Wilderness Lodge Resort at Walt Disney World

The Wilderness Lodge resort at Walt Disney World in Florida is Disney’s idea of the Pacific Northwest.  You’d think that it would be hard to pull off, this being the land of sunshine and hot weather…but somehow, Disney manages to do it!

Wilderness Loadge Resort, Walt Disney WorldThink of lots of cedar, a soaring totem pole and landscaping that gives a Pacific Coast feel.  Add to that Disney’s unerring splashes of colors, sights and sounds and you have a success on your hands.

Or at least a really nice place to stay, LOL.

Things to do at the Resort

First let’s talk about what you can do while you’re staying here.  This being a Disney Deluxe resort, you know there has to be a lot.  In fact, here’s a list to get you started:

  • Bike rentals
  • Spa and Health Club
  • Horse-drawn carriage rides
  • Fishing (catch and release)
  • Watercraft rentals
  • Video rentals
  • The Buttons & Bells Arcade
  • Jogging
  • Chip ‘n Dale’s campfire sing-along
  • The beach on Bay Lake
  • Themed pool (of course!)

Lobby at Disney's Wilderness LodgeOf course, there are the theme parks as well — they are accessible via the free Disney transportation (usually buses).

Restaurants at the Wilderness Lodge Resort

So, what about eating options here?  Like all resorts in the Deluxe category, Disney has provided one quick-food stand – Roaring Forks Snacks – and two restaurants — Whispering Canyon Cafe and Artist Point.

Whispering Canyon Cafe is the more casual of the two table-service restaurants.  It is an all-you-can-eat style, so come hungry!  And I can vouch for the food — it is very good.  And while you do get up and serve yourself the food, the wait staff brings your drinks and also provides entertainment of sorts,  Not exactly a show, but they get everyone laughing with their antics.

Artist Point is a more formal restaurant, and it’s also quieter and more intimate.  The food is to die for, but beware of the cost; this restaurant is not inexpensive.  However, you can get an appetizer or two and it may be enough – the portions were pretty big, so ordering appetizers only will save you some money.

And of course Roaring Forks gets you “food on the run”, when you don’t want to sit down for a full meal.

Rooms at the Wilderness Lodge Resort

The rooms are good-sized, at around 350 square feet — room to spread out some.  Rooms have two queen beds, a queen and bunk beds or one king bed, so there is plenty of sleeping space.   A few rooms can accommodate six people.

There are also suites available, with sleeping space for four.

Since this is a Disney Deluxe resort, the prices are higher accordingly.  However, since Disney has seasonal rates, if you book in the off season (late August through late September as well as most of January), you can stay here for a much better price.

So that’s Disney’s Wilderness Lodge in a nutshell.  It’s not too far from the Contemporary (and there is even a water taxi between the two resorts), so it’s also in the Magic Kingdom area.  It’s a great hotel for a Disney vacation!

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