Disney's Wilderness Lodge Resort Overview
Parts of Wilderness Lodge & Villas will be a construction zone from late 2015 through 2016, as Disney adds new time-share units to the shores of Bay Lake and the Wilderness Lodge building. Water-view (northeast-facing) rooms at the villas and northwest-facing woods-view rooms at the lodge may be subject to construction noise and views. We hear that some upper-floor hotel rooms in the lodge will also be converted to time-share lodging. If so, expect construction to affect more rooms on the northwest side of the lodge. Your best bet to avoid the mess is to request a courtyard view in the main building or a southwest-facing view in the villas, or choose another hotel.
This Deluxe resort is inspired by national-park lodges of the early 20th century. Situated on the shore of Bay Lake, the lodge consists of an eight-story central building augmented by two seven-story guest wings and a wing of studio and one- and two- bedroom condominiums. The hotel features exposed timber columns, log cabin–style facades, and dormer windows, and an 82-foot-tall stone fireplace in the lobby. Although the resort isn’t on vast acreage, it does have a beach and a delightful pool modeled on a mountain stream.
The lodge’s 727 guest rooms, refurbished in 2012, have darkly stained Mission-style furniture accented by soft goods done in blue-and-red American Indian patterns. Carved-wood headboards, rough-hewn armoires, and rustic light fixtures create a log-cabin coziness. Typical rooms have two queen-size beds; some have one queen bed and bunk beds. All rooms have a table and chairs, a two-sink vanity outside the bathroom, a mini-fridge, and a coffeemaker. Rooms on the ground floor have patios; rooms above have balconies.
Service at Wilderness Lodge & Villas is excellent. There are two full- service restaurants, with several more a boat ride away. The resort is connected to the Magic Kingdom by boat and to other Disney parks by bus. Boat service may be suspended during thunderstorms, so if it’s raining or looks like it’s about to, Disney will provide buses. Walking time to bus- and boat- loading areas from the most remote rooms is about 5–8 minutes.
Two adult couples from Fort Smith, Arkansas, think the Wilderness Lodge is great, with one reservation (pardon the pun):
There has been a real downturn in our opinion in the efficacy of the bus transportation. The ambiance of the lodge makes up for it, though.
A Boone County, Indiana, reader concurs about the transportation:
To paraphrase Mark Twain, rumors that Wilderness Lodge’s transportation problems have been resolved are greatly exaggerated—it’s an easy ride to the Magic Kingdom, but trips to the Studios and Animal Kingdom take nearly an hour, which is just inexcusable.
A mom from Oklahoma City piles on:
We have stayed at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge on four occasions and have had good experiences on all except the most recent. The shuttle service from the hotel to the parks was the worst we have ever experienced in all our trips to WDW. We waited more than an hour at the hotel dock for a boat to Magic Kingdom. When it finally showed up and loaded, we made an unexplained trip to Fort Wilderness Campground and loaded 26 more people before heading to Magic Kingdom. It took 90 minutes to get from Wilderness Lodge to Magic Kingdom! The bus system was not much better. It’s nearly impossible to get to the parks before opening using the Disney shuttle service!
How Disney's Wilderness Lodge Resort Compares to Other Disney Deluxe Resorts
The major advantage of Wilderness Lodge is that the Magic Kingdom is short boat ride away.Wilderness Lodge's rooms are slightly smaller than some of Disney's other deluxe resorts. At 344 square feet they are smaller than BoardWalk Inn's 371 sf, Yacht & Beach Club's 381 sf, Grand Floridian's 440 sf, and Polynesian's 415 sf. The nightly price for rooms at Wilderness Lodge fall in to the lower end of all the other WDW deluxe resorts. Wilderness Lodge does offer a fitness center, salon, and a spa.
Where To Check-In, Get Theme Park Tickets, and Make Dining Reservations
A security gate guards the entrance to Wilderness Lodge's grounds. If you arrive by car, you'll need to provide photo ID at the gate; it's not necessary to provide your reservation number or paperwork. A dedicated parking lot across from the lobby serves as temporary parking for those who need it while checking in.
