My absolute favorite resort is The Wilderness Lodge. It is so relaxing and beautiful and I just love it!!! Let’s get into the details. Wilderness Lodge is a Deluxe category resort, located on Bay Lake in the Magic Kingdom area. It is not campgrounds. Fort Wilderness is actually an entirely different resort, though they are basically right next door to each other, and you can take a bus to the campgrounds. Not only do you have regular resort room options, but this resort also has two DVC properties. The first, in a separate building, is the Boulder Ridge Villas. In the main hotel, you will find the Copper Creek Villas and the Cabins are located down on Bay Lake.
Wilderness Lodge has 3 categories of rooms: standard view, courtyard view, and nature view, and each category offers two queen beds, as well as the option to book a king bed at every level. There is also club level service, though that is not currently available with COVID protocols. At Boulder Ridge, you will find a Deluxe Studio as well as 1 and 2 bedroom villas. Copper Creek offers Deluxe Studios, Deluxe Studios with walk-in showers, 1, 2, and 3 bedroom villas, and Cabins. The DVC properties are available to book as long as a DVC member has not already reserved them.
The amenities in the Wilderness Lodge include wifi, microwave and mini refrigerator, in-room safe, soaker tubs, and phones. Your basic resort amenities. The rooms in the Wilderness Lodge are all located in the main building, so there isn’t as much walking as staying at a larger resort, like Caribbean Beach.
The DVC rooms have a bit more to offer, and the Studios will give you everything the main hotel offers, plus a kitchenette. The Villas will give you a full kitchen, washer and dryer, and bathrooms depends on the size of the villa that you reserve. The Cabins sleep 8 adults, with 2 bedrooms, a full kitchen with an island, and a private porch and hot tub.
There are very awesome pools at the Wilderness Lodge. The first is the Copper Creek Springs Pool, a heated pool surrounded by nature. There is a 67-foot waterslide in the middle of the pool and a hot and cold spa. You can grab a drink or a meal at the Geyser Point Bar and Grill, and eat either at the restaurant or at your lounge chair. You can also find a water play area for the guests under 48″. Right beyond the pool is the replica or Old Faithful and it goes off every so often, going along with the theme of the Northwest U.S. Lodge.
If the hustle and bustle of the Copper Creek Pool doesn’t appeal to you, head over to the Boulder Ridge Cove Pool for a more quiet and relaxing pool experience. This pool is a zero-depth entry pool, nestled in the quiet of the Boulder Ridge Villas. It has a whirlpool spa and 6 shaded seated areas that are first come first serve.
Hungry? Stop by one of four dining locations. Starting with Artist Point, which is still currently closed, we’ll hopefully see the return of Storybook Dining with Snow White, but as of now, no sign of if or when it will return. For a quick service dining opportunity, stop by Roaring Fork, for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. This is also where you will find the drink refill station, for those of you that purchase the refillable drink mugs. Out by the Copper Creek Springs Pool, grab a bite at Geyser Point Bar and Grill. This is also available as a To-Go Mobile Ordering location.
Great food and hijinks await at Whispering Canyon Cafe! Serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner, they specialize in all-you-can-eat skillets at every single meal. I’ve yet to not leave fat and happy!
A spot not to be missed, don’t forget to stop into the Boulder Ridge Villas and see Walt Disney’s Trains and other memorabilia in a relaxing Northwest Lounge setting. A great place to relax and take in some of Walt Disney’s personal property? Sign me up.
Transportation offerings include buses and boats. Unlike the other Deluxe properties in the Magic Kingdom area, the monorail does not go to Wilderness Lodge. You can take a boat across Bay Lake to get to the Magic Kingdom, or take a very short bus ride. PRO TIP: take the bus when the park closes. The boat line will be massive and very often, you will get a whole bus to yourself, full of nice, cold air conditioning. All other parks and Disney Springs are accessible by bus.
Have you stayed at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge? Do you WANT TO?? Contact me today to book your trip!!