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

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  1. Pinkocto

    Pinkocto DIS Veteran

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    I'm sure!

    I feel very passionately about my TP :rotfl:

    For the hundreds of dollars a night they charge at AKL I wish they would provide some nicer paper goods.
     
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  3. TruBlu

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

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    At least their shampoo & lotion smells heavenly!!!!

    Anybody know if I can buy the lotion anywhere?

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  4. bluesky1997

    bluesky1997 Mouseketeer

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    It just dawned on me that 10 pm seems awfully late for a safari to begin! I just looked it up and it actually starts at 4pm. Maybe it gets over with at 10pm which is just fine for my kids on a vacation!
     
  5. bluesky1997

    bluesky1997 Mouseketeer

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    So happy to hear you were there after a cruise! The majority on the cruise board says to do WDW before the cruise but it just doesn't work with our schedules to do it before. I was really doubting WDW after and was thinking of doing something else but now I'm really excited for AKL!

    The safari is called the Wanyama Safari and Dinner and luckily its ages 8 and up so we are good!

    Thanks again so much!
     
  6. bluesky1997

    bluesky1997 Mouseketeer

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    Did they offer that through Disney or through DVC? Should I wait to book then?
     
  7. MomofDisneyLoversx3

    MomofDisneyLoversx3 DIS Veteran

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    1) I work in a hospital. I also have a 'pampered heiny' so hate that TP. AKL is softer but not squishy soft n fluffy. I pack flush able wipes. Soft and fresh :).

    2) Sunrise Safari is available to guests staying CL. Open to the whole family. That's important to note--I didn't realize that q until check in and missed out. Wanyama Safari (sp?) is an evening Safari that concluded with a meal at Jiko's. The age is 8+. The new Night Vision Safari is new. It starts at 945pm and is for guests 10+. My DD (12) wrote a review a few pages back.

    3) I think if you can spend the money without being worried then spend it. We love AKL. My usual complaint is that we don't spend enough time at the resort. Try to take a day to just enjoy.

    Heather
     
  8. psac

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    Between the TP discussions and the Commando touring, things are taking a strange turn. :)

    Free dining is only ever offered for cash stays booked directly through Disney. DVC stays are never eligible. (Though the money people say they save by renting can make up for the free dining depending on how many people you have.)
     
  9. franandaj

    franandaj I'm so happy, I could BOUNCE!

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    There are three different safaris

    Sunrise Safari - starts as early as 6:00AM as late as 7:00AM, open to CL guests only and takes place in AK, this is priced at around $40 and includes a buffet breakfast

    Wanyama (Sunset) Safari - Starts at 4PM, takes place on AK grounds, runs about 2 hours and includes dinner at Jiko served family style with other safari guests. Runs about $200pp, a little less for CL guests.

    Nighttime Safari - This is not well promoted and not known even amongst booking agents. It was recently offered. Starts at 10PM, takes place on AK grounds runs about 60-75 minutes. Does not include any food or snacks, but perhaps blankets and night vision goggles. Costs about $80pp.
     
  10. bluesky1997

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    Free dining is only ever offered for cash stays booked directly through Disney. DVC stays are never eligible. (Though the money people say they save by renting can make up for the free dining depending on how many people you have.)[/QUOTE]

    Thank you both for clarifying so much for me! Now I'm just down to reserving the room and making sure I have room in my luggage for TP! ;)
     
  11. zima-cheryl

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    You might find just 3 nights @ AKL more palatable than a week some other time. Yes it is expensive but for a few nights, you may be able to afford the splurge.

    I wouldn't risk the safari day of arrival. If anything happens with the arrival or transportation & you miss it you could be out a lot of money.

    As for using a TA that is a personal preference thing. Many folks like to be completely hands on with planning & controling their trips.
    Personally, for us, a TA is a must use! Google around & there are several that do just WDW (we use Magic for Less). A good one will be fee-free for you (they get paid by WDW if you book the trip).
    I like having someone do the "heavy lifting" on the math and comparing packages & discounts (since all discounts are not created equally!). Plus it helps to have someone to bounce ideas off of, get feedback from & have in your corner if something gets screwed up. Would you rather spend the day on the phone fixing it? Or let them do that while you park tour? Not that it happens often, but when it does they are a big help!

