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Tall timber and the grandeur of Rocky Mountain national park geyser country are the inspiration for Disney’s Wilderness Lodge.

A sun-drenched atrium dominated by 60-foot lodgepole pine timbers and a massive stone fireplace helps recapture the romance of rustic, century-old architecture with a contemporary flair, bringing the wilderness world of nearly 100 years ago 2,000 miles to Florida lakes and forest lands.

The Lodge is hidden away on the shores of Bay Lake surrounded by towering pine, cypress and oak forests. The 728-room hideaway is accessible by boat across the Seven Seas Lagoon to the Magic Kingdom and by complimentary bus to all the Disney theme parks, hotels and attractions.

 Feels like the national parks 

"There are romantic and endearing qualities associated with the early national parks movement -- the Northwest, the native Americans, the great lodges," the designers pointed out. "All of these elements have been combined in wonderful detail, creating a unique wilderness resort experience."

Warm tones of brown, green and beige create a cozy, woodland feeling in the guest rooms. An old-fashioned patchwork quilt, artwork depicting the mystery of the old West and a light-wood armoire etched with mountain scenes adorn the rooms. Most rooms include a balcony with views of waterfalls, "geysers," courtyards, Bay Lake or the surrounding woods.

 Resort Features 

The resort features a volcanic meadow with bubbling color pools, babbling brooks and geysers spewing misty streams up to 100 feet into the air beside the swimming pool and white sand beaches.

A soaring, log-framed main lobby is the centerpiece of the complex. Massive six-story-high bundled log columns help support roof dormers that bathe the multicolored wood and stone floor below in natural light. Four massive chandeliers with torch-cut scenes of Indians and buffalo, topped with glowing teepees, grace the lobby. Two 55-foot handcarved totem poles -- the "eagle" and "raven" -- were inspired by Northwest Indians.

A majestic, 82-foot-tall, three-sided stone fireplace re-creates a 2-billion-year geological record of the earth with fossilized remains of prehistoric animal and plant life. Colorful rock strata layers are re-created in the proportions they occur in the Grand Canyon.

 Go Exploring 

The culture and beauty of the West is showcased in the artwork at the Lodge. The oldest culture to be honored in the hotel is the Native American, with artifacts from tribes such as the Cheyenne, the Crow, the Sioux and the Blackfoot. The era of exploration is represented by maps from the great Western survey teams plus sketches and watercolors from artists such as Karl Bodmer and George Catlin.

Guests are invited to explore porches, the Continental Divide lobby bar, the library and other intimate spaces that are tucked away within the lobby and six-story guest wings which surround a themed water recreation area.

A bubbling hot spring in the main lobby expands into a geothermal area outside the building. The water flows under a picturesque window wall to become Silver Creek in the upper courtyard. The quiet, contemplative creek widens and is transformed into a roaring waterfall which plummets 15 feet past Overlook Point, another traditional National Park icon, and widens again in the swimming area.

A kiddie pool and hot and cold spas complete the swimming area which then flows toward Bay Lake. The excitement is capped off by steaming color pools and an Old Faithful-style geyser that erupts at regular intervals.

 Dining 

The serene setting of Disney’s Wilderness Lodge is complemented by unequaled epicurean experiences like Artist Point, a fine-dining restaurant featuring traditional Northwestern specialties such as smoked seafood, salmon steaks, venison tenderloin and Dungeness crab. The eatery is adorned with grandiose murals celebrating landscapes of the great Northwest.

The nearby Territory Lounge pays homage to the trappers, explorers and survey parties who led the country’s move westward. Roaring Fork Snacks and Arcade offers grilled sandwiches in a cafeteria-style setting.

Wood-roasted, smoked, grilled and barbecued cuisine can be found at Whispering Canyon Cafe -- a family-style, all-you-can-eat restaurant with an American West motif.

The artistic wilderness theme is also captured at Cub's Den, the lodge’s kids recreation and dining club, the retail shop, arcade and Trout Pass poolside bar.

 The No Pixie-Dust Zone 

The wildeness lodge is one of my favorite resorts to stay in. Before becoming DVC members, if we could save up enough money, this is where we would stay. This is one of the few resorts where you get deluxe accommodations at a moderate price. The lobby is simply a sight to see. I love how the spring starts inside of the lobby, then goes through the back of the building and out to a large waterfall and then finally in to the swimming pool.

The rooms are standard issue rooms for deluxe resorts with a northwestern feel. The balconies are very small to non-existant. The feature pool is smaller by other disney resort standards and has the shortest slide even when comparing to moderate level resorts. During spring break times of year, you better get to the pool early or you may not get in due to the size of the pool. You also have access to the marina on bay lake where you can rent the just about anything that floats or has wheels.

We always dine at the Whispering Canyon Cafe during our stay. This is a lot of fun as the kids get to run around in the restaurant WITHOUT getting in trouble. Oh, and dont ask for the Ketchup! the Roaring Fork Snacks is a great place to get quick service type meals. If you are not on a dining plan, the meals are cheaper here than in the parks. You have options when traveling to other guest areas. Take the boat if going to the magic kingdom or other bay lake resorts. The other option is Disney Transport which is suspect at best especially during busier times but they will get you where you want to go...eventually.

 
 Resort Info 

901 Timberline Drive
Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830
Phone: (407) 938-4300
Fax: (407) 824-3232


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Room Type:
Weekday Rate, Weekends Slightly Higher

Value Season:  $265.00
Regular Season:  $325.00
Peak Season:  $390.00
Holiday Season:  $470.00
Fall Season:  $305.00

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