Kilimanjaro Safaris; Animal Kingdom; AA
  • On Sep 6, 2011
    Kimberlee 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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    Hi Moms! We are taking our first Disney trip in December. We are staying offsite b/c we couldn't pick a hotel! We would really like to check out the Comtemporary and Animal Kingdom Lodge, how do we visit these to see if we want to stay there next time?

    Hi Kimberlee,

    How exciting to be planning your first Disney vacation, and you've picked my favorite time to visit! The resorts and parks are incredibly decked out and are so very beautiful during the holidays.

    You should plan a day of "Resort Hopping" to check out the many spectacular Disney resorts. From the Magic Kingdom, take the monorail over to the Contemporary Resort. You can explore it to your hearts content and really get a feel for the property. From there, I would ride the entire resort monorail loop and check out the Grand Floridian and Polynesian as well. Be sure to spend some time admiring the incredible gingerbread house in the Grand Floridian and the gingerbread tree in the Contemporary. You can also take the ferry over to the Wilderness Lodge which is especially pretty in December. If you have time on an Epcot day, walk out back through the International Gateway to the Yacht & Beach Club (my favorite resorts). They have a chocolate carousel that is incredible. For the Animal Kingdom Lodge, hop on a bus bound for there from any of the parks. This resort in particular is absolutely breathtaking.


    I recommend that you make Advanced Dining Reservations at Boma - The Flavors of Africa for the evening that you are at Animal Kingdom Lodge.  My family considers this a "must do" on all Disney vacations.

    Hope this helps and that you have a wonderful vacation! Have fun choosing where you'll stay on your next trip, as I'm certain you'll be bitten by the Disney bug when you are there!


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Meet the Panelist: Kaylene, Massachusetts

I'm a blessed Mom of five fabulous kids, a Disney Vacation Club member, and an Annual Passholder. I've stayed in every Disney Resort on property, and I've traveled to Walt Disney World Resort with infants, toddlers, tweens, teens, grandparents, and on countless multi-generational family vacations! Learn More About Kaylene

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