Step into a Resort that is modeled after the historic Old Faithful Lodge in Yellowstone National Park in the early 20th Century. Natural elements, towering totem poles, Native American culture and the pioneering legacy of the American frontier are all meticulously detailed at this Resort. This Deluxe Resort ranks along side the Animal Kingdom Lodge as one of the most impressively themed Resorts.
Services & Amenities
Check-In & Check-Out
Things to Know
Located on the Shore of Bay Lake, the 728 room Lodge opened in 1994. The Lodge consists of an eight storey central building and two seven storey guest wings. The Resort features exposed timber columns and dormer windows. The lobby is decorated with a rustic fireplace, timber pillars, large teepee chandeliers and stone, wood and marble floors. The lobby is where guests will find the 87 foot tall fireplace and two 55 foot high totem poles.
In 2002, the Wilderness Lodge Villas, part of the Disney Vacation Club, opened adjacent to the Wilderness Lodge. These rooms offer villas of studio, one and two bedrooms. Guests do not have to be a Disney Vacation Club member to stay at the Villas. Guests at the Villas share central services with the Lodge including the front desk, restaurants and pool areas.
The Resort has 864 rooms which are decorated in stained mission-style furniture and primary colors. Native American bedspreads, animal themed armoires and faux calf skin fixtures create a long cabin styled room.
At 314 square feet, average rooms are the smallest deluxe rooms in the world. Rooms can accommodate up to four guests and one child under the age of three in a crib. Typical rooms have two queen size beds and some have one queen size bed and bunk beds. All rooms have a table and chairs, and double vanity which is outside the bathroom. Most rooms do have balconies. Rooms also have a small safe to store valuables, cable TV and radio, data port for a laptop computer, hair dryer, iron and ironing board, coffee makers with complimentary coffee packets and turndown service is available upon request. There is also a small refrigerator in every room.
Guest rooms have three views. The Standard view allows guests to enjoy expansive views of the Resort grounds. The Courtyard view look out onto landscaped grounds, Bay Lake or the Resort pools. The Woods view overlooks the surrounding natural forest.
Junior Suites offer another alternative for families. They are approximately 500 square feet and offer two rooms, a living room and kitchen, and a large bedroom with two beds. The living room couch also opens up into a bed. The suite also comes with cable TV, table and two chairs, wet bar and a mini refrigerator in the suite. There are French doors between the rooms. The advantage of the Junior Suite is having a second room to talk or watch TV. Most of the suites are located at the ends of the wing, overlooking the lake. A few suites are in the small section facing the lake and have a pool view.
Junior Suites have only one bathroom. They do have a hair dryer, coffee maker, small fridge, iron, and ironing board.
Club Concierge-level guests will receive comfy robes in the room. Staff is available prior to and during the visit for reservations and vacation planning. Guests have access to the exclusive Old Faithful Club featuring Continental breakfast, snacks and evening wine and cheese reception. Also offered to a limited number of Club Concierge level guests for an additional fee is the ability to participate in the Wildlife Discovery Excursion which is an exclusive guided tour of Kilimanjaro Safaris at Disney's Animal Kingdom Theme Park.
Services & Amenities:
- Room Service
- Concierge desk
- Health Club
- Babysitting and child services
- Pak-n-play crib available
- Room and facilities for guest with disabilities
- Self parking
- Valet parking available for a nominal fee
- Laundry facilities and services
Check-In & Check-Out:
Check-in is at 3 pm. It is possible your room may be available prior to that time, but it is not guaranteed. If it is not ready, you can leave your luggage with the Bell Services where it will be stored and then delivered when you are in the room. If you decide to wait around until your room is available, you are welcome to take a dip or relax by the main pool area. There are lockers, changing areas and public restrooms for you to use. You can also head out to a theme park and start enjoying the Disney World magic while your room is being prepared.
Check-out is at 11 am. When paying with a credit card, you will not have to go to the desk to check out. An itemized bill will be hung on your door by 8:30 am on your departure day. If the bill looks fine, you’re all set to depart. Your electronic room key will be deactivated at 11 am. Don’t forget to use Bell Services to help you with your luggage, filled with souvenirs, to your car. If you are taking a bus or taxi to the airport, or leaving later in the day, Bell services will keep your luggage until your transportation arrives.
Artist Point has with high ceilings and large painted murals and serves dinner featuring cuisine from the Northwestern United States. The restaurant is famous for its Cedar Plank Salmon and is one of the few US locations which annually gets the rare and tasty Copper River Salmon.
Whispering Canyon Cafe is located off the main lobby, and actually opens to the lobby. This is a western themed family style restaurant with food served in skillets placed on lazy susans. It is a great place to make a special day a memorable one.
At Whispering Canyon Café, if you are one of the first ones in line to ring the bell and holler, ‘Come and Get it!” in the lobby, you will receive passes for free ice cream at Roaring Forks. Stick pony races take place at the Café. If you have small children make sure they are at the back of the pack.
Territory Lounge is adjacent to Artist Point and is a relaxing lounge that serves micro-brew as well as espresso and cappuccino. Appetizers and light snacks are available.
Roaring Fork Snacks is located on the ground floor near the pool entrance. It is a self serve snack area. There is a small seating area where you can dine or wait for your grilled items to be ready.
Trout Pass is a poolside refreshment center has serves light snacks and beverages.
Miss Jenny's In-room dining is available for breakfast and dinner.
Miss Jenny's In Room Pizza Deliveries are offered from 4 pm to midnight.
