Wilderness Lodge Resort Review

By | June 25, 2010
Overall Rating4.174.174.174.174.17
Theming4.674.674.674.674.67
Room Size3.83.83.83.83.8
Amenities4.24.24.24.24.2
Quality4.44.44.44.44.4
Cleanliness4.84.84.84.84.8
Transportation3.63.63.63.63.6
Recreation3.753.753.753.753.75
Value3.833.833.833.833.83
 
Reviews of Disney's Wilderness Lodge Resort Themed as a resort from the North Woods (think Yellowstone National Park), the Wilderness Lodge is both cozy and breathtaking. Immediately upon entering, you will be struck by the grandeur of the lobby, including a working fireplace, totems and teepee chandeliers. The fireplace is a replica of the rock strata of the Grand Canyon.

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6 thoughts on “Wilderness Lodge Resort Review

  1. Ken Andrews
    Overall Rating 33333
    Theming 55555
    Room Size Not Rated
    Amenities Not Rated
    Quality Not Rated
    Cleanliness Not Rated
    Transportation Not Rated
    Recreation Not Rated
    Value 33333

    Ate at Whispering Canyon Cafe on 12-13. Family of three got the all you can eat skillet. The food was delayed due to an allergy of one of our family. No problem with that. But when it came, the only item that was HOT was the mashed pots.

    Overall, the service was great but the food was just ok. Not worth $33 a person. While we were on the dining plan, the tip is not included. The waiter presents you the ” check” with 18 and 20% tip amounts already calculated. The food wS ” free” of course. You are expected to tip at that point. They will put it on your CC unless you do cash. Whatever you decide, they take it away and come back with two more checks. One to sign and give yo them, one to keep.

    Parties of 6 or more will have the tip AUTOMATICALLY included.

    The food was not good enough to justify the suggested tip of $23 so we left $15. This tip procedure is decidedly awkward as you don’t just tip and leave.

    The waitress did not comment on the tip amount but I am sure they expect 18+%. The overpriced food does not justify a large tip.

    We will not do the sit down dining plan ever again.

    Disney charges for food like hospitals charge for an aspirin.

    We did not stay at the W Lodge.

  2. Marsh Sisters
    Overall Rating 55555
    Theming 55555
    Room Size 44444
    Amenities 44444
    Quality 55555
    Cleanliness 55555
    Transportation 33333
    Recreation 33333
    Value 55555

    Date of stay: May 6 – 16, 2014.
    It was our first experience in a Disney property. We were astonished at the resemblence to the Old Faithful Inn in Yellowstone when we arrived; later when talking to a Disney cast member, we learned it was deliberate and had been approved by the Superintendent of the NPS.

    We had a room down the corridor away from the lobby (as recommended by a guide book) with a woods view – lovely and quiet.

    We did find that using the boat service to go to the MK at opening put us too far back in the crowd; so we usually drove to the theme parks in the morning, but did use the boat service to return in the afternoon or evening. We did use the boat to the Contemporary once and transfer to the Monorail when we had an early tour at MK and had to enter before the park opened. We found that worked out well.

    We enjoyed the convenience, location and ambiance of the Wilderness Lodge. We have talked about staying there whenever we plan to return to WDW.

  3. Linda Norton
    Overall Rating 33333
    Theming 44444
    Room Size 33333
    Amenities 33333
    Quality 33333
    Cleanliness 44444
    Transportation 33333
    Recreation 33333
    Value 33333

