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Disney’s Wilderness Lodge-Luxurious “Roughing” It The Deluxe Way

Step back in time to the luxury and splendor of the a resort the is reminiscent of the grand hotels of the national parks with a stay at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge, located in the Magic Kingdom area of the Walt Disney World Resort. 

Disney’s Wilderness Lodge

Disney's Wilderness-Lodge

From the moment you drive through the gate, you can see why staying Disney’s Wilderness Lodge means you are in for most magical stay as only Disney can provide.Disney's-Wilderness-Lodge

One of the Walt Disney World Deluxe Resorts located right on Bay Lake and the Seven Sea Lagoon across from the Magic Kingdom, you quickly forget that you are in the heart of Florida instead of America’s great Northwest.


You are immediately transported to a place not ever thought of in conjunction with the Florida everglades from being surrounded by the forest where the lodge is located to the the rustic majesty of the Wilderness Lodge itself.  Inspired by turn-of-the-century National Park lodges, Disney’s Wilderness Lodge celebrates American craftsmanship and honors the beauty of the untamed wilderness.

Disney's Wilderness-Lodge

Throughout the expansive property, you are able to truly soak  in the splendor of the great outdoors, from nature trails through pine forests to rocking chairs that overlook a murmuring creek.


The lobby is adorned with those special touches throughout from towering totem poles, headdresses and more.


There is just nothing better than sinking into a plush leather armchair in front of the roaring fireplace or sitting out on the deck in one of the rocking chairs and enjoying the serenity the Pacific Northwest can bring.


It is attention to Disney detailing at its very best in the finest tradition that Disney storytelling brings.



Putting your head down in luxury at The Wilderness Lodge…

From the moment you enter your room at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge, it’s first class luxury from start to finish. From the Northwest theming throughout and of course those special hidden Disney touches, the room boasts in beds so soft I thought I might never leave them, free in room wi-fi, coffee maker, in room mini-fridge and a sink area separate from the bath area.  The spaciousness of the room will comfortably fit up to a family of 4 and at night enjoy the private deck and sit back and watch the Electrical Water Pageant right from the comfort of your room or watch the sun come up over Bay Lake and the Seven Seas Lagoon as you get ready to start your day.  It’s easy to see why Disney Wilderness Lodge is rated deluxe from start to finish.

The Room Is Luxury Start To Finish And Spacious Enough For a Family of 4




With Those Special Disney Touches




And A Bathroom That Makes It Possible For Everyone To Get Ready At Once



And Those h2O Products You’ve Come to Love


Swimming in the Wilderness…

Surround yourself in the Silver Creek Springs Pool and the Hidden Springs Pools, complete with a children’s splash pool.


Silver Creek Springs Pool


Follow the bubbling Silver Creek to discover a dazzling heated pool surrounded by pine trees and boulders. At Silver Creek Springs Pool, zip down the exciting 67-foot waterslide built into the rocks, and relax in the hot and cold whirlpool spas. Children can even splash about in their own kiddie pool.

Sadly the Hidden Spring Pool was undergoing a magical transformation as is the Spa and the Cub’s Den which is the Children’s Center and will be back open again in 2017 but like everything Disney does, to make up for the construction, upon checking into the room, I was delighted to find some extra pixie dust.  



Recreation Time

As much as there is to see and do at each of the Parks that make up Walt Disney World, some days it’s just nice to take the day and enjoy all  of the many amenities that the resorts have to offer. From the New Balance Running Trail, to bike rental to being able to sit right on the beach and watch the Electrical Water Pageant which because of the location of my room, I could actually sit out on the balcony each night and enjoy, there’s something for the most active or laid back lifestyle, and everything in between.

Bike Rentals


Ride along tree-lined paths, through lush meadows, past tranquil canals and more. Both adult and children’s bikes are available, and a number of children’s bikes have training wheels. For extra fun how about a Surrey Bike for 2 or 4? Choose a 2-person, 4-person or 6-person Surrey bike for an outing that’s fun for the whole family! Bikes are offered on a first-come, first-served basis, and helmets and child seats are complimentary with bike rentals.  Florida law requires bicyclists under 16 years of age to wear helmets, and Guests must remain within the Resort area where the bike has been rented.

