Mom And Son Safari
  • On May 5, 2014
    Daniel 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 is taking our very first trip to Disney this Sept. We are currently booked at Port Orleans. We may have an option for just $400.00 more to stay at the Wilderness Lodge. I am on the fence around the change. Is it worth it for the kids?

    Hello, Daniel!

    Congratulations on planning your very first trip to the Walt Disney World Resort!  Be sure to make advanced dining reservations asap.  You won't want to arrive without them, and many popular restaurants fill up months in advance.  In addition, familiarize yourself with My Disney Experience to make the most of your trip planning.  

    Now on to your question!  The answer is really a matter of opinion.  I truly enjoy both resorts for different reasons, and I don't think you would be disappointed either way.  That said, let me point out some differences.  The theming is unique and interesting at both resorts.  Disney's Port Orleans Resort features theming of the South while Disney's Wilderness Lodge is reminiscent of a grand lodge in the National Parks.  Port Orleans has exterior hallways while the hallways at Wilderness Lodge are all enclosed within the resort.  Disney Transportation is provided at both resorts, and you will rely solely on bus transportation at Port Orleans to get to the four major parks.  To get to Magic Kingdom Park from the Wilderness Lodge, you have the option of taking a relaxing and scenic water launch (boat).  Kids adore the pools at both resorts, but there's something extra special about the Silver Creek Springs Pool at the Wilderness Lodge. If the change to Wilderness Lodge fits within your budget, I would definitely consider it.  It falls within the Deluxe level of accommodations and I think you will be impressed with the "step up" from the moderate resorts.   Keep in mind, however, you can't go wrong either way!  

    I wish you a truly magical vacation.


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Meet the Panelist: Jacqui, Illinois

A Walt Disney World veteran traveler since the early 1970's, I can't wait to help you plan the most MAGICAL vacation.  I am a Disney Vacation Club Member and an Annual Passholder.  Whether you need tips for traveling with babies, toddlers, adolescents, adults or seniors, I can help you create the most Pixie Dusted adventure. There aren't many things our family hasn't experienced at Walt Disney World, and I would love to make suggestions so that you will have the vacation of a lifetime!  Learn More About Jacqui

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