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View Poll Results: WL, AKL, or BWI?
Wilderness Lodge 18 36.00%
Animal Kingdom Lodge 12 24.00%
BoardWalk Inn 20 40.00%
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Old 06-03-2013, 09:16 AM   #1
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WL, AKL, or BWI?

Hi all! I made a thread a little while ago asking for suggestions for resorts for my upcoming trip with my dad. He and I have narrowed it down to three options: Animal Kingdom Lodge, Wilderness Lodge, and BoardWalk Inn. I'd love to get some input!

A little background: My dad hasn't been on a vacation in a long time, about 8 years. He's taking me for my 21st birthday (woo!). He wants to relax, so this will likely be a very laid-back trip. Neither of us have ever stayed at a Deluxe. I so rarely get to travel with my dad, as you can see, so I want this to be a really great trip. I know it will be no matter where we stay, but still, I'd love to get your opinions!
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Old 06-03-2013, 09:40 AM   #2
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I voted for Boardwalk because I think the two of you would really enjoy staying in an Epcot area resort. There are plenty of restaurants in the area, and the World Showcase is a few minutes walk.

But the Wilderness Lodge is a great place to stay, too, especially if the theme appeals to you. I don't think you can go wrong with either one.
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Old 06-03-2013, 09:52 AM   #3
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Another vote for BWI.
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Old 06-03-2013, 09:59 AM   #4
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Got to go with the overall WOW factor.... WL.... One of the most detailed to perfection, isolated by in the MK area, peaceful and serene resort on property!!
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Old 06-03-2013, 10:02 AM   #5
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Hands down BWI!!!!

ETA: IMO your dad would love the boardwalk area and Epcot! The boardwalk area is more adult oriented.
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Old 06-03-2013, 11:18 AM   #6
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I vote for the Boardwalk too. EPCOT hotels are our favorites...the boardwalk is just festive and fun!
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Old 06-03-2013, 12:44 PM   #7
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I picked the BWI because of the location. You'll be close to both Epcot and DHS, plus have all the entertainment options on the Boardwalk. I'd pick AKL or WL for families with younger children, but adults only I say the Epcot resorts are the best choice.
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Wilderness Lodge and Animal Kingdom Lodge were created by the same architect. Both are stunning! So which is more appealing to your dad -- being in a National Park setting or the African setting with animals nearby? Both my DH and I love the sense of being removed from the hustle and bustle of the parks. I picked AKL because I cannot get enough of giraffes and zebras. I also love Jiko, Boma and Sanaa much more than the WL dining options.

The Boardwalk area does have lots going on and easy access to Epcot and DHS. I stay at the Dolphin when I want to be in the Epcot area -- it's great for F&W. The Swalphin is less expensive than BWI, YC or BC and the beds are fabulous!

But for a resort focused stay -- my choice is either AKL or WL.
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I picked AKL, figuring that folks from Canada can see WL like spaces but seldom AKL. BW might invite you to be more engaged (frenetic) with all the things at your finger tips (two parks, the boardwalk, stuff to walk to...).
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Old 06-03-2013, 02:52 PM   #10
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Hard choice! It really depends on what you want to do and whether you like the bus system or not.

If you plan to spend a lot of time at the resort, then I vote for AKL. There is so much to do and see. If you can splurge, a room with a savanna view is amazing. The only major downside if that there are no nearby parks that can be accessed without bus transportation.

If you want proximity to parks (Epcot and DHS), then BWI is a great option. It's walking distance to Epcot and kind of walking distance to DHS (about a mile). It's very easy to "pop" into Epcot.

So, it really depends on which you want...animals or proximity!
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Old 06-03-2013, 03:12 PM   #11
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AKL is my favorite!
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I've stayed at all 3 and my favorite is BWI.
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Old 06-03-2013, 04:48 PM   #13
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Thanks so much everyone! It's a close race in the poll right now. I guess every resort has its fans! My dad and I will talk about it. It's so hard to choose when they're all so amazing! Keep the opinions coming!
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Old 06-03-2013, 05:45 PM   #14
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I've also stayed at all 3 and WL is my favorite. It basically comes down to personal preference since they are each very different themes.
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Old 06-03-2013, 07:23 PM   #15
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All so nice, but the convenience of EPCOT, especially all that fun and delicious food at World Showcase, would make the BWI the obvious choice for us.
Have a great birthday, and a great trip!

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