This was our family's second trip to Disney in two years, the first being the same week, last year, at the Caribbean Beach Resort.
We decided to "upgrade" to a deluxe resort and had received a 35W% off promotional pin from Disney which made the difference from moderate to deluxe level a negligible amount.
If you've made it to this review you've no doubt come across countless others which sing praises about the resort, staff, location and value- this review will do the same, but from the perspective of a 30-something couple with 2 young children in tow under the age of 6.
Location/Transportation- PRIME!!!! I do not care what anyone says about monorail resorts, as they have nothing on the WL and it's quick boat ride across 7 Seas Lagoon. Boat's serving the resort under a red flag arrived approximately every 10-15 minutes, while blue-flagged boats which hit WL, Fort Wilderness and the Contemporary came with the same frequency. There was no greater joy than leaving ML at closing, to see 600 people lined up for the monorail while the red flagged boats within the same walking distance were truly "walk-on." Being so close to the MK meant that the other resorts were no more than 20 minutes away by resort shuttle bus. My only complaint here is that for Hollywood Studios and Animal Kingdom, WL shares a bus with the Grand Floridian, which added an extra 10 minutes to any bus ride, as you went out further to pick up GF guests, only to then turn around and come back past the WL on your way to a park. Again, this is a minor thing but worth mentioning as we were somewhat suprrised. given that both are deluxe-category results.
Room- We had booked a courtyard view with bunk beds and requested an upper-floor so that we could take in the view of the pool, Bay lake, etc. I'm happy to report that the hotel didn't honor that request and we received a first floor room, just steps from the pool. With 2 small kids this particular room couldn't have been any more ideal. Bunk beds worked out great, side rails were provided within 10 minutes or our request, used on the lower bunk. Linens were very fresh, room was immaculate and loved the separate vanity/tub/toilet setup. My only criticism here- with 4 people, the room does feel a bit "small" and "cramped," but we spent so much time outside of the room, whether it was on the property or parks that the size of the room wasn't much on an issue. The only other critique here, again, not a major one- lighting in the room is not the best. I know that Disney was going for a "rustic" look in the rooms, and they've accomplished it, however, lighting could still be improved, since what's provided it fairly basic and doesn't serve to really compliment an otherwise stellar room experience. Setup was a queen bed, bunk beds with twin matresses, desk with 2 chairs, in room fridge, safe (keyed), closet, dresser with limited drawer space (we normally live out of suitcases) and bathroom 2 sinks, storage below vanity, hairdryer, coffee maker, toilet, tub and shower with curtain. This room was considred a "Courtyard with Bunk" in terms of pricing category.
Grounds- Disney hit their mark here as you really do feel as though you're staying at lodge nestled somewhere in the Pacific Northwest. The lobby is truly awe-inspiring and the attention to detail in terms of landscape design (greens, pool) is flawless. Pool is large and seating around the pool is quite ample. You never felt as though you couldn't find a seat near the edge of the pool, even on days where the weather was just perfect. Loved the touch of the geyser and hot springs, and the beach location, while we didn't visit it other than to rent watercraft, was picturesque. From the moment you step onto the property, you're firmly convinced that your hotel is somewhere outside of central Florida.
Food- We have eaten at Whispering Canyon in the past and love the food, along with the service. The place seems to be always packed to the gills and the food is really quite good. We always seem to opt for the skillet and everyone leaves with a full stomach. The Roaring Forks quick-service restaurant is limited both in terms of choices and seating- I suppose that we were spoiled by the Caribbean Beach last year. We did not eat at Artist Pointe during our stay.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Escape to the rustic majesty of America's Great Northwest. Inspired by turn-of-the-century National Park lodges, Disney's Wilderness Lodge celebrates American craftsmanship and honors the beauty of the untamed wilderness. Soak in the splendor of the great outdoors, from nature trails through pine forests to rocking chairs that overlook a murmuring creek. Inside, discover towering totem poles, headdresses and more, and sink into a plush leather armchair in front of the roaring fireplace. ... more less
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