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Disney's Wilderness Lodge
Ranked #24 of 340 Hotels in Orlando
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed February 1, 2014

We stayed at Wilderness Lodge for 6 nights in Jan, and truly enjoyed the hotel. It was great to have such close proximity to Magic Kingdom where we could just hop on the boat to get to and from the park easily. We also used the monorail (which doesn't run to the hotel, but you can connect to through taking a boat to another hotel) and the bus service. We were the first pick up for the parks on the bus route, and the first drop off at the end of the day. Buses ran frequent and we always got seats as we didn't seem to be on too busy of a route.

Hotel room was great- clean, well themed, modern. great view from the balcony. We could see the Electric boat parade each night from our room and fireworks from magic kingdom. Great view of the pool and the Geyser as well.

Staff were always helpful and friendly.

This was our first trip to Disney World, and we really enjoyed the location, and overall theme of this hotel. Definitely recommend it! Kids enjoyed it as well- wasn't a lot of character theming here, but we were OK with that as our kids enjoyed the wilderness theme just as much.

Enjoyed the magic bands as well which meant we didn't have to carry a room key, credit card, and park pass as they were all connected through the bands- much more convenient and useful.

  • Stayed: January 2014, traveled with family
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Reviewed January 31, 2014

From the grounds, to the lobby, to the rooms, Disney's Wilderness Lodge is a beautiful resort! The lobby itself is just stunning! We are annual Disney visitors, my husband, myself, and our kids who are 10 and 8 yrs. old.,and like to stay at different places each year. This was our first stay at this resort and we were very happy with it! The kids are already asking if we can stay there again next year.The rooms are not quite as big as some of the other deluxe resorts on the property, but they are plenty spacious enough for our family of 4. We had a courtyard view room and it was great! The rooms here are also super clean including the bathrooms and I happen to be a very picky person when it comes to any hotel rooms being clean! Mousekeeping did an amazing job keeping everything clean and also would set up my kid's stuffed animals in all different silly ways on the beds everyday so it was a surprise for us when we would come back to our room which the kids just loved! Beds were very comfortable and all of us slept very well our entire stay! The staff here are very friendly and helpful as you would expect from any Disney resort! The Whispering Canyon Café is one of the restaurants at this resort and it is a fun place to eat with great food! My kids loved it! The Roaring Forks food court was also nice although it can get a little crazy in there when crowded, and I would have liked to see a little more of a variety in their menu choices. As for transportation, taking the boat from this resort over to Magic Kingdom or even over to the Contemporary resort to catch the monorail was awesome!! The boats run every couple minutes and we never waited long for a boat. The buses, well, I have to say most of the time they were ok, but there were a few occasions we seemed to wait forever for one and then to get on and find out they have to stop at another resort also before getting us to our destination. This also held true while waiting at the parks or Downtown Disney for a bus to return back to Wilderness Lodge. It just seemed they didn't have as many buses running for this resort compared to some of the other resorts. We did have an amazing time here though and would love to stay at this resort again in the future!

  • Stayed: January 2014, traveled with family
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4  Thank dmarie72
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Reviewed January 30, 2014

This is our 50th trip to Disney haven't stayed at wilderness lodge for many years. wow we fell in love with this property. Now it was cold but that just added to the feel of the hotel. Beautiful fireplace in lobby. Room were great food in all 3 restaurants were really good. The staff Emma was who helped us was just great. I requested certain things and she meet all my needs. Property is special. Try it you will love it too.

Stayed: January 2014, traveled as a couple
2  Thank Joyce B
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Reviewed January 30, 2014

Ours was a two-generation extended family vacation, young adults to empty nesters. No little ones, and none of us Disneyphiles, so our expectations were all over the place, especially since we were investing far more than we usually do for a family trip. We found Wilderness Lodge to be absolutely charming, impressive and grand but not over-the-top, full of warmth and hospitality. At the end of the week, every one of our group felt as though we had found a home away from home and didn’t want to leave.

We chose the Lodge because of good reviews and its location. Given the different personalities in our group, it’s amazing that we all found something we loved that made our stay quite special. The younger of us loved the comfy informal rooms, nature trail with plentiful woodland creatures, pool (especially the quieter one near the villas), great food at the two sit-down restaurants (informal all-you-can-eat at one, fancy delicious gourmet at the other), the refillable mugs with the dining plan, and the cast members who exemplified good service, especially incredibly entertaining Kirk - but everyone we encountered was wonderful. The older folks loved all those same things, plus the ease with which we got around (boats and buses to parks and Downtown Disney all worked efficiently and understandably), the very helpful concierge desk, the details of the architecture and interior design, the thoughtfulness of the theming (more understated than I expected, very consistent and convincing), and the overall appeal to both the child and adult in all of us.

Our woods view rooms - actually more like villas/pool through the trees view - were quiet and super clean, with no sign of wear. I was delighted there was a refrigerator in a cabinet with extra drawers, and a coffee maker for two. The bathroom had plenty of counterspace, which is saying a lot for a mom sharing with her high school senior daughter.

My favorite details were the interior and exterior recreations of springs, rocks, bridges, overlooks, etc. a la national parks, the open stairways around the impressive lobby, and the fireplaces. There were small ones in nooks on the 4th and 5th floors, so welcome when the temperature dropped into the 40s, but the large one in the lobby with the towering chimney was truly awesome. The fact that the stone represented the layers of rock in the Grand Canyon, accompanied by intelligent displays on every floor explaining the specific geology, was the icing on the cake for me, a late geologist’s daughter. We came on the trip to honor and remember my fun-loving Mom, who passed away in February, but those displays brought my Dad right along and completed the trip perfectly.

