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Standard Room at AKL - worth it?

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Standard Room at AKL - worth it?


Still trying to work out which resort to book for next WDW trip - have ruled out YC/BC due to price so was looking at the moderate resorts......

however a standard room at AKL (with free DDP) is coming up as a similar price to POFQ (waterview room with upgrade from free QSDP to DDP)....

obviously it seems to make sense to go for AKL but have then read reviews saying that if you don't get a savannah view room its not worth it as you might be looking over the car park.

Any advice on whether we should look at AKL or POFQ??

We are a couple in our early 30s - going for 14 days - want some downtime at the resort but also like to enjoy the bars/lounges in the evening



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1. Re: Standard Room at AKL - worth it?

Go with the AKL, it's a nice step up from the moderates. You'll have a balcony and at least you'll have some sort of view. At POFQ you don't get any view at all as there will be a walkway right outside your window. You actually have to step out of the room onto the walkway to see the view. Plus you will probably have people walking up and down peering in your room!!

IMO this is a no brainer, AKL is a deluxe, POFQ is a moderate. You may be lucky and get an upgrade.

Edited: 9:26 am, July 29, 2013
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2. Re: Standard Room at AKL - worth it?

If it's in your budget I'd say yes to AKL, it's a beautiful hotel to walk around in and at night you can't really see the animals so when your sleeping so who cares? But the bars/restaurants there are some of the best. When you check in you can always ask if they have anything available with a view. I found it to be very relaxing and we had a savannah view room and everyday we saw the same 3 ox. We ended up naming them because they were our regulars. Even with the animal view room we ended up walking around to see what else was out there.

14 days is a long trip, if you stay at POFQ (another lovely hotel) I'd still recommend coming over to AKL for a meal at Boma and taking a walk around.

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3. Re: Standard Room at AKL - worth it?

AKL all day long...

POFQ is a lovely resort, but you can't really compare as they are different levels of resort...

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I have stayed at both and I prefer AKL because of the lodge arrangement. It is really lovely walking in the lobby; it feels like you are coming home. The only negative we found was that it seemed to take a while to get to certain parks and I did feel out of things a bit. The food options in AKL are very nice particularly breakfast options and so if they are similar price I would go for AKL

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There's plenty of places to see the animals from even if you don't have a Savannah view. We have stayed at the AKL multiple times and would not pay for the view. If they upgrade us,that's nice but its not worth the extra money . The staff is wonderful,the lobby is gorgeous,the lobby store has some realy interesting items,the pool is outstanding and the dining options are excellent. its the only resort at Disney that offers a really unique experience; I wouldn't say we felt like we were in Africa but its a nice experience

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6. Re: Standard Room at AKL - worth it?

Thanks everyone - its been a dream to stay at AKL for years but was so worried we'd pay all that money to be staring at cars or a brick wall whilst on the balcony. But like you've said at least there is a balcony!!! The whole place looks wonderful - we went to Boma last visit and was favourite meal of holiday.

Thanks again x

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