My mom was all on board (even got park passes) for our trip next summer. She and my DS got to pick the hotels WL CY view 6 nts and AKL SV 6 nts, followed by RPR for 3. (If it were up to me and DH we would just move in and live at AKL) Well, my Great Aunt just got back from DW with her family and got my mom all worked up about the heat and crowds and the walking and said there is no way she would go in the summer. Mom said she now changed her mind because of that and the fact that she now doesn't want to go without my DStepD. (He encouraged her to go and he has no interest in ever going to DW). I tried to calm her down but, after much discussion, she is not going. My DM was paying for 1/2 the hotel and without her, we would have to re-think our stays. My DS was really upset and my DM told him that she wanted him to still have the vacation of his dreams so she is going to give us the hotel money anyway for our BD and Christmas presents this year. So, the dream of my family is to stay AKL CL and go on the Sunrise Safari. We recalculated our budget and the hotel and food costs and are now doing 4 nts ASMu, 7 AKL CL and our stay at RPR. I am sooo excited! I am also very concerned about not getting CL if I don't book early enough. How far in advance should I book? We are going 6/09 and if I wait for AAA rates to come out in Aug, do you think I will still get a room? Can I book rack and then apply AAA when it comes out? This will be our 1st ever stay in CL anywhere. I have read all the threads about AKL Cl and it sounds absolutely wonderful! Also, where exactly is the lounge? I have stayed at AKL so I know the layout but I never knew where the lounge was. Thanks!