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“Magical Stay at Wilderness Lodge” 5 of 5 stars
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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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Ranked #25 of 326 Hotels in Orlando
Wheaton, Illinois
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“Magical Stay at Wilderness Lodge”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2012

We just got back from our second week long stay at the Wilderness Lodge Resort (not Fort Wilderness, those are different). We stayed there for a week in June "09 and now in March/April '12. This is a great hotel. The lobby is FANTASIC, take some time to walk around it and check things out. The location is great, boats available to magic kingdom, Fort Wilderness and the Contemporary and bus service to the other parks.
Here's what you need to know, this is a premium Disney resort, so you pay a little more, but you can get 2 queen beds or 1 queen and twin bunk beds. My kids LOVE the bunk bed options. And I think only Wilderness Lodge and Animal Kingdom lodge have bunk bed options. Also it has 3 restaurants, two sit down and one cafeteria style. One of the sit downs is a rocking fun time for the family with good bbq, called the Whispering Canyon Cafe, the other a high end nice restaurant called Artists Point. The grounds of this resort are beautiful and very clean, early every morning, someone is outside by the main pool area (one with the geyser and the slide) power spraying the pool area. (Lots of birds and ducks make this resort their home.) Great for cleanliness, but if you were on the ground floor by the pool, you may hear this. We stayed once facing this pool area on floor 4, pretty high up, heard it a little but not enough to wake us up, this time we were in 6144, facing the pool side of the villas, very quite. You can NOT see the fireworks at Magic Kingdom from this hotel, if you want that you will have to stay at the Contemporary, Polynesian or the Grand Floridian. This resort is wooded so the trees block them, plus it faces the other direction. Okay bus system, every bus stops either at Fort Wilderness or the Grand Floridian before going to the park you were trying to get to, factor in this extra 5 minutes into your planning. Animal Kingdom, took us an hour to get to one day, 20 minutes for the bus, 5 minute stop at Grand Floridian and 20 minute bus ride. On the way home, you generally get dropped off first, except for AK, you will go to Blizzard Beach first. We were there during spring break and it was pretty crowded, so once our maid didn't get to our room until after 5 and she did a very mediocre job. And once we came back and our room smelled very bad, almost like a skunk, but we didn't know why, opened the door and it went away quickly. We went to the front desk for a few things, and every time had wonderful service and got all our questions answered quickly. Jasmine in the Roaring Fork Cafe (counter service) was so patient and helpful in helping us figure what was a meal plan item for breakfast. She was wonderful and always had a smile on her face. Pool always had plenty of towels, which was nice. Hot tubs were hot but not overly hot, very relaxing. This hotel like all the disney hotels, is HUGE, long walk back and forth from the room, but after a day, we found a better door to go into and a short cut. Overall great stay.

Room Tip: IF you are a light sleeper, do NOT get a pool view room, they power spray the decks in the am. Ask...
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  • Stayed March 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Cheshire, UK
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29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2012

We had a wonderful 2 week stay here with our 4 year old son. Plus points- the lovely touches that Disney add, the ambience,theming, high staff standard etc. Minus points - the biggest ever is the size of the room and the wood frame around the bed! This frame is hidden by the themed bed cover, and absolutely kills when you constantly bang your shins on the corners :)
our room overlooked the pool and lake, and was great. Loved the duck race, the geyser, the evening water pageant etc
THe slide and pool are great, if a little small.........
the boat over to Disney is great- its all good.
THe roaring Forks snack place is good as are all the restaurants- my son liked the lincoln logs at the cowboy restaurant, and also loved the little things, like hot Chocolate by the roaring fire[ in July!] and the bridge over the brook in the Foyer, and the background music-
But what was fab was our stay was over Thanksgiving, and we woke up to the smell of gingerbread, and the Foyer transformed with Christmas Decor, and a huge gingerbread village with Trains running through it- fantastic.
We went around the other Disney Hotels to see all the Decoration that holiday- great.
THe fors for a Disney Hotel are many- the against is they do not really encourage you to leave their site- understandable, but no longer for me. We now have our own home 3 miles from Disney and find many of our rental clients think the same as me - also as with any Hotel- when your children go to dleep, you are stuck whispering in the room! I like my pwn pool, and lots of bedrooms now :) I would never the less recommend everyone goes around the hotels public areas- well worth a visit.

