Number 9 is really FINE! Welcome to AKL LITE - the 'unofficial' FAQ Thread

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  1. kimmar067

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    In the far southwest corner of the World and adjacent to Animal Kingdom theme park, Animal Kingdom Lodge opened in 2001. The Animal Kingdom's preserve, featuring more than 30 species of animals is what the resort is most beloved for. Many of the animals are visible from guestroom balconies and special viewing areas, including an elevated kopje (or rock outcropping) that puts guests within 15 feet of the animals. In addition, in-room Wildlife Field Guides provides a checklist with identification pointers and behavior tips on everything from ankole cattle to okapi, red river hogs and zebras.

    Designed by Peter Dominick of Wilderness Lodge fame, Animal Kingdom Lodge fuses African tribal architecture with the exotic, rugged style of grand East African national-park lodges. Five-story, thatched-roof guest-room wings fan out from a vast central rotunda housing the lobby and featuring a huge mud fireplace. Public areas and about half of the rooms offer panoramic views of a private 43-acre wildlife preserve, punctuated with streams and rock outcroppings and populated with some 200 free-roaming animals and 130 birds. Most of the 972 guest rooms measure 344 square feet and boast hand-carved furnishings and richly colored soft goods. Almost all have full balconies.

    ~ Animal Kingdom Lodge: Architecture and Stunning Interior ~

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    The African style of this resort is a visual delight.

    Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge was designed by Mr. Dominick, known for the Wilderness Lodge; in both resorts, the lobby vaults six stories up to the ceiling. Animal Kingdom Lodge has a massive mud fireplace, huge carved wood pillars, and giant showcase window facing the savanna. In the lobby are fascinating artifacts.

    In 2007, in the first of two phases, Disney converted 134 rooms of the original hotel into Disney Deluxe Villa (DDV) accommodations. Disney opened part of the second phase, called Kidani Village, in the spring of 2009, and the remaining portion in late 2009. To avoid the confusion of having to differentiate two separate DDV buildings with Animal Kingdom Villas in their names, Disney has christened the units in the original hotel, as well as the building itself, as Jambo House. Thus, if youre staying in a DDV unit at Animal Kingdom Lodge you're at Jambo House, and if youre staying in the new building youre at Kidani Village. The entire complex, classified by Disney as a Deluxe resort, is called Animal Kingdom Lodge & Villas.

    Animal Kingdom Lodge Jambo House offers fine dining in a casual setting at Jiko-The Cooking Place. Twin wood-burning ovens are the focal point of the restaurant, which serves meals inspired by the myriad cuisines of Africa.

    Boma-Flavors of Africa, the family restaurant, serves both a breakfast and dinner buffet with food prepared in an exhibition kitchen featuring a wood-burning grill and rotisserie. Tables are under thatched roofs. The Mara, a quick-service restaurant with extended hours, and Victoria Falls, a delightful mezzanine lounge overlooking Boma-Flavors of Africa, round out the hotels food-and-beverage service. Other amenities include an elaborate swimming area and a village marketplace. Children ages 6-14 can explore African culture through games and crafts. Cost is $70 per child; reservations must be made using a credit card.

    Consisting of a separate freestanding building shaped like a backwards 3, Kidani Village comprises 324 units, a dedicated savanna, a new pool, and Sanaa, a sit-down restaurant combining Indian and African cuisines. Other features include a fitness center, an arcade, a water play area, a gift shop, and tennis, shuffleboard, and basketball courts. Kidani Village is connected to the original hotel by a half-mile walking trail; DDV guests at either resort can use the facilities at both buildings.

    Both Jambo House and Kidani Village have studios and one-, two-, and three-bedroom villas. Most rooms at Kidani Village are larger, however, and the difference is anywhere from 50 square feet for a studio to more than 200 square feet for a two-bedroom unit. (The three-bedroom Grand Villas at Jambo House, 148 square feet larger than those in Kidani Village, are the exception.) Because of the difference in area, one-bedroom units in Kidani Village can accommodate up to five people and two-bedroom units can hold up to nine through the inclusion of a sleeper chair in the living room. At Jambo House, the one-bedroom value rooms sleep four, while the standard, savannah and club-level rooms sleep 5.

