AKL Concierge Level question

Discussion in 'Disney Resorts' started by Scrufsmom, Apr 21, 2004.

  1. Scrufsmom

    Scrufsmom Mouseketeer

    Joined:
    Feb 2, 2003
    Messages:
    209
    My family and I are going to bel staying at the AKL on the concierge level. Today I phoned the hotel to speak to one of the CM in hopes of makinig prior ressies before our trip. Countdown July 25th, 2004....AM I THERE YET?!!!! Anyhoot, my question for those who have stayed which is better the 6th floor or the 5th for the Savannah views? According to the CM she said it was better if we stayed on the 5th floor. When asked the difference she couldn't give me a good reason. So here I am asking my fellow wdwers this question.

    If you have stayed what is your impression of the hotel, rooms, concierge level and pool? I spoke to one of my coworkers who didn't have a nice thing to say about the hotel, but I took it for who the source was.

    Thanks for those who respond cause it is greatly appreciated.
    Scrufsmom
     
  2. Avatar

    DIS Sponsor The Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin is located in the heart of the Walt Disney World Reosrt.

    to hide this advert.
  3. SB in KY

    SB in KY DIS Veteran

    Joined:
    Aug 9, 2003
    Messages:
    1,987
    Wow...you are going to have a terrific time...if you don't LOVE the AKL concierge service....you have really issues!!! It is the best!!

    The 5th floor rooms have better savannah views because most/all of the 6th floor savannah views have those roof dormer things hanging down that partially obstruct the balcony view. That said we still prefer the 6th floor rooms, because we really like the proximity to the lounge area and we think of the dormer as an inconvienence. But I have seen posts here from people that absolutely hated them. You still have a nice view, but only from 1/2 to 2/3 of the balcony. If you don't mind running upstairs to the lounge then you'd probably like 5th floor better. Just individual prefernece. The rooms are identical.

    The service and foos there are unbeatable. You will love it.
     
  4. dansyr

    dansyr I'm a loser

    Joined:
    Jul 29, 2002
    Messages:
    1,449
    Hi
    We stayed concierge last Sept. and it was wonderful. I was also told the 5th floor rooms are better and that is what we got ....room 5431 if I remember correctly. I believe the reason was 6th floor room views are blocked by rooftops...don't quote me though. The concierge lounge is on the 6th floor but your room key will allow access to the 6th floor. Our room was a perfect location ...close to the lobby and close to an elevator that would take you down to the pool. I would suggest requesting a room with a view of arusha savannah. This is the only savannah with both zebra and giraffe.
    Although some say the rooms are dark...I didn't think so. The resort itself is so soothing. I believe the concierge rooms are slightly larger than regular savannah view rooms.
    The concierge lounge itself was sooooo nice. I fell in love with that cappuccino machine. There are food offerings out throughout the day. At most times there are some hot food offerings out. We usually grabbed a quick breakfast in the lounge....we are light breakfast eaters. They also have wine and cordials in the evenings. I believe if you go to Deb Will's site...they give you the schedule of the food offerings.
    The pool was wonderful...we usually didn't hit it til the evenings though. A late nite swim was perfect. They also have a couple of hot tubs....which we definitely made use of after a long day at the parks. I have to admit....I had a harder time than ever trying to get dbf out of the hotel room though. The whole ambience of the resort is so relaxing, you just don't want to leave.
    If you have any special occasions let concierge know. Our itinerary planner went above and beyond the call of duty arranging some surprises for my dbf's birthday.
    Don't forget to book your sunrise safari also. Only concierge are allowed to book this and it was unbelievable.
    Also...let concierge make your ps's. Any requests we had noted to concierge were met at the restaurant. For ex. we had noted we would like a window table at ohanas ...and we had one.
    good luck planning
     
  5. johnsonet

    johnsonet DIS Veteran

    Joined:
    Jul 3, 2003
    Messages:
    5,570
    Hi! First of all, I'm hoping to be at AKL (also on the concierge level) around that same time!!:sunny:

    How many are in your party? Does proximity to the concierge lounge play an important role?

    Here is my recommendation assuming everyone in your group is relatively able-bodied:

    Request#1: Savanna view
    Request#2 Zebra Trail

    If you have 2 or more children, request bunk beds as request #3.

    When we stayed concierge, we were on the 5th floor, Kudu Trail. It was fabulous but being on Kudu Trail we were a long way from the pool and main elevators and restaurants (hence, my Zebra Trail suggestion)

    You will LOVE AKL. I have stayed there twice and fantasize every day about going back. Trying to get back the end of July...
    The pool is gorgeous, the restaurants are great, the rooms are beautiful, the animals are stupendous, the Lobby is fantastical, the activities are terrific!! I could go on and on. Anyone who doesn't like AKL is a stick in the mud!! (well, anyone who experiences the AKL I know and love...) And their concierge is considered by many to be the best on property! You will LOVE it there! Good luck!princess:

    P.S. I hope you're going to sign up for the Sunrise and/or Sunset safari(s)!!
     
