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It's NEVER Too Late, for Number 8 - the most UNOFFICIAL, 'official' AKL thread yet!

Discussion in 'Disney Resorts' started by kimmar067, Jul 19, 2012.

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  1. kimmar067

    kimmar067 <MARQUEE behavior=alternate><img src=http://photop

    ..well then....GRAB A BUNCH.....of ZD's, that is....
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  3. RachelTori

    RachelTori <font color=red>AKL Jambo Wildbunch<br><img src=ht

    I put that on my list! :thumbsup2

    See y'all real soon! (that's the "southern" version! ;))
  4. dgbg100106

    dgbg100106 <img src=http://photopost.wdwinfo.com/data/500/ch.

    Congrats on the trip and the kids (the little ones and the big ones) will have a very magical time.
  5. HugeHabsFan

    HugeHabsFan Member

    Thanks! :thumbsup2
  6. athenna

    athenna DIS Veteran<br><br><font color ="blue">I've been w

    Just dropping in to say hello...Home sick AGAIN.:( This time they think it's strep....Waiting for the results from the lab, but they started me on antibiotics just in case...I'm home tomorrow too.

  7. John's Mom

    John's Mom <font color=red>Jambo Wildbunch Gang<br><font colo

    Jen, hope you feel better soon.

    In case you haven't found our new home:

  8. dgbg100106

    dgbg100106 <img src=http://photopost.wdwinfo.com/data/500/ch.

    Be careful we got in trouble over here and we moved to another place. Hope you feel better soon.
  9. MushyMushy

    MushyMushy <font color=blue>Marseeya Here!<br><font color=blu

    Okay, here are a few thoughts I wanted to post about my trip (9/22-9/27). My friend and I stayed at Jambo House, pool view on the 4th floor. Let me first say that AKL continues to be my favorite place in the whole world, but there were a couple of things on this trip that were a bit less than magical. It will NOT stop me from staying there and won't stop us from buying DVC when we can. However, I would think twice about pool view again.

    First of all, everything is gorgeous and as wonderful as always. I don't want anybody to think because I have a couple of complaints that I'm hating on AKL.

    For one thing, food at the Mara was totally not up to par. That has always been my favorite QS restaurant, but this trip was just bleh. The African Stew was pretty nasty. It almost had a gelatinous quality to it and was served over dry basmati rice -- very dry. I love basmati rice, which has a drier quality, but this had been sitting out too long. The butternut squash soup was thick and chunky. Zebra domes were all melty. Breakfast, not good at all. Boma and Sanaa? Spot on, as usual. Yummy.

    The pool. This is probably a controversial complaint, but I really hated all the activities they have going on at the pool all afternoon. They stop playing the African music, which is the BEST part of sitting by the pool, IMO, and play pop music for the kids. They also had a girl screeching into a microphone organizing activities for the kids. Very popular and obviously the kids were having a blast. But it annoyed the daylights out of me. Gone were my relaxing afternoons by the poolside. Even taking a nap in the room, you could hear the girl on the microphone almost as if we were right there. Yeah, I was regretting not going standard view or savanna. I can see how this is a good activity for the kids and all, but wasn't the pool fun enough before? Weren't the quieter activities good enough? The good. Uzima Springs pool bar was fabulous, like always. Yummy drinks, friendly bartenders. What more could you want?

    And this is just a minor petty gripe, but the one area off of arusha rock where you can sit on the balcony is completely blocked by trees so you can't see animals from it. That's usually my favorite shady area to sit, but didn't get to. I still saw animals from other areas, but that's such a great viewing area that it's a shame for it to be all blocked off like that.

    Internet in the room was horrible. I didn't care at all, but had my husband been with us, it would have been bad because he works when he travels.

    I had a small issue come up with my ME departure. They couldn't find my name in the system and therefore couldn't tell me when I had to be at the bus. The front desk told me to go to valet. Valet got on the phone and the lady on the phone wouldn't tell her my departure time. :confused3 The poor girl at valet was TICKED and tried to convince her to give me a time. I finally got help at the concierge desk. Nobody gave me a hard time about it. They just couldn't help me.

