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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 #22 of 328 hotels in Orlando
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“Little to criticize in overall great stay”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2012 via mobile

First time staying at a Disney property & the lodge didn't disappoint. The lobby itself is very impressive. Kids loved the pool, the two giant totem poles in the lobby & the geyser. Spent a lot of time in the large gift shop buying souvenirs. Location is great. Magic Kingdom is a short boat ride away. Other three parks are accessible by bus. Small nitpicks: standard room was rather small & a substantial hike from the elevator. Quick svc restaurant, Roaring Forks, was disappointing. Much better QS choices within the parks. Service was impeccable. Planning on returning for our next WDW trip.

  • Stayed October 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2012

We stayed in a 2-bedroom, 2-bathroom villa the end of May, first of June. The hotel staff were absolutely wonderful and extremely accommodating to our needs. Our only complaint was with the housekeeping, which is why I didn't give the hotel five stars.

Our room had a very large balcony overlooking the woods. Our granddaughter enjoyed going out to watch (in close range, too) a family of deer (including a baby) feeding every day.

We highly recommend the Artist Point restaurant.

I am hard to please when it comes to hotels. Book the Wilderness Lodge and I guarantee you will not be disappointed.

Room Tip: Ask for a room overlooking the woods and lake.
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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2012

for a resort in the deluxe category. Don't get me wrong, it's a nice property, clean and well kept. Sadly the rooms are not the largest for deluxe properties, and it's quite a hike from any room in the hotel, to the snack bar to get your mug refilled. On the plus side, the pool is nice, and it's great to have the option to take a boat to and from MK, vs a bus. On the negative, it's just much more remote than the monorail or Boardwalk locations. It IS very peaceful, and quite lovely at Christmas. The gift shop is nicely stocked, also, with things you might not find other places.

One very good thing about this resort is the Whispering Canyon Cafe - especially if you are traveling with kids. The whole "ketchup routine" gets a bit old after a while, but it's fun and geared to the small fry - with food that pleases the adults. We never miss breakfast here, even when staying at other properties.

All in all, very good for families with small children, but not bustling enough for most groups of adults.

Room Tip: Ask for a room facing the lagoon, the water parade is worth it!
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  • Stayed December 2011, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2012

Though I have been to Disney multiple times, this was the first visit since we have had children. Suffice it to say, it was a different experience. After months of planning and research, we settled on the Wilderness Lodge as the best fit for our group of three adults and one four (almost five) year old. Here are my thoughts on the experience:

The Airport: Arrival in Orlando would be the same regardless of which Disney resort you stay in - it's great. And the Wilderness Lodge is no exception. Go straight from your plane to the Disney transportation center. They will get your bags and deliver them to your hotel room. Within about 50 minutes of landing, we were standing at the door to the hotel. This never ceases to impress me.

Check In: From the moment you step off the shuttle bus, you begin to experience Disney hospitality. The bellhop, the concierge and the front desk clerk all greet you enthusiastically. The best part, in traveling with a child, is that everyone does their best to help your child have a great experience. They asked my son if it was his first visit, and upon finding that it was, they all asked him lots of questions about his expectations, which of course stoked his enthusiasm. I can't imagine how many children they come across each day, so I really appreciate the fact that they take time to make their experience special.

The room: We had a courtyard view room with the queen bed and the bunk bed, thinking my son would enjoy the bunk bed (which he did). Here's the thing, though - that meant one adult had to sleep in the bunk bed. That's fine, as long as you're short. My 5'1" mother couldn't really fit in the bed comfortably, so just go into it knowing that they are small. Perfect for kids, though. The room is small, but nicely appointed. You can tell that the hotel isn't brand new, but it's clean and updated. The balcony looking into the courtyard with the pool and waterfall was very nice. The bathroom was pretty tiny, and honestly, we felt pretty cramped with four people, but you don't come to Disney World to stay in the room. As other reviewers have noted, "deluxe" means something different at Disney than at most hotels. You are paying for proximity to the park. So don't expect a St. Regis type room. But all that to say, the room was perfectly nice.

The facility and the grounds: The hotel itself is great. It's one of my favorite themes of all the resorts. Walking into the five-story lobby is a cool experience. It is definitely "woodsy." The property is pretty nice as well. It is lakefront, so there is a small beach (though you can't swim in the lake). There are chairs on the beach for lounging, and in the evening, they have movies on the beach, which is a nice touch. You can also rent small boats and jet skis or bikes in the dock area. Within the courtyard, there is a nicely landscaped waterfall that flows into the pool area. The pool is pretty nice - it's very spacious, and there is a water slide that is appropriate for I'd say age 4+. Between the pool and the lake is the geyser that goes off hourly just to add some atmosphere. Although the pool was always busy, we could always find a chair, and clean towels were always available. It seems there is always something going on around the grounds - from the aforementioned movies to the light concert in the evening. There are lots of activities in the evening to enjoy after a day at the park.