    All in all, it's a quiet, relaxed resort. The lobby and rooms have a smaller, more personal feel than Jambo Houses. The building exterior isn't anything special - essentially a set of green rectangles with oversize African-themed decorations attached. Kidani's distance from Jambo House makes it feel even more remote than the latter. The bus stops are a fair distance from the main building, too, and its easy to head in the wrong direction when you're coming back from the parks at night.

    Animal Kingdom Lodge & Villas is connected to the rest of Disney World by bus, but because of the resorts remote location, you may consider renting a car if you stay there.


    ~ TIPS ~

    Bring binoculars

    Bring a tripod for your camera

    There are cameras everywhere on the outside of the lodge. Be sure and close your room drapes for privacy.

    There is no pathway to Animal Kingdom and there are no trams to Animal Kingdom either.

    AKL does not allow balloons inside the resort. Any balloons brought to the resort (from the theme parks, for example) will have to be checked with bell services for the duration of the guest's stay. They will be returned upon departure. This information might be helpful to families with younger children, so there are no disappointments when returning to the resort.




    ~ Room type ~

    Standard View




    One king bed and one day bed, two queen beds, or one queen bed and one bunk bed. Private furnished balcony with parking lot or no view. Room size (square feet): 344. Sleeps four people. High-speed Internet access (surcharge). Compact refrigerator and coffee/tea maker. Cable/satellite TV with complimentary Disney and ESPN channels. Direct-dial phone with voice mail. Complimentary weekday newspaper. Ceiling fan and air conditioning. In-room safe. Guestrooms are all non-smoking.



    Pool View



    One king bed and one day bed, or two queen beds. Private furnished balcony with water view. Room size (square feet): 344. High-speed Internet access (surcharge). Compact refrigerator and coffee/tea maker. Cable/satellite TV with complimentary Disney and ESPN channels. Direct-dial phone with voice mail. Complimentary weekday newspaper. Ceiling fan and air conditioning. In-room safe. Guestrooms are all non-smoking.


    Pool View Bunk Bed


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    One queen bed and one bunk bed. Private furnished balcony with water views. Room size (square feet): 344. Half-wall separates queen bed and bunk bed. High-speed Internet access (surcharge). Compact refrigerator and coffee/tea maker. Cable/satellite TV with complimentary Disney and ESPN channels. Direct-dial phone with voice mail. Complimentary weekday newspaper. Ceiling fan and air conditioning. In-room safe. Guestrooms are all non-smoking.


    Savannah View

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    One king bed and one day bed, or two queen beds. Room size (square feet): 344. Private furnished balcony with Savannah view. High-speed Internet access (surcharge). Compact refrigerator and coffee/tea maker. Cable/satellite TV with complimentary Disney and ESPN channels. Direct-dial phone with voice mail. Complimentary weekday newspaper. Ceiling fan and air conditioning. In-room safe. Guestrooms are all non-smoking.


    Arusha View

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    1 king bed or 2 queen beds. Balcony. Patio. Desk. In-room safe. Wireless high-speed Internet access (surcharge). Wired high-speed Internet access (surcharge). iPod docking station. Satellite television service. Direct-dial phone. Multi-line phone. Speakerphone. Free local calls. Voice mail. Clock radio. Microwave. Refrigerator. Coffee/tea maker. Private bathroom. Hair dryer. Complimentary toiletries. Iron/ironing board. Complimentary weekday newspaper. Wheelchair accessible. Blackout drapes/curtains. Electronic check-out. Air conditioning. Ceiling fan. Climate control. Non-smoking only.


