Wilderness Lodge Lodge Resort in Walt Disney World is located near the Magic Kingdom. It is a deluxe resort that is themed with an atmosphere of the Pacific Northwest with natural and Native American elements and modeled after the Old Faithful Inn in Yellowstone National Park. Includes an erupting Fire Rock Geyser and hot springs.
This resort is themed as a mid-20th-century resort located along the Transcontinental Railroad (be sure to visit the railroad museum located in the lobby of the Boulder Ridge Villas).
When you enter, you will be greeted by two 55-foot high totem poles in the breathtaking 8 story lobby. There is also an 82 foot fireplace that features over 100 different hues of colors and fossilized remains of prehistoric plant and animal life.
Resort type: Deluxe
Price: $345 to $1,188
Room size: 340 sq feet
Sleeps: 4 adults (charge for each adult over 2) + child in crib under 3 (request a pack n play)
Room count: 728
Room features: 2 queen size beds or a king size bed or a queen size bed with a set of bunk beds, patio or balcony, fridge, ceiling fan, coffee maker, table and chairs and more. There are also club level rooms.
Room views: Standard, Woods or Courtyard.
Wilderness Lodge also has 136 Disney Vacation Club villas referred to as Boulder Ridge Villas at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge. This includes Studios, 1 bedroom and 2 bedroom villas. They have also recently added cabins.
Studio Villas – 356 sq feet. Have one queen bed and a full size sleeper sofa, small dining table with 2 chairs, microwave, coffeemaker, refrigerator, ceiling fan and vacuum cleaner. It can sleep 4 adults plus 1 child under 3 in a crib.
1 Bedroom Villas – 727 sq feet. Has a bedroom with a king-sized bed and a whirlpool tub, a queen-size sleeper sofa in the living room, one full bathroom, 2 vanity areas, fully equipped kitchen and a table that seats 4. It can sleep 4 adults plus 1 child under 3 in a crib.
2 Bedroom Villas – 1080 sq feet. They are a 1 bedroom villa and a studio villa that are connected with a shared inside door. It can sleep 8 adults plus 1 child under 3 in a crib.
Cooper Creek Cabins – There are 26 luxurious cabins located along the lake edge. These cabins sleep 8 and feature 2 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms.
Food options: Food court, table service restaurant and signature restaurant. Room service is also available from 7-11 am and 4-12 am.
Roaring Forks – This is the quick service food court option. It is open from 7 am to midnight. This is seating available in the small dining room or outside on the patio.
Whispering Canyon Cafe – Located off the main lobby, this table service restaurant is sure to please everyone. It serves breakfast, lunch and dinner and the wait staff will entertain you for the duration of your meal.
Artist Point – This signature restaurant is only open for dinner. It is incredibly romantic and perfect for couples. You can have a gorgeous view of the woods or pool area while you dine.
Territory Lounge – Adjacent to Artist Point, this lounge serves specialty drinks, coffee, light snacks and appetizers from 5-10 pm.
Geyser Point Bar & Grill is located poolside. It serves breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Pools: The pool has a water slide, kiddie play area and hot tub. It is fed by a spring that begins inside the lobby as a bubbling geyser and runs out to the pool.
Activities: Nightly movie on the beach; Pool party at 2 pm; Poolside activities from 1-5:30; Nightly Campfire with Marshmallow Roast; Health Club; Ceramics on Wednesday ($); Arcade ($); Tennis Lessons ($); Guided Fishing Excursions ($)
Ask at the front desk for a Hidden Mickey hunt.
The Electrical Water Pageant comes by nightly at 9:35 pm.
24-hour front desk
check-in and guest service
designated smoking area
handicap accessible rooms
kiddie waiting area in lobby
merchandise delivery and pickup
outdoor smoking areas
resort airline check-in
spa and health club
valet and self-parking
wake-up call service
Salon by the Springs is located next to the main pool.
Sturdy Branches offers state-of-the-art workout equipment 24 hours a day. You can also book a personal massage or facial. It is complimentary for guests staying at this resort.
