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Old 11-11-2007, 07:05 PM   #76
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I already have a "pre trip report" - the link is in my siggy - and will DEFINITELY be doing a trip report when we get back!!!!!! Thanks for the help!
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Old 11-11-2007, 09:12 PM   #77
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Club Club Clarification and Bead Quesion

Are there only standard club level rooms on the 4th floor? We wanted to stay on the club lounge level. Is that possible?

Can you get a club level savannah room promised or not? There seemed to be some mixed messages.

Can we get a standard room on the club lounge level with a savannah view?

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Also - what is the "bead activity" and what ages? Thanks again.
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Old 11-12-2007, 06:17 AM   #78
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Are there only standard club level rooms on the 4th floor? We wanted to stay on the club lounge level. Is that possible?

Can you get a club level savannah room promised or not? There seemed to be some mixed messages.

Can we get a standard room on the club lounge level with a savannah view?

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Also - what is the "bead activity" and what ages? Thanks again.
Someone else will have to answer the bead activity question, but here is the information about the rooms:

There are no Club Level rooms on 5th or 6th (lounge level) floors for non-DVC resort guests. Pre-DVC construction, getting a room on the lounge level wasn't a sure thing (limited supply/huge demand!).

If you book Club Level through WDTC, you are guaranteed a savanna view, 4th floor, within reasonable distance of the lobby.

Once you've made a CL reservation, AKL's wonderful IPO will be happy to answer any questions you have about room location.

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Hey Princess Amy and TKDisneyLover! It looks like we'll all be arriving at the AKL around the same time!
Why, yes we are. Hope to see you there! It's getting closer and closer! Cannot wait!
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Hey Princess Amy and TKDisneyLover! It looks like we'll all be arriving at the AKL around the same time!
Woo Hoo, maybe we'll see you there. Check out Cape Town Lounge or Victoria Falls, we may be there having an after dinner cocktail!
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Old 11-12-2007, 07:11 AM   #81
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I was just at AKV from Fri to Sun. I can help answer some questions. The bead activities are for any ages. You stay with your children and they are all different. Once you complete an activity you receive a bead for a necklace, or keychain sort of thing. They give you a string to put a bead on and you get a different bead for each activity. My kids got 3 and they enjoyed all the activities. One of them was like a bingo came called Bongo and it had animals on the card instead of numbers. It was great fun.

I cannot say enough about the CM's here. They are the most friendly CM's we have ever encountered. We had such a wonderful time at this resort we didn't want to leave! We are now at SSR.

I have to share my experience with a smoker who was smoking all the time on their balcony! By Sunday morning I had had enough of the smoke coming onto our balcony and ruining my kids time out there. So I called down to the front desk and the lady on the phone was fantastic! She was telling me how AKL was smoke free way before all the other resorts and how the smoke hurts the animals especially giraffs because they cannot cough. She asked me if I knew where the person was located and I told her as best I could. I was able to see him from where I was he was sitting there smoking away dispite all the signs on your room and balcony door that tell you not to! Anyway the CM on the phone told me we'll get him because we have cameras all over and can track him down! She was so excited to catch him because she said it was a big no no here. Anyway, we were getting ready to check out and we get a knock at our door. It was the head of housekeeping and a supervisor. They wanted to know what we observed and see if they can spot him out on the balcony! He wasn't they but he left the evidence behind! You could see the cigarette butts in a cup of water on the table! That's all they needed to see and they were able to determine which room he was in. They left and wet straight to that room! I have no idea what they were going to do. Anyway, if you are a smoker, just obey the rules and smoke in the designated areas because at AKL, they will hunt you down!

We were in the Zebra trail section, 5th floor all the way at the end in a DVC studio. When we enterd the room was spotless and beautiful! We had about 3 Giraffe, a couple of Zebras, and a bunch of other animals and birds that were right outside our balcony. Waking up and watching them out there was incredible and so relaxing! We didn't get to go swimming because it was too cold. We did eat at the Mara twice and Boma once. We never left the resort and did a lot of the activities and animal viewing and relaxing in the lobby!
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As far as the AKV are concerned w/concierge......if you book a villa w/concierge service through CRO or MS if you are a DVC owner, it does NOT guarantee a Savanna view! Yep...we had it bookd prior to changing over to our cruisee...its either a SV or pool view....and there will not be concierge rooms for DVC in the nw Kidani Village either.
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I am wondering about this also. How are the standard view rooms? I will be there Nov 15-19 and I'll be sure to take plenty of pics and share them with ya'll!!!
Standard view = mostly parking lot view for the AKL (regular hotel) rooms. There are a few exceptions, but they're not the norm (some overlooking boma's roof, some obscured savanna views).
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Standard concierge are savannah or pool view. It may have changed temporarily during consatruction but the best way to get a up-to-date anbswer is to call the resort.
That's changed, FYI.

