Disney's Wilderness Lodge

Address: 901 Timberline Drive, Orlando, Florida, 32830, United States | 3 star resort
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This 3 star resort, located in the DisneyWorld/Downtown Disney/Epcot area of Orlando, is near The Hoop-Dee-Doo Revue, I-RIDE Trolley, Disney's Spirit of Aloha Show, and Disney Wilderness Preserve.
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    TravelPod Member ReviewsDisney's Wilderness Lodge Orlando

    Reviewed by familyonholiday

    Great Hotel

    Reviewed Sep 10, 2015
    by (2 reviews) , Australia Flag of Australia

    We really liked Disney's Wilderness Lodge, and would happily stay there again.. The staff were very friendly and helpful; nothing was too much trouble. Disney has their processes in place so well that everything ran incredibly smoothly. The boat to Magic Kingdom and Disney's Fort Wilderness makes it a very convenient location. This is the first and only Disney Hotel that we have stayed in and we stayed here thinking that a Disney Hotel would enhance the Disney experience. It certainly added convenience - we were able to use Disney transport and our Disney Dining plan, plus we were able to charge expenses from anywhere within Walt Disney World Resort back to our room. However, we didn't feel that staying at a Disney Hotel made the Disney experience any more magical. That is, apart from convenience, it felt just like we were staying at any hotel. That said, we loved the hotel, the staff and convenience and would absolutely stay there again. We would just know that the main benefit from staying at a Disney hotel appears to be the convenience rather than the magic.

    This review is the subjective opinion of a TravelPod member and not of TravelPod.com.

    Reviewed by lfadventures


    Reviewed Oct 24, 2014
    by (2 reviews) , Australia Flag of Australia

    Such a wonderful place to stay. Felt like another world

    This review is the subjective opinion of a TravelPod member and not of TravelPod.com.

    Reviewed by brookfamily

    Dinner with Jodie's old HS friend

    Reviewed Sep 29, 2013
    by (8 reviews) Fredericksburg, Virginia , United States Flag of United States

    Nice to leave the resort.

    This review is the subjective opinion of a TravelPod member and not of TravelPod.com.

    Historical Traveler Reviews Disney's Wilderness Lodge Orlando

    Must Stay!


    I stay at this hotel EVERY year to Disney, and NEVER have had a bad stay. Its always rated one of the top hotels to stay at Disney for a reason.

    We Loved the Wilderness Lodge


    Husband, myself, and 2 kids.....Loved the WL!! It was a beautiful resort. I really did not think I was going to enjoy it as much as I truley did!!! I sugguest purchasing the refillable mugs at roaring forks. They came in handy each night when we got back, and every morning for coffee and milk. I love the fact that the entire lodge is connected to the main lobby. You do not have to walk outside to get to the main lobby. We had a wonderful time.

    Beautiful Resort


    We just returned from the Lodge on 5/4/03, and my family had a wonderful time. I have two kids ages 3 and 5, they cried when we had to leave. I've read alot of complaints on the room size, it was an average size hotel room, we did not find it too small, however we were only there to sleep and change clothes. The grounds are beautiful, the kids loved the pool and slide. The snack bar was great too. We rented a surrey bike and went to wilderness lodge and saw the petting zoo. We all loved the electric water parade everynight and fireworks you could see from the beach or from our room which was 6016 (view of castle & contemporty too, woodsview) The housekeeping was fantastic with washcloths made into animals. Whispering Canyon was alot of fun both boys loved it, the food was good.Our only complaint was they need another restaurant, only cafeteria (ok for breakfast or lunch), upscale restaurant, we did not go, and whisperning canyon.We will defiantly we back, best family vacation we ever had!!!Doreen

    Fantastic theming!


    We just returned from a trip to Disney World and a stay at the Wilderness Lodge. The property was very well kept, the rooms were clean, quiet and well-maintained, and the theming was excellent! If you have been to the Old Faithful Inn in Yellowstone National Park, then you will really enjoy this property as it replicates its log structure and impressive lobby (not to mention the geysers and bubbling hot pools). My daughter was fascinated with the stream and bridge that ran through the lobby. We ate at the Whispering Canyon Cafe on site there one evening and had a very good meal. The restaurant staff do a number of things to keep children (and other guests) entertained throughout the meal. The property has a good-sized free-form swimming pool (with life quards during the day) with a small water slide set into the "boulders" on one end and a quieter pool in the Villa area that can be used. The pools are open 24 hours a day. We used Disney transportation to get to the Magic Kingdom and Epcot. At the Wilderness Lodge, you can take a boat or bus to the Magic Kingdom. We took the boat, which provided a very pleasant ride with good views of the Contemporary Resort and Space Mountain. We did take the bus to Epcot and had very prompt service. I would definitely stay at this property again!