    I know that it sounds like I'm doing a LOT of complaining, but believe me it was the best trip and I wasn't at all unhappy. I just wanted to bring these up to discuss to see what anyone else thinks about it.
  10. Flossbolna

    Flossbolna <font color=teal>Sea days are just so relaxing!<br

    Thanks for your review! I can absolutely understand your problem with the pool party!! What a shame that they don't play the African music, but loud talking on a microphone is really too much I think. I was afraid of the pool party at the Boardwalk pool when I stayed there last summer and was pleasantly surprised that the volume of the CMs talking into a microphone was not loud at all! They did fine and the kids seemed to have a great time, but it did not take away from the atmosphere of the pool too much. So it can be done in a way that accommodates everyone.

    I would suggest you send a letter to Disney about this. If they never hear from the people who don't like this activity they will never know that some people are really disturbed by it. Especially if it was so noisy that you could hear it in your room! I never heard "normal pool noise" in my AKL pool view room.
  11. MushyMushy

    MushyMushy <font color=blue>Marseeya Here!<br><font color=blu

    I have heard some pool noise on the lower floors, but nothing that ever kept me from napping or enjoying my room. But this was extremely loud. I shouldn't have said that the girl was screeching -- she had a nice voice. A DJ voice. But it definitely could have been taken down a few dozen notches. LOL

    Again, like I said, the trip was still great. The friend I went with is now determined to bring her own family to stay at AKL because she just fell in love with the place.
  12. benniecooper

    benniecooper Member

    So, I posted last week asking about pool view location information. I had planned on booking the pool view & surprising my DH because it is our 6th wedding anniversary & he thought we were staying in a standard room. Since then, I have decided to book a Savannah view room. I called & made the change while I at was at work so he wouldn't hear me. Well, last night, we're sitting on the couch and out of the blue he says 'we are staying in a savannah room aren't we?" This man can guess a Christmas present without even touching the box:(. Now I have no surprise. Oh well, anyways thanks again for all of the information. We fly out Saturday morning & I can't wait.
  13. kimmar067

    kimmar067 <MARQUEE behavior=alternate><img src=http://photop

    ....that's what I so love about this thread - people can give honest evaulations of a situation that they may or may not have control over....and Flossbolna, I certainly agree with you. It should be brought to the attention of the 'powers-that-be' at WDW, that it can be looked into....:thumbsup2
  14. kimmar067

    kimmar067 <MARQUEE behavior=alternate><img src=http://photop

    ....greatly appreciate your take on this situation. If I was the parent of young children, I'd be concerned if they were to take a daily afternoon nap and were prevented from doing so because of the excessive noise.....
  15. kimmar067

    kimmar067 <MARQUEE behavior=alternate><img src=http://photop

    ....he must be related to MY husband! That drives me NUTS! You both are going to enjoy the savannah-view room though....;)
  16. PNO4TE

    PNO4TE <font color=blue>DIS Musician<br><font color=red>P

    MushyMushy - I agree the Disney should hear about your thoughts on the pool party. You can write an email with a link from the WDW site. It will be read and you will get a response.

    benniecooper - Have a glorious time!
  17. Pinkocto

    Pinkocto In love with all things Disney. Happily joined DV

    Sorry the secret is out. Hope you have a fabulous trip! Happy Anniversary :)
  18. miprender

    miprender <MARQUEE BEHAVIOR=ALTERNATE><img src=http://www.em

    I totally get the pool thing, unfortunately it is not only AKL that has all those pool games. The WL had them too and though I understand some people like them, they do get on my nerves after a while. They just go on too long:scared:

    I totally understand. Having just stayed at the VWL I am now torn between both AKL & WL. I just love them both &#9829;!
  19. pixiedust2012

    pixiedust2012 Member

    Hi! Sorry if I missed this somewhere, but I was wondering where I can find a link to the Pool movie, and the activities schedule for the end of October/Early November? I thought at one point I found it, but I am not able to locate it now? Thanks!!
  20. AquaDame

    AquaDame Are we there yet?

    Howdy howdy howdy! I am guessing the answer is no, but figured I may as well ask anyway in case! Does anyone know anything more about the new Night Safari other than it happens, is only for guests of AKL and you use the night goggles? Thanks! :wave2:
  21. kimmar067

    kimmar067 <MARQUEE behavior=alternate><img src=http://photop

    ....I'm thinking some kind of meal is involed, but I may be wrong....lemme research it a bit and perhaps I can come back with a definitive answer! :thumbsup2
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