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Why Disney’s Wilderness Lodge Should Be Your Next Stay

Walt Disney World has many excellent Resorts to choose from when making your Disney vacation plans. Walt Disney World offers three Resort categories to help Guests find the best accommodations for their stay. Value, Moderate, and Deluxe Resorts give Guests various accommodations and a price point to fit their needs. 

When looking at all the fantastic Disney Resorts, we will look at why Disney’s Wilderness Lodge should be your next Disney Resort to stay at.

Wilderness Lodge waterfall view
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Disney’s Wilderness Lodge is a deluxe Disney Resort. It is part of the Disney Vacation Club, offering the main lodge, Boulder Ridge, and Cooper Creek Villas. The theming is an amazing Northwest, rustic feel. 

The lobby is one of the most breathtaking lodges in all of Walt Disney World. A beautiful, large lobby with a wide-open atmosphere that looks out over the natural stream that flows down to the geyser.

Let’s get into why you should book these fantastic Disney Resorts during your next Walt Disney World vacation.

Disney's Wilderness Lodge


First and foremost, we need to talk about the overall beauty of this Disney Resort. As we mentioned earlier, the lobby of Disney’s Wilderness Lodge is stunning. The vast, high ceilings, rustic fireplace, and beautiful, large windows create a welcoming and homey feeling.

The towering totem poles, headdresses, and rustic fireplace work together to create a calming and welcoming atmosphere that is often needed during a busy Disney vacation.

We love that the lobby has numerous areas to relax. Guests can find chairs in front of the fireplace in the main lobby, or they can choose to head upstairs to find tables, rocking chairs, and small hidden areas perfect for a quick nap and relaxing.

Outside of the lobby, Guests can enjoy lush, beautiful grounds. There are so many great walking paths that take Guests around the Resort to enjoy the beautifully landscaped areas. 

Don’t forget to walk down by the water so you can enjoy the boats as they travel back and forth from Magic Kingdom.

We weren’t sure we would appreciate Florida’s rustic, Northwest feel, but it was so relaxing and beautiful.

Whispering Canyon Cafe
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Dining Options

One of the main reasons we think Guests will enjoy Disney’s Wilderness Lodge is the numerous dining options available at the Resort itself. From quick meals to signature dining, Disney’s Wilderness Lodge has it all.

For those wanting a quick meal, Roaring Fork has numerous grab-and-go items and a great menu that Guests can order from. This quick-service location is kid and adult friendly, with various entrees, snacks, and drinks to keep everyone happy. Located right next to the pool, Guests can quickly grab something while enjoying a pool day.

Another fantastic dining choice is Geyster Point. Located right off the water, this bar and grill is a great, casual location for dining. With amazing bartenders that are friendly and knowledgeable, adults will enjoy great drinks while the kids can enjoy watching the boats or playing pool nearby.

Guests can enjoy two fantastic sit-down meals at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge. For a fun, upbeat experience with lots of food, Whispering Canyon is the place to go for a meal. This rowdy but fun dining experience is located right in the Resort’s main lobby.

Whispering Canyon is open all day, providing excellent, unlimited skillets. Guests will love starting their days with Mickey waffles or enjoying their evening at the Resort, where they can enjoy numerous sides and meats.

There is even a character meal at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge. Storybook Dining is located at Artist Pointe and is a signature meal. Here Guests can visit with Snow White, Dopey, Grumpy, and the Evil Queen. The meal includes a prix fixe menu where Guests can share appetizers and desserts while choosing their entree from the menu.

Storybook Dining is a magical experience where Guests can enjoy a delightful meal while hanging out in the Enchanted Forest.

There are so many great dining options throughout Disney’s Wilderness Lodge. Guests will enjoy a variety of options throughout their stay.

wilderness lodge pool
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There is so much to see and do at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge that young and old Guests will find something to do.

There are two pools to choose from. The main pool is the Cooper Creek Springs Pool. This is where you can find the slide and beautiful rock formations that create the pool grounds. The quieter pool is the Boulder Ridge Cove Pool. There isn’t a slide here, but the large pool gives everyone enough room to flip those fins around.

Guests can also enjoy roasting marshmallows down by the campfire at night. This and the movie under the stars are two great evening activities for everyone to enjoy together.

Disney’s Wilderness Lodge has many activities for everyone to enjoy, including walking around the Resort to take in the beauty.

Disney Castle Night


Disney’s Wilderness Lodge is the perfect location for visiting Magic Kingdom. A short boat rides away; Guests can quickly get to and from Magic Kingdom.

The location is also a favorite as it is removed from much of the Disney chaos. The calm, relaxed feel makes it a perfect spot for watching the boats go to and from Magic Kingdom/Security Guard

Cast Members

Finally, Guests will love Disney’s Wilderness Lodge because of all the fantastic Cast Members that make it so magical. From being welcomed home when Guests arrive to the politeness of all of the dining and hostess Cast Members, Guests will be overwhelmed by the welcoming and magical experience created by these Cast Members each day.

There is so much magic to experience at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge. You won’t want to skip over this fantastic Resort during your next Walt Disney World vacation.


Jennifer Retzlaff

Jennifer became a lifelong Disney fan during her first trip to Walt Disney World in 6th grade. From that moment, Disney became a big part of her life. She quickly started to introduce her love of Disney to her family with a Disney honeymoon and then family trips when her youngest was 18 months old. She loves the magic that Disney brings to people through theme parks, cruises, and adventures. As a teacher, she tries to bring Disney magic into her classroom to help kids believe that “If You Can Dream It, You Can Do It.” She is also part of the Magic Vacation Planner team as a personal travel advisor. With this team, she can now help others plan magical vacations. She loves bringing her love to Disney to readers with How to Disney.

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