All concierge rooms at AKL (NOT AKV, where it is 60% savannah, 40% pool) are now savanna view.

Formerly, there were some smoking standard concierge rooms on the 4th floor that were pool view. When the smoking policy at WDW resorts changed, those rooms were "given back" to regular inventory (I assume, but didn't get it confirmed, that they were swapped for a like number of savanna view rooms), and now ALL standard concierge rooms at AKL are savanna view. You can confirm that with AKL IPO, though CRO still regularly gives out the incorrect info.
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Same here - that was my favorite thread.

Congrats on post #1,000!! Pass the Zebra Domes please!
Ditto. Jambo was both my favorite thread AND the most informative thread I think I"ve ever participated in here on the Dis. Hopefully this evolves into something similar...but there is an AWFUL lot of info in that old thread.
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As far as the AKV are concerned w/concierge......if you book a villa w/concierge service through CRO or MS if you are a DVC owner, it does NOT guarantee a Savanna view! Yep...we had it bookd prior to changing over to our cruisee...its either a SV or pool view....and there will not be concierge rooms for DVC in the nw Kidani Village either.
(oops..typos!)
This is probably why AKL and AKV should each have their own threads! I think most members have a good understanding of what's going on, and room possibilities, etc. Can you imagine the confusion all this information may cause for someone who just wants to book a room at AKL!
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How long from time plane lands until we get to AKL if we are taking Magic Express bus ?
What time should we be at the bus stop in the am in order to make rope drop at the different parks on non EMH day during a peak attendence week??
What are you favorite things to eat at Mara, Boma and Jiko??
1) It varies, based on both when you visit (as in time of year...the busier it is, the longer it usually takes to check in through the ME counter), what time of day you land (morning tends to be busier than late afternoon), and somewhat luck of the draw (how many hotels are on your bus and which hotels they are).

I've gone from landing to hotel doorstep in about 45 min (early January, first stop on the bus). I've also gone from landing to hotel doorstep in an hour and 45 min (late June, last stop on the bus...). Figure the "norm" is somehwere in the middle.

2) I'd be at the bus stop about an hour and a half...maybe a bit more than that.... before the scheduled rope drop.

AKL transport is especially efficient and you'll probably make it to the park about 20 to 25 min after you get on the bus, at most (that's MK). The question is "How long will you wait to get on the bus". You MAY get right on, in which case you'll be about an hour early (which is when the entrance plaza's usually open up) for rope drop. But you also may have to wait a bus or two, depending on how busy it is (back to time of year...you say peak, so....). So to ENSURE you're there before rope drop....the above suggestion is what I'd go with.

3) At Mara, we love the flatbread chicken pizza, the soups, and Zebra Domes. They used to have a peanut chicken "on a stick" (satay, maybe) but I'm not sure they have it anymore.

At Boma's, we love the soups, the potatoes with affritude, the prime rib, the BBQ ribs (if you're there on the right night),any of the green salads with the mango vinagrette dressing and, again, the zebra domes. Keep in mind, that's just a few favorites. The stuff on the buffet is so good it would take me volumes to write about everything we've enjoyed.

At Jiko's, pretty much everything on the menu is a winner, IMHO. We, again, liked the flatbreads, the filet mignon, the tanglewood chicken, and the halibut are all favorites...as is the pistachio creme brulee.
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Can someone help with my Jiko reservation time...we'd like to do the storytelling in the evening, what would be a good time to book dinner, before or after that? We're going in April. thanks.
Storytelling has varied in timing throughout our trips. I think they time it to "dusk"/sunset....

I'm not sure when that will be come April (we've never traveled during that time) but I think it might be around 6:30-ish. If you're travelling with kids, and are taking them to dinner, I'd probably do an early dinner BEFORE that. If you're without kids...after.
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Sorry, by section I do mean trail. I think I will go ahead and request Zebra Trail and a King bed. Hopefully this won't be too much to ask. We are also arriving on the 6th - before the marathon crowds - so maybe an upgrade will be possible - we'll just have to see Also, I don't think that the fact that it's our honeymoon is noted on our reservations. I know it was on our original one's that we had booked through a TA, but we've since canceled that reservation and booked directly through Disney. I guess I should call Disney and have them make a note for us. I ordered our bride/groom ears already from disney merchandise and we'll be wearing them 24/7, so maybe that will also give them a clue
Heh...we'll be there on the 5th...but staying AKV.

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This is probably why AKL and AKV should each have their own threads! I think most members have a good understanding of what's going on, and room possibilities, etc. Can you imagine the confusion all this information may cause for someone who just wants to book a room at AKL!
YES!! I am still confused!! But that is my regular state of mind....j/k!
I try and be careful if I post something...its one thing just learning abt a resort, let alone throwing in stuff about DVC rooms! There is an AKV expert over on the DVC forums, she is amazing at what she knows! And someone just posted a neat chart over there abt how many rooms,(villas) and views...etc!!
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