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Wilderness Lodge

Wilderness Lodge, nestled in the woods southeast of the Contemporary Resort and west of Fort Wilderness Campground (with which it is sometimes confused) is a beautiful edifice. Visitors will be struck struck by the smell of Michigan's upper peninsula—pine trees and smoke from a fireplace. The building itself is a log lodge, reminiscent of those built by the national park service in the early 1900s. The lobby is huge with a fireplace in one corner and the check-in desk is services by park rangers...everything looks, feels, and smells like the Western national parks!

The crowning touch of this resort is the mineral spring that bubbles from the ground inside the lobby. The water trickles outside, into a small brook that feeds a natural rock spring pool. It looks like Yosemite here, but it's in the middle of Florida. A geyser blows off steam regularly (even more faithfully than Old Faithful) between the pool and Bay Lake, but of course, the Disney magic keeps the geyser from blowing off steam during the night time hours when guests are trying to sleep.

General Information - Hide Section
  • Address: 901 W. Timberline Dr., Lake Buena Vista, FL, 32830.
  • Resort Phone #: 407-824-3200
  • Resort Fax #: 407-824-3232
  • Reservation #: 407-934-7639
  • Date Opened: May 1994
  • Resort Category: Deluxe
  • Room Information
  • # of Buildings: 1 building, 7-stories tall in the main part and 6-stories tall in the wings.
  • # of Rooms: 728 rooms
  • Room Rates: See the official Disney page for Wilderness Lodge for current room rates.
  • Services Information
  • Concierge Service: Yes
  • Valet Parking: Yes ($12/day)
  • Room Service: Yes. Breakfast from 7:00-11:00a.m., dinnfer from 5:00-10:00p.m. Sandwiches and pizza from 4:00p.m.-midnight.
  • Internet: Wired in-room ethernet port. $9.95 for 24-hours. Wi-Fi access is available in certain public common areas.
  • Laundry: There is a self service laundry, available 24 hours with room key, on the first florr near Roaring Forks Snack Bar. Dry cleaning and valet laundry services are also offered.
  • Pools and swimming: The main pool isn't all that big but has a water slide and some good theming. Three is also a small quiet pool in the Villas area.
  • Gym and Exercise: Resort guests can use the Sturdy Branch Health Club at the Villas at Wilderness Lodge.
  • Spa: Massages are available, by appointment, at the Sturdy Branches Health Club.
  • Turndown service: Yes
  • Smoking:
  • Owner's Locker
  • MousePlanet partner Owner's Locker provides a highly useful service for repeat Walt Disney World visitors. It will allow you to to store a large amount of your "only-in-Florida" belongings on-site between your visits. Owner's Locker will deliver your locker to your resort early on the morning of your arrival and pick it up the day that you leave. Your locker will stay in climate-controlled storage until you return on your next visit. Owner's Locker delivers to resorts throughout the Orlando area, not just to Walt Disney World. Some of the many things that Owner's Lockers have been used to store are full-sized liquid containers to avoid the TSA hassle, clothing, holiday decorations for annual visits, pool playthings, and more. Visit their site and check them out for yourself, or order now!
  • Transportation Information
  • On foot: Walking to other Walt Disney World destinations is discouraged.
  • Bus: Busses are available for the four theme parks and Downtown Disney. Once to any of those you can transfer to busses for other locations.
  • Monorail: No
  • Ferries: A ferry connects Wilderness Lodge with Magic Kingdom.
 
Dining - Hide Section
  • Artist Point— This fine dining location is dinner only, and serves dishes from the Pacific Northwest with an extensive wine list that also features products of the region.
  • Whispering Canyon— Laid-back dining with an emphasis on meat and quantity. The staff keeps things interesting with activities for kids and giving other guests a hard time, all in good fun of course.
  • Other dining — Territory Lounge serves drinks and light appetizers. Roaring Fork Snacks is a quick-service counter open until midnight and home of the resorts refillable mugs.
Entertainment and Shows - Hide Section
  • A Conversation with a Magic Kingdom Stem Train Specialist — This periodic offering is an opportunity for guests of the Villas at Wilderness Lodge to meet and learn from one of Disney World's steam train experts. Held in the Iron Spike Room, check schedule information when you check-in to see if it will be offered during your stay.
  • Electric Water Pageant — A show on the lake every evening involving light-decorated barges. Visible from the dock at around 9:30 every evening.
  • Old Faithful — Every hour, on the hour (from 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.) a geyser shoots water more than 100 feet into the air.
  • Wilderness Lodge Flag Family — Every day one family of guests will be selected as the "Flag Family" and assist in raising the flags on the roof of the main building.
  • Wonders of the Lodge — A tour of the hotel offered four days a week at 9:00 a.m.
  • Other entertainment: Bike and surry rentals are available. Inside the lodge you will find the Iron Spike game room with activities and a video arcade. Several different personal cruises are offered at the resort's marina on Bay Lake.
Stores and Shopping - Hide Section
  • Wilderness Lodge Mercantile— A large sundries and Disney gift shop. Also has a selection of resort logowear and Northwest craft items.
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Average Reviewer Rating: 4.4 out of 54.4 out of 54.4 out of 54.4 out of 54.4 out of 5
Number of Wilderness Lodge Reviews: 35
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5.0/5.05.0/5.05.0/5.05.0/5.05.0/5.0   December 7-14, 2013
Reviewer: Mike Cloud Houston, TX     November 09, 2013
This will be my third visit staying at the Wilderness Lodge. I'm returning because service and the room are first rate. And the hotel decor is my favorite of all hotels in Disney World. The lobby's stone fireplace is made of rocks representing the geology of the Grand Canyon. A geyser behind the pool erupts every hour on the hour. The rocks that make them up are beautiful at night with colored lights. This would make a great hotel even without the parks.
 