    Savannah View Bunk Bed

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    One queen bed and one bunk bed. Room size (square feet): 344. Private furnished balcony with Savannah view. High-speed Internet access (surcharge). Compact refrigerator and coffee/tea maker. Cable/satellite TV with complimentary Disney and ESPN channels. Direct-dial phone with voice mail. Complimentary weekday newspaper. Ceiling fan and air conditioning. In-room safe. Guestrooms are all non-smoking.


    Arusha View Bunk Bed

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    1 queen bed or 1 bunk bed. Balcony. Patio. Desk. In-room safe. Wireless high-speed Internet access (surcharge). Wired high-speed Internet access (surcharge). iPod docking station. Satellite television service. Direct-dial phone. Multi-line phone. Speakerphone. Free local calls. Voice mail. Clock radio. Microwave. Refrigerator. Coffee/tea maker. Private bathroom. Hair dryer. Complimentary toiletries. Iron/ironing board. Complimentary weekday newspaper. Wheelchair accessible. Blackout drapes/curtains. Electronic check-out. Air conditioning. Ceiling fan. Climate control. Non-smoking only.

    Club-Level

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    Guests staying in a Club Level accommodation can take advantage of a number of extra amenities, including the Kilimanjaro Club itself. The club is an oversized loft, located on the sixth floor and overlooking the lobby. Here concierge cast members help arrange dining, childcare, transportation and assorted activities.

    There are comfortable seating areas and food and beverage offerings throughout the day, including a continental breakfast (complete with espresso machine), an afternoon tea with cookies and fruit, wine and cheese selections, beer, cordials and desserts. Be sure to try the delicious homemade kettle chips and African smoothies.

    The lounge overlooks the main lobby below, and is located on the sixth floor. You get a great feeling of superiority when you head up there in the elevator, as you have to use your gold room key card to get up there. It led to some impressed looks from those sharing the elevator with us! [ :teeth: ]

    The Kilimanjaro Club concierge desk is open from 7:00 am to 10:00 pm, with cast members available to help you with any queries you might have or make any bookings, such as dining or tour reservations. Beware though, they cant work miracles, especialy during the busiest seasons, such as the Holidays.

    Additional concierge club benefits include an advance itinerary planning service, newspaper delivery, opportunity to book a Wildlife Discovery Excursion at Disney's Animal Kingdom Park and the exclusive opportunity to book and experience the Sunrise Safari Breakfast Adventure (park tickets for Animal Kingdom must be purchased separately).

    Concierge Offerings
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    Lounge location & opening hours -
    6th Floor, Main Building -- 7:00 am - 10:00 pm

    Macheo (Sunrise Offering)
    6:30am - 7am
    Coffee and assorted juices

    Miamko (Adventurous Awakenings)
    7:00am - 10:30am
    Fresh fruits, juices, muffins, pastries, and cereals.

    Vitafunio (Safari Snacks)
    11:30am to 3:00pm
    African Snacks and beverages

    Chai (Afternoon Tea)
    3:00pm- 4:30pm
    Loose leaf teas, assorted scones, desserts, cookies and biscuits.

    Kisikusiku (Twighlight Offerings)
    5:00pm - 7:00pm
    Assorted wines, hors d'oeuvres, and specialty appetizers from Boma & Jiko. Offerings vary daily.

    Rehema (Evening Indulgences)
    8:00pm - 10:00pm
    Desserts and Cordials

    All Day
    7am - 10pm
    Whole fresh fruit & beverages



    Here are some basic distances from google maps:
    Disney's Hollywood Studios- about 5 miles
    Blizzard Beach - about 2.5 miles
    Disney's BoardWalk - about 5 miles
    Disney's Animal Kingdom - about 1 mile
    Epcot - about 6 miles
    Typhoon Lagoon - about 6 miles
    Downtown Disney Area - 2.2 miles
    Magic Kingdom - about 8 miles
    SeaWorld Orlando - about 10 miles
    Discovery Cove - about 12 miles
    Universal Studios Florida - About 15 miles




    The hotel's address is: 2901 Osceola Parkway, Bay Lake, FL 32830.

