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gillep

DIS Veteran
Joined
Oct 12, 2009
We are choosing between coming in January or the beginning of March. I am concerned that there will be fewer animals wanting to be out on the savannas in January. Anyone have experience or an opinion either way?
Thank you in advance.
We go every January. If it is too cold the animals will be brought into the barns, each species has a different threshold. Usually we don't have issues with this, but every once in a while we will encounter a day or two of a trip where the animals are more inside the barns than out.
 

FredPinsocket

Earning My Ears
Joined
Apr 24, 2019
Is there any info floating around as to when the refurbishments will be completed at the resort? I’ve read that there are still a number of rooms that haven’t yet been updated. Also, do we know if they will be doing any work in the lobby?
 

SnowChaser

Mouseketeer
Joined
Feb 7, 2011
Is there any info floating around as to when the refurbishments will be completed at the resort? I’ve read that there are still a number of rooms that haven’t yet been updated. Also, do we know if they will be doing any work in the lobby?
The most detailed updates I've seen are in the Animal Kingdom Lodge group on Facebook. It's not comprehensive info, but people are sharing what construction they've seen recently, as well as status of rooms they've stayed in. The main thing lately has been that 3rd floor Zebra trail near the lobby was blocked off,a nd people were being re-routed upstairs or outside to reach the rooms behind that section.
 

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  • SharonLowe

    DIS Veteran
    Joined
    Jul 18, 2005
    I’m here now in a beautifully renovated 2BR suite. They are shooting for being completely done February 2020 is what a cast member told me. The last rooms to be done are the standard view rooms. We’re on the second floor Zebra Trail and there is lots of work going on during the day. We have to take main elevators to 5, walk to the elevator on our corridor and then go down to 2. Not a huge deal. However, I am upset that they did not communicate the construction to me ahead of time, especially for the price I’m paying for a 2BR suite. Apparently, I’m not the only one. This is a huge Construction project that should be communicated before you make a reservation. I will be letting management know my opinion.
     

    SharonLowe

    DIS Veteran
    Joined
    Jul 18, 2005
    I’m here now in a beautifully renovated 2BR suite. They are shooting for being completely done February 2020 is what a cast member told me. The last rooms to be done are the standard view rooms. We’re on the second floor Zebra Trail and there is lots of work going on during the day. We have to take main elevators to 5, walk to the elevator on our corridor and then go down to 2. Not a huge deal. However, I am upset that they did not communicate the construction to me ahead of time, especially for the price I’m paying for a 2BR suite. Apparently, I’m not the only one. This is a huge Construction project that should be communicated before you make a reservation. I will be letting management know my opinion.
    just wanted to say that management was very responsive and appreciated the feedback. They gave us some fast passes for the inconvenience and are helping to do something to help us celebrate a special occasion we’re celebrating.
     

    SharonLowe

    DIS Veteran
    Joined
    Jul 18, 2005
    The most detailed updates I've seen are in the Animal Kingdom Lodge group on Facebook. It's not comprehensive info, but people are sharing what construction they've seen recently, as well as status of rooms they've stayed in. The main thing lately has been that 3rd floor Zebra trail near the lobby was blocked off,a nd people were being re-routed upstairs or outside to reach the rooms behind that section.
    2nd-4th floors are partially closed off on the Zebra trail - it is the section from the lobby to the elevators on the Zebra Trail. Everyone on those floors has to go up to
    5 and then down to their floor on the Zebra Trail elevators. Not horrible but not great. All rooms on the Zebra Trail past that point have been renovated other than standard view rooms. This construction should be done “soon” and the rest done by end of February 2020.
     
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  • erider

    Earning My Ears
    Joined
    May 14, 2012
    We are booked at AKL Jambo House Savannah View for February 1st through 7th. I saw some pictures of the refurbishment with a lot of cherry pickers in front of the Savannah view rooms working on the balconies. This has me very worried and we are now considering changing resorts. Does anybody know if this is still going on beginning of February since we don’t want heavy machinery blocking our Savannah view?
     

    Rxdr2013

    Mouseketeer
    Joined
    Dec 20, 2015
    I am worried too. I don't see any information on the Disney site like other resorts have listed when the pools are closed etc. We are staying at AKL during thanksgiving and already see the views in Sanaa were covered on a picture I last saw. Hoping we don't regret paying more to stay here.


