villa, which I think is what you have priced out. To complicate matters further, the villas at the Animal Kingdom Lodge are located in 2 buildings - one is called Jambo house and also has regular deluxe resort rooms. The other is called Kidani and only has villas. It is a lovely resort. It's theme is Africa and it is set amongst savannas w/ live animals. The most expensive rooms and villas have a view of one of the savannas from their balconies.
As you consider your options, keep in mind that if you rent points you will not get daily housekeeping (unless you pay more for it) and you will only have towels provided one time (maybe 2 depending on length of stay) unless you pay for more. The upside is you have more space and you have a washer and dryer in the unit. You will need to work with the DVC member to arrange your dinning plan and if you aren't driving, your DME. You will need to purchase and activate your park tickets on your own.
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Old 10-29-2012, 07:21 PM   #34
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In order to go thru Disney and stay in a 1 bedroom villa you have to go with AKV-Kidani Old Key West, or Bay Lake Tower. Otherwise you will be looking at a 2 BR Villa and that really increases the cost.

I'd stay at All Star Music suite or AoA if you can't swing AKV-Kidani or BLT. AKV will be the cheaper of the 2 villas.

For the $600 difference I'd go with the villa. You will spend that 600 plus some in food without the ability to cook in your room. Plus it would be nice to have a washer/dryer and the extra room.
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Old 10-29-2012, 08:08 PM   #35
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There is no Wilderness Lodge-Kidani.
There is a deluxe resort called the Wilderness Lodge which has DVC villas on the resort grounds - to stay there in a villa you would need a 2 br. villa. This is a lovely resort a boat ride away from the magic kingdom. It's theme is sort of a national park historic lodge, rustic w/ beams.
There is also an Animal Kingdom Lodge which is also a deluxe resort that has villas associated with it. To stay there you could get by in a 1br villa, which I think is what you have priced out. To complicate matters further, the villas at the Animal Kingdom Lodge are located in 2 buildings - one is called Jambo house and also has regular deluxe resort rooms. The other is called Kidani and only has villas. It is a lovely resort. It's theme is Africa and it is set amongst savannas w/ live animals. The most expensive rooms and villas have a view of one of the savannas from their balconies.
As you consider your options, keep in mind that if you rent points you will not get daily housekeeping (unless you pay more for it) and you will only have towels provided one time (maybe 2 depending on length of stay) unless you pay for more. The upside is you have more space and you have a washer and dryer in the unit. You will need to work with the DVC member to arrange your dinning plan and if you aren't driving, your DME. You will need to purchase and activate your park tickets on your own.
Animal Kingdom Villas is the resort I was thinking of. We have booked there, but in a standard room, not the Savannah. I also am going right through Disney's website vs DVC because there wasn't much of a price difference and I don't know enough about Disney to be comfortable booking elsewhere. Great point on the daily housekeeping! That is kind of a must for our family with young kiddos. Thanks for the great advice!! I have fallen in love with this forum.. so much great information on Disney!
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Animal Kingdom Villas is the resort I was thinking of. We have booked there, but in a standard room, not the Savannah. I also am going right through Disney's website vs DVC because there wasn't much of a price difference and I don't know enough about Disney to be comfortable booking elsewhere. Great point on the daily housekeeping! That is kind of a must for our family with young kiddos. Thanks for the great advice!! I have fallen in love with this forum.. so much great information on Disney!
The standard room at AKL only sleeps four (plus one under the age of three). Did you book a suite instead of a standard room? I thought you had four kids (one under three), plus the two of you.

Or did you book a standard view one bedroom villa (Jambo House or Kidani Village)?
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Old 10-30-2012, 12:33 AM   #37
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The standard room at AKL only sleeps four (plus one under the age of three). Did you book a suite instead of a standard room? I thought you had four kids (one under three), plus the two of you.

Or did you book a standard view one bedroom villa (Jambo House or Kidani Village)?
Standard View Villa at the Kidani is what we booked.
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I stayed in a 1br villa at Jambo 2 years ago - the unit was lovely (I've also been in a regular room in Jambo before there was a Kidani.) I believe the 1brs at Kidani have 2 bathrooms and you will have a balcony. Although the standard views don't usually overlook the savannas, there are lots of places to see animals around the resort. The counter service restaurant (Mara) is in Jambo house but if you don't feel like going over to Jambo the pool bar has cs food, too. You can use both Kidani and Jambo's facilities. The kids splash area at Kidani is supposed to be great as well. I love eating at all 3 restaurants -Boma and Jiko in Jambo and Sanaa in Kidani. I really like the gift shop at Jambo as well.
Here's a site w/ maps and photos.
http://dvcnews.com/index.php/resorts.../maps-a-photos
Oh, FYI no balloons at AKL - too risky for the animals.
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Then if the Free Dining Plan would come out, maybe we could save on that as well! Wishful thinking..
You have to pay for the dining plan with DVC resorts. If it is "FREE", it maybe free to AoA suites, but may not. You can add dining plan at a DVC resort.

I think the theme at all the resorts is fantastic and you really can't go wrong. We have done All Star Sport, Music and Movies, along with Port Orleans Riverside (family of 5) and Caribbean Beach (2 rooms, since we are now a family of 7). With these resorts we got FREE Dining.
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If you book directly with Disney, you can add free dining if it comes out and the villas are available. We took advantage of this before we purchased DVC.

We have stayed at Kidani in a standard 1 bdrm villa and loved it. The room was spacious and the resort is beautiful. We have a 2 bdrm standard view booked at Jambo over Thanksgiving and are still crossing our fingers that our waitlist will come through for Kidani for the extra bathroom (booked on DVC points). You will love it.
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If you book directly with Disney, you can add free dining if it comes out and the villas are available. We took advantage of this before we purchased DVC.

We have stayed at Kidani in a standard 1 bdrm villa and loved it. The room was spacious and the resort is beautiful. We have a 2 bdrm standard view booked at Jambo over Thanksgiving and are still crossing our fingers that our waitlist will come through for Kidani for the extra bathroom (booked on DVC points). You will love it.

We are super excited! Starting to book our dining options now and when that is done, i might be able to relax a little.. Ahhhh! So many decisions and want it to be well planned and thought out. Yikes! :lol:
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We are super excited! Starting to book our dining options now and when that is done, i might be able to relax a little.. Ahhhh! So many decisions and want it to be well planned and thought out. Yikes! :lol:
You are going to have a great trip. Enjoy!
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