A fan favourite, Disney’s Wilderness Lodge is one of the slightly more affordable Deluxe resorts, with great theming, close to the Magic Kingdom
The location of Disney’s Wilderness Lodge
Disney’s Wilderness Lodge is a Magic Kingdom resort – although a little further away so it does not have rooms that it classes as ‘theme parks views’, and is not on the monorail. However, you can see Cinderella Castle in the distance from some of the rooms at Wilderness Lodge, including the fireworks over them. Magic Kingdom is close by, just a boat ride away and this resort is a little cheaper than the other Magic Kingdom resorts so it’s a really good option.
Theming of Disney’s Wilderness Lodge
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 at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge
- 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
- Crib is available on request
- Free wifi
You can 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.
Courtyard views are of the Courtyard, Pool, Waterfall or Bay Lake
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 specific experiences/tours. 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. These can’t be booked online for UK guests, so phone the Walt Disney Travel Company for more details.
Dining at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge
Counter Service and Snacks
- Roaring Fork – a self serve snacking place, with some light meals
- Geyser Point Bar & Grill – bar and counter service food, near the pool
- Territory Lounge – a bar serving alcoholic drinks and coffees. They also do light snacks.
Table Service Restaurants
- 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 throughout.
Signature and Character Restaurants
- Artist Point is an upscale restaurant with a focus on seafood, game and steak. It is famous for its Cedar Plank Salmon.
Recreation at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge
- Recreation at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge is definitely focused around nature and the outdoors:
- Silver Creek Springs pool – the Resorts main pool with a waterslide and a hot tub. There is also a separate area with a great children’s splash zone, complete with drench areas, and small waterslides.
- The smaller Hidden Springs pool also has a bar and a hot tub.
- Watercraft rentals – including pontoon boats and Sea Raycers
- Bike Rentals
- Buttons and Bells Arcade
- Cub Den’s – a play club allowing parents to take a night off
- Children’s playground
- Sturdy Branches Health Club – with the latest in fitness equipment and a sauna, this is available free of charge to guests 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 fireside and after this singalong, a Disney movie is shown.
Transport to and from Disney’s Wilderness Lodge
The quickest way to get to Magic Kingdom is by boat, which transports you across Bay Lake. Disney also runs buses to all the theme parks, water parks and Disney Springs (and Magic Kingdom, if you don’t fancy the boat). You can also catch a boat from the Wilderness Lodge to the Contemporary Resort and then walk to the Magic Kingdom. If you want to get to Magic Kingdom early then going via the Contemporary is a good option as the boats start earlier than the Magic Kingdom boats. If you want to travel to the Polynesian or Grand Floridian, then the Contemporary is again your gateway. The boat ride to the Contemporary is only a few minutes and is great fun.