One of our favourite places not just at Disney World but anywhere is Wilderness Lodge in Walt Disney world. Themed for the Pacific Northwest this deluxe resort has lots to offer individuals, families or those who just visit to look around and dine. With close proximity to the magic kingdom and monorail resorts you have quick access to everything you could possibly want at Disney World.
Located just off the monorail loop between Fort Wilderness and the Contemporary Hotel, Wilderness Lodge is a hidden gem of the hotels on the monorail loop. With direct boat access to Magic Kingdom, Contemporary and Fort Wilderness you can quickly get yourself anywhere you need on property but with a substantially reduced cost over other monorail loop hotels.
Wilderness Lodge is a large lodge style hotel with several great restaurants that you would expect from any other deluxe hotel from Walt Disney World.
- Boulder Creek Villas – These rooms are a separate hotel just next to Wilderness Lodge similar to the Grand Floridian Villas.
- Copper Creek Villas – These are DVC style rooms in the main Wilderness Lodge building. These have recently been redone as of mid-2017 and are modern and redesigned. There is a wider range of rooms here including 1, 2 and 3 bedroom grand villas.
- Copper Creek Cabins – These are brand new 2 bedroom cabins that are totally detached and include all the amenities of your standard DVC room but in a larger more private package.
As with any deluxe Walt Disney World there are several dining facilities for nearly anything you need or want. We’ll break down the restaurants based on class.
- Artists Point – Artists Point is the signature dinning facility for dinner only which means you can expect prices to be about $30-$50 USD but the food will be of the highest quality. They serve various foods in the theme of the Pacific Northwest with beef like Bison, Venison and of course Salmon. For more information check out our review here!
- Whispering Canyon Cafe – This is the table service restaurant in the main building. You can expect a rowdy, cowboy-esque experience. You can expect breakfast, lunch and dinner here and prices around $15-$35USD. This is a place your kids will love, its heavily themed and one of those restaurants where the servers are in character as well.
- Roaring Fork – This is your counter service / server yourself style restaurant where you can pick up quick meals on the go like sandwiches to go or you can get hot food and sit in. Recently redone they also have a nice outdoor seating area nice and various menu items you can only find here.
- Geyser Point Bar & Grill – A brand new dining option at Wilderness Lodge. This is an outdoor however covered area with relaxing seats. A bit more bar than grill in my mind it does share a kitchen with the pool so expect menu items to be similar. They have good quick food but more specifically they have a nice drink menu for late night unwinding.
- Territory Lounge – This is maybe one of my favourite late night places. It shares a kitchen with Artist Point so you can usually get anything you want thats served from Artists Point. Open from about 4:30 to midnight I’ve spent a number of nights with the bourbon flight and apps during the Disney World Marathon Weekend (depending of what races I’m running vs. my wife of course). I really suggest siting back and relaxing here.
- Geysers Point Bar & Grill – I added this one under lounges as well because to be honest I feel its more a lounge than a bar. This place is right not he water (bay lake) and you can sit back in large wonderfully soft seats with overhead heating lamps in the cool months and watch the world go by. I love this place you can get some bites as well. I usually pick the territory lounge first but when thats packed this is an awesome place to go and relax.
When we visit Wilderness Lodge we usually get a king sized deluxe room (non-DVC) so most of our opinions will come from that. I really enjoy this hotel, especially for the price. With lots of accommodation options from 1 bedroom to 3 bedroom deluxe villas and private cabins you can pretty much any accommodation you need. The rooms are well appointed, I do think the deluxe rooms are a bit dated. That said I know the Copper Creek Villas are all brand new and the Boulder Ridge villas are slightly newer too. Personally I think the older deluxe rooms can do a bit of a renovation but its not in dire need.
There are two main pools here. The primary pool called the Copper Creek Springs Pool which is part of the main Wilderness Lodge is the largest of the pools on property. This pool includes a large water slide, hot tub and various pool activities for the kids through the day. There is a zero entry walk in and accessibility lifts.
There is a second pool thats the Boulder Ridge Cove Pool which has recently been redone and has many unique features. There is a large hot tub here and themed like an old quarry. There are first come first serve cabanas which are nice and private but also includes a zero entry walk in and accessible lifts.
There are lots of activities thought the day and night here. Like always you have movies at night, a campfire with smores and even more unique and personalized activities throughout the day. Beyond that you will find many other activities such as:
- Bike Rentals
- Motorized Boat Rentals
- Jogging Trails
- Button and Bells Arcade
Many of these you can find at the Teton Boat and Bike Rental.
- Boat – You can take a boat to Magic Kingdom directly or to Fort Wilderness and Contemporary to hop on the monorail
- Bus – As with all resorts you can hop on the bus to any other park.
- Monorail – Not available however you can boat to Contemporary and hop on there.
Tips & Hints
- Try not to stay in the main building, although beautiful you will hear noise from the Whispering Canyon restaurant. Specifically you will hear “KETCHUP!” echo through the lobby. The restaurant does close at about 10PM however if you have kids going to bed earlier than that swap the room for another thats not in the main building!
With its close proximity to the monorail via the Contemporary Resort and direct access to Magic Kingdom this hotel has many of the pluses of the monorail hotels without the additional cost. You can generally score this hotel at least 20% less than Poly or Grand and still qualifies as deluxe. With the recent renovations and two large pools I always find this hotel to be an easy decision. Your kids will love it as much as you do, with the awe-inspiring main lobby and relaxed, laid back feeling of the restaurants and hotel you will feel right at home!