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Old 08-19-2013, 08:15 AM   #16
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Stumbled onto this thread this morning and am glad I did! I'll be staying at AKL this December for the first time and am grateful for all the helpful info!
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Old 08-19-2013, 08:21 AM   #17
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Stumbled onto this thread this morning and am glad I did! I'll be staying at AKL this December for the first time and am grateful for all the helpful info!
Oh welcome! You are going to love it! We had our first stay in May and it is not going to be our last! We loved it! How lovely near Christmas time as well. You must be so excited! We are going back in October. Can't wait!
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Oh welcome! You are going to love it! We had our first stay in May and it is not going to be our last! We loved it! How lovely near Christmas time as well. You must be so excited! We are going back in October. Can't wait!

We are BEYOND excited! We were originally booked for another resort, but I got a free dining pin (woo hoo!) and we "had" to switch to take advantage of it. Which worked out really well because it's my parent's 45th anniversary trip and I had really really really wanted to book AKL to begin with (they're HUGE animal lovers) and just couldn't figure out the finances. My dad still doesn't believe he'll be able to have morning coffee on a balcony, (hopefully) watching animals! (yes, I've shown him pictures )

We're booked for a savanna room....are there any requests I should make when I check in to help make our stay even more magical? (Although, seriously, just BEING there is going to be magical enough!)
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Old 08-19-2013, 09:09 AM   #21
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We are BEYOND excited! We were originally booked for another resort, but I got a free dining pin (woo hoo!) and we "had" to switch to take advantage of it. Which worked out really well because it's my parent's 45th anniversary trip and I had really really really wanted to book AKL to begin with (they're HUGE animal lovers) and just couldn't figure out the finances. My dad still doesn't believe he'll be able to have morning coffee on a balcony, (hopefully) watching animals! (yes, I've shown him pictures )

We're booked for a savanna room....are there any requests I should make when I check in to help make our stay even more magical? (Although, seriously, just BEING there is going to be magical enough!)
Oh how amazing! I loved sitting on the rocking chairs in the morning after getting a cup of java from the mug refills and watching the animals from the viewing areas ( didn't have a savanna view ) every morning I had to pinch myself it was real. The resort is awesome. I don't know re requests as I am disabled so I just wanted ground floor near reception at Kidani and we got exactly this which we loved for parking and less walking/pushing for DW and me! Honestly I can't imagine being disappointed with anything in Jambo or Kidani but others may advise differently maybe I am easily pleased! I loved the proverbs and poems around the resort :-) the staff are so friendly!
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Old 08-19-2013, 09:25 AM   #22
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Thank you Laura! I saw your message this morning, and I also saw the CLOSED on the other board. I am here! OMG, it will be soooooooo long until I am staying at AKL again, but I love reading this board
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Old 08-19-2013, 09:58 AM   #23
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Old 08-19-2013, 11:12 AM   #24
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Just returned from a 4-night stay in a savanna view AKV studio. Great experience all around, with a few bumps (children running in hallways, one 1-hour wait for a DTD bus, another bus driver from MK to AKL not paying attention and missing the exit ramp to the lodge...) but otherwise fantastic.

Room was terrific location - zebra trail, 5503 - dedicated studio, so we had a real closet in addition to the armoire. The room was ready upon check-in at 11 AM, which was much appreciated, as we had awoken at 4 am to catch a 7 am flight!

We saw a variety of animals each day from our balcony. I picked up a bottle of Cape Indaba merlot from the Mara, and enjoyed sipping a glass whilst taking in the amazing sights.

Lunch with an Animal Specialsit at Sanaa far exceeded my expectations, as did dinner at Raglan Road!

My son enjoyed the pools at both AKL and Kidani village. So did I!

We shared zebra domes from the Mara each day.

Only went to MK on the first night, then focused on spending time with newly acquired friends at the resort.

Dinner at Boma was delicious but overwhelming. I'm not a big eater and felt uncomfortably full by the end of the meal, as did my son. We will try Jiko and stick with the Mara and Sanaa from now on.

We had groceries delivered from GardenGrocer - a seamless process. It felt great to eat breakfast in the studio, then grab lunch from the room later.

My 8 y/o son emerged from his bedroom in tears shortly after bedtime on the first night back home - "Mom, I'm homesick for Disney! When can we go back?"
He has never done that before.

Luckily, I had already booked a return trip for December!

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Old 08-19-2013, 12:35 PM   #25
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Great experience all around, with a few bumps (children running in hallways...)
What is it about those hallways that makes kids want to run at full speed??? My kids (DD5, DS3 at the time) are not usually hall runners, but when we got there that was the first thing they did! It was like someone shot the gun and they were off! I was so surprised the first time they did it they were halfway down the hall before I could even figure out what happened! I felt like my whole trip there was quietly yelling at them to stop running down the stinkin halls! AND, that is the only place they have ever done it. We had a split stay and they didn't do it before we got there SO weird! I hear people complaining about it all the time...Must be something in the air!

Glad you had fun! It sounds like a wonderful trip!
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Old 08-19-2013, 01:08 PM   #26
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Old 08-19-2013, 02:07 PM   #27
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103 days until my trip Started my countdown at over 400 days, so to almost be in the double digits is pretty awesome

I do have a funny Disney error my DH made the other day. DD asks every day who she is going to meet when we go to Disney, so I go through the list. "Cinderella, Belle, Ariel, Mickey... etc etc"

DH decided to answer her one day and says "Mickey, Minnie, Chippendales."

I would imagine that might be a popular meet and greet
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Lunch with an Animal Specialsit at Sanaa far exceeded my expectations, as did dinner at Raglan Road!
Ohhhh, tell me about this Lunch with and Animal Specialist!!!! I haven't heard of it. We love Sanaa and we love animals....this could be very cool! How much was it, how long was it etc?
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We are BEYOND excited! We were originally booked for another resort, but I got a free dining pin (woo hoo!) and we "had" to switch to take advantage of it. Which worked out really well because it's my parent's 45th anniversary trip and I had really really really wanted to book AKL to begin with (they're HUGE animal lovers) and just couldn't figure out the finances. My dad still doesn't believe he'll be able to have morning coffee on a balcony, (hopefully) watching animals! (yes, I've shown him pictures )

We're booked for a savanna room....are there any requests I should make when I check in to help make our stay even more magical? (Although, seriously, just BEING there is going to be magical enough!)
That's kind of what happened to us. We were originally booked for June at the AKL in an Arusha view room. When we changed to September, the DH has me change it to the BC. He didn't have any interest in staying at the AKL, despite me trying to get him to stay there for years. When FD came out, we either had to upgrade our room category in order to get FD at the BC, which the DH refused to do. He said if the AKL had availability with FD, he would take that as a sign from God that we should stay there. We ended up with an AKL pool view and I'm so excited!! We check into the AKL in 20 days. It will not only be our first stay, but our first time to step on AKL property. I fell in love with the resort thanks to picture on the DIS.
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OK, I posted this ? on the other thread, but I'll move it over here now:

Not that I expect it, but I've heard sometimes people get upgraded. We have just booked a standard room, and honestly I'd be happy with a view of a wall just to get to stay at AKL! I called Disney to see if I could request a bunk bed room, and the CM said they are not available in standard rooms. Still not a problem. But if we do online check-in, won't they automatically assign us a room? I was hoping for some pixie dust that maybe when we check in at the resort, they would have an upgrade available. Is that true, or may they still do that with online check in? Any opinions would be appreciated!
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