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5.0/5.05.0/5.05.0/5.05.0/5.05.0/5.0   06/17/12 to 06/23/12
Reviewer: rcb31768 Lexington, SC     August 03, 2012
Whole family love Wilderness. We had a standard view and we actually had a partial lake view. Room was beautiful and clean. Can not say enough about housekeeping. Our little boy got sick the last night, and housekeeping bought up new linens in about 5 minutes. GREAT!
 
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5.0/5.05.0/5.05.0/5.05.0/5.05.0/5.0   June 4th thru 13th, 2010
Reviewer: thedarceys28 Myrtle Beach, SC     June 14, 2010

Walt Disney World Wilderness Lodge
Steve, Christina and Phoebe Rae Darcey
Wilderness Lodge
Review of our trip
June 4 thru June13, 2010

Walt Disney World Wilderness Lodge
Let me first start this off by saying anyone who ever states this lodge has problems with the rooms, service, amenities or the cast at the Wilderness lodge needs to take a long hard look at themselves. We spent from June 4 thru June 13, 2010 in this wonderful resort. In this review one will easily see the reasons this is now our favorite resort and we will be staying there many more times over our life.
When you first walk in you are overwhelmed with the beauty of the lodge. The place is amazing not just in a Disney Magic kind of way just in its own beauty. The main lodge area seems to go up and up forever with a beauty unmatched. We have stayed on many properties and while everyone has his or her own opinion, we have yet to see a resort of this initial beauty.
As for parking, I would and did self-park and the walk was never a long one to the resort. There is plenty of parking and if you have ever stayed on any other property, the parking lot is a lot closer. The resort will park your car for you yet 12.00 dollars a day was a little much for me. However after one particularly long day I spent the 12.00 dollars, it was worth it.
The check-in service was easy and the cast member Mark was a joy to interact with as he seemed as if we were old friends coming home for our vacation. We checked in and were assigned a room. When we went to the room we realized the room was right across the hall from the ice machine (4104), so we went back down stairs, bell hop in tow and asked to be moved because the thought of hearing the ice machine for 9 days was not a pleasant one for us. Mark without hesitation moved us to room 5143, which I highly recommend. Great view of the pool, lake and fireworks from Disney every night, room 6143 may have been a little better as you could only see the top of the fireworks from the park from out room yet still a great room and Mark was awesome.
I read many reviews saying the rooms were dark. Well they are if you do not turn on the lights on the bed posts. The light switches are hidden in the post and I could easily see how some people could have missed these. When we turned them on and the hall light, the room had plenty of light, besides in most rooms you have a 12 foot sliding glass door which can let in all the light you need.
Food wise, I highly recommend the Whispering Canyon, the food was great and the show the servers put on as the wait on you is a blast. Couple tricks Ask for ketchup and a large drink and then sit back and watch. We loved this part of the trip. As for the counter service restaurant, it was more than sufficient to our quick food needs. It gets crowded at normal dinner times yet what do you expect?
As for the pool, well it was awesome. The slide was a favorite of ours and my 6 year old could not get enough of the slide. There are ducks which swim in the pool and are around the pool yet over 9 days I never saw anything that made me be concerned about this aspect. The area is clean and there is very little hint of ducks being there other than the fact they swim sometimes with you and your kids. There are two great hot tubs and a kids pool area that were both nice for us after a long day and we felt very safe with the kid pool. As for the life guards, they are spot on, I have never felt safer for me own well being and my childs. The life guards are very watchful of everything and I do mean everything and everyone.
Lastly, the staff there was wonderful; Mark, John (housekeeper), Bruce, Michelle and Cody all were stellar in their performance. Do not get scared when you read the negative reviews about the Lodge. This is a wonderful place and if you do happen to have an issue, the cast there will make things right for you.

Thanks for a wonderful time,
Steve, Christina and Phoebe Darcey
Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
 
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