(CLOSED) Disney's WILDERNESS LODGE and VILLAS INFORMATION THREAD ~2013~
Opening on May 28, 1994, Disneys Wilderness Lodge was inspired by the Great American Northwest National Park lodges from the turn of the 20th century. It is an architecturally grand Disney Deluxe Resort honoring American craftsmanship and artistry, and celebrates the majesty of the unspoiled wilderness.
Designed by architect Peter H. Dominick, Jr., who also designed Disneys Animal Kingdom Lodge and the Grand Californian, the theme of being in harmony with nature winds through the lodge, inside and out. Authentic décor and genuine artifacts pay homage to ancient Native American cultures and the pioneering spirit of early American explorers.
Step inside the 7-story lobby, the centerpiece of Disney's Wilderness Lodge, and be awed by 2 towering totems. Each reaching 55-feet tall, the hand-carved pole, one topped with a raven, the other an eagle. Draw your eye up the 4 levels of corridors that surround the lobby and provide access to sitting nooks, terraces and nearly 730 guest rooms. The various animals, from whales to raccoons to eagles carved into these totems, depict Native American myths and legends.
A 10-foot totem near the Wilderness Lodge Mercantile features a few more famous animals. Disney character Humphrey Bear stands at the base and supports Donald Duck. Lodge legend has it that rubbing Humphrey Bear's black nose brings good luck.
While looking up towards the ceiling in the lobby of Disney's Wilderness Lodge, notice 4 massive teepee-shaped chandeliers suspended from solid Lodgepole Pine beams. Authentic rawhide, hand painted with geometric designs, stretches over the lights' structural framework. Each teepee chandelier, with its bronze and steel ring of silhouetted buffaloes and riders on horseback, weighs 600 pounds.
POST 2: CHECK-IN/PARKING/DISNEY'S MAGICAL EXPRESS
POST 3: ROOMS/VIEWS/RATES
POST 4: DELUXE ROOMS/HONEYMOON SUITES
POST 5: YELLOWSTONE/PRESIDENTIAL SUITE
POST 6: YOSEMITE/VICE-PRESIDENTIAL SUITE
POST 7: CLUB LEVEL: THE OLD FAITHFUL CLUB - MENUS/BEVERAGES
POST 8: CLUB LEVEL: BREAKFAST/SNACKS/APPETIZERS/DESSERTS
POST 9: DINING/MENUS
POST 10: TRANSPORTATION
POST 11: GUEST SERVICES
POST 12: ACTIVITIES
POST 13: RECREATION
POST 14: THE VILLAS AT DISNEY'S WILDERNESS LODGE: CHECK-IN/RATES/VILLAS/HOUSEKEEPING ON POINTS/GROCERIES
POST 15: VWL LOBBY/CAROLWOOD PACIFIC ROOM
POST 16: STURDY BRANCHES HEALTH CLUB (VWL)
LINKS OF INTEREST:
~WL/VWL INFORMATION THREAD BY WDWKOOK: 2012 - 2013
~WL/VWL INFORMATION THREAD BY WDWKOOK: 2011 - 2012
~ WL INFORMATION THREAD BY MAGICinMYHEART: 2009 - 2011
~WL DIS PHOTO THREAD: 2008 - PRESENT
~WL FAN SITE
~MORE WL HISTORY
~DOWNLOAD THE MUSIC OF WL
NEWS FROM THE LODGE...
MOST RECENTLY POSTED WL/VWL ACTIVITIES FLYER AND MOVIE SCHEDULE
VWL: Hidden Springs Pool & Spa will be closed for refurbishment from October 14 through November 15.
Completed Week of July 8: All recalled fridges were replaced. EVERY WL ROOM DOES HAVE A WORKING FRIDGE. However, they do not have a small freezer compartment.
August 2013: Minor exterior repairs. Replacement/repair of railing in front of geyser.
May 5 - June 28, 2013: Presidential and Vice-Presidential Suites underwent soft goods replacements.
May 2013: Transportation Dock ropes underwent re-design and replacement.
May 2013: Guest Parking lot underwent rejuvenation.
May 2013: 2nd Floor Mercantile carpet replaced.
The 2012 Wilderness Lodge room rehab included replacement of most bathroom fixtures (but not the counter tops), the shower tile, shower head and shower curtain, all flooring, drapes, bedding, bed skirt and fabric areas of existing furniture, including the headboard fabric. All rooms have been painted a lighter color. All hallway carpeting has been replaced as well as chair coverings in the club level lounge. Some lobby chairs were replaced with very high back chairs. The rehab was completed in the end of September 2012. It did not include any VWL rooms (rumored to be rehabbed in 2014).
CURRENT/REHABBED WL ROOM PHOTOS
First WL rehabbed room photos taken in May 2012 are located HERE and HERE
REHABBED DELUXE ROOM PHOTOS
Post or PM your WDW resort and dates and I'll post them here in this nifty spot!
Kathy Z: 11/14 - 11/21 First stay at WL!
ethansmommy: 11/16 - 11/24 WL
wdwnut61: 11/17 - 11/25 WL
mommy2twingles: 11/17 - 11/23 WL-CL Deluxe Room
nyrebecca: 11/17 - 11/23 VWL
Weluvdizney2: 11/23 - 11/30 WL
MI MICKEY: 11/23 - 12/5 WL
goofy4prez: 11/29 - 12/5 WL
Penitentmama: 11/29 - 12/6 First WDW trip at WL!
