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

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  1. karmacats

    karmacats Mouseketeer

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    I know some of this has been answered already, but I'm just happy to see a question a relative newbie like me can answer. :lmao:

    1. As others have said, breakfast is a buffet at pizzafari. Just wanted to add that if you're celebrating something, make sure it's on your reservation - DH and I did the sunrise safari on my 40th birthday and I got a special birthday cupcake, and then the CMs felt bad for DH because he didn't have a dessert so they gave him a chocolate mousse (which is what they were giving to people celebrating anniversaries). We split them both, and that mousse was probably the best dessert I ate all trip (which is saying something, seeing as I lived on chocolate croissants and chocolate chip muffins from the CL, and we had dinner at Jiko one night with a dessert sampler, and did the fireworks dessert party too). Also, your guides stay and wander during breakfast, so you can ask them questions if you didn't get a chance on the tour. Ours were great - the red river hogs had had babies, and all the guides had "illegal" pix of them on their phones that they showed us when I told them I loved the hogs. :)

    2. Our whole trip took almost exactly 3 hours, from leaving AKL to leaving the buffet after the safari. We were some of the last ones out of breakfast, though, so you could probably cut it a little shorter if you wanted.

    3. I wouldn't bother with online checkin. There was another thread on here (maybe the CL thread?) where a couple people mentioned it caused problems. The CL CMs are great and will have you checked in in no time. Just make sure you put your guesstimated arrival time on the email the IPO sends you, and they will do their best to have a room ready. We got there at 11 a.m. and had our room by noon.

    4. When you pull up to the front in your car, there are a number of CMs waiting in front with ipads. Just tell any of them you're CL, and they will take you upstairs to the lounge to check in. When we went through the guard station we got a blue parking permit instead of the usual white one, and we thought maybe that was to alert the valet/bell services folks we were CL, but we still had to ask a CM with an ipad, so maybe not - maybe they were just recycling some colored paper. :)

    5. You will likely be spoiled beyond belief and never want to do non-CL again. :rotfl: Just be prepared. This was supposed to be a once in a lifetime thing for DH and me; now we're staying AKL CL again in Oct and going on the Disney Dream cruise in a CL cabin.
     
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  3. karmacats

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    Ooops, I see from your later posts you already did online checkin. So, ignore that answer from my last post. I'm sure it'll be fine. :)

    Just FYI, I'm pretty sure all the CL rooms are close to the lobby. I think they're all in the first or second pods of rooms. I actually prefer to be further down the hall - I don't mind the walk, and I find it's a lot quieter - but the CMs told me if I'm staying CL the second pod is as far from the lobby as I could get! Your CL room will be Arusha Savannah view, as long as you're not staying DVC.
     
  4. shburks

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    Thank you! This is great information! I appreciate all the details. :)

    And actually, I didn't do online checkin. I started it but didn't complete it! Ha!!
     
  5. karmacats

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    Glad to help out! And glad I'm not the only one who roams the disboards at 1 a.m. :lmao:
     
  6. Willows909

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    karmacats Quote:
    Originally Posted by shburks View Post
    Really? How funny! We have an 8 year old ds so I'm sure he'll be thrilled to see other boys!

    Have you stayed CL here before? Wonder if I should request close to the lobby...

    Ooops, I see from your later posts you already did online checkin. So, ignore that answer from my last post. I'm sure it'll be fine.

    Just FYI, I'm pretty sure all the CL rooms are close to the lobby. I think they're all in the first or second pods of rooms. I actually prefer to be further down the hall - I don't mind the walk, and I find it's a lot quieter - but the CMs told me if I'm staying CL the second pod is as far from the lobby as I could get! Your CL room will be Arusha Savannah view, as long as you're not staying DVC.

    I thought some of the CL rooms, (not DVC) were also on the Zebra Trail? Can anyone confirm this? Thanks!
     
  7. siskaren

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    The buses actually start running at 6:30 every morning. Suprisingly, the front desk CMs don't know much about the bus schedules.
     
  8. RachelTori

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    Yes, Willows909, some of the CL rooms will be on Zebra Trail -- Savannah view, 4th floor, in the first pod off the lobby. :thumbsup2 I have stayed CL about a dozen times and more often than not, I've been on Kudu, but have been in a Zebra Trail room on several occasions.


