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Review of Villas at Disney's Wilderness Lodge

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Villas at Disney's Wilderness Lodge
Ranked #48 of 336 Hotels in Orlando
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louisiana
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27 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“New fav resort!!!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 30, 2012 via mobile

We stayed at the resort oct 27 - 30!! We loved everything about it!! Very beautiful!! Would deff stay here again!! Food was good!! Took the boat to magic kingdom!! Very convient!! Can't say anything bad!! Staff was great, very helpful!! All in all great place!!

  • Stayed October 2012
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank disneygirl08
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Columbus, Ohio
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 27, 2012

I stayed at the Wilderness lodge 10/9/2012 - 10/13/2012 for a quick stay and experience MNSSHP.

I have special health problems which require special cleaning of the resort room. The resort was notified by calling the resort directly the day before and the day of check-in. The information was also noted on my reservation and confirmed the day before travel. Again at check-in inquired if the room was cleaned appropriately.

Day 1
Check-in, assigned room. Room not cleaned appropriately. I then was exposed to chemicals which cause breathing problems for myself. After notifying the front desk it was approximately 3 hours until I was brought to a safe room breathing wise.

Day 2 Sick from exposure to chemicals..see doc...still try to enjoy vacation.

Day 3 Going to take nap. Drilling and hammering in room above me. Day of MNSSHP. Call front desk.. given run around they don't know anything about work in the room. Later talk to manager - there was work on the room.

Voice mail in room when return from MNSSHP informing alarm testing on day 4 all afternoon. So after being out late for the Halloween party and planning to get up and hit the parks and then come back in nap in the afternoon. Plan busted again.

Day4 Went to park. Come back 9pm.
Housekeeping had been in the room. Sprayed chemicals for cleaning that I was allergic, which were noted to not be used in my room. Towels replaced were not cleaned accordingly either.
Managements response on the night of day 4, was that nothing was sprayed and I was given appropriate towels. After a long discussion management finally gave me appropriate towels, and didn't care about the offending chemicals in room.

Management at this hotel does not understand the point of special cleaning. There is a problem somewhere in the staff. Managements response is to deny, deny deny.
Citing a reference from the computer that the room was cleaned appropriately does not rectify the problem.

Not a relaxing resort, not a quiet resort.
Quiet pool was great. The theme of the lobby and pool are wonderful and grand.

Had great luck with the boat and bus transportation.

Did not like the smoking area location. When you go from the main building outside to get to the villas, you have to walk past the designated smoking section, which is in a walkway off to the right. However the smoke just floats right in the walkway.
Florida is hot humid and smoke just sits in the air, and every time you go from the main building to the villas its rough on the breathing impaired. It would also be in the walkway path if you were heading from the theme park bus pickups back to the main part of the resort.

Have stayed at BC, SSR, BWV all allergy issues have been satisfactory handled with 2-3 trips a years spanning 5 years, unlike VWL trip this year. Never met managers not wanting to help an allergy issue at disney, until this trip.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled solo
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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Denmark
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106 reviews
38 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 109 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 25, 2012

Rented points from a dvc friend to try this villas
easy check in / had done the online service
Had a studio
Saw trees and Bambi´s family outside
The room was great and cleaned
Loved the movie on the beach and waterparade in the evening and the marshellows roasting
Good that it was a quiet pool there , but the big pool was fun too and the hottubs
just loved eating at Wispering Canyon ( have done it before and still loved it ) the menu skillet is now called a family platter , we couldn´t see any differnt from earlier there
Good quick service place and laundry room are also good , I used the one near the QS since the once to the villa ´s was in use
Boatservice to get to the park was perfect always there when we got there
Busservice to the parks worked out too, we did how ever have a very long wait to get to DTD on the Saturday 13 th of October
Service is great here from start to the end of this holiday they was good and gave us great customer service it impressed me a lot .
Will I go again , sure would go tomorrow if someone asked me

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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4 Thank mutter38
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Ann Arbor, Michigan
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22 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 24, 2012

We have been to Disney World six times since 2003. Previously stayed in this resort in 2007. (Have also stayed in moderate and value resorts.) Was concerned that the rooms may be dated, but our room was nice and clean and did not appear to be worn. While this is not my favorite "theme" for a resort in FL (doesn't fit to me that it is 90 degrees outside and the have the fireplace going), it is nicely done, relaxed and pretty convenient (like the boat to the Magic Kingdom and bus transportation was good). The staff were pleasant and efficient. The restaurants were booked, but the bar at Artist Point was good and served appetizers (though kids were welcomed there, the food at the bar was not really the kid-friendly type). The food court/quick serve restaurant was decent and never really too crowded, which is something you cannot say about the value resorts.

Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Staten Island, New York
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30 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 17, 2012

We are DVC members with this being our home resort. We love everything about this resort so hard to find a place to start. I do agree with a previous reviewer that the villas need an update but by no means is this a deal breaker. How long are you really in the room anyway?? We have eaten several times at all the resort restaurants and even the quick service Roaring Fork made some great sandwiches. I love the grounds. I love the movies on the beach, the light parade on the water. Our last visit real live bats decided to take up residence in the rafters. My kids thought is was the coolest thing ever to watch them fly around. (We are kept at a distance by a fence and a cast member.) This added to the rustic feeling of the place. We always shop at the parks and had things sent to the resort. Never have had a problem with pick up. One year my husband went a little crazy and they offered to pack and ship directly to us. (We paid of coarse). We also always order from gardengrocer.com for all the extras with a baby and a pickly eater. Everything is ready at bell services upon our arrival. You kids will love the "old Mickey" movies as they watch sitting in rocking chairs as you check in. The pool, we can't pull the kids off the side. (There are better pool sides on other Disney properties but this one is just fine.)

Only two negitives: Bus service: you have a wait a fair amount of time to get buses to other attractions and parks. However this seemed to be the case at other resorts also. If going to MK- take the wonderful boat ride. The other I am sad to say. Whispering Canyon changed there wonderful menu. It is not so wonderful anymore. However when we return in Dec 2012, we will give it one more shot before throwing in the towel.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank Kim C
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Lafayette, Louisiana
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6 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 16, 2012

We are DVC members and experienced another great stay at Wilderness Lodge Villas. The main lodge is great. We ate at both the Whispering Canyon Cafe and Artist Point, which bioth have wonderful food. Roaring Forks is also good for a quick service meal and we never found it t be too crowded. We had a two bedroom which is very adequate for our extended family of six.

We had requested, because of my wife's knees, a room close to transportaion and we had a great two room near the elevator where walking was minimal.
The only problem was the coffeemaker broke, but it was quickly replaced with a new one.
Wilderness Lodge is especially conveinent for families with small children who like to visit Magic Kingdom often. The bus service to the other parks is also adequate.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank John522
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Dauphin, Pennsylvania
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41 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 15, 2012

Our family stayed in the DVC Wilderness Lodge Villas in July 2012. We had a two-bedroom villa on the fourth floor. We love Disney and staying at the Lodge was a nice break from the parks. The surroundings are beautiful and it feels like you are staying in the Rockies. We even saw deer, bunnies, a armadillo and a turtle. We also enjoyed the movie on the beach and the light show on Bay Lake. Make sure you buy the refillable mugs ~ the kids loved the hot chocolate.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank mom24kidz
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Property: Villas at 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 Business Center with Internet Access 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 Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#12 Spa Hotel in Orlando
#18 Luxury Hotel in Orlando
#28 Family Hotel in Orlando
#30 Romantic Hotel in Orlando
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:4 star — Villas at Disney's Wilderness Lodge 4*
Number of rooms: 181
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Recalling the 1860's railroad hotels of the American West, The Villas offer the comforts of home amid the rustic beauty of Disney's Wilderness Lodge. Relax on the white-sand beach, explore trails through lush meadows and delight in the enchanting Silver Creek Springs Pool. Just a breezy boat ride to Magic Kingdom park, The Villas at Disney's Wilderness Lodge celebrate American craftsmanship and the majesty of the great outdoors. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Villas At Disney`s Wilderness Hotel Orlando
Hotel At Disneys Wilderness
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