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.
- 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
- Hotel At Disney Wilderness
- The Villas At Disneys Wilderness Lodge