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(CLOSED) Disney's WILDERNESS LODGE and VILLAS Information Thread


Opening on May 28, 1994, Disney’s 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 Disney’s 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 at 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.




The WL room rehab includes replacement of most bathroom fixtures including the tile and shower curtain, the flooring, drapery, bedding and fabric areas of existing furniture, including the headboard. The outdoor furniture will also be replaced and the room painted a lighter color. All hallway carpeting will also be replaced.

To ensure minimal disruption to guests, the rehab will use floor buffering, meaning, the floor beneath the wing being rehabbed will not be occupied by guests.

From July 7 - 27, the South Wing's 7th (CL) floor is being rehabbed. The CL floor will have to be closed from about July 7 - 13 due to the replacement of carpeting, etc... near the lounge which will have to be closed.

The entire WL room rehab is slated to be completed by the end of September 2012.

More detailed information is available from the contractor, Thor Construction, which was posted on this thread HERE and HERE.

GarakDS9 reported on 7/14/12 that work was done on the North Wing: "Seems like south wing work is running full speed ahead."

On 7/4/12,GarakDS9 posted that "work is being done on the first floor now. I was amazed at their speed today. Old carpet was ripped out and new put in near the elevator just past RF. They also put in new archways to the first floor hallway , replacing sheet rock with more lodge polls. Looks nice."

In May, Macavity provided us with the first WL rehabbed room photos! They are located HERE and HERE.

In July, rea59 provided us with the first rehabbed Deluxe room photos. They are located HERE.

More rehabbed room photos by nyrebecca are posted HERE.


Disney’s 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.



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.


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.




STANDARD VIEWS look-out onto the parking lot, road, driveway, smokehouse/service area or roof with views of the woods in the background.

WOODS VIEWS 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.

~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. Rooms 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.

COURTYARD VIEWS are of Bay Lake, the Silver Creek Springs Pool and the Fire Rock Geyser or the Wilderness Lodge Villas Hidden Springs Pool area. Some Courtyard view rooms are located off the lobby. Down the south and north corridors they face the falls and pool. 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 therefore the Electrical Water Pageant if the room is located on one of the higher floors. They 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 forest between WL and Ft. Wilderness Campground. 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 (known by DISers as “Bear Face Rooms”), 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 COFFEE MAKER WITH COFFE AND TEA replenished as needed. Toiletries are included and replenished as needed or by request.

The bathrooms have black/gold granite countertops in the separate vanity area with two sinks and two mirrors, and a hair dryer (NOT attached to the wall). The adjoining bathtub/shower/toilet area has white and gold tiles and 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.)

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.

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 obsstructed view of Bay Lake. The rooms are 1000, 1003, 2000, 2003, 3000, 3003, 4000, 4003, 5000 and 5003.

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.”




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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 VWL and two facing toward the MK. They all have dormer balconies (standing-only), a whirlpool tub and shower and king-size bed.

THANK YOU to thoss63 for taking the following Honeymoon Suite photos:


From Cara Goldsbury’s 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...

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 dormer-type), 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 a separate entrance and 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.

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The WL 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 Disney’s Contemporary Resort. From there, the monorail makes stops at the Transportation and Ticket Center with continuing service to Disney’s Polynesian Resort, Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa, the Magic Kingdom and back to Disney’s 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 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.

FROM EPCOT, go to bus stop #9:

BOAT launch to the Magic Kingdom, Ft. Wilderness and Disney’s 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.


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.


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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
with planning.

Happy Trails,

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:

Wilderness.Lodge.Itinerary.Planning@disneyworld.co m

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.

~Welcome gift:

~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.




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The Wilderness Lodge Mercantile has a variety of northwestern and Wilderness Lodge Resort specific 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 the front desk for the book.

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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).

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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.



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.







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.

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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.


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.


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.


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.




Located inside the lobby of the VWL. Free of charge to all WL/VWL guests and available 24 hours a day with your KTTW card.

Massages and facials are provided at the Sturdy Branches by Niki Bryan Spas and are available by appointment from 8-8. Call (407) 938-4222.

Using the Niki Bryan hyperlink above, click-on "A Complimentary Gift to Relax." Frequently, there are massage treatment coupons for WL and/or other WDW resorts.


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 ELECTRIC WATER PAGEANT: Every evening at 9:35 pm, Disney’s Electric Water Pageant stops in front of the WL. 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 boat launches and from the beach and marina area.

THE LODGE TOUR: Free. Meets in the lobby Wednesday - Saturday at 0900 .

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 children’s activities. When you arrive, you will receive a Recreation Activities list which will cover the entire month.


2011 FLYERS:

MOVIE UNDER THE STARS: Shown daily at 9 PM. Check the Recreation Activities flyer for the current movie schedule.

JULY Wilderness Lodge Beach Movie Schedule ~ 9:00PM

Sundays - Honey, I Shrunk the Kids
Mondays - Monsters, Inc.
Tuesdays - A Goofy Movie
Wednesdays - Lady & the Tramp
Thursdays - Bolt
Fridays - Tarzan
Saturdays - Meet the Robinsons

From: Build a Better Mouse Trip

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.

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Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830
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Resort Opening Date: November 2000

Check-in is after 4
Check-out is before 11


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:



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:


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:



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.


Christmas photos courtesy of Janet B



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Here I am! Ok....so am I the first? Going to have to go back and read when I'm not so tired Can't wait! Thanks for taking on such a huge project!!!
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I guess that makes me 2nd behind Heather.
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Just making sure I can find it. Maybe my DH will decide to give WL another chance over AoA.
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Here I am! Ok....so am I the first? Going to have to go back and read when I'm not so tired Can't wait! Thanks for taking on such a huge project!!!
Thank you for being the FTP! You've almost made it through your first week back to school

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I guess that makes me 2nd behind Heather.
There's no shame in second place!

Originally Posted by AlexWyattMommy View Post
Just making sure I can find it. Maybe my DH will decide to give WL another chance over AoA.
Entice him with food. The dining section should be up soon

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Mornin', Sheila!

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