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Old 09-25-2013, 08:53 PM   #316
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I am super excited to stay here next year...am just wondering if I should book the lodge or a villa?? any insight?? family of five with one under 3 so can do either....also if you stay at Jambo can you use pool at kidani??
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I prefer the lodge because of the lobby and QS Mara restaurant, but a lot of people enjoy the intimacy of Kidani. Like someone else said, you can use both pools.
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Old 09-26-2013, 06:42 AM   #317
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I prefer the lodge because of the lobby and QS Mara restaurant, but a lot of people enjoy the intimacy of Kidani. Like someone else said, you can use both pools.
I agree! I was really excited to stay at Kidani, but really missed the lobby and the atmosphere at AKL.
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Old 09-26-2013, 07:15 AM   #318
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I agree! I was really excited to stay at Kidani, but really missed the lobby and the atmosphere at AKL.
I totally agree.. We went to dinner at Sanaa and I told my husband the lobby did nothing for me. It's cute, but not grand and exciting to me.
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Old 09-26-2013, 07:49 AM   #319
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I totally agree.. We went to dinner at Sanaa and I told my husband the lobby did nothing for me. It's cute, but not grand and exciting to me.
...same here....after experiencing Jambo House, it's almost claustrophobic! Sanaa is awesome though.....
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Old 09-26-2013, 07:51 AM   #320
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[I]Just returned from a week at AKL and cant say enough about it. Talk about Pixie Dust. Booked a pool view and was upgraded to Savanna on Kudu trail! 11th visit to Disney and this is the first time this ever happened. Stayed at WL twice , dont know which I like better. WL transportation was better in my opinion. Looking forward to out next visit.
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We have stayed at WL and this will be our first at AKL. I hope we love it as much as we did WL.
.....most folks who have stayed at either WL or AKL like the other one also. They were designed by the same architect, and AKL [specifically Jambo House] is considered the 'baby brother' of WL.
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.....most folks who have stayed at either WL or AKL like the other one also. They were designed by the same architect, and AKL [specifically Jambo House] is considered the 'baby brother' of WL.
I actually think WL is the baby brother of WL..Reason being, because it was newer, I think the Architect made changes to AKL that maybe weren't feasible with the footprint of the site (see where my 17 years of construction work come into play) or at the time it was built. Like they took the WL components and made them bigger and better (zero entry, HUGE pool).

I was a WL junkie for years..thinking AKL couldn't possibly be better..but now after many stays, I like them each for unique reasons. I love that the WL makes me feel like I am not in Florida, but the Pacific NW (with warmer temps!) and the AKL feels like an oasis in the middle of Africa!

look at me waxing all poetic this morning...better get back to my real construction work! lol
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Old 09-26-2013, 10:11 AM   #322
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Thanks everyone! I am super excited to stay here next year!!!! leaning towards renting points though for a one bedroom! I think my kids will love it here, they loved the poly and wanted to go back there so really hoping they like AKL
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I actually think WL is the baby brother of WL..
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look at me waxing all poetic this morning...better get back to my real construction work! lol
....is that anything like waxing your legs?
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Hi everyone We just returned from our couples only trip at the POP. Now getting ready for our family trip and 2nd stay at AKV! We have one day planned to stay at the resort for the entire day! Any hints on the recent activities available for our 6 & 13 year old daughters?
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Hi everyone We just returned from our couples only trip at the POP. Now getting ready for our family trip and 2nd stay at AKV! We have one day planned to stay at the resort for the entire day! Any hints on the recent activities available for our 6 & 13 year old daughters?
...there's usually an Activity Board that posts all the daily activities - especially near the pool area.....one day they were playing giant Jenga!
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Old 09-26-2013, 06:26 PM   #328
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Yes, in early May it's typically the room discount. AKL is usually included. I believe it was 25-30% off last year. We are checking into Jambo House on may 10th! Can't wait!
Awesome. Thanks so much for your help.
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I'll be at the AKL 10/6 through 10/10. I'm going there as part of a conference. I've never stayed there, and I'm looking forward to my trip. This will be my first time solo at WDW. Think it's going to be fun anyway? I've got to work during the day, but I'll have evenings free to roam and explore.

Any suggestions that I shouldn't miss at AKL?
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I'll be at the AKL 10/6 through 10/10. I'm going there as part of a conference. I've never stayed there, and I'm looking forward to my trip. This will be my first time solo at WDW. Think it's going to be fun anyway? I've got to work during the day, but I'll have evenings free to roam and explore. Any suggestions that I shouldn't miss at AKL?
Check the Activity Sheet when you check in. There are many opportunities to learn from the cultural reps at AKL: storytelling, music and the animals. AKL also hosts the largest collection of African art outside Africa. Wander around and check it out. Enjoy the lobby and the bar.
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