Disney’s Wilderness Lodge
- Free WiFi
- Kids Club
- Parking On Site
With a stay at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge in Lake Buena Vista (Bay Lake), you’ll be convenient to Richard Petty Driving Experience and Walt Disney World®. This 4-star resort is within close proximity of Magic Kingdom® Park and Disney’s Oak Trail Golf Course.
Make yourself at home in one of the 727 air-conditioned rooms featuring refrigerators. Rooms have private patios. Complimentary wireless Internet access is available to keep you connected. Private bathrooms with shower/tub combinations feature complimentary toiletries and hair dryers.
Spa, Wellness & Premium Amenities
Be sure to enjoy recreational amenities, including a 24-hour health club, an outdoor pool, and bicycles to rent. Additional amenities at this resort include complimentary wireless Internet access, concierge services, and an arcade/game room.
Food & Drink
Enjoy a meal at a restaurant or in a coffee shop/café. Or stay in and take advantage of the resort’s room service (during limited hours). Relax with your favorite drink at a bar/lounge or a poolside bar.
Business & Travel Amenities
Featured amenities include limo/town car service, express check-out, and dry cleaning/laundry services. A roundtrip airport shuttle is provided at no charge.
How to Get There
We are a family of 4 with two boys ages 6 and 4. We arrived the Sunday of Memorial Day weekend and stayed four nights on the club level.
Our check in was quick and seamless. We were personally escorted to the 7th floor and given a tour of the club amenities and shown to our room. The room is really nothing to write home about. It was very standard but extremely clean, quiet, and comfortable. It was a little on the small side.
Where this resort really excelled for us was the cast members and the convenience of the club level. We not only got excellent service and attention when we required it, we got EXCELLENT advice when it became obvious that we had over-scheduled a bit and needed to make some decisions about cutting some activities back. The cast members were knowledgeable, patient and understanding of our needs and really helped make our well-planned vacation even better.
The quality of the food, especially in the evening, in the Club Lounge exceeded our expectations. The food was fresh, varied, and plentiful. It was more than enough food for us at night. I would suggest that if you are staying CL to book any ADRs and character dining for lunch as that is when the offerings are not sufficient to replace a meal and you're probably in the parks out and about anyway.
We feel like the CL was worth every penny because we did not have to expend any more precious energy in procuring food after an exhausting hot day in the parks. It was all right there for us. It was wonderful. We also really liked that it never seemed crowded or loud. They restrict taking no more than two adult beverages at a time back to your room. I liked this because I can see people abusing the CL to take drinks to friends and family not staying CL. We really enjoyed our stay here and would definitely stay here again in the future. I can't even imagine not doing CL, it is really that good. We can't really put a price on how lovely it was not to torture our kids with a sit down restaurant meal every evening after hot, sweaty, long park days.
If I had to say something negative about this resort, it would be that the pool area is too small for the size of the resort. There are not enough loungers, chairs, or shade. While space is at a premium, there is no excuse for the lack of shade. WL needs to invest in a lot more umbrellas poolside. It would make it a lot more family friendly.
This was my first stay at an on property Disney hotel, and it lived up to the hype. The resort is well maintained, staff at the ready to assist and a very short water shuttle away from the Magic Kingdom. The other parks were just a bus ride away. The food at the restaurants was good for both sit down and quick service meals. Being on the meal plan is definitely the way to go.
The rooms are on the bit smaller side, but clean and well kept. We had a room facing the Magic Kingdom on a higher floor and were able to see the fireworks each night.
The hotel bell staff made it very easy to receive and return our rental stroller. The front desk staff was very helpful with a wide variety of questions we had about the park, our meal plan and getting around all of DisneyWorld.
I would recommend staying here, especially if Magic Kingdom is your primary park.
Lovely place to stay but room was not ready when we checked in well after 3:00pm - had been driving for 3.5 hours in 95 degree heat so was not pleased the room was not ready. We waited a while and got a text it was ready. Then on day 3 of our stay we returned to our room at 3:30 after leaving at 8am - room had not been serviced - not even an apology from HK
We have stayed at the Wilderness in the 1 bedroom villas, but this was our first time in the main building, where we stayed in a standard resort room on the 7th floor club level. The room had a beautiful view of the castle and we could see fireworks at night from our balcony. The reason why club level was "necessary" for this trip as it was just me and my teenage daughter. For those of you without a teenage daughter or those of us who have blocked out the experience of being a teenage girl, SPACE and alone time is necessary for vacation harmony. The club level lounge provided time for me to have snacks and beverages (Kindle in hand) while overlooking the beautiful lobby while my daughter had some time to herself in the room. The balance between together and alone time was achieved due to the lounge. Of course, I'm sure I could have achieved the same balance in a regular room using the quick service and beautiful spaces at the resort, but this was a nice way to be close to her without being with her. It also was handy when we were waiting for our Magical Express bus to leave. We waited in the lounge (you have access all of your check out day) with snacks and walked out to the bus relaxed and ready to travel home.
We had our third Disney trip planned to celebrate a 6 year old birthday, and added two extra days at the Wilderness and the Disney parks when his two older siblings wanted to join.
First, the good- grounds and the lobby are beautiful. Great set up, not too far from the parks, with a gorgeous upscale rustic feel with soaring ceilings in the lobby.
Service is tops - this is Disney’s expertise and it does not disappoint. Every staff member is happy and helpful. No wait at the front desk (although the room app stopped working right after it assigned a room).
The Disney experience all was great in telling us our room was ready and everything was smooth sailings. Beds are comfy if on the softer side.
- decent pool area and water play area for littles
Best of all - we had a view of the castle and could watch the fireworks right before going to sleep.
Now the opportunities for improvement:
- the rooms are dated, cramped and a bit drab for “luxury” status. There is an odd smell to the water - almost like a salt water smell. And you’ll need bottled water - the taste is terrible!
- No surprise that the food is way overpriced but we also found the options quite limited and the quality poor.
For example only two options for yogurt - strawberry and blueberry - and both with artificial sweeteners. No basic kids meal, it was either all or nothing. No standard hotel buffet but an all you can eat option that you have to order.
I will applaud them (all of Disney) for the switch to paper straws! Bravo!
- transport to parks - the boat will take you to Magic Kingdom but it comes 20-30 minutes and they can’t track it. So don’t bother if you just missed it.
My main beef was the bus situation - it can be a huge wait (we waited just over 20 minutes), with a standard cycle of 15-20 mins. But the estimated ETA is inaccurate - ours started at 11:37 and kept adding 3-5 minutes until it finally arrived at 11:53. I did call and they were able to track it, and it did come at the time I would told. So maybe that’s your best bet.
Overall the hotel is fine but I would not consider this luxury. There are newer rooms - Boulder Ridge is one - and I assume those are nicer (but not sure on the views). Service is excellent and you won’t care if you don’t spend too much time in your room.