DisMomJill: 11/30 - 12/7 WL
Ana~n~Joseph: 11/30 - 12/17 WL-CL First stay at the Lodge!
Wood Nymph: 11/30 - 12/5 She didn't get to see it all her last visit!
mystery222184: WL 11/30 - 12/7
tydad: 11/30 - ? WL-CL
JinxedSydney: 12/2 - 12/10
Disneyhenry: 12/2 - 12/9 WL
pas130: 12/3 - 12/6 DH and DS at WL...the girls at Poly
GinnerD: 12/4 - 12/5 WL
BabyFu18: 12/5 - 12/10 WL-CL Our first stay at WL and first CL!
rhondakg: 12/6 - 12/14 First WL stay!
Kathymford: 12/6 - 12/13 VWL First Christmas at WDW!
CaliKT: 12/7 - 12/13 WL-CV Bunk beds
goofynut41: 12/8 - 12/15 WL 30th anniversary vacation!
marmalade: 12/11 - 12/15
AussieSing: 12/12 - 12/17 WL
pigletto: 12/14 - 12/21 VWL Surprise Christmas trip:ssst:
LB1122: 12/22 - 12/29 WL-CL
WDWKOOK: 12/22 - 12/30 WL
kahrani: 12/29 - 1/2 WL Part of our Disneymoon!
juliebug: 12/29 - 1/6 WL
katmg: 1/2 - 1/8 WL
vinovinto: 1/5 - 1/12 WL DH is running the marathon.
RedheadRinger: 1/7 - 14 WL
iggypeck: 1/12 - 1/17 VWL First stay at VWL!
Tinkerbellsmomma: 1/18 - 1/26 First time at WL and first Deluxe!
lolobug: 1/22 - 1/29 WL First trip ever!
jey: 1/24 - 2/1 WL
Momof2Disneyboys: 1/25 - 1/30 WL Our first stay at WL!
fauntleroy53: 2/2 - 2/9 WL
KerryCM: 2/5 - 2/12 WL-CL For our 42nd anniversary!
Valgoof: 2/7 - 2/15 WL
jliraposa: 2/15 - 2/22 VWL
pld5: 2/25 - 3/1 WL-CL For DS's 8th birthday!
Blondie91098: 2/25 - 3/4
NicoleLarson: 2/25 - 3/1 WL-CL For DD's 5th birthday!
ocalla: 2/27 - 3/5 WL
carolann210: 3/1 - 3/6 First stay at VWL and DD's first visit ever!
frazeemama: 3/2 - 3/8
danceteachermom: 4/4 - 4/12 VWL
Disney44please: 4/5 - 4/11 WL
JnKinVA's: 4/25 - 5/05 WL
jesster: 4/27 - 5/4 WL First visit!
RebelSoul: 5/2 - 5/5 WL-CL
TempleOT: 5/3 - 5/10 WL
Viking_53: 5/17 - 5/19 VWL
MickeyEars: 6/2 - 6/10 First stay at WL!
Mommy of Princess: 7/6 - 7/13 WL
reagansdaddy: 7/15 - 7/19 So excited!
bluecastle: 8/11 - 8/19 VWL
JKSWonder: 8/16 - 8/23 WL
rotlex: 8/20 - 8/28 WL
Haygar2: 9/7 - 9/13 First stay at WL, birthday and 20th anniversary!
klacey1: 9/11 - 9/18 WL One trip had us hooked!
jerseygirl74: 9/18 - 9/23 WL (CL?)
Jersey918: 9/20 - 9/27 WL 10th anniversary!
BWV Dreamin: 9/21 - 9/26 VWL
YOU HAVE ARRIVED...
Disneys Wilderness Lodge is located in the Magic Kingdom Resort area:
901 Timberline Drive
Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830
Phone: (407) 824-3200
Fax: (407) 824-3232
~Check-in is after 3:00 for WL guests and after 4:00 for VWL guests
~Check-out is before 11:00
SELF-PARKING is free and conveniently located directly in front of the resort.
VALET PARKING is $12 per day (plus tip). Guests need only pay for valet parking once per day at Disney resorts. Just show your valet receipt at the next resort to avoid being charged again.
Disney Vacation Club members no longer receive free valet parking.
Valet parking is free of charge to all vehicles displaying a disabilities tag at Disney facilities offering valet service.
DISNEYS MAGICAL EXPRESS
HOW DME WORKS:
1. Reserve Disney's Magical Express Transportation when you book online or by calling (407) WDW-MAGIC or (407) 939-6244.
2. Upon landing at Orlando International Airport, skip baggage claim and proceed to the Disney's Magical Express Welcome Center in the Main Terminal Building, B side, Level 1. Disney's Magical Express service will collect your luggage and deliver it directly to your Walt Disney World hotel room within 3 hours after you check in at the resort. Luggage delivery service provided by Disney's Magical Express is available for flights arriving between 5:00 am and 10:00 pm daily. For airport arrivals after 10:00 pm, guests may collect their luggage at Baggage Claim and transport it with them on the motor coach.
3. International Guests flying into Orlando International Airport from another country must follow the U.S. Customs and Border Protection process and claim luggage after disembarking the plane. After completing the process, proceed to the Disney's Magical Express Welcome Center in the Main Terminal Building, B side, Level 1. Disney's Magical Express service will recollect your luggage and deliver it directly to your Walt Disney World hotel room within 4 hours after you check in at the resort.
