AA Mom And Kids Mickey Ice Cream Bar; DinoLand U.S.A.; animal kingdom
  • On Jan 7, 2012
    Nicole from OR 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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    Thanks for all your help! I have another question should I go with a standard view at AKL or royal guest room at POR? I'm going for 4 nights and have 2 young children so mid day breaks are a must. Thanks for the help. I'm loving the Disney dreaming:)

    Hi Nicole! 

    What a great question! It is tough to make a decision when faced with so many wonderful options! The differences between Animal Kingdom Lodge and Port Orleans are quite numerous, so it really depends on the experience your family is looking for. 

    Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge is a deluxe resort amidst a 43-acre wildlife preserve. There are over 30 species of wildlife roaming on four lush, tropical savannas. There is a plethora of recreation options, including close-up animal encounters, children's activity center and a 4,700 square foot pool. There are also many dining options, including Jiko - The Cooking Place, in which I've heard amazing reviews.

    Port Orleans - Riverside will transform you to the Louisiana Bayou, complete with a beautiful lake, mint juleps on the patio and carriage rides throughout the resort. 

    I've had the luxury of seeing the amazing Royal Guest Rooms at Port Orleans, and I have to say, they are incredible! There is a scene on the wall behind the royal beds with fireworks that actually look as if they are shooting off into the night's sky. The bed is fit for a princess with a grand headboard and luxurious bedding. The room is filled with surprises left by Princess Tiana and her best friends, including Belle, Cinderella and Arial. You can even look for the special hidden mickey hiding in the furniture. 

    Personally, I would choose the Royal Guest Room at Port Orleans because of the amazing themeing in this room. Disney really outdid themselves with these beautiful rooms! 

    No  matter which one you choose, I know you will have a magical vacation!

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Meet the Panelist: Stacy, South Carolina

My name is Stacy and I'm a native Carolinian, single mom to two amazing teens, and a Walt Disney World fanatic! My kids and I are Disney Annual Passholders and whether we are celebrating a birthday, running a runDisney race, or simply having a craving for a Mickey pretzel, we visit the most magical place on earth as much as possible! I am ecstatic to share the tips and tricks I have learned over the yEARS as part of the planDisney panel!
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