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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 #17 of 329 hotels in Orlando
Bentonville, Arkansas
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“Favorite Disney Property”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2013 via mobile

My husband and I stayed here on our honeymoon 13 years ago and have made 4 subsequent trips back with our 2 boys, most recently in July 2013. We simply love this location, the resort theme and the ready access to fishing excursions, horseback riding, etc. While the rooms are seeming a bit cramped as our boys get older, we would never entertain another resort. We'll just book 2 rooms! Transportation is easy with bus access to all parks and boat access to the Magic Kingdom. This resort is simply wonderful!

  • Stayed July 2013
    • 5 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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  • Sleep Quality
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  • Rooms
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2013

My family and I stayed for several days at the Wilderness Lodge, and what a great spot. From the amazing look and feel of the place (including the stunning lobby) to the great location to get to the parks (you must ride the boat to the Magic Kingdom), we loved it. The food was uniformly excellent, whether from the high end restaurant, which we loved, to the breakfast spot (mickey banana waffles!), all were quality and great. The customer service is what truly shines here: from the highly professional front desk, to the happy bartender by the pool, we could not have felt more cared for. A memorable place!

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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
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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San Antonio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2013 via mobile

My family if four stayed at Wilderness Lodge for 5 days in June. It was a wonderful trip. We love the theming if the resort, and found the transportation to be convenient. We eat many if our meals in the parks, but appreciate the quick service restaurant at this resort. There are many affordable breakfast options, and we love using the refillable mugs that come with the meal plan. Mousekeeping kept our room tidy, and my children lived the towel animals left for them. We definitely recommend this resort.

  • Stayed June 2013
    • 4 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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Newport Beach
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2013

I have visited Disney World thirteen times starting when I was a very small child and continuing today taking my young children to continue the tradition. We are DVC members and most recently stayed at the Grand Floridian and the Animal Kingdom Lodge for long weekends during 2012. While both of those properties are wonderful, the Wilderness Lodge is by far the premier property at the WDW Resort. I confirmed with the Concierge that the property underwent a complete renovation during the last year and a half. I asked because it was so obvious upon arrival. The public spaces and the rooms all felt new and clean.

The positives about this resort include the general theme, being a rustic lodge in the wilderness (kids love it), the location provides an escape from the parks, but you still know you are at Disney, and the facilities. The large pool area is great. Very convenient to the beach area, excellent bar, and daily activities for the kids every afternoon. The activities continue into the evening with a nightly movie on the beach and a fire pit for toasting marshmallows. There is also a smaller, more private pool located next to the Wilderness Lodge Villas. The Roaring Fork Cafe is very convenient to the large pool and is a great place to grab lunch and snacks.

The property is also home to one of the best restaurant in all of Disney World. My wife and I always dine at Artist Point during a visit to WDW. I love salmon and this restaurant has some of the best you will find anywhere. Artist Point is a beautiful restaurant. Quiet and relaxed, excellent food including game dishes, and great selections of wine.

One of the tricks to enjoying the WDW resort is to treat the property as a resort and not a theme park. Our family spent 7 nights at the Wilderness Lodge but only visited the parks on three days. There is so much else to do at WDW, and the Wilderness Lodge is one of the best places to spend your time. We never left the property on two different days. We took in the water sports, poolside activities and great dining.

The service and staff at this property are wonderful. in my opinion the Wilderness Lodge sets the standard that all properties at WDW should follow.

Room Tip: The only rooms you may want to avoid are those that face the parking lot. Most rooms face the woods...
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  • Stayed July 2013, 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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Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2013

My husband and I spent 7 nights at the Wilderness Lodge in June 2013 for our honeymoon. We absolutely loved it. The grounds were beautiful, the boat to the Magic Kingdom was SO convenient, and the cast members were as polite and helpful as they come.
We were in a standard view room with a king-sized bed on the 1st floor. Disney does not guarantee bed sizes, so we were happy to get a king-size rather than two queens. However, we were a little disappointed being on the 1st floor. The advertised "balcony" was just an unenclosed cement patio. So, if possible, I would suggest requesting *not* 1st floor, if that's important to you.
We ate most of our meals in parks or restaurants at other hotels, but we did have breakfast at Whispering Canyon and some late night snacks at Roaring Fork. The Whispering Canyon breakfast was quick, delicious, and WAY more food than we could eat. But it was reasonably priced by Disney standards, so we have no complaints there. We didn't eat a full meal at Roaring Fork, but they always had a good late-night selection. We particularly enjoyed the chili and smores cupcake as bedtime snacks.
If you are looking for a great value, think twice about staying at the Wilderness Lodge. Compared to luxury hotels off of Disney property, the rooms at the Wilderness will fall short. But if you want the magic of Disney with more luxurious Disney details (and don't mind spending the money for it), you will LOVE the Wilderness Lodge.
The lobby is spectacular and the pool is expertly themed without feeling childish. We will certainly stay at the Wilderness again.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 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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Dudley, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2013

Had a great stay here middle of July. Beautiful reception area themed throughout with a Wild West feel. Five storeys high with lovely touches, for example the lights are made from indian teepes. Great breakfast at the whispering fork cafe- but beware if you ask for ketchup as you may get more than you bargained for, it's all good fun. A more adult orientated hotel than others available at disney. That suited us fine as we were an all adult party, but might be less attractive to you if you have smaller children. Lovely surroundings, very quiet. Bedrooms nicely spacious.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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San Antonio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2013

Disney World is the best! We have stayed in Disney World around 4 times in different Resorts and they all are outstanding. Wilderness Lodge was fantastic. Loved that it did have children but not as much as the other Resorts. We are an older couple who wanted to have fun and peace and quiet. Wilderness Lodge provided that. Boat ride to Magic Kingdom was convenient. Rooms were fresh smelling and clean. Service is outstanding. Food was delicious.

  • Stayed July 2013, 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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Also Known As:
Disney Wilderness Hotel
Wilderness Lodge
Disney Wilderness Lodge
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Walt Disney World Wilderness Lodge
Wilderness Lodge Orlando
Wilderness Lodge Resort
Wilderness Lodge Disney World
Disneys Wilderness Lodge
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
#12 Romantic Hotel in Orlando
#17 Spa Hotel in Orlando
#17 Top resorts Hotel in Orlando
#18 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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