Disney’s Wilderness Lodge

Location

Disney’s Wilderness Lodge is classed as a Magic Kingdom resort, although it is the only one of the deluxe Magic Kingdom resorts that does not have a really good view of the Magic Kingdom, nor is it on the monorail. Having said that, the Magic Kingdom is close by, just a boat ride away and this resort is a little cheaper than the other Magic Kingdom resorts so its a really good option.

Theme

Disney’s Wilderness Lodge has the some of the best theming of all the resorts in Walt Disney World, inspired by the Yellowstone National Park and its Old Faithful Lodge. Both beautiful and impressive, you will be instantly surrounded by wooden structures, totem poles, teepees and an 8e foot tall fireplace, reflecting Native American culture. The lobby is stunning, at 7 storeys tall and almost entirely made from pine wood. The most amazing contribution to the theme though is the Fire Rock Geyser, located between the two swimming pools, which shoots 120 feet of water into the air every hour.

Rooms

  • Rooms sleep 1 -4 (plus one child under 3)
  • 2 queen-size beds or one king-size bed
  • Table and chairs, plus a writing table
  • Vanity area with 2 sinks and bath
  • Private balcony or patio
  • Amenities: in-room wall safe, voice mail, , hairdryer, iron, ironing board, coffeemaker and refrigerator
  • A crib is available upon request
  • High-speed Internet access (additional fee)

Options

  • You can also upgrade to a bunk-bed room, which will be the same size but feature one queen size bed and one set of bunk beds.
  • Standard view is of the parking lot, rooftop or service areas.
  • Woods view is of woodlands or The Villas at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge.
  • Courtyard views are of the courtyard of The Villas at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge, a pool, waterfall or the lake.

An option that is not available online, is to upgrade to Club level. The Old Faithful Club, offers advanced Walt Disney World Resort Itinerary Planning service, personalized Front Desk and Concierge service, evening turndown service and exclusive access to Club Level Lounge with coffee, tea, beer, continental breakfast, midday snacks, evening wine and cheese and evening cordials and dessert as well as complimentary Health Club access and the opportunity to book and experience Wildlife Discovery Excursion at Disney’s Animal Kingdom theme park. Standard Club rooms are as described above, located on the 7th floor. Deluxe Club rooms sleep up to 6 people, with 2 queen sized beds and one queen sized sofa-bed. They also have a separate sitting area, separated by french doors, plus an additional television. These rooms all offer views of Bay Lake, woodlands or interior courtyards.

Food and Drink

Counter Service

  • Roaring Fork – a self serve snacking place, with some light meals
  • Tour pass – poolside bar
  • Territory Lounge – a bar serving alcoholic drinks and coffees. They also do light snacks.

Table Service

  • Whispering Canyon Cafe – this is a popular western themed restaurant. It is family style, so a platter is brought to the table where you all help yourselves and can request more of anything you run out of. This is a pretty raucous affair with horse races and yee-haa-ing through out. And don’t ask for ketchup – trust me!

Signature Dining

  • Artist Point is an upscale restaurant with a focus on seafood, game and steak. It is famous for its Cedar Plank Salmon.

Recreation

Recreation at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge is definitely focused around nature and the outdoors:

  • Silver Creek Springs pool – the Resorts main pool with a water slide and a hot tub, plus the pool side bar.
  • The smaller Hidden springs pool also has a bar and a hot tub.
  • Watercraft rentals – including pontoon boats and Sea Raycers
  • Bike Rentals
  • Beach
  • Buttons and Bells Arcade
  • Cub Den’s – a play club allowing parents to take a night off
  • Children’s playground
  • Fishing
  • Sturdy Branches Health Club – with the latest in fitness equipment and a sauna, this is available free of charge to quests staying at Wilderness Lodge.
  • Wonders of the Lodge tour – offered 4 days a week at 9am, this tour of the lodge will tell you all about how it was built and the inspiration behind it
  • The Electric Water Pageant will go by every night, with floats lit up.
  • You are also not far from Fort Wilderness where you can attend Chip and Dale’s Campfire and Singalong. The singalong is led by cast members and during this time, Chip and Dale appear to help and sign autographs. You can buy and toast marshmallows at the fire side and after this singalong, a Disney movie is shown.

Transport

The quickest way to get to Magic Kingdom is by boat, which transports you across Bay Lake. Disney also run buses to all the theme parks, water parks and Downtown Disney (including Magic Kingdom, if you don’t fancy the boat).