Check-in time at Wilderness Lodge is 3:00 PM, and check-out time is 11:00 AM. Wilderness Lodge participates in Disney's Online Check-In program, which allows you to provide name, address, and credit card information up to 60 days before your arrival. If you've done this, look for an Online Check-In sign near the Registration Desk. You'll be routed to one of the Online Check-in staff and should be on the way to your room in a few minutes.
If you've not registered online, look for signs pointing you to the Registration/Check-In area. You'll need to provide a government-issued photo ID and credit/debit card when you register. While parents are completing the paperwork, kids can unwind in a nearby play area decorated with child-sized furniture, and a television showing classic Disney animated films.
Disney's Wilderness Lodge Resort's registration staff can provide MagicBands for your stay, if you don't already have them. Get theme park tickets and dining reservations at the Concierge Desk, to the right of the Registration Desk. If you need to check in and obtain theme park tickets, you can save some time in line if one adult gets in line for tickets just after another adult starts the registration process. The Concierge Desk can also make Disney dining reservations, and you can avoid a wait there by making them online prior to arrival.
Disney's Wilderness Lodge Resort's Rooms
Most of the Wilderness Lodge rooms are 344 square feet and have two queen- size beds, a daybed, and a desk and three chairs.
Each Disney's Wilderness Lodge Resort room is furnished with the following:
- Two queen beds
- Dresser with 4 small-size drawers
- Table with 2 chairs
- Nightstand digital alarm clock
- Full-length mirror (on bath door)
- WiFi wireless Internet access
- Flat-panel TV
- Mini fridge
- Coffee Maker
- Ironing board and iron
- Hair dryer
- Digital thermostat
- In-room safe
- Tiny bottle of H2O-brand shampoo, and bar soap
The mini-fridge is a dorm-style unit that sits under a counter or desk. It's more like a beverage chiller than a refrigerator in that it'll keep drinks cool, but you're not going to freeze popsicles or make ice cubes in it.
Wilderness Lodge's bathrooms aren't big, but they also aren't as small as the ones you'll find in Disney's moderate or value resort rooms. Luckily you won't feel claustrophobic in your room's bathroom. Water pressure in the shower is average - probably less than what you get at home, but still enough to get your hair clean. Eventually.
A separate dressing area next to the bathroom includes two sinks, and enough counter space to fit most of the toiletries you would need. There are also two shelves under the sink that provide a small amount of storage. A 1500-watt, wall-mounted hair dryer is provided, but it's not very powerful; bring your own if you've got lots of hair. The dressing area includes a sliding door that separates it from the sleeping area. Combined with the bathroom, this means that 3 people can get dressed at the same time.
Wilderness Lodge Room Tour
Wilderness Lodge Concierge Level Rooms
The concierge level of a deluxe resort can also be referred to as club level. Each one throughout the property has a name for their concierge level. At the Wilderness Lodge it is called the Old Faithful Club and it’s located on the seventh floor. Here guests willing to pay a premium are treated to special services including a lounge, complimentary food and drink, and personalized service. There are about 75 Old Faithful Club rooms most of which are similar to regular rooms throughout the resort, but there are also suites available. Club level prices can be up to $100 more than standard rooms at the Wilderness Lodge
Upon arriving to Wilderness Lodge, concierge guests are taken to an exclusive area to be checked in and taken care of. Once guests are brought to the club level they will be introduced to the cast members on hand at two desks set up to be the resource for any special services they may need. These CMs are there to help folks with whatever they might need including ADRs, park tickets, and transportation options.
Another special service provided to concierge level guests is a nightly turn down. Housekeeping cast members come to your room in the evening to prepare your bed for you to fall into it after a long day in the parks and leave chocolates.
