Disney’s Wilderness Lodge: A Review

Ask 10 Disney fans what their favorite resort is and get 10 different answers. Different resorts have fit our family at different stages in our lives.  Currently my family would pick Fort Langhorn on Tom Sawyer’s Island.  Since this is not presently offered the winner is Disney’s Wilderness Lodge. The western theme is a big hit with my two boys. The resort is themed after American park lodges from the early 1900’s.  From the moment you walk into the lobby you are transported back in time to lodges similar to Old Faithful Inn or The Ahwahnee.  It is a resort within a resort.  You can rent bikes and explore the many trails.  Train fans get a close up view of Walt’s passion.  Fort Wilderness, a short hike away, offers horseback riding, campfires and movies shown under the stars.

Disney’s Wilderness Lodge is a deluxe resort, everything is in one building with interior corridors. There are 727 rooms in this resort. The rooms have queen size beds with carved headboard and warm wood tones throughout. One downside, the rooms are a little smaller than other deluxe resorts in Disney. The amenities are still considered deluxe – two sit down restaurants, including signature dining, lounge with nightly entertainment, quick service restaurant and bar service at the main pool, swimming pool with slide and hot tubs, kid’s club and fitness center.  Every detail to theming is showcased at this resort. A small stream that originate in the lobby cascades over a waterfall into the swimming pool and out to the geyser which erupts ever so often.  It is a really beautiful resort! If you have ever watched “Great Hotels” with Samantha Brown on the travel channel, she referred to the entrance as an “eyes up, jaws down lobby” because it is so beautiful. The ceilings soar overhead.

It is located sort of behind the Contemporary and is really convenient to the Magic Kingdom by boat but you really feel “away from it all” more-so than the other resorts. With it’s own personal ferry service to and from the Magic Kingdom transportation is not an issue at this resort. You can easily reach the monorail by taking the ferry to the Contemporary Resort or Magic Kingdom. It doesn’t face a theme park so the view is all woods and lake. Very relaxing! Click here for a video tour of the resort grounds and amenities. You may also want to check out a video tour of the rooms here.

Patricia Mickus

Disney Vacation Specialist

Lobby of Disney’s Wilderness Lodge


One response to “Disney’s Wilderness Lodge: A Review

  1. Wilderness Lodge is beautiful. We have never stayed there but love to visit it during our WDW trips to take in all it has to offer. Dining at Whispering Canyon is a must do on our yearly trip list.

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