Jambo everyone, from one of the new Zebra Trail DVC rooms on the 5th floor of Animal Kingdom Lodge.
Lightning in the area has closed the Uzima Pool, so I figured this would be a great time to share my adventure. Well, at least the beginning of it.
It has been a very exciting day for me so far. I was lucky enough to secure a Savanna View Studio. With only 10 rooms opening today, I was really lucky to get one. I had been staying at All Stars Music for the last few nights and a cast member at the concierge desk was kind enough to call and check on the AKL reservation. To my surprise, Disney planned to "release" the rooms at 10:00 am. Good-bye AS Music, Hello Animal Kingdom Lodge!
I arrived at the AK Lodge just before 9:00 am and I was the first DVC member to use the free valet parking service here. That was pretty cool.
I proceeded to the front desk and check-in was very, uneventful. Hmm.... After all, it is OPENING DAY. Where's the party? Well, why not check out the location of the room. I went up to the 5th floor and was immediately booted out by security who informed me that it is hard hat area. Well, maybe my map reading is not so good. I decided to just wait till the room was released at 10 am.
With almost an hour to kill, I walked out to the Arusha Rock Savanna Overlook and things were quiet. I was debating between having breakfast at Boma; it's a wonderful buffet or the food court, The Mara. The food court won and it turned out to be a good thing.
Mike, who helped with my check-in, approached me just as I was paying for breakfast and asked me to return to the front desk when I finished my meal. Is there a problem with my reservation, I asked? He assured me there wasn't and it would be "a good thing" to return when I finished because "people" from the Vacation Club wanted to meet me. OK. I could not concentrate on my breakfast so I was really glad it was only a $6 meal instead of a $17 buffet. The feeling was similar to when the Dream Team asked me if I knew about The Year of a Million Dreams Giveaway. Visions of Cindy's Castle danced in my head, till they handed me a fastpass. What was to come this time?
It turned out Mike, is with the IT department and in charge of the new software for the villas not the front desk. Once I arrived back at the front desk, he introduced me to Genny, the Opening Project Manager for the DVC Villas. Genny congratulated me on “officially” being the first member to check-in for the opening. She also asked if I would be willing to be interviewed and have my photo taken for the members website. Well, YES!
More from Animal Kingdom Lodge's Opening Day to come.
The previous post in this blog was Animal Kingdom Lodge Villa Construction Photos.
The next post in this blog is Opening Day at Animal Kingdom Lodge Villas - Part 2.