WILDERNESS LODGE HISTORY... 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 Bears 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. ~MORE WL HISTORY ~DOWNLOAD THE MUSIC OF WL ~WDWKOOK's 9-12 WL/FW TRIP REPORT NEWS FROM THE LODGE: MOST RECENTLY POSTED WL/VWL ACTIVITIES FLYER AND MOVIE SCHEDULE Courtesy of The Mouse for Less. CURRENT/RECENT REHABS: Now May 3, 2013: Transportation Dock ropes will undergo design and replacement. Now May 9, 2013: Guest Parking lot will undergo rejuvenation. Now Aug. 5, 2013: Main building exterior repairs will occur. May 5 June 28, 2013: Presidential and Vice-Presidential Suite will undergo soft goods replacements. May 6-13, 2013: 2nd Floor Mercantile will undergo carpet replacement 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. The rehab was completed in the end of September 2012. It did not include any VWL rooms or the two WL suites which will be completed by June 28, 2013. MOST RECENT REHABBED ROOM PHOTOS 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. 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 M.E. 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.