FOR CURRENT WL POOL CLOSURE INFORMATION, PLEASE SEE POST TWO. THREAD LINKS: POST 2: MONTHLY ACTIVITY CALENDAR/NEWS/LODGERS' LOG POST 3: ARRIVAL/PARKING/DISNEY'S MAGICAL EXPRESS POST 4: DISNEY'S WILDERNESS LODGE ROOMS AND RATES POST 5: BOOKABLE ROOM VIEWS POST 6: DELUXE ROOMS AND HONEYMOON SUITES POST 7: PRESIDENTIAL SUITE POST 8: PRESIDENTIAL SUITE POST-REHAB AND VICE-PRESIDENTIAL SUITE POST 9: CLUB LEVEL/VIEWS/EVENING MENUS POST 10: CLUB LEVEL BREAKFAST/SNACKS/BEVERAGES POST 11: CLUB LEVEL APPETIZERS/DESSERTS POST 12: DINING/MENUS POST 13: TRANSPORTATION POST 14: GUEST SERVICES/SHIPPING/SHOPPING POST 15: ACTIVITIES POST 16: WONDERS OF THE LODGE TOUR POST 17: RECREATION POST 18: STURDY BRANCHES HEALTH CLUB/MASSAGES POST 19: THE VILLAS AT DISNEY'S WILDERNESS LODGE: RATES/VILLAS POST 20: VWL GROUNDS/LOBBY/CAROLWOOD PACIFIC ROOM POST 21: CHRISTMASTIME LINKS OF INTEREST: ~WL/VWL INFORMATION THREAD BY WDWKOOK: 5/13 - 11/13 ~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 ~iffam's ROOFTOP/OTHER WL-VWL PHOTOS ~WL FAN SITE ~MORE WL HISTORY ~THE MUSIC OF WILDERNESS LODGE ~WDWKOOK's MAGICAL CHRISTMAS 2013 TRIP REPORT (1/14) ~WDWKOOK's WL-CL PICTORIAL (9/13) ~WDWKOOK's WL-CL TRIP REPORT (9/12) ~WDWKOOK's WL-CL TRIP REPORT (4/12) Disneys Wilderness Lodge is located on Bay Lake 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 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. A 10-foot totem near the Wilderness Lodge Mercantile features some 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. 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. 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.