Tuesday, May 3, 2011

The Kilimanjaro Club

AKL Concierge StudioBeing a DVC member sometimes affords me little luxuries that I wouldn’t necessarily take advantage of when paying cash for a room.  One of my favorites is staying on the concierge level.  Though not the most economical use of points, I very much enjoy the daily maid service, nightly turn down, and being mere steps away from an espresso and a nosh in the exclusive lounge.  This 2011 Land/Sea Vacation once again brought me back to the Kilimanjaro Club at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge.

DVC has a mere five, two bedroom lock off units available to book on the club level at Jumbo House, making them a choice reservation to get indeed.   I’ve been lucky enough to book one of them twice by calling first thing in the morning on the date of my 11-month window.  The view from these rooms is just average in my opinion, and where you usually pay more for a better view, I don’t feel that is the case at all for these rooms.  The rooms have either a pool or savanna view, however due to the design of the building it is somewhat obstructed by roofline.  In October I stayed with a Savanna view and was very disappointed, however on this trip we have a pool view and it's lovely.  I'm kicking myself for not bringing the webcam to share it with you that way.  What you are really spending extra points on here is customized service, maid service, access to the club’s itinerary planners, and access to the ever-rotating light food service in the concierge lounge.   
View from DVC Concierge Studio 6406
The food service isn’t enough to carry you through your vacation (after all how much time will you be at the hotel) but the breakfast offerings are enough for us to cover that meal and let us use our Dining Plan in a more creative way.  Last time I returned from a stay on the club level I complained to my husband how much I missed having the coffee made and a light breakfast waiting for me just down the hall each morning.  Daily offerings in the lounge include:

"Miamko (Adventurous Awakenings)
 from 7:00am - 10:30am
Assortment of fresh fruits, juices, pastries and cereals
Vitafunio (Safari Snacks)
 from 11:30am - 3:00pm
Selection of African snacks and beverages
Chai (Afternoon Tea)
 from 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Loose leaf teas, assortment of scones, cookies and biscuits
Kisikusiku (Twilight Offerings)
 from 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Wines, hors d'oeuvres, appetizers from Jiko and Boma 
Rehema (Evening Indulgences) from 
8:00pm - 10:00pm
Fine desserts and premium cordials" [1]
On this vacation we ate dinner both land nights at one of Disney’s Signature (2 credit) restaurants since our breakfast would be eaten at the lounge.  Organizing our food budget in this manner, for this trip, ended up saving us a great deal of money.

Guests staying on the concierge level at Jambo House also have the ability to book some exclusive excursions.   The Sunrise Safari Breakfast Adventure is available on Sundays and Thursdays beginning at 7:30 a.m.  The guided tour with ample photo time follows Animal Kingdom’s popular ride, Kilimanjaro Safari, and lasts for about 45 minutes.  After the Safari, a breakfast buffet is waiting Pizzafari. 

If you would like and even grander exclusive tour the Sunset Safari is also offered to Animal Kingdom Lodge Concierge Guests. This 1 1/2 hour adventure occurs on the savannas of the resort. The sunset safari concludes with a  top-notch African dining experience at the exquisite signature dining experience, Jiko.

If you enjoy being spoiled and your budget allows, I highly recommend giving the Kilimanjaro Club a try. 

[1] http://allears.net/acc/faq_aklc.htm
Disclaimer: 2011 Land/Sea Vacation was paid for and scheduled by DVCMom. I am not a Disney employee nor do I speak for the company.  All activities, reviews and opinions expressed on this website are entirely my own.


  1. We've never stayed at AKL but it's on my "must do" list some day. It looks so beautiful and I love the thought of waking up to giraffes and animals right outside my room. Club level is also on my "must do" list some day. Back a couple of Christmas' ago, we had an AKL CL stay booked and changed resorts to save some money (it's so hard for me to pay that much for a room without an awesome discount or deal of some kind). I enjoy visiting through you blog posts and pictures :)

  2. We stayed at AKL in a 3 bedroom Villa and it was the most beautiful I have ever seen. Waking up to the animals and having a pool table in our room was great. We have never stayed on the Concierge Level but I appreciate all that you post has told me and it definitely seems worth it. I love the idea of the afternoon teat and the late afternoon snacks from Boma. I also think the Sunset Safari is an awesome idea that I want to do, it is one of best experiences in the park and to get some exclusive attention is something to do. tks.