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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 #26 of 326 Hotels in Orlando
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“As always, Disney is amazing!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2013 via mobile

We have made many trips to Orlando and have stayed in many different hotels. This one was amazing! The rooms were clean, decor was very cute, and the location was convenient. The only problem we had was that the front desk staff had trouble setting up our room card, which caused issues upon entering the park. However, when we made them aware of the problem, they absolutely went above and beyond to fix it and make sure we were happy. I highly recommend this hotel for families! The restaurants on the grounds were very good as well.

  • Stayed April 2013
    • 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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Chincoteague Island, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2013

First, Wilderness Lodge is our favorite hotel at WDW. We like the theme, how it is maintained, we like the food, the service and the people. It's always been a good experience from unpacking the car to driving away at the the end of a great stay. There is however a special reason shared by a few other properties that make this unique. For anyone who has not visited WDW and are planning to do so, be prepared. At times the crowds are larger than you can imagine. People (your fellow visitors) can be and frequently are rude, obnoxious, self-centered and at times profanity laced folks. The happiest place on earth as it is called can at times bring out the worst in people. My theory is that you pack that many people tightly together, and add the Florida heat and it just brings things out in folks they normally wouldn't display. Having mentioned this, our experience has been that the worst of the worst behavior will be immediately after the fireworks or castle show, after 10pm in the Magic Kingdom. When this is over, Main Street becomes a "living river" of people streaming to the exits. Kids and adults are pulled, pushed, and some panic. Add now the seeming explosion of scooters and the exit here can be a frightening experience. All these folks seem to forget that every guest must exit through those four archways under the railroad track. Short of an emergency, it's the only way in or out. If you can sit this out, great. I suggest it. If you can't, just hold onto your loved one's hands as closely as you can and make your way out. One suggestion, you can walk through the stores from store to store and avoid much, but not all of this. Here's my favorite way Wilderness Lodge makes this livable: Once through the exit, the mass of people head to A)large boats to parking lots, B) Monorail or C) Disney buses. Where they part is an interesting little path marked for "Wilderness Lodge" and beside it "Fort Wilderness Campground." Once here, small boats take you directly to your hotel. With the mass of thousands of people surrounding you, this area is calm, pleasant and welcome. It makes this property entirely worth it. Aside from this, clean (very clean) rooms, comfortable beds, good views, nice pool, easy boat and bike rentals and the relaxing sounds make this hotel a very comfortable option at WDW. Note: There are similar boats to the Grand Floridian and Polynesian if you don't want to take the monorail, but I have found these two resorts more expensive than Wilderness Lodge.

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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 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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Fayetteville, North Carolina
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2013

I decided to stay at the Wilderness Lodge based on its Northwestern theme. After staying at the Coronado Springs Hotel previously I expected high quality service at this hotel, which they didn't disappoint. I was met at the main entrance to the hotel and escorted to the front desk where I was checked in. When you first walk into the hotel's lobby, you get a sense of awe at the sheer size of the lobby and the wooden accents. As other posts have mentioned, the hotel is large and it might seem like you have to go far to get to your room. However there are elevators on each side within a short distance away.

When you enter the room you'll find that the décor is simple, but elegant and not over the top. You wouldn't know that you are in a Disney hotel. The balcony overlooked the pool and fountain. The room had two queen beds, a small table, and a dresser with the TV built in above. The bed itself was nice and soft, as were the pillows. They even have regular hangers instead of those that are found in most hotels. There was the usual mickey ears out of towels on the bed, as well as a separate animal character on the dresser.

The bathroom was located next to the door and included a separate room for the double sinks and the bathtub and toilet. The bathtub also doubles as a shower. The water pressure and temperature were good. The only issue, and a minor one, were the sinks. The faucet was towards the back of the sink and you had to lean somewhat in to reach it.

The hotel has a few options to have a bite to eat and have a drink. I stopped one night at the bar next to the Artist Point for a beer before heading back to my room. When I asked for a beer, the bartender asked if I wanted it to go which had to be a first. The bar is a somewhat of a break from all of the kids running around. The hotel also has a store, arcade, bike rental and other amenities. There is a small nature/exercise trail as well along the lake and grounds.

