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  • On Jan 13, 2015
    Charlene from PA Asked

    Im trying to decide between animal kingdom lodge garden view(cant do savanna and port orleans riverside I know one is moderate and the other deluxe but for some reason im drawn to the southern port orleans what is your suggestion will have our 8 yr

    Hi Charlene! Thank you for visiting the Disney Parks Mom’s Panel!

    I will start by saying I am a little biased when it comes to answering this question. Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – Riverside is one of my favorite resorts. In my opinion this resort hotel offers true southern charm. For me there is a certain enchantment when I arrive, and I envision myself actually entering the Mississippi bayou area of the south. I love the quaint lobby, and the stately white-column mansions in the Magnolia Bend area where some guest rooms are located. The food is also delicious even at the quick service area, and I feel that there is a good variety! I find this resort to be easy to navigate. My children also love Ol’ Man Island. Our family always travels on a budget and for us the room size, and southern charm that this resort hotel offers makes the price right for us!

    Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge is truly a stunning resort hotel. While I’ve never been to Africa, when I step inside the Lodge I can imagine that this is what Africa must look and feel like. There are some amazing amenities offered here such a zero-depth entry pool that is themed like an actual natural watering hole, and a supervised children’s activity center called Simba’s Clubhouse where children can go to make new friends while the adults enjoy a night out. For me if I have the option to stay at a deluxe resort hotel, I want to be right in the middle of the action and that would be a Savannah view room. In these rooms you feel like the animals are actually putting on a show just for you. Since your option is to stay at a garden view room, it may not be worth the cost of staying at a deluxe resort.
     
    Honestly both resort hotels are fantastic family friendly options, but I think that you should follow your heart!

    ~Heather~
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Meet the Panelist: Heather, New York

I am a mom, wife, oncology nurse, daydreamer, and wannabe Disney Princess! If I am not on a Walt Disney World vacation, I am planning my next one. I have experience navigating the parks with babies, toddlers, tweens, teens, and large multigenerational groups. I love helping others plan their Walt Disney World vacations and I am here to help make all of your dreams come true! Learn More About Heather

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