Disney's Wilderness Lodge reviews
Written by Robert Niles
The design of this Walt Disney World deluxe resort was inspired by National Park Service lodges like the Old Faithful Inn at Yellowstone and the Ahwahnee in Yosemite. Beyond the Lodge's soaring lobby, the hotel's 727 guestrooms feature Mission-style furnishings with quilted bedspreads.
I have stayed at a variety of Disney resorts and this is by far my favorite!! The atmosphere is spot on of the northwest, the grand lobby and fireplace, the pool with the waterfall, the water feature in the lobby - it is truly a beautiful and well themed hotel. Dinner at Artist Point was delicious and drinks in the lounge were yummy. Sure there is no monorail, but I took the boat every opportunity I could - thought it was fantastic! - Dyan Lally
This is by far my favourite resort to stay at. Since I am a Disney Vacation Club Member, we usually stay in a 1 bedroom Villa. It's slightly removed from the main Lodge, but only a 5 minute walk or so to the lobby. There is a separate pool and gym area and it is very peaceful at the Villas. Christmas is a wonderful time to go. I don't know if it happens every year, but the last time I went (2012) they served free cookies and cups of apple cider on Christmas day. These was true at the 2 other resorts (Polynesian and Fort Wilderness)I visited that day also. However the best thing about Wilderness Lodge is that they pick a flag family for each day. This isn't an advertised option, and you have to ask for it when checking in. What it means is that if you are chosen, that early in the morning (8am-ish?) you get to go with the Park Ranger onto the roof of the Lodge where you get to raise the American flag, State flag, Disney flag and 2 resort flags. I'm not even an American and it was truly a touching moment and one I will never forget. The view from the roof is amazing and the Ranger will tell you all about the history of the Lodge and bits of interesting Disney trivia. When you get back down from the roof you get a certificate stating your family was the "Flag Family" of the day. I promise you that it is nothing you will ever forget and may be one of the best parts of your trip! - Julie Richert
We have stayed here several times and each time it was a true pleasure. The staff was always there ready to help with any issue. There were greatly varied opportunities for dining and the boat ride to the MK was a dream. Didn't have to wait for the buses. The only disadvance was that there was no monorail service. Of course that can be thought of as an advantage, since the resorts with that service typically charge $100 or so extra a night. - Tim Blake
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