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Disney's Wilderness Lodge
4.0 of 5 Resort   |   901 Timberline Drive, Lake Buena Vista, Orlando, FL 32830   |  
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“Beautiful place to stay!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2012

We stayed at Disney's Wilderness Lodge from December 3rd through the 17th. Great time to stay, as the Christmas celebrations around Disney World are in full swing, but without the tremendous crowds. We had booked the hotel in January of 2011, in order to lock in a good price and to guarantee our room. We completed on-line check-in ten days before we arrived, which made check-in a breeze. The cast members working the front desk were extremely pleasant, and answered all of our questions regarding transportation and room availability (we arrived at the Lodge at 7AM, well ahead of the 4PM check-in time). We were assigned a room on the fifth floor, overlooking the swimming pool by the Villas. I would recommend the fourth or fifth floors in either of the wings, as the sounds from the lobby and the Whispering Canyon Cafe will not carry that far. Food at the Roaring Fork, which is their quick service restaurant, was very good. Breakfast platters were always tasty. Hamburgers were pretty good. I wouldn't recommend the pizza, as they were just so-so. Service was excellent. Room service is very expensive, but the delivery and presentation was fantastic - food was still hot, and the ice cream was still frozen. We ate at Artist Point, which has fork-tender Filet Mignon and excellent Bison steaks. The drinks are not watered down, and with a full-service bar they can mix any drink you desire. Artist Point is very expensive, and I wouldn't recommend it for families with small children, but I highly recommend it for couples looking for a romantic evening.

Housekeeping was fantastic! Mimi, our housekeeper, always kept our room neat and tidy. On our second day onward, we would always leave a note listing what we needed restocked, be it soap or toilet paper, plus a couple of dollars as a way of saying thank you for all the hard work. Every day we came "home" from the parks to find a different kind of towel animal, plus little chocolates, plus all the toiletries restocked in a nice and neat fashion. The few times we ran into Mimi in the halls, we always thanked her for all her hard work. I cannot stress enough how far a little kindness and a few dollars can go to ensure a clean room with little special surprises like the towel animals.

We tried out the pool. Cold, but not too cold. Because it was a relatively quiet time in the resort, there were only a handful of other people in the pool, which made it very pleasant. The hot tubs were oh so nice! Warm without being hot, and they offer a great view of the artificial geyser the hotel has, which goes off every hour on the hour during the day.

Boat transportation to the Magic Kingdom, Fort Wilderness, and the Contemporary Resort were pleasant and quick, with boats arriving every ten minutes or so. Bus transportation, on the other hand, does leave a lot to be desired. I agree with other reviewers in this regard - you often have to wait 30 minutes or more for the bus to arrive, and then have to travel to other resort hotels to pick up other passengers before finally arriving at your destination. Plan accordingly!

The Christmas decorations were gorgeous, as well as subtle. You had to get up close to the main tree to really see the detail of the ornaments, which reflect the hotel's theme of a National Park Lodge. If you have the time, I would recommend the free guided tour of the hotel that is offered at 9AM from Wednesday through Sunday. Ask for Ranger Jack; he's very knowledgeable about the construction of the hotel, as well as the hotels that the Wilderness Lodge is based on.

I would recommend this hotel to anyone planning a trip to Disney World, but be prepared: it is quite expensive - but well worth every penny!

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  • Stayed December 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2012 via mobile

We stayed the first week of the New Year. Every thing was perfect. The lobby is huge and inviting. The staff was always friendly and helpful. The boat ride to magic kingdom was so convenient. We had a courtyard room on the 5th floor. It was not overly huge but just fine for as much as we were in it. It was clean and housekeeping did a good job. The pool area was beautiful. Our kids had a blast with the pool and waterside. I would definitely not think twice about staying here again.

  • Stayed January 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2012

The Wilderness lodge is a beautiful place to see. From the moment you drive into the resort it feels like you were transported to a woodland lodge in the west. The exterior of the resort and the lobby make you think you are staying in a 5 star resort. The lobby is quite an impressive site with floor to ceiling windows, fireplace and exposed log architecture. That is where it ends, once you get to the room it feels like you are staying a Holiday Inn with wilderness themed furnishings. The room was pretty small even by basic hotel standards. It was a good thing we were not in our room except to get ready and sleep. Although sleeping was not all that easy either. During the evening and morning when we were in the room we could hear all of the toilets flushing on the floors above us. At times you could hear the flushing of toilets 10 times a minute. Not the most pleasant noise while trying to get some rest.

