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Old 09-24-2009, 08:42 AM   #211
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Good luck in Nuremburg! I haven't seen Up yet. My MIL took the girls to see it and they really enjoyed it, but I just never got around to it. I think I assume that we'll buy it on DVD and I'll end up seeing it 20 times, so I might as well save the money I'd spend going to the theatre.
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Old 09-29-2009, 03:54 PM   #212
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Hey there! Sorry I have been MIA from your PTR - I got a new position at work and we just had our largest fundraiser of the year on Sunday. But now I am well-rested and ready to jump back into the planning again!

Sounds like you have some great plans! Take care!

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Old 09-30-2009, 07:07 AM   #213
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Good luck in Nuremburg! I haven't seen Up yet. My MIL took the girls to see it and they really enjoyed it, but I just never got around to it. I think I assume that we'll buy it on DVD and I'll end up seeing it 20 times, so I might as well save the money I'd spend going to the theatre.
There really are a few scenes that are worth it to be seen on the big screen. Wonderful animation! I am still tempted to go and see it again in 3D...

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Hey there! Sorry I have been MIA from your PTR - I got a new position at work and we just had our largest fundraiser of the year on Sunday. But now I am well-rested and ready to jump back into the planning again!

Sounds like you have some great plans! Take care!

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Hi Katie, great to see you here again! Congratulations on the new job!
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Old 09-30-2009, 07:14 AM   #214
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To upgrade or not to upgrade?

I guess you only are a real DISer if you are hit with resortitis at one time during your planning...

So, here it is for us. The new "buy 4 get 3 free" deal is officially anounced. I just played with the numbers on the website a bit. I am still counting on my TA getting it applied to our AKL pool view room reservation (haven't heard from her yet, but I guess she is busy rebooking everyone before she sends out emails ). It looks like we are going to save about 850 $. However, if we would upgrade to savanna view, we would still safe 450 $.

And I checked prices for the other deluxes and besides the GF, we could stay at all the others for about the same or less as we are paying now for AKL...

So, do we want to upgrade??? Katharina and I just emailed and we really rather want to stay at AKL, but do we want to get a savanna view room?

Are we going to spend much time on the balcony? Might we end up with a room at the end of Kudu trail - far away from everything at AKL, while pool view secures us proximity to pool and Mara? Shouldn't we use the 400 $ for something else - like all those signature dinners we have planned. You see, we are confused... Any advice???
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Old 09-30-2009, 07:23 AM   #215
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Welcome to my World of Confusion.

Honestly...I wouldn't upgrade. I would rather be closer to the pool and such. Save that money for something fun or your dinners!
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Old 09-30-2009, 07:38 AM   #216
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Honestly...I wouldn't upgrade. I would rather be closer to the pool and such. Save that money for something fun or your dinners!
Hi LL, I have been reading about your confusion on your PTR. And did not really know what I should say you - but I was thinking along the line of your advice to me: keep it simple and just enjoy the additional spending money! And still when it comes to my own trip, it is much more difficult to decide...
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Old 09-30-2009, 07:47 AM   #217
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Hi LL, I have been reading about your confusion on your PTR. And did not really know what I should say you - but I was thinking along the line of your advice to me: keep it simple and just enjoy the additional spending money! And still when it comes to my own trip, it is much more difficult to decide...
I was thinking the same thing when I was writing out my advice to you. Why can't I just do that for my own trip!?
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Old 09-30-2009, 09:26 AM   #218
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Just got the email from my TA: we got the discount!!!
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Old 09-30-2009, 09:48 AM   #220
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Hey Floss,

Congrats on the discount!...

YOU know how much I love the AKL...(a LOT)...and I am very seldom the voice of reason...-I am very good at enabling...

so hear goes...

We always book the pool view...I think that it is simply lovely-green and lush and pretty conveniently located...and much easier on the pocketbook...

We were upgraded on our last trip to savanna and concierge lounge...Was it awesome? it was a lovely surprise and I can't deny that it was fun being able to see the animals outside the balcony and having access to the CL...however...

The Lodge is lovely and there are many comfy places to look out at the animals and sit and relax...

(The CL was fun too-and we wound up getting breakfast there often and a lot of coffee and iced tea...having said that...unless you plan on eating a lot and having either lunch or dinner from the offerings...I wouldn't book it or pay for it-just way too much food for us...)

Would I book savanna under normal circumstances? No-I don't think so-I don't think I could justify the $$$.

Now you do have a chance of booking at a much cheaper rate than usual-Is is really important/special to you to have a savanna view? (Is it a travel dream/on your wish list?) Then this might be a great time for you to book it-it is a good offer...

If it truly isn't...then I say no...$850-buys a lot of lovely meals...The Lodge and its offerings are identical once you leave your room......

Having just had a savanna view...and enjoyed it...personally I'd take the $850...

Good luck...

Ummm...I'm not sure how helpful this was...but I hope it helps a bit...
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Old 09-30-2009, 10:39 AM   #221
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Ummm...I'm not sure how helpful this was...but I hope it helps a bit...
It was very helpful, thanks!! I am normally a pool view person, too. View is not that important to me and I really love exploring the lodge, so having to go out to see animals is actually a plus. I think Katharina is thinking along the same lines. And I am sure she will be wowed by the lodge anyway. But so many people love their savanna view that I feel I might miss out on something. With the discount it would not hurt so much to upgrade, so I thought it might be my chance. So knowing that someone with similar priorities was not converted by a stay in a savanna CL room, is extremely helpful!!!
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Old 09-30-2009, 11:56 AM   #222
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Old 09-30-2009, 12:01 PM   #223
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YAY for getting your discount!! That's just awesome!!

As for what room to get... our first stay at AKV we had a pool view. We were hardly there (plus it was so darn hot out in August that sitting out there wasn't all that pleasant!) that we barely spent any time out there.

On my trip last week, we ended up with a savanna view with both rooms - our first was a AKV Value Studio over on the Ostrich Trail. The night we got in we saw a couple of zebras in the dark, otherwise, we didn't see much for animals. We barely spent any time out there because we weren't in the room much and there were no animals to look at.

On our 4th night we moved to a regular room and were way, way out at the end of the Zebra trail. Our room was situation so we could see both animals from the Arusha and Uzima savannas. We saw lots of the giraffes, Tommy's, and other animals - it was pretty cool! It was a long walk down there, but it didn't seem all that bad. We had a resort day and after spending time by the pool, we sat out on the balcony, enjoying the animals, a book, and some lunch. We also went out in the mornings to eat our breakfast because there was something to look at.

For us, we enjoyed whatever we had and if there was stuff to look at, that's when we found ourselves out there. But we didn't feel like we were missing anything by not having anything to look at - we just went elsewhere to enjoy the views!!

Don't know if that helps at all! I just started rambling... post-trip excitement, reliving it and all!
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Old 09-30-2009, 12:14 PM   #224
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I'm sorry that I can't offer you advice on an AKL room upgrade. We always have a savanna view room, but that is our preference.

I'm sure that whatever you decide will be the best choice for you and your sister.
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