A more exciting benefit to staying in the Old Faithful Club is access to free food for most of the day. The breakfast offerings are relatively light so don’t expect to fuel up for a full day here. Later in the day snacks are available along with an assortment of drinks including soda, hot drinks like coffee, and beer. In the late afternoon/early evening the menu changes but appetizers are put out for guests to enjoy before they begin their evening. Wine and liqueurs along with desserts area served throughout the evening as well.
The selection of food and drink is laid out in the lounge only accessible to club level guests. There are several tables and chairs set up for folks to you use throughout the day. The area is busy a breakfast time, but can be a quiet place to relax and maybe even get some work done if guests happen to be business travelers. There are also a few couches in the mix where friends can gather to chat. Kids have their own area here with child sized table and chairs and a TV running cartoons and other Disney favorites.
Handicap-Accessible Room Options
Disney's Wilderness Lodge Resort have around 51 handicap-accessible rooms. Some feature roll-in showers, while others include assistive hearing devices. A subset of these rooms have been converted to comply with Florida's Accessibility Code, with changes to everything from bed, counter-top, and dresser drawer height, to door widths, wheelchair ramps, and more.
Some accessible rooms have the standard setup of 2 queen beds; all rooms with roll-in showers have 1 king bed, and a small number of roll-in shower rooms have both 1 king bed and 1 double bed. Use our hotel room finder to see which rooms have which feature
Standard Views, Courtyard Views and Pool Views
Disney knows that some hotel rooms are better than others. Most people want something pretty to look at from their hotel room window. To capitalize on this, Disney categorizes all of Wilderness Lodge's hotel rooms based on what you see from inside the room.
Here's the system Disney uses:
- Woods View: The view
from your window for the most part includes landscaping and trees. But some rooms look on to a walking path or a small body of water.
- Courtyard View: At the Wilderness Lodge, any rooms facing
the center of the resort (where the pool is located) is considered a Courtyard
First floor rooms here tend to have views of the backs of lounge chairs sitting around the pool,
so upper-floor rooms generally have better views. Some rooms facing southeast
look on to Bay Lake.
- Standard View: Standard View rooms make up the majority of rooms at Wilderness Lodge. Standard rooms generally have unremarkable views of landscaping or parking lots. These are the cheapest rooms at Wilderness Lodge, but there are some gems to be found in this category, though, using our Wilderness Lodge Room Finder.
Wilderness Lodge Pools
Wilderness Lodge has two pools. The largest, Silver Creek Springs Pool, sits sits in the middle of the resort's courtyard. The pool is surrounded by rock work and lush vegetation, the entire complex looks great. There is also a hot tub, kiddie pool and water player area.
The other smaller pool is located on the far right of the resort, next to the Wilderness Lodge Villas. This pool is considered a "quiet pool," meaning that loud play and splashing around are discouraged.
Wilderness Lodge's pools range in depth from around 3 feet 6 inches/1.1m to 4 feet 9 inches/1.4m. Pool are open every day, including during winter. The pools are heated to 82°F/28°C throughout the year. We've swum in temperatures as cold as 40°F/4°C; the water was fine, but getting out was a shock. Wilderness Lodge also has a hot tub located near Silver Creek Springs Pool.
Silver Creek Springs has one water slide that all ages are free to use. Guests can find showers, storage lockers, restrooms, and laundry facilities. Pool hours are at least 10AM to 10 PM, extending to as much as 8 AM to 12 AM during busy times. Silver Creek Springs Pool will have lifeguards during the pools' operating hours.
Infants and children in diapers are welcome in all of Wilderness Lodge's pools, as long as they're wearing swim diapers. Water wings are allowed at all Disney pools, and every pool has free life vests in a variety of sizes:
- Infant/child: Weight less than 30 lbs.
- Child: Weight 30-50 lbs.
- Youth: Weight 50-90 lbs.
- Adult XS: Weight more than 90 lbs., Chest size 31-34 in.
- Adult S: Weight more than 90 lbs., Chest size 34-37 in.
- Adult M: Weight more than 90 lbs., Chest size 37-40 in.
- Adult L: Weight more than 90 lbs. Chest size 40-43 in.
