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The Villas at Wilderness Lodge
On Aug. 27, 1998, Disney Vacation Development, Inc., operators of Disney Vacation Club (DVC), announced that it would expand its timeshare resort presence at the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida to include a third resort, as well as additional development at its flagship property. The Wilderness Lodge Villas, which officially opened November 15, 2000, have 136-units consisting of studio, one- and two-bedroom vacation villas. The Villas are five stories tall and are on a four-acre site.
How does the theming tie in with the Wilderness Lodge?
"Adjacent to Disney's Wilderness Lodge a team of railroad workers discovers a spectacular property -- complete with lakes, trees and majestic mountains rising in the distance (Splash Mountain and Space Mountain, that is!).
These intrepid explorers decide this is the spot -- the perfect spot to set up camp as they build the transcontinental railway. They build themselves a new homestead and when it's time to move on, they leave it behind to be "re-discovered'' by Disney Vacation Club... and so the story goes!
Like Disney's Wilderness Lodge, the new resort is inspired by the tall timber and grandeur of the Rocky Mountain national park geyser country. In keeping with Disney's legendary entertainment heritage, the DVC resort will build on the storyline "imagineered'' for Disney's Wilderness Lodge property, which describes the new structure as actually "pre-dating'' Disney's Wilderness Lodge through a design reminiscent of turn-of-the century hotels built by early railroad workers in the old West national park region."
What's the difference between the Wilderness Lodge Villas and the Wilderness Lodge?
Disney's Villas at Wilderness Lodge are a timeshare resort that belongs to the Disney Vacation Club. Villas have kitchenette or kitchen facilities, along with regular rooms. Disney's Wilderness Lodge is a Disney hotel in the "Deluxe Resort" category.
Can I rent rooms in the Wilderness Lodge Villas or do I have to be a member of Disney's Vacation Club (DVC)?
As with all the Disney Vacation Club resorts on property, anyone can rent rooms or suites at the Wilderness Lodge Villas, subject to availability. You do NOT have to be a member of the DVC.
Where are the Wilderness Lodge Villas located?
The Wilderness Lodge Villas are located in the Magic Kingdom resort area adjacent to the Wilderness Lodge.
What are the different room options?
There are 136 Villas that include Studios, 1 and 2 Bedroom Villas.
The Studio Villas are 356 square feet and come with one queen bed and a full sleeper sofa. There is a small dining table and two chairs, color TV, and bathroom. Also included are a microwave, coffee maker, under the counter refrigerator, ceiling fan, wet bar, hair dryer, iron, ironing board and vacuum cleaner. Also included a highchair and playpen. There is also a private porch/balcony. The Studio Villa can accommodate a maximum of 4 adults and one child under 3 in a crib.
The One-Bedroom Villas are 727 square feet and have one bedroom with a king-sized bed and its own whirlpool tub and TV, a living room (which has a queen-sized sleeper sofa, and TV), one full bathroom, plus a sink/vanity area in the room with the Jacuzzi , a fully equipped kitchen (which includes a refrigerator, stove/oven, microwave), dining area (which includes table and four chairs), stacked washer and dryer, hair dryer, a nice walk-in closet as well as a smaller closet, and a private balcony or patio which includes two chairs and a small table. There will also be a private porch/balcony. The One Bedroom Villa can accommodate a maximum of 4 adults and one child under 3 in a crib.
The Two-Bedroom Villas
are 1,080 square feet and basically are a Studio Villa and a One-Bedroom
Villa that are connected with a communicating door. (See description
above of both rooms for what's included.) Master suite
has a king size bed; additional bedroom has a two queen size beds;
living room has a queen size sleeper sofa. Per Disney, this
Two-Bedroom Villa will accommodate "eight adults, plus one child
under the age of 3 in a crib". There will also be a private
Walt Disney World Resort made complimentary Wi-Fi service available in all of its hotels as of March 2012. See our Internet Access page for details.
Are there smoking and nonsmoking rooms?
As of June 1, 2007, all Disney resorts and guest rooms are now smoke free. There are designated outdoor smoking areas. Check the resort map or with a Cast Member for locations.
Where do I check in?
Check-in for the villas will be at the main Wilderness Lodge front desk. Guest services can also be found in the Wilderness Lodge lobby.
I hear that there are no more room key cards at Disney resort hotels. How do I get into my room?
Walt Disney World has converted their room keys and admission tickets from plastic cards to MagicBands, flexible plastic wristbands, resembling a watch or bracelet, that use Radio Frequency (RF) technology. Your MagicBand is linked to your My Disney Experience (MDE) account (http://allears.net/tp/my-magic-plus.htm) and acts as your Disney resort room key. Simply touch the Mickey symbol on your MagicBand to the RFID reader near your room door to gain entry. Read about using MagicBands for park admission, FastPass+ and more here: http://allears.net/tp/magic-bands.htm
What are the room prices?
