How inconvenient is AKL?

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  1. JJsmama

    JJsmama WDW addict

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    I found a good deal for AKL but I am scared to book it. The stories I hear about the bad bus service scare me! I really don't want to have busses arrive at AKL already full from Kidani every time. Plus, does the isolation get old if staying for a week?

    The decor, etc do appeal to me.

    We are used to staying monorail loop, but I can't get those for this deal. I can get BWI or BC for $500 more. (But the lack of counter service for quick breakfast has my boys and I worried.)

    If bus service is really bad at AKL, I am considering just saving the money and booking CSR + DxDP instead, which is reputed to have the best bus service onsite.

    I think this would be a go go go trip since it will be winter. We've never been when the crowds weren't super heavy and the days weren't really hot. So, we've always done a long afternoon break. This trip we hope to do parks all day. So the pool won't factor in either.

    Advice?
     
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  3. Princess on the Run

    Princess on the Run Sprinkling Pixie Dust!!!

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    We stayed at Kidani in February and never had problems with the buses. I don't think we ever encountered a full one. It might be different in July but in February it was totally fine and not at all inconvenient.
     
  4. Dacky619

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    We've been at Jambo house for a total of three weeks over the last 3 years (all in June/July) and haven't had any issues with the busses being too full. We are not the type to catch a bus right at opening or closing though. The only issues we have experienced there are the ones that we experience everywhere (leaving a park after fireworks etc...).

    We did a 2 week honeymoon at CSR in 2008 and thought the bus service was awesome there, but I've also heard plenty of people complain about it. I think any resort you stay at, you're going to hear both good things and horror stories about the transportation. I wouldn't let it affect your decision too much.
     
  5. Karabee

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    AKL is wonderful in my opinion. I think there could be plenty of people who would say that the buses at CSR are horrible and stick up for AKL. I never go by the buses for a stay. In fact, my bus service at AKL was amazing.
    I also don't agree with the idea of isolation at AKL. Once again, why is it that AKL is "isolated" but any of the other resorts with bus only service are not. Sure, it's on the outskirts, but when you think about it, so are the resorts on the monorail, they just have MK and the monorail so people don't think about them the same way.
    AKL is beautiful with a great pool (although you might not use it), restaurants and service. If you were debating between a resort on the monorail or boardwalk and you were talking about go, go go that would be one thing, but between a bus only resort and a bus only resort, I will always pick AKL. :goodvibes
     
  6. mickeynut1

    mickeynut1 DIS Veteran

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    We've stayed at AKL twice and both times the buses were great, but everyone will have a different take on how good/bad the bus service is as everyone's experiences are different. Some resorts are better than others, but all of the resorts have their share of not so good service at one time or another and you will find excellent reviews as well as complaints about every resort regarding transportation. With that said, we've never stayed at CSR, but out of all of the resorts we have stayed at, CBR has by far had the best bus service that we have experienced. AKL is out away from everything and it does take a little longer to get around (by maybe 5 extra minutes), but we thought the buses were great and we never had a problem with them being crowded after stopping at Kidani first.
     
  7. Sue M

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    We just returned from a 12 night AKL stay a few weeks ago. Yes, the busses do stop at Kidani first, but we usually found seats. Bus service was pretty good. I haven't had a problem with busses really at any wdw resort. There can be occas. glitches with busses at any resort, incl CSR. We enjoyed our stay very much.
    This was the 2nd time we've stayed here.
    Boma, their CS was amazing. We had several dinners here. Their daily specials were on par with a TS. I had the Salmon entree several times (always different) and it was amazing.

    If you're interested in BC, they do have a small CS which is quite adequate for breakfast. Breakfast croissants, Yogurt parfaits, and the usual assortment of bakery items, muffins, bagels, etc. Milk & cereal.
     
  8. gigi729

    gigi729 A Dream Is A Wish Your Heart Makes

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    We love AKL and had a wonderful stay!!! We are returning for part of our stay next month. It is an AMAZING hotel with great QS and TS dining options, and the busses are NOT that bad! This hotel seriously is a destination in itself and everyone should definitely experience it at least once and if your like us once won't be enough!!! :rotfl: Can;t wait to be back at AKL!!!!
     
  9. vettegirl

    vettegirl Dole Whip Queen

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    I have stayed there twice and have found the location and bus service to be quite good. I find nothing is too far away at WDW when staying on property.
     
  10. it's kelly

    it's kelly Mouseketeer

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    We're currently staying at AKL and I was a bit worried at first. We have only had an issue leaving MK on EMH hours and had to wait for extra bus. Overall, I wouldn't let it keep me from staying here and I will surely be back.
     
  11. rznhal

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    Great point!!!

    We stayed at Jambo House in February....no bus problems.

    It's an awesome place! We're going back for a week in January!!!!! Can't wait!!!
     
  12. OhThePain

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    We stayed at AKL this past October and had no issues with the buses. We never waited long and there were always pleanty of seats available on the buses even with them stopping off at Kidani before heading to Jambo.

    If you are used to monorail loop resorts, besides Magic Kingdom the travel time from AKL to the parks/DTD is quicker from AKL (as per http://www.ourlaughingplace.com/aspx/twiz.aspx ). As others have said, you are never too far from anywhere in WDW when you stay on property.
     
