Wilderness Lodge Resort


Nature lovers need to look no further than Disney’s Wilderness Lodge as their home away from home. You’ll feel relaxed the minute you walk into this resort’s grand 7-story lobby, which includes an 82-foot fireplace that duplicates the layers of the Grand Canyon. The atmosphere of the Wilderness Lodge gives guests the feeling that they are far away from the parks, yet it’s only minutes from the Magic Kingdom – close enough that you can watch the nightly fireworks from the resort! Wilderness Lodge is suitable for groups of all sizes as it has a wide-range of accommodations…read on to see if this is the resort for you!

Resort type: Deluxe
Location: Magic Kingdom area

Accommodation options:
* all accommodations allow for one child under age 3 in a pack & play

Accommodations available at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge:
Standard room (also available with Club Level access): sleeps up to 4 adults (2 queen beds, 1 king, or 1 queen and bunkbeds)
Deluxe room (only available with Club Level access): sleeps up to 6 adults (2 queen beds & 1 queen sleeper sofa)

Accommodations available in the Boulder Ridge villas at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge:
Deluxe studio: sleeps up to 5 adults (1 queen bed, 1 double-size sleeper, 1 single pull-down bed) – includes a kitchenette
1-bedroom villa: sleeps up to 4 adults (1 king bed & 1 queen sleeper sofa) – includes full kitchen, washer, & dryer
2-bedroom villa: sleeps up to 8 adults (1 king bed, 2 queen beds, 1 queen sleeper sofa) – includes kitchen, 2 bathrooms, washer, & dryer

Accommodations available in the Copper Creek Cabins at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge:
Deluxe studio: sleeps up to 4 adults (1 queen bed, 1 queen sleeper sofa) – includes kitchenette
1-bedroom villa: sleeps up to 4 adults (1 king bed, 1 queen sleeper sofa) – includes full kitchen
2-bedroom villa: sleeps up to 8 adults (1 king bed, 2 queen beds, 1 queen sleeper sofa) – includes full kitchen & 2 bathrooms
3-bedroom villa: sleeps up to 12 adults (1 king bed, 4 queen beds, 1 queen sleeper sofa) – includes full kitchen, formal dining area, & 3 bathrooms
Cabin: sleeps up to 8 adults ( 1 king bed, 1 queen bed, 1 queen sleeper sofa, 1 single pull-down bed, & 1 twin sleeper chair) – 2-bedroom waterfront cabin with a full kitchen & private porch with hot tub

Transportation options: 
Disney’s Magical Express is complimentary to and from Orlando International Airport and Wilderness Lodge
Magic Kingdom - Bus (10 minutes), boat (20 minutes, it also continues to Fort Wilderness Resort as well as the Contemporary Resort, where you can jump on the Monorail)
Epcot - Bus (10 minutes)
Hollywood Studios - Bus (15 minutes)
Animal Kingdom - Bus (15 minutes)
Disney Springs - Bus  (20 minutes)

Minnie Van, Uber, Lyft, and Taxi are also available at a cost

Dining options: all types of dining types are available here!
Storybook Dining at Artist Point with Snow White (fine dining): dinner, character meal, dining plan accepted, reservations highly recommended
Whispering Canyon Café (family style/buffet, unique theme dining): breakfast, lunch, dinner, dining plan accepted, reservations recommended
Geyser Point Bar & Grill (quick service): breakfast, lunch, dinner, bar service, quick service dining plan accepted
Roaring Fork (quick service, mobile orders): breakfast, lunch, dinner, quick service dining plan accepted
Territory Lounge (lounge): snacks, small plates, sweets, and cocktails
Room Service: breakfast, lunch, dinner, some dining plans accepted

Shopping options:
Mercantile: plenty of merchandise for all needs – including resort & character themed clothing and souvenirs, jewelry, watches, bags, toys, snacks, and a small grocery section that includes everyday healthcare items 

Pros:
-The location of Wilderness Lodge is prime. It’s just minutes from the Magic Kingdom and the monorail line
-I love the rustic theming in a calm environment. With a fireplace and bubbling brook in the lobby you can’t help but feel relaxed.
-There are 2 large pools, 1 with a slide, and a water play space for young children
-There are so many activities to keep you busy at the resort. You’ll receive a calendar of scheduled activities for your stay but they frequently include pool parties, movies at night, and arts & crafts. A ping pong table, large connect 4 game, boat rentals, bike rentals, walking/jogging paths, and more are also available!
-Magic Kingdom is so close, that those spending the evening at the resort can still enjoy Happily Ever After, the nightly fireworks show!
-The Electrical Water Pageant goes past this resort, so you’re able to watch this fun nighttime water parade every evening from the dock
-Wilderness Lodge offers laundry & dry cleaning so you’ll always have clean clothes, whether you wash them yourself or let Disney take care of it
-A perk of all Disney resorts is merchandise delivery. You can send your park purchases to the resort for pick up later on
-Sturdy Branches fitness center and Salon by the Springs are available for guests’ exercise and beauty needs

Cons:
-The elevators. There are only 2 elevators in the lobby, and they are fairly small, so you may find yourself waiting longer for an elevator at busy times of day. Another 2 elevators are located near Roaring Fork but they are only convenient for guests staying on that side of the resort.
-Some cabins require a bit of a walk to access dining, shopping, and transportation

This is my favorite resort for several reasons: atmosphere, location, and theming, to name a few…it’s truly hard for me to leave on my last day. If this sounds like the perfect resort for you, contact your agent at On The Road Travel and start planning your trip today! You can also connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram!

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