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  • On Jan 13, 2011
    Stephanie from PA Asked

    looking to stay in 9/11 with my husband, 3 kids ages 6, 4, and 6mons. coronado springs was 1st choice but distance of actual hotel is swaying me. the akl looks wonderful but is it worth the cost for savannah room vs pool view?

    Hi Stephanie:

    The Animal Kingdom Lodge is one of my family's favorite Disney Resorts. You will find a variety of activities to keep your children entertained. In fact, depending on the length of your vacation, I would consider scheduling a day at "home" to explore the resort.

    While I don't know your exact budget, my general position is that the savanna view is worth it. My kids, close in age to yours, and I love being able to see animals only a few feet away from our balcony. There are several savannas spread out along both Animal Kingdom Lodge properties, Jambo House and Kidani Village. When you check in, ask for copies of the Wildlife Field Guide, enough for each party member. The field guide is a fun way to learn about the resort's animals. The guide will provide not only a listing of the animals roaming the resort's savannas, but will also provide animal identification pointers, behavioral tips, and check boxes to record any animals you spot. Think of it as a great big Disney scavenger hunt around the Resort.

    Although the animals may be subject to change, our family spotted the following animals from our balcony on our last trip: Ankole Cattle (look for one walking a bit lopsided, as if one horn is heavier than the other horn), Zebra, Okapi, Roan Antelope, Greater Kudu, Impala, Nyala, Giraffe, and ostriches.

    If you don't opt for a savanna view, you can still see animals on the savannas from strategically placed windows located throughout the Resort.
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Meet the Panelist: Jonas, New York

I am a family man and huge Disney fan raising two awesome and rambunctious boys.  As Disney Vacation Club members, we travel to Walt Disney World often. Learn More About Jonas

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