Mom And Daughter; Magic Kingdom; Cinderella's Castle; AA; Mickey Balloon
  • On Jan 20, 2012
    Deanna from AR 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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    We are planning a spring trip with our 8 year old to WDW. We are considering either Animal Kingdom (she wants to see the animals) or Saratoga Springs (close access to Downtown Disney). Any advice on which might be better?

    HI Deanna,

    I have been stayed at both, and I think my heart belongs to the Animal Kingdom Lodge.  I am always amazed at the beauty of the resort with its art, colors, views, and the overall experience.  it is unlike any other resort experience I've ever had.  How often can a giraffe and zebra join you for your morning coffee? 
    I also like that the resort is smaller in size and housed under two roofs:  either Jambo House or Kidani Village (while Saratoga Springs has 12 buildings). In addition, there are three of my favorite restaurants at the resorts:  Boma, Jiko, and Sanaa.

    But if you go book Saratoga Springs, it, too, is a lovely resort with beautiful rooms. It is also convenient if you'd like to golf, visit Downtown Disney, or visit the spa for some pampering.

    So overall, though, the proximity to Downtown Disney wouldn't rank as high as the overall experience of the Animal Kingdom Lodge.  But please keep in mind that is purely opinion.  Either way, you will be way Walt Disney World!

    Please let us know if you have more questions; we are happy to help.   
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Meet the Panelist: Kara, Nebraska

I am a retired teacher with a family of 3 adult sons who have grown up through Disney. I am known by friends as the Star Wars loving Disney Nerd who always wants to serve up tips and ideas of how to make visits to Walt Disney World special and magical.  Learn More About Kara

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