Disney’s Wilderness Lodge opened on May 28th, 1984 and is in the Magic Kingdom Resort Area. Wilderness Lodge is reminiscent of Old Faithful Inn at Yellowstone Park. This is a deluxe resort but is usually slightly cheaper than the other Magic Kingdom resorts.
An 82-foot-tall stone fireplace is the centre piece of the impressive 8 storey lobby. A bubbling hot spring in the lobby expands outside the building into a roaring waterfall flowing into the swimming area. In addition the lobby feature teepee-topped chandeliers & totem poles.
A geothermal “geyser” erupts hourly at the edge of Bay Lake. Wilderness Lodge certainly has some of the most impressive theming across Disney World.
In total there are 727 guest rooms at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge. In addition there are also 2 Disney Vacation Club properties on site Boulder Ridge Villas & Copper Creek Villas. Copper Creek Villas is the newest property and opened in 2017. Despite the additions the resort does not feel crowded.
Theme Parks are reached by busses or watercraft. The ferry to Magic Kingdom takes about 10 minutes and runs every 8-12 minutes. There is no monorail stop for Wilderness Lodge.
Recreation and amenities include bike and boat rentals, swimming, playground, free wifi, laundry, game room and on-site child care.
Dining options include Artist Point, Whispering Canyon Café and Roaring Fork Snacks and Arcade. If you visit Whispering Canyon Café make sure you ask for the tomato sauce. Restaurants located in Wilderness Lodge are some of the very best in Disney World.
Located on the 6th floor are the resort’s Club Level Rooms . Club level guests have access to the club lounge, also known as the Old Faithful Club. To learn more about Disney Club/Concierge Clubs read our review of the Kilimanjaro Club at Animal Kingdom Lodge.
In our opinion Disney’s Wilderness Lodge represents the very best of Disney World. The resort is luxurious, with fantastic theming, great facilities and close to The Magic Kingdom.
Whilst not being on the monorail might be seen as a disadvantage the ferries are good fun and regular. In addition the slightly cheaper rates than the other Magic Kingdom Resorts is an extra positive.
We believe this resort will suit guest of all ages.
If you want to read more about Wilderness Lodge visit the Unofficial Guide to Disney’s Wilderness Lodge
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