  6. #1hockeymom

    #1hockeymom <font color=blue>Wants to DRIVE the zamboni

    Joined:
    Jul 27, 2001
    Messages:
    7,103
    AKL concierge is awesome! You will have a wonderful time that you won't soon forget! There is not much I can add that others haven't mentioned. Have a great time planning, and get ready for the time of your life! I've only been home for two days and I miss the AKL concierge so much!

    Debbie
     
  7. nasmith

    nasmith <font color=red>Was happy to know that her DIS add

    Joined:
    Aug 28, 2000
    Messages:
    638
    We were on the 6th floor at Christmas - and it was a poor view of the savannah - only a smidgeon of the savannah was visible - and it was really high up at that ----so if you want to see animals from your balcony - definitely request 5th floor. Note - there aren't very many 6th floor rooms available either - only fifteen total, compared to a much greater number on the 5th floor. All 6th floor rooms are around the lobby - there aren't any "trails" on the 6th floor - hence the poor views and limited number of rooms....Jill
     
  8. ducklite

    ducklite <font color=teal>Take the Poly, it's fabulous!<br>

    Joined:
    Aug 17, 2000
    Messages:
    33,501
    The 6th floor rooms are smoking optional!

    I agree, the 5th floor rooms offer much better views.

    Anne
     
  9. Nuts4DVC

    Nuts4DVC Earning My Ears

    Joined:
    Sep 26, 1999
    Messages:
    54
    Hi,

    We will be staying at the concierge level next April. Does the Sunrise Safari cost anything or do they throw that in?

    Thanks,

    Robin
     
  10. ducklite

    ducklite <font color=teal>Take the Poly, it's fabulous!<br>

    Joined:
    Aug 17, 2000
    Messages:
    33,501
    It's an extra $50 per person. It's only available to concierge guests. Make the reservations as soon as you can, there is limited space.

    Anne
     
  11. momtotwinglesx4

    momtotwinglesx4 DIS Veteran

    Joined:
    Jul 20, 2001
    Messages:
    575
    Is the Sunrise Safari available/appropriate for children/toddlers? If so, is the cost the same?

    We'll be staying AKL conc. for 3 nites of our July/Aug. trip (those darn AP's acting up again, lol) and I'll be there alone--dh has to work-- w/ my 5 kids (ages 16, 7, 7, 4, & 1) and wondered we should give this a try.
     
  12. ducklite

    ducklite <font color=teal>Take the Poly, it's fabulous!<br>

    Joined:
    Aug 17, 2000
    Messages:
    33,501
    You need to know your children.

    The first time we took the Sunrise Safari, it was ruined by a few screaming out of control toddlers. They were behind us, and their flailing arms hit us in the head repeatedly. They were crying and carrying on so we couldn't hear the guide. It was horrible.

    The next time we took it, there were a couple toddlers. Luckily the parents were considerate enough to sit in the rear of the safari vehicle. We also saw them feeding the kids before we left. Even with that, they were getting fidgety before the safari was over. If it had lasted another five minutes one of those kids would have been in meltdown mode.

    Keep in mind it's early in the morning. Many younger kids wake up either ready to RUN or cranky. Breakfast is more than an hour and a half after the time you meet for the safari at the AKL.

    If you are toilet training, once you begin the tour, that's it. There's no stopping. You are in first a bus, then the safari vehicle. No place to move, you must stay in your seat.

    So you need to think about if your child can handle it or not.

    Personally I think the AKL should offer child care during the Sunrise Safari so that parents with younger kids who aren't developmentally ready for it can still take part.

    Anne
     
  13. momtotwinglesx4

    momtotwinglesx4 DIS Veteran

    Joined:
    Jul 20, 2001
    Messages:
    575
    That's just it! I KNOW my 7 yr. old twins would absolutely love it (I'm sure the 16 yr. old would just as soon stay in bed :rolleyes: ) but it's my youngest two (4 &1) that I'm concerned about.

    If there are lots of animals to see, they would PROBABLY be just fine, but at that age, you just never know. I'd hate to waste the money and spoil the safari for others (and myself!) if one of them was in a crabby mood.

    So I take it the child care club at AKL isn't open yet at that hour?
     
  14. WDWLinda

    WDWLinda Mouseketeer

    Joined:
    Nov 16, 2000
    Messages:
    482
    We did the Sunrise Safari with friends and our two 2.5 yr olds. They both did fine, but they did lose interest about 3/4 of the way through. Then they just laid on the seat and played quietly. I'd say go for it, but sit in the back and bring some toys or food to keep them occupied if they get fidgety. I think the Safari is only offered on Tues. and Sat.s, so call early to book it.

    I have to say we didn't have the same great experience everyone else did with the concierge part. Our room was on the 5th flr, FAR away from the main elevators and the lounge. I didn't see the concierge staff go out of their way to help us out with anything. The food was OK - we always seemed to hit it at off times when the food selection was limited or the plates were almost empty. We didn't even see many animals from our room.

    You should stay there just to see it, but if we ever try concierge level again, we're going to try the Poly. I hope you have a better time.

