|Approaching the Wilderness Lodge|
Our favorite place to stay
|A view from the patio and pool area|
Rooms at the Lodge
During our last trip to the Wilderness Lodge we requested two rooms with bunk beds and we got them on the 1st floor with a patio view of the Silver Creek near where the creek bubbles out from the lobby. At first we weren’t sure about the courtyard view on the ground level, but we liked how easy it was to get out to the lobby (via the hallway across from the arcade) and to the bus stop. We didn’t have to wait for elevators and we could easily walk down the hall to get out to the pool. The pool noise didn’t bother us since we faced the meadow area. Previously, we had stayed on the other side of the resort on the 3rd floor facing the pool and the patio area outside of the Roarin' Fork quick service eatery. There are plenty of room options available to suit a wide range of tastes.
|Silver Creek winding through the Meadow|
Getting your bearings at the Wilderness Lodge
After you get settled, I suggest taking a quick walk around the resort to get your bearings and to check out the amenities. There's plenty to discover inside and out! Beyond the pool there is a sandy beach (no swimming though) and a climbing structure for kids. Boat rentals (as well as bike and life jacket rentals) are also in this area. Along a boardwalk is the resort's geyser and event further on a boardwalk is the boat dock for transportation to the Magic Kingdom, the Contemporary (where you can easily transfer to the monorail) and the Fort Wilderness resort campground. Surrounded by pine trees, the Wilderness Villas, (a Disney Vacation Club site) are off to the side of the Wilderness Lodge. Inside the Wilderness Resort you'll also find the Mercantile and Arcade. The Mercantile had a good selection of food items and a variety of Disney merchandise, including clothing with the Wilderness Lodge logo. Also in the lobby, a PhotoPass photographer was usually available during our last visit in the early evening to take photos on the bridge that crosses the headwaters of the Silver Creek. This is nice place for a family or group shot. When you are exploring, don't forget to watch out for Hidden Mickeys and animal tracks on the outdoor paths. If you want more details, ask about the formal tour of the resort.
Recreation near the Wilderness Lodge
- My husband and son enjoyed the Sea Raycer boat rental options during one of our visits. Next time I'd like to rent one of the surrey bikes to explore the pathways around the resort.
- The Wilderness Lodge pool area is easy to get around and has a jacuzzi area and baby pool. The water slide not really tall, but it has a high fun factor.
- I have heard that Chip 'n' Dale's Campfire Sing-a-long at the nearby Fort Wilderness Campground is a lot of fun, but we have not done it ourselves yet. There are also several other activities at Fort Wilderness.
|Boat approaching dock at Wilderness Resort|
Take a look at these other great resources about the WDW Wilderness Resort:
Family Vacation Critic Review of the Wilderness Lodge
AllEars.net Wilderness Resort Fact Sheet
Mouse for Less Wilderness Lodge Resort FAQ
|A view of the Wilderness Lodge from Bay Lake|