Just returned from a 6 day stay with my husband, 4 year old, and in-laws. We stayed in a two bedroom villa which was perfect for us. Travel from the airport to the lodge was a breeze. We took the magical express from the airport. There was no wait and our bags arrived shortly after we did to the hotel. Return to the airport was even easier. We had a late 8PM flight on the day of check out and it was so nice to be able to check our bags for our flight that morning and get our boarding passes right in the hotel lobby. They held our carry-ons for us while we enjoyed our last day in the magic kingdom.
Villa: The villa itself was very comfortable with a great layout for our family. Each bedroom was spacious and clean (one with king, second with two full beds) with large closets and baths. The kitchen/combined living room was well stocked. There was laundry detergent, paper towels, coffee maker etc... It was great after a long day at the parks to have the living area to relax. Our son loved it. Housekeeping came daily. The only drawback to the villa was that we were on the 5th floor and VERY far from the elevator. I'm a fit person but after walking in the parks all day then walking up and down that hallway all week , it got old fast. We ordered groceries ahead of time at gardengrocer.com. They were waiting for us when we checked in and were delivered to our room when we checked in.
Wilderness Lodge in General: A wonderful place. We researched for a while and after stopping at many of the other hotels to compare during our stay we were so happy that we went with the Villas at Wilderness Lodge. The grounds were beautiful. My son loved seeing the rabbits, ducks, the geyser, the lobby is breathtaking. It was great to take the boat over to the magic kingdom or contemporay and hop on the monorail. The bus service to the other parks was also great. The pools were very nice. The main pool was very crowded at times. Liked the pool at the villas better ...smaller/quiet.
Cubs Den: We also made a reservation one night for our son to have dinner on his own at the cubs den while my husband and I had a date. He absolutely loved it. The space itself is small but they have many toys, computers, sand pit for the kids and they eat dinner there as well. He was very content here and we had a wonderful time off on our own for a few hours. We found the price of $12/hour to be very reasonable.
Dining: We were pleasantly surprised by the dining choices at Disney. We didn't go with very high expectations. Whispering Canyon in the lobby was an excellent choice for dinner our 1st night. Several of us got the all you can eat BBQ and it was great. We had a wonderful meal at the California Grill our last night. The fireworks were amazing with the most spectacular view. We also had a very nice lunch one day at the Animal Kingdom Lodge. The food in the parks was ok. Chef Mickey's for breakfast also just ok. Our son LOVED getting to see all of the characters here. So glad we got him an autograph book. In the parks you have to wait in line to see them but at Chef Mickey's all the characters come right up to the table. It was great; lots of good pics. The Roaring Fork at the Wilderness had great quick options. We tried to do a quick service at the Polynesian one day and left when nothing looked good to us. Territory lounge at night was also a great place in the lobby for a drink. Wished we could've bought beer at a reasonable price to keep in the fridge in the villa ($5 for one can) steep in the lobby shop. Wine was reasonably priced but limited selection.
Gym: The gym was great and modern and on the 1st floor off the lobby in the villas building. All the cardio, wts etc. You could access it 24 hrs/d. My husband worked out just about everyday at 5AM.
My husband and I enjoyed some wine in the lobby at the Grand Floridian one night while listening to a jazz band. Beautiful lobby. It seemed less geared towards children but really was pretty. Might be a better place for families with little girls. Lots of little girls dressed up taking pictures in the lobby while we were there. Loved the white lobby and they had a great selection of wine. Couldn't be any closer to the magic kingdom here either. We also loved seeing all of the animals at the Animal Kingdom Lodge while we enjoyed lunch. We debated booking here at first but after visiting I'm glad we didn't only because it really is so far away from everything else at Disney.
All in all: wonderful stay! This was our sons 1st trip to Disney so we wanted to do it right and do everything we thought he would enjoy the most. I highly recommend the Villas at Wilderness Lodge. We had a wonderful family vacation!
- 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