Electrical Water Pageant


Whether it’s sitting on the beach or from your room, at 9:30 each night get ready for great sea creatures and twinkling flags cross the lagoon to electronic tunes in this playful nighttime water parade. Charming sea creatures both mythical and natural light up the lagoon, with a bright green sea monster leading the way! Delight to a variety of Disney tunes, in the same musical style as the Main Street Electrical Parade. As this nighttime parade on water progresses, the sea creatures are joined by flashing American flags with twinkling stars! A medley of inspiring patriotic songs plays along as the stars and stripes float on the shimmering lagoon surface.

You’ll Never Be Hungry With These Dining Choices

Some of the Walt Disney World Resort’s best known dining is right here at Disney Wilderness Lodge.  


Roaring Fork For a quick service meal on the go, rush by for a rapid repast: continental and hot breakfast served in the morning and gourmet sandwiches, grill items and pizza later on. Try a roast beef bleu cheese sandwich or a signature Wilderness Salad. Beer and wine are also available.

Roaring fork, wilderness lodge

Whispering Canyon- People from far and near come to Disney’s Wilderness Lodge just to eat at the Whispering Canyon Cafe.


Located right in the lobby as you enter the resort, the atmosphere and the food cannot be beat. With fun served in oversized helpings, this family-style eatery is the perfect sit down meal for the entire family. Come hungry and don’t forget to ask for catsup!


Artist Point – Ask Walt Disney Resort experts to ask what is one of the best restaurants for fine dining and almost always the top response is Artist Point and it’s easy to see why. Here in the warm ambiance of this charming restaurant, inspired by the dining rooms of cherished National Park lodges complete with dramatic murals that capture the spirit and romance of the American frontier, and ornate iron lanterns are suspended from tremendous timber columns guests can select from specialties from the Pacific Northwest, with a focus on seafood, sirloin and game. Though menu options change seasonally, the kitchen’s signature dish is a cedar plank-roasted salmon. For dessert, try the chef’s Artist Point Cobbler, made from seasonal berries and topped with house-made black raspberry ice cream.


Even room service at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge comes with that special Disney theming we’ve come to know and love. From custom made pizza’s to kid’s meals all the Mickey Healthy Check seal of approval to sandwiches, salads, and other delectable treats, there’s truly something for every pallet and taste.  Wanting to be at rope drop? No worries as your breakfast order can be placed on your door any time before 2:00 am and will be at your room bright and early at the time you requested.


How To Get From Here To There


One of the best parts of staying at the Disney’s Wilderness Lodge is the wide variety of transportation options. For me it was all about starting the day off by walking over to the boat docks and hopping aboard the one of several boats for an easy and relaxing journey across Bay Lake and Seven Seas Lagoon to either the Magic Kingdom or directly to the Wilderness Resort & Campgrounds as well as Disney’s Contemporary Resort. From the Contemporary Resort it was easy to board the monorail to head over to one of the other deluxe resorts that are a part of the monorail loop, or to the Ticket and Transportation Center for a quick monorail ride to Epcot. Between boats and monorails, it was like starting your magical day before ever stepping foot inside the Parks.  Of course like all of the other Walt Disney World Resorts complimentary bus service is readily available to take you to wherever you need to go.

Is Disney’s Wilderness Lodge Right For You?



I have to admit, although I’ve always been intrigued by the prospect of one day staying at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge because after all, it is one of the Deluxe Resorts of Walt Disney World, I had always put it off, thinking that it was similar to my very own Disney’s Grand Californian, located at my home park, the Disneyland Resort-but now that I’ve had  the once in a lifetime experience of staying here for a week, I now know what I’d been missing out on after all of these visits to the Walt Disney World Resort. With it’s perfect location, styling straight out of the best that the majestic Northwest has to offer and a room overlooking the Seven Seas Lagoon and all the serenity that goes with it, not to mention the most comfortable beds I have ever slept in, and a perfect location in the Magic Kingdom area of Walt Disney World, I cannot wait to come back here after the refurbishments are completed and bring the entire family.  It’s easy to see what makes Disney’s Wilderness Lodge a Deluxe Resort and one of the very best of the best at that.  

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