Hello, I have really enjoyed all the tips this last month, Thank you Thank you. I felt compelled to post my family's trip too (Myself, husband, and 3 year old son). We stayed at the AKL from Dec 22-27. We had such an amazing time. Our room number was 4409(Savanna View) and our view was incredible!! We saw giraffes, zebras, antelope, and more. Every time we had "down time" we watched the animals, while lying on our beds. One day we saw the Zebra get very frisky and chased each other around. The hotel was beautiful. We loved the fire pits and there were so many children's activities. Our son loved seeing the animals and talking to all of the CMs from Africa. Boma was very good. Our favorite restaurant. The lentil dishes and hummus were very good. Mara was good too. They had a yummy pita sandwich and I was especially happy to try the flat bread pizza there. Jiko serves it as an appetizer and we did not have time for Jiko so we were satisfied to try the pizza at Mara. Yummy. We bought the Mara refillable cups and they helped, since my husband and I drank big coffees everyday. We used a tip from the board and brought disposable coffee cups. We filled up and headed to the parks bright and early every day. The bus service was great too. AKL is farther away but since you do not share a bus with other resorts it is a quick ride to all of the parks. We never waited for longer than 10 minutes. We did have a hard time getting from resort to resort. I dont think we would waste travel time doing that again. We ate at Whispering Canyon and OHana, but the travel time was too long just to eat a meal. Next time we would stay at the parks or our resort. We had a very good time, and will stay at AKL again. Just as some side notes. When we first checked in, we were not satisfied with our view, so we requested another. The CM was more than accommodating, we just had to wait a few hours for another room to open up. Also we requested early housekeeping and by the third day, it still was not happening. We called the front desk and they took some money off of our tab for our inconvenience. Again very nice and accommodating. Our housekeeper made an animal towel everyday! When we booked our trip we did not know it was going to be a busy time. We followed tips from the board and a guide book. We got to the parks about a half hour before they opened and literally walked on all of the rides until about 10Am! By then we walked around ate lunch and went back to our room for a rest. We headed back to the parks for an early dinner. We grabbed a couple fast passes and toured the parks! A great time with our son that we will always remember. He adored the characters, the character meals were worth it just to see him get so excited! We were also really lucky on our first day at Magic Kingdom and received Dream Passes we didnt use them in the morning but they really came in handy for the evening. A great trip and we can not wait to go back!!