Sunday Showcase: Disney’s Wilderness Lodge

Good morning and Happy Sunday! Welcome back to the fourth week of Sunday Showcase. Each week we take a look at one of Walt Disney World’s resorts . This week we will be taking a look at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge. Coming off of three straight weeks of Deluxe Resorts on the Monorail, this resort is just a hop, skip and a jump away.

Sunday Showcase: Disney’s Wilderness Lodge

Disney’s Disney’s Wilderness Lodge is described as:

“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 enjoy the rustic elegance of the stone hearth and roaring fireplace.”

Brief History

Disney’s Wilderness Lodge was designed by the late Architect, Peter Dominick. Peter’s work also included Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge and Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel in Anaheim, CA. This resort was modeled after the atmosphere of the national parks of the western United States and features both natural and Native American elements. The main building’s inspiration was taken from the Old Faithful Inn in Yellowstone National Park. Additionally, an artificial geyser and hot springs are located on the resort grounds. Within the lobby of the eight floor resort made of Lodgepole pine imported from Oregon stands a 55-foot, authentic totem poles, and an 82-foot fireplace representing the colorful rocks of the Grand Canyon. This display represents Northwestern Native American artifacts, myths, legends, and stories. The resort was ultimately opened on May 28, 1994.

Since its opening, This resort has been significantly expanded with the addition of two Disney Vacation Club (DVC) resorts: Boulder Ridge Villas and Copper Creek Villas & Cabins.

Rooms and Facilities

Disney’s Wilderness Lodge is currently configured with over 300 Guest rooms, over 350 Villas, 10 Deluxe Rooms and 1 Suite. Most rooms at this resort will sleep up to four adults with one child under the age of three. Included in the counts above, some of these rooms are Club Level accomodations. Guests choosing Club Level accommodations at the Old Faithful Club receive personalized concierge service and lounge with continental breakfast, midday snacks and evening wine, hors d’oeuvres, cordials and desserts. Unfortunately at this time, Club Level is unavailable due to restrictions from the ongoing global pandemic.

Standard Guest Rooms

 

Boulder Ridge Villas

Originally known as The Villas at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge, the property first accepted guests in November 2000. The Boulder Ridge Villas are adjacent to Disney’s Wilderness Lodge. Boulder Ridge Villas are themed to the antecedent lodgings built by workers on the transcontinental railroad in the late 19th century. Within the main building, sits a beautiful display of railroad artwork and memorabilia, including two train cars from Walt Disney’s ridable miniature Carolwood Pacific Railroad. The accommodations include Studio units with a kitchenette, as well as one and two-bedroom villas with a larger kitchen and living space. In late 2015, Disney began an extensive building project to expand the Villas with waterside units similar to those found over the water at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort, as well as recreation and dining facilities.

Offering the comforts of home amid the rustic beauty of Disney’s Wilderness Lodge. Recalling the 1860’s railroad hotels of the American West, Boulder Ridge Villas, this Resort hotel celebrates the ethos of traditional craftsmanship and the great outdoors.

Copper Creek Villas & Cabins

Opening to guests in Summer 2017, Copper Creek Villas & Cabins, is the second DVC property at the resort, which includes 26 Cascade Cabins beautifully appointed on Bay Lake. Additionally, the South wing of the original resort building was converted from regular hotel rooms to 158 DVC units.

Idyllic retreat that evokes a rustic-elegant vibe—a perfect nod to the rich and pioneering heritage of the Pacific Northwest. Standout features include a full range of accommodations with modern amenities—from Deluxe Studios to 26 waterfront Cabins with wraparound porches.

 

DINING

TABLE-SERVICE DINING

  • Storybook Dining at Artist Point with Snow White – Meet Disney Characters from
    the beloved Disney film Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs while enjoying a delicious, fanciful dinner the whole family will love.
  • Whispering Canyon Café – For a rowdy, rootin’ tootin’ good time, round up the whole family for hearty western skillets and shenanigans aplenty.

QUICK-SERVICE DINING

  • Geyser Point Bar & Grill – Poolside eatery featuring explorer- worthy bites, trails-end spirits and stunning views of Bay Lake.
  • Roaring Fork – Start your day with popular breakfast dishes, like eggs, Mickey waffles, sausage, donuts and more. At lunch and dinner, stop by for savory burgers, sandwichesand flatbreads.

OTHER DINING OPTIONS

  • Territory Lounge – Enjoy craft brews, regional wines, specialty coffee and artisanal appetizers at this log-cabin themed lounge.

RECREATION

  • Copper Creek Springs Pool – Heated pool surrounded by nature with a themed 67-foot waterslide.
  • Boulder Ridge Cove Pool
  • Movie Under the Stars
  • Jogging Trail
  • Wilderness Lodge Campfire Activities
  • Marina
  • Electrical Water Pageant

TRANSPORTATION

  • Bus Service to Walt Disney World® Resort Theme Parks, Water Parks and Disney Springs®
  • Water launch service to Magic Kingdom® Park and select Disney Resort hotels

Parking

Standard overnight self-parking is available to registered Guests for a fee. As to which this fee will be applied to their hotel folio upon check-out. All parking fees include applicable tax.

  • Parking for Disney Deluxe Resorts is $25 per night.
  • Valet parking is also available for $33 per night.

Complimentary standard self-parking is available while you enjoy select dining, shopping, entertainment, and recreation experiences at this Resort.

In conclusion, Disney’s Wilderness Lodge is a relaxing and transportive getaway. Guests often feel they have left the “bubble” of Walt Disney World and have been transported to the Pacific Northwest.

Thank you for checking out this week’s iteration of Sunday Showcase. Have you stayed at this resort? What are your thoughts? Let us know in the comments below.

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