Just getting back from 4 days at AKL and 2 at the CR at the end of October. The highlights: AKL- Wow, great resort. Thanks to this board for the great information. Originally we were placed in the "people pen" overlooking the hot tub. Immediately called and got moved to the Zebra Trail/Arusha Savannah. Great room right in the middle of the Savannah and a short walk to the elevator down to the pool and Mara. Fantastic to see Giraffes and Zebra all the time. Kids loved the pool. I would like to spend more time just relaxing at the resort. The staff were great and friendly. We had a really good time doing the hidden Mickey hunt. The bus service was also great - never waited longer than 10 minutes the whole time and direct routes to where we wanted to go. The only problem we had was a small housekeeping issue. Our youngest DD found a pill on the floor and our room was not vacuumed properly while we were there. The housekeeping manager was very concerned and gave us a 25% discount on our bill even though we did not request any compensation She also spent a lot of time talking about the resort and asking for input, etc. One thing I noted was that the welcome packet said that sheets are only changed every 4 days unless requested. Someone had complained on this board about their sheets not being changed every day. Just to let you know that they will do it, but you have to ask specifically. CR - Another wow. This was a dream for me to stay here on my 40th birthday. We had a MK view on the 10th floor. All I can say is The room was spacious, but the view was incredible. We could watch the castle from our bed and it was great for fireworks and seeing the castle changing color. Our girls were in heaven. They liked seeing the animals, but the castle was over the top. Having the monorail and a short walk to MK was awesome. You could walk or ride depending on the crowd level and your energy level. I may have to save my money and try this again. Please let me know if you have any questions.