[QUOTE=bribren;1081945]I like AKL but its deluxe lite if you ask me. Lousy transportation. [/QUOTE]
I offer my full throated disagreement to this opinion.
Transportation is absolutely no different than any other resort that depends on buses and even with two stops on property since they’ve opened the DVC section, it’s much better than having to go through 4 stops at CBR and CSR or 5 stops at Port Orleans (buses are shared most of the time between POFQ and POR).
AKL is in no way “deluxe lite”. They offer service and amenities that are fully equal to the other deluxe resorts. AKL (and WL) cost less because they are not on monorail lines and not walking distance to any of the parks.
If you can use a form of x-ray vision and look underneath the individual architectural features, you would see that the lobbies of AKL and GF are in fact, the same, as is WL.
Now, there is one way that you can improve your transportation (bus) experience at the mods. You have to get yourself into the section that is directly between the first stop when buses return to the resort and the last stop before they leave the resort, otherwise, you’ll be in for an extra 15 minutes or more on every bus.
At CSR, this would be the Casitas section.
As for boating rentals, I would not bother with any marina that isn’t on Bay Lake or Seven Seas Lagoon! Crescent Lake (Boardwalk area) is loaded with no wake zones and is confined. The resorts that connect directly by water to DTD are even worse because they are even more confined and speed limited.
Only on Bay Lake/Seven Seas Lagoon can you really open up and not worry so much about getting run over by Disney water transport.
One last thing, the last I looked, AKL does not have a water slide, but they do have hot tubs.