We are trying to decide between staying at the Wilderness Lodge or Animal Kingdom Lodge with our 6 and 4 year olds. The only question/concern with the Wilderness Lodge is the distance to the resort seems to be farther and transportation to/from the parks may be more limited. What are your thoughts? (Great website by the way.)
Brian, thanks for stopping by the site! This is a great question about two of the most unique hotels at Walt Disney World. These two Lodges are known for their luxurious themeing, but are the least conveniently located of the Deluxe category Disney resorts. Let’s look at the pros and cons of each – Dad might even have a solution to that transportation problem!
This week at Dad’s Blog we talked about the three categories of hotels – including Dad’s assessment of the Deluxe resorts. Now it’s time to roll up our sleeves and dig a little deeper!
Wilderness Lodge is technically one of the Magic Kingdom area hotels. It doesn’t connect directly to the Monorail, but it does have a boat to the Magic Kingdom, and from there you can hop on the Monorail to Epcot. There are buses to Epcot, Disney Hollywood Studios and Animal Kingdom.
Wilderness Lodge also sits on Bay Lake, just like Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground and Disney’s Contemporary Resort. This means that guests have access to a marina complete with SeaRayers, other boats, bikes, and surreys to rent. From here, you can take a Segway tour at Fort Wilderness to boot!
Animal Kingdom Lodge is located way over on the other side of Walt Disney World. The only thing close is Animal Kingdom (and you still have to take a bus to get there). Buses also run to Epcot, Disney Hollywood Studios, and Magic Kingdom.
While Animal Kingdom doesn’t have all of the recreational amenities that Wilderness Lodge has, it’s pretty amazing. It has over 30 acres of savanna, which is home to more than 200 animals! Some rooms have balconies overlooking the savannahs, but all guests are welcome to spot the animals from special viewing areas and there are plenty of special educational activities where you can learn more about them.
Both resorts have some pretty neat features. Both are far away from everything. But, as promised, Dad has a simple solution to this problem! Are you ready? Are you sure? Okay, here goes…. Dad suggests always having a car at Disney World! (Betcha didn’t see that one coming.)
Dad’s Bottom Line
Brian, both of these hotels are fabulous choices for a memorable family vacation. Does your family prefer being active outdoors or learning about animals? That should be your deciding factor. You really can’t go wrong with either choice!