Mother, Son, Giraffe, Kilimanjaro Safaris, Animal Kingdom, Savannah
  • On Feb 16, 2013
    Lana 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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    The family and I are making our first trip to Disney and are attempting to choose between Animal Kingdom and Wilderness. 9yr daugther and 7 yr old son. The four of us will be travling this October 2013 Can you help me figure out how to choose?

    Hello Lana!  Welcome to the Disney Parks Mom´s Panel.

    What a great age (7 and 9 years) and time of the year to visit Walt Disney World for the first time.

    The Animal Kingdom Lodge and the Wilderness Lodge are two of the best themed resorts at Walt Disney World.  Both resorts feature Deluxe rooms and Deluxe Villa rooms.  These are great options for families that spend some time at their resort and enjoy elegant and unique settings.

    As its name suggest, Disney´s Animal Kingdom Lodge is located really close to Animal Kingdom theme park and connected by a short bus ride.
    The whole resort decoration and theme is about Africa integrating four savannas as part of the resort experience.  Some rooms have view to one of the savannas, as well as most walking areas, restaurants and outdoor settings. 
    It also features two pools with water slides, great outdoor activities and three amazing restaurants - Jiko (Signature), Boma (buffet) and Sanaa - each with a unique African culinary experience. 

    Disney´s Wilderness Lodge, connected to the Magic Kingdom by bus or boat, allows guest to change pace and relax in a magical woods-like environment.  
    Also features a beautiful pool and "Geyser", awesome outdoor activities and a great Signature restaurant - Artist Point.  Wilderness guest are very close to Mickey´s Backyard BBQ and Hoop-De-Doo Musical Revue, two great dinner shows.

    Happy to help you plan a magical Disney vacation.

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Meet the Panelist: Miguel, Puerto Rico

I am honored with the opportunity to design Disney experiences to share with my wife and kids.  I enjoy experiencing what Walt Disney World offers that is not available anywhere else, and look forward to helping you discover it with your family. Learn More About Miguel

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