Disney’s Wilderness Lodge Resort.
This past December, we traveled to Orlando, Florida and stayed at one of the most wonderful resorts in Disney. Many of you know that I adore all that is Disney and all their resorts have loads of magic and wonder. This resort’s main building has 7 floors and the wings have 6, the lobby itself is the second floor with the pool and the Roaring Fork downstairs.
This was our first time at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge and it definitely didn’t disappoint. It was during the holidays so, of course, the whole resort was still donning beautiful Christmas decorations. The lobby in itself is absolutely breathtaking. You can look up for stories on end until your eyes finally reach the roof. It has such a warm and toasty feel and has a truly romantic feel.
The Holidays at the Lodge.
The staff is stellar and every time you get back from the parks, they make sure to tell you, “Welcome Home” and you walk into the lobby to be greeted by this gorgeous and breathtaking Christmas tree. My daughter is roughly 4 feet tall and if you can see the difference from the base to the top. It was a gorgeous sight to see and since we came during the holidays, it was great to have the feel of the holidays when not at home.
Relax by the Fire.
The Grand Fireplace is another breathtaking vision in the Wilderness lobby. With two long rows of rocking chairs you can sit back, enjoy the warmth and the detail of the fireplace. I believe a Disney employee told me that the fireplace has stone and rocks from the Grand Canyon.
The most impressive of Disney’s Wilderness Lodge’s fireplaces is in the Resort’s lobby. The mammoth 3-sided fireplace—with rockwork layers in hues of green, magenta, buff, black, brown and more than 95 other colors—represents the nearly 2 billion years of the Earth’s history that are exposed in the rock strata of the great chasm known as the Grand Canyon.
At 82 feet tall, the stone fireplace in Disney’s Wilderness Lodge lobby is as high as Chickapin Hill in the Splash Mountain attraction in Magic Kingdom theme park.
We had adjoining rooms and they were roomy enough to share. They are approximately 340-square feet and we had the Standard Room with Woods view. Which you can get for about $307/night during low-peak or value seasons. But, since we stayed during the holidays I believe it was somewhere between $500-$525/night.
Comfort and A Homey Feel.
There were two Queen beds that were very comfy, the linen was freshly washed and you can tell just my seeing it and of course, they smelled laundered We had a balcony that faced the Woods and below us was a small pond. At night, we had partial views of the fireworks at Magic Kingdom.
The washroom and shower were separate and private and were in their own little room. Outside of the room was a vanity and two sinks. Also a full-length mirror that was useful.
This was the perfect area to get ready in the mornings and we were all able to do so without being in each other’s bubbles. Other in-room amenities was an in-room wall safe, iron, ironing board, Pack ‘n Play play yard, refrigerator, writing table, phone with voicemail, ceiling fan and one thing I most definitely need… complimentary in-room WiFi.
The WiFi was pretty decent in our rooms and we almost rarely had a problem connecting. When we arrived they had recently just launched Disney-wide WiFi and it was spotty to say the least but, much, much welcomed.
Take a Breather Before You Head Out!
When you stay at Disney Resort and purchase a Disney Dining, Magic Your Way Plan, you get a refillable mug. So, you can head down to the Roaring Fork and fill up on fountain drinks, coffee and tea and quench your thirst. You can fill up as much as you want within your resort. If you are not on the Disney Dining Plan, you can still purchase this mug for about $19.99 or up.
We ate at least something at The Roaring Fork inside of the Wilderness Lodge every day. Myself, I traded in a lot of my snacks here since I had extras. They are on the Disney Dining Plan! My brother and father both had quite a few breakfasts here. The Roaring Fork offers counter-service and wholesome entrees. They even have vegetarian options.
I love that they have a Grab N’ Go premise and you can literally take it and walk-out. They also have delicious breakfast options during the morning hours. From waffles and pancakes to made to order parfaits. They have a decent sized seating area and you can always take it outside to the pool patio and eat outside.
Not so Whispering Canyon Cafe.
We also did the Whispering Canyon which is an absolute must if you stay at the Lodge. The wait staff is unbelievably energetic, knowledgeable entertaining and lively.
It is also on the Dining Plan and we all had the Famous Canyon Skillet All-You-Care-To-Enjoy which came with fresh baked cornbread, smoked pork ribs, pulled pork, oven-roasted chicken, pork sausage, beef, mashed potatoes, creamy coleslaw, beans, and corn on the cob! And, they’ll keep it coming!
P.S. ask for the ketchup.
The outdoor area and pool area is absolutely gorgeous. There are waterfalls galore, flowers and greenery and a beautiful site of the resort itself. There is also a Geyser you can visit that goes off, every hour on the hour. You can take a water taxi/boat to hitch a ride to Magic Kingdom and from Magic Kingdom you can take the Monorail if you want to go elsewhere. The Monorail is a Disney must since you get gorgeous views of Magic Kingdom and Disney World altogether.
Transportation elsewhere from Wilderness Lodge is available by buses that run quite frequently, the bus stops aren’t too far from the main entrance at all.
Bring The Whole Family Down to Wilderness Lodge!
All in all, our stay at Wilderness Lodge was absolutely wonderful. The staff from the ones in the the Gift Shop to the ones that greet you at the door, always had a smile on their faces and were more than happy to welcome you or answer any questions. We had adjoining rooms and the housekeeping staff was very accommodating and always left our rooms in tip top shape.
The pool was amazing, it has a waterfall that starts running from inside the resort lobby and into the pool. You can swim over to the waterfall and it will cascade into the pool. We had little ducks swimming with us and since it’s heated, we were able to swim in Florida winter. The Silver Creek Springs pool has a water slide and a hot tub. The Resort’s second pool, Hidden Springs, also features a hot tub and both pools have a lounge and a bar.
We will definitely stay here again as we made many wonderful memories that we want to relive again and again. This is definitely a resort that you will want to stay at more than once. Like anything Disney, there are so many things that we still didn’t do at this resort, that is why, it deserves another visit!
Have you ever stayed at the Wilderness Lodge?
Let me know, til then–cheers m’deres!
Nancy Polanco is a freelance journalist, lifestyle content creator, and editor of Whispered Inspirations. She is a proud Mom to Gabby and Michaela and partner and best friend to Darasak. Having worked as part of a health care team for almost a decade, Nancy is happy to be back to her passion. She is a contributor to the Huffington Post, TODAY’s Parents, and an Oprah Magazine Brand Ambassador.