    We are booked at AKL Jambo House Savannah View for February 1st through 7th. I saw some pictures of the refurbishment with a lot of cherry pickers in front of the Savannah view rooms working on the balconies. This has me very worried and we are now considering changing resorts. Does anybody know if this is still going on beginning of February since we don’t want heavy machinery blocking our Savannah view?
     

    jcthompson2

    Earning My Ears
    Joined
    Jun 7, 2019
    I am worried too. I don't see any information on the Disney site like other resorts have listed when the pools are closed etc. We are staying at AKL during thanksgiving and already see the views in Sanaa were covered on a picture I last saw. Hoping we don't regret paying more to stay here.
    I tried to talk to a cast member via phone about it last week. They said they had no record of any ongoing construction at AKL and if there were the problems I've seen mentioned on the facebook group they would have had to tell guests ahead of time. It really irked me. They should be able to give some kind of update to guests coming in!
     

    Beachmom0317

    DIS Veteran
    Joined
    Mar 5, 2016
    I am worried too. I don't see any information on the Disney site like other resorts have listed when the pools are closed etc. We are staying at AKL during thanksgiving and already see the views in Sanaa were covered on a picture I last saw. Hoping we don't regret paying more to stay here.
    We ate breakfast at Sana’a last Saturday and while I understand that maintenance has to happen, I was bummed that our view was completely obstructed while dining. I was going to eat dinner there in a few weeks when we return but I changed our ADR to Boma.
     
  • Rxdr2013

    Mouseketeer
    Joined
    Dec 20, 2015
    I wonder how long it will be obstructed?
    We ate breakfast at Sana’a last Saturday and while I understand that maintenance has to happen, I was bummed that our view was completely obstructed while dining. I was going to eat dinner there in a few weeks when we return but I changed our ADR to Boma.
     

    dgbg100106

    Missing the Tag Fiary
    Joined
    Mar 24, 2008
    Here is the latest list of everyone visiting in 2019 & 2020
    If you have any updates please let me know…
    2019
    November
    11/9 - 11/23 krosmith - AKL
    11/16 - 11/24 rubysparkles - AKL
    11/20 - 11/26 carlythecat - AKL
    11/23 - 11/28 Shelleyfs - AKV
    11/24 - 12/1 Jon84 - AKL
    11/25 - 11/29 SarahC97 - AKL
    11/27 - 11/30 jenushkask8s - Jambo
    11/28 - 11/30 MemphisVanessa AKL
    December
    11/30 - 12/04 MinnieMouse3 - AKL
    11/30 - 12/14 - Ashleylvsgoofy - AKL
    11/30 - 12/10 crazycatstacy - AKL
    12/1 TammyLynn33 - AKL Jambo
    12/1 - 12/6 pow510 - AKL
    12/3 - 12/6 Disneyhanna - AKL
    12/4 - 12/12 rangerxenos - AKL
    12/5 - 12/8 MemphisVanessa - AKL CL
    12/5 - 12/12 ZOOMAMA - AKL
    12/7 - 12/14 NMPensFan - AKL
    12/8 - 12/24 Scoobie - AKL Kidani
    12/10 - 12/17 Nancyg56 - AKL
    12/12 - 12/15 softballmom3 - AKL
    12/12 - 12/16 KM82 - AKL
    12/13 - 12/18 Bubby4Clay - AKL Jambo
    12/15 - 12/22 ericar - AKL
    12/20 - 12/30 Shoshana - AKL
    12/21 - 12/26 TinkerBelle_325 - AKL CL
    12/21 - 12/28 jcthompson2 - AKL
    12/24 - 12/29 kimmar067 - AKL
    12/26 - 12/30 elsbit - AKL CL
    2020
    January
    12/29 - 1/4 ChanellF - AKL Jambo
    1/8 - 1/13 lahobbs4 - AKV-Jambo
    1/8-1/15 gillep - ALK CL (DVC)
    1/10 - 1/17 BurleyGirl - AKL
    1/11 - 1/15 MamaJessie - AKL
    1/17 - 1/18 ThinkBelieveDream&Dare - AKL
    1/24 - 2/2 shbarrett - AKL
    1/24 - 2/3 youngdeb12 - AKL
    1/25 - 1/27 KimBean - AKL
    1/25 - 2/2 maranara - AKL
    1/28 - 2/4 mandis77 - AKL
    February
    2/4 - 2/11 mullysisters - AKL
    2/4 - 2/12 Mollygirl21 - AKV
    2/13 - 2/15 Mom2Colin - AKL
    2/14 - 2/20 MadMadamMim1 - Jambo
    2/15 - 2/22 starousse - AKL Jambo
    2/16 - 2/23 ursalita - AKL
    March
    3/1 - 3/6 shakes - AKL
    3/4 - 3/14 VicarJT - AKL
    3/7 - 3/14 nllmncsu - AKL
    3/15 - 3/21 Grumpy by Birth - AKV Jambo
    3/22 - 3/26 jennf - AKL Jambo
    April
    3/29 - 4/4 eeyoreandtink - AKL
    3/29 - 4/5 andral - AKL Jambo
    4/9 - 4/18 WolfePack811 - AKL
    4/14 - 4/25 cincystamper - AKL Jambo
    4/24 - 4/25 Sajchinook2015 AKL
    4/27 - 5/8 lisa12000 - AKL
    May
    5/3 - 5/7 P'colaBeachBum - AKL
    5/5 - 5/10 Lilylogan -AKL
    5/21 - 5/28 disprincesspatty - AKL Jambo
    5/21 - 5/30 dancemom1 - AKV Jambo
    5/24 - 5/29 karen4546 - AKV Jambo
    June
    6/6 - 6/12 malissa90 - AKL
    6/14 - 6/21 amyadams1020 - AKL
    6/28 - 7/4 DisneyDiana - AKV
    July
    7/22 - 7/25 cmarsh31 - AKL
    August
    8/19 - 8/28 Minnieloves4 - AKL
    September
    9/8 - 9/12 Gerweniel - AKL Jambo
    9/10 - 9/24 atkinstogram - AKL CL
    October
    10/1 - 10/15 tinkerbell1991 - AKL
     