When you complete online check-in at Wilderness Lodge, you can pick from the following options:
- Ground Floor
- Fourth Floor
- Sixth Floor
- Near Elevator
- Second Floor
- Fifth Floor
- Highest Floor
I personally would choose to be near the elevator and maybe the highest floor.
Wilderness Lodge Mercantile carries a number of resort specific gifts. You’ll also find popular Disney souvenirs, sundries, snacks and health and beauty items.
Transportation: Take a boat to the Magic Kingdom or take a bus to Magic Kingdom, the other parks and to Fort Wilderness
Distance from parks by bus:
- Animal Kingdom – 10 miles
- Hollywood Studios – 6 miles
- Epcot – 6 miles
- Magic Kingdom – 1 mile
Address: 901 Timberline Drive, Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830
This review comes from my reader Erin…
Our (then) family of four stayed at the Wilderness Lodge from 6/2/2009 through 6/10/2009. We were able to take advantage of the pay for 4 nights of lodging and tickets and get 3 nights/tickets free promotion that ran that year. We booked at exactly the right time and got a $500 gift card promotion that paid for our dining plan-another luxury we had not taken advantage of in trips past.Even still this trip was expensive. Prior to this stay we had lodged at a couple of the moderates and we are returning to that category for our 2011 stay as well.
While I am so excited that we got to experience a deluxe resort I know that I would never pay full price just to stay in one again. We justified paying that money because I was pregnant and we mistakenly thought that a deluxe would have less walking. Ha! Wilderness Lodge is huge. We had a woods view room on the fifth floor and we were way out on one of the wings. We actually had a decent view of Cinderella’s castle and could watch Wishes each night (that was spectacular). However, that meant that every morning and afternoon was a long walk through many twists and turns on the fifth floor navigating a double stroller past other guests and linen carts and even then the walk to our car, the bus or boat was still a hike. We missed being able to park right outside of our building and get to our car or bus quickly. So if you are staying there be prepared that you can get a spectacular view of Bay Lake, the castle or the beautiful water feature/pool there are some drawbacks.
All of this is not to say that we did not like Wilderness Lodge because we really did. There is so much detail and wonderful back story to the resort. The “rangers” will happily tell you great tales as to why the restaurants are named Artist Pointe and Whispering Canyon. This is resort Imagineering at its finest. The lobby is beyond breathtaking and Silver Springs and the pool are lovely.
Another benefit to staying in Wilderness Lodge is the queen size beds and the extra square footage in each room. We also received turndown each night which is nice. I do wish they did not still have those scratchy old bedspreads. Even Holiday Inn Expresses have duvets now. There is also a lot more storage in these rooms than at the mods and values and that is worth its weight in gold if you pack your entire house into your van and drive down like us.
Some of our favorite things to do at the Wilderness Lodge are dinner at Whispering Canyon. I recommend this for everyone even if a stay at the Lodge is not in your budget. The lobby is a great place to sit on a rainy evening. All of the parents sort of group watch the kids and they just run laps around the bridge over Silver Springs. There are nature trails that lead to Fort Wilderness and lots of watercraft that you can rent. There is a beautiful sand beach with lounge chairs right on Bay Lake. The lifeguards set up really fun dance contests and other activities throughout the day as well.
While a stay the Lodge may not be in everyone’s budget I highly recommend a boat ride over from the Magic Kingdom when you get a chance. As you approach the back of the Lodge from Bay Lake you will see that the roofline and balconies make what appears to be a bear. See if you can spot it! The concierge will be happy to provide you with a list of Hidden Mickeys throughout the resort. There are tons. Grab some dinner at Whispering Canyon and enjoy the lobby and grounds. It is a fantastic place. My family and I are so glad we stepped up to Wilderness Lodge for our last trip and we hope some pixie dust will bring us back there again one day but for now the moderates will do just fine. As a now family of 5 we are in the position that many resorts will not be able to accommodate us anymore. But that is okay because there are plenty of new places to call our Disney home.
