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Old 12-13-2012, 02:55 AM   #16
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Originally Posted by Debrn View Post
We may go for 8 nights instead of 7 because of cheaper flights so may do a split stay 3 at POR and 5 at AKL that way I get to try both
I did the same thing for my upcoming trip...added an extra night making it 8. You actually need that extra day because of the travel days. And "yes" do the split stay. It wasn't so bad switching resorts, but it is nice to be able to try 2 on the same vacation. I would recommend it in your case. Those are currently my 2 favorite resorts, however, I'm now booked at the POLY LV and I'm afraid to fall in love with it, it's quite costly I just had to try it because of some issues I'm having, so the monorail convenience is my excuse . Have a great time whatever you choose !

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Old 12-13-2012, 09:05 AM   #17
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How often do you go to DTD? We like to go to DTD 2-3 nights we are there for shopping and dinner/drinks. POR is perfect for us because of the boat to DTD. They run very frequently and are a nice way to make the treck to DTD. AKL, on the other hand, you'd have to take the bus which is quite a haul. IMO, with the unreliability of the DTD buses and travel time, it would be enough of a deterrent to only go to to DTD once, if that.

AKL is certainly beautiful but if I'm paying that kind of money for a deluxe resort, I want one of the best amenities that deluxe resorts offer - multiple transportation options. One thing that makes deluxe resorts worth the money is the fact that you can walk or boat to most of the parks from your resort. This is not the case for AKL, and a big negative in my book.
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Old 12-14-2012, 10:32 AM   #18
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I've stayed at both and actually liked POR better. I loved the big food court and the transportation (boat to DTD), also the grounds are lovely and I like the quiet pools.

I am probably in a real minority here, and this might sound crazy, but AKL felt too hemmed in for me, like the walkable grounds weren't very large, which makes sense because you get the bonus of the animals, but apparently I need more room to roam.

I concur that if you go pool view definitely request a higher floor, we had "pool view" that was basically a tree and the wading pool.

Overall I guess I just found AKL disspointing.
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September 2010 - WL!!!!
October 2011 - AKL
September 2012 - finally going to Universal - having mouse withdrawls
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