PROS AND CONS: Disney’s Wilderness Lodge at Walt Disney World

by | Apr 21, 2021 | WDW Blog, WDW Resorts

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What are the Pros and Cons of a stay at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge? Check here before you book your next trip to Walt Disney World!

Disney’s Wilderness Lodge is a deluxe resort themed after famous National Park Lodges. Guests will feel surrounded by nature yet are just a boat ride away from the Magic Kingdom!

Wilderness Lodge Pros

A view of the lobby of the Wilderness Lodge lobby from above

Photo by Cliff Wang

The Lobby

Upon entering Wilderness Lodge, guests tend to automatically tilt their heads upward to take in the grand view of the lobby.

Decorated with massive totem poles, Native American patterns in the hardwood floors, teepee chandeliers, and geological specimens and Native American artifacts on display— the Imagineers put a lot of detail into designing this grand lobby!

Dining Options

At Wilderness Lodge, guests have several restaurants to choose from. 

At Artist Point, guests can even interact with Snow White, Dopey, and Grumpy while dining! Whispering Canyon Cafe has been a popular choice, known for the server’s silly antics. 

Grab a quick bite to eat from Roaring Fork or Geyser Point Bar & Grill. Or relax in the Territory Lounge.

Pool & Splash Pad

The pool at Disney's Wilderness Lodge Resort

Photo by Courtney Reynolds

There are two pools guests can enjoy here! Copper Creek Springs Pool has a 67-foot water slide, hot and cold whirlpool spas, and a water play area for the kids! Boulder Ridge Cove Pool is a bit more laid back with a zero-depth entry pool, a whirlpool spa, and plenty of shaded seating.


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Wilderness Lodge Cons

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Plexiglass dividers help protect guests and Cast Members. Photo by Tina Chiu

Transportation to the Other Parks

While you can catch a fun boat ride reasonably quickly to the Magic Kingdom, the bus transportation to the other three Disney Parks can seem a bit long. Some guests opt to drive themselves or catch a private ride.

Standard Room Size

Exterior of Disney's Wilderness Lodge Resort

Photo by Laurie Sapp

The standard room size at Wilderness Lodge is comparable to the room sizes at a Moderate resort, whereas other Deluxe resorts fit the bill of having larger rooms. 

However, it’s just the standard room size that seems small. Wilderness Lodge offers 22 different room types! So, you’re bound to find something that will fit your needs.

No Monorail Access

While Wilderness Lodge is considered a Magic Kingdom area resort, it does not sit on the Monorail loop like the other resorts nearby. 

However, guests do have the option of getting to the Magic Kingdom by boat or by bus.

Should You Stay at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge?

Inside the lobby of the Wilderness Lodge, looking down a hallway

Photo by Cliff Wang

Due to its close proximity to the Magic Kingdom, fun pools, restaurant variety, and even a geyser that erupts hourly – Disney’s Wilderness Lodge is an excellent choice.

Many guests enjoy the secluded, scenic feel– yet, know they’re just minutes away from the Magic Kingdom.

If the price doesn’t fit your budget, consider staying at Disney’s Port Orleans Riverside. They offer a variety of food options, and you can even catch a boat ride to Disney Springs!

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Written by Terri Miller

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Terri Miller is creator, owner and a writer for WDW Hints. Terri enjoys all things Disney, especially researching tips, tricks and little known things about the Disney parks (and then sharing them with you!)
Terri Miller

Written by Terri Miller

Terri Miller is creator, owner and a writer for WDW Hints. Terri enjoys all things Disney, especially researching tips, tricks and little known things about the Disney parks (and then sharing them with you!)
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