    Main phone number is: 407-938-3000

    Fax number is: 407-938-4799

    Zahanati Fitness Center phone number (to schedule spa treatments) is: 407-938-4715

    Resort Itinerary Planning Office phone number is: 407-938-4755


    EDIT:

    Here are the Jambo "Value" Villas Laura has stayed in. Her first Value stay was in Sept 2008; most recent in October 2012:

    5020 - Value Studio (pool view, Giraffe Trail)
    5112 (twice!) - Value Studio (savannah view, Ostrich Trail)
    5006 - Value Studio (roof/pool view, Giraffe Trail)
    5016 - Value Studio (obstructed pool view, Giraffe Trail)

    5030 - Value 1-bedroom (obstructed pool view, end of Giraffe Trail)
    5004 - Value 1-bedroom (roof/pool view, Giraffe Trail)




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  3. gotdbltrbl

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    We have our first stay ever at AKL Jambo in April, and I simply just can't wait! :banana: My boys don't know, it is going to be a surprise. We got a savannah view room and I know my youngest is going to love it. He wants to be a zoo keeper when he grows up. I don't want to wish my life away, but I can't wait for April! :yay:
     
  4. heidijanesmith

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    So excited for our AKL CL stay in Dec 2013. Any club info would be appreciated :thumbsup2
     
  5. TaraPA

    TaraPA <font color=navy>I will think of that animatronic

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    I'm in! 57 days & counting til our 4th AKL/AKV/Kidani trip!
     
  6. jwgm2012

    jwgm2012 Geaux Saints!

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    I can't wait! We'll be there June 8-12. :banana:

    I'm curious about transportation to the parks. I know AKL only offers the buses versus other deluxe resorts that have both buses, ferry and/or monorail. I'm wondering if that makes it harder on busier days to travel to the parks.

    Also, can anyone tell me if rooms with bunk beds can be adjoining? We'll be in 2 rooms and would love to request these if we can have "attached" rooms...

    either way - thanks for the info!
     
  7. kimmar067

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  8. Flossbolna

    Flossbolna Sea days are just so relaxing!

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    Lot's of excited people here already! I guess I will join them! I am finally in the double digits (still the very high ones though) for my trip to Florida which will include 9 wonderful nights at AKV Jambo House!:cool1:

    Great to be at thread number 9!!
     
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    Thanks Kimmar!
     
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    Here is the latest list of everyone visiting in 2013


    If you have any updates please let me know...


    2013
    January
    swimchick1984, 5th - 13th, AKL CL
    Penguin312, 15th -17th, Honeymoon
    Trublu, 21st - 28th, AKL - Jambo House
    franandaj 30th - Feb 4th, AKV
    Yahweh, 30th  Feb 2nd, Poly
    WDWaddictt 31st  Feb 10th, Kidani

    February
    franandaj Jan 30th - 3rd, AKV, Savannah View
    Yahweh, Jan 30th  2nd, Poly
    WDWaddictt Jan 31st  10th, Kidani
    Yahweh, 2nd - 6th, AKL Jambo
    franandaj 3rd - 7th, BLT
    Wendypooh, 9th - 14th, BLT
    prodri1, 11th - 17th, Kidani
    wendypooh, 14th - 17th, Kidani
    Athenna, 21st - 23rd, AKV
    Athenna, 23rd - Mar 1st, AKV CL
    Yarna, 28th  Mar 8th, AKL

    March
    BCV23, 5nights, AKV CL
    Goofy_Girl, 1st - 6th, AKL
    Yarna, Feb 28th  8th, AKL
    Pinkocto, 16th - 19th, Jambo House CL

    April
    DizDaD7, 5th  13th, AKL Jambo House
    miprender, 13th - 20th, OKW/VWL
    franandaj, 20th  26th, DCL
    Cinderella1122, 25th - 30th, Jambo
    missy120, 26th - May 4th, Kidani Village Savannah view

