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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 #24 of 329 hotels in Orlando
Hope, New Jersey
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
“Best Value at Disney”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2013

Stayed for six nights in early March in a one bedroom suite in the villa.

Pros:

Very spacious and quiet with a kitchen that easily serves for normal meal prep.

Very nice pool without the carnival atmosphere or constant music/noise of the Lodge pool.

The rooms were immaculate but a very strange floor plan - no door in the bathroom with the tub?

Cons - there is no front desk service or concierge in the villas - they said it's supposed to be just like home. The day we checked in the personnel at the desk in the Wilderness Lodge couldn't figure out how to authorize the key cards for the rooms and there was a long line of people waiting for new keys at 4:00.

If you are serious about breakfast, lunch, dinner or just drinks/snacks in your villa room, bring them with you. Prices for supplies from the Mercantile are very expensive, e.g. $15 for a six-pack of Bud Lite. And the choices are limited. Room service is astoundingly expensive.

Shower is strangely designed to require that you go into the shower and get wet when you turn it on. And water temperature is never hot enough and the shower head is designed to save water.

Overall we liked it and will return next year.

Room Tip: ask for a room away from the bus stop.
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  • Stayed March 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
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Millsboro, DE
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71 reviews 71 reviews
20 hotel reviews
Reviews in 22 cities Reviews in 22 cities
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2013

We stayed for 9 nights in a studio on the 4th floor of the villa building. We were nearly at the end of a hallway, but it was nice and quiet since hardly anyone walked past our room. Our view was of the woods and we could see a tiny bit of the lake......enough to watch part of the water pageant at night and we could see some of the Magic Kingdom fireworks from our balcony. The room was very comfortable with plenty of closet space and kitchenette storage space. (A minor annoyance was how high they hung the hook inside the bathroom door.) The peacefulness and decor of the place is wonderful.......very restful lobby and a side room with game tables....both with nice chairs by each of the fireplaces. A slight walk gets you to the main hotel building where there are 3 restaurants and a bar....a shop.....an arcade...a kids' "den"......and so much to look at in the lobby and on the grounds. The main pool is very nice and landscaped beautifully. The quiet pool (near the villa building) which we chose to use the most is very nice and was heated and the hot tub was wonderful. It was nice to sit on the beach at all different times and especially at night to watch the fireworks and the boat parade. There are boat and bike rentals....a man-made geyser that erupts every hour....a nature trail that will lead you to Ft. Wilderness if you wish to walk the entire length. Bus service was good and there are boats to the Magic Kingdom and the Contemporary and Ft. Wilderness. There is a very nice fitness center but we didn't get to use it....too busy to find time for it. We do hope to go back....again and again and again!!! We have stayed now at the Contemporary, the Polynesian, Ft. Wilderness cabins, Caribbean Beach, Old Key West, and Port Orleans French Quarter and we like Wilderness Lodge the best!

  • Stayed March 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Connecticut
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13 reviews 13 reviews
7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2013

Satyed in a 1 bedroom suite above the Fitness Center with a view of the quiet pool. This villa was spacious, clean and close to the elevators. Love the wilderness feel and the resort is beautiful, you really do feel like you are in a Northern Pacific Lodge!! We are going back in May for a birthday celebration visit...can't wait!!!! It is SO convenient to the magic Kingdom and a boat's ride away to the resort monorails to access the Polynesian, Grand Floridian and Contemporary Resorts!! Lots opf options!!!

  • Stayed April 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Dallas
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6 hotel reviews
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2013

Stayed in a 2 bedroom villa with full kitchen and sleeps eight easily. Very nice and 2nd bedroom extremely large with 2 great beds and nice views from the balcony. Full kitchen was nice but needed a few staples such as salt, pepper, oil and sugar. I left these for the next occupant but was told by housekeeping that these items would be removed. (Can get costly.)

Lodge sits on large lake with beach area that includes boat rentals. Also, ferry boat to Magic Kingdom and other resorts was very nice and extremely convenient.

Great ammenties, beautiful lobby with a lot of activities for the kids each day. 2 pools, 1 kiddie pool, large waterslide and 2 hot tubs with bar at pool location. Movies at dusk on the beach,
bar, 3 restaurants and spa make this a great place.

Mark this one as must stay next time. Will definitetly visit again.

  • Stayed March 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Cincinnati, Ohio
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4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2013

Such an outstanding hotel, the service is impeccable, the rooms are comfortable and the settlng is stunning. The atmosphere is so cozy, I love to sit in front of the fireplace. The restaurants are very nice. After a long day at the parks the hot tub is wonderful. We are vacation club members and this is one of the best things we ever did. We have stayed in the main hotel and the villas, both are wonderful. The villas do need a little updating but not enough to really matter.

Room Tip: love the rooms on the second floor surrounding the lobby.
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  • Stayed March 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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West Chester, Pennsylvania
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32 reviews 32 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2013

We stayed in a 2 Bedroom Villa. The public areas of the hotel & villas are beautiful. We chose this location for the proximity to Magic Kingdom and transportation options (boat/ferry or bus).

The rooms were okay. Some items seemed dated especially the kitchen items (fridge, utensils, plates, etc). It was nice to have a washer / dryer in the room. The rooms are why I rated it a 4 instead of a 5. We are not a member of the timeshare so we did have daily housekeeping.

The spa (which may be independent but operates on the ground floor of the Villas) was nice with good masseuses. Cost was as expected at a resort. Fitness area was decent and located in the same vicinity.

The Villa pool was small and generally very quiet with few people in it. It did have some water spouts in it that the kids enjoyed. There was also a hot tub in this area. We preferred this pool.

Most of the amenities were on the hotel side. From the Villa lobby it was a short walk to the hotel. There is a covered walkway that connects the two. The hotel had a larger pool, slide, a small toddler pool, couple of restaurants (a quick service & 2-sit down), arcade, small store, and post office box.

Overall we would return.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Pembroke Pines, Florida
Top Contributor
116 reviews 116 reviews
18 hotel reviews
Reviews in 30 cities Reviews in 30 cities
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2013

Wilderness Lodge is an excellent place for a vacation. My daughter and I have spent the last 20 President's Day weekends as spa weekends at Disney. Usually we go to Saratoga Springs because of the spa there. This year they were refurbishing so we went to Wilderness Lodge. It was definitely the best. The boat goes to the Magic Kingdom and Contemporary(Top of the World lounge) and buses go to all parks. Whispering Canyon Cafe is an excellent restaurant. The Territory Lounge is an excellent getaway at night. We had some problems with our dining reservations and the concierge took care of it when Disney Dining basically said--we made the mistake, but too bad. Our weekend went so well, in spite of the problems with Disney Dining that we are planning next year's Spa weekend there, even though the Spa at Saratoga will be back up. There is also the water parade that stops by. An excellent weekend getaway.

  • Stayed February 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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Also Known As:
Villas At Disney`s Wilderness Hotel
Villas At Disney`s Wilderness Hotel Orlando
Hotel At Disneys Wilderness
Hotel At Disney Wilderness
The Villas At 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 ) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#7 Luxury Hotel in Orlando
#23 Family Hotel in Orlando
#24 Spa Hotel in Orlando
#24 Top resorts Hotel in Orlando
#31 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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