1. This site uses cookies. By continuing to use this site, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. Learn More.
  2. Welcome both old friends and new to the all new Walt Disney Secrets :-D Please take a moment to say hi

wilderness lodge or polynesian?

Discussion in 'Resorts, Hotels, DVC, Villas' started by UKTim, Sep 16, 2008.

  1. UKTim
    Offline

    UKTim Earning my ears

    Joined:
    Jun 18, 2008
    Messages:
    103
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Im reading some good things about the wilderness lodge but had never considered it before? it looks cheaper than the polynesian but is it as good? thanks
     
  2. Slowhand
    Offline

    Slowhand Cruise Director Forum Host

    Joined:
    Jul 29, 2008
    Messages:
    5,748
    Likes Received:
    153
    Trophy Points:
    63
    Gender:
    Male
    Location:
    Staffordshire U.K.
    I`m sure that Keith will be along soon on this one as it is probably his favourite resort.
    In the meantime though, my DW and I stayed at WL a few years ago and we really enjoyed it and personally I prefer it to the Poly.
    The only downside is that it has a fairly isolated location so unless you have a car then you have to rely heavily on the Disney Transportation system. Having said that, being isolated does have it`s advantages as visitors have to make an effort to get there so securing an ADR for Artist`s Point [one of our favourite WDW restaurants] has never been a problem for us.
    I`m sure that you wouldn`t be disappointed should you decide to stay there.
     
  3. Watchinherskip
    Offline

    Watchinherskip Better known as "That Guy"

    Joined:
    Sep 2, 2008
    Messages:
    3,494
    Likes Received:
    408
    Trophy Points:
    83
    Location:
    Virginia USA
    Stayed in the Poly a few years ago. Location, Location, Location!:p015:

    It was a lovely resort to be sure, but as far as ammenities, I prefered Boardwalk to the Poly. But you can't beat it for proximity to the MK, Seven Seas Lagoon, TTC, and from there to the rest of the world. Daughter loved the tropical themed pool with piped in underwater music (wonder if they still do that?). The room was really nice, but not spectacular. Grounds though are stunning.
     
  4. keith
    Online

    keith Camera nut Staff Member Administrator Forum Host

    Joined:
    Jun 14, 2008
    Messages:
    19,736
    Likes Received:
    490
    Trophy Points:
    83
    Location:
    United Kingdom
    Did someone call? :D

    I'm totally biased towards the wilderness lodge. It's a beautiful resort

    It's very relaxing, rooms are great. It has two great restaurants although the whispering canyon is pretty scary :lol:. Artists point is one of the true undiscovered treasures of Disney dining. Even the bar is just one of those wonderfully relaxing places to sit for an evening.

    Great pool and if you're lucky to get a room looking out across the pool of an evening, it's just so perfectly "ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhh"some :)

    Transportation is fine because its close to the MK so you can take the great little boat across (just be careful, the dock is all wood and can be slippy), or you can get the bus all over.

    Nice useful shop, great staff and because of the wilderness lodge villas, the shop there is an upgraded one which sells useful provisions like milk and meats for sandwiches if you fancy saving some money for an inroom dine.

    I can't say enough great things about it and since it's the cheapest of the MK resorts, it's a bargain
     
  5. Watchinherskip
    Offline

    Watchinherskip Better known as "That Guy"

    Joined:
    Sep 2, 2008
    Messages:
    3,494
    Likes Received:
    408
    Trophy Points:
    83
    Location:
    Virginia USA
    Keith, is it an actual Disney resort, or is it like the Swan and Dolphin, run by an outside entity?
     
  6. keith
    Online

    keith Camera nut Staff Member Administrator Forum Host

    Joined:
    Jun 14, 2008
    Messages:
    19,736
    Likes Received:
    490
    Trophy Points:
    83
    Location:
    United Kingdom
    totally an actual Disney resort!!!! it's a little treasure it really is because travel agents often default to recommending the polynesian and grand floridian
     
  7. Skywatcher
    Offline

    Skywatcher Chief Astronomer

    Joined:
    Jul 14, 2008
    Messages:
    10,662
    Likes Received:
    203
    Trophy Points:
    63
    I completely love the WL we stayed there last trip and was quite prpared to book somewhere else this time so we can 'do the lot' but simply couldn't make myself book anywhere else.

    Can't think of a bad thing to say about it - from the moment we stepped into the nreathtaking lobby to the minute I was dragged sobbing and bawling out after 2 weeks I utterly loved it and I am as excited about going back to the hotel again as I am to be going back to Disney.

