Online check-in options at Animal Kingdom Lodge

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Online check-in options at Animal Kingdom Lodge

We have reserved a standard view room at AKL, but the strangest thing was available to me when completing the online check-in. Both "Kudu Trail View" and "Sunset Savanna View" were room options to pick from, among other items like "ground floor" and "close to the lobby." An interesting note also appeared when I made a selection, asking whether checking in on time had higher priority for me than the room options I'd selected (of course I said no). Has anyone had any luck getting a nicer view than what you booked by simply choosing one of these options during check-in, and if so, is paying extra for those views simply a guarantee of the view, whereas this method is only an "arranged if available" courtesy?

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I would be curious to hear what others have to say about this as well... I do know they say the sooner you do your online check in the more likely you are to receive your room requests. I always check in the very first chance that I can so that I have a better chance at receiving my requests... biggrin

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Ooooh! Maybe I should do my online check in now then....I want a top floor, unobstructed corner room with a river view. biggrin

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YES! We book standard DVC (are you DVC too?) and we always choose one of those options (Kudu or sunset) and end up with a downgraded savanna view Laughing out loud

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I haven't seen that during online check in, but I think it's great that they are now options!

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Ooh I'm excited! I have standard DVC booked for my trip in October but was hoping to request a Savannah view if available. This makes it sound like I may be in luck!

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I tried this last summer when we did the online check in for The Boardwalk Inn. It offers a boardwalk view and I did choose it, but our first room (standard view) was supposed to be a parking lot view, so it didn't help us at all. We did ask and received a free upgrade to a boardwalk view, so we lucked out, but not by choosing that option online. You've got nothing to lose, so why not try it? crossfingers

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I'm happy to report it worked! I chose this preference only two days prior to our arrival, and this is our kudu view from the fourth floor! Sorry it's sideways Smile

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Awesome view

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I would lay money that's where we were last trip, looks exactly the same view. Awesome isn't it?!

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Christine wrote:
I'm happy to report it worked! I chose this preference only two days prior to our arrival, and this is our kudu view from the fourth floor! Sorry it's sideways Smile

What do you mean sideways, it's not sideways! (anymore) biggrin

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Yes they have been giving those options, but they are never guaranteed.

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Awesome tip! We're planning on staying AKL on a DVC rental in Dec 2015...I'll be sure to put in the request for one of these rooms! awesome

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awesome view

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