Are you looking for a peaceful respite from the business of the parks? Look no further than Disney’s Wilderness Lodge: A Disney World Resort.
Disney’s Wilderness Lodge: A Disney World Resort
Ahhhhh, the Great Northwest! It’s known for it’s majesty, beauty and the National Parks. While Disney World is host to a much different kind of park, the beautiful minds at Disney found a way to bring the Northwest home to Florida. Disney’s Wilderness Lodge captures the beauty, majesty, and rustic charm of a turn-of-the-century lodge perfectly. When you pull up, you will automatically feel like you have been transported out of the swampy Orlando area and into the beautiful Pacific Northwest. You will be welcomed home and invited into a gorgeous and grand lobby that rivals any you have ever seen. The smell alone is enough to bring you back every time you visit. It’s the smell of crisp pine and warm, cozy fireplaces. Welcome home to Disney’s Wilderness Lodge. Now let’s explore all this deluxe resort has to offer.
***Please note that at this time and through 2017, Disney’s Wilderness Lodge is under construction. Many of the activities and recreation features mentioned in this article might not be available if you book your trip during this time frame. Consult https://disneyworld.disney.go.com/resorts/wilderness-lodge-resort/ or ask your vacation planner for more details before booking this resort.***
Accommodations and Room Types
Disney’s Wilderness Lodge Resort is one of the resorts in the Magic Kingdom resort area, but it is not a monorail resort. It is considered a Magic Kingdom resort because of it’s location on Bay Lake. This resort has 727 guest rooms on property.
There are 3 different room types, similar to the other Disney Resorts. Standard View, Woods View, and Courtyard View. The price of the room depends on your view, with the least expensive option being the Standard and the most expensive being the Courtyard (bunk beds will cost you even more). Whether or not the view is worth the price is up to each individual.
Most of the rooms at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge Resort rooms are 344 square feet and will accommodate 4 people to each room. Most rooms have either two queen size beds or one queen size bed and a set of bunk beds. Each room comes equipped with an alarm clock with mp3 player, mini fridge, ceiling fan, coffee maker with tea and coffee setup, ice bucket, safe, iron and ironing board, a small desk with outlets and two chairs, telephone, television, and hair dryer. Please note that if you have more than three hairs on your head, that the hair dryer is crap. Walt Express recommends bringing your own or sporting the ever popular Disney Ears, hat or headband. Also, if you need a lot of room to work, you will likely be using a bed to spread out on, because the desk/table here is very small.
Now if you are really ready to lap it up in luxury you can book one of the Club Level Rooms which will give you separate lounges and check-in, complimentary food and drinks, turn down service, just to name a few of the perks when you choose this option.
Although Wilderness Lodge is a Magic Kingdom area resort, it is not on the monorail. Instead, it is accessible by boat or bus from the Magic Kingdom. This small bit of extra distance to Disney’s Wilderness Lodge is the reason that it always seems so peaceful. Guests consider it quite the respite from the business of the parks. Here are the modes of transportation you can expect to the parks at this resort:
Magic Kingdom: Friendship boat, bus or car ride
- Epcot: Bus, car ride, or take the boat to Magic Kingdom and get on the monorail to the Transportation and Ticket Center (TTC) and then change to the EPCOT monorail
Animal Kingdom: Bus or car ride
Hollywood Studios: Boat, bus or car ride
Artist Point is the signature dining experience nestled within the resort. Enjoy the panoramic view of Bay Lake while savoring the flavors of the Pacific Northwest. The menu is inspired by seasonal ingredients and the focus is on “farm to fork” experiences. Favorite dishes include Smoked Portobello Bisque, Roasted Fall Squash Soup and Chinook Cedar Plan Salmon. You can also enjoy one of over 130 wine selections from their award-winning wine list. As at most signature restaurants located within Disney World resorts, there is a dress code. Tank tops, swimsuits, swimsuit coverups, cutoff, torn clothing, and attire with offensive language or graphics will not be permitted.
This table service restaurant is one of the most entertaining and fun-loving restaurants you will visit at Walt Disney World. The waitstaff here is friendly and they love to kid around and sass the customers. Expect sing-alongs, hobby horse races for the kids, and plenty of laughs at each other’s expense. I recommend the ribs or the bottomless platter and the bottomless milkshake can’t be beat. Oh, and don’t forget to ask for ketchup. To read our dining review of this restaurant, click HERE.
Roaring Fork is the quick service location at Wilderness Lodge. Although it is very small in comparison to food courts, it has a vast array of choices. No matter how picky your group may be, Roaring Fork will have something to ease the hunger pains that come with walking ten+ miles a day. The roast beef and bleu sandwich is by far the best entree choice, but you really can’t miss the magic bars and specialty cupcakes for dessert. My personal favorites are the S’mores and strawberry lemonade flavors. This is also the area where you will pick up your resort refillable mug if you have the Disney Dining Plan.
Trout Pass Pool Bar
Trout Pass Pool Bar is located in a small log cabin near the pool and provides a variety of drinks to keep you refreshed poolside. They offer beer, wine, sangria, as well as a handful of speciality mixed drinks and frozen concoctions. They also offer non alcoholic lemonade, smoothies, and coconut water.
This lounge is located just off the main lobby. It’s a cozy bar area with additional tables and chairs set up as well as a few comfy couches and a fireplace where you can cozy up to specialty drinks, coffees, and cocktails. There is a nice selection of beer and Pacific Northwest wines as well as a unique blend of appetizers. Choices include items like charcuterie boards, burgers, wings, and flatbread. You can also find the delicious Smoked Portobello Bisque which is also served at Artist Point.
Room service is available for breakfast and dinner. You can order breakfast between 6:30 and 11:30am and dinner from 4:00pm until Midnight. Ask the front desk for a menu or call from the phone in your room.
This resort has more than it’s fair share of recreation activities. The Silver Creek Springs Pool is the main pool and it is a great pool for the youngest swimmers. The slide is very child-friendly and the pool is fairly large. There are also two hot tubs located near the main pool and there is a kiddie pool and splash pad nearby. Life jackets are available poolside at no cost as long as they are returned. Complimentary towels are also provided for guests at the pool. Don’t forget to wear your MagicBand to the pool, because you will need it to enter the gates to the pool and splash pad area.
For those of you who prefer to swim without worrying if small children will learn to perfect their cannonball mere inches from your nose, you may find the quiet pool area more relaxing. The quiet pool can be located in the Boulder Ridge Villas area.
Along with the pools, you can find bike rentals, motorized boat rentals, and book fishing excursions. Movies Under the Stars and campfire activities are also offered. A list of movies and the schedule for the activities can be requested from the front desk. There are also jogging and walking trails on property as well. Don’t forget to stop by Sturdy Branches, the health club and spa.
Does this resort sound like it could be your next home away from home? Have you stayed at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge before? Discuss the Wilderness Lodge and all of your thoughts in our Facebook group Disney Express Lane.