Jambo! The newest AKL Information thread

  • jlundeen

    Mickey Fanatic
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    Mar 6, 2011
    We are heading to Kidani in 8 days!! Totally excited here. Wondering if anyone can verify the phone number listed on the first thread for the direct fax to Kidani. I'm sending my room requests as a back up to my TA adding to our reservation, and Touring Plans fax. We have a Dlx Std Studio, (since that's all that was available), and I'm hoping to snag one of those with a partial savannah view.... long shot, I know, but hey, it doesn't hurt to ask....

    I've recently read that they no longer read the ones from Touring Plans and if anyone has any recent info on that, that would also be appreciated!

    Thanks in advance!
     

    CastAStone

    Model Citizen. Reformed Mathlete.
    Joined
    Jun 25, 2019
    We are heading to Kidani in 8 days!! Totally excited here. Wondering if anyone can verify the phone number listed on the first thread for the direct fax to Kidani. I'm sending my room requests as a back up to my TA adding to our reservation, and Touring Plans fax. We have a Dlx Std Studio, (since that's all that was available), and I'm hoping to snag one of those with a partial savannah view.... long shot, I know, but hey, it doesn't hurt to ask....

    I've recently read that they no longer read the ones from Touring Plans and if anyone has any recent info on that, that would also be appreciated!

    Thanks in advance!
    I got to KV today and got the EXACT room I put as my example using Touring Plans.
     

    Starwind

    DIS Veteran
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    May 7, 2014
    We are heading to Kidani in 8 days!! Totally excited here. Wondering if anyone can verify the phone number listed on the first thread for the direct fax to Kidani. I'm sending my room requests as a back up to my TA adding to our reservation, and Touring Plans fax. We have a Dlx Std Studio, (since that's all that was available), and I'm hoping to snag one of those with a partial savannah view.... long shot, I know, but hey, it doesn't hurt to ask....

    I've recently read that they no longer read the ones from Touring Plans and if anyone has any recent info on that, that would also be appreciated!

    Thanks in advance!
    My understanding from reading a post elsewhere from touring plans is that Disney asked them to stop faxing and instead gave them a private email address to use and instructions on how to send the requests. The touring plans requests are now sent via email.

    See here which has part of the explanation: https://help.touringplans.com/hc/en-us/articles/360035256233-Room-Request-Timing

    SW
     
  • jlundeen

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    Mar 6, 2011
    My understanding from reading a post elsewhere from touring plans is that Disney asked them to stop faxing and instead gave them a private email address to use and instructions on how to send the requests. The touring plans requests are now sent via email.

    See here which has part of the explanation: https://help.touringplans.com/hc/en-us/articles/360035256233-Room-Request-Timing

    SW
    Ah. That makes sense. I wonder if I should even send my personal fax to them then? Maybe it just annoys them now! 🙄
     

    Kc0912

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    Mar 7, 2019
    Ah. That makes sense. I wonder if I should even send my personal fax to them then? Maybe it just annoys them now! 🙄
    Personally, I don’t interpret Disney’s request as an annoyance thing.... mainly just that the technology is changing and faxing isn’t necessarily a means of request that they are looking to continue much longer. Seriously, no-one faxes anymore!!
    I’d probably fax the request if you’re staying in the next couple of weeks. Otherwise, I’d stick to the online check-in being a means of your request.
     

    Hannahh25

    Earning My Ears
    Joined
    Feb 2, 2014
    My understanding from reading a post elsewhere from touring plans is that Disney asked them to stop faxing and instead gave them a private email address to use and instructions on how to send the requests. The touring plans requests are now sent via email.

    See here which has part of the explanation: https://help.touringplans.com/hc/en-us/articles/360035256233-Room-Request-Timing

    SW
    Do you know by any chance if there is a way to make general requests rather than an exact room? We were hoping to just request a partial savannah or partial pool view room rather than a specific room number. Would it be best to just call Disney instead of putting the request in via TP?
     
  • MemphisVanessa

    Point me towards Animal Kingdom!
    Joined
    Feb 9, 2016
    Do you know by any chance if there is a way to make general requests rather than an exact room? We were hoping to just request a partial savannah or partial pool view room rather than a specific room number. Would it be best to just call Disney instead of putting the request in via TP?
    I would still set up a TP room request. Choose a room that is a good example of what you are looking for. In the "Additional Information" section mention that you are looking for a partial savanna view or partial pool view and thank them for their consideration. This is what the section looks like:

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    tinkerbellmagic

    DIS Veteran
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    Apr 15, 2003
    Hi there, does anyone know if room 4130 Jambo House is an actual savannah view room or a standard view room? TP has it listed as "garden view?"
    Gorgeous resort! Thanks so much!
     