4. Sit back and relax as Disney transports you to your Disney Resort hotel in an air-conditioned motor coach.
5. As your vacation draws to a close, you'll receive a Transportation Notice advising you of the pick-up time and place for your motor coach ride back to Orlando International Airport. Please note that it is your responsibility to bring your luggage to the pick-up point. Please note that you cannot reserve the luggage service exclusively. You must be present on the motor coach to have your luggage transported to a Walt Disney World hotel.
ROOMS, VIEWS AND RATES...
There are 728 rooms at the WL. Non-suite rooms are 340 square feet. Most rooms have 2 queen beds, but there are rooms with one king and rooms with one queen and a set of bunk beds. Suites, Deluxe Rooms and handicap-accessible rooms with roll-in showers are also available. FREE WiFi is now available in each room and in public areas throughout the resort.
2013 WL RACK RATES
Map courtesy of GrandCalifornian
STANDARD VIEWS look-out toward the parking lot, bus stop, road, driveway, smokehouse/service area or roof with woods in the background. Higher North Wing rooms provide a partial view of Wishes.
VIEW FROM SOUTH WING ROOM 6093 LOCATED ABOVE THE REGISTRATION DESK:
Photo courtesy of GrandCalifornian
WOODS VIEW ROOMS look-out to the wooded area around the resort out toward the front of VWL or toward the Magic Kingdom and Contemporary. You can see some of the MK, Wishes and the monorail from higher floors:
photo courtesy of Mousemommy1
~NORTHSIDE WOODS VIEW ROOMS are on floors 1-6 and face the Otter Pond. A few face the MK. Floors 4, 5 and 6 above Whispering Canyon are Woods View lobby rooms. There are more Woods View rooms on floors 2-6 located on the southside of the lodge overlooking the Villas and trees.
~SOUTHSIDE LOBBY WOODS VIEW ROOMS are located above the front desk off the lobby on floors 5 and 6 have views of roof peaks and trees in the distance. They are room numbers 5091-5099 and 6091-6099.
~SOUTHSIDE VWL/WOODS VIEW ROOMS are located on the southside of the lodge before the mid-lodge elevators. They face the side of the VWL and a few trees and are on floors 2-6. Rooms are even numbered from 2100-2120, 3100-3120, 4100-4120, 5100-5120 and 6120-6120.
~NORTHSIDE LOBBY WOODS VIEW ROOMS are located off the lobby above Whispering Canyon Café. These rooms face toward the Contemporary Resort and Magic Kingdom with the possibility of seeing Wishes. Room numbers are: 4081-4090, 5081-5090 and 6081-6090.
~NORTHSIDE OTTER POND WOODS VIEW rooms are located beyond the mid-lodge elevators. They are on floors 1-6 and they face toward the Contemporary Resort and Magic Kingdom giving you the possibility of seeing Wishes from the higher floors. They also overlook the Otter Pond which attracts wildlife. Rooms are even numbered 1004-1034, 2004-2034, 3004-3034, 4004-4034, 5004-5034 and 6004-6034. Rooms 6004-6034 have dormer balconies which are balconies with solid railings that you must stand to see over.
COURTYARD VIEWS are of Bay Lake, the Silver Creek Springs Pool and the Fire Rock Geyser ("inner") OR the Wilderness Lodge Villas Hidden Springs Pool area ("VWL"). Some Courtyard view rooms are located off the lobby. Down the south and north corridors these rooms face the pool area. Some Courtyard View rooms also face south overlooking the VWL. Rooms are located on all floors.
~NORTHSIDE INNER COURTYARD VIEWS provide a view of Bay Lake and the nightly Electrical Water Pageant, if the room is located on one of the higher floors. These rooms are further away from the pool and they are located on floors 1-6 and are odd numbered from 1005-1031, 2005-2031, 3005-3031, 4005-4031, 5005-5031 and 6005-6031. Plus 4035-4061, 5035-5061 and 6035-6061. Rooms 6005-6031 have dormer balconies.
~SOUTHSIDE INNER COURTYARD VIEW ROOMS are in the south wing close to the Silver Creek pool. The higher floors have obstructed and very limited views of the higher fireworks from the Magic Kingdom. The Courtyard View rooms toward the end of the wing would be the best location to see them. They are located on floors 1-6 and they are odd numbered rooms 1135-1165, 2135-2165, 3135-3165, 4135-4165, 5135-5165 and 6135-6165. Plus 2107-2121, 3107-3121, 4107-4121, 5107-5121 and 6107-6121. Rooms 6107-6121 have dormer balconies.
~COURTYARD VIEW ROOMS OVERLOOKING THE VILLAS are located in the south wing that face south and have a view of the VWL and the Hidden Springs Pool. The rooms also have a view of the woods between WL and Fort Wilderness. These rooms are some of the quietest rooms. They are located on floors 1-6 and are even numbered from 1130-1164, 2130-2164, 3130-3164, 4130-4164, 5130-5164 and 6130-6164. Rooms 6130-6164 have dormer balconies.
~INNER COURTYARD VIEW ROOMS OFF THE LOBBY are known by DISers as “Bear Face Rooms.” They are centered in the middle of the inner courtyard and they overlook the entire courtyard area from the balcony with the lobby outside the front door. They are located on the 4th and 5th floors and are odd numbered from 4067-4079 and 5067-5069.
