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Old 07-27-2013, 10:07 AM   #3451
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Here is a picture taken from my balcony.
I was in room 7810 on the 4th floor- savannah view.
It was awesome!!
I miss it already!

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How lovely! You made me 'homesick' too! Was delighted to read they had a baby giraffe born in Animal Kingdom this week!
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Old 07-27-2013, 10:09 AM   #3452
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another balcony picture

Here's another picture from my balcony at Kidani.

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Old 07-27-2013, 10:43 AM   #3453
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Theresa: Before answering, I want to make sure we're clear. Are you talking about a DVC Studio Villa in Jambo House? (They are not "suites" and using that term tends to confuse us! There are "suites" at AKL-Jambo, but they are part of the regular resort, not DVC.) Kidani is all DVC and was built specifically as DVC -- those rooms are larger and more family friendly than Jambo.

Yes, it's DVC deluxe standard studio in Jambo house. We rented points. Sorry, I've always called them studio suites.

So Kidani studios are larger than Jambo's studios? Why the higher price then if they are the same size as the value? If it's just for the view, then in my opinion it's not worth it since you can get upgraded with the value. I read on Allears.net that the standard is 365 sq. ft. That'swhy we went with standard Jambo.

Maybe I should have booked in Kidani.
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Old 07-27-2013, 05:14 PM   #3454
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Yes, it's DVC deluxe standard studio in Jambo house. We rented points. Sorry, I've always called them studio suites.

So Kidani studios are larger than Jambo's studios? Why the higher price then if they are the same size as the value? If it's just for the view, then in my opinion it's not worth it since you can get upgraded with the value. I read on Allears.net that the standard is 365 sq. ft. That'swhy we went with standard Jambo.

Maybe I should have booked in Kidani.
Value Studios are the smallest villas (approx 315 sq ft) and are only at Jambo. Standards are at both Jambo and Kidani. (I wouldn't want any more than 2 adults in a Value Studio, but then I really like my space! )

I have to retract a statement from my earlier post! While the 1- and 2-bedroom villas are larger at Kidani, the Studios (Standard and Savanna) are basically the same size.

I have only stayed "Standard" studio once at Jambo and it was right off the lobby, pool view. I loved the room and I loved the location! (Your Villa will be on the 5th floor.)

At Jambo, Standard Studios would be either pool or landscape view. The Value Villas are only in Ostrich and Giraffe Trails and could be savanna, pool or landscape view.

I hope I haven't further confused you!
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Old 07-27-2013, 06:41 PM   #3455
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So how is Simba Cub House? Will my 8 1/2 y/o enjoy? He loves the kids programs on DCL. Is it non-structured play? He loves Legos, classic Disney cartoons, and making new friends. Just wondering what else they do? I wanted to make a mad dash for the 4 "thrill" rides (everest, dinosaur, primeval whirl, kali rivervrapids) at AK while he chills in the club for 2+ hours. Figure I could check him in, go back to AK, hit the rides using single rider, then head back to get him. We're staying at AKL so it's convenient. Any thoughts? Thanks! We leave in 17 days!
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Pool View vs Savannah

I know this has been asked 1000 times, but I can't decide. We are going in Nov for 7 days. We had thought about a Savannah view, my boys are 3 and 6 and think that they would love it. However, with the talk about FD and RO discounts for the time we are going, it would be close to $1000 more to do Sav view with FD. We wouldn't spend close to the FD amount on meals since they would probably split a lot, plus we'll have a car and pick up snacks etc.

Anyhoo, I know there are tons of viewing spots, tell me I'm not missing anything not staying Savannah View!!!
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Old 07-27-2013, 08:49 PM   #3457
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I know this has been asked 1000 times, but I can't decide. We are going in Nov for 7 days. We had thought about a Savannah view, my boys are 3 and 6 and think that they would love it. However, with the talk about FD and RO discounts for the time we are going, it would be close to $1000 more to do Sav view with FD. We wouldn't spend close to the FD amount on meals since they would probably split a lot, plus we'll have a car and pick up snacks etc.

