Where should I go, AKL or Wilderness Lodge?

Discussion in 'Disney Resorts' started by pocketsout, Feb 17, 2008.

  1. pocketsout

    pocketsout Earning My Ears

    Feb 17, 2008

    I am from England, and am planning to take my family ( my wife, myself, and 2 boys, 7 and 2 years old) to Disney for Christmas 2008. We originally booked into the Dolphin Hotel, but have decided to spend a bit extra and book into one of the better Disney Hotels. We can't decide between AKL and the Wilderness Lodge. We have been advised that there is some building work going on at AKL.

    Any advice would be much appreciated.
  2. Samsma

    Samsma DIS Veteran

    Jan 19, 2002
    I'd do Christmas at the WL. Also it would have easier access to MK. We just got back from WL and it will be hard to stay anywhere else. We had a wonderful time. Such great theming and nice people. Yup, definitely WL!
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  4. joenan88

    joenan88 DIS Veteran

    Oct 22, 2007
    ...because of the ages of your kiddies I would also choose the WL..it has great boat service to the MK and CR. Staying at the WL would enable you quick transportation service to the monorail resorts to enjoy there food and gift shops and hop to the MK via the monorail..on the way back you can take the boat back to the WL. The AK has a fun theme but is not in a good location to jump around for ADR's..just my opinion..have fun :thumbsup2
  5. Another vote for WL at Christmas.

    We love both resorts, however, with your timing I would choose WL! :thumbsup2
  6. Atchley

    Atchley "Bedsheets? Who invited that kid?"

    Mar 12, 2006
    We are staying at WL because of its location to MK. I think it looks like a great resort. But to be honest, I like the interior of AKL better I think. For Christmas I would be with WL. The decorations are breathtaking. I am hoping to stay at both WL and AKL someday.
  7. danielle782001

    danielle782001 DIS Veteran

    Nov 4, 2006
    We think there is no place more beautiful than the WL at Christmas time. It is so amazing. Location near MK is great and the counter service there is great. If yous stay there, you should take a horse carriage ride from WL to FW. It is wonderful! Also make a dining reservation at the Whispering Canyon Cafe.

    AKL is great for kids because they can see the animals... My boys do love it there.... But WL wins hands down at Christmas time.
  8. amycishere

    amycishere DIS Veteran

    Jun 10, 2007
    I loved AKL at Christmas-time!! The tree was HUGE and I LOVE the animals!
  9. hoosll

    hoosll DIS Veteran

    Aug 23, 2000
    Both are great choices, they are resorts that will also help you forget that you are WDW and Florida .... I would say with the age of your kids that WL is the best choice as it is so close to MK but I would definitely suggest that on the day that you go to AK, take a bus out to AKL and walk aound, have a meal, it is a beautiful resort and perhaps in a couple of years when the kids are older ....
  10. Ranger1873

    Ranger1873 Mouseketeer

    Sep 13, 2006

    Hi, we've stayed at both WL and AKL. Both are great choices, but the one we keep returning to is the Wilderness Lodge. You'll enjoy getting the boat to MK from there, the theming(especially at Christmas) and the laid-back atmosphere.

    (We're also from the UK)
  11. danny25

    danny25 I love Disney and I´m friend of STICH

    Jan 10, 2008
    hi we have stayed at both and both are fantastic but the boat ride to MK and the geyser are fantastic, I prefer WL and more in that part of the year, I wish you and your family have a fantasic trip
  12. stacy6552

    stacy6552 Keep to the code!

    Jun 18, 2000
    Yes there is construction at the AKL. I would stay there however, if your kids are big big animal nuts. With a savannah view you get night vision goggles to see the nocturnal animals.

    Otherwise I would stay at the WL, mostly because the location is better, imho. Both resorts have great "wow' factor and you can't really go wrong.
  13. splashmtnman

    splashmtnman Mouseketeer

    Aug 14, 2006
    We stayed at AKL Dec.06 w/ two kids DD8 DS6 they just loved it. The first night my daughter woke me up at about 3:30am and drug me to the balcony to see two beautiful giraffes just outside our window. We are staying at WL in August. I would add that if you choose AKL you may want to upgrade to a savannah room so that you are facing the animals. I don't think you can go wrong with either but at Christmas and with a two year old maybe WL would be best this time. Good idea from a post to spend part of a day and visit AKL.
  14. skipperkim

    skipperkim DIS Veteran

    Sep 9, 2003
    I like both resort, but if I had to pick one if I were you it would be WL. You can roll the stroller on and off the boat. So if the 2 yo is sleeping, he won't be disturbed. One hint, before you leave a park at night you might consider dressing the kids in their pj's. That way the can just be put to bed when you get to your room. Of course, you could just leave them in the clothes they had on at the park too. Some people won't do that because normal clothes aren't flame retardant. At either resort I'd request a queen bed with 2 bunk beds. The kids would love that, assuming the youngest doesn't sleep in a crib anymore.
  15. Disney Ron

    Disney Ron It's not a lie, if you believe it.

