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Old 08-28-2013, 06:56 PM   #151
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If I rent DVC points for a studio (Jambo) with savanna view, can I request close to the lobby? Is that a good savanna location? Also, is Jambo House considered a request or is it a bookable category when renting points?
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For all the folks that got magic bands for their stay at AKL, are you at Jambo or Kidani?
We are going in October, staying a Jambo house and got selected to try the magic bands/fast pass +. I can't wait to try it just to see how it changes our touring plans.
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Old 08-28-2013, 09:48 PM   #153
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When booking a Savanna view room in Jambo House and requesting near the lobby, are there any "bad" sections/views?

If for some reason we end up at either far end of Jambo House, how long is the walk to the lobby? I'm trying to decide if it is more important to request to be close to the lobby, or to have a specific view.
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For all the folks that got magic bands for their stay at AKL, are you at Jambo or Kidani?
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If I rent DVC points for a studio (Jambo) with savanna view, can I request close to the lobby? Is that a good savanna location? Also, is Jambo House considered a request or is it a bookable category when renting points?
AKV Jambo and AKV Kidani are booked separately, like separate resorts.

For instance;

Resort - AKV Jambo
Room category - Studio Savannah View
Room request (not guaranteed) - Near lobby

The only thing I know about AKV Jambo rooms are that they are located on the 5th and 6th floors...and the 6th floor is reserved for studios & villas booked with Club-Level Service.
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AKV Jambo and AKV Kidani are booked separately, like separate resorts.

For instance;

Resort - AKV Jambo
Room category - Studio Savannah View
Room request (not guaranteed) - Near lobby

The only thing I know about AKV Jambo rooms are that they are located on the 5th and 6th floors...and the 6th floor is reserved for studios & villas booked with Club-Level Service.
Great, thank you very much! I wonder how far the walk would be if our room was at the far end of the savanna to the lobby. I'll see if I can google that.
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I've read that the Value Studios can have a parking lot view...does anyone have a photo of the "worst" types of views at AKL? I tried Googling parking lot view but nothing came up. I think we will book a Savanna view regardless, but I'd like to at least know all of the options first.
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I know, another room request question! We are going in Nov, renting DVC and staying in Kidani Village in a Savannah View Studio. Trying to find a map of the room locations, but my #1 request would be a good view.

I know it can be a long walk to the ends, but we've stayed at CSR and CBR so we've walked before. Are there certain area's that the animals hang out or to request?
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I know, another room request question! We are going in Nov, renting DVC and staying in Kidani Village in a Savannah View Studio. Trying to find a map of the room locations, but my #1 request would be a good view.

I know it can be a long walk to the ends, but we've stayed at CSR and CBR so we've walked before. Are there certain area's that the animals hang out or to request?
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I haven't stayed at AKL before but I've heard over and over that Sunset Savanna is the location you want to request. Pembe Savanna is the other savanna location at Kidani and I guess it doesn't have as many animals or perhaps it's not as pretty (not sure why people don't like it).
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When booking a Savanna view room in Jambo House and requesting near the lobby, are there any "bad" sections/views?

If for some reason we end up at either far end of Jambo House, how long is the walk to the lobby? I'm trying to decide if it is more important to request to be close to the lobby, or to have a specific view.
I, personally, don't think that the walk is that long at Jambo. And I'm not a super-exerciser or anything, just a pretty normal human (at least I hope so.... ). The halls are much longer at Kidani and even there I feel like the walk is totally worth it. I really don't understand why people complain at Jambo. Or Kidani - don't you want to see animals and not into other people's rooms/villas? Seems intuitive that providing space for the animals/people to coincide would mean longer halls...but maybe that's just me!

Just my opinion but at Jambo I don't worry about requesting close to lobby unless my elderly parents are with us or we have some other need. I typically prefer to be a bit out in the wings which gets you a bit away from the Arusha rock common viewing area. Feels a bit more natural to me instead of watching people on the ground watching animals. But I adore both views so I typically don't worry about it!

With my DD who is crazy about the pool, I typically just request "close to pool) in the hopes we'll be near that elevator bank about half way down the Zebra trail which gives the best of both worlds for our family. But I really think you can't lose with Savannah view at Jambo! Have a great trip!
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I think requesting Lobby Level is better..it seems to make the walk not so bad if an elevator isn't involved
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I don't remember minding the walks until my 3 year old decided it was the best place to run! Keeping him from running was really, really hard LOL.
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I don't remember minding the walks until my 3 year old decided it was the best place to run! Keeping him from running was really, really hard LOL.
I here you on that one. Mine are no longer three, but those hallways really seemed to encourage the running of the children.

Took a quick poll tonight and it seems like everyone but me prefers the okapi and the red river hogs to the giraffe and zebras. Weirdos, I tell you. I'll just have to take my coffee elsewhere in the mornings to see the zebras and giraffe.
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Since I know some of you have little ones...

At The Mara, do the kid's meal breakfasts come with a small beverage like a full meal or is it just the breakfast platter or Mickey waffles? And, will I run into any issues ordering this for myself as an adult (with no kids) in the mornings? I don't want to get yelled at! I'm a light breakfast eater and would usually choose between a yogurt parfait or one of the kids meals which seem like the perfect amount of food. We won't be on a dining plan.
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