Mom and daughter on Expedition Everest
  • On May 11, 2013
    Maureen Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    We are booked at the WL for a week in Sept. The FDP offer was announced and now we are thinking about changing resorts, because it will still cost less than our original amt. I am struggling between keeping the WL or going to AKL or BC. Opinions?

    Hi, Maureen!

    Well, you've picked three beautiful resorts, so I can see why you are torn!

    To be honest, I am an avid fan of the Disney Dining Plan because it allows my family to sit down at a fantastic Walt Disney World restaurant and order any entree without worrying about it's price; we've already paid for it. The DDP has allowed us to save so much $ over the years, as we research which restaurants offer the most luxurious options and book our Advanced Dining Reservations accordingly.

    If you don't have your heart set on keeping your reservation at Disney's Wilderness Lodge, I think you'll find Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge equally spectacular. Be sure to request a Savannah View room so that you'll get to enjoy watching the residents of the savannah from the comfort of your own balcony. We can't get enough of it! Animal Kingdom is just a few minutes' ride on a resort bus, making your trip there very convenient.

    If proximity to two parks and nighttime entertainment is more important to you, then take a look at Disney's Beach Club Resort. You'll have walking and boat access to both Disney's Hollywood Studios as well as Epcot. Disney's BoardWalk, too, is a great place to spend a fun evening, without even needing a park ticket.

    In short, if I were to be able to stay at either of the two resorts which are available with a free Dining Plan for less $ than a stay without Dining at Wilderness Lodge, I would do it in a heartbeat. It's a win-win, Maureen!

    Send more questions as you think of them, too, Maureen; we love to help!
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Meet the Panelist: Andrea, Pennsylvania

I am a teacher, wife and mom who has been a member of the Disney Vacation Club since 2003. I love discovering a new favorite DVC resort, fantastic restaurant or hidden gem onboard a Disney ship! I'm a micro-planner who can help you capture your own magic! Learn More About Andrea

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