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  • On Jan 13, 2015
    Charlene from PA 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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    Im trying to decide between animal kingdom lodge garden view(cant do savanna and port orleans riverside I know one is moderate and the other deluxe but for some reason im drawn to the southern port orleans what is your suggestion will have our 8 yr

    Hi Charlene! Thank you for visiting the Disney Parks Mom’s Panel!

    I will start by saying I am a little biased when it comes to answering this question. Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – Riverside is one of my favorite resorts. In my opinion this resort hotel offers true southern charm. For me there is a certain enchantment when I arrive, and I envision myself actually entering the Mississippi bayou area of the south. I love the quaint lobby, and the stately white-column mansions in the Magnolia Bend area where some guest rooms are located. The food is also delicious even at the quick service area, and I feel that there is a good variety! I find this resort to be easy to navigate. My children also love Ol’ Man Island. Our family always travels on a budget and for us the room size, and southern charm that this resort hotel offers makes the price right for us!

    Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge is truly a stunning resort hotel. While I’ve never been to Africa, when I step inside the Lodge I can imagine that this is what Africa must look and feel like. There are some amazing amenities offered here such a zero-depth entry pool that is themed like an actual natural watering hole, and a supervised children’s activity center called Simba’s Clubhouse where children can go to make new friends while the adults enjoy a night out. For me if I have the option to stay at a deluxe resort hotel, I want to be right in the middle of the action and that would be a Savannah view room. In these rooms you feel like the animals are actually putting on a show just for you. Since your option is to stay at a garden view room, it may not be worth the cost of staying at a deluxe resort.
    Honestly both resort hotels are fantastic family friendly options, but I think that you should follow your heart!

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Meet the Panelist: Heather, New York

Hi there! I'm Heather from Buffalo NY, a planDisney Alumni and proud mom of three. By day, I'm an oncology nurse, but my heart belongs to Walt Disney World. Having navigated the parks with babies, toddlers, tweens, teens, and multigenerational groups, I live to turn dreams into magical vacations. When I'm not exploring the wonders of Walt Disney World, you'll find me sailing the high seas on Disney Cruise Line. Adventure awaits - let's make your Disney dreams come true!  Learn More About Heather

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