- Adult XL: Weight more than 90 lbs., Chest size 43-46 in.
- Adult XXL: Weight more than 90 lbs., Chest size 46-48 in.
- Additionally, there may be a small supply of even larger vests. Inquire at your resort.
You may need to bring your towels from your room to use at the pool - Disney sometimes stocks extra towels poolside, and sometimes they don't. Our advice is to send someone down to the pool to check the towel situation before you go. If you end up using your room towels at the pool, just call Housekeeping when you get back and request more.
Pool toys are permitted in Wilderness Lodge's pools, including "pool noodles," and basic toys that would be appropriate for water use such as rubber duckies and bucket & shovel sets. Some of us will occasionally bring something like a whiffle ball for playing catch in the pool. As long as you’re not disturbing other guests, you’ll be fine. Also note that kids with pool toys become very popular with other kids in the pool who want to play too. If you’re traveling with an only child and want him to have some age cohort interaction during your vacation, a nice strategy is to bring some extra toys. Chances are he’ll make a buddy.
Wheelchair Accessibility at Wilderness Lodge's Pool
Wilderness Lodge's Silver Creek Springs Pool has a chair-lift device that can lower guests in wheelchairs into the shallow end of the pool. Check with any lifeguard for assistance on using the lift.
Playgrounds at Disney's Wilderness Lodge Resort
A small playground set is located near Silver Creek Springs on the beach. The set has a small plastic slide and a couple of sections with a few steps for toddlers to go up and down. Safety seems to be Disney's concern here - there are no swings, and the entire area is covered in sand.
Restaurants and Dining
Wilderness Lodge has some excellent dining options, including three quick service restaurants, two table service restaurants and one lounge.
The cavernous dining room can feel a little sterile, but the food and friendly service warm up the place. The cedar-plank salmon is a must-try, but the buffalo short rib runs a close second in today's fat- and carb-conscious world. The restaurant offers a terrific all-Pacific Northwest wine list.
Two-story-high paintings depict the landscape of the Pacific Northwest, and out the tall windows you'll see Disney's version of the Pacific Northwest: wildflowers, the lake, a waterfall off high rocks, and even an erupting geyser. Cast-iron chandeliers hold 12 lanterns with milk-glass panes; tables are made of heavy wood and engraved with animals native to the Northwest.
Whispering Canyon Cafe
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Just off the hotel's atrium lobby, the restaurant looks out on the lobby on one side and a mountain prairie, created by Disney landscapers, on the other. Tables have a barrel-top lazy Susan where food is placed.
If you're hungry, the real value here is in the family-style service, with all-you-can-eat servings brought to you on platters and in crocks to pass around to your family. You can always order off the regular menu if you don't feel like sharing, but you may end up paying more for the privilege. Lively dining room with servers who encourage kids to be rowdy - all in good fun.
Roaring Fork is small counter service restaurant with a limited menu. Prices range from $6 to $15 for an entree so you won't break the bank. The menu is made up of burgers, sandwiches, and flatbread pizzas.
Roaring Fork participate in Disney's Rapid Fill refillable mug program, where you purchase a souvenir plastic mug once, and get free refills for the remainder of your stay. The cost varies depending on how long you're staying at the resort:
- $8.99 for 1 day
- $11.99 for 2 days
- $14.99 for 3 days
- $17.99 for length of stay (4 or more days)
The break-even point for the refillable mug program seems to be around 3 visits on the 1-day plan; 4 visits on the 2-day plan; 5 on the 3- day plan; and 6 visits for stays of 4 or more days. Keep in mind that if you buy a regular $3 fountain soda at any meal, you get unlimited refills during that meal. So for the refillable mug program to make sense, you'll need to drink soda with at least 3 separate meals on the 1-day plan, or 5 separate meals on the 2-day plan. In those cases, it would be hard to get too far from a bathroom, let alone all the way to the parks.