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  • Stayed November 2011, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Huntsville, Alabama
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44 reviews 44 reviews
12 hotel reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2012

This was a beautiful place to stay. It is huge and very nice on the outside and the inside. Nice rustic, cabin feel to the place. Your room is your basic hotel room with the exception of a balcony. We had the option of the garden/pool view. It was nice. There were 2 sinks in the bathroom area that is separate from the shower/toilet room. You have a nice counter with ample room for a family of 4. The beds were comfy. You have a small counter above the small refrigerator available in your room. Two queen size beds available. A table with 2 chairs that also is used for a computer area. Flat screen TV. For us, we did not spend much time in the hotel as we spent more time in the parks...basically was a place to crash at the end of the day. But we did sleep very comfortable. The hotel rooms themselves could use a refresh of course as they seem a bit dated. There are a few options regarding dining here that are nice. A sit down restaurant and a quick service area as well. Both will not disappoint you. The staff were very friendly and we never had any issues with anything. Overall this was a great place. You have bus service to the parks and/or boat service available to some as well. You will not have to use your car while here.

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  • Stayed March 2012, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Charlotte, North Carolina
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24 reviews 24 reviews
19 hotel reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2012

We stayed at the Wildnerness Lodge last April, so this review is long overdue. However, the experience was so memorable for our family that we just booked a return visit for June. The kids still talk about the stunning lobby, boat rides to magic kingdom and the silly activities at the whispering canyon cafe. Our routine the first few days was to take an early boatride to magic kingdom and head back to the resort for afternoon pool time once the park became too warm/crowded for our tastes. The poolside activities such as sidewalk painting, relay races and diving for "treasures" in the pool kept our daughter entertained for hours! Seaching fpr "hidden Mickeys" was fun for all of us. In the evenings we headed back to magic kingdom and one of our best memories was watching the fireworks from the boat-ride back.

It was also convenient to take the boat to the Contemporary for a meal at Chef Mickeys and a monorail ride to Epcot.

We are all looking forward to coming back in June!

Stayed April 2011, traveled with family
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Bedford, United Kingdom
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34 reviews 34 reviews
11 hotel reviews
Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2012

i had the good fortune to stay here. what a wonderfull place. restaurants are great, good choice for a top end meal or a fun family meal to a snack,
check out the lobby, one word AMAZING. IN WINTER WHEN THE FIRES ARE LIT IS STUNNING.
rooms are really nice with own balcony. pool is really great kids will love it, mum and dad will love the hot tub.
wasy to get to magic kingdom by boat, by night you see the water pagent.

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  • Stayed March 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 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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Pawcatuck, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2012

We spent the christmas holidays here and couldn't have been happier. I have been to Disney dozens of times and this was the best. We decided to splurge on the concierge level rooms this time and it was worth every penny. Free breakfast and afternoon snacks made the kids happy a free beer and wine was a great evening treat for us. The rooms were big and comfortable with a nice view of the lake and the boat parade. We evan had our own concierge to help us out. While we were there we had a medical emergency with my elderly father at 2am and the the whole staff was amazing. Everyone went so far out of their way to help it was amazing. This is why I always stay inside Disney. Will be back here again soon.

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Lino Lakes, Minnesota
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35 reviews 35 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 23 cities Reviews in 23 cities
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2012

Disney knows service, our stay at the Wilderness lodge was first rate. All the Cast Members are helpful and knowledgeable about all things Disney. We loved the boat service to Magic Kingdom direct from the resort. Don't miss the nightly light show on Bay Lake, great for the kids.

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  • Stayed March 2012, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 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:
#3 Top resorts Hotel in Orlando
#8 Luxury Hotel in Orlando
#12 Romantic Hotel in Orlando
#24 Family Hotel in Orlando
#99 Business Hotel in Orlando
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:4 star — Disney's Wilderness Lodge 4*
Number of rooms: 727
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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