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  • On Aug 1, 2013
    Loria Asked

    My family will be traveling to Disney in Feb, 2014. My son is 13. We are trying to decide between The Wilderness Lodge or Animal Kingdom or maybe New Orleans - Riverside. Is the WL and AKL worth the expense or would New Orleans be just as good?

    Hi Loria!

    Our family has had the great fortune to stay at both the Animal Kingdom Lodge and the Wilderness Lodge. These are two of our favorite resorts! You can't go wrong with either choice - but if I have to choose just one resort, I'd pick Wilderness Lodge.

    For an animal lover, nothing can beat the Animal Kingdom Lodge. There aren't too many other places where you can see giraffe, wildebeest and zebras from your hotel room! Even those in non-savanna view rooms can enjoy the many common areas with wonderful views. There are also quite a few children's activities which would be perfect for kids. My teens love viewing the animals with Night Vision goggles. The pool area is also wonderful and features a zero-entry area to play in. Transportation to and from all parks will be via buses.

    The Wilderness Lodge is also a wonderful resort! Featuring many of the same benefits as the Animal Kingdom Lodge, this resort has a Pacific Northwest theme - complete with totem poles stretching nearly to the ceiling. Activities here often feature cookie decorating and movies on the beach at night. Transportation to the Magic Kingdom will be via boat and other parks can be reached by bus.

    If it isn't a budget breaker, I think these two resorts are worth the extra splurge, BUT if it is just too much of a stretch you really can't go wrong with Port Orleans French Quarter either. It is my favorite moderate resort AND you can plan a meal at either of the other resorts just to visit and check them out!
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Meet the Panelist: Kathie, South Carolina

Our family of four is an adventurous and nerdy bunch! Vacations match our lifestyle with tons of action, rides, park-hopping and over-the-top experiences. Dining is tops too! From scrumptious snacks to vegetarian meals, we enjoy it all! Learn More About Kathie

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