We stayed at the AKL during Columbus Day weekend and all I can say is it’s my new favorite resort…
Even though it rained from the moment we showed up throughout the entire drive home, it did not put a damper on our long weekend one bit. Well, I suppose we weren’t able to do the roasting of the marshmallows, listen to African folk tales & view the animals with the night vision goggles thanks to the heavy rain, but we still LOVED it.
In fact, 80% of the time we just sat on our balcony drinking (my) blue magic margaritas, champaign & beer while watching the animals interact in the rain.
To a good portion of my family and friends, they thought that sounded boring but it was fantastic! The time flew by while we watched (and laughed at the antics of some of) the various birds, zebras, giraffes, wildebeest, etc… Plus we booked the Arusha view (thanks to many of you & your recommendations) and it was well worth the money.
The lodge itself is amazing, Boma is excellent for dinner (a cast member totally hooked us up and we were treated like Kings & Queens) but please, STAY AWAY FOR BREAKFAST! Anything is better than breakfast at Boma’s.
I’m not kidding… Even a yogurt from a gas station is better…
But we tried Jiko’s for the first time as well and (as I mentioned in another thread) it is THE best WDW dining experience we have ever had.
And yes, we still have Victoria & Albert’s plus Citricos to go… But until we try those two, Jiko’s is numero uno.
So overall, we completely fell in love with the AKL. It is the best resort, ever.
But keep in mind, the monorail line is not a big deal for us because we don’t mind driving to the parks.
And, we did not leave the resort for 1 second. So based on the resort & the resort alone, it’s the best. :mickey:
And yes, we have never stayed at the Contemporary, the Polynesian nor the Grand Floridian… But the Contemporary is basically a “Hotel” and while I’m sure the GF is amazing as well (which we’re booking soon), I don’t think it will come close to watching animals from your balcony.
One last thing. If you book an Arusha room, make sure to get a second or third floor room! Anything higher would hinder the view. I requested a 2nd floor room but they gave me a 3rd floor room with the option of coming back if we didn’t like it. And the 3rd floor was fine… But, anything higher would not have worked for us…