Mom With Kids After Run
  • On May 9, 2011
    Wendy 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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    My husband and will be 6 yr old daughter are visiting WDW in mid Sept. We are trying to decide between staying at Port Orleans Riverside and Animal Kingdom. There is a $750 difference in price & we are trying to decide which way to go for our first vis

    I can personally vouch for both resorts, Wendy.  The moment you walk into the Animal Kingdom Lodge you will be overwhelmed by the magnificent lobby.  A stay there would afford you the convenience of superb dining options, proximity to Animal Kingdom theme park, and the unique ability to possibly see wild animals just off your balcony (should you stay in a savanna view room).  On the other hand, Port Orleans Riverside offers an economical advantage, gorgeous grounds, and a great pool.  Dining options here would be limited, but the resort is in more of a central location so travel time to other theme parks would be shorter.

    You are in the best position to decide what your family's travel priorities are.  If you want to splurge on your resort because you will benefit from convenient dining options and upgraded surroundings, then I'd choose the Animal Kingdom Lodge.  If, however, you plan to spend the majority of your trip exploring the theme parks, you probably won't miss anything by staying at Port Orleans Riverside.  You could always stay at Riverside and book a meal at Animal Kingdom Lodge to get the best of both worlds!  Good luck with your decision.
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Meet the Panelist: Darcie, Alabama

Given your inclination to plan a magical trip, I can already tell we have a lot in common. I'm Darcie, and my friends would be the first to tell you that Disney trip planning (especially dining!) is my love language. Of course, the vacations my family enjoys today look much different than they did when our kids were little, but while some of our favorite activities have evolved, Disney destinations still top our travel wish lists. Let's work together to plan a downright dreamy vacation for your family! Learn More About Darcie

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