    Feb 18, 2004
    WL is amazing especially at Christmas time. We were there Christmas 2007.
    Your kids will love the theming. The decorations are breath taking. Not to mention the entertainment during the holiday season. We saw a choir, and bell ringers. :santa: Nothing like experiencing the holiday at WL!! Location is also sooooooooooooooooo much better than AKL.

    Mrs. Disney Ron
  16. jess20k

    jess20k DIS Veteran

    Aug 1, 2006
    That is a tough decision! We just got back from the WL and loved it! It was beautiful! We also took a look around the property at AKL, and really loved it as well. We will be staying at AKL for our next trip, which will be in 2009.

    I like to give different resorts a try, otherwise I would go back to WL for my stay. I do like its location better than AKL, especially that it had the nice boat ride to the MK, we really enjoyed that. But, either way, I am sure you will not be disappointed in either.
  17. Tiffany

    Tiffany DIS Veteran

    Aug 17, 1999
    Just for referrance the AKL and WL are not better then the Swan or Dolphin. In fact the service and amentities as well as location are all better at the S/D. It really depends on what you are looking for from your vacation experiance. If you are looking for convience to the MK and that is where you plan on spending the majority of your time then go with the WL for no other reason then its location to the MK with boat and bus transportation.

    If you are looking for a complete resort experiance and spending equal time at the major parks then go with the Swan/Dolphin.

    If you want the unique experiance of beting able to view animals from your hotel room's balcony then go with the AKL.

    It really comes down to what you are looking for from your vacation experiance.
  18. pocketsout

    pocketsout Earning My Ears

    Feb 17, 2008
    Thanks everybody for replying. It looks like WL wins hands down at Christmas.

    Can't wait.
  19. danielle782001

    danielle782001 DIS Veteran

    Nov 4, 2006
    Have a wonderful time!!! I have no doubt that you will!!! :thumbsup2
  20. Lamandpercy

    Lamandpercy Mouseketeer

    Aug 15, 2007
    We have stayed in both resorts and each has good and bad points.

    AKL good:
    Best hot tub on property imho
    Very friendly staff who will tell you about the animals
    Pool big and quiet usually
    Boma does a great breakfast

    AKL bad:
    Big resort, it can be trek from the lobby back to rooms
    Location, takes a while to get to MK on the bus
    The only resort I got insect bites at (take some DEET!)

    WL good:
    Lobby is fabulous as is theming thorughout (although so is AKL)
    We saw animals here too - hummingbirds and an armadillo
    You can walk the nature trail to Fort Wilderness, we saw a deer and had the trail all to ourselves. There are pony rides, carriage rides and Campfires at Fort Wilderness, there is also a bus back to WL.
    Location - easy boat ride to MK.
    Can hire boats for a trip round bay lake but might be one for dad and ds 7 while you look after the 2 year old"

    WL bad:
    Buses can be packed and most are shared with FW. We got a bus to BB water park one morning and were like sardines!
    Lobby can be noisy when fun n games are on in Whispering Canyon.
    Main pool was very crowded, we liked the quiet pool at the villas which you can use if staying in WL.

    We are staying at both this year (August) as it's such a close call between the two for us - we love both resorts. With 2 kids tho I reckon WL would be the better option as you are close to MK. OP suggested you visit AKL and this would certainly be a possibility just get a bus from AK. Whispering Canyon is a fun place to eat, especially for your 7 year old. If your little one doesn't like noise however I would stear clear, its very very noisy!

    Whatever you choose you will have a great time I'm sure, I wish I could visit WDW for Christmas!
  21. GailT

    GailT <font color=blue>I'm ba-ack!!!!<br><font color=mag

    Apr 28, 2001
    If I was choosing between those 2 hotel I would say WL hands down, I have stayed there many times and it is the perfect choice:)

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