Published: June 4, 2009 at 9:41 AMI have never stayed at this resort, but I have visited and scoped it out. It is very beautiful, one of the most gorgeous properties I have seen at WDW. The lobby area alone is worth investigating on some hot afternoon when you take a break from park touring.
One day, when I earn my second million (I have already given up on earning the first one), I will stay at this resort. Until then, I just have to live vicariously through my TPI friends.
Published: June 4, 2009 at 3:33 PMI have stayed at the Wilderness Lodge. The eats are good, and the surroundings are beautiful, but our rooms were nothing special. We stayed in two studio rooms and were unimpressed. Perhaps they were older rooms requiring refurbishments.
Published: June 4, 2009 at 4:47 PMWe stayed here on our very first and so far only visit to WDW. It was amazing! The room, the pool, the Whispering Cafe, lobby, atmosphere, everythin was great!
Published: June 4, 2009 at 5:18 PMStayed here twice on our last two visits. I love every part of this hotel. Both the exterior of the building and the lobby are truly amazing and the pool area is incredible. Plus the geyser that goes off is a nice touch. I thought the rooms were very well themed too.
Published: June 5, 2009 at 1:47 AMWe always try to make a day for going around all the Resorts using the transportation. It gives you a sense of perspective when considering all that WDW has to offer.
Published: June 5, 2009 at 7:03 AMHey, don't forget taking a launch over! I love the watercraft more than anything. I'll take the ferry over the monorail 90% of the time.
Published: June 5, 2009 at 9:52 AMNever stayed at the Wilderness Lodge. It is one the next places my family and I plan to go to. We have however stayed at the Grand Californian, which was made by the same architect, and loved it. It has an extremely warm atmosphere and a tremendous lobby.
Published: June 5, 2009 at 10:44 AMWe have visited the lodge twice and stayed there in August 2008. We absolutely love the Lodge and will not stay anywhere else on property (we won't stay off property). The theming, the music, the decor are wonderful. The pool is great and the perfect end to the day.
Published: June 6, 2009 at 7:18 AMI have had food at most locations at sea world and I have to say that I have never had a good meal. There food is substanard in every way. I remember several years ago that the Orlando Sentinal did a review on Sea World and said that they never found a good place to eat and the service was just as bad.
On the other hand I have never had a bad meal at Disney.
Published: June 6, 2009 at 3:05 PMWe stayed at Wilderness Lodge last October(2008). It was just okay. Our room was on the second floor past the counter service restaurant. Our floor always smelled like a combination of garbage and hot grease. Not a pleasant smell for a group of 4 people that spent close to $10,000 for airfare, room, and deluxe dining plan.
We enjoyed the AKL much more the previous year.
Published: June 8, 2009 at 8:39 AMWe've stayed here twice. Absolutely LOVE it. It is our favorite place on property. Artist Point is my fave restaurant. Most of the rooms have balconies, unlike some other deluxe Disney resorts and the vast majority of rooms seem to be good ones. I think there are only a handful of parking lot views- the rest are at minimum woods views. The pool is awesome. And if you manage to get a view of Bay Lake- wow. (Side note: Wilderness Lodge is not located on Seven Seas Lagoon, which is the lake that fronts Polynesian and Grand Floridian. WL and Contemporary have beaches abnd docks on Bay Lake.) The boat launches themselves are fun. There are dedicated launches to the Contemporary Resort and Fort Wilderness as well as to Magic Kingdom- so it's right in the middle of everything. Love this place!
Published: June 8, 2009 at 2:16 PMReally a top notch resort for sure. Absolutly beautiful! The Whispering Canyon Cafe is a rip roaring time! I have stayed here a couple of times and it is pleasing to all the senses and, if you can make it, go on a tour of the place!
A bit off topic, but how did these four get selected? I mean they are great, but I feel that Animal Kingdom Lodge is even better than these four!