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Disney's Wilderness Lodge
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Reviewed 6 April 2012

All Disney properties are so well maintained and clean and The Wilderness Lodge was no exception. Very nice pools--great for kids, nice places to walk. We enjoyed the movies at night right on the beach and the bonfires. We did think that the restaurants were a little pricey and so was the little store, but that's pretty typical of Disney. Very convenient to get around and especially the ferry ride to Magic Kingdom was great!! No crowds and no waiting. Loved that.

  • Stayed: March 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 3 April 2012

On a recent four night stay in Disney World celebrating my 65th birthday with my family, we stayed at the Wilderness Lodge. This is a lodge reminiscent of the great lodges of the National Parks. Using log construction and a breathtaking four story lobby, Disney imparts the sense of having entered into a lodge surrounded by conifer forests within the confines of Yellowstone or Yosemite. In reality, you are only a stone's throw away from the Magic Kingdom. The decor and ambiance is what you would expect from a Disney Deluxe Resort Hotel. Meal options within the lodge range from cafes to signature table service restaurants. Our room was quite comfortable with a view of the primary pool and Bay Lake. My wife was quite pleased with the double sinks in the bathroom. We did discover that the lodge has a secondary pool providing a quieter pool experience. Transportation to the theme parks is provided by bus or boat on Bay Lake. On several occasions we did find the wait for buses to be longer than expected.

To some the view of the 9:30 PM Electrical Parade plying the waters of Bay Lake would be a plus, but my daughter found that the music from the parade made it difficult to get our 5 year old grandson and 2 year old granddaughter to sleep after long days at the theme parks. On the other hand, Disney is not exactly where you go for rest and relaxation.

As usual, we found the Disney customer service to be above and beyond. We have stayed on Disney property two other times (Beach Club Resort and Polynesian Resort), and although we loved the Wilderness Lodge, we found that having access to the monorail from your hotel to be a plus. The Grand Floridian, Contemporary, and Polynesian Resorts all have monorail stops within the hotel.

Room Tip: Ask for room upgrades when checking-in. If they are available, it is usually not a problem to be upgraded. We were.
  • Stayed: March 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 3 April 2012

We just got back from our second week long stay at the Wilderness Lodge Resort (not Fort Wilderness, those are different). We stayed there for a week in June "09 and now in March/April '12. This is a great hotel. The lobby is FANTASIC, take some time to walk around it and check things out. The location is great, boats available to magic kingdom, Fort Wilderness and the Contemporary and bus service to the other parks.
Here's what you need to know, this is a premium Disney resort, so you pay a little more, but you can get 2 queen beds or 1 queen and twin bunk beds. My kids LOVE the bunk bed options. And I think only Wilderness Lodge and Animal Kingdom lodge have bunk bed options. Also it has 3 restaurants, two sit down and one cafeteria style. One of the sit downs is a rocking fun time for the family with good bbq, called the Whispering Canyon Cafe, the other a high end nice restaurant called Artists Point. The grounds of this resort are beautiful and very clean, early every morning, someone is outside by the main pool area (one with the geyser and the slide) power spraying the pool area. (Lots of birds and ducks make this resort their home.) Great for cleanliness, but if you were on the ground floor by the pool, you may hear this. We stayed once facing this pool area on floor 4, pretty high up, heard it a little but not enough to wake us up, this time we were in 6144, facing the pool side of the villas, very quite. You can NOT see the fireworks at Magic Kingdom from this hotel, if you want that you will have to stay at the Contemporary, Polynesian or the Grand Floridian. This resort is wooded so the trees block them, plus it faces the other direction. Okay bus system, every bus stops either at Fort Wilderness or the Grand Floridian before going to the park you were trying to get to, factor in this extra 5 minutes into your planning. Animal Kingdom, took us an hour to get to one day, 20 minutes for the bus, 5 minute stop at Grand Floridian and 20 minute bus ride. On the way home, you generally get dropped off first, except for AK, you will go to Blizzard Beach first. We were there during spring break and it was pretty crowded, so once our maid didn't get to our room until after 5 and she did a very mediocre job. And once we came back and our room smelled very bad, almost like a skunk, but we didn't know why, opened the door and it went away quickly. We went to the front desk for a few things, and every time had wonderful service and got all our questions answered quickly. Jasmine in the Roaring Fork Cafe (counter service) was so patient and helpful in helping us figure what was a meal plan item for breakfast. She was wonderful and always had a smile on her face. Pool always had plenty of towels, which was nice. Hot tubs were hot but not overly hot, very relaxing. This hotel like all the disney hotels, is HUGE, long walk back and forth from the room, but after a day, we found a better door to go into and a short cut. Overall great stay.

Room Tip: IF you are a light sleeper, do NOT get a pool view room, they power spray the decks in the am. Ask for a woods view, much quieter.
  • Stayed: March 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 2 April 2012

We had a wonderful 2 week stay here with our 4 year old son. Plus points- the lovely touches that Disney add, the ambience,theming, high staff standard etc. Minus points - the biggest ever is the size of the room and the wood frame around the bed! This frame is hidden by the themed bed cover, and absolutely kills when you constantly bang your shins on the corners :)
our room overlooked the pool and lake, and was great. Loved the duck race, the geyser, the evening water pageant etc
THe slide and pool are great, if a little small.........
the boat over to Disney is great- its all good.
THe roaring Forks snack place is good as are all the restaurants- my son liked the lincoln logs at the cowboy restaurant, and also loved the little things, like hot Chocolate by the roaring fire[ in July!] and the bridge over the brook in the Foyer, and the background music-
But what was fab was our stay was over Thanksgiving, and we woke up to the smell of gingerbread, and the Foyer transformed with Christmas Decor, and a huge gingerbread village with Trains running through it- fantastic.
We went around the other Disney Hotels to see all the Decoration that holiday- great.
THe fors for a Disney Hotel are many- the against is they do not really encourage you to leave their site- understandable, but no longer for me. We now have our own home 3 miles from Disney and find many of our rental clients think the same as me - also as with any Hotel- when your children go to dleep, you are stuck whispering in the room! I like my pwn pool, and lots of bedrooms now :) I would never the less recommend everyone goes around the hotels public areas- well worth a visit.

Room Tip: Ask for a Courtyard view
  • Stayed: November 2011, travelled with family
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Reviewed 2 April 2012

This was a beautiful place to stay. It is huge and very nice on the outside and the inside. Nice rustic, cabin feel to the place. Your room is your basic hotel room with the exception of a balcony. We had the option of the garden/pool view. It was nice. There were 2 sinks in the bathroom area that is separate from the shower/toilet room. You have a nice counter with ample room for a family of 4. The beds were comfy. You have a small counter above the small refrigerator available in your room. Two queen size beds available. A table with 2 chairs that also is used for a computer area. Flat screen TV. For us, we did not spend much time in the hotel as we spent more time in the parks...basically was a place to crash at the end of the day. But we did sleep very comfortable. The hotel rooms themselves could use a refresh of course as they seem a bit dated. There are a few options regarding dining here that are nice. A sit down restaurant and a quick service area as well. Both will not disappoint you. The staff were very friendly and we never had any issues with anything. Overall this was a great place. You have bus service to the parks and/or boat service available to some as well. You will not have to use your car while here.

Room Tip: Some of the pool view rooms can be a bit noisy as they have activities with loud music and staff that you can hear during these. Only experienced this during the day though.
  • Stayed: March 2012, travelled with family
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