    Wilderness Lodge at Disney has not been a place I’ve been eager to try out, mainly because I’m not really an outdoors-y person and really could care less if I ever saw a pine tree ever again after living in Washington State for 5 years. It is themed towards Yellowstone’s Old Faithful Lodge (and after being in Yellowstone recently I do see the similarities–but Disney’s version is nicer.) In January I had the opportunity to spend a night there before the Inaugural Christening Cruise of the Disney Dream. I will add that I won the resort stay and the cruise event–and the only way I would ever stay at WL was if I didn’t have to pay for it, mainly because the theming just does not appeal to me. I’ve been to WL many times for dining as it has Artist Point and Whispering Canyon Cafe which are both great meal options, but the resort just didn’t really do much for me theme-wise. There are plenty of people who just love the peaceful feeling of WL, and I really do try to ‘get’ the whole vibe of this resort when I go there (which is at least once a year) but it just escapes me and I’m left with “I just don’t get why people love this place” thought when I’m sitting in the lobby. However there are lots of hotels at Disney, and I have a lot of places that I really like, and I was willing to take this one with an open mind to see if I can change my attitude. When my daughter found out that we were staying there for a night before the cruise she was just thrilled to cross it off her Disney list because she knew I would never pay to stay there.
    Check in was great with the usual friendly Disney Cast Member who told me that I had a Woods View room. I was sort of happy about that because I didn’t want to hear the busses from the Standard view area. We had a regular room with two queen beds. However while I had a “woods view”, turning my head to the left meant seeing the parking lot, and while on the balcony I heard cars and busses. The good news was that once those balcony doors were closed there was no noise. The decor of ths room is ‘lodge-y’ and on the dark side–applying makeup would be a challenge as the lighting was on the dim side even in the spacious vanity area. The room size really is not that much larger than a Moderate resort, thus adding to my “check this one off my list” attitude. Wilderness Lodge has a (slow) boat that will take you to the Magic Kingdom, but if you absolutely must be somewhere, consider using the bus as boats have strict occupancy standards and if its going on to the Campground next door enough people may not get off to free up a seat. I have previously waited for 60 minutes for a boat at WL during a busier time period. This stay I did not use the boat, but I did use the bus which shared with the campgrounds. It was a long trip back from Epcot when the bus had to mosey through Ft Wilderness first.
    Wilderness Lodge is a deluxe resort with indoor hallways and two queen beds that sleep just four people in the regular guest rooms. Views are Standard (which can overlook the parking area, rooftops or utility area), Woods View (trees), or a Courtyard View (pool area.) Guys tend to love Wilderness Lodge–and add my husband to that group. For me though, Wilderness Lodge is a place that I just don’t ‘get’ and I will continue to visit there to dine, but it is unlikely I will go back and pay for a room. Because I just don’t care for the theming, I would rather spend less money at a Disney Moderate resort than return to this resort. There’s nothing wrong with WL; its just a place that I don’t ‘get’. Plus my kids think the pool is ‘lame’ and the slide is best for little kids. I’ll continue to eat there but its unlikely that I’ll return to Wilderness Lodge as there are many other resorts at Disney which hold greater appeal to me.

  4. The Zastowny Familys
    Overall Rating 55555
    Theming 55555
    Room Size 55555
    Amenities 55555
    Quality 55555
    Cleanliness 55555
    Transportation 44444
    Recreation 55555
    Value 55555

    Date Of Stay: August 17, 2008- August 24, 2008

    Rate Paid During Your Stay: Around $265 per night with AAA package.

    Room Sleeps: 4

    Don’t Miss: The Geyser, sandy beaches, wildlife and the marina.

    Room Location Suggestion: We were in room 5110 left wing. It was nice and quiet our balcony let us see some of the fireworks at MK. Also alot of trees.

    The Mouse For Less Tip: There is so much here to explore and see. Gotta get out and look for the treasures of the WL. My DS loved the marina as he drove a sea-racer (dad was passenger)he had a blast and wants to do it again.

    Comments: If you can afford the Deluxe experience, do so. It is really worth it. We have stayed at 2 moderates and the fact that you can go down to the food court in your PJ’s (i’ve seen it already) and get something to eat. It doesn’t take 5-10 minutes to walk there. Very nice, loved all the amenities.

  5. The Coffeys
    Overall Rating 44444
    Theming 44444
    Room Size 44444
    Amenities 44444
    Quality 44444
    Cleanliness 55555
    Transportation 44444
    Recreation 44444
    Value 33333

    Date Of Stay: October 5 – 13, 2007

    Rate Paid During Your Stay: Your Stay: $324 per room (inc. taxes).

    Room Sleeps: 4

    Don’t Miss: The geyser and the lobby.

