by Barbara Ryan
One of our favorite resorts to stay at is the Wilderness Lodge. Both stays here, we stayed in a 1 bedroom villa. A lot is changing at this resort with ongoing construction through the end of the year. Adding cabins along the water and many more villa suites to the main lodge. The Villas separate building remains the same and was refurbished a few years ago. Here is a peek at these.
The villas are housed in a separate building right beside the lodge and accessed by a covered walkway where western music guides you to the villas own majestic, if on a somewhat smaller scale, lobby. Check-in occurs in the main lodge, there is no check-in desk in the villas lobby.
The villas had been refurbished since our last stay and are lighter and more airy than before. The dark kitchen cabinets are now white, carpet is now wood flooring and overall the villas are brighter.
The 1 and 2 bedroom villas offer a full kitchen and stackable washer/dryer making life very convenient indeed for keeping up with laundry and having breakfast and even lunch if you wanted to in your villas. A pull out queen sofa makes up the main room along with the kitchen and entry way. Then a split bathroom with jetted tub and separate shower and a king size bed in the bedroom make up the rest. The 1 bedroom villa features two balconies. We were on the 5th floor, the top floor so our villas had vaulted ceilings and our balcony had a solid wall.
When booking the resort directly with Disney, just as you would a regular room, mousekeeping is daily. When booking on DVC points, it’s every 4th day. Detergent was provided daily for the dishwasher and laundry.
We took advantage of grocery delivery options to have staples delivered for breakfast and of course, beverages. The Mercantile in the Lodge does have a nice selection of food items and essentials, but you’ll save money by ordering in advance. We use Garden Grocer and have had great success with them.
Other than the health club, which is located in the Villas lobby, all other resort amenities, restaurants, etc… are located in the Lodge. Signature restaurant Artist’s Point, the fun and playful Whispering Canyon and the counter service Roaring Forks (undergoing renovations at the moment (April 2017). The quiet pool is just steps outside and recently completely revamped and opened as Boulder Ridge Cove Pool… and a short walk around to the main pool, pool bar, marina with boat rentals and the boat dock for the ferry to the Magic Kingdom or Fort Wilderness and the Contemporary.
The 26 waterfront cabins along with a slew of new studios and 1 and 2 bedrooms villas, known as Copper Creek Villas and Cabins, are slated to open this summer as well. A new waterfront restaurant recently opened and is getting rave reviews. Geyser Point Bar and Grill replaced the Trout Pass Pool Bar.
The Wilderness Lodge is a fairly compact resort in comparison to some of the sprawling resorts Disney offers, so nothing is really too far away.
With a quick boat ride to Magic Kingdom, the Wilderness Lodge and Copper Creek Villas is a great choice for a magical Disney World vacation!