Mom And Daughter Aulani Room
  • On Aug 1, 2013
    Laura Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    PO Riverside Royal Guest room or DVC Wilderness Lodge? PO has the nicer rooms, princess themed for my 4 yr daughter but Wilderness lodge (WL) is closer/easier to get to MK (for my 1 yr old son). WL rooms look outdated? Thoughts?

    Hi Laura,

    Thanks for visiting the Disney Parks Moms Panel with your question! Deciding between these two resorts is a tough decision. Let me give you some thoughts that I hope will help.

    The Royal Guest Rooms at Disney's Port Orleans Resort - Riverside are lovely. I had a chance to tour them last year, and if your 4-year old daughter loves princesses, she will love these rooms. Overall, I also really like the lush setting at this resort. The theme at The Villas at Disney's Wilderness Lodge is, in my opinion, a little subtler, especially for young children. The theme of Pacific Northwest National Parks may be a bit lost on little ones, and the rooms to tend to be a bit darker.

    The Villas at Disney's Wilderness Lodge are geographically closer to Magic Kingdom than Disney's Port Orleans Resort- Riverside; however, The Villas at Disney's Wilderness Lodge are not on the monorail loop. You will still need to wait for either a boat or a bus to take you from The Villas at Disney's Wilderness Lodge to Magic Kingdom. The ride will be a bit longer from Disney's Port Orleans Resort - Riverside; however, I do not think that it is so much longer that it would be a deal breaker for me. 

    The final consideration for my family would be room layout and in-room amenities. A Deluxe Studio at The Villas at Disney's Wilderness Lodge feels a little bit bigger and has a kitchenette. That would be the deciding factor for us. Between the two resorts, we would stay at The Villas at Disney's Wilderness Lodge - though I totally understand why you might choose Disney's Port Orleans Resort - Riverside.

    I hope that this helps you to make your decision, Laura! Have a great time planning your vacation, and please do not hesitate to ask if you have any further questions.
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