    Rxdr2013

    Mouseketeer
    Joined
    Dec 20, 2015
    11/27-12/1 AKL

    Here is the latest list of everyone visiting in 2019 & 2020
    If you have any updates please let me know…
    2019
    November
    11/9 - 11/23 krosmith - AKL
    11/16 - 11/24 rubysparkles - AKL
    11/20 - 11/26 carlythecat - AKL
    11/23 - 11/28 Shelleyfs - AKV
    11/24 - 12/1 Jon84 - AKL
    11/25 - 11/29 SarahC97 - AKL
    11/27 - 11/30 jenushkask8s - Jambo
    11/28 - 11/30 MemphisVanessa AKL
    December
    11/30 - 12/04 MinnieMouse3 - AKL
    11/30 - 12/14 - Ashleylvsgoofy - AKL
    11/30 - 12/10 crazycatstacy - AKL
    12/1 TammyLynn33 - AKL Jambo
    12/1 - 12/6 pow510 - AKL
    12/3 - 12/6 Disneyhanna - AKL
    12/4 - 12/12 rangerxenos - AKL
    12/5 - 12/8 MemphisVanessa - AKL CL
    12/5 - 12/12 ZOOMAMA - AKL
    12/7 - 12/14 NMPensFan - AKL
    12/8 - 12/24 Scoobie - AKL Kidani
    12/10 - 12/17 Nancyg56 - AKL
    12/12 - 12/15 softballmom3 - AKL
    12/12 - 12/16 KM82 - AKL
    12/13 - 12/18 Bubby4Clay - AKL Jambo
    12/15 - 12/22 ericar - AKL
    12/20 - 12/30 Shoshana - AKL
    12/21 - 12/26 TinkerBelle_325 - AKL CL
    12/21 - 12/28 jcthompson2 - AKL
    12/24 - 12/29 kimmar067 - AKL
    12/26 - 12/30 elsbit - AKL CL
    2020
    January
    12/29 - 1/4 ChanellF - AKL Jambo
    1/8 - 1/13 lahobbs4 - AKV-Jambo
    1/8-1/15 gillep - ALK CL (DVC)
    1/10 - 1/17 BurleyGirl - AKL
    1/11 - 1/15 MamaJessie - AKL
    1/17 - 1/18 ThinkBelieveDream&Dare - AKL
    1/24 - 2/2 shbarrett - AKL
    1/24 - 2/3 youngdeb12 - AKL
    1/25 - 1/27 KimBean - AKL
    1/25 - 2/2 maranara - AKL
    1/28 - 2/4 mandis77 - AKL
    February
    2/4 - 2/11 mullysisters - AKL
    2/4 - 2/12 Mollygirl21 - AKV
    2/13 - 2/15 Mom2Colin - AKL
    2/14 - 2/20 MadMadamMim1 - Jambo
    2/15 - 2/22 starousse - AKL Jambo
    2/16 - 2/23 ursalita - AKL
    March
    3/1 - 3/6 shakes - AKL
    3/4 - 3/14 VicarJT - AKL
    3/7 - 3/14 nllmncsu - AKL
    3/15 - 3/21 Grumpy by Birth - AKV Jambo
    3/22 - 3/26 jennf - AKL Jambo
    April
    3/29 - 4/4 eeyoreandtink - AKL
    3/29 - 4/5 andral - AKL Jambo
    4/9 - 4/18 WolfePack811 - AKL
    4/14 - 4/25 cincystamper - AKL Jambo
    4/24 - 4/25 Sajchinook2015 AKL
    4/27 - 5/8 lisa12000 - AKL
    May
    5/3 - 5/7 P'colaBeachBum - AKL
    5/5 - 5/10 Lilylogan -AKL
    5/21 - 5/28 disprincesspatty - AKL Jambo
    5/21 - 5/30 dancemom1 - AKV Jambo
    5/24 - 5/29 karen4546 - AKV Jambo
    June
    6/6 - 6/12 malissa90 - AKL
    6/14 - 6/21 amyadams1020 - AKL
    6/28 - 7/4 DisneyDiana - AKV
    July
    7/22 - 7/25 cmarsh31 - AKL
    August
    8/19 - 8/28 Minnieloves4 - AKL
    September
    9/8 - 9/12 Gerweniel - AKL Jambo
    9/10 - 9/24 atkinstogram - AKL CL
    October
    10/1 - 10/15 tinkerbell1991 - AKL
     