The Food: We did the Disney Dining plan, which is nice if you have kids and are doing lots of character meals (which are expensive). We ate in the parks and at several other resorts, but we had at least one meal a day at the Wilderness Lodge. There are several options. Whispering Canyon Cafe is the casual sit down option. It's nice, but for dinner, they only have huge family style options, which was a little off-putting for me. The upscale restaurant is Artist Point, which my son did not want to try. The menu looked great. We took several meals in Roaring Fork, which is the casual quick service option. Though it is VERY hectic, the food is actually quite good, and there are a surprising number of options. The breakfast sandwiches and flatbread pizzas are great. I also spent most evenings in the Territory Lounge after my son went to sleep, and they have a nice bar menu. It's a nice place to unwind after a long day in the park.

The location: The lodge is very close to the Magic Kingdom, and you get to ride a small boat to get there. This was one of the highlights for my son, who really enjoyed this each day. However, it's somewhat inconsistent on the timing. Sometimes, the boat will go across to the campground to get people before going to the MK. Over our week there, we probably went back and forth 10 times, and the amount of time it took ranged from less than ten minutes to 40. The other parks are available by bus, and the shuttles run frequently.

The service: as mentioned in the check-in section, the service at this resort (and really at all Disney properties) is outstanding. They really do it right. From the housekeepers, to the servers and pool attendants, everything was great.

A few thoughts: the boat ride to the magic kingdom is fun, but you can't beat the monorail for convenience, so if you absolutely need something easy, another hotel might be a better choice. Also, if your kids go to bed early, you may want to ask about getting a room away from the lake. The evening music performance and light show is fairly loud, and you can definitely hear it in some rooms.

Overall, I would certainly recommend this hotel and would happily stay there again.

Room Tip: Courtyard view rooms put you right in the middle of the action (could be good or bad!)
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  • Stayed September 2012, 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2012

Stayed at Wilderness Lodge with family for 8 nights during September 2012. A really lovely clean resort with beautiful surroundings. This is a very large place but I think most of the Disney resorts are. Wilderness Lodge is probably aimed more at families with kids under 10 whereas I got the impression that Yacht Club may cater more towards families with older kids. Rooms were exceptionally clean with them just being recently renovated.It is fantastic to have a balcony to be able to sit outside and relax. The bathrooms are a little on the small side but not too bad. Restaurants are very very good.

Room Tip: Request a higher floor for better views
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  • Stayed September 2012, 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2012 via mobile

I have stayed at several Disney Resorts in the last few years and I thought this was a deluxe resort as it was listed in the same section as the Grand Floridian, Yacht Club, etc. It was nicer than the Carribean and Coronado Springs but not as nice as the Yacht Club. Check in was easy. The room was a lot smaller than the Yacht Club. There were only 3 towels at arrival and two bottles of shampoo and no conditioner. I personally LOVE Disney pampering products. On the second day housekeeping left shampoo and conditioner. The beds were comfy and cozy. The grounds were beautiful. Everyone was super nice and friendly except one grumpy lady at the little take out restaurant downstairs near the pool doors. She was a little rude to my husband and I was shocked Disney let someone like her work for them. The boat ride to the Magic Kingdom was quick and easy. We will stay here again if I can get a good deal like I got this time. It wasn't bad just not at the level I expected.

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

I capitalized HOTEL because it is considered a hotel to us. Everything you need is in one building. If its raining you don't have to walk from your room out in the rain to the food court. It is convenient, clean and the decor is amazing. We feel at home every time we visit. We have tried other resorts on property even the higher deluxe but this is our favorite. The boat launch to Magic Kingdom which is the park we visit most, is relaxing after time spent in the parks. You appreciate the beautiful sunrise and sunset. You can also take the boat to the Contemporary which has Chef Mickey's then take the monorail to Magic Kingdom or Epcot or take the boat to Ft. Wilderness for the campfire sing along. The pool is nice not crowded when we went and the staff has games and music for the kids and adults. The geyser is different and nice to watch it go. The food court isn't huge but it provides with what is needed and the food is good. There's also 2 restaurants in the hotel. Whispering Canyon. Menu had changed food is good, not great but we had a good meal and the atmosphere is entertaining for kids. Milkshakes are yummy. Artist Point food is very good. More for adults so put your kids in the cubs den for a few hours and go have a night to yourselves. Your kids will enjoy it as mine did. Walking to the bus is easy and enjoyable. Indoor walk and mainly covered all the way so if its raining you wont get too wet. The Villas are very nice however separate from the hotel. Very short walking distance to the main building. The lobby is amazing to see. It takes our breath away every time we enter. This hotel also has a small beach, boat rentals, surrey bikes, pool bar and another pool by the Villas. We rented the surrey bikes and rode over to the Ft.Wilderness Resort. Also rented single bicycles. Nice ride and peaceful. You may see deer along the way. We did. Cast members are super friendly every time and check in is fairly easy. I recommend checking in online first a week before your arrival. So overall this is a great resort. Convenient, clean and everything under one roof. I highly recommend. Pricing is high but this is one of the lower priced deluxe resorts yet I feel you get more. For $400 more than the moderates it is worth it! Contemporary is similar if you stay in the hotel but i feel it is not as "homey" to us as Wilderness Lodge. There's so much to do at this resort alone. Talking about it makes me want to go back again!

  • Stayed February 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 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:
#6 Luxury Hotel in Orlando
#10 Romantic Hotel in Orlando
#22 Top resorts Hotel in Orlando
#26 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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