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

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  1. franandaj

    franandaj I'm so happy, I could BOUNCE!

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    OK, I just called and booked it for Friday February 1st! :banana:

    It's much less costly having only two people. It was still $149 and change, but I think it will be something really neat. I doubt that I'll get many good pictures though!
     
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  3. TruBlu

    TruBlu <font color=green>I was very excited to see how yu

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    I'm tempted to do it alone and tell them to just get over it!!! :lmao:

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  4. MomofDisneyLoversx3

    MomofDisneyLoversx3 DIS Veteran

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    I am doing it 1/23. When I booked it there were still slots. I think because it's new people don't know about it yet so it's still open. I would definitely go alone :).
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  5. zima-cheryl

    zima-cheryl DIS Veteran

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    The slow way would be to take the bus to Downtown Disney & the transfer to a bus to your resort.

    If you have a car that week I'd say drive over & back after. Just tell them you have the tour booked & you shouldn't have to pay for parking.

    Or if you don't have a car, you could get bell services to get you a cab to take you back to your resort. That will cost a bit but will be quicker than the bus transfer I would think. For that hour of night I'd tell them before heading out to the tour you will be needing a cab after -- hopefully they will be on their game & have one waiting for you.

    ** I just read your post closer - I imagine if staying at AKL they will have a van or something. My response would make more sense for folks staying in another resort & coming over for the tour. Sorry! Been a long day & I need to pay closer attention.
     
  6. showers2flowers

    showers2flowers Mouseketeer

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    OMG, this! I thought I was the only one who was annoyed by this. I have never seen so many room service trays sitting in the corridor of a hotel for so long. And not just on one particular day--we were there for 8 nights and it was like that almost every day.

    Other than that, we had a fantastic trip though! And even icky room service trays wouldn't stop me from staying there again:rotfl:
     
  7. PNO4TE

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

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    :wave2: Laura!!! I see that others have found information for you on the night safaris, but no one addressed your question about transportation. I think you have already figured out that since the safari is held at AKL there will be no need for transportation. I hope you and Marco have an amazing adventure in August!!
     
  8. jillmc40

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    I just stayed at GF in October and thought the same thing! Nothing kills the mood of walking down a beautiful hallway more than smashed up food on a nasty ketchup smeared plate! OMG, I leave in a month!!! I love this board!
     
  9. moopdog

    moopdog Dreaming of Disney....

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    We leave in....... (drumroll please)...... 17 days, 5 hours and 20 minutes!! My family and I have never stayed in a deluxe at all, much less AKL. We are very excited and when we arrive at around 8 or 8:30 PM (fingers crossed - our flights lands at 6:50). So for newbies like us, what do you suggest we do right off the bat. We will *try* to get to bed at a reasonable time so we can be ready for MK the next day. But I want to at least see some animals there at the lodge before bed. Ideas?? Suggestions??

    BTW, when I did my online check in on Saturday it asked my room prefereces and I could only choose 2 items. I picked "highest possible floor" and "close to lobby". Is that good? We have a Standard Pool View room...I am 99% sure that means we are in Jambo. Also one of the choices was for a certain trail, but I can't for the life of me remember what it was called. I'm assuming since it's an option, it must be a good location though.
     
  10. Paula Sedley-Burke

    Paula Sedley-Burke Proud to believe in Rainbows and Unicorns...

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    Night vision googles that night at the viewing posts thats my suggestion! We havent been yet but everybody tells me they are great letting you see the animals at night! As it will be dark when you get there perfect! Have a great time :-)
     
  11. kimmar067

    kimmar067 TAGS?? It's all about the 'likes' now!

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    ...you could just venture out to Arusha Rock and see animals....
     
  12. Flossbolna

    Flossbolna Sea days are just so relaxing!

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    If you have a normal hotel room booked it will always be Jambo! And you rroom ought to be overlooking the pool. There really aren't any bad rooms in that category in my opinion. I like higher floor in that category as you are more likely to actually see the pool and not just greenery.

    The night vision goggles are at the overlook at the far end of the pool if you want to see some animals. Otherwise I would suggest to just take a little bit of time to explore the resort, the lobby, the pool, find your way around, check out wher the Mara is, etc. Go up to the floor with the suspension bridge (I think 5th floor it is) and walk across that. I am sure you will have fun that first evening!
     
