Following on from Lisa’s post about The Boardwalk Villas, and it being an option for our next visit to the World, I thought I would talk about one that is on my list, Disney’s Wilderness Lodge.
Based on 20th Century National Park Lodges, Wilderness Lodge sits on the shores of Bay Lake.
Although it is a Magic Kingdom resort and sits nestled amongst The Contemporary, Polynesian Village and Grand Floridian resorts, it isn’t served by the Monorail system, unlike the other 3. Instead transport to all other theme parks, excluding the Magic Kingdom itself, would need to be made by Disney bus transportation, by car or via the Magic Kingdom where you can jump on the monorail. For those wanting to make the trip across the lake, there is a boat that serves just the Wilderness Lodge.
Wilderness Lodge is one of a few resorts that mixes Deluxe resort with DVC rooms. There are currently 727 guest rooms, which were refurbished back 2012, set over 8 stories as well as two wings to the main building.
The are 3 levels to rooms, standard, woods view and courtyard view.
The rooms themselves can consist of three different sleeping arrangements, two Queen beds, one Queen bed and bunk beds or a King bed.
Currently more DVC units are being added, similar in vein to the bungalows that were added to the Polynesian a few years back. But you can still stay in a studio, one bedroom and two bedroom villa all in a separate building to the main hotel. The whole DVC area is to be renamed Boulder Ridge Villas at Wilderness Lodge once the new buildings come online.
Moving on to dining, this hotel features two table service restaurants as well as two quick service.
You have Artist Point, which is more your typical sit down meal, where as Whispering Canyon is family style all you can eat, which is continuously brought to your table.
For quick service, you have Roaring Fork, which you common theme park faire, selling burgers and pizza etc. Roaring Fork is also currently closed for refurb.
The second quick service is The newly opened Geyser Point Bar and Grill, which we wrote about here:https://magical-kingdoms.com/2017/02/14/new-restaurant-bar-open-at-wilderness-lodge/
The hotel features one pool, The Silver Springs pool. It includes two hot tubs as well as The Trout Pass Pool Bar
There is also a smaller quiet pool right next toe DVC units
I think the major selling point for me though is the beautiful cavernous lobby. All dark woods and full of the warmth you would expect from a lodge.
I think this picture tells you all you need to know.
Also featured just off the lobby, is what I would say is one of the best hotel based shops in any of the Disney properties. The Mercantile
So that is my overview for what I think is the one of the best hotels on site.
To see more of the Wilderness Lodge and the new restaurant, please give our friends The Trackers’ video a watch.