    dgbg100106

    Missing the Tag Fiary
    Joined
    Mar 24, 2008
    11/27-12/1 AKL
    November
    11/9 - 11/23 krosmith - AKL
    11/16 - 11/24 rubysparkles - AKL
    11/20 - 11/26 carlythecat - AKL
    11/23 - 11/28 Shelleyfs - AKV
    11/24 - 12/1 Jon84 - AKL
    11/25 - 11/29 SarahC97 - AKL
    11/27 - 11/30 jenushkask8s - Jambo
    11/27 - 12/1 Rxdr2013 - AKL
    11/28 - 11/30 MemphisVanessa AKL
     

    Pooh12863

    Mouseketeer
    Joined
    Aug 11, 2018
    Here is the latest list of everyone visiting in 2019 & 2020
    If you have any updates please let me know…
    2019
    November
    11/9 - 11/23 krosmith - AKL
    11/16 - 11/24 rubysparkles - AKL
    11/20 - 11/26 carlythecat - AKL
    11/23 - 11/28 Shelleyfs - AKV
    11/24 - 12/1 Jon84 - AKL
    11/25 - 11/29 SarahC97 - AKL
    11/27 - 11/30 jenushkask8s - Jambo
    11/28 - 11/30 MemphisVanessa AKL
    December
    11/30 - 12/04 MinnieMouse3 - AKL
    11/30 - 12/14 - Ashleylvsgoofy - AKL
    11/30 - 12/10 crazycatstacy - AKL
    12/1 TammyLynn33 - AKL Jambo
    12/1 - 12/6 pow510 - AKL
    12/3 - 12/6 Disneyhanna - AKL
    12/4 - 12/12 rangerxenos - AKL
    12/5 - 12/8 MemphisVanessa - AKL CL
    12/5 - 12/12 ZOOMAMA - AKL
    12/7 - 12/14 NMPensFan - AKL
    12/8 - 12/24 Scoobie - AKL Kidani
    12/10 - 12/17 Nancyg56 - AKL
    12/12 - 12/15 softballmom3 - AKL
    12/12 - 12/16 KM82 - AKL
    12/13 - 12/18 Bubby4Clay - AKL Jambo
    12/15 - 12/22 ericar - AKL
    12/20 - 12/30 Shoshana - AKL
    12/21 - 12/26 TinkerBelle_325 - AKL CL
    12/21 - 12/28 jcthompson2 - AKL
    12/24 - 12/29 kimmar067 - AKL
    12/26 - 12/30 elsbit - AKL CL
    2020
    January
    12/29 - 1/4 ChanellF - AKL Jambo
    1/8 - 1/13 lahobbs4 - AKV-Jambo
    1/8-1/15 gillep - ALK CL (DVC)
    1/10 - 1/17 BurleyGirl - AKL
    1/11 - 1/15 MamaJessie - AKL
    1/17 - 1/18 ThinkBelieveDream&Dare - AKL
    1/24 - 2/2 shbarrett - AKL
    1/24 - 2/3 youngdeb12 - AKL
    1/25 - 1/27 KimBean - AKL
    1/25 - 2/2 maranara - AKL
    1/28 - 2/4 mandis77 - AKL
    February
    2/4 - 2/11 mullysisters - AKL
    2/4 - 2/12 Mollygirl21 - AKV
    2/13 - 2/15 Mom2Colin - AKL
    2/14 - 2/20 MadMadamMim1 - Jambo
    2/15 - 2/22 starousse - AKL Jambo
    2/16 - 2/23 ursalita - AKL
    March
    3/1 - 3/6 shakes - AKL
    3/4 - 3/14 VicarJT - AKL