    Room Location Suggestion: We stayed at the end of a wing in rooms 3009 and 3007 — this overlooked the courtyard but was quieter than the lobby. Ask for a wing room rather than overlooking the lobby because of the noise (especially if you are traveling with kids and need to get to bed early or will be taking a nap).

    The Mouse For Less Tip: We stayed here before and had the bunk bed room — definitely a better option if you have kids — neither of our rooms this time had bunks – we didn’t want the kids arguing over the top bunk.

    Every time we used the valet parking they acted surprised. We aren’t DVC members and they asked us if we were until the 2nd to last day of our stay when they recognized us. If you go to another resort for dinner and have paid for valet parking at your hotel they are supposed to comp the $10 cost. We went to Beach club for gelato one afternoon after Fantasia mini golf and they wanted my husband to pay the $10 valet parking fee in cash since we weren’t staying there. It took pointing out, nicely, to the manager, that we had already paid for the day at Wilderness Lodge and that if we gave them cash we’d have paid $20 for valet parking for the day. (Besides we’d not had the $10 cash with us as we were using our room charge for most things).

    If you stay for more than 8 days in a year you’ll probably get an annual pass. If you do so, check the discounts — we saved 50% on mini-golf at Fantasia. There were also discounts at several restaurants in Downtown Disney.

    Comments: The bugs were absolutely awful on the boats back from Disney at night. It was like walking through a cloud of them. There was resistance in the air because of all the bugs! Every member of our group ran for the showers when we got back. They weren’t biting just crawling everywhere! Our prior visit was in January and we did not have this problem. If you are going to the MK and will be returning at night, drive around the loop (past the service center) park at the parking for the MK and take the monorail — it adds time but, oh, my… I’d add an hour to my trip to avoid the bugs!

    The mugs are smaller in size that they used to be but are still worth it if you need your caffeine (cold or hot!). Roaring Forks (the counter service place) has yogurt in the morning and you can add fresh raspberries, strawberries or blueberries! The fruit always looked good and my older son loved the chocolate croissants.

    We found that at this resort we liked having a car to get around. This was true of AKL as well. For the resorts on the monorail and at the back entrance to Epcot we typically only used a car one or two days out of the week (usually going to AKL or when we were park hopping).

    When we stayed in January it was nice to be able to take the boat directly from WL over to the camp ground for Hoop Dee Doo. It cuts off lots of your time (and the boat also runs to the Contemporary). You are taken right to the hall rather than the parking lot and from there needing to take another bus all the way through the camp ground. As long as it isn’t bug season I’d use the boats (hop on the monorail to the Contemporary if you are staying at GF or the Poly).

    The pool is nice but our favorite is still Stormalong Bay at Yatch and Beach club.

    I’d stay here again in the winter — the theming is nice for that as well but not again during bug season!

  6. The Kanes
    Overall Rating 55555
    Theming 55555
    Room Size 33333
    Amenities 55555
    Quality 55555
    Cleanliness 55555
    Transportation 44444
    Recreation Not Rated
    Value 44444

    Date Of Stay: 12/6/06 – 12/14/06

    Rate Paid During Your Stay: $256.47/night.

    Room Sleeps: 4

    Don’t Miss: Following the little pool in the lobby all the way down nearly to Bay Lake, a meal at Whispering Canyon, What a Hoot!!

    Room Location Suggestion: Have had woods view both times we stayed that were quite peaceful.

    The Mouse For Less Tip:

    Comments: This was the second stay at this resort and we’ll probably never stay anywhere else! While the regular rooms are a bit tight for my daughter’s wheelchair, we gladly deal because of the overall feel. This trip we were surprised by being upgraded to Concierge when we checked in. The room was exactly the same as our previous trip, but the amenities were lovely and we didn’t even use them to the max. Having a sip of Bailey’s at the end of a busy day a huge plus!! I guess my one complaint is that there aren’t accessible rooms with a king sized bed and a fold out chair/bed as the Animal Kingdom Lodge has. There are only 3 of us, but the accessible rooms only have a king bed, not room for more than 2. To expensive to go for a Jr. suite. We love using the boats and have had no problem with the wheelchair. The Kane Family says.. Try it, You’ll Like It!!!

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