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Old 11-15-2007, 03:36 PM   #136
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Hi, I have three suggestions:

First, there is one question with answer:

"I got the pool view room because my son (15) wants to be closed to the action, lol. Can somebody tell me whether or not you need to pass the lobby area to get to the pools? Is there a better pool view room preference?

...if you get a room in the Giraffe Trail, there is also an elevator (which we used OFTEN!) about halfway down the corridor, that goes directly to the first floor..it lets you out near the small bridge that is at the front edge of the pool (opposite the pool bar)...."

I would suggest to split up the question and to phrase the answers as follows:

I got the pool view room because my son (15) wants to be closed to the action, lol. Can somebody tell me whether or not you need to pass the lobby area to get to the pools? Is there a better pool view room preference?

Both Giraffe and Zebra Trail have elevators in the middle of the trail which can take you down to the first floor for direct access to the pool without having to pass the lobby.

Is there a better pool view room preference?

Pool view rooms are located in either Giraffe or Zebra Trail. Giraffe Trail has the advantage of not being very long, so you are never far away from the lobby. Also there is a direct access to the walkway to the busses. Zebra Trail has the pool on one side and Arusha Savannah on the other side. So when you walk down the hallway to your room you will pass windows from where you can see the Savannah. It might give you more of a feel of being surrounded by magic. Also there is a laundry room on Zebra Trail and Mara might be slightly closer, but it is not far from the Giraffe Trail rooms either.


Second, in my experience the following question comes up regularly:

I have seen pictures of Uzima pool and it looks like the water is murky. Is it not cleaned?

The water in Uzima pool is crystal clear, however it is designed to look like a watering hole. The bottom of the pool is not painted bright blue, but a rather "murky" blue for that effect.


And thirdly, I know this might make even more work, but you have already assembled a large number of questions. I would suggest of grouping them into different topics (rooms/concierge/pool/dining/shop etc.).


Thanks for all the great work!
Hi pyrxtc, the grouping of the questions looks great, however you missed out to make the heading "room questions" big and blue

Also, I am not sure whether you forgot about the two first points in my post, or whether you did not want to use it I just thought I'd highlight it again
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Old 11-15-2007, 04:41 PM   #137
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I'll fix it. The computer I put the answers on just failed so ahve to save new files and I'll add it in.

Oh, and thanks for the "room questions" catch ! I'll update it all tonight.
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Old 11-15-2007, 04:51 PM   #138
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not strictly an AKL answer, but I think I have read somewhere that gardengrocer does alcohol, but you have to email them about it, it's not on the website.
Thanks. I'll try that too.
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Old 11-16-2007, 05:58 AM   #139
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We don't go until the middle of Jan. So, if nobody else has beer information before then, I'd appreciate you checking it out for me in 7.5 weeks, pilferk.
We arrive at AKV on the 5th of Jan and I KNOW we're going to get net access the first day, and the last day, at least. I'll check, and post, what I find upon arrival, probably that first night.
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We arrive at AKV on the 5th of Jan and I KNOW we're going to get net access the first day, and the last day, at least. I'll check, and post, what I find upon arrival, probably that first night.
Just a tip to anyone arriving at AKL/AKV (or any other hotel). If you are going to access the internet, it pays to check your first day. If the person using the room before you paid for access, you will get the rest of their 24 hours to use. At least, I am assuming that happens since the first time I logged on, I wasn't required to pay but the next day, I had to pay the $9.95 for the next 24 hours access.
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Old 11-16-2007, 09:34 AM   #141
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New AKL/AKV picture thread on the photography board, please post your photo's. I have put a link in my thread but want to make sure that there are lost of pictures to see.

here is the direct link
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We will be staying at AKL next Dec. & I have a question about rooms. My mom will be coming w/us (her 1st trip to WDW! ) & DH wants to get a 2 bdrm suite so she can have her own room. But that's way too expensive (he doesn't realize the cost yet). I would like to get 2 adjoining deluxe rooms w/savannah view. From what I've read here though, it's not a guarantee to get adjoining rooms. I don't want my mom to end up some where else in the resort. What suggestions do you have for me?
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We will be staying at AKL next Dec. & I have a question about rooms. My mom will be coming w/us (her 1st trip to WDW! ) & DH wants to get a 2 bdrm suite so she can have her own room. But that's way too expensive (he doesn't realize the cost yet). I would like to get 2 adjoining deluxe rooms w/savannah view. From what I've read here though, it's not a guarantee to get adjoining rooms. I don't want my mom to end up some where else in the resort. What suggestions do you have for me?
Thanks for the help!
The deluxe rooms are no more. Sorry ! you can ask for a 2 bedroom Villa either by renting through here on the rental board or you can reserve two savannah view rooms and request the connecting rooms then. About a week before your vacation, you can call the hotle itself and see about adjoining rooms. From what I have read, most people were able to get adjoinng rooms when asked. Even if she ends up across the hall, it won't be that far away.