    I also want to add for those staying CL and doing the Sunrise Safari: when you get to Pizzafari for the breakfast, everything will be set up - but you must wait for everyone on the Safari to get there (it does take about 5 to 10 minutes); then the Chef will explain the various dishes. :goodvibes Don't rush it - it's an awesome meal! :cloud9:


    I agree, siskaren, the buses do start running very early for the early ADR guests (;)) and most front desk CMs don't have any idea of that. :confused3
     
  9. psac

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    We stayed club and were in the second pod in Zebra trail, close to the elevators between the second and third pod. Great location for going down to the pool or to Mara and a great view. I think closer to the lobby wouldn't have had as good of a view.
     
  10. 1971DBday

    1971DBday Keep moving forward!

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    Hello! We have become official DVC members this past week with AKV! We are planning our trip for June 19th-28th, 2014 and looking forward to learning about the resort!
     
  11. Paula Sedley-Burke

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

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    Oh congrats and welcome! How excited! What a wonderful resort to pick. We have home resort at SSR but just stayed at AKV in May and are totally taken by the place. You are going to love your June visit! How many of you?
     
  12. think-like-tink

    think-like-tink DIS Veteran

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    Wow. This place has been busy. Lots of good info. How much per person is the BF Safari?
     
  13. Willows909

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    You are all a wealth of information! Thanks for confirming the Zebra trail CL rooms. I am so looking forward to this trip!:)
     
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    Congrats on DVC you will love it, and I have added you to the list...

    June
    Grandma Rainbow, 18th – 21st, AKL
    1971DBday, 19th – 28th, AKV
     
  15. dgbg100106

    dgbg100106 Missing the Tag Fiary

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    Here is the latest list of everyone visiting in 2013 and 2014


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

    2013

    July
    Marinolichfamily, 5th – 13th, AKV
    Polynesian27, 5th – 13th, Kidani
    mamaprincess, 7th – 12th, BWV
    Miss Monorail 1971, 7th – 13th, AKL
    sharon78, 8th-18th, AKL
    mamaprincess, 12th – 18th, AKV Jambo
    lfortin16, 13th – 20th, AKV Kidani
    kimysbug, 13th – 18th, AKL
    Kimmy2Disney, 13th – 21st, AKL DDs 2nd birthday!
    d's do Disney, 17th – 20th, AKL CL
    MichiganDVC, 17th – 21st, Kidani, then BLT
    Ted in Halifax, 17th – 30th, AKL Jambo
    Z28KatCar, 18th - Aug1st, AKL CL
    DisneyDmbNut, 20th, Jambo
    tinkermama117, 21st – 26th, Jambo House
    loveshoes, 22nd – 31st, AKL
    Zuzu03, 23rd – 25th, AKL
    Shburks, 24th – 28th, AKL CL
    Anjalee6, 29th – Aug 3rd, AKL
    Sarah4291, 29th – Aug 12th, AKL
    aVASTGrl, 30th – Aug 4th, AKL
    The Marsons, 31st – Aug 4th, AKL Jambo

    August
    Z28KatCar, July 18th - 1st, AKL CL
    Anjalee6, July 29th – 3rd, AKL
    Sarah4291, Jul 29th – 12th, AKL
    aVASTGrl, July 30th – 4th, AKL
    Willem, Jul 30th – 10th, AKL
    The Marsons, July 31st – 4th, AKL Jambo
    Koh1977, 2nd – 9th, AKL
    333disneymom, 9th-13th, AKV Kidani
    Grumpymom73, 9th -13th, AKL CL
    Pink Flamingo, 9th – 11th, AKV Jambo
    MICKEY'S DREAMERS, 10th - 22nd, AKL
    Pink Flamingo, 11th – 19th, BWI
    DonnaDuck333, 11th – 23rd, Jambo House
    333disneymom, 13th – 19th, BCV
    Etail, 15th – 18th, Kidani
    Ginamarie, 18th – 25th, Kidani
    Disneyfool_1202, 21st, Kidani
    Gillenkl, 21st – 24th, AKL
    ParrotBill, 21st – 24th, Kidani
    ParrotBill, 24th – 31st, BCV
    Xmansmom13, 24th – 28th, at the ASM
    rquebral, 21st – 28th, Kidani
    WeCantWait, 22nd – 30th, AKL
    Render, 25th – Sept 5th, AKL Disneymoon
    RachelTori, 27th – Sept 3rd, AKV-CL & CSR
    Xmansmom13, 28th – 31th, AKL

