5 Reasons You’ll Fall In Love With Disney’s Wilderness Lodge Resort


So, you’ve decided it’s time for another trip to Walt Disney World, Let me be the first to congratulate you on a decision well made, and may I also suggest that you consider the beautiful Wilderness Lodge as your Disney Resort. WHY, you might ask? Well, here’s the top 5 reasons:

1. A Lot To Look At – Inside AND outside: From far away, it looks like a giant log cabin, and it is simply breathtaking. It’s modeled after the Old Faithful Lodge in Yellowstone National Park, as it was in the early 1900’s. The lobby is quite the sight – it has an 80 foot tall fireplace, huge totem poles, and plenty of spaces to relax (including some old fashioned wooden rocking chairs). The theming is spectacular at this resort, from the landscaping to the sound of crickets as you enter the front door, you really are immersed in the National Park motif that’s carried on throughout the Resort.

2. Great Eats: One thing’s for sure – you won’t go hungry at Wilderness Lodge! They have 2 sit down restaurants – Artist Point which serves dinner with dishes inspired by the Norwestern US – including some delicious salmon! Whispering Canyon Cafe is their other sit down restaurant, which is a family friendly western themed joint, where food is served family style and there are plenty of laughs and shenanigans to keep you and your party entertained throughout your meal. Grab a quick bite at Roaring Fork which is the Lodge’s quick servince dining location, where you can grab fresh or pre packaged meals food court style throughout the day and evening. Drinks (including beers and coffee beverages!) and light appetizers can be found in the relaxing Territory Lounge. Room service and Pizza delivery are also available at Wilderness Lodge

3. A Perfect Place To Cool off: There is no better way to relax and beat the Florida heat than to take a dip in the pool, and Wilderness Lodge has not one but TWO great pools – follow the lobby geyser down the Creek to the Silver Creek Springs Pool, where you’ll find a water slide, hot and cold spas, and a kiddie pool for the little ones. The Hidden Springs pool is tucked away within the Villas at the Resort, and it’s a great quiet place to relax and enjoy your vacation

4. The “Magic” Is Nearby: One of the great things about Disney’s Deluxe Resorts is that the more you pay, the closer you get to stay to all the Disney action! The Wilderness Lodge offers bus transportation to all Parks and points of interest within WDW, but they also offer boat transportation to the Magic Kingdom, and another boat also goes to Fort Wilderness and Disney’s Contemporary Resorts. This means you are not only just a short boat ride away from Mickey, but you also have many more dining options available to you by taking the other boat line to the nearby Resorts

5. Deluxe Resort = Deluxe Amenities: Beautiful rooms with dark wood accents feature a choice of a Courtyard or Woods view, with options of King, Queen, or bunk beds. Staying healthy is easy here too, with bike and boat rentals, and an on site fitness club where you can workout and get a massage. Kids will have loads of fun at the Lodge, with the pool and playground and arcade, nightly movies under the stars, and the “Cub’s Den” – a supervised children’s activity center

Those are just some of the reasons why Disney’s Wilderness Lodge is a great place to stay – but I would love your opinion – have you stayed here? Would you?

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54 thoughts on “5 Reasons You’ll Fall In Love With Disney’s Wilderness Lodge Resort

  1. I’ve stayed there twice including our last visit to WDW (2008). We chose a standard view room, my travel agent tried to talk me out of it but I was firm. Glad I did. Yes, I got a bit of a roof, but you could see the MK fireworks from the balcony. A nice treat for a lower price (I think some of the trees hadn’t grown back from a hurricane). I think it’s my favorite spot to stay at Disney, especially if you go in fall or winter. The place takes you right from Florida into the woods. And Artist Point is the restaurant we go to every visit! Had Thanksgiving there twice over the years.

  2. Can’t afford to stay there but planning on taking the boat over to see everything this great resort has to offer one day while we are there!

  3. I haven’t gotten to stay at Wilderness but I have gone resort hopping there many times. Love the place.

  4. Just got back from the Wilderness. Theming was great, and the lobby made my jaw drop. It was perfect for our family of three, and for its size, very easy to walk. Boat transport to MK was fun and fast! Loved it!

  5. We can’t decide between Fort Wilderness or Contemporary for our trip in February. Love the convenience of the contemporary but wilderness just looks so cool.

  6. I have stayed at WL five times- it is my absolute favorite resort. I love the lobby, and walking on the dock out to the boats in the early morning or at nighttime. Pure magic.

  7. We loved staying here! The boat over to MK was great & most of them are even accessible for you scooter too. The flora & fauna are magnificent here too. Most mornings we would wake up & see the lodge staff chasing ducks from the pools.
    You forgot about the nightly water electrical parade. Yes it goes past the other lagoon resorts also, but it is a plus here too.

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