A 2 bedroom will cost upwards of $2500 if you rent here. You wouldn't be able to book that until January depending on what day your vacation will start.

December is a very busy month and hard to book so I would ask on the board now so that the renter will know to try at 11 months out.
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Thanks for the help, Pyrxtc! I didn't realize there were no more deluxe rooms. I looked at the 2008 room rates & they had deluxe rooms listed. So, then are standard room or concierge room my only choices if we don't go w/the villas? Are the concierge rooms the deluxe rooms? Can I get a savannah view in a standard room? There will be 5 of us (Dh, me, my mom, DS3, & infant). Would we fit in a standard room? Right now, we are planning the week after Thanksgiving (Nov. 30-Dec. 5) I'm confused at this point on the rooms.
Are people already booking their rooms for next Dec????
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Have any recent vistors to AKL noticed if USair is still testing airline check-in?
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I'm booked at AKL on Feb 4th through the 9th (savannah view bunk bed). Can anyone tell me if there will still be construction going on? I have a 3 year old that will likely need naps in the afternoon, so the noise might be a problem for us.

If there will be construction going on, can anyone give me advice on which part of the hotel would be better for us? Or should we change our ressie to another resort?
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Thanks for the help, Pyrxtc! I didn't realize there were no more deluxe rooms. I looked at the 2008 room rates & they had deluxe rooms listed. So, then are standard room or concierge room my only choices if we don't go w/the villas? Are the concierge rooms the deluxe rooms? Can I get a savannah view in a standard room? There will be 5 of us (Dh, me, my mom, DS3, & infant). Would we fit in a standard room? Right now, we are planning the week after Thanksgiving (Nov. 30-Dec. 5) I'm confused at this point on the rooms.
Are people already booking their rooms for next Dec????
I think the deluxe rooms are all gone now, both the concierge rooms and the non-concierge rooms are the same size. The concierge rooms are specific rooms set aside for concierge guests, all of them savannah view. The non-concierge rooms come with savannah view, pool view and standard view. Standard view is parking lot view, a view of roof tops or possibly a very restricted savannah view. The pool view rooms and the savannah view rooms come in two different categories with regarding to beds: 1) two queens or one king and 2) one queen and one bunk bed.

As your youngest kid is still an infant, you would be able to fit all five you into one room as all rooms sleep four plus an infant in a crib. However, I think you might be a bit crowded. The AKL rooms are rather small for a deluxe resort, not that much bigger than a moderate resort. The old deluxe rooms were a bit bigger.

I am not sure where you found rates for 2008 for deluxe rooms, I could not find them But I hope I could help to explain the AKL room structure!
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Have any recent vistors to AKL noticed if USair is still testing airline check-in?
Hi, I would recommend this thread from the Transportation board: http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=944813

It appears that the test is still ongoing. The people on the transportation board always are very up to date with their information!
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I'm booked at AKL on Feb 4th through the 9th (savannah view bunk bed). Can anyone tell me if there will still be construction going on? I have a 3 year old that will likely need naps in the afternoon, so the noise might be a problem for us.

If there will be construction going on, can anyone give me advice on which part of the hotel would be better for us? Or should we change our ressie to another resort?
The construction of the new building for the DVC resort which will be next to AKL will be ongoing until 2009. The construction inside the existing AKL building is supposed to be done by January. The rooms looking out over Sunset Savannah ( to the left of AKL on a map) will most likely all see some of the construction. Even the people who had rooms on that side recently mostly were not too bothered by it. But if you want to be on the safe side, you should request a room overlooking Arusha or Uzima Savannah. Alternatively, it might be better to request a room away from construction and ask for a note to be made on your reservation that your daughter needs to nap during the day.

Also, remember that if you check in, you can always ask for another room if yours is overlooking the construction. In most cases they will try their best to move you. And even if that is not possible on the day you check in, they might be able to move you the next day!

I don't think that you need to change to another resort, I am sure you will be fine at AKL! Have a great trip!
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