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“Wonderful hotel but concierge level not worth added expense” 4 of 5 stars
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Disney's Wilderness Lodge
Ranked #30 of 334 Hotels in Orlando
Certificate of Excellence
Long Island, NY
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37 reviews
14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
“Wonderful hotel but concierge level not worth added expense”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2013

We just returned from a 4 night stay in Disney's Wilderness Lodge concierge level. Having stayed one night last summer in a concierge level room at Disney's Contemporary resort, I was really looking forward to this longer stay in the same luxury. It wasn't the same....the room was much smaller, lacking the room amenities I expected (and received at the Contemporary) the concierge lounge area was minimal, and my excitement re the concierge level room was short lived. Don't get me wrong, it is a very nice hotel but the actual room and lounge area size is lacking compared to the Contemporary resort concierge level. The Old Faithful room was well stocked with delicious treats and libations throughout the day. The staff was always helpful and available. I would recommend this hotel without hesitation but do not feel the extra cost for concierge level is justified. You may enjoy the beautiful lobby with it's massive fireplace, excellent restaurants, delightful pool area, boat and bicycle rental,and Electrical Water Pageant on the Seven Seas Lagoon each night all for the cost of a standard room and save the additional cost of the concierge level.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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Holmes, Pennsylvania, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2013

Our family absolutely loved staying here! Everything from the outside to the inside is beautiful. The decor of the hotel is what really made me stay there. It's like a huge log cabin. There is a stream going through the lodges lobby. There is also a huge fireplace in the lobby. The pool is beautiful and very big, everyday they have a pool dance party. It's also on the lake, you can take the ferry directly over to Magic Kingdom, it's about 5 minutes away. The hotel room is not that big, but it is very nice and it also has a balcony with a table and chairs. They have a cleaner that cleans the room every day. The kids couldn't wait to get back to the hotel because the maid would make different animals out of towels. It was very great and creative! If your hungry, all you have to do is walk out your room and on the main floor you have 3 restaurants to choose from. If I had to choose again, I would definitely stay here. I would love to stay here every time I go.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars
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Buenos Aires, Argentina
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2013

Don't expect a luxury hotel, despite what you are paying. This is an average hotel but located just 10-minute away by boat from the Magic Kingdom. The rooms are small and dark; the restaurants are very expensive. But I did not visit Orlando to enjoy a luxury hotel but to visit the parks. And In order to enjoy the parks, this hotel is just perfectly located, the service is great, the transportations to the park are also very good. So, I'm pretty satisfied with my choice.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars
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london
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2013

Had two nights in this place after our visit to Contemporary and I would say we definately preferred the Contemporary.

The room seemed a little tired and not as well equipped, the bathroom was very dated. Cleaning seemed to miss the beer bottle top left on the floor in a strategic position on both days we were there.

The pool is quite nice and the view is pleasant. It was nicely decorated for Christmas. Make sure that is you have a courtyard room you get one that is further out from the centre (i.e. towards the end of the wings) otherwise you just end up looking into the room opposite (the downside of taking the first room you are given experienced by us once again!).

As you would expect, this will hammer your credit car, perhaps if you are looking for a lower priced alternative you can find a hotel near Downtown Disney, it is not too far away and from Downtown Disney you can easily access the restaurants outside the resort.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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Arlington, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2013

Family stayed here and loved it. The rooms are really clean, everything is done meticulously by Disney and its staff and the pool and slide are great! There is a geyser like old faithful that was fun for the little ones. Also, it's on the lake and you are taken by boat to the Magic Kingdom, which takes about 10 minutes but keeps the kids entertained. Of course, Disney's shuttles run continuously to Epcot and Animal Kingdom. The meal plan is the way to go and make sure to eat at Whispering Canyons and ask for ketchup!

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars
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Thank Corey M
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Raleigh, NC
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13 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2013

Its 30% Yellowstone, 10% Yosemite, and 60% Disney. The Lobby especially will not disappoint for any fan of our national parks. The architecture is fantastic. During a large rainstorm, the way the building holds and dumps water was very unique. Staying here allows you to use the boat to and from Magic Kingdom. It was also a quick and convenient water ride over to the Polynesian and/or Contemporary resorts for meals.
The only disappointment was in the size of the rooms. The seems the same or smaller than the value resort we stayed in two years earlier. For the difference in price I did expect more. If budget is not an issue for you, the Wilderness Lodge is a great choice!

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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Thank WuldTwaveluh
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michellep4
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36 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2013

We stay here each time we visit Disney; 3 years running now.

Service is outstanding, atmosphere is great, and the rooms are spacious and clean. The pool and grounds are phenomenal.. and the location is close to everything.

The boat ride over to the Magic Kingdom is always Magical..and something we really enjoy.

I can't think of one negative thing to say about this resort.

Stayed April 2012, traveled with family
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Property: Disney's Wilderness Lodge
Address: 901 Timberline Drive, Lake Buena Vista, Orlando, FL 32830-8426
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:
#4 Top resorts Hotel in Orlando
#9 Luxury Hotel in Orlando
#14 Romantic Hotel in Orlando
#27 Family Hotel in Orlando
#124 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):
Escape to the rustic majesty of America's Great Northwest. Inspired by turn-of-the-century National Park lodges, Disney's Wilderness Lodge celebrates American craftsmanship and honors the beauty of the untamed wilderness. Soak in the splendor of the great outdoors, from nature trails through pine forests to rocking chairs that overlook a murmuring creek. Inside, discover towering totem poles, headdresses and more, and sink into a plush leather armchair in front of the roaring fireplace. ... more   less 
Also Known As:
Disney Wilderness Hotel
Disney Wilderness Lodge
Disneys Wilderness Hotel
Walt Disney World Wilderness Lodge
Wilderness Lodge Orlando
Wilderness Lodge Resort
Wilderness Lodge Disney World
Disney Wilderness Resort
Disneys Wilderness Lodge

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