I am sorry we didn’t have the opportunity to take the tour of the place to get to know even more details. We also didn’t get to any of the evening marshmallow roasts or the electric parade on the lake. Just good reasons to go back, which I’d do in a snap.

I agree with some other reviews that Roaring Forks quick service restaurant is small. It can be crowded in the ordering area and you may have to wait for a table in busy times – or you can go outside if the weather is nice. But you aren’t there to linger anyway. And they were quite accommodating to some special dietary needs and were very generous with their accounting of the snacks on the dining plan. The waffles were sinful and the breakfast flatbread was huge and loaded with veggies.

I can’t speak directly to the experience parents of young children might have here, though there seemed to be much to explore. The main pool is pleasant, with a nice modest waterslide. There is a playground near the no-swim beach, and bikes and boats to rent. But if you are looking for a colorful, stimulating super-Disney environment with recognizable characters galore, this won’t quite fit the bill. And though they were perfect for us, the rooms don’t have a lot of open space for extra bags and people. However, if you want a more restful, inviting environment when you have left the hustle bustle of the parks, with calming waterfalls and a geyser and whispering pine trees, this is your place. I hope we are lucky enough to return!

Room Tip: It was a long walk to the lobby, so anyone with disabilities or other mobility issues might want to...
  • Stayed: January 2014, traveled with family
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2  Thank wensch
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Reviewed January 30, 2014

We just returned from three nights at the Wilderness Lodge. This is our first stay in the Lodge itself; for our first trip we stayed at the Wilderness Lodge Villas. We choose this resort for one reason - location. I want to highlight the pros and cons
Benefits:
-the ease of transportation to the Magic Kingdom! Hop on a boat and you arrive 20 yards from the MK's entrance. I love it!
-the scenery and cleanliness of the entire Resort
Downsides:
-WL must do something about its quick service dining - the Roaring Forks. The space is entirely too small for the resort. It's understaffed and the food is just not very good. We stayed at the Poly last year and were quite pleased by its quick service restaurant.
-Noise. Our first room faced the courtyard and the pool. I know that this is a bonus for some people. We have a four year old that still takes a nap in the afternoon (as do I at Disney - the hustle and bustle knocks me out). The pool area is so noisy that all we heard from music and screaming. WL was very accommodating and moved our room to a woods view which was awesome! But you do hear everything from everyone around you and above you in the rooms.
-size of the room. Tiny - I don't know how people with more than one child handle the size of the rooms at WL. We were climbing all over each other with only two small suitcases, one child, and a stroller. The bathrooms however are nicely sized with great counter space.
I realize that WL is on the cheap end of the deluxe resorts (which is nice) and I really do like the location and theme but we struggled this trip with the food and the rooms.

  • Stayed: January 2014, traveled with family
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6  Thank arr1610
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Reviewed January 29, 2014

Let me start off by saying that we love Disney! The Wilderness Lodge was great. The Northwest decor was beautiful and the landscaping really made youf eel like you were there. (No palm trees to be found) The rooms are expensive and so is the food but the service was great! I wish that Disney would sell food that is worth the amount you pay for it. That said the flatbreads late night and the family breakfast platter were worth every penny. (Kinda). You can take a boat or a bus to The Magic Kingdom. The boat ride was short and fun. From the beach you can see the MK's fireworks show and there is a geiser that goes off every hour. Our family loved The Wilderness Lodge we had a lot of fun!

  • Stayed: January 2014, traveled with family
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3  Thank Brooke5000
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Reviewed January 29, 2014

We've been to Disney World 3 times in the past 24 months and have stayed at the Wilderness Lodge twice. We enjoyed our last stay very much and highly recommended it to others. This time, even though we stayed in January, the place was packed with people and the staff seemed to be less friendly and less engaged. A Disney hotel room is typically just a hotel room. The beds and pillows are generally the same and the bathrooms work but aren't filled with fineries. It is what it is.

Thus, the differences between facilities is typically the location, the amenities outside of the hotel room, and the hotel staff. In this case, the Wilderness Lodge is a great location for access to the Magic Kingdom. The facility itself is awesome and inspiring and we love all of the open space and wooden beams. However, the hotel is pretty loud and the adjoining walls inside the hotel are paper thin. The interior rooms have great views out to the pool and to the geyser, but the again, our various encounters with the staff, starting at the front desk and going to the concierge, bellman, waitress, clerks and cleaning staff were less than stellar. Maybe winter at Disney had put them in a funk. Even though we really enjoyed our first visit here, we will not stay here again, not because we were so displeased with it, but b/c we want to try something different next time. That said, had our second visit been as nice as our first visit, then they could have won us over for life. Instead, the resort seems to have slidden into mediocrity and so we will try our hand at another facility. Nonetheless, we recommend that you try the Wilderness Lodge at least once when you visit Disney World. It's a great memory to take home with you, even at the elevated price points.

Room Tip: Ask for an odd numbered room on the 6th or 7th floor. These come with great views of the courtyard...
  • Stayed: January 2014, traveled with family
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4  Thank Discernment_101
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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:
#3 Top resorts Hotel in Orlando
#5 Luxury Hotel in Orlando
#14 Romantic Hotel in Orlando
#27 Family Hotel in Orlando
#124 Business Hotel in Orlando
Price Range: $406 - $938 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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