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Review: Deluxe Rooms at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge, Continued



By Dave Shute

For the first page of this review of deluxe rooms at the Wilderness Lodge, click here.

WHAT YOU GET IN A DELUXE ROOM AT DISNEY’S WILDERNESS LODGE

Deluxe rooms at the Disney’s Wilderness Lodge, sometimes referred to as “Junior Suites,” have two sleeping spaces and a divided bath.

  • One space includes the hallway; a closet; a door that connects to a yet another room not part of the deluxe room, but rather an added standard room should you need it; a door to the split bath; a small refrigerator and sink; a table with two chairs; two upholstered chairs; a long sofa that folds out into a queen bed; a door to the second space; and a balcony that overlooks Bay Lake, with two chairs and a table.
  • The second space contains two queens, a TV, and a wardrobe; a door to the bath; another set of doors to the other space, and its own standing balcony.
  • The split bath has two sinks in one space, and a standard tub and toilet in a separate room.

See the floor plan.

You enter from the hall, at the right of the floor plan, and face a long, too-narrow hallway.

On the left is a door to the bath that also serves as an alternate path to the bedroom.

On the right is a closet (not the fridge and sink, even though they are shown in the floor plan) and a door to a connecting room.

(By the way, if you choose to add a connecting room, it could have a king or two queens; a king connecting room would make this set-up more comfortable for parents, though at an even higher cost.)

Ahead of the hall you’ll find a small table and chairs on your right, and on your left a small sink and small fridge–what had been wrongly shown in the floor plan as in the hall.

Note that the small sink brings the total of sinks in the room to 3–see photo to right, taken from the balcony end of the room. Three sinks are handy if you have a lot of hair or faces to prepare.

Ahead is the couch, two upholstered chairs, and a TV.  The couch is long enough for a six-footer to nap–or sleep overnight–on it without unfolding it

The couch, when unfolded, also makes for a comfortable queen bed.

(The first page of this review has another photo of this space, as well as one of the view from the balcony.)

This area overall is quite small–it’s a little more than 10 feet wide and 8 feet long, barely fitting its furniture, and much tighter than the floor plan implies.

Beyond this space is the first of the two balconies in the room, with two chairs and a table on the balcony.

The second room is accessed both from a door near the sink/fridge and through the divided bath.

It includes two queens, a TV, a wardrobe, and its own balcony–this balcony is too small for chairs, unlike the balcony in the other space.

The space here is about 17 feet by 11.5′.  It’s about a foot short in both dimensions, which shows up most clearly in trying to get from the wardrobe to the wardrobe side of the queen bed on that side–this area is cramped.

Both this room and the other main room have windows on two sides–a nice touch.

The bath is accessible from both spaces.

The sink area is spacious, well laid out, and nicely decorated.

The bath, connected to the sink area by a door, is sparse and utilitarian.

CLUB LEVEL SERVICE AT THE WILDERNESS LODGE

As noted on the first page of this review, Deluxe Rooms are part of the Wilderness Lodge’s Club Service.

(“Club” is what Disney World calls “Concierge.”)

The club floor at the Wilderness Lodge is the seventh floor, but all Deluxe Rooms, regardless of what floor they are on, have the rights to use club services.

Club services include a lounge–the Old Faithful Club Lounge–with drinks and snacks, and an associated concierge staff that can assist with issues such as tickets, dining reservations, etc.

Perks also include robes and cool gold-colored room keys–not blue like we have had on our other trips, in standard rooms.

The staff also reprinted my annual pass, so it’s now the cool gold color as well.

(By the way, you can now get annual passes at the resorts–up until a few months ago, you could only get annual passes at the parks.)

We used the lounge for breakfast, pre and post dinner snacks, and for drinks.

The staff, besides reprinting my annual pass, also put tickets onto some of our room keys.

The access and service was delightful, and my gold annual pass still cracks me up. Next year, a black one!

I don’t recommend club rooms for first time visitors–they won’t be in their rooms enough for it to matter–but it certainly makes visits for a repeat visitor a little more comfortable.

Steve at TikimanPages.com has a great discussion of the value of Disney club service rooms here.

TO WHOM ARE THE DELUXE ROOMS AT THE WILDERNESS LODGE MOST SUITED?

This review continues here.

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