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Old 01-12-2013, 04:22 PM   #16
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GF strictly for the monorail. Its theming is a bit "stuffy" for my 7yo son. But the monorail access... definitively worth it. (That said, I've never been over to AKL so I can't speak to whether standard view there is worth it in comparison)
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Old 01-12-2013, 04:39 PM   #17
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Since you have two boys I would go with the standard room at AKL. You'll save some money and will have enogh room for four people in a standard room:
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Old 01-12-2013, 11:14 PM   #18
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We stayed at AKL and absolutely loved it. We booked a pool view but when we checked in the first thing the CM said was "you have been upgraded to an Arusha view room". We were not told any reason why or anything else.

We had a big problem with the toilet in our room and the staff at AKL were wonderful. Very gracious and bent over backwards to make sure we were happy. They moved us to a 2 bedroom/2 1/2 bath club level suite.

They checked in with us to be sure everything was going well. They were very nice about trying to fix the problem in the beginning (toilet had to be pulled out, etc. They lost use of that room for 2 days) and because of that we are sold in AKL. The service we received was exceptional.

We loved watching the animals from our room. The giraffes seem to travel in groups and we saw 3 or 4 together every morning. My husband said AKL was his favorite vacation to WDW ever.
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AKL for your boys. I would usually say only with a savanna view but there is an awesome observation deck off the lobby. The poo, is wonderful and you can see the animals right near the pool deck.
Don't forget that there's construction going on at the GF on the new DVC. That would take away from the resort experience for us.
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Originally Posted by chocovrdmicears View Post
AKL - but I would do a Pool View if it is available.
AKL is such a fabulous resort - tons of activites for the kids - poolside parties and games - activities that they can participate in to earn beads - beautiful pool - animal viewing areas around the resort - nightly movies by the pool. We just adore it there.
If I am being honest thought - GF holds no appeal to us in terms of theming - so I wouldn't spend an extra $600 to stay there.
I agree. But if you are willing to pay the extra at GF then I say do Savannah View at AKL.

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Old 01-13-2013, 12:42 PM   #21
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I would only do AKL with a Savannah view.
Yep, same here.

So in the OP's case...we would choose Grand Floridian.
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Old 01-13-2013, 10:32 PM   #22
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I say AK and use the money you save to treat the family to something you would not normally do.
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Old 01-14-2013, 12:17 AM   #23
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I'd choose AKL. Having stayed at both resorts on a 10 day trip, I much preferred the AKL. We had a partial savanna view at the lodge and at GF we stayed club level in the main building. We found the self-parking to be quite a hike at the GF and it involved crossing a road. I'll never stay at GF again.
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Old 01-14-2013, 01:22 AM   #24
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I've stayed at both and personally love the GF, but also like AKL. I, too, wouldn't stay @ AKL w/out savanna view - but w/ 2 boys the age of yours I suspect AKL may be a better fit. Will the GF courtyard pool be reopened by late Feb.? I thought it was supposed to reopen in March.
I second the Sanaa recommendation, but since you are going in Feb. plan on a meal during daylight hours (early dinner or lunch) so you are able to see the savanna animals better during your meal.
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