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Old 01-29-2013, 08:09 PM   #376
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Have you stayed in the 1 bedroom suites/conceirge level. I am wondering what the view from your balcony would be. Is there a possibility of having a room really far from the elevators? Not that I want this.. lol my mil can only walk short distance, & will be in a wheel chair 99% of the time. We can make due with anything though. We have stayed at AKL but have never been to the 5th or 6th floor. I think we were super spoiled on our last trip, we got a room with a view of the Arusha savanna, & it was only a few steps away from the lobby. Any thing you could tell me about staying in the suites/conceirge level would be great! Thanks
We stayed in a 1 bedroom suite back in 2007. It was on the lobby level, but we were all the way at the end of the right side of the end of the hotel. We had a Savannah view and were near the jacuzzi that no one knows about. Our second day, the maids showed us that our one bedroom suite opened up to a second bedroom that had a savannah view to the inside curve of the resort, so we had a dual savannah view. Sweet. :good vibes

After that trip we bought DVC and have only stayed in villas. That room was a real treat!
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This scares me! We have an 8 am ADR for Tusker House this Saturday..... What time should we be at the bus stop??
...chances are, if you are at the bus depot by 7:15, you are there for an ADR for breakfast and the drivers will do their best to get you to your destination on time. Of course, AK is less than a mile from AKL so you probably could afford to get there a few minutes later, especially if it's not an EE morning at AK - you won't hit the crowds that early.
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Old 01-29-2013, 09:57 PM   #378
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I wouldn't worry at all about an early morning bus! We only had long waits at around 9-ish. Both times we had crazy long waits we were going to AK, but it was around 9-10. We never make rope drops. Just can't get my boys moving before 8 am.

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I did it! I did it! I rented points for the 1st time!!!

The girl I worked with (private rental, not through a service) was sooooo beyond nice & accomodating, and PATIENT. Since it's such short notice it took her several tries to get what I wanted. Soooo my dates don't change, or my room (AKV 1BR Jambo standard) - but I got 2 nights on points now instead of cash which is saving me almost $400!! She has the other 2 nights waitlisted for me as well. I know there's no guarantee that we will stay in the same villa when switching from a cash ressie to a points ressie, but I don't care. I will have DS15 borrow a laundry cart & we'll load up & roll on down the hall!! Woo hoo!

I still didn't find that other map I was looking for that had every villa highlighted as to standard, value, savannah, etc. I'm assuming most 1BR standard are pool view - can anyone let me know if this is right? I want a pool view, so I didn't know if I should let the owner add it as a request on the ressie or not. If all 1BR are pool view then no worries! I don't want to bug her anymore, she was a SAINT all day!

Woo hoo I rented points - I'm a big girl now!!
Congratulations! And I hope your waitlist comes through!

There are standard villas that have a savanna view, but not a very good one. Mainly those that are at the very end of the trails and some just above the "people pens". There is a thread on the DVC board that had a lot of room numbers. So, if you know that you want pool view, I would suggest to have it added to your reservation as a request.

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I wouldn't worry at all about an early morning bus! We only had long waits at around 9-ish. Both times we had crazy long waits we were going to AK, but it was around 9-10. We never make rope drops. Just can't get my boys moving before 8 am.

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That's exactly my experience as well. All my bus nightmares have been around that time frame. I guess this is when the transportation system is so stretched because everyone is travelling at the same time.
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All this talk about Value Villas lately got me motivated! I started playing on the DVC site yesterday and before I knew it, I had 2 nights Value studio in late August booked; then added on a night in a CL studio!

So I have 3 nights booked............ certainly that won't be enough!!
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That's exactly my experience as well. All my bus nightmares have been around that time frame. I guess this is when the transportation system is so stretched because everyone is travelling at the same time.
I find service can be slow at park open/close times. And that means any park... if they have to pull extra busses @ 5p for AK closing, that is fewer for other resorts/parks.

I also think mid-day when people have gotten where they are going they are going for the daytime hours they scale back the # of busses. If you only have a handful of people traveling in a given hour, you don't need as many busses but the wait between gets longer. I can't tell you how many times we've been the only 2 people on a bus during those lull times of day.
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Now that I think about it, every long wait was either in that 9-10 am time frame or at park close.

The hour long one was the worst, but that is definitely NOT the norm. We just had an unlucky moment. We also had MANY Magical moments of walking up just as the bus we needed pulled up. I think we only tend to report the bad stuff not the good stuff.

Don't worry, just relax and enjoy... I think it all evens out in the end.
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Now that I think about it, every long wait was either in that 9-10 am time frame or at park close.

The hour long one was the worst, but that is definitely NOT the norm. We just had an unlucky moment. We also had MANY Magical moments of walking up just as the bus we needed pulled up. I think we only tend to report the bad stuff not the good stuff.

Don't worry, just relax and enjoy... I think it all evens out in the end.

Phew! That does make me feel better. We leave tomorrow - Yippee!! I told my DD10 last night at bedtime that while she's saying her prayers she can add an extra little request for us to get a suprise Savanah View. She said "Savannah (her friend) is going??!!"
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Phew! That does make me feel better. We leave tomorrow - Yippee!! I told my DD10 last night at bedtime that while she's saying her prayers she can add an extra little request for us to get a suprise Savanah View. She said "Savannah (her friend) is going??!!"
....too funny!
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Seeing all of the posts about CL is making me want to stay there. Didn't really know about it until I started reading about it here on this thread! We're booked for a 2 bedroom suite and now I wish I would have gotten 2 studios CL! Oh well, maybe next time
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Seeing all of the posts about CL is making me want to stay there. Didn't really know about it until I started reading about it here on this thread! We're booked for a 2 bedroom suite and now I wish I would have gotten 2 studios CL! Oh well, maybe next time
...could ou call to see if it's available to change it? Can't hurt to try, at least...
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