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Tue, 02-01-2011 - 3:53pm

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In reply to: jennyann4
Tue, 02-01-2011 - 4:13pm

I can't give you any advice on AKL, but we stayed at the Beach Club Villas a couple of years ago and loved it.

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In reply to: jennyann4
Tue, 02-01-2011 - 10:55pm
Welcome to our board!

You received lots of good info from M'Shel. I just wanted to add a few things.

Whether researching dining options or resorts, check out www.allears.net - M'Shel gave you links to their Disney Dining Plan and Character Meal pages. They have tons of other info too. There are menus for most of the restaurants so that you can find which meals fit your family's tastes and budget. By the way, if you do not opt for the Dining Plan, you can pay for all of your meals there by cash or credit card, or by charging it back to your room. Very few of the character meals require pre-payment when you make your ADRs.

AllEars should be helpful in choosing a resort as well - there are FAQ pages for each of the resorts plus photos and reviews.

We have stayed at the Villas at the Animal Kingdom Lodge (we are Disney Vacation Club Members so we did not stay in a standard hotel room). However, we found the resort to be wonderful. I was pretty apprehensive about staying there - my oldest DD and my DH love animals and were very excited about the Savannahs on property where you can view the animals. While this sounded cool to me, I didn't think it would be my style. I am a big fan of the Beach Club and the Wilderness Lodge both of which M'Shel mentioned. However, once we checked in, I was in awe of the AKL. The lobby is gorgeous. There is a lot to do around the resort - lots of activities for the kids. The pool area was a lot of fun and yes, it was very cool seeing giraffe and zebra and all kinds of other wildlife walking around the grounds. I still love the Beach Club and the Wilderness Lodge, but now I've added AKL to that list too :)

If you have any other questions or we can help you in any way, please post away. Happy Planning!

Val, Co-CL Disney Vacations

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In reply to: jennyann4
Wed, 02-02-2011 - 1:25pm
Lots of good advice already. I'll just add my two cents on the resort. While I think AKL is great looks-wise, I prefer location as more important than looks. I'd select the Polynesian, Contemporary, or Floridian, for the monorail location - so easy to get to Magic Kingdom and Epcot. Or maybe Wilderness Lodge, since you can take a boat directly to MK. But really, you'll likely enjoy whichever resort you choose. They're all great!

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Wed, 02-02-2011 - 2:07pm

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Wed, 02-02-2011 - 2:52pm
Well, as Hilarie mentioned, it definitely is more convenient to be at one of the monorail resorts, especially if you have little ones. You can take the monorail to the Magic Kingdom, you can transfer from one monorail to another to get to Epcot and you can travel to the other monorail resorts as well. You will still have to take the bus to/from Hollywood Studios, Animal Kingdom and Downtown Disney.
Again the monorail resorts are the Contemporary, the Polynesian and the Grand Floridian. An added bonus at these resorts is you can request wonderful views of the MK. The Wilderness Lodge and Ft Wilderness are located near the Magic Kingdom but not on the monorail line. You can use a boat or a bus from the resorts to the MK and some of the other resorts.

As for Cinderella's Royal Table and any of the other princess meals (dinner at 1900 Park Fare at the Grand Floridian or Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner at Restaurant Akershus in Epcot's Norway), you will definitely find a lot of little princesses dressed in their finery :) My girls always liked to dress up for these meals when they were younger (they're 10 and 12 now so beyond the princess phase *snif* LOL). Also now that there is the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique in the Magic Kingdom (and in Downtown Disney) where little girls can get princess make-overs http://allears.net/btp/bibbidi.htm , you will find many of them roaming the parks all dressed up as well. Since most princess dresses are pretty pouf-y and full of itchy tulle underneath, I always brought large gallon size ziplock bags so that after our meal they could change into a regular park outfit and be more comfortable :)

When are you planning on visiting? You can make dining reservations (ADRs) 180 days prior to your resort check-in date. If you're interested in eating at the Cindi's Royal Table, you'll want to make sure you call at that 180day mark as it is a super popular meal.

Val, Co-CL Disney Vacations