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Old 02-21-2013, 12:34 PM   #1
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Hey guys! Never stayed at a disney property before and will be staying 1 night in sept, with an almost 2 year old and a 7 year old plus another adult. Looking for a fun hotel, as we will be using the hotel as a 'day'.. you know the pool,Order in room service, game room. Is this place pretty cool? And if you could suggest another place that a child would love, that would be awesome!
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Old 02-21-2013, 12:40 PM   #2
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It's a really fun place with a lot to do. We stayed there last year with a 2.5 year old and a 15 month old and I felt like it was a destination in and of itself.
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Old 02-21-2013, 12:50 PM   #3
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Awesome. Can you really see animals? Ha
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Old 02-21-2013, 12:57 PM   #4
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You'll love it!

Animal Kingdom Lodge is beautiful and there's TONS to do. They have tons of great activities (crafts, storytelling, tours, etc.), so I would recommend checking out that day's activities once you arrive. I would also recommend touring around the resort yourself - you can view animals on all of the savannas, talk with the CMs about their countries and the lodge, and it's fun to go up to the 4th level and check out the view from the bridge.

The pool is awesome--it's zero entry, so it should be great for your kids. They have towels and lifejackets right by the pool. They also have a great pool bar, and the Mara (quick service) is located not far from the pool in case you get hungry. I also recommend saying hello to the flamingos - they're right behind the pool.

You can certainly get room service, but I would recommend making an ADR at one of the fantastic AKL restaurants. Jiko is a big higher end with excellent food, and Boma is an expansive buffet with everything from African cuisine and meat to regular kids favorites. Next door at AKV is Sanaa, which many people tend to rave about. If you don't want to walk to AKV, you can always grab a bus to DD which picks up second at the villas (just make sure this is still the case before you try it!).

Have a wonderful time! It's an awesome resort!
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Old 02-21-2013, 03:04 PM   #5
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Like others have said, AKL is a destination -- it's gorgeous, there are tons of activities at the resort, and YES you will absolutely see lots of animals. There are overlooks onto the various savannas and different animals on each of them. The restaurants are very nice, the pool large and fun, and the activities are really unique to AKL. It's a great place to spend the day.
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Old 02-21-2013, 03:17 PM   #6
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Yup, you best choice!

With the animal viewing, the pool, the dining and the general atmosphere, you'llo have a great day! The arcade-game rooms are really similar at all Resorts.
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Old 02-21-2013, 03:47 PM   #7
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Is it September yet?! I'm so excited
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Old 02-21-2013, 04:07 PM   #8
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AKV Jambo House my favorite resort! My 4 yr niece loved it as well. As others have said it's a destination in itself. Love the savanna view rooms but even if you do not have a savanna room there is still plenty of other places around the 2 buildings Jambo & Kidani to view the animals. Also try the zebra domes dessert at either Boma or the counter service Mara next to the pool. They are soooo yummy! Both the pools are great and beautiful as well.
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Old 02-21-2013, 05:18 PM   #9
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AKL is SUCH a great resort! Have a great time!
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Old 02-21-2013, 05:22 PM   #10
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It's absolutely amazing!!! We had a Savannah view room and I have pics of my son sitting on the balcony eating his cereal and watching the giraffes!! The pool is awesome and there is so much to see!!!
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Hands down our favorite resort on property and we could spend a few days just checking this place out without ever going to a park. Your kids will love it, and you can definitely see the animals.
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Old 02-22-2013, 12:08 AM   #12
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Awesome. Can you really see animals? Ha
I would suggest you use the link below to read more about AKL Savannahs http://www.wdwinfo.com/wdwinfo/resor...ge/animals.htm

The best viewing time is during their designated feeding times where specific animals migrate to get their meals. Once they finish they often vanish from sight. This is a resort where I would say the room view matters and a savannah view, while not required, will create unique and lasting memories.
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Old 02-22-2013, 08:20 AM   #13
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I think AKL is a great choice. The resort is beautiful and you can't beat being able to view the animals .
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Old 02-22-2013, 09:56 AM   #14
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We stayed here last summer and plan on staying here again this summer. Loved it. My kids loved it and want to go back here only lol
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Old 02-22-2013, 11:30 AM   #15
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It is a great resort that must be experienced at lest 1 time. but for us, 1 time was enough. We like to walk, and since the AKL is its own secluded place, you almost feal like you are on an island.

The savanah rom was nice. But it soon became a running joke for our family. look, theres a zebra. theres the zeebra again. hey, did you see the zebra.

The themeing is great. Again, you should try it at least 1 time. but for us, it does not have any staying / return power.
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