I will try to keep this as a bullet-point list:
-Everyone was polite and helpful but not overtly friendly, even though my kids had birthday pins on AND we were staying Club Level. One older cast member was extremely nice and playful and I wish I had asked his name because he deserves mentioning.
-The room had an odd smell, a mixture of humidity and moth balls. If you crank of the A/C and run the fan it goes away (or you get use to it?). Unfortunately the A/C turns itself off automatically (power saving measure) after a certain amount of time so we would return to the room and it would be 70 again (with no fan on). But ridiculously the TV was turned on every night during turn-down service even though we weren't in the room for another several hours.
-On Sunday our room still wasn't cleaned at 4:30pm when we arrived back from the park (we left for the Sunrise Safari at 6:45am). We lingered upstairs at the lounge for another hour before giving up and returning to the room at 5:30pm to find they were just finishing it. At 7:00pm we were about to leave for dinner when there was a knock at the door,...turn down service. Seriously??
-One towel animal for the entire trip. And I left a $5 tip every morning in fancy envelopes the kids decorated for Mousekeeping. With such service I seriously contemplated stopping leaving it out.
-Our room was on the 4th floor Zebra Trail, which was typical of Club Level rooms (I asked). 6th floor is the lounge. 5th/6th floors are DVC rooms. We were a hike from the lounge. Not good.
-Transportation. Ok, I went into this prepared for the worst but very hopeful that reviewers were exaggerating..... They weren't. I am sad to say that the bus transportation leaves so much to be desired. You have to add a good 20mins in addition to the hour that is already suggested when planning to be anywhere on time. And all the bus stops are far away from the parks, except at HS, where AKL is one of the stops closest to the entrance (YAY). We did not park hop (often) or enjoy mid-day breaks (like we are accustom to) because of the transportation issue.
-The view. Wow, the animals were amazing. My children, DD (13) and DS (8) really loved tracking what animals we saw on the guide provided and learning some fun facts about them. I was able to take some great pictures. I can say we saw Zebras, Ostriches, Giraffes and some horned animal regularly. But there were many others too, I was just thrilled with the giraffe.
-I read people complained about the smell. On the day we arrived it had rained and there was definitely a putrid odor while on the balcony. HOWEVER.... that was a ONLY day that it really had any smell and it never traveled into the room.
-The beds were really comfortable. I was surprised after reading reviews that complained about the beds. The kids each had a bunk bed which was fantastic. I did think the room was on the smaller side, but that was ok since the kids kept their respective goodies on their own beds this time.
-The rest of the room was pretty standard as to what you would expect from one of the Deluxe room layouts.
-The pool is a basic swim around in pool. I didn't notice any real organized games and activities like at other resorts. Nothing to engage the kids. The slide was just a slide. The hot tub was spacious and in lush surroundings but it was hard to find (unless looking) which made it hard to enjoy when you have kids.
Overall, I would not cross this off my list of places to stay, but it would not be on my top repeat resort list. Club Level was definitely NOT worth it. My non-picky kids didn't like the adult food and were bored with the same kids offerings every day. I noticed that the adult appetizers were repeated every other day, and weren't terribly delicious.The staff was standoffish. There were limited tables (although granted more than at other CL lounges we have been to), but because we were SO far away from our room we ended up sitting on the floor in the kids area or worse skipping all together.
This is the first vacation we were all glad we were going home.
An experience yes, glad we stayed. But similar to other "must-do"s at WDW, now that I have the proverbial t-shirt......
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Step into the heart of Africa at this magnificent Resort hotel. Inspired by the traditional African kraal, the horseshoe-curved design provides spectacular views of 4 lush savannas that over 200 hoofed animals and birds call home. Delight in dazzling pool areas, exciting animal programs and one of the largest collections of African art in the United States as you experience your own African safari adventure with a touch of Disney magic. ... more less
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