AKL questions

Discussion in 'Disney Resorts' started by tfiga1, Feb 11, 2013.

  1. tfiga1

    tfiga1 Mouseketeer

    Joined:
    May 31, 2009
    Messages:
    109
    Currently my family has a Fantasy cruise scheduled, but after doing the math, I am struggling to justify the expense. After talking to the kids they agreed they would be willing to go to WDW instead of DCL if we could stay at AKL. So before I can make the final decision, I was wondering about the following?

    1. The WDW website states we can use the pool at the AKL DVC resort, is this accurate? I have two boys 13 and 11 and the slide at the DVC resort seems much larger.
    2. Is there any resort activities that tweens would enjoy?
    3. Outside of the obvious is there anything that makes this resort special? (We have never stayed Deluxe before, so I am in brand new territory).

    Any additional information on this resort would be great.

    TIA
     
  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. disneybliss2

    disneybliss2 DIS Veteran

    Joined:
    May 27, 2008
    Messages:
    2,443
    1. Yes, you can use the pool at either resort. They are considered sister resorts which allows you to use both pools.

    2. In my opinion, the resort activities are geared for younger aged children than your boys. That being said, my 10 year old daughter loved them still. She's obsessed with animals so she really enjoyed the various activities related to animals. My girls loved all of the activities. We saw mainly younger children participating (10 and under) but they are open to any age. Here are the activities to give you an idea if your boys would like them or not: animal bingo, animal trekking (hide a stuffed Mickey in an area and the other team uses a tracking devise to find Mickey), make an animal bird feeder (actual leaves, honey, etc. to feed to the animals there; the kids just make them, they don't get to feed them), flamingo feeding (you don't actually get to feed the flamingos as the activity name suggests; you play with a scooper in water to filter sequins and sand to demonstrate the mouth of a flamingo and how it feeds/eats), African drumming (as it sounds, you get instruments and play along with others), cookie decorating (we did see some older kids here; decorate a giraffe shaped cookie with icing & toppings; in the Boma restaurant).

    3. The resort is beautiful! The inside of the lobby is a sight to see. The obvious, the animals, was the draw for us. It was amazing to see them up so close. The added touch we really enjoyed were the cast members from South Africa. They were so wonderful to talk to. They told stories, shared information about the animals and the country, etc. We, the whole family, really enjoyed visiting with them.

    Staying at AKL is wonderful for any age. While some of the activities are geared more for younger children, it's still a great resort to stay at. It's like having a WDW and a mini vacation to Africa at the same time.

    Good luck with your decision!
     
  4. meetmeatthepoly

    meetmeatthepoly Loving Walt Disney World Since 1972

    Joined:
    Apr 5, 2012
    Messages:
    88
    Hi @tfiga1,

    My 12 year old daughter enjoyed the presentations - "Cultural Safaris" by the cultural representatives held each evening in the Sunset Lounge in Jambo House.

    She also loved the animal viewing with night vision held at 9pm each night on the Uzima Overlook, along with the marshmallow roasting earlier in the evening on Arusha Rock.

    There are pool games each afternoon geared toward tweens as well.

    There is a new nighttime safari you may want to look into, as well as the popular Wanyama Safari at sunset.

    These are just a few of the things that make AKL special. Love that resort!
     
  5. OKW Lover

    OKW Lover Retired and living 2 miles from The Castle. DIS Lifetime Sponsor

    Joined:
    Apr 29, 2004
    Messages:
    22,736
    The OP has already gotten good responses to their questions. I'd just like to add that when comparing the cost of a DCL cruise to a WDW stay please be sure you are considering everything. The cruise includes all meals. For a WDW stay don't forget the cost of meals and park admission.
     
  6. buzz1fan

    buzz1fan I Can't wait to be back!

    Joined:
    Feb 6, 2008
    Messages:
    1,080
    I didn't realize you can use the Kidani pool if staying at AKL, I thought it was only vice versa. Great to know! Those that have used both, do you walk or bus over?
     
  7. Sue M

    Sue M DIS Veteran

    Joined:
    May 27, 2009
    Messages:
    10,764
    We didn't use pool, but did walk over to Kidani to check out their savana viewing area, it was maybe 10 min walk.

    OP, my daughter is now 27, and we both enjoyed the Cultural Safaris. Very interesting, and well presented. Also there are always CMs at Arusha Rock ready to talk to you and give information. The night viewing is interesting. And there are movies by the pool at night.
     
  8. M1Thumb

    M1Thumb Earning My Ears

    Joined:
    Jan 28, 2013
    Messages:
    42
  9. buzz1fan

    buzz1fan I Can't wait to be back!

    Joined:
    Feb 6, 2008
    Messages:
    1,080
    I thought it was but I could be wrong. That is good to know!
     
  10. brucerob62

    brucerob62 Mouseketeer

    Joined:
    Aug 5, 2010
    Messages:
    369
    staying at akl in a month..my 11 yr old daughter wants to do the night vision googles and the marshmallow roast,,I know the night vision goggles are around 8 what about the marshmallow roast are they close in proximity and time? thanks
     
  11. Deb & Bill

    Deb & Bill DVC-Trivia Contest, Apr-2006: Honorable Mention

    Joined:
    Mar 20, 2000
    Messages:
    44,986
    The pools at AKL/AKV are restricted to AKL/AKV guests. So they can use either pool. DVC members who are pool hopping when permitted by DVC cannot pool hop to AKV/AKL pools.

    Kidani Village and Jambo House are two buildings at one resort.
     
  12. tfiga1

    tfiga1 Mouseketeer

    Joined:
    May 31, 2009
    Messages:
    109
    Thanks so much for all the responses. I am going to go over the activities with the boys and see their responses. I do appreciate the response regarding the price of the cruise vs the parks, we did do the math and the difference is only about $1500, but every penny counts when the kids are this close to college.:scared:
     
  13. disneybliss2

    disneybliss2 DIS Veteran

    Joined:
    May 27, 2008
    Messages:
    2,443
    Ooh, totally forgot the marshmallow roast and the night vision goggles. So glad others posted those activities. My girls really enjoyed these activities as well.

    My girls loved the pool and slide. They do offer nightly movies that people hung out in the pool to watch. They didn't start until 8:45-9:00 this summer so it was too late for my girls to stay up and watch. Your boys may enjoy the pool/movie time.
     
  14. disneybliss2

    disneybliss2 DIS Veteran

    Joined:
    May 27, 2008
    Messages:
    2,443
    When we went this past June, the marshmallow roast was around 6:45-7:00, and the night vision goggles were when it was just getting dark (around 9:00). I'm sure they vary the times according to the season and when the sun sets.

    They did offer them at different times so that you could do both. The marshmallow roast was out by the main animal looking area (Arusha rock I think it was called???). The night vision goggles were just off the pool area.

    Have fun!!!:goodvibes
     
  15. M1Thumb

    M1Thumb Earning My Ears

    Joined:
    Jan 28, 2013
    Messages:
    42
    I have another question to add to this thread, hopefully to clear up some conflicting information I've read on different web sites.

    Does the AKL Jambo House offer outdoor movies at night? Or are these held solely at the Kidani complex?
     
  16. Heather1979

    Heather1979 Mouseketeer

    Joined:
    Sep 2, 2011
    Messages:
    130
    When we went last May they had the big screen out by the pool at Jambo.
     
  17. M1Thumb

    M1Thumb Earning My Ears

    Joined:
    Jan 28, 2013
    Messages:
    42
    Heather: that's great to hear. Thanks.
     

Share This Page