Ask It: Animal Kingdom Lodge vs. Wilderness Lodge

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Two Deluxe resorts. Both designed by the same architect. Both with impressive theming. Both with great dining options. Both with nearby and attached Disney Vacation Club properties. Today we’re asking:

Which resort is better?

  • Animal Kingdom Lodge (52%, 218 Votes)
  • Wilderness Lodge (48%, 201 Votes)

Total Voters: 419

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Laurel Stewart

Laurel has been visiting Walt Disney World since 1971 when she was negative-15 years old and running the Disney races since 2007. Her favorite attraction is Big Thunder Mountain.

21 thoughts on “Ask It: Animal Kingdom Lodge vs. Wilderness Lodge

  • June 6, 2018 at 11:07 am

    Had to go with AKL, Love both so much though

  • June 6, 2018 at 11:38 am

    I’ll be happy to take either, but AKL always seems a little more special.

  • June 6, 2018 at 11:44 am

    Of the Disney Resorts I’ve stayed at, these are my two favorites, but head-to-head I would choose Wilderness Lodge. I love everything about it.

  • June 6, 2018 at 12:01 pm

    Would choose Animal Kingdom as we really enjoyed our stay there – but Wilderness Lodge is much closer to most of the parks. It seems we spend a lot more time on the bus when we stayed at Animal Kingdom.

  • June 6, 2018 at 12:52 pm

    Love both, but the Wilderness Lodge wins for me because of the closeness to the Magic Kingdom, boat taxi to MK, Bay Lake, the big rockers, ease to get to rooms, love the theme a little more!

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  • June 6, 2018 at 1:01 pm

    Have never stayed at AK because WL always wins out for us on location alone (and the water pageant, which is one of my most favorite things anywhere).

  • June 6, 2018 at 1:24 pm

    This is a tough choice as these are my two favorites. The dining and savannas at AKL give it my vote despite the inconvenient location .

  • June 6, 2018 at 3:35 pm

    Can’t beat having the animals right there.

  • June 6, 2018 at 3:49 pm

    Love both, but Wilderness Lodge holds a special place in my heart.

  • June 6, 2018 at 4:07 pm

    They are both great and have stayed at both of them. To me, Wilderness Lodge wins hands down because of Animal Kingdom Lodge feels really spread out and in the middle of nowhere. Have to take a bus to get anywhere. And even getting from one side of the resort to the other can be a huge walk. Wilderness Lodge is more contained, you can take a boat to MK, Contemporary (have a drink and watch fireworks at CA Grill) Fort Wildnerness for Hoop De Doo, etc

  • June 6, 2018 at 4:44 pm

    Animal Kingdom Lodge hands down. 2 fantastic pools, plenty of interactive activities, 3 table service restaurants, 1 take out, 5 bars, giant rooms with savanna views right from the room and ZEBRA, GIRAFFE, Red River Hogs (so funny), and many other animals all right there to see.

    WL is cute, and a very relaxing place to visit, but AKL is a complete resort experience.

  • June 6, 2018 at 5:17 pm

    I gave the slight edge to Animal Kingdom, because of the restaurants. Just stayed at the Wilderness Lodge last month for our 10 year wedding anniversary. The cast there was incredible, and so was the view from our room. You can’t go wrong with either resort.

  • June 6, 2018 at 5:27 pm

    Both resorts have plenty of rainbows. If you can’t decide, AKL is considerably less expensive so there’s that :v)

  • June 6, 2018 at 7:44 pm

    Gotta be Wilderness 100%. From the second you enter the lobby with those majestic totem poles, you feel like you’re in Yellowstone which was Disney’s intent. And the location is fantastic for going to the Magic Kingdom

  • June 6, 2018 at 7:49 pm

    My kids and I are at odds here. They love Animal Kingdom Lodge for the animals, I’m in love with Wilderness Lodge Villas, although I own DVC at AKV and it ranks a very, very, super close second to WL Villas.

    I have to say it’s the boat horns in the morning that tipped the scale for me. There’s just something so magical about knowing out on the dock there are other families coming and going to the Magic Kingdom all the time that puts me in a state of bliss. Well, that and Territory Lounge. 😉

  • June 6, 2018 at 9:05 pm

    This would have been an easier choice pre-expansion of Wilderness Lodge, the removal of all the trees and the addition of the cabins took a lot of the charm from the resort. However, Animal Kingdom Lodge, for as wonderful it is with the animals, food, theming, etc. still misses top honors for me. WL still wins out!

  • June 7, 2018 at 6:52 am

    Animal Kingdom Lodge by far

  • June 7, 2018 at 9:22 am

    This is a great poll question and as seen by the comments and vote tally a really tough decision. Both resorts are amazing in their attention to detail, great restaurant choices, pools and special touches. I’ve not been able to stay at either resort so can’t comment on those aspects, but for me it came down to having the roaming animals right outside your window. No other resort can offer that and it tipped the scales for me.

  • June 7, 2018 at 9:34 am

    I literally cannot decide, cannot commit to one over the other! I think this is the hardest question you have ever asked in Ask It!

  • June 7, 2018 at 12:47 pm

    AKL, all the way! Disney has created a fairytale pocket of Africa for guests to enjoy. From the incomparable dining experiences that tickle your taste buds with exotic spices, to ‘down time’ watching the wild animals roam free from your private balcony, to the warm and inviting hosts and hostesses happy to share Africa’s culture with you and your family… this is the true Disney experience. WL is beautiful, but it lacks the cultural experience. A shorter commute to the parks just can’t make up for it.

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