STANDARD (NON-SUITE/DELUXE) ROOMS are 340 square feet and have either two queen-size beds, a king-size bed (wheelchair-accessible rooms), or a queen-size bed and a set of bunkbeds. All rooms come with a table and two chairs, flat panel TV, under-counter refrigerator, keyed wall safe, iron and ironing board, iHome clock radio, and Cuisinart coffeemaker which uses pods, not cups:
The bathrooms have black/gold granite countertops in a separate vanity area with two sinks and mirror, and a powerful hair dryer (NOT attached to the wall). The walls near the sinks have wallpaper in an etched leaf print. There is a full-length mirror on the outside of the bathroom door and a curved shower curtain with a rain shower–style showerhead.
DELUXE ROOMS sleep six. At 500 square feet, these rooms have a balconied parlor area separated by French doors with a queen-size leather sleeper sofa, two easy chairs, a coffee table, table and two chairs, wet bar, fridge and a flat panel TV. The bedroom is separated by the curtained French doors from the parlor and has two queen-size beds, another flat panel TV, and another balcony. The double-sinked bathroom with separate toilet and shower/bath can be accessed from either the bedroom or the foyer and is identical to a standard room’s bathroom. Deluxe Rooms have a view of Bay Lake though some views are obstructed by trees. Although none are located on the club level’s seventh floor, they do come with full club level amenities and privileges.
Rehabbed Deluxe Room photos from July 2012 can be found HERE. (Thank you, rea59.)
Deluxe Room photos from April 2012 (pre-rehab) can be found HERE. (Thank you, elaw.)
~DELUXE INNER COURTYARD VIEW ROOMS:
Five of these rooms are located mid-way down the South Wing and have a view of the inner courtyard. They are located just around the corner from the mid-lodge elevators with easy 7th floor access. The rooms are 2123, 3123, 4123, 5123 and 6123. Rooms 2123 and 3123 have dormer balconies.
~DELUXE NORTH WING ROOMS:
Ten of these rooms are located at the very end of the North Wing. They have a woods view very close to the dock with an obstructed view of Bay Lake. The rooms are 1000, 1003, 2000, 2003, 3000, 3003, 4000, 4003, 5000 and 5003.
~DELUXE SOUTH WING ROOMS:
Ten of these rooms are located at the very end of the South Wing. They have views of Bay Lake and the marina. The rooms are 1166, 1169, 2166, 2169, 3166, 3169, 4166, 4169, 5166 and 5169. Rooms 1166 and 1169 have dormer balconies.
From the previous thread, orignally posted by HumphreytheBear: “There are actually 25 Deluxe Rooms (Junior Suites). They are 1000, 1003, 1166, 1169, 2000, 2003, 2123, 2166, 2169, 3000, 3003, 3123, 3166, 3169, 4000, 4003, 4123, 4166, 4169, 5000, 5003, 5123, 5166, 5169 and 6123.
All of these rooms do offer a connecting option that would be a room with 2 queen beds or a room with one king bed that is either woods or courtyard view. Rooms X000 are the rooms in the North wing that are at the very end of the hall on the left corner, Contemporary side they are Lake/tree view, X003 are the 2 doors down on the right corner with a pool/lake/tree view rooms X123 are halfway down the south wing in the left corner overlooking the pool/lake/geyser. Room X166 is the room at the far end of the south wing on the left corner with a lake view and rooms X169 are 2 doors down on the right corner also with a lake view. Rooms 2123, 3123, 1166, 1169, 2166, and 2169 have dormer balconies.”
Honeymoon Suites sleep 2. There are only four Honeymoon Suites and all are located on the club level’s seventh floor. There are two facing toward the Villas (South Wing) and two face toward the MK/CR (North Wing). They all have enclosed balcony railings, a whirlpool tub and shower and king-size bed.
THANK YOU to pas130 for taking the following photos of the rehabbed Honeymoon Suite in the North Wing, #7084:
THE YELLOWSTONE/PRESIDENTIAL SUITE...
Sleeps four and faces the inner courtyard and is on the corner of the seventh floor, furthest from the lobby. The suite measures 1,000 square feet and includes two separate entries, two bathrooms, four balconies (all with enclosed railings), an office, floor to ceiling windows in the living room (perfect for viewing the EWP and Wishes), a dining room with a table that seats eight, a queen-size sleeper sofa in the living room, two flat screen TVs, a pantry with an under-counter fridge and microwave. There is also an entryway coat closet and even a doorbell. The master bedroom has one interior entrance and a separate exterior entrance, It has a king-size bed. The master bathroom has two separate sinks, a lighted make-up table, and separate shower and jacuzzi tub. There is also a bidet in the bathroom and upgraded toiletries.
YELLOWSTONE'S "SWEET" VIEWS
THE YOSEMITE/VICE-PRESIDENTIAL SUITE...
From Cara Goldsburys book, The Luxury Guide to Walt Disney World and her website:
The 885-square-foot Vice Presidential Suite is outfitted in upscale cowboy style featuring rawhide curtains, branding-iron towel bars, wood-paneled walls, Native American artwork, and lodgepole trim. The living area offers a distressed leather sleeper sofa, two leather easy chairs, oversized desk, Remington-style lamp, Southwestern rug, and an armoire with a flat-panel TV, DVD player, and stereo. A wooden walk-in bar is complete with swinging doors, microwave, under counter refrigerator, sink, toaster, blender, coffeemaker, and two leather barstools. The small dining room has hardwood flooring with a circular, six-person table with rustic twig chairs.
Yosemite Suite by Darren Wittko, on Flickr
Yosemity Suite at the Wilderness Lodge by Darren Wittko, on Flickr
Yosemite Suite by Darren Wittko, on Flickr
Yosemite Suite at the Wilderness Lodge by Darren Wittko, on Flickr
Yosemite Suite at the Wilderness Lodge by Darren Wittko, on Flickr
THE OLD FAITHFUL CLUB...
