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Old 03-08-2013, 09:57 AM   #31
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I had a feeling by the title of your thread, that this might pretain in AKL. Everyone is entitled to their own opinion, AKL just wasn't for you. A agree with other posters, don't let it discourage you from staying at other deluxe resorts though.

My take on AKL was the opposite of yours, I loved the calming warm tones of the color scheme at the resort. I also liked that it was a little further away from all the hustle and bustle of the parks. After a long day in the parks, I love coming home to AKL. We have always stayed at Jambo House in the past, ans this June we are giving Kidani a try. One of the main things that concerned me was no QS location there, but that quickly faded as I realized, that we are rarely at the hotel to eat. I always bring breakfast items from home to eat at the room and we tpyically eat lunch in the parks before heading back to the resort for an afternoon swim, and dinner is usually eaten at the parks or DTD as well.

I have my preferances for resorts on all resort levels, I like the values for when $$ is tight and its a short trip, in which case I go with staying at All Star Sports... Most trips to Disney, we stay at a moderate. CSR is my favorite. When $$$ allows, we will stay deluxe. AKL is usually are go to followed closely by WL. Hoping to stay at Boardwalk one day though!
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Old 03-08-2013, 09:57 AM   #32
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I have been to WL, BC and OKW to eat and thought all 3 of those resorts would be beautiful to stay at. So next trip we are renting DVC points and staying at OKW.

We have stayed at ASMu in a family suite twice and the kids liked the pool activities and ping pong by the pool and the bright colors and big icons. Movies outdoors every night.

But when DH and I go alone we could care less about all those amenities the value provides. We want an adult vibe and softer more comfortable beds. Those beds at the values kill my back and neck. I wake up every day still and sore from sleeping on a rock all night.

I look forward to staying at a deluxe.

Next trip after this next trip adults only trip we will probably stay at OKW again just because I like the restaurant there. But we may try BCV before too long.
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Old 03-08-2013, 10:02 AM   #33
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You can go out to the Disney website or AllEars (or a bunch of others) and pull up pictures of the different resorts. Then you will know what you're getting before you get there, to a certain extent.

AKL was never meant to be bright and colorful... it's respectful of the land and it's surroundings and it's environment. The values are bright and colorful and lean to the "animated". They're totally different. But this is the great thing about Disney, there is something for everyone. You sound like you've found your favorite resort now.
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Old 03-08-2013, 11:13 AM   #34
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I'm sorry you didn't have a good time at AKL. I guess now you know that you prefer the values. That's the great thing about WDW -- there are so many different resorts.

We love AKL, but I know it's not for everyone. We like the wood in the lobby, the sounds, and the remoteness of the place. But we also like being on the monorail and the Epoct resort area as well.

I think it's best to visit a resort before staying there... and if you can't do that, then look at all the hundreds of photos posted here on the DIS...And then pick by what decor/theming attracts you.
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Old 03-08-2013, 11:19 AM   #35
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I've stayed at

Pop Century
All Star Movies
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Carribean Beach
Old Key West
Sarratoga Springs
Bay Lake Tower
Animal Kingdom (Jambo and Kidani)

Animal Kingdom - Jambo House is my favorite of all.

I'm sorry it wasn't your cup of tea. Hope your next trip is better.
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Old 03-08-2013, 11:19 AM   #36
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i cant get past the parking lot of the values. drove onto POP Lot one time to check it out. never got out of the car. that place just screamed cheap.

everyone has their tastes.

i will say that for us, AKL is the least desirable of all the deluxes. You should stay there one time to try it out. its worth seeing, but has nothing that wants us to stay there ever again.
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Old 03-08-2013, 12:22 PM   #37
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On the POSITIVE note, they upgraded us to Kidanni 1 bedroom suite because our baby got sick.
WOW!!! How nice. How did you get that? Families usually have at least one person sick sometime on a trip, and never get an upgrade, especially an upgrade to a 1 bedroom suite! What did you do to get that?
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Old 03-08-2013, 12:33 PM   #38
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On the POSITIVE note, they upgraded us to Kidanni 1 bedroom suite because our baby got sick. Now, I've experienced both Jambo & Kidanni & although I very much appreciated being able to have all the amenities of home, I still missed the fun atmosphere all around that the value resorts provide.. Also if your staying at Kidanni you have to take a shuttle just to get some food, so inconvenient when A your tired or B you want to have breakfast in your room.

