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Old 07-22-2011, 05:29 PM   #1501
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I saw on line there are savanna rooms available for cash. Can I get upgraded when I check in? (If I offer to pay the difference??)
Those rooms are held in different inventory than rooms for points, so even if they are available when you check in they can't upgrade you to the cash rooms.
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Old 07-22-2011, 08:43 PM   #1502
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Old 07-22-2011, 09:13 PM   #1503
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Recently got back from a 2 day stay in a 2BR dedicated room at Kidani. All I can say is WOW is that place HUGE! We had lots of room and the balcony overlooking the savana was huge as well. What a great place to call Home!
Did the 2nd bedroom have 2 beds or was it 1 bed plus a sofa bed?

I have only stayed in a lock-off at AKV and and trying to figure out whether I will book a lock-off or dedicated for a family trip next year.
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Old 07-24-2011, 09:31 AM   #1504
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Those rooms are held in different inventory than rooms for points, so even if they are available when you check in they can't upgrade you to the cash rooms.
Bummer....well my fault for wanting to go so soon after my last vacation and not planning further out. At least I got a room
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Old 07-24-2011, 11:03 AM   #1505
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Did the 2nd bedroom have 2 beds or was it 1 bed plus a sofa bed?

I have only stayed in a lock-off at AKV and and trying to figure out whether I will book a lock-off or dedicated for a family trip next year.
I'm pretty sure our dedicated had two beds on the 2nd room.


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Bummer....well my fault for wanting to go so soon after my last vacation and not planning further out. At least I got a room
Exactly! : Any room at AKL is better than not being there!
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Old 07-24-2011, 05:39 PM   #1506
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I'm pretty sure our dedicated had two beds on the 2nd room.
Awesome thanks! I think that means I will try for a dedicated 2 BR next year. That way, my sister can have a real bed.
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Old 07-24-2011, 08:45 PM   #1507
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Oh and with DW and 3 DD, all I can say is for the folks that designed in 3 bathrooms!
Me too! I think the 3rd bathroom (or second if your in a one bedroom) is ingenious! I just assumed that the one bedroom at Aulani would have 2 bathrooms as well. But I saw on youtube a video of an actual one bedroom at Aulani (not the model room) and it only had the one bathroom. They went back to the design of the bathroom that's in VWL/BCV/BWV. To me the configuration is weird, you know, with the window from the tub that opens into the bedroom, and all the doors, kind of like a small maze! Give me a one bedroom in Kidani any day. The design is perfect!
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Old 07-24-2011, 10:38 PM   #1508
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Me too! I think the 3rd bathroom (or second if your in a one bedroom) is ingenious! I just assumed that the one bedroom at Aulani would have 2 bathrooms as well. But I saw on youtube a video of an actual one bedroom at Aulani (not the model room) and it only had the one bathroom. They went back to the design of the bathroom that's in VWL/BCV/BWV. To me the configuration is weird, you know, with the window from the tub that opens into the bedroom, and all the doors, kind of like a small maze! Give me a one bedroom in Kidani any day. The design is perfect!
I couldn't agree more! Kidani and Bay Lake have the best 1 bedroom configurations. I've always felt with each new resort they learned and improved. I'm surprised Aulani isn't the AKV/BLT design. That was the best yet!
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Old 07-24-2011, 10:58 PM   #1509
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They went back to the design of the bathroom that's in VWL/BCV/BWV. To me the configuration is weird, you know, with the window from the tub that opens into the bedroom, and all the doors, kind of like a small maze! Give me a one bedroom in Kidani any day. The design is perfect!
I prefer the VWL/BCV/BWV/OKW/etc. configuration with the jacuzzi tub in a separate room from the shower stall. I can have a quiet relaxing soak in the tub in privacy while DH uses the big shower stall (or vice versa).

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I couldn't agree more! Kidani and Bay Lake have the best 1 bedroom configurations. I've always felt with each new resort they learned and improved. I'm surprised Aulani isn't the AKV/BLT design. That was the best yet!
My biggest complaint with the design of Kidani is that they have eliminated much of the closet space. Instead of a separate closet for the washer/dryer, they put it in the front hall closet where it takes up most of the space. The high chair no longer fits there so they put that in the master closet which is already cramped due to the pedestal safe. That doesn't leave much room for clothes and suitcases. On our most recent stay, the high chair had not been cleaned. It was very sticky -- not something I want sharing space with my clothes!

I love the big closets at OKW, BWV and VWL. We put jackets, suitcases, and our Owners Lockers in the front closet and have plenty of space for clothes in the large master bedroom closets. I really miss having all that storage space when we stay at Kidani.
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Old 07-28-2011, 02:12 PM   #1510
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We just came back from a 2 weeks trip staying in 7308 Studio and 7310 1 bedroom for the last few nights. Currently I am suffering from PVD.
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Old 07-28-2011, 02:32 PM   #1511
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The 1 br's at Kidani are the best! We put my mom and the grand kids in one while we stayed in Jambo. We were in awe of Kidani's 1 br. I loved everything about it. We booked one for our upcoming trip. There is no way I would do a 1 br anywhere else except BLT which we have stayed in. Those are also superior to the other dvc 1 br's. We are a family of 5 so these are perfect and a Kidani standard saves us points over any other location. If we wanted a 2br we'd go with a value for the points savings since we are just a family of 5. Jambo and Kidani are so gorgeous and amazing.
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Old 07-29-2011, 01:02 PM   #1512
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Did the 2nd bedroom have 2 beds or was it 1 bed plus a sofa bed?

I have only stayed in a lock-off at AKV and and trying to figure out whether I will book a lock-off or dedicated for a family trip next year.
the 2nd had 2 beds. The living area had the pullout couch as well as the sleeper chair. LOTS of room for all of us.
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Old 07-29-2011, 05:41 PM   #1513
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Old 07-29-2011, 09:35 PM   #1514
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the 2nd had 2 beds. The living area had the pullout couch as well as the sleeper chair. LOTS of room for all of us.
Awesome thanks! I'm sure that my sister will prefer the bed to a pull out sofa. (Though she will be getting a pull-out sofa during our F&WF trip this fall.) The kids aer going to get the pull-out sofa & chair in the living room.
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Old 07-30-2011, 08:49 AM   #1515
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I'll be checking into a Kidani Studio SV Sept 26-28!! Never been to AKV, is there any tips for a great SV Studio? My younger brother and sister are coming and I'm surprising them with this stay. They've always wanted to stay here, and I really want to WOW them. Any help appreciated!!
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