Restaurants at Wilderness Lodge participate in the Disney Dining Plan; meals cost 1 credit at Roaring Fork and Whispering Canyon, and 2 credits at Artist Point. Tables in Wonderland cardholders are eligible for a 20% discount at most resort restaurants.
Pizza delivery is available to your room from Disney's own delivery service. Besides pizza, chicken wings, desserts, beer, wine, and sodas are also available. However, delivery can take up to 90 minutes, and the food quality is often below average. You're probably better off either walking to the food court or calling Domino's. Pizza delivery hours are 4 PM to midnight daily. A medium (16") cheese pizza costs around $14 and a pepperoni around $16. Minimum order is $15, and Disney will tack on an 18% tip, $3 delivery charge, and 7% sales tax. Thus, a $30 pizza order will cost you $40.50 delivered.
Territory Lounge is Wilderness Lodge's lounge. Territory Lounge has indoor seating and a full drink menu, with several beer selections, wines, and a selection of spirits. The lounge is usually open 4 PM to 12 AM daily.
Transportation to and from Disney's Wilderness Lodge Resort
Driving Your Own Car Disney's Wilderness Lodge Resort is just off of I-4 in Lake Buena Vista. Take I-4 Exit 67 - Epcot Center Dr. and you'll end up on World Drive. Turn right onto World Drive and then right on to Timberline Dr. Finally, make a left on to W Wilderness Rd and Wilderness Lodge will be on your right.
Disney's Wilderness Lodge Resort's GPS address and location are:
Disney's Wilderness Lodge Resort
901 Timberline Dr
Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830
Latitude: 28.409390 North, Longitude: 81.572615 West
From Orlando International Airport If you're arriving at Orlando International Airport, Disney's free Magical Express bus service will take you and your luggage directly from the airport to Disney's Wilderness Lodge Resort, then back to the airport when it's time for your flight home.
From Sanford International Airport It's about a 40-minute drive from Sanford to Disney's Wilderness Lodge Resort. If you're not renting a car, be aware that Sanford's airport offers fewer transportation options than Orlando's, and Sanford's options are generally much more expensive. A taxi from Sanford International Airport to Disney's Wilderness Lodge Resort will cost between $120 and $150, depending on traffic. Mears Transportation offers 3-passenger towncar service to Disney's Wilderness Lodge Resort for around $140 each way, plus tip; 5-passenger SUV service or 10-passenger van is around $190 each way. That means round-trip transportation will run you somewhere between $240 and $380, plus tip, between Sanford and Disney's Wilderness Lodge Resort. At those prices, it may be less expensive to rent a car and park it at the hotel.
Getting to the theme parks, water parks and Downtown Disney Disney provides free bus service from Disney's Wilderness Lodge Resort to Magic Kingdom, Disney's Hollywood Studios, Epcot, Disney's Animal Kingdom, Blizzard Beach, Typhoon Lagoon, and Downtown Disney/Disney Springs. Disney's Wilderness Lodge Resort's bus stops sit along the front wall of the lobby, between the lobby and check-in parking lot. Each theme park has its own bus stop somewhere along the wall. Animal Kingdom's bus service is shared with Blizzard Beach, while Downtown Disney/Disney Springs and Typhoon Lagoon also share a stop and service.
Magic Kingdom can also be accessed by boat from the dock near Silver Creek Springs. Boat service may be suspended during thunderstorms, so if it's raining or looks like it's about to, Disney will provide buses. Boats to Magic Kingdom start running 30 minutes before the scheduled opening of the park and close 90 minutes after the park closes.
Disney's Wilderness Lodge Resort's Bus Schedule
Ask a Disney Castmember about Wilderness Lodge's bus schedule, and they'll tell you that buses run about every 20 minutes. In reality, Wilderness Lodge's bus schedule varies considerably depending on the time of day and where you're headed.
For example, if you're headed to the Magic Kingdom between 8 AM and 11 AM, you'll wait around 11 minutes, on average, for a bus to arrive. The bus schedules for Epcot, Animal Kingdom, and Disney's Hollywood Studios are about the same early in the day, with a bus arriving every 14-20 minutes, on average. Bus schedules to the water parks and Downtown Disney are a little less frequent, and you could wait anywhere from 20 to 30 minutes for a ride.
