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
This was our fourth stay at Wilderness Lodge - while you won’t go wrong with any of the deluxe resorts this is by far our favorite. It is smaller than the others and feels so much more peaceful and tranquil. The pool area is beautiful - looking out at the lake and the trees is so relaxing . We love taking the boat to the magic kingdom and taking the busses to other parks is very easy at this smaller resort.
My husband and I stayed here at Cooper Creek Villas and Cabins on our honeymoon in June. It was perfect. At check-in when they noticed we were on our honeymoon we were upgraded to a suite. It was beautiful and so comfortable. The bedroom has a king sized bed and the double bathroom had a rain shower and a jacuzzi tub. Our room was conveniently located close to the front of the resort, close to the bus stop, and the pool. We had the honeymoon of our dreams!
I have stayed at five other delxue Disney resorts, twice at some, and would put Wilderness Lodge at the bottom of the list. The resort is beautiful, but this was the first time I actually considered asking to change hotels I was so miserable there.
I knew going in the rooms were smaller than other deluxes, the same size as Animal Kingdom Lodge rooms where I have stayed before. But with temps soaring and midday rain common, I often went back to my room around 2 to cool off and there was nowhere to sit. Aside from the bed (a double with bunk beds crammed in for a solo visitor) there were only 2 stiff wooden table chairs, no arm chair or love seat. They aren’t what you want to relax in and I was so sticky I didn’t want to sit in the bed. I wound up sitting on the floor most days.
Sleep was rare. For starters, the air ran full blast so cold I got stiff, then changed to pure hot air, then a mix, then nothing. During the day it was uncomfortable, at night it had me tossing and waking up covered in sweat. I have never encountered this at another Disney resort. Nor have I ever experienced the neighbor noise I did here. Every time my neighbors went on their balcony I could hear them...even at 1 a.m. I could hear their kids shrieking joyfully at 2 and every flush of their toilet. The kids in the room above me jumped around like elephants late into the night and anyone walking by my door sounded like they were screaming in my ear. Hearing the flush is common, the rest is just very poor sound proofing. One afternoon I was trying to nap before going to an evening event and it sounded like kids were at my door. I looked out and 2 girls around 7 were sitting outside my door where I would have hit them had I opened it playing. No parents around. I saw this throughout the hotel. Really? You think a hall is a good place to play AND you don’t watch your kids? This was an unpleasant first.
For what room pluses there were, I waS in 4081 which was fairly convenient and had an obstructed fireworks view. The theming was good, better than AKL.
Buses became horrendous as my 9 day stay progressed. While usually quick to pick up from the hotel, buses back from parks took an increasing amount of time. Typically nothing would show until there were 30 waiting to cram in. The buses for Disney Springs were horrible. From the time I hit the hotel bus stop, it arrived, stopped at the Contemporary and then got to DS, it was 45 to 50 minutes. I bused from DS to Yacht Club one day and was shocked it was so quick with a bus arriving ten minutes after I missed the previous one. Waits at DS back to WL exceeded 20 minutes.
The two days I did 9 a.m. Epcot I had no bus issues, but one morning witnessed a family waiting forever for a bus there and the transportation employee on site doing something about it. The day I went for an 8 opening, no bus showed until 7 though buses start at 6:30 and the person there tried to tell me buses start 45 mins before park opening, scoffing that I got there at 6:30 hoping to avoid the chaotic mess that is Epcot security. Try it on someone who hasn’t been there 9 times, lady. I picked a non monorail resort to avoid Epcot transportation hassles on early mornings and still encountered them. The unhelpfulness of the staff at the stop that day was frustrating especially when she acted like I was in the wrong.
A lot of people love the Lodge, and it is beautiful, but you would have to give me a free trip to get me to stay there again.
Wilderness lodge is an amazing facility, one of the best we have stayed in on WDW property. The lobby is inspiring, grounds are immaculate, and room was fantastic. It’s a large property so takes a little time to get around. Plenty to do on the grounds, with shuttles to the parks conveniently located. Pools are very nice. Food options are what you expect for WDW.
Simply put: stay at this hotel. The grounds are gorgeous, the theme of the building is gorgeous, the rooms are exceptional. The cafe in the lobby has some of the best milkshakes I have ever had. It’s expensive, yes. But if you are willing to splurge, do so here!!