Anyhoo, I know there are tons of viewing spots, tell me I'm not missing anything not staying Savannah View!!!
Why not skip fd and rent points instead? I did it through David's and it was a breeze! We did savannah view, I kind of feel like that is the whole point of the resort, but I am in the minority on that I think
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Why not skip fd and rent points instead? I did it through David's and it was a breeze! We did savannah view, I kind of feel like that is the whole point of the resort, but I am in the minority on that I think
I've never thought/know anything about renting points! I do feel like I really want Savannah for the experience of it at least once!
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I've never thought/know anything about renting points! I do feel like I really want Savannah for the experience of it at least once!
Renting points is awesome, but there are some things that are different. Limited mouse keeping (I like that but some don't). No canceling. Payment up front. You can go onto David's website, they are a sponsor here, and calculate how much it would cost using their points calculator. Then you can see if it is worth it or not. I am already a timeshare owner so I am used to that stuff but some folks don't like it.
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Value Studios are the smallest villas (approx 315 sq ft) and are only at Jambo. Standards are at both Jambo and Kidani. (I wouldn't want any more than 2 adults in a Value Studio, but then I really like my space! )

I have to retract a statement from my earlier post! While the 1- and 2-bedroom villas are larger at Kidani, the Studios (Standard and Savanna) are basically the same size.

I have only stayed "Standard" studio once at Jambo and it was right off the lobby, pool view. I loved the room and I loved the location! (Your Villa will be on the 5th floor.)

At Jambo, Standard Studios would be either pool or landscape view. The Value Villas are only in Ostrich and Giraffe Trails and could be savanna, pool or landscape view.

I hope I haven't further confused you!

No, you haven't confused me. Thank you for clearing this up for me and I feel better that the standard view in Jambo House is larger than the value studio and same as Kidani. That was one of the reasons why we reserved it. We felt the value was a little on the small size. My son wants the pool view since that is where they stayed last time and they really liked that location for the convenience. They didn't do DVC last time and stayed in a regular room, so we weren't sure about the studios.

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Renting points is awesome, but there are some things that are different. Limited mouse keeping (I like that but some don't). No canceling. Payment up front. You can go onto David's website, they are a sponsor here, and calculate how much it would cost using their points calculator. Then you can see if it is worth it or not. I am already a timeshare owner so I am used to that stuff but some folks don't like it.
Thanks, looking at it, a Savannah Studio would be a huge savings, some things say there isn't that much storage? Also, how are the pullouts? My boys can sleep together...but in case one of us gets stuck on it (maybe I can stick my husband on it if needed!)

The 1 bedroom doesn't look like it would save much. The Club level is tempting since it isn't much more, but then it might not be savannah view....more to think about!!
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Thanks, looking at it, a Savannah Studio would be a huge savings, some things say there isn't that much storage? Also, how are the pullouts? My boys can sleep together...but in case one of us gets stuck on it (maybe I can stick my husband on it if needed!)

The 1 bedroom doesn't look like it would save much. The Club level is tempting since it isn't much more, but then it might not be savannah view....more to think about!!
I thought the pullout was comfy. It is like a memory foam type mattress and it didn't have a bar like most pullouts. The kids slept on it so I don't know how it would have been if I had to sleep in it every night.

I think cl goes pretty quick so it might not be available. We had just come from a 2 bedroom so I felt tight in a studio. But I always feel tight in a studio. It has a little kitchenette. I think there was a dresser to put clothes. We only stayed two nights so I didn't unpack everything.
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I thought the pullout was comfy. It is like a memory foam type mattress and it didn't have a bar like most pullouts. The kids slept on it so I don't know how it would have been if I had to sleep in it every night.

I think cl goes pretty quick so it might not be available. We had just come from a 2 bedroom so I felt tight in a studio. But I always feel tight in a studio. It has a little kitchenette. I think there was a dresser to put clothes. We only stayed two nights so I didn't unpack everything.
Thanks, I did the request form at David's. I know it's pretty late so I'm not planning on them having availability, but well see. The boys are still young so a studio might be tight, but cost wise I 1bedroom wouldn't work....plus I don't like the idea of the 2 of them being in the room with the balcony door !
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No, you haven't confused me. Thank you for clearing this up for me and I feel better that the standard view in Jambo House is larger than the value studio and same as Kidani. That was one of the reasons why we reserved it. We felt the value was a little on the small size. My son wants the pool view since that is where they stayed last time and they really liked that location for the convenience. They didn't do DVC last time and stayed in a regular room, so we weren't sure about the studios.

Thanks for your help!
Glad I was able to help! I don't know if you made any room requests yet, but you should definitely include "pool view" as a request!

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So i heard back from David's and they have 6 nights available at AKV-savannah view...so we are waiting to hear back about getting points.

My question is (not sure if I should post somewhere else?) I think that we will do a RO for the first night. We are planning on 6 day tickets. I know that we will be switching rooms, but how does that work with KTTW card? Or does DVC have something else? If I buy tickets separate will they put them on the card and can I keep the same card all week?
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