The best beverage deal at the resorts are the refillable mugs. Available for approximately $13, these sturdy plastic mugs can be purchased through any food court vendors and pizza delivery. The mugs are refillable for the length of your resort stay at any self-serve beverage island found in the food court area. Beverages include soft drinks, coffee, tea, iced tea and coffee and hot chocolate. Milk, fruit juice and alcoholic beverages are not included. The mugs are not refillable at any of the theme parks. This is a very economical deal if you are an avid pop or coffee drinker.
The pool stays with the National Park Service motif. A bubbling geyser starts inside the lobby and runs outside to Silver Creek Falls and into the larger pool. There is a short water slide and also a kiddie pool. There are also two hot tubs for soothing your sore muscles.
Bay Lake Beach
Soak up the sun on a white-sand beach.
Sturdy Branches Health Club allows guests to work out with weight-lifting machines, free weights and aerobic machines, or experience a relaxing massage or the dry sauna.
Enjoy a parents' night out and treat children ages 4 to 12 to an evening of supervised activities, computer games, Disney movies, dinner and snacks in an environment created just for them.
Play a variety of video and pinball games at Button and Bells Arcade located in the area next to Wilderness Lodge Mercantile.
There is a play area where kids can climb, slide and play on a 24 hour playground located next to Wilderness Lodge Mercantile.
Pedal boats, watermice, kayaks, canopy boats, pontoon boats or Sea Raycers can be rented to spend some time on the river with. Bicycles and surrey bikes are also available for rent. There may be a 30 minute time limit for each individual use depending on availability, but there is no limit to the number of times you can use the equipment. Guests can also take a specialty cruise for an extra fee.
Hook a fun-filled fishing trip for the entire family. Catch and release only.
Rent a bike and enjoy the path to Disney's Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground.
Horse Drawn Excursions
Take a relaxing, old-fashioned wagon or carriage ride through Disney's Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground.
Stop by Wilderness Lodge Mercantile to rent a movie or two.
Chip'n Dale's Campfire Sing-a-long
Gather around the campfire with your nutty pals for songs and lots of fun; then watch a classic Disney movie under the stars.
Enjoy a scenic run along the bike path to Disney's Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground.
The Wilderness Lodge Mercantile shop has a variety of northwestern, Wilderness Lodge specific and Disney themed merchandise. Basic necessities, film, snack and beverages are available for purchase. There are two fantastic life size wood carvings of bear that you have to see. Just outside the entrance to the shop, you will find a Disney Character Totem pole which serves as a great photo opportunity.
To get to any Disney Resort or theme park you can drive yourself, take a taxi or use the wonderful Disney Transportation System. Disney Transportation includes buses, boats, the monorail and the Magical Express Service.
Theme Parks, Water Parks, Disney Resorts and the Downtown Disney area are accessible by the bus system. Buses travel on routes throughout the Resorts but do not provide direct service between all destinations and require transfer from one bus to another.
Bus service to the Theme Parks begins approximately two hours before opening. Generally buses will run every 20 minutes throughout the day and continue to operate until two hours after park closing. During peak times, buses can get a little crowded, but there is usually another bus that arrives quickly after so guests are not waiting long periods of time. Magic Kingdom is not accessible by bus from the Contemporary Resort, Grand Floridian Resort & Spa and Polynesian Resort. These Resorts provide monorail transportation to the park.
The Disney ferryboats connect the Magic Kingdom to the Transportation and Ticket Center, which is adjacent to the parking lot. Entering the park by ferryboat gives guests a chance to float by some of the Deluxe Resorts. This is also the best way to get the first glimpse of Cinderella Castle. If guests are staying at the Contemporary Resort, Grand Floridian Resort and Spa, Polynesian Resort, Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground or Wilderness Lodge, the Magic Kingdom is accessible by boat at their own water launches.
Epcot and Disney’s Hollywood Studios are accessible by boat from BoardWalk Inn and Villas Resort, the Yacht Club and Beach Club Resorts and the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Hotels.
Downtown Disney is accessible by ferryboat from Disney's Port Orleans Resort and Disney's Old Key West Resort.
There are three loops to the monorail system. Loop A runs counterclockwise connecting Magic Kingdom and the Ticket and Transportation Center. Loop B runs clockwise along side Loop A and stops at the Ticket and Transportation Center, Polynesian Resort, Grand Floridian Resort and Spa, Magic Kingdom, Contemporary Resort and back to the Ticket and Transportation Center. Loop C runs from the Ticket and Transportation Center to Epcot including a quick tour inside the park around Spaceship Earth. Service generally starts an hour and a half before opening and ends two hours after closing.
If you bring or rent a car, there is plenty of free parking at the Resorts and parks. Depending on your room location, you may or may not be able to park close to your room. Ask when room selection is made.
Things to Know:
The Wilderness Lodge Flag Family of the day gets to climb up to the roof of the Wilderness Lodge and assist with raising the flags for the day. It can only be requested at check-in, prior reservations are not possible.
"Wonders of the Lodge" tour is offered at 9 am on Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. This tour is about the architecture and how the Lodge was built and takes you outside to talk about landscaping, and then goes back inside and talks about the artwork like the metal work and the Totem Poles and the paintings.
Electric Water Pageant can be watched from the dock in the evening, check with Guest Services for exact times. You'll be treated to the delightful water parade which makes its way across Bay Lake nightly. This whimsical light and music show will entertain you and your family for about ten minutes.
The 120 foot Geyser spouts every hour on the hour from 7 am to 10 pm. Walk from the lodge to the back of the pool and there is a walkway to watch the Geyser.
The Fireplace is built to scale with the geologic layout of the Grand Canyon, complete with geologic disconformities. The detail is nearly perfect with the textbook diagrams documenting the geology of the Grand Canyon. Additionally, as you look up the fireplace, you can spot fossils true to the period of deposition.