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Old 01-01-2006, 08:16 PM   #16
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That is a hard choice - and I know you are there for one night - first choice would be AKL. I guess because if I wasn't going to a park - this resort comes close to being an attraction all by itself! The lobby is amazing!!!!!!!!!! The viewing areas are great! You could eat at Boma - which is delicious! [img]/ubb/images/graemlins/facelick.gif[/img] You could just stay in your room (if you had a savannah view room) and watch the animals right out your door! The entire resort is beautiful. My second choice is a tie between the Poly and Beach Club. The reason being - you are sooooooo close to a park at either one of these resorts - that you can almost feel that excitement that comes from the parks! And I must tell you....if I am that close to a park - I would want to go!!!!! [img]/ubb/images/graemlins/crazy.gif[/img] Wherever you chose to stay - I know you will have a magical time! [img]/ubb/images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img]
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My top two would be the AKL or the Poly.
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I'd do the AKL--for all the reasons stated above. The best part about the Poly was its location, and since you're not going into the parks, that wouldn't really be a concern. Maybe you could suprise your mom--that'd be fun for both of you! [img]/ubb/images/graemlins/smile.gif[/img]
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WOW! I can't beleive the prices of some of those rooms...makes me feel better about having my arm twisted by my wife to go from the $79 All star to the $110 POFQ...

Ok, I know this is a guys comment...but I tend to like what your mom are looking at saving a couple hundred dollars...take her to a great diner or buy her a wonderful souvenier...

It's hard for me to get over the idea of spending more than $200 a night on a hotel room...don't get me wrong...those hotels are awesome...we stayed at AKL on an upgrade once and loved it...and there isn't anything that says you can't visit the other resorts at night....we love the fireworks from the of my favorite disney memories is watching wishes and the water parade from the shore while my kids played in the water...we just went to diner (Ohana means family [img]/ubb/images/graemlins/smile.gif[/img]) and then headed off to the fireworks after....all the while we were booked at ASMo for $70 a night.

I guess some depends on your personal financial situation...I know for us I would rather be at the world much more frequently at a value resort than to have less time there at a deluxe.

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I'd pick the AKL. I've stayed onsite w/o having park tickets and it is depressing to be near MK and Epcot knowing that you can't just walk in. The AKL is aweome, you'll be away from the parks and have great fun.
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It would be a tough call for me between the Poly and AKL - but I would probably pick AKL since you aren't going to a Park - I'd think you'd really feel the lodge atmosphere, and enjoy the Savanah view since you'll have the time -
I personally would have a hard time at the Poly, seeing the MK so clearly, and not being able to go!

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Although we have stayed at many of the WDW resorts, the AKL is our favorite by far. I agree with what other people have said about not wanting to be withing viewing distance of parks I couldn't go in. Although watching Wishes from the beach of the Polynesian is always a favorite thing.

If it were me, I would definitely go with the AKL. I would also go with a Pool View. The first time we ever stayed at the AKL, we booked a standard room and were given an upgrade to Pool View. Ever since we have booked Pool View. The pool is so beautiful to look at night and day, and there are loads of viewing spots for the animals throughout the resort.

You could have a lovely dinner at Boma, catch the storytelling, night vision googles animal viewing and even have a midnight swim. There are some lovely places just to sit around the reort. We never get tired of it.

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I like the idea of you surprising your mom with AKL. I've never stayed there, but we did eat at Boma on our last trip, and WOW!!! AKL is so beautiful!!! Since you're not going to the parks you'd really have time to enjoy the atmosphere, the animals, pool, storytelling etc.
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I'm with Brian here, while I really want to stay at AKL this summer, the price is too much for me personally to swallow. Instead we are staying at PO-R and eating a few more sit-down meals. unless, of course, a great AP rate comes out or we get another PIN discount.

Amy, sign up at the WDW website for their planning video. I'm sure this is how we got our postcard with the awesome PIN rates last year. If you get one maybe you can afford to stay at AKL.

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I would go with AKL, because it sounds like there will be so many cool things to do there that you might not otherwise get a chance to do if you were thinking about heading into the parks. I've never stayed here...just visited for dinner...but the place looked amazing. The idea of being able to see some animals from your room sounds very enticing. Plus, you've got Boma right there for a great meal. [img]/ubb/images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img]
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So far out of all the places we've stayed my family loves AKL the best. We are a little leary about staying at BWV this year because we love AKL so much. You just can't beat the magic of waking up and eating breakfast over the savannah. Oh and the smells in the lobby!! It is such an emursion into another place that I would choose AKL because you aren't going to a park. If I was that close to MK and couldn't go I just be beside myself.
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I used to get pin offers a lot always for when i wasn't going. But lucked out last year and had one for POFQ. I called and they checked my address and no discounts tied to it.

I think we will stick with CBR we like it enough and its only 1 night.
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I say do CBR and save Poly or AKL for when you will be able to get those fab FL resident discounts!!!
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