Wilderness Lodge?

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  1. keith

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    Wilderness lodge is one of our favourite resorts :) We stayed there for our Disney wedding and several times since. It's a lovely peaceful resort but has that Disney buzz going on because it's only a short boat ride to magic kingdom.

    The boat ride itself can be oodles of fun and far better than a bus IMHO

    The resort feels like its in the middle of a forest. Secluded and feel like a quality resort.

    Artist point, well, the food is still good but sometimes the service can be a little hit/miss. They can be empty of a typical evening and often they'll try and seat guests by the kitchen so they dont have too far to go (seriously). Stupid when they have such wonderful tables by the window.

    The pools are great and relaxing, one of the only resorts I swim at.

    nice helpful shop which, since it caters for the villas, has everyday foods and essentials as well which can be really useful.

    I can't tell you how much I love the wilderness lodge. I'm a bit careful about recommending it to people because I've had folks say "nothing special" and I understand that, it's not like you walk in and there are thousands of events happening. It's more that you relax there in a great, luxury hotel just a short boat ride from the magic kingdom :)
     
  2. MystikPiglit

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    Thanks, Keith. That sounds like just what we want from a resort. :)
     
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    I agree.
     
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    We love Wilderness Lodge but can't afford to stay there often as it is still a deluxe and we are more Mod/Value types.
     
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    We can't afford it really. :lol: We just wanted to indulge ourselves for our 20th. :)
     
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    So you should :hug2:
     
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    I stayed one night in a villa room. It was very nice. Then I stayed in a room on the second floor that was right off the lobby and looked out onto the pool. I was basically dead center. It was a fantastic room and view. I love the theming of the WL. However, I believe that the food court could be improved. It just wasn't big enough and didn't offer much. :( I didn't have any real troubles with the buses. I had heard horror stories about them and that just didn't seem to be the case. With all the buses there is some waiting involved. I would stay there again in a heartbeat. The gift shop was really nice too. In fact, I bought a throw there that I still have on my bed here at home.
     
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    I'm really a deluxe girl but sadly my wallet is more of the value type :)
     
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    I've had a couple of short stays at WL. I love it! It's a great location and a short ferry ride to MK. The lobby is very noisy due to Whispering Canyon but every room we've stayed in has been great. It's a very relaxed feel. There are tons if things to do at the resort.

    I'm also not impressed with their quick service location.
     
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    Thanks, foreverducky and Johnie. :)
    The food venues aren't really an issue for us, we just eat wherever we happen to be.
     
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    One of my Dad's favorite things to say to me growing up was, "Sport, you have champagne taste and beer money."
     
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    Lol! Very good. :)
     
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    I've been through it a couple do times, but have never stayed there. Think big log cabin in the woods. I would pick a different deluxe for us, but that's because it's honestly a fancy version of the cabin up north that my son-in-laws family owns that we visit for free. Although at least the WL has indoor plumbing and a shower which the cabin up north doesn't have.
     
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    Indoor plumbing is a must. :lol:
     
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    Especially in a Deluxe resort.
     
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    We love The Wilderness Lodge and have stayed many times. We love the fact that you are 7 mins on the Mermaid 1 (Boat) away from the Magic Kingdom but feels like you're miles away in a secluded resort at the same time.

    The boat is the first one dead centre as you leave the MK so when it's 1am and you've done extra magic hours to death it's great just stepping on to the boat and up the back stairs of the building to bed.

    We've only stayed in a courtyard view - twice a free upgrade from a woods view, I love the view over the lake, especially early in the morning with a coffee and a walnut muffin.

    We've never had a problem with busses, apart from once waiting 30 mins for one going to DTD. You're also picked up first ( before Fort Wilderness ) so always available seats.

    The kids when they were younger liked the pool party and games run by the cast members ( the duck race and cookie decoration were always favourites) we would hit the parks first thing and after tea and spend the afternoon chilling at the resort.

    Roaring Forks - typical disney counter service

    Whispering Canyon - used to love this place years ago but not keen on the new changes.

    Artist Point - loved all our meals here, unlike many Disney restaurants, the tables are nice and spaced out. We had the nicest bottle of wine we've ever had on Disney property Christmas Day 2008, can't remember what it was though lol

    We also like the wildlife, our last trip there this time last year we saw deer, rabbits and Ducks.

    That said, we're planning on staying at the Beach Club for our next trip now that the kids are older, we spend more time at Epcot and Disney Hollywood Studios.
     
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    Thank you for that review. :) It is very helpful. :)
     
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    Gee that sound ironic doesn't it? ;)
     
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    Jordan and I just had lunch at Whispering Canyon last week and did not like it AT ALL. Food was cold and nasty and the waitress was not good. Worst meal experience I have ever had at Disney.
     
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    I hope you complained!
     

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