    "wilderness Lodge"


    AWFULL, the food was terriable, the rooms microscopic We came with 4 people, 2 kids, 2 adults and could no fit. Stay elswear on Disney grounds, The Grand Floridian is spectacular!

    Beautiful place to stay!


    This was my first stay in the Wilderness Lodge and I will definately stay there in the future. It was beautiful! From the beautiful main lobby to the smell walking in...its great. The kids had bunk beds which they thought was wonderful. The Lodge offers a boat ride over to Magic Kingdom ...that is so handy and when we needed a bus we never waited more than 5 minutes. The Whispering Canyon was a great place to eat dinner. The food was good and the atmosphere was great for the kids! Be sure to ask for ketchup and see what happens. The whole experience was a "Lodge" feeling and it was so relaxing. I just wish I had taken a little more time out of the parks one or two days to have been able to enjoy it more! The pools are beautiful and all of the staff was very nice. The Wilderness Lodge was just a great place to stay! I will be back!!


    Great resort....


    My boyfriend and I stayed at the Wildersess Lodge resort and Villas in April, and we loved it. It's on the Disney World property so you don't have to worry about transportation at all. The hotel itself was very nice, very expensive , but very nice. The lobby was cute, had the whole "wilderness" theme and decor and was very cute. We stayed in one of the vacation Villas, which I felt was overpriced. We got the room at 1/2 price, and its normally well over $300 a night.. not worth it... for a standard sized room, tiny balcony and what they term a "kitchenette", yes, it had a microwave, sink and some paper plates and utensils, but the room itself was not bigger than the hotels standard rooms. The air conditioning was also way too cold, kids were complaining that they wanted their jackets walking thru the Villas lobby.

    The property had 2 pools, very nice, had a bar at the pool, a "beach" which was really a lake, boats you could rent and other water sport equipment, and nature trails along w/a horse ride you could take thru the property. They also had a full convenience store on the property as well.

    This is a great place for kids.. my boyfriend and I made the mistake of eating at the resteraunt in the hotel lobby, which had relay races, "horse races" w/the horse on a stick, shouting matches, etc... for kids... very noisey, but great if you have little ones...



    Wilderness Lodge WAS very beautiful. A nice cup of coffee by one of the many fireplaces in the morning, boatrides to Magic Kingdom, friendly staff, however...it was our very first trip to Disney with the kids--we didn't use the hotel facilities except for one short afternoon in the pool. The restaurant prices were way too high for a family with 2 kids 4-6. The little cafeteria in the downstairs was ok, but a limited selection of food.

    Our 2nd trip to Disney we stayed at All-Stars, the little kids just loved the cartoony decor. We all loved the food court.And the transportation to the parks was MUCH quicker.

    BUT if you have the time (at least 7 nights) & $$$ Wilderness Lodge is good.

    Disney's Wilderness Lodge


    I stay at Disney's Wilderness Lodge for every Vacation to Disney World. I've never been disappointed there.

    My entire stay there feels like I'm in the Northwest (althought I've never been there) and the staff makes you feel right at home.

    The atomsphere brings it all together and makes your vacation one to remember for the rest of your lives. As soon as you drive thru the Arch you feel transported into another world or that your playing a role in a new western movie.

    Then geyser goes off on the hour and what a sight it is when your on the boat ride from one of the others resorts or attractions.

    I want to thank the architects and Disney for this magnificent Resort.



    As usual Disney created a perfect atmosphere exactly where you wouldn't expect it. The Wilderness Lodge gives the feel of being in the forests of Yosemite or the Northwest from the moment you enter the property.

    The log architecture, along with the old west and native american touches, lend to the theme beautifully as does the landscaping. Even the boat launch to Magic Kingdom gives the feel of launching out onto a lake to fish for salmon!

    The rooms are standard size and standard amenities for Disney's Deluxe class of hotel and the balcony room we chose gave a great view of the grounds, the waterway, and the nightly lighted float parade on the water. The decor keeps with the theme of the hotel as do the public areas on the floors.

    The restaurants vary from cafeteria line style to upclass all of which were wonderful. The cafe style worked well for a quick lunch and the homemade fare was a far cut above fast food. The family style restaurant offers lots of fun for the kids (and for the adults to watch) and good old homestyle barbeque and cookout selections. The upscale offering has a nice selection of gourmet fare and a character breakfast.

    No surprise that the staff were way above par and did anything and everything to make our stay wonderful. I couldn't be happier that we upgraded to this hotel...it's a very nice feeling to head back to your "lodge in the woods" when you've been themed to death at the parks.

    I highly recommend this hotel for anyone looking for a serene, relaxing, and very non-Disneyesque place to lay your head for the night.

    TripAdvisor Reviews Disney's Wilderness Lodge Orlando

    4.50 of 5 stars Outstanding

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