Buses run a little slower from around 11 AM to around 4 PM, when most people are already in a park. Disney's evening buses are scheduled around the theme parks' closing times, where most of the fleet is deployed to get guests back to their hotels. Your waits to return to your hotel from a theme park should average out to around 30 minutes under most circumstances.
If you've got your own car, it's faster to drive yourself to Disney's Animal Kingdom, the Typhoon Lagoon and Blizzard Beach water parks, and Downtown Disney. Disney's bus service is faster to the Magic Kingdom, Epcot and Disney's Hollywood Studios. We evaluate Disney's Wilderness Lodge Resort's bus service annually, and the latest transportation times can be found below.
Getting to another hotel from Disney's Wilderness Lodge Resort If you've got dining plans at another Disney hotel, the cheapest option is to take a Disney bus from Disney's Wilderness Lodge Resort to Downtown Disney (or an open theme park), then take another bus from there to your destination hotel. Do the reverse to get back to Disney's Wilderness Lodge Resort. While that's free, it can take anywhere from 90 minutes to 2 hours each way. If your destination is one of the Magic Kingdom monorail resorts, and the Magic Kingdom is still open, you could take a bus to the Magic Kingdom, then either walk (to the Contemporary and Bay Lake Tower), hop on the monorail (to the Polynesian and Grand Floridian), or take a boat (to Fort Wilderness, the Wilderness Lodge, the Polynesian, and the Grand Floridian). We suggest you still allow at least an hour for that.
The fastest option, however, is almost always a taxi from Wilderness Lodge to wherever you're going; it's generally not more than a $20, 15-minute cab ride to get to most Disney hotels from Wilderness Lodge, and often less. Taxis are available outside the lobby; if a taxi is not already sitting out front, the bell services desk also serves as a taxi stand, and they'll call one for you.
To Universal Orlando If you're staying at Walt Disney World and don't have a car, Mears Transportation will shuttle you from your hotel to Universal and back for $18 per person. Pickup and return times are at your convenience. A one-way taxi ride is around $36, and may be the cheapest option if you have three to five people.
Shopping, Recreation and Things to Do
Sturdy Branches is Wilderness Lodge's fitness center and spa. It is open 24 hours a day but attendants are only available from 6:00 AM to 9:00 PM. Massage, facial, and body treatment services are available.
Watercraft Rentals are available for use in Bay Lake 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Kayaks, sailboats, pedal boats, and Sea Raycers can be rented. Prices vary. All rentals can be purchased in a booth near Silver Creek Springs Pool.
|Type of Rental||Cost - Length of rental|
|Sea Raycer||$32 for 30 Minutes - $40 for 45 Minutes - $45 for 60 minutes|
|Montauk||$45 for 30 minutes|
|Pontoon||$45 for 30 minutes|
|Bike||$9 for 60 minutes - $18 for 24 hours|
|2 Seat Surrey Bike||$20 for 30 minutes|
|4 Seat Surrey Bike||$22 for 30 minutes|
Wilderness Lodge's gift shop is Wilderness Lodge Mercantile. It is located on the right side after you enter Wilderness Lodge's lobby. As you'd expect from a Disney gift shop, Mercantile has a decent collection of souvenirs ranging from small trinkets such as keychains and pens, to embroidered jackets and Disney princess dresses. Prices for these items are about what you'd pay in the theme parks or Downtown Disney.
Wilderness Lodge Mercantile also sells basic pharmacy items such as sunscreen, aspirin, allergy and cold medicine, baby diapers and formula, shampoo, and the like. And Wilderness Lodge Mercantile has Disney-branded cookies, chocolate, coffee tins, and similar items, if that's what you're looking for. Prices for these items are considerably higher - about double - than what you'd probably pay at home.
