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Old 07-01-2013, 10:36 AM   #16
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Stayed at both, they are both beautiful but I prefer WL because of its location.
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Old 07-01-2013, 10:48 AM   #17
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Depending on the length of your trip...how about a split stay?? I'm doing this and so excited!
I enthusiastically second this. In a few weeks, I will be doing a split stay between AKL-Kidani and Bay Lake Tower. Reason? Really want to stay at AKL, but have a hard time rationalizing being so far from the parks. So, I am starting the trip at AKL and going to the places where I would have to take a bus regardless: Typhoon Lagoon, DTD, Animal Kingdom, etc... Then the last 3 days are at BLT and we will spend our time at MK, with a little Epcot thrown in..

If I stay longer than 4 nights, split stays are preferred. The only inconvenience is packing up the morning you leave resort 1. Otherwise, it is painless.
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Old 07-01-2013, 10:51 AM   #18
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They are both amazing!! Nothing better than seeing the animals from your balcony at AKL, but the location isn't great in my opinion. I would pick WL to be closer to the MK.
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Old 07-01-2013, 10:52 AM   #19
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Have stayed at WL. It is our favorite

Have only visited AKL.

Both are beautiful resorts. Having taken the bus from AKL to various parks over the years, I don't think the buses from there are bad at all, however, when paying the deluxe prices at Disney, you are primarily paying for location...so in that sense WL wins out being so close to MK and offering an alternate transportation option in the ferry ride.

I personally do not see the value in the savannah room at AKL as there are sooooo many viewing areas around the hotel, I wouldn't need it from my room. If we stayed there, I would book the less expensive pool view, which with a discount is closer to a moderate pricing and is IMHO appropriate.

Just my 2 cents.
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Old 07-01-2013, 11:00 AM   #20
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We are staying at AKV for the first time ever in December. No matter that we don't spend that much time at AK, we want to try it out and experience all the different Disney Villas.

I know lots of people that love this resort, so I wouldn't worry about every single person's personal preference. It's one of the newer resorts (out of all Disney - on property resorts) and we are looking for a different "feel" on each vacation because it makes it more fun for our family. We go too often to stay at the same resort over and over and over.

We were there 5x last year. We will be there 4x this year (we live in Chicagoland). So, we like to keep it fresh.
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Old 07-01-2013, 11:10 AM   #21
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We've done both, AKL once (never to return to) and WL, over 10 stays...need I say more..!

AKL, location too remote, too spread out, animals lacking from our Savannah room, food not to our liking!

WL, ideal location, on the lakes, boat to MK, CR and FW, under one room and compact.... Good food too
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Old 07-01-2013, 11:11 AM   #22
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I love both these resorts equally so in this case I would go with whatever is cheapest. I could probably also talk myself into a split stay for those two resorts
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Old 07-01-2013, 11:16 AM   #23
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We just did a split stay last November. First at WL and then to AKL. We've stayed at WL before and really like it: atmosphere and location. Love the boat ride to MK.

But after staying at AKL, that's where we will stay next time. better food, love watching the animals, grat pool, and we just like it better overall. The only downside is driving to MK but we always rent a car and it's only one more driving day instead of the boat.
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Old 07-01-2013, 01:27 PM   #24
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We've stayed at both and loved them both. So far, they are my two favorite resorts. ``

I had read quite a bit before staying at AKL (we were at Kidani) that it is far from everything and away from the action. We didn't think that would matter to us, but it did! We missed simply hearing the fireworks or watching the Electric Water Pageant from the beach. Once we went back o the resort for the evening, it wasn't easy to head back out for something, as transit takes a bit longer. We also missed the morning boat to MK (or the super-speedy bus) from WL.

That said, we felt like we could stay at AKL for a week and not get bored. So many cultural activities, animal viewing, s'mores roasting, movies, pool parties. I know other resorts have many of those activities, but we found the cultural activities to be priceless. Our kids made friends from all over Africa and learned a LOT.

Still, we're headed back to WL (VWL) for Christmas time and I cannot wait It will be a lot easier for us to be flexible and split up as a group (so if one person needs to stay in for the night with sleeping kids, the rest of the group can do any number of things in the MK/MK resort area.

Either way, you cannot go wrong! Happy planning!

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Old 07-01-2013, 01:42 PM   #25
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We've stayed at both and much preferred AKL. We would stay there again over WL in a heartbeat.

My only regret is that we didn't plan more resort time into our AKL stay.
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Old 07-04-2013, 07:57 AM   #26
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After looking at all of the responses and talking to a friend, who has been and stayed at AK a half a dozen times, we are going to stay at WL. Thanks for all of the responses. I can't wait to go back. 14 months and 3 days until we leave. Seems like forever, but it will be here soon.
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Old 07-04-2013, 10:01 AM   #27
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After looking at all of the responses and talking to a friend, who has been and stayed at AK a half a dozen times, we are going to stay at WL. Thanks for all of the responses. I can't wait to go back. 14 months and 3 days until we leave. Seems like forever, but it will be here soon.
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Old 07-04-2013, 12:17 PM   #28
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I like both but would give an edge to AKL. We like watching the animals around the resort, even without a SV. If you cant decide, go for a split stay. Make everyone happy.
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Old 07-04-2013, 04:29 PM   #29
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We couldn't decide either; my boyfriend wanted AKL, I wanted WL. So we split our stay.....4 nights at the AKL (2nd floor Arusha view Zebra Trail) and 4 nights at the WL (5th floor Courtyard view). IT WAS PERFECT!!!!!!
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