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“Beautiful Resort Hotel but small rooms”

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Disney's Wilderness Lodge
Ranked #32 of 337 Hotels in Orlando
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“Beautiful Resort Hotel but small rooms”
Reviewed March 10, 2004

We stayed 2 nights at the Wilderness Lodge from Feb 26-28th. It is definitely beautiful inside. The rooms were pretty small but I was prepared after reading the reviews. The bunk beds were worth it because the kids just loved it! There are many little nooks inside the hotel which we found while exploring on a cold day. Very warm and cozy with sofas and fireplaces on each floor. We didn't wait around for the bus because it was so chilly but couldn't quite figure out how to drive over to Magic Kingdom because we were already inside. Very confusing. I would suggest taking the bus or boat. The pool area is beautiful and the water is warm. We ate at the restaurant the first night but it was so loud and expensive. Wouldn't do it again. Lots of things for the kids to do though. The snack bar/restaurant was the way to go. The food was really good and reasonable. The kids loved the french toast sticks and my husband and I were happy with the breakfast sandwiches they offered. Lot's of choices. We would definitely stay here again.

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Reviewed March 8, 2004

Disney does it again. Takes you into another world....this time into a real lodge. Just like if you were up north and not in florida. I was blown away by the lobby which is HUGE. The decor inside and out. The pool area is also nice...but the rooms,WOW. The space in each room is great. The decor is again...very Lodge type. Your only a small boat ride to the Magic Kigndom or take a bus to any of the other parks. Food is great. They have a 24 hour cafe with GREAT and very cheap foods. Chicken fingers, hot dogs, deli sandwiches, and other fast foods which taste great after a long day at a park. Service is perfect and all employees (aka cast members) treat you as a special guest! Worth the money to stay....all views again are fantastic.

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Reviewed February 10, 2004

Six of us stayed at the WL in October in two rooms. The rooms are very nice, though small. They are certainly well kept and had a small balcony. The hotel is lovely, especially the lobby. Due to the size of the lobby it can be a bit loud if there are many guests. The grounds were very nice also. My main complaint was with transportation. Boat transportation to and from the Magic Kingdom was very difficult and took FOREVER. Luckily we had a rental car! I found this hotel to be too remote. They need a walking path to the Contemporary so people don't have to line up for the slow ferries. I've been to Disney 20 times and always stay on property, but probably wouldn't stay here again due to the remoteness.

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Reviewed February 4, 2004

We have stayed in many Disney hotels and Wilderness Lodge was great overall. Last week of January, we had a 1 bedroom suite which was clean. The lobby is one of the best they have. If you have small kids, take them to the Whispeing Canyon to eat - good food good time. Very quiet - you don't feel like you are 100 yards from the castle. The best was the nightly electric parade on the lake. Nice family place.

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Reviewed January 19, 2004

I stayed at the Wilderness Lodge, and it was an absolutely wonderful expierience! The staff was very nice, the hotel was beautiful, the room was great; it was an all around great time. It is so close to Disney, unlike some of the other hotels. The view was amazing from the dock, it looked like you were in another state. I highly recommend staying at the Wilderness Lodge!!

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Reviewed January 3, 2004

My husband and I, along with our daughter and a friend, have been to Disney 6 times! From the time we walked in the Wilderness Lodge, until the day we left, we felt the "magic" of Disney! It has a real family atmosphere, everything is clean, and beautiful landscaping! The restaraunts and pool area were great and the girls loved them too! We participated in the flag raising ceremony (you have to ask to sign up for this-it books fast!!), where your family goes to the roof with one of the "rangers" in the morning and gets to raise all 5 (6?) flags in a small ceremoney (just your family and the ranger) and have your picture taken with all of Disney in the background. At the end, you receive a certificate. This was fun and meaningful for a family who loves Disney like we do!

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Reviewed December 23, 2003

This is a great hotel. From the moment you step into the lobby you feel the amazing atmosphere this theming creates. The rooms are small, but nice and comfortable, and the pool is realy different from any pool I had seen before. The view fron the pool area is absolutely amazing. If you are planning to go to Disney, be assured this is one of the best hotels in the Disney area.

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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:
#5 Top resorts Hotel in Orlando
#10 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 
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Also Known As:
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