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Villas at Disney's Wilderness Lodge
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   901 Timberline Drive, Lake Buena Vista, Orlando, FL 32830   |  
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Ranked #28 of 327 hotels in Orlando
cincinnati
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31 hotel reviews
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43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
“One of our favorites!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2013

This was our first stay in the Wilderness Villas. We have stayed in the hotel before. We simply love the decor and the setting in the woods and beside Bay Lake. The western grand hotel details are gorgeous! We stayed in a studio and enjoyed the extra space the mini-kitchen provided. Our room was comfortable, quiet and looked out over the treetops.

We did have a couple of service issues this visit (which I must add is unusual for Disney resorts.) it took a good 30 minutes to check-in, and we pre-ordered room service one evening, and it arrived 45 minutes late.

All in all, it's a delightful, well-located, Disney-magical place to stay!

  • Stayed February 2013, 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
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
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Illinois
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29 hotel reviews
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24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2013

We stayed in a one bedroom villa with two kids (5 and 8) for 5 nights. We were really surprised at how expensive this place was, but we ended up loving the space we had in the one bedroom villa. No studios were available at time of stay. We used the stove to cook eggs every morning to save some money. Kitchen is very well equipped and has full fridge. Two separate sinks was great, one for kids and one for us. The big tub was good for baths. The beds were very comfy. The villas did not seem full so we enjoyed the quieter atmosphere after parks all day.

Villas are short walk to boats or buses and health club is on main floor of villa lobby. Health club was very nice and very well equipped including yoga mats and ton of free weights and machines. Yes the decor in the villas seems very outdated, but it was clean and offered plenty of towels. There is no mouse keeping with a five night stay but we could have washed towels if we needed to. We found check in a breeze with friendly staff and concierge took care of getting our return magical express reservation taken care of. Boat to magic kingdom was easy access and enjoyable.

We only ate at the quick service roaring forks. Flatbread pizzas were pretty good. Expensive if not on meal plan. The villas pool was just the right size and not crowded like main pool, it also seemed warmer. Grounds were pretty and our kids really enjoyed the stay. The light parade on water goes right by the beach, easy to catch. We would definitely stay here again.

  • Stayed February 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Orlando, Florida
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12 hotel reviews
Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2013

I wish there was a 4-1/2 rating button as I really don't think the lack of comfort from the bed warrants the complete loss of a point. The ambience, appearance and decor is without equal throughout both the Villas and the Lodge itself. We simply couldn't sleep right through the night and our backs hurt.
The staff and the restaurants were, as always, superb. The hotel, although not on the MK monorail loop, is very convenient to the MK by cruiser and the Contemporary by launch both of which offer monorail access to the TTC and on to Epcot from there. Roaring Fork, the food court offering at WL, is woefully small for the size of the hotel and the number of folks who want to use it.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Ottawa, ON
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Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2013

We just returned from a stay at a 2 bedroom villa. Lots of room, quiet, clean. Decor is a little old but fits nicely with the wilderness theme. I would certainly recommend this place.

Minus. The location is close to Magic Kingdom but not on the monorail. You can not walk to the park. You must use bus or ferry. Having stayed at the other 3 resorts on the monorail line, it is a little inconvenient.

Except for this very minor point, you definitely get a wonderful deluxe level resort and save a little on points/money.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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Palm Harbor, Florida
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18 hotel reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2013

We have stayed here many times (you can see my other reviews for extensive info on this resort). I want to just share that if you plan on reserving a 2 bedroom villa you need to make sure and request the type of room you would like. There are two types - a dedicated 2 bedroom, and a lock-off. The lock-off is actually a 1 bedroom villa next door to a studio with a door that connects the rooms. This will only feature 2 actual beds plus 2 pull-out sofas. A dedicated 2 bedroom features 3 beds and 1 pull-out. I had actually forgotten about this until we walked in this past weekend and I was surprised with a lock-off. Worked out fine for us, we didn't like it but it was only 3 days. Just make sure you know what you want and specify when you reserve. Otherwise this is absolutely a wonderful resort.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 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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Hialeah, Florida
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5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2013

I have stayed there about 8+ times. I am a Disney Vacation Club member and I love this resort.

I love staying on Disney property but this hotel has an amazing atmosphire, mostly during christmas time. The bed's are amazing, bathrooms are super nice and with a lot of space. there is nothing better than a hotel with DIsney service from the front desk. only thing that I can complain of is the fact that guests have to go to the main building to check-in and then walk over to the villas building but it's nothing like walking from the check-in building to the rooms in a value resort.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2013

We have stayed here several times, and each time I come back I am reminded why I love this place so much. The lodge is absolutely beautiful. The location is excellent. I love the theme and I love the little lodge next-door to the main building.

Our cozy and spacious 2 br villa has a warm feel and lots of space for my family of 7. When we return to our room I feel like we never left the magic. The villas are small compared to others on Disney property, so the pool is not crowded. The lobby is full of cozy chairs and rockers, two fireplaces, checkers, chess, and other games.

I wish it wasn't so expensive, but once in a while it is most definitely worth the price!

  • Stayed January 2013
    • 2 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 Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#7 Spa Hotel in Orlando
#8 Luxury Hotel in Orlando
#24 Family Hotel in Orlando
#87 Romantic Hotel in Orlando
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:4 star — Villas at Disney's Wilderness Lodge 4*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The design of the Villas at Disney's Wilderness Lodge honors American craftsmanship and artistry found in the Great American Northwest National Park lodges from the turn of the 20th century. This architecturally grand Resort celebrates the majesty of the unspoiled wilderness with features that include a stunning 7-story lobby—built from 85 loads of Lodgepole Pine—and an 82-foot-tall lobby fireplace. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Villas At Disney`s Wilderness Hotel Orlando
Hotel At Disneys Wilderness
Hotel At Disney Wilderness
The Villas At Disneys Wilderness Lodge

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