I just love Disney’s Wilderness Lodge and Villas. It is hard to talk about one without the other since Disney’s Wilderness Lodge and Villas are connected to the Lodge. The villas are a Disney Vacation Club© property which opened November 15, 2000. They are both located in the Magic Kingdom Theme Park area. They both celebrate the majesty of the great outdoors. The villas lobby theme is recalling the great 1860’s railroad hotels of America West with railroad memorabilia in the lobby. It has studio units with a kitchenette and one or two bedroom villas with a full kitchen and a larger living space for more family members. Disney’s Wilderness Lodge is built with the theme of America’s great Northwest lodges. You check in for both in the lodge.
The lobby of the lodge is an architectural marvel! It is beautiful! First look for a totem pole with Mickey and his friends for a great picture! I love to sit in the lobby with the 9 story ceilings, several fireplaces, and a stream which flows out into the, Silver Springs Pool. The stream inside the lobby has a bridge over it. There is some noise from the people hustling and bustling around, also some laughing from the wonderful restaurant, Whispering Canyon. The restaurant is full of fun for everyone and make sure if you eat there ask for ketchup and say you are really thirsty! There is another sit down restaurant called Artist Point which celebrates the food of the Pacific Northwest. It has seasonal specialties and waterfront views. The fast food restaurant, Roaring Fork has a different variety of breakfast foods, sandwiches, burgers, soup, and pizza and is very good. They have breakfast, lunch, and dinner. We love to eat there!
There are two pools on the property. The Silver Springs Pool which has a slide, and two hot tubs. It is the larger of the two. The view from, the pool to the lodge is just breathtaking! It feels like being transported to an older time when life was slower and no one was in a hurry. This pool is a very special place! Close to this pool is a beach with chairs. There are Disney movies at night and you can see the Electrical Light Parade as it moves across the water of Bay Lake. Just past this area is, the Hidden Springs Pool. It has bubbling spring water in the pool and one hot tub. This is the smaller of the two pools but, I just love the bubbling water.
This resort is not on Disney’s monorail line but has a great boat ride to Magic Kingdom, Disney’s Contemporary Resort, and Disney’s Fort Wilderness. Buses take you everywhere else. We always take the nice boat ride to Disney’s Contemporary Resort and then for fun you can always ride the monorail to Magic Kingdom. You can also ride the monorail to Epcot but, it takes two monorails since the monorail goes to “The Ticket and Transportation Center” first then you will board the Epcot monorail to go to Epcot.
To sum everything up the lodge and villas have a rustic feel to them. Everything is harmonized to the natural environment. I call it camping. I am an indoor girl and so Disney’s Wilderness Lodge and Villas are the only way to camp! I can hardly wait to go back again! For reservations and assistance with a Walt Disney World® Resort vacation call: (407)-939-5277 or visit their web site at https://disneyworld.disney.go.com/