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Old 04-21-2013, 12:41 PM   #1
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AKL vs CR

Thinking of switching from CR to AKL...Right now we have a deluxe Garden Wing room booked for 6 nights in August. Me, my DH, DS6 and DD2. We will have our own car if that matters.

If we switched to AKL, we'd book a pool view room with bunk beds. It would save us about $475.

We haven't stayed at either one...thoughts??

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Old 04-21-2013, 12:52 PM   #2
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We stayed at CR a couple of years ago and loved it. We were planning to say there again until DD said, "it would be cool to be with the giraffes." When I compared prices, we could stay club level at AKL for same price as standard parking lot view at CR. so, we stayed at AKL club level. We loved it!!!! We had no probs with buses, restaurants there are fantastic, and well, club level spoiled my family. We are heading back there in Sept. I have another friend though who doesn't like staying at AKL because she lines to feel like she is sleeping in the theme park. CR is definitely better for her. AKL feels like an African safari vacation. It is quiet and peaceful and beautiful but definitely different vibe from CR.
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Old 04-21-2013, 12:54 PM   #3
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AKL is my favorite resort, I love the theming and the pool.

However, if you will be spending a lot of time at the Magic Kingdom, then the Contemporary is your best choice. You might want to consider a split stay, a few nights at each resort. It isn't as difficult to do as you might think.
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Old 04-21-2013, 01:23 PM   #4
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We have stayed at AKL and loved it! I think with the ages of your kids, your family will love it too.
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Old 04-21-2013, 01:27 PM   #5
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Thinking of switching from CR to AKL...Right now we have a deluxe Garden Wing room booked for 6 nights in August. Me, my DH, DS6 and DD2. We will have our own car if that matters.

If we switched to AKL, we'd book a pool view room with bunk beds. It would save us about $475.

We haven't stayed at either one...thoughts??

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We are trying the CR for the first time in December, so I can't comment on that resort, but we loved AKL and thought the buses were great. The resort is beautiful, dining options are great (IMO) for both CS and TS, the gift shop is nice, and it's great having the option to view animals in spots around the resort if you don't have a savanna view room. We had a pool view room on our last AKL stay and I loved it. The view was pretty and our room was conveniently located to the elevator to go down to Mara and the pool. Good luck deciding, although I don't think you can go wrong with either one.
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Old 04-21-2013, 01:42 PM   #6
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We have done both, twice. The CR felt very stale while AK was just the opposite. We loved the atmosphere at AKL. The "cool" factor of staying at CR wore of 10 minutes after leaving the lobby and reaching my room. It was cool, but we won't do CR again any time soon unless we get a fantastic rate, which I don't see happening any time in the near future.

My kids are DS1 and DD8. DD did not like it very much, but was the exact opposite of AKL as that is her favorite resort.
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Old 04-21-2013, 01:47 PM   #7
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That's a tough call. Those are my two favorite resorts. You really can't go wrong with either one. Do you have a basic itinerary? What things are you going to do? Some things are more convenient from one vs the other. They are both very wonderful, very different experiences. Split stays are great. We are doing our third split AKV/BLT stay this year. However, I only like to do split stays when I will be there for 10-nights or more. You lose at least a large part of a day when you switch.

In the end, you should just go with your gut. Whichever one you are leaning towards, go with that. You can't make a wrong decision.
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Two of my favorites as well. We did CR (well, BLT) last year and loved it. Just back from an AKL only trip and loved that too. So our next trip is a split stay. Best of both worlds! But love the CR and the vibe/proximity to MK. Love the movies outside and the water pageant. And taking the boat to WL to visit and my kids find the monorail so exciting.

And then there is the calm, breathtaking splendor of the AKL and the animals. The kids activities, pools and cast members are awesome for you AKL or resort only days.

You can't go wrong with either...but split stays are even easier with your own car and creative packing!
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We are definitely CR folks. Tried AKL in January and decided it 's just not our cup of tea. A lot of people love it though and you'll be happy wherever you stay, you're at Disney, right?
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Based on the ages of your kids, I imagine you will be spending most of your time at MK. I think staying at CR might be your best choice based on that. Being able to walk back to your hotel/hop on the monorail will be a big plus with young kids who will need to take a break.

Are there regular garden wing rooms available at the CR? They will still be bigger than the rooms at AKL and will be cheaper than the room you currently have.
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We are doing a BLT/AKV split in September. If you will be spending most of you time in the parks especially MK then go with CR. If you plan to have lots of resort time pool time then go with AKL.

It is not a great idea to commute from AKL to MK using a car it takes for ever, then you have to get a parking tram and boat/monorail. If you do go with AKL i would highly recommend using Disney transport on MK days,
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AKL is my favorite resort, I love the theming and the pool.

However, if you will be spending a lot of time at the Magic Kingdom, then the Contemporary is your best choice. You might want to consider a split stay, a few nights at each resort. It isn't as difficult to do as you might think.
Already tried to win DH over with a split, but we are also doing 2 nights offsite when we do Sea World, so too many moves he thinks for the length of time we're there.

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Loved AK, Cr was nice but just kinda felt like any old Hilton/Radisson etc with a train running through it lol!
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Thinking of switching from CR to AKL...Right now we have a deluxe Garden Wing room booked for 6 nights in August. Me, my DH, DS6 and DD2. We will have our own car if that matters.

If we switched to AKL, we'd book a pool view room with bunk beds. It would save us about $475.

We haven't stayed at either one...thoughts??

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I love AKL. Love, love, love it. We don't stay anywhere else.

That being said:

If you're not super-regular visitors, and you're not taking a slower pace for your trip, I'd say go with CR.

First of all, given your kids ages, I'm guessing you will be spending a good amount of time at MK. You can't beat the distance from the CR to MK...you can literally WALK from the resort to the front entrance.

Second...given the proximity to MK, and your kids ages, CR makes it awful easy to wedge in that afternoon pool break.

While I love AKL, it's a good 15 or so min drive to MK..and then you have to park at the TTC and grab the monorail/ferry to get to the MK gates. Alternately, you can take the resort bus directly to the MK gates...but it's still a good 15 to 20 min ride into the park, and then (depending on when you leave) a haul back to the resort.

To my family, that haul is worth it. But my kids are a bit older (10,8,6 right now) and our trip "pace" is sort of laid back.
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Old 04-22-2013, 12:47 PM   #15
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I love AKL. Love, love, love it. We don't stay anywhere else.

That being said:

If you're not super-regular visitors, and you're not taking a slower pace for your trip, I'd say go with CR.

First of all, given your kids ages, I'm guessing you will be spending a good amount of time at MK. You can't beat the distance from the CR to MK...you can literally WALK from the resort to the front entrance.

Second...given the proximity to MK, and your kids ages, CR makes it awful easy to wedge in that afternoon pool break.

While I love AKL, it's a good 15 or so min drive to MK..and then you have to park at the TTC and grab the monorail/ferry to get to the MK gates. Alternately, you can take the resort bus directly to the MK gates...but it's still a good 15 to 20 min ride into the park, and then (depending on when you leave) a haul back to the resort.

To my family, that haul is worth it. But my kids are a bit older (10,8,6 right now) and our trip "pace" is sort of laid back.
I would like this trip to be more "laid back" in all honesty. We've been so many times, I'd like something a bit different and I'm afraid if we stay at the CR, it'd be too easy to continue rushing around from one place to another...

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