Also located near Wilderness Lodge Mercantile is the Buttons and Bells Game Arcade, which has a decent collection of relatively recent video and arcade games. Most games cost $0.50 to $2.00 per play, which can add up quickly. It's helpful to set a budget with your kids before they go in.
Walkers, joggers and runners can find a jogging trail. The trail is a 0.75-mile shaded fitness trail and bike path that connects Disney's Wilderness Lodge and Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort.
Disney's Wilderness Lodge Resort Babysitting and In-Room Child Care
Wilderness Lodge's on-site child-care center is the Cub's Den. Kids ages 3-12 may take part. Services vary, but children generally can be left between 4:30 PM and midnight. Milk and cookies and blankets and pillows are provided at all centers, and dinner is provided at most. Play is supervised but not organized, and toys, videos, and games are plentiful. Guests at any Disney resort or campground may use the services.
The most elaborate of the child-care centers (variously called "clubs" or "camps") is Lilo's Playhouse at the Polynesian Resort. The rate for ages 3-12 is $15 per hour, per child (2-hour minimum).
All the clubs accept reservations (some six months in advance!) with a credit card guarantee. Call the club directly, or reserve through Disney at 407-WDW-DINE. (If you call before 4 PM, call the club directly using the number shown below.) Most clubs require a 24-hour cancellation notice and levy a hefty penalty of 2 hours' time or $22.50 per call for no- shows. A limited number of walk-ins are usually accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.
|Hotel||Name of Program||Ages||Phone|
|Animal Kingdom Lodge||Simba's Clubhouse||3-12||407-938-4785|
|Dolphin and Swan||Camp Dolphin||4-12||407-934-4241|
|Polynesian Resort||Lilo's Playhouse||3-12||407-824-1639|
|Yacht and Beach Club Resorts||Sandcastle Club||3-12||407-934-3750|
|Wilderness Lodge and Villas||Cub's Den||3-12||407-824-1083|
Two companies provide in-room sitting in Walt Disney World and surrounding areas. They're Kid's Nite Out and Fairy Godmothers (no kidding). Both provide sitters older than age 18 who are insured, bonded, screened, reference-checked, police-checked, and trained in CPR. In addition to caring for your kids in your room, the sitters will, if you direct (and pay), take your children to the theme parks or other venues. Neither service will transport your children in private vehicles or give baths. Both offer bilingual sitters.
|Kid's Nite Out||Fairy Godmothers|
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Men and women
Mothers and grandmothers, female college students
Base Hourly Rates
1 child, $18
2 children, $21
3 children, $24
4 children, $26
Base Hourly Rates
1 child, $16
2 children, $16
3 children, $16
4 children, $18
Transportation fee, $10; starting before 6:30 AM
or after 9 PM, +$2 per hour; additional fee for holidays
Transportation fee, $14; starting after 10 PM,
+$2 per hour
24 hours before service when reservation is made
3 hours before service
Form of Payment
AE, D, MC, V; gratuity in cash
Form of Payment
Cash or traveler's check for actual payment; gratuity in cash
Things Sitter Won't Do
Transport children in private vehicles,
take children swimming, give baths
Things Sitter Won't Do
Transport children, give baths; swimming
is at sitter's discretion
Miscellaneous Wilderness Lodge
Washers and dryers are in laundry facilities located on the first floor. Cost is $3 per wash, and another $3 per dry cycle. The machines take credit cards. A small selection of soap, fabric softener, and dryer sheets are also sold, for around $1 each. A typical wash cycle takes 20 to 30 minutes, and a typical dry cycle takes 40 to 50.
Laundry room cards can be purchased for $7 (using cash or credit) at the hotel's front desk. These cards get you one wash and one dry cycle, plus text messages letting you know when your laundry has been completed. Walt Disney World laundry rooms now make use of a technology called "LaundryView" which displays washer and dryer availability on their website.
If you lose something during your stay, contact Disney's Wilderness Lodge Resort's Lost and Found department by calling (407)824-4245.
