I was not that impressed, I had never stayed onsite before and I was really disappointed. I could see maybe spending a couple of days here but I would never stay here more than 3 or 4 days. Minus a day if you dont think you want to eat dinner their for 3 to 4 days in a row. You can go to other resorts and eat but everything is a hike. If you want to be close to Animal Kingdom then AKL is great, but I hope that is the only thing you want to be close to. It seemed like the other Animal kingdom resorts, coranado springs and all stars had a better location. Although the coranado seemed spread out. Pros: 1. I am an animal lover and I did have a great view/room with bunk bed that was close to the pool. 2. beautiful building 3. my son always wanted bunk beds 4. you could find at least two days worth of activities around the hotel if you werent hitting the parks. 5. They had double sinks in room so we filled one up with ice and had an instant refigerator. 6. The gift shop by the lobby sells milk/beer for way less then Mara. 7. Check in was quick and easy, they accomadated all of my requests. Arusha, 3rd floor, bunk beds, zebra trail, near pool. 8. Fireplaces outside and in lobby with rocking chairs next to them were pretty and relaxing. Also rocking chairs next to sets of binoculaurs for closer viewing. 9. Xmas decorations were nice. 10. Hotel smelled great, like a fireplace burning or something. 11. Sunset overlook was amazing. Although you could just visit the hotel for the evening and enjoy it. Cons: 1. GOD this place is in the middle of nowhere. I have stayed at offsite hotels that were closer to most that disney had to offer. 2. Options for food were as follows: A beautifully decorated place called Jiko that had very strange food options including rabbit? Seafood also although the only one I remember was Monkfish? I am sure someone has the JIKO menu online somewhere. They did offer an chicken dish, but i wasnt willing to pay that much for chicken, after all no matter how you dress it up it is still chicken. Boma (buffet style) Dinner was 23.99 per adult plus beverages at additional cost. Food was Okay but not terrific. However in all fairness dessert was full of tasty goodies. I wouldnt go again though and really I only ate there because I was sick of driving so far to get anything. Mara (quick eats) well for 10.99 you get their refillable mug although it only includes soft drinks and hot beverages. I doesnt include milk or juice for the kids. Salads were good. African stew in bread bowl was good but for 7.49 it was very tiny, not a meal for one. Burgers were well you know burgers. They sold peanut butter and jelly sandwiches with chips/cheese doodles and raisans in cute little to go lunchboxes for kids. Although kids meals are really not that expensive at parks. Actually If you buy yourself a kids meal you would probably save a bundle. On the whole this place felt like my highschool cafeteria and if you dont want to drive awhile or pay boma and jiko prices for every dinner you are trapped with Mara. One or two nites it isnt too bad but otherwise get dinner at the parks or on the way home. 3. I too was not very impressed with the pool. Not a bad pool just not what I expected at a "Deluxe" resort. 4. At your wonderful deluxe resort AKL you have to PAY extra to use the GYM? 25 per adult for length of stay or 45 for entire family length of stay. 5. They dont sell calling cards at akl, you have to drive ( yes more driving) to All star resorts to get closest cards. 6. Big language barrier with a lot of housekeeping and a lot of the help. I lost my sandals by the pool on the second nite there and tried to find out where lost and found was from four different people. Two by pool and Two in building. They couldnt understand me and I couldnt understand them. Although everyone at check in was easy to understand. 7. Parking was far unless you paid 6.00 day for valet parking. If you were coming in late from the parks, good luck, get dropped off and let the hubby park the car. 8. Rooms were tiny. With only three of us I felt cramped.