The Wilderness Lodge is striking in its beauty and theme. For our July 2014 trip, we only had one night in a standard view room and it wasn’t enough.
The first 6 nights of this vacation we were at Animal Kingdom Lodge Kidani Village in a 2 bedroom Villa with extended family. The extended family flew home a day before us and we used this opportunity to move to a smaller room closer to the Magic Kingdom since this is where we planned on spending our last day in the parks.
To move or luggage from one resort to the other, we used Bell Services. They will transfer your luggage for you to the next Disney resort for free. This includes the Swan and Dolphin
We have been Disney Vacation Club members for several years and haven’t stayed in a non-villa room in a while. I was pleasantly surprised by the size and comfortableness of our room. There were 2 queen beds, a table, double sink in the bathroom, plenty of storage space, and a balcony.
The resort itself is beautiful. When you walk into the lobby the grandness overtakes you. The theme is Northwest national parks, complete with fireplace, creeks, and Firerock Geyser that erupts every hour.
Once we were settled in our room, we ate a quick dinner from Roaring Fork (the quick-service location). We ate pepperoni pizza and 2 cheeseburgers. What we had was cooked to order and good tasting.
After dinner we had a dilemma. Ryan and I wanted to go back to the parks and the boys wanted to go swimming. We decided to do both, one of the perks of being so close to the Magic Kingdom. We used the boat transportation to go back to Magic Kingdom and had our Anna & Elsa meet and greet as well as met Rapunzel and Cinderella. With our greetings to royalty complete, we headed back to the resort for an hour of swimming before bed.
The pool area is very nice. My boys are not good swimmers, but with the life jackets, the resort provides they had a blast. They both loved the pool slide. For the adults there are hot tubs. I am specifically being vague because the pool is going under refurbishment in Fall 2014. So what I would write will be outdated in a matter of months. With that being said, I love the trend Disney has been going with in the new pool areas and can’t wait to see what is in store at this resort.
When we were done swimming, my oldest son and I went back to the room to settle in for the night. Ryan and our youngest son went down to the beach to watch the Electrical Water Pageant. This show is a couple of barges that light up on the water with music. It is a nice diversion if you are around, but is not a must-see item on your vacation list.
On our check out morning we decided to have a late breakfast at Whispering Canyon Café. We did not have an Advanced Dining Reservation but they were able to get us in with a 5 minute wait. The restaurant was only about half full. We loved our meal at Whispering Canyon. They serve traditional breakfast foods, bacon, sausage, gravy, eggs, biscuits, waffles, all the yummy stuff. Whispering Canyon is a fun place for families. Our hostess who seated us said, Welcome to Whispering Café where no one will ever whisper. She explained that they like to have some family fun with the wait staff. We could choose to ‘Jump-In and Play’ or ‘Sit on the Fence’. They even have a card to lie on your table so our server will know our wishes. Because we had eaten here before we chose to ‘Sit on the Fence’. Our waitress was wonderful and we didn’t feel excluded at all. Here are some examples of the family fun we saw around us (this trip and a previous visit):
When you ask for ketchup, you get every bottle in the restaurant piled on your table.
When you ask refill of coffee, you go around and fill everyone else’s.
The wait staff yells back and forth at each other.
There are wooden horses the kids can parade around on.
This was a nice end to our time here at the resort. We are eager to return. Wilderness Lodge is a comfortable resort with a nice location for visiting the Magic Kingdom. You should keep it in mind for your future vacations.
Blog post written by: Kim Slusher (aka Mrs. Travel Agent Dad).
We received no special consideration from Disney or any other service provider.