Mom And Daughter Outside Grand Floridian
  • On Aug 1, 2013
    Laura Asked

    PO Riverside Royal Guest room or DVC Wilderness Lodge? PO has the nicer rooms, princess themed for my 4 yr daughter but Wilderness lodge (WL) is closer/easier to get to MK (for my 1 yr old son). WL rooms look outdated? Thoughts?

    Hi Laura,

    Thanks for visiting the Disney Parks Moms Panel with your question! Deciding between these two resorts is a tough decision. Let me give you some thoughts that I hope will help.

    The Royal Guest Rooms at Disney's Port Orleans Resort - Riverside are lovely. I had a chance to tour them last year, and if your 4-year old daughter loves princesses, she will love these rooms. Overall, I also really like the lush setting at this resort. The theme at The Villas at Disney's Wilderness Lodge is, in my opinion, a little subtler, especially for young children. The theme of Pacific Northwest National Parks may be a bit lost on little ones, and the rooms to tend to be a bit darker.

    The Villas at Disney's Wilderness Lodge are geographically closer to Magic Kingdom than Disney's Port Orleans Resort- Riverside; however, The Villas at Disney's Wilderness Lodge are not on the monorail loop. You will still need to wait for either a boat or a bus to take you from The Villas at Disney's Wilderness Lodge to Magic Kingdom. The ride will be a bit longer from Disney's Port Orleans Resort - Riverside; however, I do not think that it is so much longer that it would be a deal breaker for me. 

    The final consideration for my family would be room layout and in-room amenities. A Deluxe Studio at The Villas at Disney's Wilderness Lodge feels a little bit bigger and has a kitchenette. That would be the deciding factor for us. Between the two resorts, we would stay at The Villas at Disney's Wilderness Lodge - though I totally understand why you might choose Disney's Port Orleans Resort - Riverside.

    I hope that this helps you to make your decision, Laura! Have a great time planning your vacation, and please do not hesitate to ask if you have any further questions.
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Meet the Panelist: Mona Leigh, Maryland

I'm a Director at the University of Maryland, wife, and mother. When I'm not at work or with my family, I'm often planning a Walt Disney World trip for my family or friends. I'm a Disney Vacation Club Member, and am excited to help you plan your trip!  Learn More About Mona Leigh

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