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Amenities at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge

By Dave Shute

For the first page of this review of Disney’s Wilderness Lodge, click here.


Fire Rock Geyser at Disney's Wilderness Lodge from yourfirstvisit.netDisney’s Wilderness Lodge is one of 8 official Disney owned and operated deluxe resorts at Walt Disney World.

In their recommended order for first time family visitors, they are

  1. Polynesian
  2. Wilderness Lodge
  3. Animal Kingdom Lodge
  4. Contemporary
  5. Yacht Club
  6. BoardWalk Inn

(Many of these also offer Disney Vacation Club (“DVC”) studios and villas, all for rent to the general public–see this for more on the Disney Vacation Club resorts. The DVC offering here is The Villas at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge.)

Lobby Disney's Wilderness Lodge from (2)

You enter the Wilderness Lodge into its glorious, jaw-dropping lobby–none of my photos do justice to it…

Lobby Disney's Wilderness Lodge from (3)

Check In Disney's Wilderness Lodge from

On the right you’ll find the check-in and concierge area. At Disney World, “concierge” means help with tickets, dining reservations and such.

Gift Shop Disney's Wilderness Lodge from

Just down the side and extending around the corner is the gift shop.

More gift shop images:

Gift Shop Disney's Wilderness Lodge from (3)

Gift Shop Disney's Wilderness Lodge from (2)

Head out the doors in this area that lead to the bus stop and the Villas, and you’ll find the on-site child care facility, the Cubs Deb.

Cubs Den Childcare Area Disney's Wilderness Lodge from

Map of Disney's Wilderness Lodge from

Back into the lobby, and then outside you’ll find the main pool at the Wilderness Lodge, which nestles between the two main wings of the building–see the map (on it the Lodge is the green-roofed shape at the top). More on the main pool is later in this review.

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Close to Bay Lake is a depiction of Yellowstone’s Old Faithful, whose local name is “Fire Rock Geyser,” and which goes off on the hour.


At this end of the complex, if you go left, or north, you’ll come to the boat dock.

Boats Disney's Wilderness Lodge from

One set of boats from here takes you to the Magic Kingdom, and another set loops among the three Bay Lake resorts–the Wilderness Lodge, Contemporary Resort, and Fort Wilderness. This makes getting to the kid-pleasing Chef Mickey’s at the Contemporary, and Hoop-Dee-Doo Revue at Fort Wilderness, quite simple.

Boat Disney's Wilderness Lodge from

Boats to the Contemporary always start much earlier in the morning than the Magic Kingdom boats–at 6.45a the day I shot this–so if you are going to the Magic Kingdom early, get the Contemporary boat and walk from the Contemporary to the Magic Kingdom.

Construction will see the beach, marina, walking path to Fort Wilderness, and fishing area closed from late 2015 into 2017. See this for more.

Bus Stop Disney's Wilderness Lodge from

The bus stop–where you’ll find shared buses to all the parks–is at the other end of the resort, near the main entrance, between it and the nearby Villas at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge.

Bus Board Disney's Wilderness Lodge from

Video bus timing boards are emerging across Disney World–here’s the one at the Wilderness Lodge. Note at the bottom that it also indicates watercraft transport to the Magic Kingdom.

Quiet Pool Disney's Wilderness Lodge from

Also near the Villas was this second pool. It has been torn out for refurbishment.  Instead you get this pin set:

Refurb Pins Disney's Wilderness Lodge from

Gym and Spa Villas at the Wilderness Lodge from

Inside the Villas is the gym, Sturdy Branches.

And then there’s the main pool.


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