Mike, one of the wonderful Old Faithful Club concierges, with Humphrey Jr.
If you have booked a club level room at Wilderness Lodge, you should receive an E-mail from the IPO (ITINERARY PLANNING OFFICE) welcoming you and inquiring about any reservations they can make for you. Sometimes they will attach a planning form. After you have emailed back the planning form, you then might receive another email like this:
Thank you for choosing Walt Disney World as your vacation destination.
We have you arriving to Disney's Wilderness Lodge Resort soon and staying in our exclusive concierge club.
Attached is a copy of your itinerary thus far. Please review the itinerary and notify us of any adjustments or changes that need to be made. Any events not booked through our office will not appear on your party's itinerary.
Upon your arrival at our resort, please proceed to the Valet Desk or Curbside Cast Member. You will then be escorted directly to the Club Concierge for check-in.
Please feel free to contact us if you require any further assistance
Walt Disney World Itinerary Planning Office
Phone: (407) 934-5348
Fax: (407) 824-3162
While the WL IPO cast members are not physically located at Wilderness Lodge, they are actually based at the Poly, they will be your point of contact until arrival. If you haven’t heard from the IPO before the 180-day mark (and this can happen), you should use the email address below to initiate contact. Make sure to include your reservation number in all correspondence with the IPO:
When you arrive, let the bellman know you are a club level guest. They will either instruct you to go into the lobby and check-in at the Bell Services counter, (this might happen if they are very busy or if it is before 7 AM or after 10 PM when CL is closed) or a club level curbside CM will greet you outside. The CM will check your name against a list, might ask you for ID, and will then call upstairs and let them know you have arrived. If someone needs to park a car, simply have the bellman take your luggage, go park the car and the curbside CM will wait to take you upstairs until your party is all together.
Once on the 7th floor, you will check-in at the concierge desk immediately to your right as you exit the elevator (between 7 AM and 10 PM). If your room is ready, you will then be escorted to your room. If it is not ready, you will be called or texted when it is ready. It is the goal at WL to have all guests in their room as quickly as possible. You will be given your KTTW card, with park tickets and dining plan loaded (if applicable) even if your room is not ready. You have full lounge access from the time you check-in until 10 PM (when the lounge closes) of your check-out day.
Club Level room number map courtesy of TheLodgeLady
The Old Faithful Club at Disney's Wilderness Lodge has a high CM-to-Guest ratio. There are only 44 Standard Club Level rooms, 4 Honeymoon Suites and two other suites on the 7th floor and 25 Deluxe rooms on floors 1-6. All 7th floor rooms have balconies with solid railings.
Concierge level guests have the same amenities as non-CL guests, PLUS:
~Two robes (additional robes can be requested).
~Automatic nightly turn-down service.
~IPO and concierge staff available prior to and during your visit for reservations and vacation planning.
~Access to the exclusive Old Faithful Club featuring daily continental breakfast, snacks, alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, appetizers and desserts.
CLUB LEVEL AT CHRISTMAS
ARTIST POINT: This rustic yet elegant restaurant draws inspiration from Pacific Northwest National Park lodges. The menu reflects the region's cuisine: seafood, sirloin and game. Dinner only. Two table service credits.
WHISPERING CANYON CAFE:
Partake in fun games for the entire family along with an all-you-can-eat, family-style barbeque at this American West-themed restaurant. One table service credit.
~KIDS' BREAKFAST MENU
~KIDS' LUNCH MENU
~KIDS' DINNER MENU
Effective 9/19/12, the all-you-can-eat skillet is no longer offered at lunch. The skillet offerings at dinner have also changed, most notably, the pulled pork, salad and brisket have been replaced with a strip loin, fish and fresh vegetables and a dessert sampler platter has been added.
Thanks to R2-JD for providing the newest menu:
ROARING FORK: Breakfast, mug refill, daily Chef's creations and snacks are served near the Silver Creek Springs pool.
TERRITORY LOUNGE: Northwest wines and light appetizers, like cheese and fruit plates and honey-sesame chicken wings, are served in the cozy atmosphere of this charming lounge. Inside Artist Point.
TROUT PASS POOL BAR: Drinks and snacks.
PRIVATE DINING: Room service at Disney's Wilderness Lodge is available for breakfast from 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., for dinner from 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m., and sandwiches and pizzas from 4:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m., 7 days a week.
MOST CURRENT 2013 WL/VWL PRIVATE DINING MENU IS LOCATED HERE.
WL/VWL offers transportation via bus and boat. The WL is the only Magic Kingdom Resort not located on the monorail line. However, the monorail can be accessed via boat launch to Disneys Contemporary Resort. From there, the monorail makes stops at the Transportation and Ticket Center with continuing service to Disneys Polynesian Resort, Disneys Grand Floridian Resort and Spa, the Magic Kingdom and back to Disneys Contemporary Resort. The Epcot monorail can be accessed from the TTC.
BUS to all parks, Downtown Disney and Ft. Wilderness. The bus stop is located between WL and VWL and provides a covered seating area with a drink vending machine. Buses run about every 20 minutes. Buses are often dispatched on an on-demand basis. A CM is sometimes stationed at the bus stop in the morning to monitor bus frequency and guest demand. The CM reports back to dispatch, where buses can be dispatched more frequently if needed. The CM can also tell guests the ETA of their bus.
