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Old 04-15-2013, 01:58 PM   #1831
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We are just back too! Four days at Kidani. The pool was amazing, CS food was great, activities were tons of fun and oh, that PRICELESS Savannah view made for hours of good times!!!

My fear was the transportation and no troubles at all. The van that goes back and forth was very effecient. They told us every 8-10 minutes at check in but we never waited more than 5. And the major busses were very efficient and easy.

SOOOOOOO happy about our stay. I'm going to have a really hard time staying anywhere else from now on.

And to the pp who mentioned the kids parade....thanks so much! My DD3 participated on our first night and absolutely loved it. It was adorable and she had such a great time!!!
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Old 04-15-2013, 03:00 PM   #1832
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We are just back too! Four days at Kidani. The pool was amazing, CS food was great, activities were tons of fun and oh, that PRICELESS Savannah view made for hours of good times!!!

My fear was the transportation and no troubles at all. The van that goes back and forth was very effecient. They told us every 8-10 minutes at check in but we never waited more than 5. And the major busses were very efficient and easy.

SOOOOOOO happy about our stay. I'm going to have a really hard time staying anywhere else from now on.

And to the pp who mentioned the kids parade....thanks so much! My DD3 participated on our first night and absolutely loved it. It was adorable and she had such a great time!!!

Welcome Home! So glad you had a wonderful time -- although we knew you would!
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Old 04-15-2013, 03:15 PM   #1833
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I also want to thank everyone on this board. We just came back from a week long stay at AKL Jambo House. Here are some observations.

-Check in was the best I ever had at Disney. Someone met me at the entrance, walked me in, same CM got my online checkin packet, gave it to me, room was ready and my requests were met (Arusha savannah, zebra trail, near elevator). It was the fastest checkin and room readiness ever!
-My daughter loved the beaded activities. We used the shuttle back and forth several times and it really is convenient and fast. I wish other resorts had more "activities" beyond pool and community room activities. This really does make it okay that you can't walk from AKL to a park.
-We loved talking the CMs from Africa and learning about their country. Yes the other parts of Disney has cast members from all over the world, but I don't get the ask me about my home feeling from them. They are so super busy with the responsibilities.
-Loved Boma and the zebra domes of course.
-Yes AKL is far, but when I compare the bus ride to stopping at all the stops of CSR or POR before going to the park, it really is just about the same time.
-We enjoyed being away from the bustle of the resorts.
-And finally, how do you respond about how was your vacation? An AKL savannah view is just indescribable....

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Old 04-15-2013, 08:27 PM   #1834
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Just came back to reply to you---I are you made a decision. Looks great!!! Can't wait to hear all about it.

Side note re the car---we never used to rent one but my DH insisted we do so a few trips ago and I love it. We won't for our 4 day trip in Oct, but we are only doing 2 park days. Anything longer and we do a car no matter the resort. I hate waiting for buses now . Spoiled!
Thanks!!! You and everyone are so helpful

I agree, having a car is nice, but I've already blown the budget out of the water, so I think we will stick to buses..lol

Worst case, DH said if its that bad, we will rent a car
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Old 04-15-2013, 08:32 PM   #1835
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OK - I'm going to agree....KEEP the split stay. In September, we're doing a night at the AKL (because we all love it so much) but then the rest of the trip at BLT/Contemporary. I can't argue with the convenience and coolness factor for the kids of the monorail. My daughter counts that as a "ride" she loves it so much. So we do the BLT stay for the longer part and for our Magic Kingdom days and then AKL for our AK/Epcot days.... so it will definitely work and you will have a great time. I think you will really enjoy both and they are so different...but AMAZING...in their own ways. And if you won't be back for a few years, get the best of both worlds!

We usually drive so we always have a car. But we typically park it and use it maybe once or twice the whole trip. Not worth is to us but everyone is different...

Have a BLAST!!! And resist the urge to rethink your resort decision. Consider it done and now you are on to ADRs (which it sounds like you are in good shape) or speculation on when the new Mine Train will open....much healthier!
Thank-you!!

You are bang on when saying "resist the urge to rethink my decisions" and I'm happy to say I'm solid on my decisions, and we are sticking with the split stay

Enjoy your vacation as well!!!!

Cheers!
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Old 04-15-2013, 08:56 PM   #1836
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Glad to hear about the great stays! Happy you enjoyed! Makes us even more excited for our trip next week (woo hoo!)

Does anyone know if they sell the cases of the small water bottles in the big store in Jambo? I've seen them at the other combined DVC/Resort hotels and wonder if they have them there as well. Thanks!!!
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Old 04-15-2013, 10:43 PM   #1837
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Oh yea 1 more thing...... Anybody that's on the fence about whether or not to book Boma or Sanaa, well I have two words for ya.......Do it.

Both places are different but equally amazing... Highly recommend it
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Old 04-16-2013, 03:23 PM   #1838
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Coming to AKL in Oct..so excited!! I have a pool view room booked, but considering a Savanna view. If I did change, what's a good request to put in?
Thanks!!
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Old 04-16-2013, 07:01 PM   #1839
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we leave in 4 hours to drive the 3 hours to the airport/cross the border and be at the airport 2 hours before our 6am flight. By lunch we will be in Epcot!
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Old 04-16-2013, 08:07 PM   #1840
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we leave in 4 hours to drive the 3 hours to the airport/cross the border and be at the airport 2 hours before our 6am flight. By lunch we will be in Epcot!
Congrats.....Prepare to get Wowed....... This place is awesome..... Have a great trip
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Two sleeps until we leave to spend the week here for our first time. So excited.
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Old 04-17-2013, 10:18 AM   #1843
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advice on views

Since we are now in the "online checkin available" phase, its fun to speculate on where the room could be and the view it has. We are Jambo DVC stardard view studio. Based on what I have found, I have a pretty good idea of where we will be. Mostly around the pool - Giraffe or Zebra Trail - maybe a reclassified savannah view. Either way it helps pass the time by looking at photos, maps and aerial photos of where the room could be!

Any advice would be helpful for a request to make (I realize may not get it, but its fun to ask) -

We are torn on where we want to be. On one hand, being in a room off the lobby would be nice and close to everything. On the other, we may have that nasty view of the Boma roof and then pool beyond. Then there are the first few rooms on the Giraffe Trail that while they overlook the pool, they have another (maybe not so bad) roof view. Is all of the giraffe trail a value view? I thought it was parking lot side only and the pool side was standard view? Also, can you exit from the giraffe trail and get to the pool / busses without going through the lobby? If so, that makes that trail more desirable.

I dont necessarily have a problem with this view on the Giraffe Trail as long as we could just hop down the setps to an exit right at the buses.
http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=362

Here is what I have found so far for maps and info:
http://www.parkinfo2go.com/dvc-akv/
http://www.****************/info/showentry.php?e=15
http://wwww.disboards.com/showpost.p...3&postcount=12

Any other links you may have off hand?

Any advice or tips from when you stayed there?
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Coming to AKL in Oct..so excited!! I have a pool view room booked, but considering a Savanna view. If I did change, what's a good request to put in?
Thanks!!
....Zebra Trail - Arusha view....
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Congrats.....Prepare to get Wowed....... This place is awesome..... Have a great trip
....coming from someone who didn't want this place as their home base....
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