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“Very Nice DVC resort, with a few minor critiques” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Villas at Disney's Wilderness Lodge

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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
Parkville, Maryland
Senior Contributor
40 reviews 40 reviews
10 hotel reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
“Very Nice DVC resort, with a few minor critiques”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2013

We are DVC members with shares at both Saratoga Springs Resort and the NEW Villas at Disney`s Grand Floridian. On a recent 9 night trip in June 2013 we decided to stay at The Villas at Disney`s Wilderness Lodge for the first time. In most regards the resort was wonderful. The stunning 8 story lobby of the main lodge sets the tone for a resort that is both dramatic and visually impressive, without, much like Animal Kingdom Villas, as must pomp and elegance as many other DVC resorts. In regard to whether this is a positive, it becomes a matter of personal preference that even divides our family. The Villas building is smaller and less dramatic but maintains the turn- of- the-century state park and native american themes nicely. It almost had the feel of a dungeon, similar to Le Cellier restaurant in Epcot, which gave you a welcomed feeling of privacy in a resort that had not one room available. The boat service to MK is nice but is a little slow at times. The Electrical Pageant could be seen from the beach, and that was awesome . We ate several times at The Roaring Fork for Quick Service and it was above average for Resort QS at DVC resorts. The Villas pool was okay and the main pool at the Lodge was great but was way too crowded and seemed to be full of people we recognized from the bus and boat transportation to be guests of the Fort Wilderness Campground, which is something we were told is not allowed.The bus transportation as a whole was not bad except when we tried to go to Fort Wilderness for horse back riding. Getting out of there proved to be very difficult, and the fact that most transportation runs at this resort are shared with Fort Wilderness Campground definitely is a negative and somewhat detracts from the luxurious aura of DVC. Campfire activities were very nice, as were the gift shop, arcade, etc. The room was average by DVC standards and had no balcony which we assumed was because of the fact that the resort was booked. After looking online, we soon realized that we had the only room at the Villas without a balcony !! and that a balcony is guaranteed for all rooms on the DVC website. When I brought this to DVCs and the Front Desks attention they gave us an extra point so we`d have enough to keep the room for an extra night, and a $ 300.00 plus credit on the room, which we thought was more than adequate. Apparently this room is only used as a last resort when the resort is completely full or if someone requests no balcony. We were just happy to get this resort on relatively short notice and the resort in retrospect, did compare favorably to Old Key West, Saratoga Springs which had been the only other available resorts when we booked. We have stayed at every DVC resort except Bay Lake Tower, so how do The Villas at Disney`s Wilderness Lodge stand in our family rankings ???? Better than Saratoga Springs, better than Old Key West, tied with Animal Kingdom Villas ( but far more convenient ), while falling just short of Boardwalk and Beach Club Villas.

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  • Stayed June 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Nazareth, Pennsylvania
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6 hotel reviews
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2013

Please do your research, as this may or may not be the perfect hotel for you as it is a Disney Vacation (DVC) resort, adjacent to Disney's Wilderness Lodge.

If you are looking for the ultimate in Disney theming, location, setting, relaxation and service, look no further. On Bay Lake, with boat transportation to the Magic Kingdom, Fort Wilderness and the Contemporary Resort. Access to all the amenities of the deluxe Wilderness Lodge Resort. You will not regret staying here.

  • Stayed September 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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Isle of Wight, United Kingdom
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3 hotel reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2013

We stayed a week after staying at Bay Lake, we found our room small (2 bedroom) and the Balcony very small my Husband did not like it as soon as he stepped in it. Which was a shame because the communal areas are just fantastic as are the pools and the main reception area. My daughters loved the small pool with the bubbles, My Husband and i really loved the big pool with the water running down from the rocks. The best relaxing spot was right at deep end where you can sit on side of pool leaning on rocks loved it. Food halls were good but we were intending to do more dining in our room taking advantage of the super American food. How ever i felt i was visiting at the wrong time i should have come at Christmas i bet that would feel amazing. Also in our Kitchen the hob was odd with the electric hob rings all wonky and grease on the side of fridge, also in light you could see grubby marks on cupboard doors. Maintenance lady was super and came to fix our sink chomper as it was not working, she was lovely. over all a nice week and probably won't return to this resort. Shame as it did put a blip on our vacation stay.

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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Buckinghamshire
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2013

We have never stayed in a Disney property before, but this experience was brilliant. We stayed in one of the villas and found everything to our satisfaction. We were very close to the Magic Kingdom and accessibility to the other parks was good. It is not too good for getting to other resorts though e.g Animal Kingdom Lodge, where we had a dinner booked. It did take the full hour and a half like the advance reservation suggested. Also, it would have been nice to know that we could have ordered groceries in advance to be delivered to our villa. Maybe it is common knowledge for the natives, but not for us Brits!. However, we managed and it was nice not to have to hire a car for the holiday as the Disney buses and taxis serviced our needs.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
    • 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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5 hotel reviews
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2013

This was our 12th visit to WDW but our first staying at the Villas. We had stayed In the lodge previously. The villas are more secluded and quieter. We had a 2-BR with a full kitchen and 2 full bathrooms. The beds were comfortable with the exception of the pull-out sofa bed. One of the teenagers eventually agreed to take it and all worked out ok with the sleeping arrangements. The kitchen was well stocked with cookery, cutlery, etc and I made full breakfasts every day. If you choose not to have groceries delivered, the mercantile in the lodge has the essentials including eggs, milk, bread, bacon, etc.
Check-in process was flawless and even though our room was ready, our luggage and carry-ons were stored and delivered. We received our keys and they called when the room was ready so no need to stop back. We were off to the parks in a few minutes.
Try the boat service to Magic Kingdom - it is a fun option.
Both sets of pools are great - we visited in March and it was too cool to swim, but we have used the main lodge pool on earlier visit.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
    • 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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Whitehorse, Canada
2 reviews
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2013

We stayed at Wilderness Lodge, and it was a great experience! My kids love the overall experience at Disney. It was nice and clean, and the most important the staff is always willing to help you. The restaurants and the food was great! You can take the boat or bus to go to Magic Kingdom.

  • Stayed December 2012, 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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Dublin, Ohio, United States
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10 hotel reviews
Reviews in 21 cities Reviews in 21 cities
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2013

The villas at the WL are beautiful! Quiet and luxurious. Since joining the DVC, we are staying at resorts that otherwise we would not have. We have visited there to eat at Whispering Canyon, but the experience of staying is so different! Waking up and heading to the beach is so peaceful. The pool is like glass and spotlessly clean. They were painting near the pool - everything was so clean and well-kept. The staff was attentive and very nice. A boat ride away from MK and the monorails was great. Fast, easy boat service! We went to the Hoop De Doo Review and also did archery at the Wilderness Campground. Lots of fun! The cast members at archery were patient and my son learned a lot! There are activities at the WL, you can get a weekly sheet at the front desk. They don't have a community hall there, but there are lots of activities at the campgrounds too. We saw deer, armadillos, a beautiful owl, bats, and lots of frogs. One of my fav places to stay!

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  • Stayed August 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 Top resorts Hotel in Orlando
#24 Spa 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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