Wilderness Lodge Refurbishment: Progress Report

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Disney’s Wilderness Lodge has been undergoing an extensive transformation and work on the resort is expected to continue through 2017.  Here is a sneak peak at some of the progress that has been made at the resort to date.

There is currently limited availability at the resort since approximately 400 out of the 728 guest rooms have been closed off.  A large portion of the main building has been boarded up and scaffolding appears on the outside.

Roaring Fork is the quick service restaurant located on the ground floor of the main lodge. One of the most noticeable changes here is that guests are now given a number stand to place at their table. When your order is ready, a cast member will bring the food directly to your table. In addition, the number of counters to order food at has decreased from 3 counters down to only 1 counter.

With all of the trees that have been cleared, a standard view room at the Wilderness Lodge now features a view of the Magic Kingdom and Wishes fireworks.  I would expect some of these rooms to be reclassified from standard to theme park view so don’t get your hopes up too much.

Some of the pathways at the Wilderness Lodge Villas have been fenced off and you may catch a construction worker or two in the area.

The Wilderness Lodge plans to build 26 waterside bungalows, similar to those at the Polynesian Village Resort.  The bungalows will offer modern conveniences including full kitchen, washer & dryer along with an amazing view and mostly likely a hefty price tag.

The Silver Creek Springs main pool at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge has recently undergone refurbishment and is open to all guests to enjoy during their stay. A new pool is planned for the Disney Vacation Club portion of the resort. In the meantime, the leisure pool at the villas is currently closed along with the marina, playground and beach. Movie night has been moved indoors and both bike and watercraft rentals will be available at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort.  The water launch from Wilderness Lodge to Magic Kingdom as well as Fort Wilderness and the Contemporary Resort will remain unaffected during the construction.

Guests at the Lodge have reported that the ongoing construction at the resort has not been a hindrance to their stay and wouldn’t deter them from returning.  This deluxe resort is sure to be a breathtaking site once construction is completed in 2017. Until then, guests can still enjoy the rustic charm and convenient location of Disney’s Wilderness Lodge.

If you would like to stay at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge Resort during your next Walt Disney World vacation then contact me at lbourget@mickeytravels.com or visit my Facebook page to start planning today!



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