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Old 11-02-2012, 04:55 PM   #2956
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Maybe a one-day, one-way car rental? You can drop off a National-Alamo car at the Dolphin...tell the kids you really need a rental this trip etc...

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Hmmm, maybe put the tags on at the last minute before checking your luggage. But, they'll probably catch on when you get on the DME bus because you have to get in a line that has the resort's picture/name.
Thanks very much for the ideas! I think, Pinkocto, you have the right idea. I was just talking to my girlfriend and she suggested the same. I'd even be happy if we got as far as the DME lines until they caught on...if I'm lucky, maybe we can swing that past them too.
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Old 11-02-2012, 04:57 PM   #2957
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Mara is the counter service restaurant at AKL. It is near the pool. They do all kinds of breakfast platters, but also have a grab and go section where you can get the type of things you mentioned. The other breakfast option is Boma, which is a full-blown buffet.

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Thank you Corinna! That sounds perfect. I'd like to keep it fairly reasonable for breakfast. We'll probably bring a few things with us, and I may even consider having some groceries delivered, as I think it would end up cheaper in the long run. For some reason I have a real "thing" with paying for breakfast for four for seven days, lol.
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Old 11-02-2012, 05:55 PM   #2958
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Hey everyone!
We're scheduled to be at AKL Jambo this December in a studio! This is our DD's (almost 3) first trip and I'm wondering if anyone has had luck with using the pack'n'play in the room? And I can't remember if the bathroom area is a little privatized (is that a word?) where we could put her over there for nap time. I've heard there's some rooms around that even have a curtain in the area.
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Amanda - I think the pack and play should fit in the area next to the sinks. There are no curtains in front of that area.
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Old 11-02-2012, 09:32 PM   #2959
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The Sunrise Safari is wonderful -- the hard part is getting your family up and ready to go before 7am!! The breakfast after the Safari is wonderful and the guides stay and join the group for the meal so it's a great opportunity to speak with them and have any questions answered!

The breakfast service at AKL-CL is terrific! Hot oatmeal, quinoa, cold cereals, danish, pastries, fruits, yogurt, juices, milk. Coffees, teas - their coffee machine is fabulous!














At noon, they put out snacks -- pretzels, potato chips, gummies...... We usually plan an ADR for lunch since there isn't much offered in the club lounge.

3pm is Tea Time -- cookies, brownies, scones.




5-7pm is when the appetizers come out. Breads/hummus; cheese/crackers; cold veggie selection and 1 or 2 (usually 2) appetizers from Boma & Jiko. There is also wine and beer (along with soft drinks & juices).








8-10pm is desserts and cordials. They have a new, wonderful pastry chef who is making some desserts ONLY for the Club Lounge! Other desserts would be offerings from Boma -- although Zebra Domes are no longer offered in the Club Lounge.





These desserts were a pumpkin mousse and pumpkin cheesecake - heavenly!



That's all I have time for. I am leaving at 6am tomorrow (Sunday) morning on a business trip. Must pack and get some sleep!
Oh yum. I stopped by for some Friday Zebra Domes, but this was so much better, lol! Bought back all my memories of that wonderful lounge, love the coffee machine and the food was fantastic.
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Old 11-03-2012, 08:26 AM   #2960
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Our DME tags arrived yesterday - only 31 days now! I cannot wait to arrive at the AKL. I have never been and am so excited. When DH and I were on our honeymoon 11 years ago at the WL, AKL had just opened but we didn't have a chance to go check it out. I had been postponing booking until we knew when our ds's Christmas concert was at school and I happened to luck out the day I was booking and was able to get a Value 1 Bedroom with a RO discount. I am sure DH is going to sick of my daily countdown update by the time we go!
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Old 11-03-2012, 09:02 AM   #2961
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Old 11-03-2012, 02:04 PM   #2962
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I have a question, too. Is the Culinary Tour only for people staying at AKL? I am planning to spend an afternoon at AKL while I am at WDW and thought that this would be fun especially as we only got a very quick tour of Boma when I did this in 2009 and did not go into Jiko.

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Old 11-03-2012, 03:36 PM   #2963
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I have a question, too. Is the Culinary Tour only for people staying at AKL? I am planning to spend an afternoon at AKL while I am at WDW and thought that this would be fun especially as we only got a very quick tour of Boma when I did this in 2009 and did not go into Jiko.

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Corinna - the tour is open to anyone. Enjoy! (Meet at Jiko podium at 3:45pm daily. Check the Activities Board by Boma restrooms to confirm! )
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Old 11-03-2012, 03:38 PM   #2964
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Corinna - the tour is open to anyone. Enjoy! (Meet at Jiko podium at 3:45pm daily. Check the Activities Board by Boma restrooms to confirm! )
Thanks, that is great. I will definitely do that if it is offered that day.

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Old 11-03-2012, 04:30 PM   #2965
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I have a question, too. Is the Culinary Tour only for people staying at AKL? I am planning to spend an afternoon at AKL while I am at WDW and thought that this would be fun especially as we only got a very quick tour of Boma when I did this in 2009 and did not go into Jiko.

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There is a similar tour of Sanaa every day at 4pm.
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Old 11-03-2012, 04:35 PM   #2966
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There is a similar tour of Sanaa every day at 4pm.
Thanks, we will eat at Sanaa that night so Boma/ Jiko appeals more. I am so hoping that all the Christmas decorations will be up. I will be at AKL the day after Thanksgiving.

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Old 11-04-2012, 08:17 AM   #2967
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Just have to stop by and say... I LOVE LOVE LOVE Animal Kingdom Lodge!!! I could retire here! lol We stayed a week, bunkbed Arusha view! We were just a few short steps from the lobby! GREAT room!!! Words can't do justice for this resort. I can tell you it's BEAUTIFUL!! So much to see & do, all the time. This resort is so nice, & relaxing! They never miss a beat. It only rained about 15 minuets during our whole stay, & we were at the resort. After the rain a CM drew a super cute portrait of mickey, & minnie on the fog of the glass at the Mara. The little things... that make me smile! Great staff, great food, relaxing rooms.... I could go on & on!! If you stay here be sure to plan for a day just at the resort. Thanks AKL!!!!! If we get back to Disney this will be the only resort we stay at. They are #1 in my book!! I miss hearing welcome home!
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Thank you Corinna! That sounds perfect. I'd like to keep it fairly reasonable for breakfast. We'll probably bring a few things with us, and I may even consider having some groceries delivered, as I think it would end up cheaper in the long run. For some reason I have a real "thing" with paying for breakfast for four for seven days, lol.
.....as much aas I just LOVE Boma for their sumptuous breakfasts, you'd be better off with Pop Tarts, fruit, bagels, and the like in your room, or just head down to the Mara for a quick grab'n'go....
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