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Old 02-07-2013, 06:26 AM   #1
Rachel Harmon
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Question Boardwalk villas vs. Wilderness Lodge villas vs. animal kingdom

We are taking our 5 and 7 year old boys to Disney in April...none of us have ever been. I'm so confused as to which resort to stay, as we've never been to any parks. Will MK be too kiddy for them??? Will Epcot/HS be too big for them?? Help! Any ideas would be great! Rach
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Old 02-07-2013, 06:57 AM   #2
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Our first trip to Disney was when our two DSs were 6 & 8 and they loved all of the parks. I think MK is great for all ages, but for your kids and their ages, MK is perfect. As far as which villa to choose, I would go with either VWL or AKV. VWL is close to MK and AKV is great if they love animals. We've never stayed in any of the villas, but we have stayed at both WL and AKL and both are beautiful resorts and great places to stay. With that said, the MK area is our favorite and not only is VWL in close proximity to MK, but it's very convenient to the CR via boat where you can shop, dine, and visit and then hop on the monorail to visit the Poly and GF. Good luck deciding, although I'm sure you will have a magical trip no matter which resort/villa you choose .
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Old 02-07-2013, 07:00 AM   #3
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I'll get crucified but I'll venture in anyway...


Children, from my experience and standpoint enjoy the MK better than the other parks...

We prefer WL to any other resorts on property just on location alone.... Being a boat ride from the MK and MK being our favorite park ....

Everyone has their reasons for their favorite resorts and whatnot.... But for us, even after 47 trips, the MK is our favorite park and the WL has served us well over 10 of those visits!!
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Old 02-07-2013, 07:04 AM   #4
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I was roughly 7 years old when I made my first trip to WDW. I LOVED all the parks (except AK, because it didn't exist yet). Odds are your kids will enjoy MK the most though.

As to resorts options, I've stayed at all 3 of those resorts and loved them. You really can't go wrong, but for the family frequenting MK, Wilderness Lodge is definitely the wise choice (and it happens to be my new favorite resort regardless).
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Old 02-07-2013, 07:10 AM   #5
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MK is still my 15 & 13 yrs old favorite park! although they do love RnR and ToT. We spend alot of time at MK --its my favorite park too.

I love the fireworks too!!

As for where to stay.. AKV or WL get my vote. My kids love seeing the animals, but being close to MK is always a plus. either resort will be great. BW is great for Epcot
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Old 02-07-2013, 07:56 AM   #6
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WL is in a great location with it being so close to MK. BWV is in walking/boating distance to EPCOT and HS. AKV has amazing views of the animals.

All of these resorts are very different and have different perks and locations.
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Old 02-07-2013, 09:50 AM   #7
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Pool situation

Great comments! Sooo helpful! I've read a lot of negative comments about the WL pool being too crowded. Is the Boardwalk pool bigger??? Less crowded? Not that I will be at the pool a lot, but with small kids you never know. Also, Boardwalk does NOT have a kids club, right?
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Pool situation

Great comments! Sooo helpful! I've read a lot of negative comments about the WL pool being too crowded. Is the Boardwalk pool bigger??? Less crowded? Not that I will be at the pool a lot, but with small kids you never know. Also, Boardwalk does NOT have a kids club, right?
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Old 02-07-2013, 08:38 PM   #9
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Since it's your first trip to WDW, I'd go with the quiet of the WLV instead of the hustle and bustle of the BWV. The parks can be quite exhausting, and chances are you will be more in need of quiet than additional entertainment.
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Old 02-07-2013, 08:47 PM   #10
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I vote for Wilderness for your first trip as well! Can't go wrong with either- but it being a first trip I think it will be nice to be on the lagoon, close to MK, and I also agree Wilderness is a little more relaxed and I think that will be nice on a first trip. I love the WL pool personally as an adult- so relaxing and natural looking. I've always found BWI to be a little stressful- especially when I stayed there years ago.
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