The Villas at Disney's Wilderness Lodge is a Disney Vacation Club Resort. While DVC Members can book with points, you can also rent the villas for "cash" . These are regular rate prices and do not include the Florida Sales Tax nor the county resort tax.
Walt Disney World Resort rates vary by season (there are nine seasons now), and also by day of the week. The holiday season is the most expensive time of the year. It runs from mid-December to early January as well as during Easter Week.
The rates for a:
-- Deluxe Studio range from $374 - $571 (Holidays up to $552)
-- 1 Bedroom Villa range from $512- $718 (Holidays up to $746)
-- 2 Bedroom Villa Room range from $804- $1,252 (Holidays up to $1,416)
What time is Check-In/Check-Out?
Check-In for the Villas is 4:00 pm and Check-Out is 11:00 am. You will be allowed to check in earlier if your room is ready when you arrive, but based on my experience with other Disney Vacation Club resorts, don't count on it!
How do I Get to.......
All Wilderness Lodge Villas transportation is via the main Wilderness Lodge system.
While it seems as though you should be able to walk to the other Magic Kingdom resort hotels and perhaps even the Magic Kingdom itself, you can't.
Transportation from the Wilderness Lodge Villas is available through either the Wilderness Lodge Boat Dock or the Bus Depot. They are located on opposite ends of the resort.
Boat Dock -- Walking in the front door of the Lodge, the boat dock will be through the back door, down the left side past the pool, down the walkway to the dock.
Bus Depot -- Make a right in the lobby just after you pass the front desk; then go past the gift shop (on your right) and past the Cub's Den (on your left) and outside to the bus depot. There are 3 "stops" at the Bus Depot.
Magic Kingdom -- There are two options. 1) Take the Red Flag Boat available at the Dock. 2) You can also take a bus directly to the Magic Kingdom.
Trail Rides at Fort Wilderness - Board the Bus from the Lodge Bus Depot; it will stop at Pioneer Hall and the Trailer Loop.
Bus Stop #2 provides transportation to Epcot, Animal Kingdom, and Blizzard Beach - This bus will also take you to the mini-golf course "Winter Summerland", which is directly adjacent to Blizzard Beach.
Bus Stop #3 will take you to the Disney's Hollywood Studios, and, after 4 p.m. to the Disney Springs area and Typhoon Lagoon. If you want to visit Typhoon Lagoon or Disney Springs earlier than 4 p.m. -- Take the Crockett bus to the TTC; then transfer.
During certain seasons, a boat will run between the WL and the Contemporary. This boat enables you to access the Contemporary Hotel as well as monorail access. Whenever in doubt, be sure to ask your bus/boat driver where they are going and the best way to get to where you want to go.
How do I drive to the Magic Kingdom Ticket and Transportation Center parking lot from the Villas?
While there usually isn't a need to drive from the Villas to the MK parking lot, sometimes you may need to do this, and it isn't obvious where to go.
Head out of the Lodge on Timberline Drive, and keep going straight, now on Seven Seas Drive. You'll go past the Polynesian, and then come to Floridian Way, where a right turn would take you to the Grand Floridian. Turn *left* here, even though it looks like you're exiting the area. Stay in the left lane. Just past the Exxon station, and just before you pass the toll plaza, you'll see a small but clearly-marked sign which says "Magic Kingdom parking". Go left here and make a U-turn, which will take you back into the parking area.
This can be a bit confusing if you're not ready for it, as it looks like you're on the way out of the lot instead of into it, but it seems to be the quickest (legal) way to make this drive.
Is there a gift shop?
The Wilderness Lodge Mercantile shop is located in the main Wilderness Lodge. It has a variety of northwestern and Wilderness Lodge specific "themed" merchandise, Disney plush and sundries. Food items are also available geared towards those staying in the Villas. There are 2 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!
Where can I get morning coffee?
The villas come equipped with coffee makers, so you can brew your own. If you prefer, walk over to Roaring Fork Snacks on the first floor of the Lodge near the pool entrance.
What are Rapid Fill Mugs?
The Rapid Fill beverage program allows Disney Resort guests to buy (or receive as part of the Disney Dining Plan) a resort mug that can be refilled for a certain period of time as designated at time of purchase. These mugs are enhanced by an RFID bar code that enables the mug to deactivate when the designated time is complete. For complete details visit: http://allears.net/din/mugs.htm
What are the restaurants like?
There are no restaurants in the Villas. There are, however, 2 full service restaurants, a lounge and 2 snack bars in the Lodge.
Artist Point - a full-service restaurant. It serves dinner, featuring cuisine from the Northwestern United States. Sitting by a window provides a view of the woods or the pool depending on your location.