  13. monica9

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    We were worried about it being so far off the map as well. We have always wanted to stay at AKL since the theme appeals to us most out of all of the resorts. We then received a pin for either AKL or WL and decided on WL only because of the convenience to all of the parks. I hope we made a good choice with WL. We will be there end of Nov/early Dec. We were still debating on whether or not we should switch to AKL but with our 4 year old and the fact that we will be at MK 50% of the time and eating at CR and Poly a lot, we decided it wasn't for us.
    I do have to say that when we went for breakfast at Boma last year, the bus service was great. It was pretty much empty. It was on a Friday and it was around 10:00am when we took the bus there and left around 2:00. Both buses were empty but I guess you can't base it off of one day.
    I think we will be waiting until our daughter is a bit older and can appreciate the resort more before getting our dream savannah akl room.

    good luck in your decision!
     
  14. B's Marie

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    Thanks for that link... Very helpful!!
     
  15. KSL

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    Just as one voice who HAS had issues with the bus service at AKL....
    We stayed at Jambo House in mid-August 2011 for 5 nights. Generally speaking the bus service was fine, but we did have one morning where we were trying to get to Animal Kingdom for early hours and had to wait over an hour. At least 5 Magic Kindgom buses and 3 DHS buses went by (DH started counting) - they were nearly empty because it was so early. A huge crowd developed over the course of the hour, backing waaaay up the sidewalk nearly to the main entrance and across the whole bus waiting area. Honestly it was such a crowd that I started to worry about the small ones getting lost among the sea of people. :worried: There was a CM there early on but I didn't see him anymore after the 2nd or 3rd MK bus went by (possibly because people started pestering him about why they wouldn't switch it to an AK bus and let us on? possibly just couldn't see him anymore in the crowd?). People started getting really angry about the wait and seeing the empty buses go by, destined for other parks. Everyone was trying to get to AK for the early hour, and instead we spent that time in line waiting to get there; the crowd was turning into an ugly mob. :scared: When an AK bus did eventually show, it had been to Kidani first and there was room for only about a dozen people to get on, standing. :crowded: The pushing and shoving when the bus pulled up was a little scary. We were among the dozen that did get on (yes, my DH made sure we got on; we'd been there since before the crowd had really started - there was nothing resembling a line at that point, just a mass of people - so he was adament about getting us on...:blush:), so I don't know how long after that it took for everyone else to get a bus. I would have much preferred to sleep an extra hour and not be part of that!
    Anyway, I relate this story so that you know it can happen, but I bet the same situation could have been anywhere - not necessarily unique to AKL. We all LOVED :lovestruc our stay there, even with that one morning. We booked standard but got a partial savannah view and my girls were glued to the windows. I will admit the bus rides were a tad longer, but we knew to expect that and it didn't bother us at all. If you got a good deal and have never stayed there, I would say to go for it! ::yes:: Especially at that time of year the crowds should be lower and hopefully you won't have any transportation issues at all. Good luck with your decision! You will have a great trip, whatever you decide!
     
  16. Minnesota!

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    Our vacation last month was 1/2 AKL and 1/2 CSR.

    AKL's bus service was FANTASTIC! CSR's blew.

    Never felt "removed" from WDW at AKL (CSR was another story...).

    Go. Enjoy yourselves. We got a fantastic rate at AKL, as well...couldn't pass it up.
     
  17. LeahA

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    We have stayed at AKL 3 times. I LOVE the fact that it's a little off the beaten path. It fits the ambiance of the resort. We never had a horrible experience with the bus service. Sure there were days that we walked up and the bus just left and we had to wait, but who cares, we are on vacation! Every resort that has just bus service will have their off days. AKL is my favorite resort, but if you want to be right in the middle of it, with super short transpotation to the parks this is probably not the right resort for you!
     
  18. lustergirl

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    We will be staying at AKL in September 2012, I can't wait.:cool1::cool1:
     
  19. lady_hlh

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    AKL has better bus service than any of the mods that we stayed at because there aren't as many people and only 2 bus stops. The bus service was also better than YC or BCV but at least you can walk to 2 parks from that location. I also took the bus from CR to AK after lunch one day and I must say that bus service wasn't very good.
     
  20. kddisney502

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    While I'm sorry this happened to you, this could happen at any resort. I've had it happen at other deluxe resorts when the first bus of the morning is running late and a crowd gathers. I've even had this happen at the parks where people are supposed to stay in the lines.

    Just like any of the buses, if you're trying to travel during a busy time of the day (first thing in the morning or right after fireworks/closing), you may have to wait or stand if you get on the bus.

    I personally didn't have any big problems with the buses at AKL, expect one night after fireworks. And as other people said, you're really not that much father, since you're still on property. My only complaint is that all of the transportation is bus. It's nice at some of the other resorts that have different forms of transportation.
     
  21. jdcthree

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    We just returned from a 7 night stay at AKL and bus service was excellent, but I can see how it could be a problem at more crowded times of the year. My only complaint is that rude people will cut in front of you to get on the bus even when there is an obvious line. I wish they had dividers/ropes to form lines like they do at the parks. Of course this has nothing to do with AKL specifically. ;)
     

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