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Old 01-28-2013, 11:49 PM   #361
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Example of the bus service: yesterday we waited over an HOUR for a bus to Animal Kingdom. And that was with a lady working the bus stop telling us she had called for a bus. After about 30 minutes she walked down to the last bus stop & never came back.

That should never happen when you're going to AK. It's right across the street!!!!!!!!!!

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BUT - The resort is so amazing it's worth dealing with crappy busses.

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Old 01-29-2013, 03:29 AM   #362
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Example of the bus service: yesterday we waited over an HOUR for a bus to Animal Kingdom. And that was with a lady working the bus stop telling us she had called for a bus. After about 30 minutes she walked down to the last bus stop & never came back.

That should never happen when you're going to AK. It's right across the street!!!!!!!!!!

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I don't think however that this is something confined to AKL. I had experiences like that in the past at the Poly (DHS bus), at the Boardwalk (AKK bus) and at AKL (MK bus). I think it just shows that the WDW bus system has huge flaws. I still believe that if they ran it on a real schedule it would be much better. I don't understand why all the large cities I have lived in (Munich, London, Frankfurt, Berlin) were able to have a far more functional bus system than what WDW is able to offer.

However, they recently hired someone from outside who has experience in running a city's public transportation system. So there is hope that there will be improvements in the future.

Good to hear that you did not let the transportation issues take away from your experience! Sounds like you had a truly wonderful trip despite that. And I am looking forward to seeing your pictures!
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Old 01-29-2013, 07:24 AM   #363
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Example of the bus service: yesterday we waited over an HOUR for a bus to Animal Kingdom. And that was with a lady working the bus stop telling us she had called for a bus. After about 30 minutes she walked down to the last bus stop & never came back.

That should never happen when you're going to AK. It's right across the street!!!!!!!!!!

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Example of the bus service: yesterday we waited over an HOUR for a bus to Animal Kingdom. And that was with a lady working the bus stop telling us she had called for a bus. After about 30 minutes she walked down to the last bus stop & never came back.

That should never happen when you're going to AK. It's right across the street!!!!!!!!!!

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I would also say this isn't an issue confined to AKL, I've had the same elsewhere at other Deluxes as well. But I agree this is unacceptable for the AKL and the AK bus. They could have taken another bus that just did an AK drop off, had it do the AKL pickups, then go back to its normal route without too bad of a delay. Glad you enjoyed it otherwise!
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Old 01-29-2013, 08:55 AM   #366
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Old 01-29-2013, 09:03 AM   #367
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Have you stayed in the 1 bedroom suites/conceirge level. I am wondering what the view from your balcony would be. Is there a possibility of having a room really far from the elevators? Not that I want this.. lol my mil can only walk short distance, & will be in a wheel chair 99% of the time. We can make due with anything though. We have stayed at AKL but have never been to the 5th or 6th floor. I think we were super spoiled on our last trip, we got a room with a view of the Arusha savanna, & it was only a few steps away from the lobby. Any thing you could tell me about staying in the suites/conceirge level would be great! Thanks
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BUT - The resort is so amazing it's worth dealing with crappy busses.
...relatively speaking, they're not THAT crappy....
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Example of the bus service: yesterday we waited over an HOUR for a bus to Animal Kingdom. And that was with a lady working the bus stop telling us she had called for a bus. After about 30 minutes she walked down to the last bus stop & never came back.

That should never happen when you're going to AK. It's right across the street!!!!!!!!!!

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This scares me! We have an 8 am ADR for Tusker House this Saturday..... What time should we be at the bus stop??
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Does AKL have a business center? I have to host a conference call the 2nd day that we are on vacation.
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This scares me! We have an 8 am ADR for Tusker House this Saturday..... What time should we be at the bus stop??
Don't be scared, the very early busses have less chances of getting delayed by something. I am sure you will be fine! For Tusker House I think 7:20 am would be absolutely fine!
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I was gonna rent points but the AP 37% discount was pretty close. I owned BLT prior to my divorce loved it.
I decided 1 night pop then 7 nights YC CL made the change last night
I am thinking next family trip a split with AKL/Poly because I really want to stay at AKL. The no changing is scarey. Have fun .

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Old 01-29-2013, 07:07 PM   #374
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I did it! I did it! I rented points for the 1st time!!!

The girl I worked with (private rental, not through a service) was sooooo beyond nice & accomodating, and PATIENT. Since it's such short notice it took her several tries to get what I wanted. Soooo my dates don't change, or my room (AKV 1BR Jambo standard) - but I got 2 nights on points now instead of cash which is saving me almost $400!! She has the other 2 nights waitlisted for me as well. I know there's no guarantee that we will stay in the same villa when switching from a cash ressie to a points ressie, but I don't care. I will have DS15 borrow a laundry cart & we'll load up & roll on down the hall!! Woo hoo!

I still didn't find that other map I was looking for that had every villa highlighted as to standard, value, savannah, etc. I'm assuming most 1BR standard are pool view - can anyone let me know if this is right? I want a pool view, so I didn't know if I should let the owner add it as a request on the ressie or not. If all 1BR are pool view then no worries! I don't want to bug her anymore, she was a SAINT all day!

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I did it! I did it! I rented points for the 1st time!!!

The girl I worked with (private rental, not through a service) was sooooo beyond nice & accomodating, and PATIENT. Since it's such short notice it took her several tries to get what I wanted. Soooo my dates don't change, or my room (AKV 1BR Jambo standard) - but I got 2 nights on points now instead of cash which is saving me almost $400!! She has the other 2 nights waitlisted for me as well. I know there's no guarantee that we will stay in the same villa when switching from a cash ressie to a points ressie, but I don't care. I will have DS15 borrow a laundry cart & we'll load up & roll on down the hall!! Woo hoo!

I still didn't find that other map I was looking for that had every villa highlighted as to standard, value, savannah, etc. I'm assuming most 1BR standard are pool view - can anyone let me know if this is right? I want a pool view, so I didn't know if I should let the owner add it as a request on the ressie or not. If all 1BR are pool view then no worries! I don't want to bug her anymore, she was a SAINT all day!

Woo hoo I rented points - I'm a big girl now!!
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