Disclosure: This post is part of a complimentary stay at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge at Walt Disney World. All opinions are my own. This post contains affiliate links. A purchase/click through one of these links may result in a commission paid to us.
I’ve stayed at most of the Walt Disney World resort hotels, but the Wilderness Lodge was one that I’d never been able to visit. On my recent trip for the opening of the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train at the Magic Kingdom, I had the opportunity to stay at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge. It’s a great hotel with lots of fun amenities, perfect for a family vacation. The cozy, rustic theme feels so different from the hectic pace of the theme parks.
Disney Wilderness Lodge Review
Disney’s Wilderness Lodge is located in the Magic Kingdom area of the Walt Disney World resort. Its decor was inspired by the national park lodges of the Pacific Northwest, and if it looks similar to Disney’s Animal Kingdom, that’s because it was designed by the same architect. Unlike the Grand Floridian and the Polynesian, all of the rooms are located within the same building. The Villas at Wilderness Lodge, a DVC property, is located adjacent to the main lodge. (Editor’s note – the new Copper Creek Villas cabins are separate and located a short walk from the main building).
Although the Wilderness Lodge is located in the Magic Kingdom area of the park, it’s not on the monorail loop. Instead, guests get to Epcot, Animal Kingdom, and Hollywood Studios via bus service. To get to the Magic Kingdom, guests can take a boat right from the dock at the Wilderness Lodge. This boat is a nice change of pace from the bus transportation.
Restaurants at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge
Disney’s Wilderness Lodge boasts several excellent table service restaurants. Artist Point, right in the main building, offers delicious Pacific Northwest cuisine. It’s a signature restaurant, meaning that the dress code is a bit more formal, and you’ll need to use two table service credits if you are on the Disney Dining Plan. The more casual Whispering Canyon Cafe is right off the lobby and is lots of fun for families. It offers an all-you-can eat buffet and is Old West themed. Off the lobby, you’ll also find a quick service restaurant – Roaring Fork – which offers breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
The Disney Wilderness Lodge also offers the Territory Lounge and the new Geyser Point Bar and Grill. Offering gorgeous views and delicious food, the Geyser Point Bar and Grill is perfect for a relaxing meal. The resort also offers room service.
Amenities at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge
While you probably won’t spend too much time at the resort, there are plenty of amenities onsite. As a Disney resort, you’ll have access to concierge services, room service, bell services, complimentary transportation to the parks and other resorts, and Disney’s Magical Express.
There are also a number of recreational facilities offered. You’ll find boat and bike rentals, fishing excursions, two pool areas, an onsite gift shop, and a pin trading kiosk in the lobby. The resort also offers activities including Movies Under the Stars.
Rooms at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge
The Wilderness Lodge offers standard rooms as well as bunk bed rooms (pictured above). Kids will love the bunk bed rooms, and they also have a little more floor space without the larger second bed. However, I did find that my bunk bed room was a little darker than other rooms. Many of the rooms at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge offer beautiful views off the balcony.
Room categories include standard view, nature view, and courtyard view. For a more luxurious stay, you can also book a club level room. There are two room classes in this level – standard rooms and deluxe rooms. With a club level room, you’ll have exclusive access to the club lounge, with refreshments offered throughout the day.
As a Disney vacation club (DVC) property, there are also DVC villas, cabins, and suites offered at the hotel. You can learn more about the Copper Creek Villas here.
Disclosure: I’m a member of the Disney Parks Moms Panel, but all opinions are my own.