SEPTEMBER 2013 TRAVEL TIMES VIA BUS AND BOAT FROM WL
Courtesy of GrandCalifornian:
WDWKOOK: During busier times, travel times seem to be at least 5 minutes more than the September travel times listed below. Sometimes the Blue Flag boat to CR travels first to FW, which adds about 10 minutes. Also, in August 2013, the AK, DHS and Epcot buses went to FW after WL and the AK bus also went to a water park after FW. The buses back to the resort are much faster than going to the parks, except to the MK which is always non-stop. Wilderness Lodge is always the first stop coming back.
In September 2013, the travel times were as follows. Times do not include bus/boat wait times.
Stops at GF: 29 min
22 min return
Stops at FW: 23 min
15 min return
Stops at GF: 21 min
15 min return
Direct bus: 5 min to/from
Stops at GF: 23 min
13 min return
Stops at GF: 20 min
15 min return
Downtown Disney Marketplace:
Stops at GF: 26 min
24 min return
Red Flag boat:
12 min to/from MK
Red/Green Flag boat:
20 min to/from MK via FW (Used at off peak times to serve both FW and WL with one larger boat.)
Blue Flag boat:
5 min direct to/from CR
5 min direct to/from FW
14 min CR via FW
14 min FW via CR
BUSES FOR EARLY ADRs (Advance Dining Reservations)
Buses for the Magic Kingdom and Magic Kingdom Resort Area will start running at 6:30am DAILY.
Buses for Animal Kingdom/Animal Kingdom Lodge will start running at 7:00-7:15am DAILY.
Buses for the Disney's Hollywood Studios (covering the Epcot Resort Area) will start running at 7:00-7:15am DAILY.
Buses for Epcot (Princess Breakfast at Norway) will start running at 7:00-7:15am DAILY.
This information is valid EVERY DAY, and for ALL DISNEY RESORTS serviced by Bus transportation.
These buses are for Breakfasts only, and should not be used for general park access. Always let the driver know where you are going upon boarding the bus. Most times, the driver will be able to take you directly (ie: Contemporary, for Chef Mickey's) but sometimes this is not possible. As such, you should always allow time for a connection when going Resort to Resort. Actual arrival times will vary by location.
FROM EPCOT, go to bus stop #9:
BOAT launch to the Magic Kingdom, Ft. Wilderness and Disneys Contemporary Resort. The boat launch is located in the back of the resort to the left of the geyser.
RED FLAG: The boat to the left of the dock has a red flag and goes to the Magic Kingdom. The red flag boats operate from a half hour before the Magic Kingdom opens to an hour and a half after the Magic Kingdom closes.
BLUE FLAG: The boat to the right of the dock has a blue flag, and goes to Fort Wilderness and the Contemporary Resort. These boats run from 6:45 AM to 11:30 PM.
Take the BLUE FLAG from the CR:
WALK/BIKE to Ft. Wilderness. There are trails marked on the map below. They are perfect for biking, walking or jogging. Photos of the trails are in the RECREATION section further below.
Guest laundry facilites are located on the first floor of the Wilderness Lodge, across from the elevators and the Roaring Fork.
Standard-size washers and dryers cost $2.00 per load (Helpful hint: Don't overload the dryer as it will take much longer for clothes to dry). There is a change machine in the laundry room. Laundry rooms are open 24 hours with the use of your KTTW card. Dry cleaning and valet laundry services are also available and can be arranged by selecting Housekeeping on your telephone. For same day service, call by 8:30 a.m. for pickup. Items will be returned after 6:00 p.m. that day. Dry cleaning and valet laundry services prices are listed on the laundry card found hanging in the room closet.
Single use packets of detergent are $1.00 per packet. The guest laundry has a television as well as snack and drink vending machines.
RESORT AIRLINE CHECK-IN
If you're departing domestically on a designated airline, enjoy the convenience of Resort Airline Check-in Service, which allows you to receive your return boarding pass and check luggage at your Walt Disney World hotel, bypassing airport check-in completely.
Simply visit the Resort Airline Check-In Desk up to 3 hours prior to your flight departure time. A valid government issued photo I.D. and your KTTW card are required to participate.
WiFi is now FREE throughout the resort and in all rooms.
RESORT PURCHASE DELIVERY
Guests of WDW resorts can have their purchases delivered directly to their resort. The cashier will have you fill out a short form and your purchase will be delivered to your resort gift shop by around 1:30 pm the following day. Club level guest purchases are delivered to the room or to the Old Faithful Club concierge.
Located in the lobby adjacent to the elevators. Stamps can be purchased at the Mercantile.
LOST AND FOUND
Go to the front desk in the lobby and they will look in the back room for your lost item. If they don't have it, you can fill-out a form that they will keep on record so that they can mail your item to you if it is returned.
The mailing address is:
DISNEY'S WILDERNESS LODGE
901 Timberline Drive
Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830
Include your name, check-in date, and reservation number on the label.
Shipping and Postal Services
Send and receive packages of all sizes during your stay at Walt Disney World Resort.
Parcel Handling (Incoming and Outgoing)
Your package can be picked up from or delivered to most locations at Walt Disney World Resort. You must be present to accept delivery. Handling fee covers one pickup or delivery only. (Contact the Front Desk if your Resort hotel does not have a Business Center.)
For same-day shipping, outbound parcels must be received in the package room by 4:30 PM Monday Friday. Items received after 4:30 PM on Friday will be shipped on Monday unless special handling has been requested. Saturday shipping services are available until 11:30 AM with advance notice. Special rates apply.
