Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Disney's Wilderness Lodge

Overview: Wilderness Lodge is a Disney Deluxe resort nearest to Magic Kingdom Park.  When staying at this resort you will take a boat or bus to Magic Kingdom. You would take a bus to all other parks and Downtown Disney.  This is a woodsy resort based on the National Parks. The fireplace is meant to exemplify the Grand Canyon and the lobby is seven stories high with wooden log rafters.
Prior to staying here I worried it would be too rustic for me since I’m not much of a camper or outdoorsman!  However, I was pleasantly surprised at how well updated the resort was with granite countertops and comfortable beds.

Bedding options include 2 queen beds, 1 double bed and bunk beds or 1 King Bed.  There are a few deluxe rooms with 2 Queen beds and a sofa bed.

  • ·        TRANSPORTATION! If you have ever been to Disney you know that while the transportation is convenient it is not always efficient.  The busses from Disney’s Wilderness Lodge to Magic Kingdom are only about 5 minutes, EPCOT would be about 8 minutes and the other stops may take up to 20 minutes depending on which other resorts are on the bus line.

  • ·        Quiet Atmosphere: Unlike the value resorts this resort is much smaller with only one bus stop and far less people. This means that the common areas, concierge desk and dining areas are far less congested.  You can sit and enjoy your breakfast or evening drink in relative peace.

  • ·        The Disney theming is subtle.  There is not a shock and awe of bright colors but gentle reminders you are on property.

  • ·        The Silver Creek Pool is a beautiful oasis with twisting slide, two hot tubs and a kiddy pool. Just beyond these pools is a geyser that erupts several times throughout the day.

  • ·         The Whispering Canyon restaurant is an open air restaurant and it is a ruckus, loud crowd so if that bothers you it could be annoying to you, we never heard any noise inside our room only in the open common areas.
  • ·        Sometimes shares bussing with Fort Wilderness so getting to Dowtown Disney or Hollywood Studios is kind of a convoluted trip.  If you will spend the majority of your trip at Magic Kingdom you would be fine.

Club Level:
·        Great for those not on the dining plan that plan to eat breakfast and dinner at the hotel daily.
·        Food is served
o   Breakfast 6:30-10:30 a.m.
§  Cereal, bagels, fruit, croissants, yogurt, muffins, cinnamon rolls, cappuccino machine, coffee, milk and juice
o   Midday Snacks 11:30-4 p.m.
§  Chips with ranch dip, goldfish crackers, gummy bears, wasabi pea trail mix, coffee, soda, juice and milk
o   Dinner 5-7 p.m.
§  Different offerings nightly from Artist Point, on our trip these included: pulled pork sandwiches, bacon wrapped scallops, buffalo chili, beef stew, salmon chowder, sourdough bread, crackers with cheese, raw veggies, beer, wine, soda, juice and coffee

o   Cordials and Desserts 8-10 p.m.
§  Different cobblers nightly, brownies, cookies, coffee, juice, milk and liquor (Kahlua and others)
  • ·        Club Level guests receive concierge service prior to and throughout their stay including help with dining reservations and transportation assistance.
  • ·        More personalized and efficient service available at all times.
  • ·        The seventh floor is exclusive to Club Level guests so the floor remains quiet and common areas are free from much noise.
  • ·        It was really nice with tweens and teens that they could go back to the room at any time and go get drinks and snacks without supervision.

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