Mom And Kids Animal Kingdom
  • On Feb 23, 2011
    Kelly from PA Asked

    I am trying to decide on a place to stay. Would you suggest animal kingdom lodge, animal kingdom villas (Jambo vs Kidani), or the wilderness lodge. My son will be 8 at time of travel

    Hi Kelly:

    Two reactions: (1) you can't go wrong with either Resort, and (2) most Disney Moms who have weighed in on the Animal Kingdom Lodge vs Wilderness Lodge debate ultimately recommend Wilderness Lodge.

    My view is a bit different. My family's favorite Resort is the Animal Kingdom Lodge. While I'm partial to the benefits and amenities of the Animal Kingdom Lodge, such as the savanna views, the fine dining, and the unique kid and family activities, the resort is sliiiightly further away from three of the parks than many other Disney properties. Many folks feel that Wilderness Lodge's proximity to Magic Kingdom to be a huge plus over Animal Kingdom Lodge's location. That being said, for me, the benefits of the AKL outweigh the extra minutes we may spend on the bus.

    Upon entering the Animal Kingdom Lodge, your family will be mesmerized by the dramatic lobby expertly themed and filled with African artwork, artifacts, a fireplace (at Jambo House), and huge windows. The pools are great at Animal Kingdom Lodge. AKL Jambo House is home to the 11,000 square foot Uzima pool. The pool boasts a 67-foot slide as well as a tyke-friendly wading pool area. AKL Kidani Village is home to the wonderful Samawati Springs pool and kids water playground.

    As you check in, request an activity guide from the front desk for a schedule of organized activities. Although subject to change, we found the following programs, among many others, available during our last stay at AKL Jambo House: ceramics, cookie decorating, face painting, animal tracking, pin trading, African folktale storytelling, and trivia (similar activities are available at AKL Kidani Village).

    Both Resorts feature regular hotels rooms or vacation club villas. Wherever you choose, enjoy your vacation.
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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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