Would you choose water view CSR or Standard view AKL ($118 more per night)

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  1. VAfamily1998

    VAfamily1998 DIS Veteran

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    The trip is in mid April (we are running the Star Wars Dark side 10k, so dates are non negotiable.) It will be myself and my two sons who are 17 and 10. We have all been to Disney multiple times.

    I stayed at Casitas 4 in CSR back in June 2015 and LOVED it! My 10 year old was with me that trip, but not the 17 year old. The waterview (standard view is unavailable) rate for my dates is $200/night.

    The Standard view AKL rate is $318. Neither of my kids have been to AKL before, but I stayed in a Savanna room in Feb. 2016. I loved the resort, but I felt like I was not in the room enough to really enjoy the savanna view. For this upcoming trip though, we will only do ONE park day (Sunday) and will be staying Friday-Monday morning...

    FWIW, our current ADRs and other plans are
    a late afternoon Ohana on Friday,
    a late morning Boma on Saturday, and possibly La Nouba and dinner at Disney Springs at night
    Park day (HS and Epcot, with an ADR in Epcot) on Sunday
    Sunday our flight is at 2, so the 11 am check out time should coincide perfect with Magical Express pick up time! I haven't planned our breakfast yet.

    Anyway, considering our plans do you think the additional $118/night for Standard view AKL would be worth it?
     
  2. hakepb

    hakepb DIS Veteran

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    That sounds like a good enough plan to try AKL. And if you like Boma enough, you might want it again on Monday.
     
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  4. DisneyQueen1320

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    I would stay at AKL, it's such a beautiful resort.
     
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  5. VAfamily1998

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    Hmmm. I've never been to Boma but have definitely heard excellent things about it! Do you think it is good enough to do twice in a short trip? :)
     
  6. hakepb

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    On our first AKL stay, we did :goodvibes (by changing a later in the week ADR to Boma)

    I realize not everyone has the same preferences, so you may want to book a backup option, then decide what you want after your 1st Boma experience.

    There are a lot of similiar items on the Boma and Tusker House menus, so we typically only book Boma when staying at AKL..but one of the perks of a Deluxe is being able to walk to a favorite restaurant .:cool1: (Instead of leaving your room 60-90 min before the ADR)
     
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  7. addiln

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    I am a fan of AKL but I am not sure it is worth the extra money for a short trip. I would save the money this time around and try for a savannah view the next trip around. We had that a couple years ago and loved it.
     
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  8. HopperFan

    HopperFan "It's a bug-eat-bug world out there, princess."

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    While CSR is our favorite moderate, we also LOVE AKL.

    We have had savanna and non-savanna, and even without the savanna there are lots of places, even tucked away balconies you can observe the animals.

    Shorter trip is a perfect time to try a new resort, especially if you plan some down resort time.

    The BOMA breakfast is very good.
     
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  9. Minnesota!

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    AKL...without hesitation.
     
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  10. mrswillson

    mrswillson disney wife

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    AKL! The views are great no matter which you pick (savannah is really worth the extra money though). My husband and I got married overlooking it and it truly is our favorite resort of them all.
     
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  11. Quellman

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    Depending how you feel about spending money, $300+ total dollars is a lot to enhance your vacation other ways. Just be aware that traveling between resorts is time consuming if you rely on Disney transportation.
     
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  12. Dug720

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    AKL!! (Granted I'd stay off property before I'd stay at CSR, but that's just me.)
     
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  13. crazylady

    crazylady Mouseketeer

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    I vote AKL and I'd hang there on Sat night to really enjoy it.
     
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  14. cruiser21

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    AKL. I'd eat at Jiko not Boma. Paying 45+ for a buffet isn't my thing. I like to be waited on for that price. Maybe I've just been on too many cruises where buffets are included. Jiko is fantastic though, and definitely worth a try. It may cost a little more in the long run, but IMHO a better value.
     
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  15. mikedoyleblogger

    mikedoyleblogger Traded in Disneyland for Magic Kingdom

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    I love CSR, but with such a relatively small price differential (which surprises me!), I would choose AKL, too. It just makes sense with the Boma breakfast. If you do choose Coronado, just Uber over to Boma. It'll save a lot of time.
     
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  16. mickeynut1

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    Another vote for AKL.
     
  17. mi*vida*loca

    mi*vida*loca Collect memories, not things

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    Short trip with only one park day I would definitely do AKL SV.
     

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