The architects outdid themselves in designing this seven-story hotel modeled after majestic turn-of-the-20th-century lodges in the American Northwest, with a cavernous lobby, supported by towering tree trunks, an 82-foot-high, fireplace made of rocks from the Grand Canyon, two 55-foot-tall hand-carved totem poles that pay homage to the region's Native American culture, all lighted by enormous tepee-shaped chandeliers. The hotel's showstopper is its Fire Rock Geyser, a faux Old Faithful that erupts with sometimes alarming regularity, near the large pool, which begins as an artificially heated hot spring in the lobby. This hotel is a good option if you're a couple without kids looking for more serenity than is found at Disney's other hotels.
May 6, 2009
This place just looks and feels great. The Whispering Canyon is always a treat and the theming is really excellent - even by Disney standards. Have stayed here three times in the last 15 years and its now our Disney resort of choice.
May 13, 2008
Loved this resort! So much to see and do. And service is excellent compared to the moderate resorts, in my opinion. Whispering Canyon-my favorite Disney restaurant! Only con is the size of the resort's food court...they really need to expand the area with more food choices. There's an outside eating area when it's nice weather but if it's raining, it's very hard to find a seat in the seating area too. Transportation to Magic Kingdom was slow and
cold on the boat but much better than waiting and waiting for the bus..and being pushed/shoved every which way. So great to be close to the Magic Kingdom! I can't imagine anyone being disappointed with the Wilderness Lodge.
Feb 21, 2007
We've been to WDW at least a half-dozen times the last 18 months. On previous vists, we've stayed at the Animal Kingdom, the Polynesian, and the Beach Club. What I liked about this property was the overall theme, the Whispering Canyon Cafe, the hiking trail, and fire-places on a few floors. What I hated - and this is probably why this is the hotel I'm least likely to stay at - is the transportation system to and from the Magic Kingdom. More than
once, it took us 45 minutes. The boats are relatively small (for their intended purpose) and on a brisk day quite cold. It also took the bus about an hour to get from the hotel to the MGM. As with every other WDW stay, we stayed on their club level, in this instance the Old Faithful Club. We found their staff to be the least friendly and in several instances, just plain wrong.
Jan 15, 2007
I get a still get a smile on my face when I think about the wonderful time I had at this resort. My boyfriend and I went to Disney for the Disney Triathlon, stayed at the Wilderness Resort as the race starts nearby at the campground. The resort is beautiful, with even the music and the scent reminding us of a trip north instead of to the unforgiving Florida heat. The pool, the walkways, the resturants, and especially the lobby made us love this place.
AND - huge bonus: we thought we had an ugly view of the hotel dumpsters until we realized we were facing the magic kingdom through the trees and could watch the evening firework display from our balcony! It was a truely amazing trip of which I will always remember. Thanks, Disney!