Benefits of Wilderness Lodge?

Discussion in 'Disney Resorts' started by disney is my life, Jun 26, 2013.

  1. disney is my life

    disney is my life DIS Veteran

    Jul 15, 2012
    So it looks like if disney has free dining that it would be only about $500 more than AoA little mermaid rooms since they arent usually discounted. So it looks like we might be able to swing our first deluxe hotel stay!So other than the closeness to magic kingdom what are some other benefits of the wilderness lodge?
  2. Mousemommy1

    Mousemommy1 DIS Veteran

    Dec 6, 2010
    Well, the WL is our absolute favorite, so I might be biased but:

    1) You already mentioned the closeness to MK. You can boat or bus. Boat ride is really pretty and relaxing, but bus is MUCH faster. :thumbsup2

    2) The WL is sooooooo serene and relaxing. It's like a vacation within a vacation. I walk into that lobby and feel instantly relaxed.

    3) WL has great proximity to the monorail resorts. You just take the boat to CR and hop on from there.

    4) You can watch the EWP from the pool area or beach at WL

    5) Depending on the type of room you book, you could end up with a view of the castle and Wishes!!

    6) You have great eating options there as well as child are on site

    I really can't say enough about it. WL is awesome! :lovestruc
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  4. mickeynut1

    mickeynut1 DIS Veteran

    Apr 16, 2007
    The WL is an awesome resort as it's not only convenient to MK, but it's a quick boat ride to the CR for some great dining and shopping options, where you can also hop on the monorail to visit the Poly and GF. The WL atmosphere is relaxing, the pool is great, and Roaring Forks is great for quick CS meals and snacks. The lobby is also a great place to sit and relax while taking in the beautiful surroundings. We have stayed at the WL twice and it remains one of our favorites :goodvibes.
  5. luv2sleep

    luv2sleep DIS Veteran

    Aug 15, 2011
    If you have kids they have a kids club. Nice to get a quiet meal to yourselves at least once on vacation. I used it once because my son really wanted to go. I just relaxed in the lodge. Very peaceful.
  6. fab5friend99

    fab5friend99 Mouseketeer

    Feb 23, 2008
    I love the WL too! It is very relaxing. I love the view of the lake and trees. The last few times I've been there has been in January and love sitting in the rocking chairs in the lobby in front of the fire and rocking away. Love looking at all the little details in the fireplace and the carvings in the poles. Go up to the 2nd level there are some nice seating areas there too and you can get a better view of the carvings.
  7. Kae

    Kae DIS Veteran

    Oct 21, 2002
    and everything in 1 building is great.

  8. DisneyDmbNut

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    Oct 10, 2003
    One of our favorites!! Love the WL .. It doesn't feel like Florida.. The the themeing is amazing
  9. HubbDave

    HubbDave Remember, no matter where you go, there you are

    Jun 27, 2011
    Beautiful theme. Small but nice pool. All under one roof. Good CS Roaring Forks. Good cast members

    We loved it
  10. 4xmom

    4xmom Mouseketeer

    Jul 31, 2010
    The Lodge is still mine and dh's favorite. When we had no little kids with us we would spend time biking or roller blading. Love the area and it is such a relaxing place. We still make it a point to stop in every time we go to Disney. I esp love the lobby at Christmas time. It is amazing!


    Oct 26, 2012
    Don't forget about baby ducks in the pool in the early AM. My children loved going to roaring forks for quick breakfast meal and eating just outside the rear door watching the ducklings swim in the pool.
  12. Wood Nymph

    Wood Nymph DIS Veteran

    Sep 19, 2012
    1. balconies
    2. sandy beach
    3. campfire on the beach
    4. boats, bikes and surreys to rent
    5. nature trail, walking path to Fort Wilderness
    6. boat to Fort Wilderness and the Contemporary
    7. direct boat to MK
    8. 5 minutes to MK on the bus
    9. pool with a slide, a second pool with bubbling springs (I love the Hidden Springs pool)
    10. a geyser that goes off every hour
    11. two hot tubs
    12. Trout Bar at the pool, Territory Lounge with cheese fondue, and three restaurants
    13. free crafts for kids in the afternoon
    14. babysitting in the evening
    15. queen size beds
    16. great CM's - everyone CM I met seemed to love the WL :)
    17. free architectural tour
    18. a chance to be flag family of the day and raise the flag over the lodge in the morning
    18. hidden seating areas, fireplaces, outdoor patios, a gorgeous lobby with a stream and bridge in it - kids love the little bridge

    This is a really nice place to stay. :)
  13. letsgoreds

    letsgoreds DIS Veteran

    Nov 2, 2011
    There really is no comparison. Go for it. Just realize, there is no turning back. It will be really tough to go back to values, after enjoying a deluxe resort. WL is one of my favorites. It is simply awesome.
  14. stargazertechie

    stargazertechie Toy Story Midway Maniac

    Jun 17, 2009
    The gorgeous boat ride to/from the MK

    Being so close to the Poly for the self-serve dole whip

    Watching the Electrical Water Pageant from the hot tub :love:

    The geyser

    Whispering Canyon Cafe

    The GORGEOUS decor

    Lovely walking paths and beach
  15. moonshadow

    moonshadow Mouseketeer

    Jul 17, 2005
    We have visited and ate at WL on previous trips and thought it was beautiful. September will be the first time we will be staying at the resort. So nice to read all the great comments!
  16. Tigger's ally

    Tigger's ally Segway test dummy

    Jun 25, 2010
    just commenting as we love the WL.

    Someone has already mentioned the restaurants, but I wanted to point out (especially for those with dining plans) that WL has all three types of restaurants all within one roof. A quick service, a table service restaurant, and a signature restaurant. They also have food at the pool. This provides a wide array of choices. :thumbsup2

    Also, while there is a boat to the CR as others have expressed, some forget that there is also a boat and walking trail to Fort Wilderness. This comes in handy to go see the animals or do Hoopdedoo.

    Probably my favorite thing though is just the sheer beauty of the place. Leaving MK near dusk and arriving at the boat launch at WL is one of the most picture perfect moments I have ever had at the world. :worship:

    Well that and the couch in Terrritory Lounge..:lmao:
  17. Tigger's ally

    Tigger's ally Segway test dummy

    Jun 25, 2010
    Tip- There is a deck up one floor from the lobby where you can get a good view of the pool and lake. Go up there near dark and watch the electrical water pagaent. The sound is piped in. There are benches. Kind of quiet, romantic way to end the night. If you drink, have Territory lounge fix you a drink to take up there. It's the little things. :thumbsup2
  18. MinnesotaMouseketeers

    MinnesotaMouseketeers DIS Veteran

    Oct 25, 1999
    Don't forget to see the geyser, a little cheesy but still fun to watch. Love Wilderness Lodge :thumbsup2:thumbsup2:thumbsup2

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