Kilimanjaro Safaris; Animal Kingdom; AA
  • On Sep 3, 2011
    Janice from OH Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

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    Celebrating 30yr wedding anniversary. Two of us alone for first time since kids! Loved AKL but want something different but similar grandeur and rich in atmosphere. GF too expensive. Pool and spa not important. Any suggestions?

    Hi Janice:

    I've always found that Wilderness Lodge Resort is the most comparable Resort to Animal Kigndom Lodge.  The rooms are similar in size and the price is usually comparable also.  Similar to Animal Kingdom Lodge, the first thing you'll notice about Wilderness Lodge is the stunning atmosphere and theming. Wilderness Lodge is themed after the American Northwest, and is a a deluxe Resort providing deluxe resort amenities. Just like Animal Kingdom Lodge Jambo House, Wilderness Lodge features a breathtaking lobby, complete with fireplace.  Also the restaurants at Wilderness Lodge are wonderful and include the hearty Artist Point and the fun Whispering Canyon Cafe. 

    One of the best parts of staying at the Wilderness Lodge is that there is boat transportation to the Magic Kingdom. The boat ride to the Magic Kingdom takes about 10 minutes. Boats are generally scheduled to depart every 20 minutes, but often set sail more frequently.

    Other options to consider are the Polynesian and the Contemporary.  The Polynesian has a relaxing tropical feel, a great pool, proximity to the Parks, and has great restaurants right on sight. I also have a soft-spot for the Contemporary Resort, one of the original Walt Disney World Resorts. I still remember the wonder I felt as a six-year old staying at the Contemporary Resort and watching the monorail run right through the A-frame Tower and marveling at the lobby's 90-foot, floor-to-ceiling ceramic mural created by Disney Legend, Mary Blair.

    Enjoy your vacation.
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Meet the Panelist: Jonas, New York

I am a family man and huge Disney fan raising two awesome and rambunctious boys.  As Disney Vacation Club members, we travel to Walt Disney World often. Learn More About Jonas

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