AA Mom And Kids Mickey Ice Cream Bar; DinoLand U.S.A.; animal kingdom
  • On Sep 4, 2010
    Lois 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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    Debating WL vs AKL. Hubby, me, adult son. Which has better transportation to the parks? Tried to compare, but need some help from someone who has stayed at both. Help! Thanks for all the great info from the Moms and Dads on the panel!!

    Hi Lois! I've stayed at both the Wilderness Lodge and the Animal Kingdom Lodge, and they're both beautiful resorts with a somewhat similar architecture. As far as transportation to the parks, I'd have to give the win to the Wilderness Lodge. Its located close to the Magic Kingdom, and you have the option of traveling there by boat in addition to bus. At the Animal Kingdom Lodge, you'll have to use the buses to travel to all of the parks, and the ride is generally longer than what you'll experience from the Wilderness Lodge. The Wilderness Lodge's location close to the Contemporary, Grand Floridian, Polynesian, and Fort Wilderness Resorts also gives you convenient access to lots of dining options, which is a real benefit. So, if convenience is your main concern, choose the Wilderness Lodge. 

    Now, with that being said, I have to tell you that personally, I prefer the Animal Kingdom Lodge. I love the theming of the resort -- you truly feel as if you've been transported to another place there. Sitting on your balcony watching giraffes, zebras, and Ankole cattle grazing on an African savanna is a unique and magical experience that you can't get anywhere else in America. For me, that's worth the slightly less convenient transportation, and an added benefit is that I can often find a less expensive room rate at the Animal Kingdom Lodge than the Wilderness Lodge.

    I hope this helps you decide -- you really can't go wrong with either resort! Come visit us again at the Moms Panel if you have more questions!
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I'm a busy mom of two from North Carolina who loves to find ways to stretch a Disney Dollar so that I can enjoy the luxury of Disney's deluxe resorts and fine dining. Learn More About Amanda

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