Journey back over 100 years to the Pacific Northwest! Disney’s Wilderness Lodge Resort is reminiscent of the Old Faithful Inn at Yellowstone National Park. The resort opened May 28, 1994 and remains one of Disney’s most popular (and my favorite) resorts! The Pacific Northwest theme features both natural and Native American elements, and even includes a geyser that erupts each hour from 7:00 am-10:00 pm. The 8-story log-structured Wilderness Lodge is located near the Magic Kingdom and sits along the shores of Bay Lake. There are 729 rooms, including 37 King rooms, 25 Junior Suites, 4 Honeymoon Suites, 1 Yosemite Suite and 1Yellowstone Suite. Disney’s Wilderness Villas, a Disney Vacation Club Resort, is located just steps away from the main building. WLV guests are able to take advantage of all of the wonderful amenities of the main building. Guests can ride boats to the Magic Kingdom, Disney’s Ft. Wilderness Resort and Campgrounds, and Disney’s Contemporary Resort. To get to the other theme parks, water parks and Downtown Disney, hop on a bus for a quick ride!
As you walk into the majestic lobby of Wilderness Lodge, the very first thing you will see will be the beautiful centerpiece- the 82-foot stone fireplace. Nothing beats walking into this beautiful lobby to see a roaring fire (even in summer) and curling up in one of the many old-time wooden rockers near the fireplace. Guests of both Wilderness Lodge and Wilderness Lodge Villas check in at the main resort desk in the grand lobby. A concierge is also available. Guests on the 7-th floor concierge level can partake in the Old Faithful Club, where they can experience complimentary continental breakfasts as well as cheese and wine tastings.
The regular rooms at Wilderness Lodge are 340 square feet. Most have 2 queen-sized beds, but there are some rooms with King Beds and some even have bunk beds (along with a queen bed). Views consist of standard views, woods view, lodge view (of the DVC property), and courtyard views. The rooms contain a writing table and 3 chairs, an armoire with a TV, and a small-key operated safe to keep your valuables secure. In the bathroom, you will find a hair dryer and two sinks with a mirror in a separate vanity area. For those people who can’t tear themselves away from their computer, they will find high-speed Internet access. Upon request, you can get bed boards, bed rails and cribs (the Pak-n-Play type). The rooms are a bit small, but they are all well appointed, and all rooms have a small balcony or patio.
Recreation abounds at Wilderness Lodge! Kids and parents alike will love the Silver Creek Springs Pool. You’ll find daily recreational water activities in the afternoon. Lifeguards are on duty from 9:00 am-10:00 pm, and the pool is open from 7:00 am through midnight. Your little ones will love the rock water slide, and tiny tots will splash away in the kiddie pool! There are also two spas, and the pool is heated to a warm 82 degrees in cooler weather. You will find a sandy beach on the shores of Bay Lake (no swimming) with lounge chairs and a playground. Water lovers can rent watercraft such as water “mice”, canopy boats or pontoon boats. There are also fishing excursions available for both adults and kids. Bike rentals are available and there is a 3/4 mile path that starts at Disney’s Teton Boat and Bike Rentals that runs between Disney’s Wilderness Lodge and Disney’s Ft. Wilderness Resort and Campground. There is also an arcade and sand volleyball court. Tours are available at Wilderness Lodge as well- inquire about the Hidden Mickey Hunt List and the guided resort tours. Lucky families will be chosen to be a Flag Family. Inquire about this at check-in and be the daily lucky family that gets to go to the roof of Wilderness Lodge at 7:00 am to raise the flag for the day. What a view!!
Wilderness Lodge guests are fortunate enough to have some wonderful dining choices at their disposal! Whispering Canyon is right off of the lobby and is a great place for old-fashioned family fun! Breakfast, lunch and dinner are available. All-you-can-eat skillet breakfasts are served as are a la carte items. Lunch hours are from noon to 3 p.m. one of the best things atWhispering Canyon is the family skillet dinner that is served on a lazy-susan. An a la carte menu that includes sandwiches and salads is also available at lunchtime. Hours for dinner are 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. An all-you-can-eat family style skillet dinner featuring barbecued beef, chicken, spare ribs, sausage and smoked turkey is offered. Meats are smoked on the premises. Priority Seating is recommended. And make sure that you ask for ketchup!
The signature dining experience at Wilderness Lodge is Artist Point. Food here is prepared in the style of America Northwest and includes items such as cedar plank salmon, grilled buffalo, and berry cobbler. You can dine overlooking the waterfall that leads down to the pool area.
The quick-service option at Wilderness Lodge is Roaring Fork, where you will find breakfast items, hamburgers, sandwiches and salads. This is where you will find the refillable resort mugs as well as desserts and self-serve ice cream.
For Walt Disney World keepsakes, sundries, snacks and Wilderness Lodge memorabilia, head to Wilderness Lodge Mercantile. This is a great shop, and one of my favorite resort shops. Wilderness Lodge also offers a kids club called The Cubs Den. The Cubs Den is for potty-trained children over age 4. Reservations are required to take advantage of The Cubs Den. In the lobby, you will also find an extremely talented caricaturist as well as a pin cart for all those pin traders out there!
Wilderness Lodge is a perfect resort for everyone! There is always something to do, and the lodge itself is absolutely stunning. Last time we were there, we saw ducks, bunnies, deer and baby armadillos. The kids were in awe by the beautiful surroundings! I highly recommend that you book your next trip to Walt Disney World and stay at Wilderness Lodge! Contact Magical Mousecapades for more information!