Welcome to the battle of the Lodges! I need your help fellow Diz nerds!!
We’re making a surprise 5 day trip to WDW March 20th 2020. My wife and I, 14 yr old daughter, 9 yr old son. We’re Disney vets. Planning on touring early mornings and late evenings, with mid afternoon crashing back at the resort for some pool time, and nice relaxing lunches maybe a nap? (doubtful)
We’ve never stayed at either location, but we’ve eaten at Jiko (the best!!) and Saana, as well as Artist Point (there is no way Snow White replaces the quality of food at the original AP). We love the look and feel of both locations. So I’m really looking forward to hearing your experiences of which Lodge you’d choose!
Here’s the battle points as I see them:
Transportation- Does WL win because of the boat to MK? Which bus system is better? Rooms - If staying in a Garden view room. Does it matter which resort? Or is the Savanna view really worth the extra $160 a night? Quick Service - AK - The Mara, Uzima Springs vs. WL - Roaring Fork & Geyser Point Table Service AK - Jiko, Saana, Boma vs. WL -Storybook Dining, Territory Lounge, and Whispering Canyon Pool - WL feels like it has an edge over AK? I think it’s newer? Other - What else am I missing?
I’ve stayed at neither so I’m a complete fraud on this subject (in-joke), but I have visited both a bunch of times.
WL makes me feel all warm inside. It defines the best of America for me. The bits that really make me love the country — and its countryside. It’s grand yet cosy. I like it a lot.
AKL is . . . I dunno. I’ve never felt the love for it that others do. Sure, waking up and sitting on your balcony and seeing a giraffe outside your window is crazy cool. If that actually happens. (Does it?)
You can’t go wrong either way! We stayed at both and loved both for all the reasons stated (giraffes by the balcony ALL day!!!). WL was the first one we stayed at and wins for nostalgia. Going to MK by boat was the best!!! Although to RD we had to go to the CR and walk from there…easier to take the bus but no thanks!!! Can’t wait to hear what you pick!!!
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So think how stupid you’re going to feel if you die with a whole bunch of savings the bank.
You are fortunate to have me to counsel you on these things. I am wise.
100%, different experiences for different people. Which is kind of the point. The fact that there can be wild (and planned!) variation is a public service announcement that I think anyone discussing the WL to MK boat should telegraph upfront.
I don’t think the super early breakfast boat, or the CR boat and then walk, is what most people do. I think most people, if they’re RDing liners, are going to go to that dock 1 hr (ish) before RD and think they’re going to be good. And sometimes they are. And sometimes they’re not. Because though that boat often starts early, it’s not scheduled to start until 30 minutes pre-RD, and 30 minutes isn’t enough.
And that’s really important to emphasize. It’s not like discussing potential bus problems. Most bus frustrations are a function of poor dispatching, traffic, breakdowns, bus or driver shortages (or both), etc… in other words, something going “wrong”. Here with the boats, I’m talking about when it follows it’s own official posted times… when it’s technically going “right”! 8:30am to make 9am RD? Impossible. But at least if it always followed it’s official schedule, at least you’d know. The problem is that, because it so often runs early, it conditions guests to use it, (because it is so pleasant early in the morning!) and believe when they show up at 8am, so will the boat… and then it doesn’t on random days.