    September
    RachelTori, Aug 27th – 3rd AKV-CL & CSR
    s3rndpt, Aug 31st – 2nd, AKL
    beachgrl001, 2nd – 10th, AKV
    ruadisneyfan2, 4th – 8th, AKL
    Wicket's Mom, 9th – 13th, AKL CL
    Letthewookiewin, 9th – 14th, AKL
    JESSketeer, 13th – 21st, AKL
    Stackyallred, 14th – 21st, Kidani
    DISzy, 14th – 21st, AKL CL
    4xmom, 14th – 21st, AKL Kidani
    RapunzelsGoodMom, 14th, AKL
    RapunzelsGoodMom, 15th – 20th, BLT
    Wiserabbit, 15th – 21st, AKL
    Princess Hooper, 17th – 24th, AKL
    Dawnywog, 18th – 26th, Jambo
    Paula Sedley-Burke, 19th - Oct 3rd, SSR, Disney Dream, and AKV
    country-mom-of-4, 20th – 28th, Kidani
    tlkscott, 20th – 28th, AKL
    CuteAndFluffy, 25th – Oct 1st, AKL
    gilsan 25th – Oct 2nd , Kidani
    franandaj, 29th - Oct 2nd, VWL

    October
    Paula Sedley-Burke, Sept 19th - 3rd , SSR, Disney Dream, and AKV
    gilsan Sept 25th – 2nd , Kidani
    franandaj, 2nd - 7th, BCV
    disneynanacat, 11th -12th, Kidani
    flinkerfrosch, 15th – 22nd, AKL
    anjalee6, 16th – 20th, AKL
    mara61, 18th – 26th, Kidani
    karmacats, 20th -24th, AKL CL
    karmacats, 24th -27th, Disney Dream CL
    flinkerfrosch, 22nd – 27th , Poly
    wendypooh, 22nd – 26th, BCV
    Twelvevman, 23rd – 29th, AKL CL
    N365PA, 24th – 26th, Kidani
    MomofDisneyLoversx3, 24th – 28th, AKL Jambo CL
    LuvMinnie, 27th – Nov 2nd, Kidani
    Grumpy Grandma, 27th – Nov 3rd, Jambo
    Cinderella1122, 31st - Nov 5th, Jambo

    November
    Grumpy Grandma, Oct 27th – 3rd, Jambo
    Cinderella1122, Oct 31st - 5th, Jambo
    PNO4TE, 1st AKL CL
    PNO4TE, 2nd – 9th, BC
    RachelTori, 2nd – 9th, Swan and BCV
    Barnabas T Bullion 7th – 11th, AKL Jambo
    rquebral, 7th – 12th, Jambo
    drujaz, 6th – 15th, AKV Kidani
    Tinker326, 12th – 19th, Kidani
    patclairesmom, 27th – 29th, Kidani
    patclairesmom, 29th – Dec 3rd, AKV Jambo
    saratogastehr, 29th – Dec 6th, AKL Jambo
    CupcakeKelly, 30th, BLT
    Disneyholic, 30th – Dec 2nd, Kidani (after our 7 night DCL Western Caribbean Cruise on the Fantasy)

    December
    patclairesmom, Nov 29th – 3rd, AKV Jambo
    saratogastehr, Nov 29th – 6th, AKL Jambo
    CupcakeKelly, 1st – 6th, AKV
    eagles1281, 1st – 6th, Kidani
    kellyg403, 1st – 8th, AKL CL
    mmafan, 3rd – 12th, AKL Jambo
    Pinkocto, 6th – 10th, Grand Floridian villas
    thornton0511, 6th -14th, AKL
    Pghsteelerfan, 7th -14th, AKV Jambo
    dansamy, 8th – 13th, Kidani
    Lorelei528, 7th - 14th, AKL
    Heidijanesmith, 16th – 23rd, AKL CL
    amberg@eastlink.ca, 17th – 31st, AKL
    lovin'fl, 20th – 25th, AKV Kidani
    Bluesky1997, 26th – 29th, AKL CL