    May
    missy120, April 26th - 4th, Kidani Village Savannah view
    Paula Sedley-Burke, 5th  15th, Kidani
    t_daniels, 7th - 13th, AKL
    Wendypooh, 18th -June 4th, Aulani
    dolphingirl47, 20th - 27th, Disney Wonder West Coast Repositioning
    suemom2kay, 24th  26th, AKL
    dolphingirl47, 27th - June 2nd, Disney Wonder Alaska
    Pinkocto, 31st  June 3rd, AKV

    June
    wendypooh, May 18th - 4th, Aulani
    Pinkocto, May 31st  3rd, AKV
    Denamac, 1st  9th, AKV Jambo House
    Nutty4Disney, 2nd - 8th, AKV Kidani Village
    goofyredraider, 10th -16th, BC
    goofyredraider, 16th -24th, AKL CL

    July
    sharon78, 8th-18th, AKL
    Z28KatCar, 18th - Aug1st, AKL CL
    The Marsons, 31st  Aug 4th, AKL Jambo

    August
    Z28KatCar, July 18th - 1st, AKL CL
    The Marsons, July 31st  4th, AKL Jambo
    Anjalee6, 5th  9th, AKL
    MICKEY'S DREAMERS, 10th - 22nd, AKL


    September
    franandaj, 29th - Oct 2nd, VWL

    October
    franandaj, 2nd - 7th, BCV
    Cinderella1122, 31st - Nov 5th, Jambo

    November
    Cinderella1122, Oct 31st - 5th, Jambo
    PNO4TE, 1st  4th, AKL
    PNO4TE, 4th  9th, EPCOT Resort&&

    December
     
  11. vassar36

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    We are so excited to be going back to AKL this June! :cool1: I am trying to plan a night at our resort where we can grab dinner at Boma or Sanaa and still do the story telling by the fire pit. Does anyone know an approximate time that they start the story telling during the summer? (I need to know when to make our dinner reservations so we get out in time for this). Thanks!!!
     
  12. Lemonademouth

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    I can relate to the not wanting to wish my life away. I am counting the days. 92 to be exact. When I upgraded from CSR and told them the reason (5th anniversary only happens once, might as well stay in luxury), the CM asked if I would like the Savannah view, as I could only afford the standard I declined. Under my breath towards my mother in law I said 'wish I could afford Savannah View'. The CM went on a little more. Halfway through her spiel about parking and the 12$ a day valet she stopped mid sentence and said "let me see if we can't request you savannah view'. I know it's not a guarantee, and I'm half worried that the cm sorting the rooms at check in may feel I'm trying to get something for free. I hope not , because I wasn't. I just thought it was nice of get to do that for us. I'm wish for Pixie Dust, but am not going to get my hopes up or get disappointed when we end up in our standard room. But I just thought it was cool.
     
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    Lemonademouth, I keep my fingers crossed for some Pixie Dust for you.

    Corinna
     
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    Thank you!!
     
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    John's Mom Jambo Wildbunch Gang

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    Thanks for Number 9 Kim! :worship:
     
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    moopdog Dreaming of Disney....

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    Might as well throw me on that list too. We will be there from 1/31- 2/9 staying in Jambo Pool View. :cool1:
     
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    We will be at AKV Kidani Feb 9th-16th. Our second stay but this time in a 2 bedroom. Kinda excited about that! :cool1:
     
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    What's New in 2013?

    Online Check-in

    The Uzima Springs Pool will be undergoing some refurbishments in January. With the warm weather this month be sure to plan your alternatives!

    2014 DVC Member Point Charts have been released, to start planning your 2014 member vacations. In addition, bedding soft goods changes are in the plans for all DVC Villas.

    Be aware that as of October 11th, 2012 valet parking costs $15 per day at participating Resort Hotels.
     
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