We only ate at the resort for breakfast at the quick service location and what a joke that was especially when it got busier. The food ordering area was very small with no organization what so ever and then once you got your food and that stress was over you had to struggle to find a table to sit at. In my opinion the quick service location is way too small for the size of the resort.

The real benefit of staying at this resort is the proximity to the Magic Kingdom. It was just a short boat ride away and you could even see the fireworks from the room. All the other parks and attractions were a 15-30 minute bus ride with multiple stops. If I could give two separate ratings, one for the public spaces and one for the rooms I would give the public spaces 5 stars and the rooms 3 stars.

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2012

The Wilderness Lodge was a great choice for us. We had stayed at the Polynesian last time and I was worried about not having access to the monorail. After returning , I am very happy with my choice. The transportation was not an issue. There is a ferry boat that goes to MK and a separate one that goes to the Contemporary (this one does make a stop at Fort Wilderness first). This was very convenient, especially when you want to dine at Chef Mickey's. I don't think we waited more than 10 minutes for a bus or boat and most of the time it was no wait or just a couple minutes. The Wilderness Lodge was a very nice resort. Yes, the rooms are a little smaller, but it was fine for our family of 4. The kids enjoyed the pool and the waterslide. The grounds were very pretty and the lobby was well themed and grand. There is a nice beach area also. I would definitely stay there again.

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  • Stayed January 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2012

Nice place to stay for our trip to Disney. Front desk staff was helpful, and our kids loved the pool and other distractions (night boat parade, the geyser, marshmallow roast). Tips: do the on-line check-in, take the boat to Magical Kingdom, make reservations if eating dinner at one of the resorts restaurants (or you'll be waiting forever), rent a bicycle and ride to Wilderness Campground to ride the horses (for little kids only). Bus rides to theme parks and DT Disney are a little long, but better than driving your own vehicle. We would definitely return!

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2012

The Wilderness Lodge is as much a part of the Disney magic for us (maybe more even) than the theme parks...the place is just beautiful and happy and fun. The lobby and amenities are full of that Disney specialness (rooms not so much -- they're fine, just you know, slightly cramped hotel rooms). The boat launch from WL to the Magic Kingdom is absolutely perfect. We stayed here on our first visit, and pretty much the first thing we did was take the boat to MK. That moment when we rounded the little isle in the middle of the lake, and the kids saw the castle for the first time -- well, it was the moment I realized "magical" wasn't just Disney's marketing buzz phrase. Little jaws dropped. The food is great too, from the quick serve place with atmospheric outdoor seating to Whispering Canyon to Artists Point to room service. We love it and wouldn't stay anywhere else.

  • Stayed May 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2012

I stayed at Wilderness Lodge and it was a great experience. We went just before Christmas and it was decorated beautifully. The main lobby area is very impressive. It's gigantic! We stayed in one of the regular rooms with two beds and it was plenty of room for the me and my wife and two small kids (2 and 9). The pool and hot tub area was really nice, but my favorite part of staying here was the ferry over to the Magic Kingdom. So easy with the little ones and a fun way to get back and forth. I would highly recommend you stay here. I personally don't choose the top of the line rooms since we spend so little time actually in the room. At Disney, I've found it usually best to get the cheapest room at the nicest hotel you can afford. That way you get the benefits of staying at a better place (transportation is key and much better at the Deluxe Resorts) and the restaurants/shopping are better. Also, if you are going to Disney and are trying to decide between staying in a Disney hotel or off the property. I'll tell you that it's much easier to get around if you are in a Disney resort and you get to take advantage of extra magic hours, which are extended hours only for those staying onsite. Those vary day to day so plan your park-going accordingly. Have fun!

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  • Stayed December 2011, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 901 Timberline Drive, Lake Buena Vista, Orlando, FL 32830
Location: United States > Florida > Central Florida > Orlando
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 Top resorts Hotel in Orlando
#6 Luxury Hotel in Orlando
#11 Romantic Hotel in Orlando
#27 Family Hotel in Orlando
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:4 star — Disney's Wilderness Lodge 4*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Disney's Wilderness Lodge—inspired by the Great American Northwest National Park lodges from the turn of the 20th century—is an architecturally grand Disney Deluxe Resort hotel honoring American craftsmanship and artistry, and celebrating the majesty of the unspoiled wilderness. ... more   less 
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