Whispering Canyon Cafe located off the main lobby, the restaurant actually opens to the lobby. This is a western themed family style restaurant with special activities for those celebrating a special day...including "horse races". Food is served family style (you share off the same serving plate) in skillets placed on lazy susans; breakfast, lunch and dinner are served. Be sure to read the bottom of our Dinner Menu for ways to make your Whispering Canyon experience a memorable one!
Territory Lounge is near Artist Point and is a relaxing lounge that serves a nice micro-brew, as well as espresso and cappuccino. Appetizers and light snacks are available from 5-10 p.m. Seasonally open during the day.
Roaring Fork -Roaring Fork is located on the ground floor near the pool entrance of the main Lodge. It is a self-serve snack shop with light meals and is open from approximately 7 a.m. to midnight, daily and has Rapid Fill Mugs. There is a small seating area where you can dine or wait for your grilled items to be ready.
Trout Pass - The poolside refreshment center opens at noon with seasonal hours for closing.
What is the pool like?
The Wilderness Lodge Villas have their own quiet pool, without a slide. It is fairly small, but does feature several "geyser" bubbling jets.
What types of recreational options do I have?
In addition to swimming, the Wilderness Lodge has the Teton Boat and Bike Rentals open from 8am to 5pm for Bikes and Surrey Bikes and 10am to 5pm for Boats.
What type of child care options are available?
The Wilderness Lodge has the Cub's Den for children, a supervised dining and western-themed entertainment club for children. It is open from 5 p.m. to midnight. Entertainment free video games, storytelling, arts and crafts and Disney movies. Children accepted are ages 4-12. This program is open to resort guests and reservations are recommended. You may make reservations at Lobby Concierge, or call locally 824-1083. You may also call in advance 407-WDW-DINE. See the Child Care FAQ for more information.
I have heard each day a family is selected to be the Flag Family. What exactly is that?
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. (At one time you could also take the flags down, but that has stopped). It's a wonderful treat that can only be requested at check-in, prior reservations are not possible. Visit our Flag Family Scrapbook!
We had the opportunity to be a flag family with Ranger Joe. It was so much fun for our family and Ranger Joe has a wealth of Disney information. I highly recommend trying to participate in this experience!
"We just returned from the Lodge and were the flag family. It was wonderful! We began in the lobby by meeting Darlene, our ranger, at 8:30am and actually spent a hour with her all together. She had a Lodge tour to lead at 9:30. We raised all the flags on the roof which included the Stars and Stripes, the flag of Florida, the Disney flag, and two Wilderness Lodge flags. (Jan)
During our stay at WL, we were selected to be the "flag family" one day. At 7am, they take your family up to the roof of WL so you can raise the American flag. You get to spend about 10 minutes up there, they take your picture, give you a picture frame and certificate, and treat you to breakfast afterwards. (Note not all families report being treated to breakfast!) The view is incredible! We were selected purely by accident.
I mentioned to the front desk person that I really enjoyed the tour of the WL that they give (at 9:15am). When I mentioned this to her, she asked if my family and I would like to be the "flag family" one morning. We all enjoyed the experience very much, especially my 5 yr. old daughter! I don't think many people know about this, so if you inquire early you prob. have a good chance of being selected. Thanks to Brad Feldstein for this report
What special tours and programs are offered at the WLodge?
"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, takes you outside, talks about landscaping, and then goes back inside and talks about the artwork like the metal work and the Totem Poles and the paintings.
"I just wanted to add my $0.02 worth about the tours. They were great! There were only two other people on the tours with my friend and I. (LLBunky)
This tour is quite informative and fun!
Are Any Special Cruises Available from the Wilderness Lodge Boat Dock?
Yes, several specialty cruises are available from the boat dock. Visit our Specialty Cruises page for details.
What other things might I want to know?
- Look for Hidden Mickeys in the bedspreads, pillow shams and shower curtains. Also check out the atrium, which has a very cute Hidden Mickey.
- The Sturdy Branches Health Club offers daily or length of stay membership for individuals
- Be sure to get an Activities flyer when you check in!
- There are lots of wonderful rocking chairs inside and outside the villas atrium.
- There are game tables in the Carolwood Pacific Room, located off the lobby.
- A game Arcade, featuring pinball, video and air hockey games, is located in the Wilderness Lodge near the Cub's Den.
- Electrical Water Pageant - Go to the boat dock in the evening at approximately 9:35 p.m. (check with Guest Services for exact times). You'll be treated to the delightful Electrical Water Pageant, which makes its way across Bay Lake nightly. This whimsical light and music show will entertain you and your family for about 10 minutes. It's worth seeing at least once! (The ELP visits all the Bay Lake resorts nightly.) The ELP may be canceled due to inclement weather.