  13. moopdog

    moopdog Dreaming of Disney....

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    :confused3 Do we or do we NOT need a car for our stay at AKL? I have seen so many conflicting reports about bus travel time. I don't want to open a big can of worms on this thread, but my DH doesn't want to get a car...and I'm leery about 'not' having one and realizing the wait FOR the bus combined with the LENGTH of the rides, (I saw someplace recently it can be a 40 minute ride each way at times) might make for a grumpy DH which = grumpy me. ;)
     
  14. RachelTori

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

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    For me, I never get a car. Best to let Disney do the driving! ;) Unless you plan to go off-site, there's really no need.

    I've had waits up to 40 minutes for a bus (pretty rare though), but once on a bus, the ride has been 15-20 minutes max. :thumbsup2
     
  15. John's Mom

    John's Mom Jambo Wildbunch Gang

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    We never used our car while staying at the AKL. The longest ride to the parks is Magic Kingdom, which is about 18-20 minutes.
     
  16. Flossbolna

    Flossbolna Sea days are just so relaxing!

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    I don't think AKL needs a car any more than any of the other Disney resorts. I actually took note of travel times for the first few stays and no bus travel time is longer than 20 minutes (well, maybe 22 or so if there is a lot of traffic). And that's to the MK. Epcot is nearly that long. DHS is about 12-15 minutes, but if the bus stops at Blizzard Beach on the way there (I experienced the bus stopping there even when BB was closed for its refurbishment as it is now) that's add anothe 5 minutes. The bus to AK does take 5 minutes. The good thing is once you get on the bus at Jambo the next stop will be the park. On the way back the bus will first go to Kidani, so adds another 5 minutes. I think the Downtown Disney busses go to Jambo first though.

    Of course the question is how long you have to wait for a bus, but that's hit and miss at every of the Disney resorts. I don't believe one is really consistently worse or better than any other. From my experience of three long stays at AKL, I mostly had great luck with buses.

    WDW is just very spread out and wherever you are there will be travel times involved. If you stayed at the Poly and took the monorail to the TTC to transfer to the Epcot monorail there, your travel time would be far longer than from AKL.

    Hope this helps!!
     
  17. MICKEY'S DREAMERS

    MICKEY'S DREAMERS WDW or Hawaii? This is the question!

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    THANKYOU SO MUCH to everyone !!
    As usual you all are STARS !!!

    Here are all the info gathered - :dance3: in case someone else would like to know about the night safaris !!

    [Off I go ... :eek::eek: in fact I am at school and SHOULD soon be starting with my oldest students an :littleangel: Intranet programme !?! :angel:)

    Have a nice day , laura :grouphug:
     
  18. MICKEY'S DREAMERS

    MICKEY'S DREAMERS WDW or Hawaii? This is the question!

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    :confused3Elin , they say that the safaris will start at Sanaa - so I think that they will drop us at the Villas - after the tour ... :confused3

    Probably we could get a regular bus heading towards AKL ...
    Marco is willing to :upsidedow:upsidedow WALK BACK ... but I suppose the trail has no lights at night ...:confused:

    Hope you and family are keeping well , laura :love:
     
  19. TruBlu

    TruBlu <font color=green>I was very excited to see how yu

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    As far as bus rides go, those aren't going to be any longer than drive times.
    Bus WAIT times are different. Sadly, we've found AKL to have the longest wait time of any resort we've called home for a week or two. Strangely enough, the best bus service we've ever experienced was at POP!

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  20. moopdog

    moopdog Dreaming of Disney....

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    Okay....last question ( I think). What's the easiest way to get from AKL to Hoop De Doo & then back? The last time we went to HDDR, it was a MK day so we just took a boat from MK to FW & back but this time is different. It's a resort & relaxation day. (gotta schedule one per trip)
     
  21. PNO4TE

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

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    This one is definitely a preference thing. We NEVER drive to the parks, even if we have a car. By the time you get to the park, get out, take a the tram or walk into the park it seems (to us, anyway) that it takes the same amount of time. There are others that will say the exact opposite, I am sure. But when we are on vacation I don't want to have to think about finding parking spaces. ;)
     
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