• On Jan 14, 2008
    Jennifer from AL 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.

    We are planning our first trip to Disney World and would love to stay at either the Animal Kingdom Lodge or the Wilderness Lodge. Our children are 4 and 8. Which one do you recommend taking into account transportation, dining and accommodation?

    If you will be traveling prior to April 2009, then I would recommend Wilderness Lodge simply because of the on-going construction for the Disney Vacation Club at the Animal Kingdom Lodge. While the construction may not be impacting guests, you wouldn’t want to be surprised with a new phase of the project causing noise or other issues.

    Accommodations at both resorts are very similar including room size and layout.

    Transportation from Animal Kingdom Lodge to other parks can be time-consuming due to the hotel's remote location on property. The exception, of course, would be for the Animal Kingdom. However transportation is only via bus and does not stop at other hotels.

    Wilderness Lodge has two modes of transportation:
    1. Boat to Magic Kingdom
    2. Bus to the other parks
    Note that Wilderness Lodge shares the bus route with the Grand Floridian and Polynesian.

    Dining at Animal Kingdom Lodge offers more upscale options. Wilderness Lodge offers the Whispering Canyon Café which is a fun-filled atmosphere for children. Both Lodges have small food courts.
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Meet the Panelist: Kimberly, Tennessee

I am a stay-at-home mom with a 12 year old son. I thrive on planning vacations, especially to WDW. Inspiring families to vacation at Disney with a memorable itinerary and budget-saving tips is extremely rewarding for me. Learn More About Kimberly

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