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  • On Aug 24, 2011
    Stacy from IL 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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    This is a great site! We are visiting WDW in March 2012 with our 2 kids (5 and 4), and my inlaws are coming as well. Villa is too expensive, so we are looking at standard rooms in Wilderness or AKL, which is the better option?

    Hi Stacy!

    Our family has had the great fortune to stay at both the Animal Kingdom Lodge and the Wilderness Lodge. These are two of our favorite resorts! You can't go wrong with either choice!

    For an animal lover, nothing can beat the Animal Kingdom Lodge. There aren't too many other places where you can see giraffe, wildebeest and zebras from your hotel room! Even those in standard view rooms can enjoy the many common areas with wonderful vistas. There are also quite a few children's activities which would be perfect for kids at ages 4 and 5. There are African stories told fire-side and an African music parade complete with musical instruments played by the kids. The pool area is also wonderful and features a zero-entry area that kids love to play in. Transportation to and from all parks will be via buses.

    The Wilderness Lodge is also a wonderful resort! Featuring many of the same benefits as the Animal Kingdom Lodge, this resort has a Pacific Northwest theme - complete with totem poles stretching nearly to the ceiling. Activities here often feature cookie decorating and movies on the beach at night. Transportation to the Magic Kingdom will be via boat and other parks can be reached by bus. For Epcot, there is an option of a monorail from the Magic Kingdom, but you'll need to change at the Ticket and Transportation center.

    If you plan on spreading time out evenly between the parks then the location of Animal Kingdom Lodge won't really be a factor (4 parks by bus via 3 at the Wilderness). However, if most of your time will be spent at the Magic Kingdom, the boat will be a great convenience!

    With younger kids a day off is always a great idea! Or if it fits better with schedules, a half day at the parks and an afternoon at the pool can be a great compromise!

    Hope this helps! Enjoy your trip!
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Meet the Panelist: Kathie, South Carolina

Our family of four is an adventurous and nerdy bunch! Vacations match our lifestyle with tons of action, rides, park-hopping and over-the-top experiences. Dining is tops too! From scrumptious snacks to vegetarian meals, we enjoy it all! Learn More About Kathie

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