    3/7 - 3/14 nllmncsu - AKL
    3/15 - 3/21 Grumpy by Birth - AKV Jambo
    3/22 - 3/26 jennf - AKL Jambo
    April
    3/29 - 4/4 eeyoreandtink - AKL
    3/29 - 4/5 andral - AKL Jambo
    4/9 - 4/18 WolfePack811 - AKL
    4/14 - 4/25 cincystamper - AKL Jambo
    4/24 - 4/25 Sajchinook2015 AKL
    4/27 - 5/8 lisa12000 - AKL
    May
    5/3 - 5/7 P'colaBeachBum - AKL
    5/5 - 5/10 Lilylogan -AKL
    5/21 - 5/28 disprincesspatty - AKL Jambo
    5/21 - 5/30 dancemom1 - AKV Jambo
    5/24 - 5/29 karen4546 - AKV Jambo
    June
    6/6 - 6/12 malissa90 - AKL
    6/14 - 6/21 amyadams1020 - AKL
    6/28 - 7/4 DisneyDiana - AKV
    July
    7/22 - 7/25 cmarsh31 - AKL
    August
    8/19 - 8/28 Minnieloves4 - AKL
    September
    9/8 - 9/12 Gerweniel - AKL Jambo
    9/10 - 9/24 atkinstogram - AKL CL
    October
    10/1 - 10/15 tinkerbell1991 - AKL
    4/13 - 4/18 Pooh12863 - AKL Jambo
     

    dgbg100106

    Missing the Tag Fiary
    Joined
    Mar 24, 2008
    4/13 - 4/18 Pooh12863 - AKL Jambo
    April
    3/29 - 4/4 eeyoreandtink - AKL
    3/29 - 4/5 andral - AKL Jambo
    4/9 - 4/18 WolfePack811 - AKL
    4/13 - 4/18 Pooh12863 - AKL Jambo
    4/14 - 4/25 cincystamper - AKL Jambo
    4/24 - 4/25 Sajchinook2015 AKL
    4/27 - 5/8 lisa12000 - AKL
     

    Miffy

    DIS Veteran
    Joined
    Dec 13, 2002
    Does anyone know if the drinking water at the Mara is filtered? I'm trying to avoid getting bottled water on this trip. The tap water at WDW just tastes awful to me. I don't even use it to brush my teeth. So I thought I'd bring my refillable stainless steel water bottle with me. But . . . where am I going to refill it?

    Staying at AKL and so immediately thought of the Mara. But I have no idea if the water there is filtered.

    Does anyone know? Thanks!
     

    patty57

    DIS Veteran
    Joined
    Jun 11, 2009
    2nd-4th floors are partially closed off on the Zebra trail - it is the section from the lobby to the elevators on the Zebra Trail. Everyone on those floors has to go up to
    5 and then down to their floor on the Zebra Trail elevators.
    Uh oh. We are staying in a savannah view, club level room Dec. 5-7. I will be pushing my 92 year old mother in a wheelchair. This does not sound good for me.
     

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