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    Babsy

    DIS Veteran
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    Oct 30, 2001
    Anyone know where the standard view King bedrooms are located in Jambo? Are they common or more rare?

    Thanks for any help!
     

    sndral

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    Feb 3, 2008
    Hi there, does anyone know if room 4130 Jambo House is an actual savannah view room or a standard view room? TP has it listed as "garden view?"
    Gorgeous resort! Thanks so much!
    TP’s accuracy vis a viz AKL/AKV views isn’t great. Assuming the 4th floor is similar to the 5th floor on this image https://www.google.com/search?q=akl+map+wdw&client=safari&hl=en-us&prmd=imnv&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwjh8Nb99tjkAhWDlp4KHagOD14Q_AUoAXoECA8QAQ&biw=1366&bih=931#imgrc=nc4Zkyj-ZLXJFM room 4130 looks like it would be on Ostrich trail overlooking a narrow portion of Sunset savanna - perhaps it’s one of those partial savanna views classified as standard views?
    Note the image is of DVC villas, so the room numbering on the lower floors would be slightly different, but presumably rooms ending in even numbers on Ostrich trail would face Sunset savanna and rooms ending in odd numbers would face the parking lot.

    Edit to add link to YouTube of 4130, unfortunately it’s dark out so can’t tell the view lol
     
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    tinkerbellmagic

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    Thanks so much for the reply and video, sndral. That was so nice of you to include that. :)

    TP’s accuracy vis a viz AKL/AKV views isn’t great. Assuming the 4th floor is similar to the 5th floor on this image https://www.google.com/search?q=akl+map+wdw&client=safari&hl=en-us&prmd=imnv&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwjh8Nb99tjkAhWDlp4KHagOD14Q_AUoAXoECA8QAQ&biw=1366&bih=931#imgrc=nc4Zkyj-ZLXJFM room 4130 looks like it would be on Ostrich trail overlooking a narrow portion of Sunset savanna - perhaps it’s one of those partial savanna views classified as standard views?
    Note the image is of DVC villas, so the room numbering on the lower floors would be slightly different, but presumably rooms ending in even numbers on Ostrich trail would face Sunset savanna and rooms ending in odd numbers would face the parking lot.

    Edit to add link to YouTube of 4130, unfortunately it’s dark out so can’t tell the view lol
     

    Hannahh25

    Earning My Ears
    Joined
    Feb 2, 2014
    I would still set up a TP room request. Choose a room that is a good example of what you are looking for. In the "Additional Information" section mention that you are looking for a partial savanna view or partial pool view and thank them for their consideration. This is what the section looks like:

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    Ok we will do that - thank you!!

    On that note.....does anyone know if the 3rd/4th floor of zebra trail looking over Uzima savannah have been refurbished (around
    3542 - 3556ish)? Or Kudu trail sunset savannah?

    Trying to request the right room and aim for a refurbished one if we can :)
     

    TinkerBelle_325

    Canadian Disney Fan & Vlogger
    Joined
    Aug 21, 2001
    Does anyone know if the short rib entree is back on the menu at Jiko? I know the entree selection has been limited with the Lion King Prix Fixe, but the current menu on the WDW website appears to show a more expanded entree lineup - but my favourite short ribs are missing :(

    Is there anyone currently staying at AKL Jambo that would be willing to check the menu posted outside the restaurant?
     

    OhThePain

    DIS Veteran
    Joined
    Jan 20, 2010
    Ok we will do that - thank you!!

    On that note.....does anyone know if the 3rd/4th floor of zebra trail looking over Uzima savannah have been refurbished (around
    3542 - 3556ish)? Or Kudu trail sunset savannah?

    Trying to request the right room and aim for a refurbished one if we can :)
    We were in 345? (don't remember the exact number) which was an Uzima view and across the hall from us were pool view rooms. Our room was refurbished as was my parents' who were on the same hall. My sister was on Zebra closer to the lobby on the same floor but she did not have a refurbished room (it was a bunk bed room). We were there the last week in August. The hallway we were down was the cut off point where everything beyond there on the Zebra Trail was closed off. They were working on the exterior of the building. You could tell they had taken off all the doors to the rooms down Zebra because at night you could see the hallway light in the rooms. It was kind of interesting knowing all the rooms I could see were empty. Peaceful and earie at the same time.

    Keep in mind this was almost 3 weeks ago, so maybe more rooms have opened since?
     

    slyster

    Mouseketeer
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    Jan 20, 2002
    When are all the rooms supposed to be refurbished? I'm planning a trip to Disney and most likely AKL in a year.
     


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