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  • On Jan 13, 2010
    Lana Asked

    Hello! Will be in WDW Oct/2010 with kids aged 5 & 2. I am trying to decide between 2 hotels: the Polynesian and the Wilderness Lodge.With kids that age, is it important to have monorail access?Also, is it quite a hike at the Lodge to catch the to bus?

    Hi Lana,

    The Polynesian Resort and the Wilderness Lodge are both fabulous resorts.  The theming at the Polynesian is great and being on the monorail does allow for easy access to the Magic Kingdom, and even Epcot via the Transportation and Ticket Center.  However, the resort is relatively large and it can be a walk from some of the outer most buildings to the Great Ceremonial House where you catch the monorail.

    My personal favorite resort in all of Walt Disney World is the Wilderness Lodge.  I feel like I've left Florida and have been magically transported to the Pacific Northwest.  While it is not on the monorail line, you can easily get to the Magic Kingdom via a boat that runs regularly between it and the park.  The boat ride at night is especially enjoyable; I think it is a magical experience.

    If you stay at the Polynesian, I recommend making a dinner reservation at 'Ohana.  If you stay at the Wilderness Lodge, then I recommend making one at the Whispering Canyon Cafe.  Both are fantastic and my children always have a great time at both.  Of course, you can make a reservation for both regardless of where you stay!

    The bottom line is both resorts are a great place to stay, with or without a family.  The average size room at the Polynesian is a little larger than the average at the Wilderness Lodge, so that may be important to you.  However, the cost for a night at the Wilderness Lodge is usually a little less than at the Polynesian.

    While you are visiting, think about enjoying Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party in the Magic Kingdom.  I think a 5 year old and a 2 year old will absolute love it; the children can wear costumes while trick-or-treating in the Magic Kingdom.

    Have a magical vacation.
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I am an engineer with NASA with prior Air Force service. My wife and I have two boys, ages 13 and 8. At home, I'm known as the "Disney Guy" and I've enjoyed helping guests plan their Walt Disney World, Disney Cruise Line, and Disneyland vacations. Learn More About Bernie

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