Guests may drop off their completed/called-in packages at the Front Desk or Concierge. Unless specified, all items sent from Walt Disney World Resort will be sent by air courier service, unless otherwise specified by the Guest.
Parcel Handling Fees
Handling fee includes receipt of item from carrier, storage for up to 3 days, onetime Guest package delivery or pickup, placing item with carrier for shipment, and tracking. Postage is not included.
Small Box: $3.00 (up to 4 lbs)
Med Box: $5.00 (5 lbs 20 lbs)
Large Box: $10.00 (21 lbs 70 lbs)
Golf Club: $10.00
Display Cases: $15.00
Pallets: $70.00 per 100 lbs
Prices are subject to change.
The Wilderness Lodge Mercantile offers a variety of northwestern, Wilderness Lodge, VWL and DVC Resort branded merchandise, food and beverages, toys, books and magazines, scrapbooking materials, alcoholic beverages, Disney clothing and sundries. There is also a pin cart located in the lobby next to Whispering Canyon Café and Artist Point restaurant. Pin trading books are located at the cart and at the concierge desk in the lobby, just ask at the front desk for the book.
THE CUB’S DEN at Disney's Wildreness Lodge offers parents the chance to treat potty-trained children ages 3 to 12 to an evening of supervised activities in an environment created just for them—while the parents treat themselves to a night out.
At this delightfully themed play space, children are invited to create western arts and crafts, play videogames, enjoy dinner and snacks, watch Disney movies and interact with other kids their age.
The Cub's Den in Disney's Wilderness Lodge, located outside the main lobby near Wilderness Lodge Mercantile, is open daily from 4:30 p.m. to midnight. It is also open daily from 2:30-4:00pm for free crafts and games for all ages, though a parent must be present.
FEATURES an entertainment center with Disney movies, videogames, western arts and crafts, toys, board games...
DINNER is served between 6:00 - 8:00 and is included. Menu selections are: Chicken Fingers, Mac & Cheese, Peanut Butter & Jelly, Cheeseburger, Hamburger, Hot Dog, Chips or Fries, Grapes, Apples, Milk, Juice.
Advance reservations are suggested. To make a reservation for The Cub's Den, contact (407) WDW-DINE or (407) 939-3463.
Same-day reservations are sometimes available. Contact Disney's Wilderness Lodge front desk or the Concierge during your visit. Cost is $11.50 per child, per hour with a two-hour minimum. DVC members receive a 10% discount.
~CUB'S DEN REVIEWS
BUTTONS AND BELLS is open from 7 AM to midnight everyday and features a cashless system where you can purchase a play card filled with game credits using cash, credit or your Key to the World card. Once purchased, simply enter the card into a videogame to access the game credits and play the game. Play cards are rechargeable.
THE ELECTRICAL WATER PAGEANT Every evening at 9:35 pm, Disneys Electrical Water Pageant stops in front of the WL as it makes its way across Bay Lake. The 14 illuminated floats, accompanied by music, was created for the dedication of the Polynesian Resort in October 1971 and it can be viewed from courtyard rooms, the club level lounge, the dock for the Red Flag and Blue Flag boat launches and from the beach/marina area.
WONDERS OF THE LODGE ART AND ARCHITECTURAL TOUR Free. Wednesday - Saturday at 0900. Meets near the WL main lobby fireplace, one hour.
FLAG FAMILY Each day at the Wilderness Lodge one family is chosen to be the Flag Family. The family accompanies a CM to the roof (via the 7th floor) to raise the five flags that fly over the hotel: The American Flag, the Florida State Flag, the Walt Disney World flag, and two Wilderness Lodge flags. You must ask at check-in if there is availability during your stay. The Flag Family cannot be reserved prior to your arrival.
WILDERNESS LODGE HIDDEN MICKEYS HUNT Sheets available at the front desk or HERE.
There are daily free childrens activities. When you arrive, you will receive a Recreation Activities flyer which will cover the entire month.
MOVIE UNDER THE STARS Shown daily at 8 or 9 PM. Check the Recreation Activities flyer in your room for the current movie schedule or Post #1 of this thread. In case of inclement weather, the movie will be shown in the Train Room at the Villas.
MAGIC COOKIE HOUR Saturdays from 2-3 in Roaring Fork.
POOLSIDE GAMES start at 1:00. The POOLSIDE PARTY is from 3-4.
Nightly free CAMPFIRE MARSHMALLOW ROAST from 7:30 - 8:30. Marshmallow and stick provided.
*All times and activities are subject to change.
THE MARINA rents boats, Sea Raycers, bikes, and has fishing excursions. The marina is located right next to a scenic trail leading to Ft. Wilderness where WL guests can also particiapte in horseback riding, pony rides, carriage rides, wagon rides, campfire sing-a-long, Meadows and Pioneer Hall playgrounds, archery, Segway tours and more boat and fishing activities. Don’t forget to show your Annual Pass or DVC membership card for discounts!
The SILVER CREEK SPRINGS/WL POOL has lifeguards on duty usually from 10-10 (this can change seasonally or during inclement weather). It is open everyday from 7-midnight. The slide is closed when a lifeguard is not present and/or when there is lightning in the area. The VWL pool does not have a lifeguard. There are two hot tubs located at the WL pool and one located at the VWL pool. The pools are heated in the winter, but it can be chilly, especially when getting out! Cabana rentals are not offerred at this time.
While swimming in Bay Lake is not permitted, THE BEACH offers many chairs for lounging and is seldom crowded. A small playground sits on the beach.
