Just some details about our AKL stay from 10/28 - 10/31 for anyone interested. Overall it was a typically enjoyable visit to WDW. It was our first time at AKL and we had a savannah view room about halfway down the Kudu trail section (room 5301). We were able to view all of the animals on the savannah at close range during different parts of our stay and enjoyed viewing the other savannahs from the hotel viewing areas. The grounds are quite nice but limited and I have to admit we missed being able to stroll outside like we enjoy at Wilderness Lodge (a fair trade off though to have the animals so close). The lodge is very much as described ad nauseum in other posts so suffice it to say it's quite picturesque. We went on the Wanyama Safari (sunset safari) and it was fantastic. We met the other guests & our guide at the concierge lounge & were led to the van (an 8 passenger van with a roof that raises up so you can stand & take pictures). The safari travels through all three savannahs and the guide provided an indepth description of the animal types and many interesting details about the individual animals (their names, lineage, what cities they came from, who is naughty/nice, etc.). We got many close up photos of the animals and great shots of the lodge itself. At the end, we stopped for a drink & snacks on the savannah and had our pictures taken with the giraffes. Following the safari, we had dinner at Jiko which was tremendous. It was a "chef's table" type of experience with Chef Dennis visiting to introduce and describe the offerings which, for each course, consisted of several of the menu items for us to try. Our waiter also introduced & described the wine pairings included with each course. Everything was spectacular and I wish we had been able to go back for dinner another night (but we didn't want to cancel out on California Grill, which we would have had to). We did have some disappointments with AKL though: -Upon our check in @ 10:30am, we alerted the staff we had late am/early pm plans and requested the room be ready upon our return at 2pm, even though that was an hour early. We returned to the hotel at 2:30pm to find the room not ready and actually didn't get into the room until after 3:30pm (and having to beg bell services for some priority due to early evening plans we needed to get ready for). Given that they had 4.5 hrs to get the room ready & we were paying for upgraded service, it was disappointing nobody tried to accomodate this very small request. -A greeter at Boma was rather rude to us when we arrived for our PS. She insisted the ressie was for an hour later & told us to wait. After 20 minutes (and watching others being seated), I finally was forced to retrieve our concierge itinerary from the room. A gentleman at the desk when I returned confirmed she was mistaken and only then were we seated...no apology for the problem was given. -A concierge staffer was difficult about issuing park tickets. Early in our stay we were issued separate tickets for AK but this staffer insisted they be put on our room keys. When I explained I didn't have it & requested a separate admission ticket, he scolded me with "tsk tsk" & wagged his finger at me before forcing me to return to the room for my key. Don't get me wrong, none of these things had great impact on our trip. They were small aggravations that we quickly got past, but at the time they were avoidable time wasting customer service issues that seriously p*ssed me off in the way they were handled. We've never had those sorts of problems at any of the moderate or deluxe hotels we stayed at & I was shocked to encounter several such problems when I payed for concierge level services. We visited Cirque du Soliel and it is stupendous! My husband had expressed interest in going a few years ago and, honestly, I have to admit I hedged a lot because I thought it would be less than enjoyable (I can't stand slapsticky, circusy, cutsey stuff). I don't believe I could possibly have been more closed minded and wrong about this show. I couldn't stop talking about it afterward and would have loved to sit through it all over again right then and there. I even bought the DVD & CD! For anyone who is as pessimistic as I am about this sort of thing, just GO. You won't regret it...it is one of the best live shows of any type that I have ever seen. I'm already planning to see the others that are in different areas of the country! Well, those are all the gory details. I'm happy to answer any questions anyone might have about AKL, the safari, Boma (breakfast), Jiko, California Grill, or Cirque.