08-08-2003, 01:12 PM
Community Rank: Tourist
Join Date: Jan 2003
I just got home from AKL and I promise I am not bragging BUT without even asking I was upgraded to a 2 bedroom suite. We had 5 in our party and this suite slept 8. It had 3 balconies, 3 bathrooms, 3 tv's and a living room, dining room, a king size bed master suite a dressing room, a shower that would easily hold 8 (no kidding).We were in room 4481. I have been trying to figure out how we got such a wonderful upgrade and this is what I came up with. First I sent a polite note requesting a Savannah view - since we were concierge they cannot guarantee this. I just said that it would really make our trip very magical. I enclosed this note with our final payment. Another thing I think helped was that we were going to be staying Concierge - we did this because we wanted to go on the special safari (which was spectacular by the way). The concierge planners had our itinerary in the computer so they could see that we planned on going to the spa for a massage, to Victoria and Albert for dinner and to at least 2 other restaurants each day. I think they figured that we were going to be spending a lot of money and I think this helped. Almost everyone who goes to Disney World has made their own Priority Seating reservations but I doubt they show up in the computer at the resort. We were not doing the Fairytale package because we were limited to a certain time for vacation and it was only 5 days and 4 nights. Plus I don't think this package worked for Concierge. We loved all of the snacks and desserts that were served in the Concierge lounge and even though I have read that the appetizers weren't really enough to serve as dinner - I thought it was an amazing amount of food and it worked for dinner for us 2 of the nights. We had 4 giraffes that came right in front of the balcony every night and they were so sweet. The only flaw was the Zahaniti Fitness Center and Spa. Do not book your massage or facial there... go to the Grand Floridian... it is so much more beautiful. I felt like I was in a back room for my massage. It is more of a fitness center with a massage room. Yuck....
Someone screwed up the time and scheduling for my massage so it ended up being free ( I am not complaining at all about that) but I want all of my friends who want that pampered spa feeling to go to the Grand Floridian for their massage.
I am already planning our cruise for next year.
I am happy to answer any questions about AKL - we had a great time. Even though we stayed at the concierge level I don't want you to think I am super rich....( I am a high school teacher) but I would really recommend staying Concierge at AKL just for the safari if not for the food, wine, beer, smoothies, desserts, gummi bears, etc. They scheduled us into the Cinderella Breakfast without a problem at all. Very nice. I would also like to say that Victoria and Albert was not such a thrill. There is no view... I would have much preferred Citricos which was next to Victoria and Alberts. No way was it worth all of the money. The food and service were wonderful but typically all of the fine dining restaurants around Disney World are superb so I would just go there and spend half of the money. Just a little input from me....