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Old 06-30-2013, 08:22 PM   #1
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Wilderness Lodge vs. Animal Kingdom

We are getting ready to book our trip (for September 2014). We are trying to decide between Wilderness Lodge and Animal Kingdom. Each has pros and not so many cons. Any suggestions/opinions would be great. If we stay at AK, we will stay with an animal view.
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Old 06-30-2013, 09:10 PM   #2
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Stayed at both, they are both beautiful but I prefer WL because of its location.
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Old 06-30-2013, 09:20 PM   #3
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We are getting ready to book our trip (for September 2014). We are trying to decide between Wilderness Lodge and Animal Kingdom. Each has pros and not so many cons. Any suggestions/opinions would be great. If we stay at AK, we will stay with an animal view.
We've stayed at both and love both for different reasons. Both resorts have beautiful atmospheres, great pools, great TS restaurants, and we've never had any problems with the buses at either resort. If you want to be convenient to MK, I'd go with the WL as the boat is great for going back and forth to MK (although the buses are just as efficient, IMO ). With that said, even though AKL is out away from everything, we didn't find the buses to be bad at all. Since the buses only go to Kidani and AKL, it didn't take more than about 5 extra minutes to get to the parks compared to other resorts. I would go with the resort that the theme appeals to you the most. I think they are both beautiful resorts with a lot to offer at each and you really can't go wrong with either one. Good luck.
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Old 06-30-2013, 09:42 PM   #4
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I am very interested in the replies. We are thinking of upgrading our AOA suite to AKL instead.
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Old 06-30-2013, 09:47 PM   #5
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There are a lot of beautiful hotels around the globe but its not often you have giraffes to watch from your balcony.
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Old 06-30-2013, 09:58 PM   #6
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There are a lot of beautiful hotels around the globe but its not often you have giraffes to watch from your balcony.
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Old 06-30-2013, 10:02 PM   #7
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If you're going to do savannah view, then I would say AKL hands down. WL is cool, but the only time I might give it the edge is at Christmas when its decorated.
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Old 07-01-2013, 04:46 AM   #8
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Like I said, I am torn between the two. My 10 year old son wants WL and my 14 year old daughter wants AK. I know we are eating at The Whispering Canyon, so it would be nice to already be at our resort. The wait for the busses is not an issue. My husband drives to all the parks, anyway. Parking is free since we are staying on property and we go straight there and straight back. No stopping to drop anyone off. Lol.
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If only they could guarantee that the animals would be outside our room. Then again, we spend so little time in our room. Maybe I should just talk mu hubby into 2 trips so we can stay at both. Yeah right.
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If you're planning a park intensive trip I'd go with WL. The pool, activities and animals at AKL would be best enjoyed during a more resort intensive trip.
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We've stayed at both, and we enjoyed both. You can't go wrong either way.

That being said, AKL is our favorite resort. We love the theming, the animals, the music, and the pool. Coming back to AKL after a long day at the parks always feels like a vacation in a vacation.

We've stayed at AKL for the last two years, and I was debating switching to WL for this summer, but AKL won again.
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There are a lot of beautiful hotels around the globe but its not often you have giraffes to watch from your balcony.
Very good point!
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Stayed at both, they are both beautiful but I prefer WL because of its location.
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If you're planning a park intensive trip I'd go with WL. The pool, activities and animals at AKL would be best enjoyed during a more resort intensive trip.
when we stayed at AKL we spend 3, 1/2 days at the resort and could have spent more. so much to see & do.

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Old 07-01-2013, 09:29 AM   #15
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Depending on the length of your trip...how about a split stay?? I'm doing this and so excited!
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