    Makes me tired just thinking about it!

    I get the idea that people want to maximize their value by getting the most in per minute.

    Personally, I get too cranky if I get tired or hungry or uncomfortable. Best advice I heard was if you aren't enjoying it what is the real value? Memories of a cranky trip? Go take a nap. Ever since then we've done less at a slower pace but been much happier. :thumbsup2
    All depends on your personality & stamina.
     
  12. franandaj

    franandaj I'm so happy, I could BOUNCE!

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    As long as you don't mind spending around $800 for the family for the night, this is an awesome experience. I've done it a couple times. If you do this however, free dining isn't so good because one of your dinner credits can not be used for this meal at Jiko. You will have three days of free dining, but you will need to pay for this meal OOP (Out of pocket) so you'll be left with at least one meal credit to find a use for. If you eat at another signature restaurant during your stay you can use two of the meal credits for the other signature meal, but I'm not sure that you want to take your kids to two signature meals in three days.

    Not trying to tell you how to spend your vacation, but just trying to help you out with some of the realities. WDW can be complicated, but if you do your homework and understand it, you can easily get the best value for what you want. It does take some research and knowledge of how your family uses their meals and likes to eat to know if and which dining plan works best for you. Also the ages of your kids may play into things. I believe one is considered an adult on the meal plan and one a kid. If you get free dining, I guess it doesn't matter, but realize that you need to pay full rack rate for the room as opposed to using a discount code.

    Good luck! I just left a magical vacation at AKV, and can't wait until when we go back! I hope you find a good deal for your family.
     
  13. kimmar067

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

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    ...first of all, :welcome: to our thread and please don't feel offended if no one answers your queries quickly :hug:....personally, since you will be staying for only 3 nites, I think it's definitely worth it. However, your stay will be a little more afordable if you choose a pool view location instead, especially since you'll be requesting bunks, which add on to the cost....

    Also, which safari are you referring?
     
  14. PolyAddict

    PolyAddict Our City Our Home...Finish Strong

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    Good Morning Everyone, (caution i have changed resorts twice already for our adult only trip)

    Bear in mind too that i much as i love Disney i love a budget. With that said when the Spring code came out i booked CSR business class for 25% off i think. Then i switched to BWI 30% off because we love Epcot. We also love the Poly but it is only 20% off.

    I have stayed with the kids once in a standard view room at AKL. Love the resort. DOing the math if i can book bounce back at 35% while i am there in 3 days i could potentially get AKL club level for $106 more than my current price for BWI SV.

    I am seriously thinking this would be perfect for an anniversary trip after ready reviews.

    How do you feel about adult only trips here (esp club level)? We are celebrating an anniversary. If ou do the sunrise safari, where is the food from?

    thanks
     
  15. FoursCompany

    FoursCompany Earning My Ears

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    Hi everyone!
    Joining in! I have been reading this thread and it's great. We are going to AKL the first week in June and are so excited! :cool1:

    One question - does AKL have a spa (for massages)? I couldn't seem to find info on that.
     
  16. John's Mom

    John's Mom Jambo Wildbunch Gang

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    An adult only trip at the AKL would be awesome. You can relax and enjoy the resort and all the perks of the Club Level. :cloud9:

    The breakfast after the Sunrise Safari is served in the back room of Pizzafari. A WDW chef prepares the delicious food and will describe all the goodies on the table.

    Kathy
     
  17. kimmar067

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

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    ...didja ask Brandi to add you to the list? :thumbsup2
     
  18. t_daniels

    t_daniels <font color=deeppink>They'll NEVER be replaced<br>

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    http://www.aklresort.com/content/zahanati-spa-and-fitness-center

    Yup. I've never used it though...
     
  19. TruBlu

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

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  20. PolyAddict

    PolyAddict Our City Our Home...Finish Strong

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    Thanks for the info. Does the buffet have any hot items?
     
  21. John's Mom

    John's Mom Jambo Wildbunch Gang

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    Yes!

    Here are some of things that I remember:

    The best banana stuffed french toast, scrambled eggs, ham, bacon, fried eggs with green tomatoes, sausage, fried bananas and home fries.

    It's a great buffet breakfast.
     
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