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Old 05-21-2013, 10:54 AM   #2491
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A friend of mine owns at AKV and she told me the Mingle is for any guest at AKL....DVC or no.
I am DVC and I thought it was just for members.

We have been to them before and needed to show our card to get in.
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I am DVC and I thought it was just for members.

We have been to them before and needed to show our card to get in.
Well me and DW were very confused by this when we went. That's what we thought but we were told the food and drink is paid for by DVC but it's nothing to do with DVC... They were very clear about this to the point of being touchy we thought! It was def open to everyone staying at AK last week. Many non DVC folk there but DVC as well. I got the feeling they were either careful about not appearing to be selling DVC or it has changed format but I don't know as haven't been to one before. The guy hosting ours was actually the only rude person I came across the whole time we were there. Everybody else was a dream. The social gathering was nice and other guests but this guy was something else! Had a right chip on his shoulder about Disney he continued to say how much more he preferred Universal etc. People were very surprised and one even more die hard Disney fan than me ( if its poss lol ) was actually quite upset. I just couldn't understand why they would have such a person hosting!
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I am DVC and I thought it was just for members.

We have been to them before and needed to show our card to get in.
oops. I will have to ask her.
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My friend explained it me. DVC is now hosting welcome parties for AKL visitors. She checked availability one night during her recent stay but it was already full for owners.
She has encouraged me to go when I'm staying there, which is why I answered the PP's post. Apparently they want the right mix of owners/non owners.
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Old 05-21-2013, 11:52 AM   #2495
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Well me and DW were very confused by this when we went. That's what we thought but we were told the food and drink is paid for by DVC but it's nothing to do with DVC... They were very clear about this to the point of being touchy we thought! It was def open to everyone staying at AK last week. Many non DVC folk there but DVC as well. I got the feeling they were either careful about not appearing to be selling DVC or it has changed format but I don't know as haven't been to one before. The guy hosting ours was actually the only rude person I came across the whole time we were there. Everybody else was a dream. The social gathering was nice and other guests but this guy was something else! Had a right chip on his shoulder about Disney he continued to say how much more he preferred Universal etc. People were very surprised and one even more die hard Disney fan than me ( if its poss lol ) was actually quite upset. I just couldn't understand why they would have such a person hosting!
Oh wow... What a great experience for someone to have....
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Old 05-21-2013, 11:53 AM   #2496
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My friend explained it me. DVC is now hosting welcome parties for AKL visitors. She checked availability one night during her recent stay but it was already full for owners.
She has encouraged me to go when I'm staying there, which is why I answered the PP's post. Apparently they want the right mix of owners/non owners.
Cool. Thanks for checking.
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Old 05-21-2013, 01:53 PM   #2497
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Our TA is booking our room today for June 18-21-2014 followed by a DCL cruise on Fantasy. Our first visit to AKL. We aren't going to the parks, so intend to make use of the resort. It sounds beautiful. Also, our first DCL cruise. It will be a 75th birthday celebration for me. Please add us to the list for 2014! Many thanks.
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Old 05-21-2013, 02:42 PM   #2498
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My DH had a couple of questions about the AKL and I didn't know how to answer them. I did try to Google them, but came up with no answers.

I see that the PV rooms nearest to the buses are in the Giraffe Trail. Are there exterior doors, to that section, or in order to enter the building from the buses, do you have to use the main building entrance?

Also, does anyone know what bus stop number the AKL is at each park? I know it will be a closer bus stop than when we stayed at the Pop Century this past June, but for some reason he still wants to know.
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Yay! Glad I could provide some help!

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Our TA is booking our room today for June 18-21-2014 followed by a DCL cruise on Fantasy. Our first visit to AKL. We aren't going to the parks, so intend to make use of the resort. It sounds beautiful. Also, our first DCL cruise. It will be a 75th birthday celebration for me. Please add us to the list for 2014! Many thanks.
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Well me and DW were very confused by this when we went. That's what we thought but we were told the food and drink is paid for by DVC but it's nothing to do with DVC... They were very clear about this to the point of being touchy we thought! It was def open to everyone staying at AK last week. Many non DVC folk there but DVC as well. I got the feeling they were either careful about not appearing to be selling DVC or it has changed format but I don't know as haven't been to one before. The guy hosting ours was actually the only rude person I came across the whole time we were there. Everybody else was a dream. The social gathering was nice and other guests but this guy was something else! Had a right chip on his shoulder about Disney he continued to say how much more he preferred Universal etc. People were very surprised and one even more die hard Disney fan than me ( if its poss lol ) was actually quite upset. I just couldn't understand why they would have such a person hosting!
How dreadful. What a totally bizarre person they to have hosting the event
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My DH had a couple of questions about the AKL and I didn't know how to answer them. I did try to Google them, but came up with no answers.

I see that the PV rooms nearest to the buses are in the Giraffe Trail. Are there exterior doors, to that section, or in order to enter the building from the buses, do you have to use the main building entrance?

Also, does anyone know what bus stop number the AKL is at each park? I know it will be a closer bus stop than when we stayed at the Pop Century this past June, but for some reason he still wants to know.
You don't have to use the main entrance, there are two entraces on the way to the bus stop. You have to use your keycard for entry though.

I can't remember the exact stop numbers but they are far closer than the ones for Pop. At MK it's the first stop on the right side. At HS it's the very first one that you walk out to next to the little building. At AK it's on the one closer to the entrace, and at Epcot I believe it's very close as well.
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Thank you, Pam: Just got the confirmation from our TA. She book the Arusha Savannah room to give us easy access to everything since we both have mobility problems. Not wheelchair bound, just canes and difficulty with long distances. Not sure what the difference between Arusha and regular Savannah is, but if anyone can chime in it would be great. I'm so excited and just hoping that they extend the discount next year that they have this year. Fingers crossed. What a magnificent trip this will be.

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Thank you, Pam: Just got the confirmation from our TA. She book the Arusha Savannah room to give us easy access to everything since we both have mobility problems. Not wheelchair bound, just canes and difficulty with long distances. Not sure what the difference between Arusha and regular Savannah is, but if anyone can chime in it would be great. I'm so excited and just hoping that they extend the discount next year that they have this year. Fingers crossed. What a magnificent trip this will be.

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You are awesome! Glad to see an older person is still going to WDW! I'm almost 65 & want to do Disney for a long time yet!
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