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Our Wondrous Guide to Disney's Wilderness Lodge Resort

by Mommy Frog on March 2, 2024 Orlando

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Embrace the majestic wilderness with Disney's Wilderness Lodge Resort. Located at Walt Disney World, the deluxe resort transports you from Florida to the Pacific Northwest with rustic architecture and an enchanted woodland. Wilderness Lodge offers recreation amenities, high-quality dining options and an easy hop to Magic Kingdom Park by boat. Learn more about the resort features, including rooms, transportation, amenities and more!

Disney's Wilderness Lodge - Lobby

Overview of Disney's Wilderness Lodge Resort

Built in the 1990s, Disney's Wilderness Lodge Resort is a deluxe resort inspired by the Pacific Northwest. The architecture pays homage to National Park Lodges with rustic wood and greenery. You'll feel transported to another world as you explore the trails or relax in a rocking chair overlooking the babbling creek. The grand lobby makes a bold statement while also remaining cozy with a fireplace and sitting options, plus gigantic totem poles. During the holidays, it is home to the larger-than-life Christmas tree and other holiday decor. Not just known for its rustic elegance, Wilderness Lodge is conveniently close to Magic Kingdom — select rooms even provide a view of some of the Magic Kingdom fireworks!

Wilderness Lodge Rooms

Standard room at Disney's Wilderness Lodge ©Disney

Disney's Wilderness Lodge rooms continue the woodland theming with rustic touches. Most rooms offer two queen beds, sleeping up to four adults and one child under 3 years old in a crib. The bathroom features double sinks in a separate area to easily get everyone ready in the morning. Amenities include a TV, mini-fridge, coffee maker, hair dryer, iron and ironing board. All rooms come with a private balcony — choose from either a resort view or a water view.

Transportation at Disney's Wilderness Lodge Resort

Disney's Wilderness Lodge Resort — Boat launch to Magic Kingdom

Disney's Wilderness Lodge Resort is conveniently located close to Magic Kingdom. To get from Wilderness Lodge to Magic Kingdom, you can take either a boat or a bus. If wanting to explore other resorts, the blue boat route also travels between Disney's Contemporary Resort and Disney's Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground.

Disney's Wilderness Lodge Resort bus stop

For all other parks and Disney Springs, complimentary bus service is available. To find the bus stop, head out the lobby and turn left. Keep in mind the buses may share with the Contemporary or Fort Wilderness.

Amenities, Recreation and Shopping at Wilderness Lodge

Disney's Wilderness Lodge - Copper Creek Springs at Disney's Wilderness Lodge

Wilderness Lodge offers two pools for resort guests to enjoy. Located behind the lobby is Copper Creek Springs Pool, featuring a 67-foot slide, play area and hot tubs. It's one of our favorite pools at Disney World! The Boulder Ridge Cove Pool offers a zero-entry pool and hot tub. Both pools provide complimentary towels.

Other recreation offerings include bike rentals, fishing, resort activities, campfires, an arcade, fitness center, jogging trails and Movies Under the Stars. Located near the lobby, Wilderness Lodge Mercantile is available for all your shopping needs. Another perk of Wilderness Lodge is being able to watch the Electrical Water Pageant, a whimsical water parade that lights up the lagoon.

There are many benefits to staying on-site at a Walt Disney World Resort hotel, including Early Theme Park Entry. Early Entry is offered for 30 minutes before park opening at every park, every day! As a deluxe resort guest, you also can take advantage of Extended Evening Hours for even more time in the park. You also receive early access to purchasing individual Lightning Lane selections through the Disney Genie+ service. Hotel guests can begin booking at 7 a.m., while general admission must wait until the park opens. Starting with 2025 stays, you can also visit either Disney's Typhoon Lagoon Water Park or Disney's Blizzard Beach Water Park on the day of check-in.

Other amenities include:

  • A 24-hour ATM
  • Mail services
  • Laundry and dry cleaning services
  • Complimentary self-parking

Dining at Disney's Wilderness Lodge

There are lots of wonderful dining options available at Wilderness Lodge.

Whispering Canyon Cafe

Whispering Canyon Cafe at Disney's Wilderness Lodge Resort

A frog favorite, this table-service restaurant offers hearty meals with a comedic atmosphere. Savor all-you-care-to-enjoy skillets with breakfast favorites such as cheddar biscuits, pork ribs, country potatoes and Mickey waffles. For dinner, enjoy the beef brisket, salmon, delicious sides and, of course, Granny Smith apple pie. Not just known for its delicious cuisine, you'll have a roaring good time as the sassy cast members horse around with everyone (be sure to ask for more ketchup!). Advanced reservations are highly recommended for this popular destination.

Story Book Dining at Artist Point

Story Book Dining at Artist Point – Snow White

Did you know Wilderness Lodge is host to a unique character dining location?

Story Book Dining at Artist Point features Snow White, Dopey, Grumpy and even the Evil Queen! Open for dinner, you'll be transported to the Enchanted Forest with trees and twinkling lights. Savor appetizers and high-quality entrees such as Royal Prime Rib Roast, Brother’s Grimm roasted chicken or A Stroll Through Nature. Rounding off the menu are cocktails, mocktails and beer and wine, as well as some delicious desserts such as Fairy Tale Gooseberry Pie and, of course, a  “poison” apple. Hop over to our foodie review for more royal details!

Roaring Fork

Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, Roaring Fork offers lots of quick meal options for the whole family. Start the day with Mickey waffles, quiche, breakfast platter and more. For lunch and dinner, enjoy hot dishes including barbecued brisket, meatloaf, burgers and sandwiches — plus salads, fruit and dessert. To save time, mobile order is available.

Geyser Point Bar & Grill

Overlooking both the pool and Bay Lake, a visit to Geyser Point Bar & Grill is the perfect opportunity to take in the resort's beautiful landscape. Relax at the covered outdoor deck while partaking in dishes such as crab cake, bison cheeseburger, fried chicken sandwich and more, plus a large selection of beer, cocktails and wine.

Territory Lounge

Located off the main lobby, Territory Lounge offers appetizers and various alcoholic beverages in a rustic log cabin setting.

The Villas at Disney's Wilderness Lodge Resort

Boulder Ridge Villas at Disney's Wilderness Lodge — 1 bedroom villa ©Disney

Did you know Undercover Tourist also offers The Villas at Disney's Wilderness Lodge? Perfect for large groups, Boulder Ridge Villas feature a full kitchen, living and dining area and a balcony, plus even a washer and dryer. Choose between a studio, one bedroom and two bedrooms — the latter of which can sleep up to eight adults!

A newer addition, Copper Creek Villas & Cabins also offers a studio and one- and two-bedroom villas, in addition to a three-bedroom grand villa (sleeping up to 12) and a two-bedroom cabin (sleeping up to eight). The cabin even features your own private hot tub!

What to Consider Before Staying at Wilderness Lodge

We love Disney's Wilderness Lodge and think it's an underrated deluxe resort. We highly recommend it for nature lovers, those wanting to utilize various dining and amenities and those wanting a retreat while still being close to the magic. Speaking of magic, the close location of Magic Kingdom is a huge perk in our book, even though it is not as close as the other monorail resorts. We highly recommend staying (or at least visiting) during the holidays to see the incredible tree in the lobby.

Have you ever stayed at Disney's Wilderness Lodge before? Let us know in the comments below!

Related: How to Pick the Best Disney Deluxe Resort for Your Family

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