This review comes from my reader Kymm…
The first time we stayed at Wilderness my husband had never been to Disney. He was reluctant to go so I let him pick the resort and he chose Wilderness Lodge. He fell in love with the resort and we purchased the DVC on that visit for the Wilderness Lodge villas. We got a standard room which had adirondack type furniture and two queen beds. The room was a good size- bigger than a standard room at the value resorts. Now when we visit the Villas we stay in a studio. The studio has a queen size bed, a pull out couch a small kitchenette and a standard bathroom. The kitchenette has a mini fridge/freezer, a microwave, a toaster and disposable cutlery, bowls and plates. There are real coffee mugs and all the standard kitchen stuff that you would need for the appliances provided. We normally eat breakfast in the room like bagelfuls or breakfast burritos, fruit, cheese, COFFEE or maybe a leftover desert fromthe night before. We always hit the norway bakery and get lefse. Since there are only two of us- the studio is fine. We have gotten a two bedroom villa which has all the bells and whistles. If you want to cook on vacation this or the one bedroom will suit your needs. There is a lot of room in a one bedroom but a crazy amount of room in the two bedroom.
The resort offers many amenities ranging from water sports to a small beach playground. there are bike rentals and two pools with hot tubs. The gift shop has anything you might have forgotten and things you never knew you needed! The Villa and Hotel lend itself to a quieter atmosphere which is very relaxing after a frantic day in the parks.
There are 3 dining options at the Resort. The quick service which is roaring fork. They offer some good salad and sandwich offerings and the standard burger fare, Breakfast is what we eat most here and we love it. It is the standard stuff for a quick service. Whispering Canyon is a 1 credit table service. This is a popular spot for families! There are horse races around the room and sometimes the lobby. If it is your birthday- watch out! They like to have the adults ride the horse singing happy birthday to themselves as loud as they can. This is a lot of horseplay and fun. My favorite dining spot is the Artist Point. It is one of Disney’s signature dining experiences. The cedar plank salmon is standard and everything else is subject to change. everytime I go I order the mushroom soup. I dream about this soup.
The resort busses come frequently with usual delays- loading wheelchairs etc. You also have the option of taking a boat to Magic Kingdom. they are the smaller boats and another great experience. Nothing is sweeter than catching the breeze off the water on a hot day! We also get off the boat at the Contemporary and ride the monorail. You can transfer at the ticket and transportation center to Epcot. The walk from the Villas to the bus stop is one of the shortest I’ve encoiuntered at any resort. It sits between the main lodge and the villas. Perfect for dragging sleeping children back to the room at the end of the day! There were a couple of times that it was standing room only at the end of the night but not often.
I would stay at this resort again- I haven’t for a couple of years because we have been breaking baylake towers in but we are booked at Wilderness over Halloween and I CAN”T wait to get back “home”!
This review comes from my reader Connie…
Wilderness Lodge is my FAVORITE Disney Resort!!!! The rooms are decorated “Cabin Like-Woods”. The rooms are average size and they have a balcony. They are VERY clean as I have found with ALL on property resorts. Some of the Amenities are The Geyser, the Mickey Boats, pool, two sit down restaurants..”Artist Point” and Whispering Canyon Cafe”. They also have the less formal… Roaring Fork Snacks. The “Whispering Canyon Cafe” is one of my VERY FAVORITE of the Disney restaurants….I have ony stayed at the resort twice but have been to “Whispering Canyon” every chance I get. It is a BLAST!!! First of all if you are in the HUGE lobby of the Wilderness Lodge when lunch at the “Whispering Canyon Cafe” starts…A lady comes out, rings the cow bell and screams “COME AND GET IT”….Then when you sit down atthe restaurant you can order offthe menu or get the all you can eat barbeque. I HIGHLY recommend the all you can eat. The Waiters/Waitresses there are very loud and on purpose “kind of rude”. So make sure you bring a sense of humor!!! They sometimes will make a head dress like a cowboy or indian for you and put it on your head!!! If you are having a birthday and they know it. Prepare to be embarrassed!!! The kids get to ride stick horses around the restaurant sometimes too!!! It is sooo much fun! The resort bus is available and you do not have to walk too far. This resort is very well-layed out. You can easily walk the whole resort!!! A lot of the resorts are very spread out, this one is not! I would stay at this resort ANYTIME. I LOVE it!!!! I have sent one pic but for more please go to a friend of mines website..bigfloridacountry.com
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