There are free buses that will take you to all of the parks as well as Downtown Disney. You can also take a boat to the Magic Kingdom, which would be a quicker option than the bus. The boat was also a nice way to sit back and relax and take in the sites. There is also a boat from the pier that will take you to the Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground.

However even with all of these positives, if you expect to get an ounce of sleep during your visit stay elsewhere. There are no quiet hours at the hotel and the kids take full advantage of it. There were kids running around and swimming in the pool past midnight and you hear it all. The walls are also paper thin so expect to hear your neighbors. You would think and expect a hotel in this class to have somewhat regulations on noise. Instead of a Pacific Northwestern theme, it's more of the wild, wild west (with some of the décor more from the southwest as well).

I would like to recommend this hotel with its advantages of its location and staff, however until they address the noise issue I wouldn't stay here unless you like staying in a zoo.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled solo
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Gulfport, MS
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2013

We chose the Wilderness Lodge, our favorite Disney Resort, for our 50th anniversary celebration with our family. This was our 26th visit to Disney and staying in the Disney Resorts, our fifth stay at the WL. We all had woods view rooms, and they were able to give us rooms adjoining or close together. The balconies were great for enjoying breakfasts and staying out of the rain. Since we had lots of rain for our visit, it was convenient to have everything under one roof.

We really enjoyed the updates they made to the rooms. They seemed brighter and more inviting. The extra shelf they added in the sink area really helped, although it was difficult to wash your face in the morning without hitting your head. Our rooms were super quiet! It was almost like we had the place to ourselves, but had the convenience of having everything we needed just a few steps away.

We had breakfast some mornings at Roaring Forks, and had dinner one night at Whispering Canyon Restaurant. Roaring Forks was a good quick meal choice. The food at Whispering Canyon was okay, but I thought it was rather expensive for what we got.

The cast members were most helpful! They even delivered a nice chocolate box full of delicious treats for our anniversary. That was a special touch! Thanks Wilderness Lodge for another great stay!

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 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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Edwardsville, IL
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2013

My family and I stayed at the Wilderness Lodge from June 5-11 in a bunk bed room. I did the online check-in process several days before we arrived. I recommend this to everyone staying at the lodge. We were greeted outside of the hotel, and the check-in process took less than five minutes. Everything was assembled and ready for us. We stayed in room 6020, and I highly recommend that area of the lodge. It is quiet, close to the elevators (but not TOO close), and the Magic Kingdom fireworks can be seen from the balcony at night. The rooms are clean, but a little small for the price that we paid. The kids did love the bunk beds. We used Roaring Forks for breakfast one morning, and the food was good. We also ate at Whispering Canyon for breakfast. It was okay. It was very loud, and the vibe of the restaurant may have been a little more appreciated earlier in our trip, as on the last day we were just ready to pack up and head home from a very busy vacation. The lobby is phenomenal. The pool area is beautiful. The kids loved the waterslide, and the lifeguards on duty were very friendly. It was very handy to have the boat transportation to the Magic Kingdom and the Contemporary. The bus service to the other parks was as expected. It is a little disappointing that this Deluxe resort does not have a stop on the monorail. There is a small arcade, a gift shop, a white sand beach with tons of lounge chairs (no swimming though), and an area where you can rent boats and bikes. The property is beautiful and the staff were all friendly.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2013

Everything from the lobby to the rooms was amazing. Great views from different decks. Only thing is that not every room has a good view, but it is what it is. Nice pool area, restaurant isn't as good as some of the other resort restaurants (Jiko at Animal Kingdom lodge is amazing), but still a great experience. Besides, taking a boat to Magic Kingdom is really cool.

  • Stayed July 2012, 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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O Fallon MO
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2013 via mobile

Just returned from 5 nights at WL with my 7 and 3 year old. We loved it and will definitely return there again. I loved that the kids had bunk beds! The magic express shuttles were wonderful. No need to rent a car if you plan to stay in WDW parks and resorts. Shuttle also takes to Downtown Disney.

  • Stayed June 2013
    • 5 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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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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