...To FW start near the marina and bus stop and offer beautiful views of Bay Lake and the occasional critter (or two).
801 Timberline Drive
Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830
Resort Opening Date: November 2000
Check-in is after 4 (at WL)
Check-out is before 11
2013 RACK RATES
There are 136 Villas that include Studios, 1 and 2 Bedroom Villas. The VWL is connected to the WL by a covered walkway that extends from the side door near the Mercantile to the front lobby of the VWL.
Map courtesy of TheLodgeLady
STUDIO VILLAS are 356 square feet and have one queen bed and a full size sleeper sofa. There is a small dining table with two chairs, TV, and bathroom. Also included are a microwave, coffee maker, under the counter refrigerator, ceiling fan, wet bar, hair dryer, iron, ironing board and vacuum cleaner, and a highchair and playpen. There is also a private porch/balcony. The Studio Villa can accommodate a maximum of 4 adults and one child under 3 in a crib. While there isn't a washer and dryer in the Studio, self-service laundry facilities can be found in the VWL on the ground floor near room 1509. According to Anna114, if you are staying at the Villas they are free, but you need your KTTW card to get into the laundry room.
THANKS to Janet B for the following photos from VWL Studio 4531:
Corner room faces the pine trees, with a side window looking over the pool:
VIEW FROM BALCONY:
MORE VWL STUDIO AND TWO BEDROOM VILLA PHOTOS, COURTESY OF SAINTSTICKETS, ARE LOCATED HERE.
ONE BEDROOM VILLAS are 814 square feet and have one bedroom with a king size bed and its own whirlpool tub, TV and a living room which has a queen size sleeper sofa, and TV, one full bathroom with a sink/vanity area and jacuzzi tub, a fully equipped kitchen which includes a refrigerator, stove/oven, microwave, dining area with table and four chairs, stacked washer and dryer, hair dryer, a walk-in closet, as well as a smaller closet, and a private balcony or patio which includes two chairs and a small table. The One Bedroom Villa can accommodate a maximum of 4 adults and one child under 3 in a crib.
TWO BEDROOM VILLAS are 1,080 square feet and are a Studio Villa and a One Bedroom Villa that are connected by a door. (See room descriptions above.) The mastersuite has a king size bed and the additional bedroom has two queen size beds. The living room has a queen size sleeper sofa. The Two-Bedroom Villa will accommodate eight adults, plus one child under the age of 3 in a crib.
CASH RESERVATIONS (those not staying on points) can be booked by non-DVC members and discounts may be applied. Cash reservations receive daily housekeeping. Those staying on points receive the following:
HOUSEKEEPING ON POINTS:
Trash & Towel Service:
For stays of seven or less nights, Trash & Towel Service is provided on day four, regardless of whether you're using member-discounted cash, vacation points or a combination of both.
With Trash & Towel service, Housekeeping will:
Empty trash and replace liners in trash bins.
Provide fresh bathroom linens.
Replace shampoo, facial soap and bath soap.
Replenish facial tissues, paper towels and toilet paper.
Replenish coffee, sugar, cream and sweeteners.
Replenish dishwashing liquid, dishwashing detergent, sponges and laundry detergent as needed in one-, two- and three-bedroom Vacation Homes.
Full Cleaning Service:
For stays of eight or more nights, Full Cleaning Service is provided on day four and Trash & Towel Service is provided on day eight. After that, the cycle begins again on day 12, regardless of whether you're using Member-discounted cash, Vacation Points or a combination of both.
With Full Cleaning service, Housekeeping will provide everything included with the Trash & Towel Service, plus:
Change the bed linens.
Vacuum and dust the Vacation Home.
Clean the bathroom(s).
Clean the kitchen/kitchenette and wash the dishes.
Pay As You Play:
All accommodations offer daily housekeeping service with a 24-hour notice and an additional fee.
With Pay As You Play service, you'll be provided with the following amenities free of charge at the start of your stay. After that, you may purchase more for the following fees:
Toiletries Package, $5.00 - 1 facial soap, 1 bath soap, 1 shampoo, 1 conditioner, 1 shower gel
Coffee Package, $3.00 - 1 package of coffee, 8 sugars, 8 creamers, 8 artificial sweeteners
Towel Package, $6.00 - 4 bath towels, 2 hand towels, 4 washcloths, 1 bath mat
Laundry Detergent, $1.00 - 1 box
Additional Full Cleaning Rates:
Studio - $30.00 per day requested
One-Bedroom - $45.00 per day requested
Two-Bedroom - $60.00 per day requested
Additional Trash & Towel Rates:
Studio - $15.00 per day requested
One-Bedroom - $20.00 per day requested
Two-Bedroom - $25.00 per day requested
Note: Rates are subject to change
GROCERIES are available at the Mercantile:
Christmas photos courtesy of Janet B
CAROLWOOD PACIFIC ROOM
Walt Disney loved steam trains and the Wilderness Lodge is home to some art, photographs, replicas, and actual artifacts from Walt's hobby and Disney World's earliest years.
In the Carolwood Pacific Room (formerly the Iron Spike Room), which is in a corner of the VWL lobby, you can play chess and checkers by the fireplace or learn more about Walt Disney's favorite hobby. Two of the most intriguing pieces of history in this room are the two train cars, donated by Walt's daughter. The cars actually come from Walt's own backyard railroad, the Carolwood Pacific Railroad. Walt used to pull these cars behind his own American 4-4-0 engine named "Lilly Belle" after his wife. You can see the Carolwood Pacific logo on the cars.
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