    Cant tell you anthing about the Poly sorry
     
  8. piglet
    Offline

    piglet Serious Forum Regular

    Joined:
    Jul 20, 2008
    Messages:
    1,177
    Likes Received:
    127
    Trophy Points:
    63
    Location:
    North East Scotland
    I always think of WL as a more 'mature' resort. I'm not being nasty or anything, it just seems that it is more suited to adults (apart from Whispering Canyon). WL was our first resort to stay in and we had a fantastic time but I have to be honest and say I would go for Poly.
     
  9. Skywatcher
    Offline

    Skywatcher Chief Astronomer

    Joined:
    Jul 14, 2008
    Messages:
    10,662
    Likes Received:
    203
    Trophy Points:
    63
    nah our kids adored it
     
  10. Watchinherskip
    Offline

    Watchinherskip Better known as "That Guy"

    Joined:
    Sep 2, 2008
    Messages:
    3,494
    Likes Received:
    408
    Trophy Points:
    83
    Location:
    Virginia USA
    That's cool...don't know where I got that from, was it always a Disney owned resort?
     
  11. Slowhand
    Offline

    Slowhand Cruise Director Forum Host

    Joined:
    Jul 29, 2008
    Messages:
    5,748
    Likes Received:
    153
    Trophy Points:
    63
    Gender:
    Male
    Location:
    Staffordshire U.K.
    Yep, right from the beginning. I can remember it being built and having a sneak peek from the MK monorail a while back.
     
  12. keith
    Online

    keith Camera nut Staff Member Administrator Forum Host

    Joined:
    Jun 14, 2008
    Messages:
    19,736
    Likes Received:
    490
    Trophy Points:
    83
    Location:
    United Kingdom
    yep always Disney. Opened 1994 and I think overshadowed somewhat by the ongoing love affair some folks have with the polynesian and of course the top of the range reputation of the grand floridian.

    Special features like the working geyser and hot springs make it even nicer

    Now it's not on the monorail if that matters, but the boat ride is nice and quick. They'll often stop on the way to show you the fireworks over the castle and there's always a nice gathering on the boat dock each night to watch them from there.

    I can't really say enough good things about it
     
  13. Watchinherskip
    Offline

    Watchinherskip Better known as "That Guy"

    Joined:
    Sep 2, 2008
    Messages:
    3,494
    Likes Received:
    408
    Trophy Points:
    83
    Location:
    Virginia USA
    Thanks, may be on our short list for the next trip. We were thinking of doing the CR after being retooled this year.
     
  14. piglet
    Offline

    piglet Serious Forum Regular

    Joined:
    Jul 20, 2008
    Messages:
    1,177
    Likes Received:
    127
    Trophy Points:
    63
    Location:
    North East Scotland
    Yes so did my DGD and she was 4 when we went, it just has that adult feel to it IMHO.
     
  15. Slowhand
    Offline

    Slowhand Cruise Director Forum Host

    Joined:
    Jul 29, 2008
    Messages:
    5,748
    Likes Received:
    153
    Trophy Points:
    63
    Gender:
    Male
    Location:
    Staffordshire U.K.
    I also like the attention to small details at the WL, like the animal footprints in the concrete pathways....obviously man made but a nice touch anyhow.
     
  16. uscwest
    Offline

    uscwest Senior Cast Member

    Joined:
    Jul 26, 2008
    Messages:
    7,747
    Likes Received:
    235
    Trophy Points:
    63
    Location:
    Woodbridge, VA
    While it is tough to beat the Polynesian for location, the Wilderness Lodge is an absolutely gorgeous resort. The wooded setting and being back out of the hustle and bustle of the MK resorts makes it an ideal locale.
     
  17. keith
    Online

    keith Camera nut Staff Member Administrator Forum Host

    Joined:
    Jun 14, 2008
    Messages:
    19,736
    Likes Received:
    490
    Trophy Points:
    83
    Location:
    United Kingdom
    Im a big fan of the "all in one building" resorts. I never like checking in and then going to one of the outside buildings, just a personal thing I guess.
     
  18. Skywatcher
    Offline

    Skywatcher Chief Astronomer

    Joined:
    Jul 14, 2008
    Messages:
    10,662
    Likes Received:
    203
    Trophy Points:
    63
    I remember it just being sketches in a brochure and dreaming about it :D only here can I share my 'sadness'
     
  19. Skywatcher
    Offline

    Skywatcher Chief Astronomer

    Joined:
    Jul 14, 2008
    Messages:
    10,662
    Likes Received:
    203
    Trophy Points:
    63

    Matthew still goes on about the beavers in the lift :D
     
  20. keith
    Online

    keith Camera nut Staff Member Administrator Forum Host

    Joined:
    Jun 14, 2008
    Messages:
    19,736
    Likes Received:
    490
    Trophy Points:
    83
    Location:
    United Kingdom
    makes me smile just looking at it. I hope they still do the "wonders of the lodge" tour which gives more information on the design and history
     

    Attached Files:

Share This Page