    ~Linda
     
  15. ducklite

    ducklite <font color=teal>Take the Poly, it's fabulous!<br>

    Joined:
    Aug 17, 2000
    Messages:
    33,501
    No, but I'm pretty sure you could get Kid's Night Out to come to your room. Might be an idea, it would give you the opportunity to ride a couple of the thrill rides after the Safari and breakfast as well :)

    Anne
     
  16. wannabee princess

    wannabee princess DIS Veteran

    Joined:
    Jan 31, 2003
    Messages:
    652
    We really have only positive things to say about AKL concierge. We stayed in December '03 and had a wonderful time. The view from our room (5th floor Arusha) was just wonderful.

    As mentioned the 6th floor is for those who wish to have smoking optional. If you don't want smoking, I don't see the neccessity of being on the 6th (unless there would be someone in your party who isn't able to get around easily?). Even though we had to take the elevator to the lounge, this was never a problem for us. In fact, I enjoyed the walk overlooking the lobby - Christmas decorations were so nice to start the morning or end the day with!

    I think that concierge cast members were very helpful. I went over to request PS's for that day more than once, and was never disappointed with the table we would get. For our first day I had made prior arrangements to have Santa Mickey hats waiting when we checked in, and they not only left the gifts, there was also a card signed by Mickey himself.

    The Sunrise Safari was AWESOME!! We have raved about this experience to everyone who dares ask about Disney! We thought Joe was an amazingly informative guide. It was a wonderful breakfast at Tusker house also!

    The guides working at the AKL savannah viewing areas were especially informative and helpful....just ask them questions!! They don't "bother" you if you are just wanting to observe, but they all enjoyed answering questions about the animals as well as themselves (where they were from and questions about the country they were from).

    The pool area is very relaxing for those who wish to do that, while offering zero entry and a slide for the younger set. While we were there, we had no problems getting a poolside spot to sit, the pool was never crowded, and it was near to Mara so we could refill our mugs easily.

    I also felt the food was good at both Mara and Boma (didn't do Jiko this time...maybe dh and I can on our return in Dec '04?!!), and the food offerings at the concierge lounge were of good variety and plentiful. I too was addicted to the cappucino machine every day! Oh, the fruit juice was yummy too! Oh, and the African wines were very good!
     
  17. Scrufsmom

    Scrufsmom Mouseketeer

    Joined:
    Feb 2, 2003
    Messages:
    209
    Thank you so much for all of your thoughts with wild excitement expressions in your descriptions of the AKL concierge level. Ok, so can you say I really can't wait to go! I called my CM at the AKL concierge level to request our room and savannah location. Although, do you still get the turndown service and robes being on the 5th floor? DH has to have a robe....don't know if it is a guy thing or what? lol

    What is so exciting is that every year we plan something different for our disney trip. My dd is 9yo and we told her of our plans....first it was to be a surprise, but DH couldn't keep it a secret, second she usually makes up the itinerary for our week. It is a family vacation and this way she thinks she planned the whole trip. It is lots of fun.

    I truly do appreciate everyones insight. My clock is ticking! tick, tick tick tick.................................................no not July yet!
     
  18. nasmith

    nasmith <font color=red>Was happy to know that her DIS add

    Joined:
    Aug 28, 2000
    Messages:
    638
    Anne & Wannabee Princess -
    My room on the 6th floor was definitely non-smoking (not smoking-optional) ---I had just finished Chemo - and there is no way in Hades that I would be in a smoking-optional room (VERY sensitive to any smoking odors!) . (It was also a handicap-accessible room, which I hadn't requested ). The only time I smelled smoke was one evening on the balcony - and that was coming from someone on the 5th floor smoking a cigar (it wafted up) .
    I think that Disney has redefined many of their smoking /non-smoking rooms --- I was at POFQ 2 weeks ago in bldg. 4 in a non-smoking room - and that building used to be smoking-optional too.
    Jill
     
  19. BambiTamby

    BambiTamby DIS Veteran

    Joined:
    Jul 1, 2000
    Messages:
    2,663
    I concur with nasmith!
    We were on the 6th floor last month, savannah view and it was a non-smoking room.
    I think the other side, the poolview is smoking optional.

    I've done the 5th, near the Kudo suite, three times, very nice view!
    And this last time, the 6th floor.
    VERY nice to walk a little bit to get a treat from CL and our view of the Sunset savannah was a nice change.

    And I agree that KNO is a wonderful option for those little ones,
    in lieu of taking them on the sunrise safari.

    JMHO......:wave:
     
  20. bjakmom

    bjakmom DIS Veteran

    Joined:
    Aug 21, 2000
    Messages:
    4,916
    Do you need to use a park ticket on the day of the Sunrise Safari? I'm thinking it might be nice to do on check-out day - but we wouldn't be staying in the park after breakfast - just heading back to the hotel and then the airport - would we have to both pay for the safari and use a day off our hoppers?
     
  21. WDWLinda

    WDWLinda Mouseketeer

    Joined:
    Nov 16, 2000
    Messages:
    482
    You do need a park ticket for the Sunrise Safari.
     

Share This Page