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Good (and Not-So-Good) Rooms at Disney's Wilderness Lodge
Best and worst room views at Disney's Wilderness Lodge resort
TouringPlans offers pictures of the view from any Disney resort room on property. Click here for the Disney's Wilderness Lodge resort map and to choose a room to see the view.
The lodge is shaped like a very blocky V. The main entrance and lobby are at the closed end of the V. Next are middle wings that connect the lobby to the parallel end sections, which extend to the open part of the V. The V’s open end flanks pools and gardens and overlooks Bay Lake directly or obliquely. Avoid rooms on the fourth, fifth, and sixth floors numbered 67–99; these overlook the main lobby and pick up every whoop, holler, and shout from the boisterous Whispering Canyon Cafe downstairs. The noise makes it difficult to get to sleep before Whispering Canyon closes, usually at 10 p.m.
Avoid rooms on the fourth, fifth, and sixth floors numbered 70–99; these overlook the main lobby and pick up every whoop, holler, and shout from the boisterous Whispering Canyon Cafe downstairs. The noise makes it difficult to get to sleep before Whispering Canyon closes, usually at 10 p.m.
The better rooms are on floors four, five, and six, toward the V’s open end. On the very end of the V, rooms 4000–4003, 4166–4169, 5000–5003, 5166–5169, 6000–6003, and 6166–6169 offer a direct frontal view of Bay Lake. (The X000–X003 views include tall trees.) Toward the end of the V on the parallel wings, but facing inward, odd-numbered rooms 4005–4023, 4147–4165, 5005–5023, 5147–5165, 6005–6023, and 6147–6165 face the courtyard but have excellent oblique lake views. Even-numbered rooms 5004–5034 and 6004–6034 front a woodland northwest of the lodge and, beyond the woodland, the Magic Kingdom. Odd-numbered rooms 5035–5041, 5123–5129, 6035–6041, and 6123–6129, on the lake end of the parallel middle wings, offer a direct but distant view of the lake, with pools and gardens in the foreground. Rooms looking southeast face the Boulder Ridge Villas, a garden area, and woods. (The map suggests that these rooms offer a lake view, but trees block the line of sight.)
A handful of rooms overlook parking lots, service areas, and such—of these, avoid fourth- and fifth-floor rooms X042–X066. The rooms listed above afford the most desirable views, but if you can’t score one, you’re pretty much assured of a woodland view or a room fronting the faux rocks and creek in the V’s inner courtyard. Concierge rooms on the seventh floor aren’t recommended: Only those facing the Magic Kingdom have nice views, and even those have a service area in the foreground. Almost all rooms at the lodge have balconies. Avoid 1538, 1540, 1542, and 1544, which face a giant green electrical transformer.
Except for a few rooms overlooking the pool, rooms at Boulder Ridge Villas offer woodland views. The best are odd-numbered rooms X531–X563 on floors three through five, which open to the lake (northeast) side of the resort (you usually can’t see the lake, though). Rooms on the opposite side of the same wing offer similar views, but with some roads and parking lots visible, and with traffic noise.
|Magnificently rendered theme||No character meals|
|The favorite resort of children||Must take boat or bus to get to off-site dining options|
|Romantic setting, architecture||Among the smallest Deluxe rooms|
|Good on-site dining|
|Great views from guest rooms|
|Extensive recreational options|
|Elaborate swimming complex|
|Health and fitness center|
|On-site child care|
Wilderness Lodge 2016 Rack Rates
Disney's Wilderness Lodge Dining
- Artist Point (Table Service)
- Miss Jenny's In-Room Dining (Table Service)
- Roaring Fork (Counter Service)
- Territory Lounge (Bar or Lounge)
- Trout Pass Pool Bar (Bar or Lounge)
- Whispering Canyon Cafe (Table Service)
- Wilderness Lodge Mercantile - Market
|Park||Commuting Times||Resort Transportation|
|Magic Kingdom||20 min|
|Hollywood Studios||27 min|
|Animal Kingdom||30 min|
|Quietness of Room||B-|
|Shuttle to Parks||Yes|