We have been to the Wilderness and Kalahari in the last couple of months - here is a comparison of our experiences.
Rooms - Small for the $. Lighting could be better. Every time we went in the bathroom and turned on the light, the lights flickered for 20 seconds before finally coming on. Felt like a strobe light every time you were in there. Room was clean and centrally located. Wildnerness offers a wider variety of accomodations for less money.
Theme\Shops - Cute village-like atmosphere, they did a great job with theming
Water park - At par with wilderness, but liked the Wilderness wave pool much more - much larger. Crowds were not too bad except for the weekend when things got out of control. Far too few tubes for lazy river and rides - especially on the weekends when we waited over 1/2 hour for a tube. Lifeguards would not allow swimming in lazy river without them. On weekend lines for rides were long. My husband loved the Flowrider. Liked the fact that the waterpark was all in one place, in contrast to Wildnerness.
Food - Better than Wilderness. Quick service seemed better than sit-down.
Service - inconsistent - we had some great service and some really poor service. My son wanted a picture with the elephant mascot, the escort allowed her to take a picture with a teenager, but when I asked her if my young son could take a photo with her, she said she was in a hurry. Restaurant staff was also inconsistent.
Definitely would recommend the sweet shoppes, pottery pizzazz, and indoor theme park - what fun!
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