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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 327 hotels in Orlando
Springfield, Massachusetts
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“Fantastic hotel and a good Disney value”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2012

I stayed at the Wilderness Lodge for a pre-Christmas vacation. I can't think of a nicer Disney resort to stay at during the holidays, given the festive Lodge atmosphere and the towering Christmas tree in the lobby.

The Wilderness Lodge rooms were updated this year, and it's brought this resort squarely into the 21st century. Gone are the old tacky bedspreads, replaced by modern white duvets. The carpet and soft goods have been nicely updated as well. The rooms at the Wilderness Lodge are a bit smaller than other Disney deluxe hotels, so I wouldn't try to put more than 3 adults in one of these rooms. For two of us, though, it was just right.

My favorite things about the Wilderness Lodge - besides the charming themeing and beautiful grounds - are the close proximity to the Magic Kingdom, and the many on-site amenities. You can indulge in everything from fine dining to fast food without leaving the main building. The pool and beach area are spacious and quite beautiful, and the walk to the boat dock is especially lovely. If you want a break from kids - yours or everyone else's - the Territory Lounge is a cozy place to get a drink in a nice adult space. Dana the bartender made me an excellent Manhattan, and the price wasn't even too high, Disney or no.

In general the staff members were very friendly and I truly felt welcomed each time I returned to the resort at night. While I thought the Lodge might be a nice place for a Christmas trip, it will likely be the Disney resort I choose on most if not all future trips.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Hershey, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2012 via mobile

Splurged by staying at deluxe with our kids, ages 6 & 8. Worth every penny. Really felt like we were on vacation in the Colorado Rockies with the beautiful mountain lodge. Only other place we may consider next time is Animal Kingdom but it's probably not as convenient.

  • Stayed December 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2012

We have just returned from here (Dec 21st) after a weeks stay. Three of us really enjoyed our time here. Our son aged 12 loved the pool, hot tub and, as an added bonus the very timid deer in the grounds. Very well located for the parks but the actual hotel itself is awesome. As soon as we walked into the lobby we felt at home. The Christmas tree, fireplace and the whole set up is outstanding. We have stayed on several Disney properties but have to say we would definitely return here. The only drawback is the transport. We would usually pick up at a different hotel before getting to the parks. Not a major problem as this occurs with all hotels. Return journey is direct to Wilderness Lodge. We also had a Woods view which was lovely. Food was good, we had the quick service dining plan which was more than enough for us. Feel free to inbox me.

Room Tip: I can only comment on our room, 6114. Found it quiet and good location with a woods view.
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 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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Brandon, Manitoba
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2012

My wife and I and our two kids (3 year old daughter, 3 month old son) all stayed at the Wilderness lodge and had a great time. We stayed in a bunk bed room, which accomodated us quite well. Although we didn't use the top bunk, it seemed like we had more space in our room because of this, which helped accomodate the pack and play.

We only had a view of the front entrance which seemed like a disappointment until we realized that we could watch for our busses and time our room departure to minimize wait times. The only downside to this room location would be that the shuttle that dropped off the luggage was right by our room. It was very loud.

This was our first trip to Disney so we were in awe for the most part. We chose the Lodge as it was the closest non monorail resort to the Magic Kingdom. It was great taking the boat service back and forth between nap times and fireworks!

It took us a few days trying to figure out how to maximize our meal plan, but once we did we really enjoyed it.

We would return to this resort again!

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled with family
    • 3 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2012

Wow this resort is soooooo beautiful!!! So much detail in every corner of the hotel. It is a must stay for the Christmas season at Disney!!! The lobby is so big and overwhelming in a good way. The whole grounds are scenic and gorgeous!!! We could not have been any happier with our choice to stay at the Wilderness Lodge. Our last night we sat on the beach and watched a movie on their blowup big screen. Then we sat on our balcony to watch the fireworks at the Magic Kingdom( room 4004 woods view). It was the perfect way to end our perfect Disney trip. The food at the quick service Roaring forks was very good for a quick meal. I recommend the strawberry pancakes and the chocolate caramel cupcakes. The boat to the Magic Kingdom is very cool and usually not a long wait at all. The beds were so comfortable the room was a nice size with a nice balcony. Very pleased with every aspect of this hotel!!!

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 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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Philadelphia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2012

Resort had a nice, cozy feel to it as soon as you step into the lobby. Very much like a lodge you'd find in Yellowstone. Lobby has a grand atrium, a large fireplace and many spots to sit and relax. In fact, on every floor you will find relaxing hiding spots and maybe a fireplace.
Club level is a nice respite from the crowds. No fireplace there, though and that is a shame.
Rooms are large and comfortable. My mattress was a little too soft for my liking. Linen was soft, good quality.Room balcony is nice to have, but there really isn't a great view because of the trees, unless your room overlooks the pool.
Grounds are very nice. Good for wandering, walking, going for a run. Really enjoyed taking the boat to Magic Kingdom and Contemporary rather than the crowded buses. May take a bit longer, but worth it in the end.
Food at Whispering Canyons is typical Disney. Dining for the masses. Only had lunch there one day and hot breakfast another. Didn't expect much and can't complain.
Staff there is above excellent! Everyone bent over backwards to be friendly and accomodating. We traveled without the kids and never felt like we were in a kid oriented property.Something for all ages here.
Would consider staying there again.Especially during the holidays when it is decorated so well.

  • Stayed December 2012, 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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North Huntingdon, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2012

My husband, my sister and her husband and I spent 4 magical nights at the resort......my husband and I have stayed here in the past and they did not disappoint. The Christmas decorations are beautiful, the staff were very accommodating. Overall experience was awesome and we will definitely be back!!

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 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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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
#24 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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