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Posted: May 08, 2003 1:24 am/pm Quote

Im not sure if this is the right place to post this. If not sorry.
I was wondering if anyone could give me some information on rooms at the AKL?  We have booked a Savannah view room and what I was wondering if there are any other request that I should/could make ie:what floor, which wing etc. And also one more thing should I upgrade to the concierge savannah.
Thanks  :)


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Posted: May 08, 2003 9:21 am/pm Quote

Yoo Hoo, WEDINDISNEY!

You picked the right spot for your question!

I've only been to the Animal Kingdom Lodge twice - - the first time I was turned away at the gate because it was still under construction . . .
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. . . and the second time was this last trip when we ate in Boma, looked around a bit including outside at the animal viewing area, which gave me a great view of all the rooms facing the savanna as well.

Tikiman has actually stayed there so I hope he can help you in more details than I can. Yoo Hoo, Tikiman! But from what I saw, all the rooms facing the savanna have a great view.


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Posted: May 08, 2003 9:37 am/pm Quote

We stayed there last summer and had booked a standard size room with a savannah view with concierge. From what I saw all savannah views are great and add to the stay at the AKL. Here is a link to photos:

http://www.geocities.com/TheTropics/Bay/2553/akl.html

When we got there well here is the report I wrote:

July 1, 2002

We checked into Animal Kingdom Lodge around noon and we were taken from our car on a tour of the lodge by one of the nicest CM’s we have ever met, named Watts. He showed us around and what there was to do and eat then off to the room. Our envelope said room 5281 but when we got there the keys did not work. Watts had a housekeeper open the room. WOW!!!! We entered into a 450 sqft living room with a bedroom (king bed) and a huge bathroom. The bathroom was half the size of the bedroom and had a sunken tub and a walk in shower big enough to stand 6 people in it. Then down the hall was another door to another bedroom with bunk-beds and a queen. It had its own bathroom and the living room had its own half-bathroom. There were two balconies looking in two different directions. Watts then took us to the lounge. At the lounge we checked in and there was a mistake (I could have told you that) The room was for another family. We were then taken to room 5325. Great view of the Zebra Trail but just a standard room. Much smaller than the Polynesian room. For a standard room I would recommend the location for the view. We returned to the concierge lounge and asked about upgrading to a suite like we were first in. They were already over booked but they put us in a one bedroom suite (the first one was a 2 bedroom) which was the same as the first room but without the second bedroom. Since they were overbooked on the one bedroom suites they took some groups who reserved a one bedroom suite and bumped them up to a larger suite for free.
We got to the room and it was perfect. It was room 3285 on the Kudu Trail overlooking the Sunset Savanna. I did not get any pictures of the first two rooms with the limited time in them but I got plenty from the suite we were in. We went back up to the lounge and talked with Wendi, Robert and Susan. The lounge was very nice and had good offerings. Water and soda had to be requested and were not out. The espresso machine was a big hit. That night an anniversary gift (bag with an African music CD and men and woman’s cologne) were left along with a birthday cake with hats and noise makers, on the table in the room.

July 2

We had breakfast in the concierge lounge. They had bagels and muffins as well as dry cereal and cinnamon oatmeal with some pastries and fruit. and then sat by the pool for a few hours. The pool was nice and big with 2 hot tubs and a kids pool as well as a slide. The slide is not very good compared to the Polynesian or Yacht Club but is good for the little kids. The deepest part of the pool went to almost 4 feet. Tara scheduled a 120 minute massage at the spa. She said it was worth every penny and it was nice to get a message on vacation as apposed to at home where she is usually running around after getting all relaxed. Now she could stay relaxed for a while. We had many visitors out side our window of our room. Mostly giraffe and Tomson’s Gazelle but we also saw Ankole Cattle, Bongo Impala, Abyssinian Ground Hornbill, Blue Crane, Crowned Crane and Ostrich.

After spending the day enjoying the lodge we ate at Jiko. We had:

I started with the Brentwood Corn Soup $7.25

Pan Roasted Monkfish $24.25
Oak Grilled Beef Tenderloin with “macaroni and cheese” The best mac and cheese you will ever have….infact they gave me another bowl full when I said how much I liked it. $28.50

July 3

Breakfast again in concierge. Some of the things Tara asked the concierge staff to check on were forgotten. The staff at the desk has to run the lounge area also so they seem a little to busy to get everything right. Everyone was very friendly but not very attentive.

We went to the concierge for the evening offerings. There was flatbread (veggie and chicken), cous cous, almond crusted salmon, burbon chicken, tamorand beef, tamorand ribs and south African wines. All was very good and as we found out later that night, it was from Boma.

We ate at Boma that night and there was so much good stuff I can not even begin to start. I do remember having some of the best tasting Prime Rib cut off the bone that had a smoky flavor I have never tasted before. Also a spicy coconut chicken soup and I took some mac and cheese from the kids area. The deserts were just as good. Banana bread pudding and a thing called a Zebra Dome (someone thought they called it Zebra dung) that was like a big truffle with liqueur soaked cake at the bottom.

July 4th

We got up and had breakfast in the lounge and then off to MGM. Stitch stuff was almost all gone. When we checked out we had a wonderful Bellmen who had been there since before it opened and he brought us a wicker basket full of bottled water for the road.


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Posted: May 12, 2003 4:37 am/pm Quote

Thanks so much for the help.  After all the stuff that we have heard about the AKL I know that we picked the right place to stay.  We still cannot decide on what type of room though.  Who knows maybe one night a bolt of lighting will hit me and help me make the decision.    :laugh:

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