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Old 10-08-2012, 06:37 PM   #1
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Bay Lake Towers or Animal Kingdom Lodge?

I am finally down to 2 options - both would be a 2 bedroom villa. The choices we have are BLT or AKL. We've stayed at AKL and loved it, but I am always up for something new and would really like to try a resort on the monorail.

Since our last visit I have developed moderate arthritis in my hip. The pain is usually tolerable, but I do have trouble walking long distances. Can anyone give me a sense of the distance from BLT to the Counter Service at the Contemporary? Those in the group I am going with aren't into table service so we would probably end up eating on the run most days.

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Old 10-08-2012, 09:00 PM   #2
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Wow both are great and have plus and minuses. It depends what you are looking for.


BLT- Location, Location, Location. Great rooms.

AKV- Amazing grounds, great pool, wonderful theming, animals.

BLT- Pool and grounds not so great. With that Location, you are in the thick of it. Not as relaxing imo.

AKV- very far from theme parks. No walking or monorail hopping.
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Old 10-08-2012, 09:26 PM   #3
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If you can get a room right by the one set of elevators, the walk would not be that bad. the one set of elevators is right by the bridge that takes you into the Contemp.

( we normally have the furthest room from the Contemp and it is only a 5 min walk. -- if that.)

Bay Lake is our favorite resort. I love the location!! (and shopping, and the food court)
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Old 10-08-2012, 10:05 PM   #4
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I definitely prefer BLT! It is one of my absolute favorites. AKL doesn't have a ranking anywhere on that list (although it is pretty, I'll give it that!)

The little bridge to the contemporary is very short, just a little hallway. It would depend on how close you could be to that side of the building. It's not a long walk at all. However, I wouldn't recommend the walking path to the MK. This could be a problem late at night when the monorail stops running.
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Old 10-09-2012, 08:00 AM   #5
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We have stayed at both. AKL itself is our FAVORITE.... BUT at Disney LOCATION is super important to us too! Can you do a split stay? Otherwise I would chose BLT for the location!

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Along with everything said by PP, Mara is one of the top rated CS restaurants in WDW. There is a wide range of foods for all palettes. I guess I'm biased though AKL is our fav
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Old 10-15-2012, 10:42 PM   #7
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I'm a huge fan of BLT. there's nothing quite like being on the monorail. For walking distance, any room from blt to the contempo cafe strikes me as shorted than any room at Kidani to Mara
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