Top Pros & Cons for Staying at Wilderness Lodge Resort at Walt Disney World

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Are you ready to be transported to the great National Park lodges of the American Northwest? Make a reservation at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge Resort and experience Walt Disney World theming at its finest. On resort grounds, guests experience Fire Rock Geyser erupting every hour, peaceful paths lined by shady trees, and the opportunity to swim in the shadow of the eight-story lodge. Inside the Lodge, be amazed at unique restaurants, Native American designs, and a stunning fireplace authentically representing Grand Canyon geology. The Lodge delivers all of this, along with the amenities, recreation, and services of a deluxe hotel. As you’re thinking about your next Walt Disney World vacation, check out the following list of both pros and cons to decide if this resort is the right one for you!


1. PRO: First Impressions

There’s nothing like walking into the Wilderness Lodge for the first time and being amazed at the stunning lobby, with its impressive 55-foot totem poles, rustic 82-foot fireplace and hearth, teepee lights, and lofty ceiling. The fun part is that this sight never fails to impress each and every time you enter! Walk through the lobby and relax in a rocking chair by the fire, or watch the gurgling stream flow through the building and over the rocks outside.

2. PRO: New Character Dining

An exciting new table service restaurant, Storybook Dining at Artist Point, lets guests dine with Snow White, Grumpy, and Dopey in an enchanted forest. The meal is prix-fixe and includes a special photo with the Queen! Grumpy, Dopey, and the Queen are all rare characters, so meeting them at this restaurant is a fantastic opportunity! Guests may remember this as the former location of the signature restaurant, Artist Point.

3. CON: Sharing the Bus

During the day, the Wilderness Lodge bus riders will share the bus with other resorts, usually the Contemporary or the Polynesian Resort. This means getting to your destination might take a few more minutes, but it’s also a convenient way if you want to travel to another resort for a dining reservation. The ferry boat will sometimes share trips to the Magic Kingdom with guests from Fort Wilderness as well.


4. PRO: Super Swimming

Copper Creek Springs Pool, in the courtyard of the Wilderness Lodge, is a perfect spot to cool off! A 67-foot waterslide lets swimmers speed through the rocks, while guests opting for a more relaxing time can enjoy the luxurious pool with the grandeur of nature on all sides. The Boulder Ridge Cove Pool offers a quieter swimming spot, and several hot tubs are also available.

5. CON: No Monorail Access

While it looks like the Wilderness Lodge Resort should be on the monorail line, it’s unfortunately not. You can take a picturesque ferry boat ride to the Magic Kingdom or a bus, but the monorail isn’t an option here, unlike the other Magic Kingdom area resorts.

6. PRO: Relaxing Lounges

Try the new Geyer Point Bar and Grill for a great spot to relax and refresh after a long day at the parks, or for a bite to eat while you’re cooling off in the pool. Guests enjoy an open-air setting with pretty views of Bay Lake. Visit the Territory Lounge inside the Lodge for a cozy spot to relax with an adult beverage.

7. CON: Noise from the Pool

The guest rooms that face the pool area offer a stunning view, but it’s also a fairly loud location. During the day, the fun activities that take place at the main pool, as well as lively music, may interfere with a mid-afternoon nap.

8. PRO: Natural Beauty

Whether you’re walking to the bus stop early in the morning, or strolling around the resort after the hustle and bustle of the parks, the scenery around the Wilderness Lodge is gorgeous. The shady paths take guests past towering trees, colorful wildflowers, and lush foliage, and meeting up with a rabbit or chipmunk is a common sight. It’s a great way to relax and soothe the soul.

About Melissa Fegely

I have been a professional writer for over 18 years with degrees in Biology and English. I am a lifelong Disney fan and a Disney Vacation Club member of over nine years. Having visited Walt Disney World several times growing up, I really caught the Disney bug after many trips with my husband. Now I am happily addicted to taking our son to Walt Disney World as often as possible and watching him experience the magic and Mickey Bars as he grows up. Traveling to Walt Disney World twice a year, I enjoy attending the Flower and Garden festival held in the spring and strolling around the World Showcase, as well as exploring all of the hidden gems that all four parks have to offer. I love helping my family and friends plan their next Disney trips based on my experiences. I also enjoy reading, swimming, traveling, and cheering for the Pittsburgh Steelers. I grew up in Southwestern Pennsylvania, attended Shippensburg University, and current live in suburban Philadelphia with my husband, son, and two cats.