I agree it is inconvenient to take a shuttle to the Mara to eat when you are tired. But you had a 1 bedroom suite which has a full kitchen!!! Why on earth could you not have breakfast in your room?!
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No, the lobby is not Disney in the sense of Disney characters. But, as with many Disney things, the hotel creates a very specific place and time and immerses guests in that vision. I think the Disney imagineers realized their vision with AKL and we enjoyed our stay immensely.
I think you hit it right on the head! AKL is supposed to take you on an African Safari. I have absolutely NO desire to go on an African safari & therefore AKL has absolutely no appeal to me. I don't care how good the reviews are for the hotel or it's restaurants, I just don't want to go there at all. But from what I can tell from those reviews, Disney has certainly accomplished it's goal of imersing the guest in the African experience. It's just not for everyone.

OP, I'm sorry you were unhappy with your hotel choice. It is always 1 of my concerns with trying a new place too. Vacations are so important to families in terms of time spent together & of course so expensive, no one wants to feel like they "wasted" that vacation with an unpleasant hotel experience. Sometimes trying something new can work out, you just never know.

That's 1 reason I like to do split stays. If we want to try a new resort, I only try it for a few days & we spend the rest of the week at our beloved Yacht Club. Then I know that no matter what, I'm going to be happy for at least part of my vacation. I hope your next trip will be better!
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Old 03-08-2013, 02:20 PM   #40
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WOW!!! How nice. How did you get that? Families usually have at least one person sick sometime on a trip, and never get an upgrade, especially an upgrade to a 1 bedroom suite! What did you do to get that?
Very Simple, I told them I needed to do 1 of 2 things. 1 Get a Bigger room & stay with them or 2 go to a Suit at AOA... They came back asking for almost 2,000 dollars for their 1 Bedroom upgrade & I said NO, please check & see if I can go to AOA.. Instead they came back & offered it to me complimentary so I could stay with them...
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Old 03-08-2013, 02:21 PM   #41
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I think what many don't realize is that Disney themed resorts are more about the "theme" and less about Disney.

Actually AOA and Movies to me are the only truly Disney resorts. All the others have a theme, even Pop Century, and everyone has to decide which theme appeals to them.

We find the theme of AKL to be very calm and soothing, even the darkness.

To me the theme that would most likely appeal to POP lovers in a deluxe is Boardwalk.

I think the photos on the new website give a very good representation of the rooms and lobby areas.
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I agree it is inconvenient to take a shuttle to the Mara to eat when you are tired. But you had a 1 bedroom suite which has a full kitchen!!! Why on earth could you not have breakfast in your room?!
I was supposed to be staying at the a standard room at Jambo House. I didn't come prepared from home with foods. I also used Disney transportation systems, so it's not like I could hop in my car just to go grab some food to make. & Honestly I was there to Vacation, not make food. We were on the meal plan so in room service would take 2 table service ( so not worth it).. The quick service at the mara was the only source of food since we were stuck in the hotel for 2 days...
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Maybe if someone is truly uncertain they could hop over to a resort and have lunch or dinner there to check it out first to get a feel for the resort.

Again, sorry your experience was so bad. Luckily, Disney has so many resorts for people to stay at to appease everyone's tastes.
OP I am sorry you didn't like AKV-- but you know what that's OK! That is why there are so many different resorts of various themes at Disney. Hopefully there's something for everybody.

I quoted the above disneybliss because hubby and I had dinner at AKL one trip and hubby was less than enthusiastic about the resort. It was nice and all just not 'his thing' from his impressions having dinner there and visiting. The next year we ended up booking there for part of our trip when we traveled with my brother's family for the kids so they could see the animals.... in actually staying there he really enjoyed it and liked it a lot more than he thought he would.

We've stayed at SSR and again we enjoyed our time there but it's just not for us but I know others who love it; same for Caribbean Beach --not our thing. We do consider POR/POFQ our favourite non DVC place to stay.
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Old 03-08-2013, 03:23 PM   #45
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I'm sorry you didn't like AKL, but at least you tried it and know it's not for you. We've had two stays at AKL and love the resort, but not every resort is for every person/family. That is one of the many things I love about Disney.....there is a resort to fit everyone's budget and taste .
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