Kilimanjaro Safaris; Animal Kingdom; AA
  • On May 21, 2008
    Jessica from SC 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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    I'm checking into our accomodations options, and the top two are Animal Kingdom Lodge(cheaper) and Fort WIlderness Cabins(little pricier). We're going w/ friends already staying at FWL, do you think the cabins would make for a better group experience?

    I think you've got things confused a little here. The Animal Kingdom Lodge is a deluxe resort located near the Animal Kingdom park. The Fort Wilderness cabins are in the Fort Wilderness Campground and are priced more modestly. There is no hotel that would be abbreviated FWL. I think you mean that they are staying at the Wilderness Lodge resort which is located in the same general Magic Kingdom area as the Fort Wilderness Campground. (In case I'm wrong -- I would NOT recommend that you stay at the Animal Kingdom Lodge, as wonderful as it is, if your friends are at either the Wilderness Lodge or Fort Wilderness. The AKL is about as far away from Fort Wilderness as you can get and still be at WDW.)

    Disney Mom Laura and I had the opportunity to tour the Fort Wilderness cabins a few months ago as part of a press event. I have to say that my kids would be in heaven here. The accommodations are quite spacious. There is a bedroom with a double and bunk beds, a kitchenette, and a living room with a pull-down Murphy bed (every kid's dream sleeping arrangements). Plus, you have lots of outdoor space for the kids to run around.

    I have stayed at the Wilderness Lodge many times. I am a Disney Vacation Club owner there. This one of my favorite resorts, with a great pool and two of the best restaurants at WDW. I love love love staying there.

    There is a boat launch that travels between the Wilderness Lodge and Fort Wilderness, this takes about  15 minutes. There is also a bike or walking path that you can use to get between the two in about the same amount of time (though I wouldn't do this at night because it is not well lit).

    I'm all in favor of groups having accommodations near each other. I find it makes planning much easier, but if cost is a factor, then the Fort Wilderness cabins are great option that is very popular with families.
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I have three teenage daughters. We're DVC members obsessed with Disney travel. We've been to Walt Disney World countless times and have visited Disneyland & Disneyland Paris. We've taken several Adventures by Disney and Disney Cruise trips. Learn More About Erin

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