EPCOT; Mother and Son; Spaceship Earth
  • On Jul 15, 2009
    Lisa from NJ 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.

    My family & I plan to visit Disney October, 2009. Trying to decide between AKL or The Wilderness Lodge. Which one would you recommend and why? Thank you.

    Hi Lisa,

    These are both great resorts.  They have a very similar feel inside, and you'll have a great vacation wherever you choose to stay.

    If you can afford to get a room with a savanna view, then stay at Animal Kingdom Lodge.  Waking up and walking out onto your balcony in the early morning mist to see giraffes and other animals grazing is truly a sight to behold. 

    If a savanna room is out of your price range, I recommend staying at Wilderness Lodge.  Like I said, the feel is very similar - especially in the lobby.  Both resorts have a stunning, multi-story lobby with a huge fireplace to welcome you.  The pool at Wilderness Lodge is a little more appealing to kids than the one at Animal Kingdom Lodge, and there is a replica of Old Faithful that goes off every every hour, that's kind of fun.  Location - ferry access makes getting to Magic Kingdom super convenient.  Also, if you stay there, it's easy to head over to Fort Wilderness for Mickey's Backyard Barbecue or the nightly campfire/sing-along AND, don't forget you can catch the Electric Water Pageant from the beach of your resort.

    Both resorts have great dining.  Whispering Canyon Cafe and Artist Point at Wilderness Lodge are family favorites.  Likewise, Boma & Jiko at Animal Kingdom Lodge top my list for dining favorites.  So whichever resort you choose, make sure to dine at a restaurant in the other resort.
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Meet the Panelist: Diane, Georgia

After spending 25 years in RI, my husband and I relocated to GA with our youngest, who is now in high school. I took my first trip to Walt Disney World when I was 11 and I have traveled many times since then with all different party sizes. From creating our first itinerary as a honeymooner to later creating magical experiences for our multigenerational family gatherings, every aspect of planning a vacation has been pure joy to me.  Learn More About Diane

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