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Old 04-09-2013, 06:08 PM   #1
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AKV: Standard Vs Savannah view -- 1st timer -- pls advice.

This will be my first time staying at a Disney property. Splurging for my 3 yr old who met her end of the deal by writing her name and mine.
Still on a budget. So I am looking at renting points and found availability end of this month (3-4 nights) at AKV Kidani Village for Standard and Savannah views. I read somewhere (been reading a LOT) that 80% of the std rooms have Savannah views. Is it worth taking a chance? And is the Savannah view worth it, given that we will be spending all days at some park (4 days) and so will be not in the room mostly?

Thanks in advance for your thoughts and tips folks!
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Old 04-09-2013, 08:08 PM   #2
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My husband and I stayed at AKL in a Savannah view for our first anniversary back in 2005. I absolutely loved it. Our days began with watching the animals for a bit before heading out....I probably could have stayed all day and watched them. That being said...I was a Disney employee at the time and enjoyed a pretty hefty room discount. Now that I'm no longer an employee of the company, that discount has long disappeared and I just can't see paying the full price for a Savannah view. It might be different if we weren't spending all day long in the parks. But, for a peak at the animals basically once a day, it just isn't worth the price to me. By the time you get back to the room, it is usually too dark to see them. I haven't visited AKL in
quite some time, but when we were there, you could still see the animals grazing as you walk part of the grounds. Hope that helps with your decision!
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Old 04-09-2013, 10:21 PM   #3
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Our family stayed in a savanna view one year and it was very nice. We spent a lot of time in our room, though and went into the parks late in order to look at the animals. The first night we had a standard view and we were looking at the parking lot.

I don't know that I would want to spend the extra money for a savanna view. There are a lot of viewing areas where you could see the animals.
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Old 04-10-2013, 02:03 AM   #4
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I'd save the money, you are probably going to want to come back to Disney in the future, I'd just put that extra money saved into your next Disney planning fund.

You can see the animals from several viewing areas around both Kidani Village and Jambo house.
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Old 04-10-2013, 03:25 PM   #5
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I posted some photos from our trip on my wordpress blog, when we had a Sunset Savannah view.

Here is a link if you want to check out my short trip report and photos:
http://wp.me/p1RJwY-6V
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Old 04-10-2013, 11:27 PM   #6
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I stayed in a Savannah view and didn't feel that it was worth the price, because we don't spend a lot of time in the room. Plus it was lovebug season, so we couldn't even sit on the balcony anyways, ick! I'm staying at AKL again this summer and am doing a Standard view. I think I'll be pretty happy
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I stayed in a Savannah view and didn't feel that it was worth the price, because we don't spend a lot of time in the room. Plus it was lovebug season, so we couldn't even sit on the balcony anyways, ick! I'm staying at AKL again this summer and am doing a Standard view. I think I'll be pretty happy
Thanks all. I am going with a standard at the jumbo. Appreciate your time and thoughts!
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