    2014

    January
    AquaDame, 19th -24th, Jambo House
    Singastory, 24th – 27th, Jambo House

    February
    MomofDisneyLoversx3, 20th – 24th, AKL CL (Running Princess ½ Marathon)

    March
    Cheesemouse, 20th – 22nd, AKV
    XMom, 22nd – 29th, AKL Kidani
    Eacosper, 22nd – 29th, AKL
    AlohaAnnie, 28th – Apr 5th, Jambo

    April
    AlohaAnnie, Mar 28th – 5th, Jambo

    May
    June
    Grandma Rainbow, 18th – 21st, AKL
    1971DBday, 19th – 28th, AKV
    July
    YCFAN, 26th – 28th , Royal Assante Suite & 2 additional CL rooms


    August
    September
    October
    Tarcc, 25th - Nov 8th, AKL
    November
    December
     
  16. Reese D

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    There aren't any chairs (that I saw) in the splash area. It is kind of behind the chairs in it's own little area. You would need to stand to watch, but if you were standing in the right area, you could see some of the pool where the waterslide ends too.

    The shuttle is a van that just goes back and forth, so as often as it takes for him to load and unload people.

    Not sure about the parking. We took the shuttle from Jambo to Kidani

    My husband and daughter tried to walk over one night, got confused and turned around and came back and took the shuttle. You can walk, but it's not a simple, clearly marked path.
     
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    My DH and I will be there 11/11-15...probably not long enough!:thumbsup2
     
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    You have been added...
    November
    Grumpy Grandma, Oct 27th – 3rd, Jambo
    Cinderella1122, Oct 31st - 5th, Jambo
    PNO4TE, 1st AKL CL
    PNO4TE, 2nd – 9th, BC
    RachelTori, 2nd – 9th, Swan and BCV
    Barnabas T Bullion 7th – 11th, AKL Jambo
    rquebral, 7th – 12th, Jambo
    drujaz, 6th – 15th, AKV Kidani
    tiggerlvr27, 11th – 15th, AKL
    Tinker326, 12th – 19th, Kidani
    patclairesmom, 27th – 29th, Kidani
    patclairesmom, 29th – Dec 3rd, AKV Jambo
    saratogastehr, 29th – Dec 6th, AKL Jambo
    CupcakeKelly, 30th, BLT
    Disneyholic, 30th – Dec 2nd, Kidani (after our 7 night DCL Western Caribbean Cruise on the Fantasy)
     
  19. Minnesota!

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    We will be there August 9 - 11 :cool1:

    The path is winding and can be confusing, but if you just stay on it, you will get there :) We have done the van and the walk and prefer the walk. A little different view lol!
     
  20. 1971DBday

    1971DBday Keep moving forward!

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    Thanks! We have never stayed at the AKL so we took a chance on choosing it as our home resort. However, we have done Jiko's twice so visually we have seen the resort (Jambo House) and it's beautiful!

    Right now we have a tentative 11 possible people - my immediate family and we have extended an offer to include my DSIL and DBIL for 5 days and my DHs cousin and her three children for 5 days. Everyone has some thinking to do because even though we are covering the rooms they have to cover the airline tickets, park tickets and food.

    My DHs cousin has one child that is high end autistic and this way she's got people to help her with him yet still have her whole family together in WDW. She needs some time to work to see if he can handle the trip.

    Thanks! Our biggest concern is the transportation. I think we have just gotten spoiled over the last 5 years. However, the kids are older and at least I'm not driving in rush hour traffic!!!!

    We will also be new to ordering groceries. I know about Garden Grocers, but is that everyone's preference or there a better option? I really don't want to rent a car.
     
  21. ckrisie

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    We just booked our honeymoon for jambo house jan. 16-19th can not wait to experience akv!!!
     
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