Hello My husband and I planning a relatively last minute trip to Orlando as he just found out he needs to attend a conference at the end of the month being held at the Renaissance. We decided we'd extend his time there, i'll tag along and we'll spend four nights over at the disney resorts. I went to AAA office here in my town today to book our trip. I told the agent we were thinking we wanted to stay at AKL. (true confession...we have no kids but I saw a spot on the travel channel about the rooms where you can see the savannahs with the animals and told my husband if we ever found ourselves at Disney I wanted to stay here in a room like that). Anyway, the agent told me the resort is closed! That the restaurants and shops are open but they aren't booking rooms because of the construction noise from the villas. We booked the Beach resort instead. I was going to book the Floridian but we figured we'd spend more time down near Epcot area as we've both been the Magic Kingdom before and have been to Disneyland umpteen times. I also bought the dining plan and figured this was a better location for meal options. Anyway, I went in not having done a lot of research as this just came up in the last couple days. Normally I book all our trips independently but did know that AAA tends to have hte package deals for disney. But in finding this site I don't see anything indicating the lodge is in fact not open to guests. I'm seeing posts referring to recent visits and upcoming trips(our dates are oct 30-nov 4) Did this guy feed me a line?! I would assume the commissions are the same so what would be the incentive for misinforming me??