Mom And Kids Animal Kingdom
  • On Jul 1, 2011
    Jennifer from GA Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Better to go in Sept get the rm only discounts to be able to stay at AKL or wait until Oct and stay at ASM family suite?Would be nice to have xtra room for kids and kitchen in suite. But hard to pass up chance to stay at AKL. Never stayed at WDW resort...

    Hi Jennifer!

    There are many benefits to staying at Walt Disney World including easy access to the theme parks, Extra Magic Hours, Disney's Magical Express, and the use of Disney transportation to travel throughout Walt Disney World. 

    The Animal Kingdom Lodge is an absolutely beautiful resort and one of my favorites.  There's really no comparison between the two.  If you are trying to decide between those two resorts, then I definitely recommend going with the Animal Kingdom Lodge, especially if you plan on spending any time at your resort.  For example, if you plan on spending every available second in the theme parks and only plan on visiting your hotel room to sleep, clean up, etc. then maybe go with the suite to save money.  However, if you plan on taking a break from the theme parks in the afternoon, swimming at your resort, or even taking a whole day off, then definitely stay at the Animal Kingdom Lodge.

    The Animal Kingdom Lodge also has two great Table Service restaurants.  If you stay there, be sure to make an Advanced Dining Reservation at either Boma or Jiko.  Both are fabulous!  Boma is a buffet and an absolute "must do" on my trips to Walt Disney World.

    Good luck with your decision and write back if you have any more questions!
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Meet the Panelist: Bernie, Maryland

I am an engineer with NASA with prior Air Force service. My wife and I have two boys, ages 13 and 8. At home, I'm known as the "Disney Guy" and I've enjoyed helping guests plan their Walt Disney World, Disney Cruise Line, and Disneyland vacations. Learn More About Bernie

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