WL or AKL?

Discussion in 'Disney Resorts' started by jacksmomma, Feb 19, 2008.

  1. jacksmomma

    jacksmomma WWMD?~ What Would Mickey Do?

    Feb 19, 2008
    I am going on a short trip to WDW sans husband and toddler in June/July. My sister is dancing in the MK! :woohoo: We have to stay at the ASM for the first two days of the trip, but I was thinking of surprising them with a "room up grade" and moving to either the AKL or WL. I have never stayed at either resort, which would you recommend? Does it take a while to get places since AKL is at the far end of Disney property?

  2. boomhauer

    boomhauer When the world gets in my face, I say - Have A Nic

    Aug 17, 2005
    It really won't take any longer to get anywhere on property from AKL than WL except for the Magic Kingdom. Distances to everywhere else is pretty equal. Animal Kingdom is obviously closer to AKL.

    Really depends on your tastes. WL is awesome. Stayed there in December and fell in love with it. We're actually doing a split stay between the 2 in July. I'd say since it seems like you'll be spending alot of time at Magic Kingdom, I'd go with WL.
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  4. mpbs

    mpbs Mouseketeer

    Mar 7, 2004
    I have stayed at both and think they are both great. I would recommend AKL if you have children, there is plenty to do and see. WL is great if your children are older teenagers. Which ever hotel you pick you will not be disappointed:dance3:
  5. Jalva22

    Jalva22 DIS Veteran

    Aug 9, 2004
    We have stayed at both and love them both. They are very similar resorts, designed by the same architect, except for the theme. If you are going to spend most of your time at the MK, then WL might be the best fit. There's not much difference between the 2 in getting to Epcot/Studios. The bathrooms at AKL felt a little more upscale to me than those at WL, but both were nice.

    My advice would be to pick the theming between the two that most appeals to you and go with that one.

    We did a split-stay between the two in 2007 and most likely will do the same when we return in 2009. As you can see by my avatar, WL is my favorite. My family, though, is divided on which each one likes best. The one constant: All of us were happy at and amazed by both resorts.
  6. Native NYer

    Native NYer DIS Veteran

    Dec 25, 2007
    If you're going to spend more time at MK, definitely go for WL. If that's not the case, I'd go with AKL.
  7. Cindie-rella

    Cindie-rella ...Laughter is timeless. Imagination has no age.

    May 23, 2004
    AKL ! You can't go wrong. It is such a different place. Your family will love it. It's the next best thing to going to Africa. Where else can you view animals from your hotel room? Not to mention all the viewing area's throughout. And the food there is so different than any other place on property. Delicious! The buses are very efficient. You'll love this resort. :thumbsup2

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