Have you ever decided against AKL because...

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  1. disney is my life

    disney is my life DIS Veteran

    Jul 15, 2012
    you're not allowed balloons? We are planning to go to the world for dd15's sweet 16 and november and would love to stay at AKL but no balloons might be a deal breaker. i was planning on have a balloon boquet delivered to the hotel but that would be out of the question if we stayed there. I know it's kind of silly. But has anyone else ever felt like this?
  2. DizDaD7

    DizDaD7 Truly a ~GOOFY~ Person.

    Jan 8, 2009
    If that is the only reason, that you aren't going to stay there, than you're going to miss out on possibly one of the best resorts of all WDW property.....They also don't have plastic straws tooo...Not sure if that's going to be a deal breaker, just thought I'd add that.....

    If I were you, (Which obviously I'm not) I'd think again about the balloon thing..Or possibly Can it be done at a park or at dinner...Honestly they only last a few days at most anyhow right..:confused3
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  4. OKW Lover

    OKW Lover Retired and living 2 miles from The Castle. DIS Lifetime Sponsor

    Apr 29, 2004
    No way would the lack of balloons stop me for going to AKL. There are so many other things you could do for here sweet 16. I really doubt she would notice no balloons with all the animals outside the balcony.
  5. Three cats

    Three cats DIS Veteran

    Aug 13, 2008
    No, I wouldn't let the balloon thing stop me from staying there. As another poster said, there are so many other nice things you can arrange for her birthday.

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  6. Sue M

    Sue M DIS Veteran

    May 27, 2009
    Nope. Plenty if other things you could get other then balloons. If I was given a choice of AKL or getting balloons, I'd choose AKL ::yes::
  7. purple figment

    purple figment DIS Veteran

    Aug 17, 2009
    Definitely not. Staying at AKL and waking up to a view of zebras and giraffes outside my window trumps a balloon bouquet for any birthday. You can always do the balloon bouquet when you get home or for a different occasion.
  8. brertoad

    brertoad DIS Veteran

    Mar 22, 2012
    No, I wouldn't let it stop me from going to AKL. It's a beautiful resort.

    Maybe plan an alternative surprise, a dozen beautiful pink roses? That would turn some heads in the lobby when it comes in for delivery, we love our flowers don't we? princess:
  9. mommyrosa2

    mommyrosa2 The best thing about Memories is making them

    Apr 27, 2011
    I agree with others...no balloons would not be a deal breaker. AKL is a beautiful resort and there other things you could have delivered to the hotel for her.
  10. DisGirl819

    DisGirl819 <font color=blue>Then I thought about it and reali

    Apr 1, 2006
    Nope, do something else special for her birthday. And I'm glad you brought this up, I had no idea and we're staying there this summer. Now I'll make sure we don't buy balloons in the parks.
  11. bababear_50

    bababear_50 DIS Veteran

    Feb 5, 2007
    Hi Hon
    Just an idea
    in keeping with AKL theme maybe an edible arrangement
    here is a blog about them


    what about
    Birthday Breakfast In Bed
    slip a small Disney token (teens love Disney Gift card) or (a gift certificate to the spa) on the breakfast tray!

    Here's a link to allears
    AKL breakfast menu


    In Room Dining at AKL



    Spa info from Disney web site:

    Zahanati Massage & Fitness Center at Disney's Animal Kingdom Villas - Jambo House is located on the first floor off Giraffe Trail and Uzima pool. This spa and salon offers massage therapy, skin care and body treatments and features steamrooms for men and women, saunas and the latest in fitness equipment including free weights, treadmills, ellipticals, bicycles and stair climbers. Lockers are available.
    Open from 6:00 a.m. through 9:00 p.m., the facility is available to Guests of Disney's Animal Kingdom Villas Jambo House 14 years of age and older at no additional charge. Guests 14-17 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Spa services include a surcharge-starting at $50-and are by appointment during the hours of 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. A personal trainer is also available by appointment. In-room service is also available for an additional cost.

    An invitation to dine with an animal Specialist
    Attach the invite to a small Mickey (Come Celebrate your Birthday)
    Link here

    Hugs Mel
  12. AlohaAnnie

    AlohaAnnie DIS Veteran

    Jul 10, 2006
    Wanyama Safari (aka sunset safari) it is expensive but what a wonderful sweet 16 gift. We are taking our DS on it for his graduation when we stay at AKV Spring Break 2014.

    You could also do animal friendly paper decorations in your room like streamers and such. How about having flowers delivered or a dessert basket. Stuffed Animals are an ideal also. Maybe a Disney Custom Cake.

    AKL is one of our favorite resorts and it is our DVC home resort. We love it :)

    So many wonderful options that are animal friendly.
  13. Z28KatCar

    Z28KatCar Life without Disney, why?

    Feb 2, 2009
    Nope, We were going to stay there but we got a huge discount by going to WL so we are staying there instead but the no balloons isn't a deal breaker.
  14. mkarizona

    mkarizona DIS Veteran

    May 27, 2010
    How about a chocolate chip cookie bouquet or a dozen chocolate roses?
  15. aVASTGrl

    aVASTGrl DIS Veteran

    Apr 27, 2012
    No, balloons will never be my deciding factor in picking a hotel LOL. AKL is stunning, I would choose it over a balloon that will die in a few hours any day.
  16. disney is my life

    disney is my life DIS Veteran

    Jul 15, 2012
    Thanks for the advice everyone. Turns out I might be able to get the deal I was looking at for akl at AoA instead!

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  17. MinnesotaMouseketeers

    MinnesotaMouseketeers DIS Veteran

    Oct 25, 1999
    I would ditch the balloons and find something else, like a candy bouquet as another poster wrote.
  18. *NikkiBell*

    *NikkiBell* The WDW Merchandise Walking Bible Moderator

    Jun 27, 2005
    I would never be persuaded from one of the best resorts on property because of balloons especially for an older child's birthday. They are just not that important to me when considering the experience to be had there.
  19. Wendy31

    Wendy31 DIS Veteran

    Mar 5, 2005
    I would never trade a deluxe resort for a value resort over balloons!

    And, like others have mentioned, the balloons aren't going to last anyway, & there are so many other special ways to celebrate a 16th birthday.

    But that's just me... ;)
  20. disney is my life

    disney is my life DIS Veteran

    Jul 15, 2012
    Actually we were never planning on staying Deluxe we wanted AoA all along its just I found a deal for when we were going and I thought our only option were deluxe and so we choose akl because it was the cheapest. But I found out yesterday that the deal can also be applied to AoA family suites so now all problems have been resolved

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  21. ilovemk76

    ilovemk76 DIS Veteran

    Oct 20, 2010
    I would never change resorts over balloons.

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