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Disney's Wilderness Lodge
Disney's Wilderness Lodge at dusk
LocationMagic Kingdom Resort Area
Resort typeDeluxe resort
OpenedMay 28, 1994; 26 years ago (1994-05-28)
ThemePacific Northwest
AreasMain Building
Rooms729
SuitesHoneymoon Suite, Yosemite Suite, Yellowstone Suite
Green lodgeyes
Boulder Ridge Villas at Disney's Wilderness Lodge
LocationMagic Kingdom Resort Area
Resort typeDisney Vacation Club resort
OpenedNovember 15, 2000; 20 years ago (2000-11-15)
ThemePacific Northwest
AreasVillas
Rooms181
Green lodgeyes
Copper Creek Villas & Cabins at Disney's Wilderness Lodge
LocationMagic Kingdom Resort Area
Resort typeDisney Vacation Club resort
OpenedJuly 17, 2017; 3 years ago (2017-07-17)
ThemePacific Northwest
AreasMain Building; Along Bay Lake
Rooms185
Green lodgeyes

Disney's Wilderness Lodge is a AAA Four-Diamond Award–winning[1] resort hotel located at the Walt Disney World Resort. It opened on May 28, 1994. The resort is owned and operated by Disney Parks, Experiences and Products. Disney's Wilderness Lodge is located in the Magic Kingdom Resort Area on Bay Lake. The resort is also located near Disney's Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground. A similarly-themed resort, Disney's Grand Californian Hotel & Spa, is located at the Disneyland Resort in California.[2][3]


Resort

This hotel was designed by Peter Dominick.[4] It is modeled after the atmosphere of the national parks of the western United States and features both natural and Native American elements. The main building was modeled after the Old Faithful Inn in Yellowstone National Park. An artificial geyser and hot springs are located on the resort grounds. The Resort has eight floors of Lodgepole pine imported from Oregon, as well as 55-foot, authentic totem poles, and an 82-foot fireplace representing the colorful rocks of the Grand Canyon. This display represents Northwestern Native American artifacts, myths, legends, and stories. The Lodge is a 4-star deluxe Walt Disney World resort. Lodge guests have access to restaurants, a spa and fitness center, theme pools, jacuzzi hot tubs, a kids' zone and babysitting center, and fun and educational activities for adults and children.[5]

Boat transportation is available to the Magic Kingdom, Disney's Contemporary Resort, and Disney's Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground.

In November 2007, the resort received designation as part of the Florida Green Lodging Program.[6]

Boulder Ridge Villas

Originally known as The Villas at Disney's Wilderness Lodge, a Disney Vacation Club timeshare resort on the site, were announced in 1998, and the property first accepted guests in November 2000. The Boulder Ridge Villas at Disney's Wilderness Lodge are adjacent to Disney's Wilderness Lodge, whose design is based on the National Park lodges of America's western states. The Vacation Club Villas are themed to the antecedent lodgings built by workers on the transcontinental railroad in the late 19th century. The main building for the villas has railroad artwork and memorabilia on display, including two train cars from Walt Disney's ridable miniature Carolwood Pacific Railroad.[7] The accommodations include Studio units with a kitchenette, as well as one and two-bedroom villas with a larger kitchen and living space. In late 2015, Disney began an extensive building project to expand the Villas with waterside units similar to those found over the water at Disney's Polynesian Village Resort, as well as recreation and dining facilities.[8]

Copper Creek Villas & Cabins

These cabins opened in Summer 2017 as the second DVC property at the resort, which consists of 26 Cascade Cabins. The Cascade Cabins were built along the shoreline of the resort and the entire South wing of the original resort building, which was converted from regular hotel rooms to 158 DVC units.

Popular culture

  • In the ABC sitcom Family Matters two-part episode "We're Going to Disney World" Steve Urkle and the Winslows stay at the Wilderness Lodge. Some scenes were filmed on location outside the main doors and inside the lobby.

Gallery

  • Disney's Wilderness Lodge front exterior
    Disney's Wilderness Lodge front exterior
  • Disney's Wilderness Lodge lobby
    Disney's Wilderness Lodge lobby
  • The Yosemite Suite within Disney's Wilderness Lodge
    The Yosemite Suite within Disney's Wilderness Lodge
  • The Carolwood Pacific Railroad Room within the Boulder Ridge Villas
    The Carolwood Pacific Railroad Room within the Boulder Ridge Villas

References

  1. ^ "AAA Four Diamond Hotels" (PDF). AAA. Archived from the original (PDF) on 28 January 2016. Retrieved 28 January 2016.
  2. ^ "Disney's Wilderness Lodge Resort". WDWHistory. Retrieved 2008-04-22.
  3. ^ "Walt Disney World Resort - Disney's Wilderness Lodge". Official Disney Website. Archived from the original on 2004-06-19. Retrieved 2008-04-22.
  4. ^ "Peter Dominick, Architect of Disney Hotels, Dies at 67". January 15, 2009. Retrieved 2019-11-29.
  5. ^ "Disney's Wilderness Lodge". Wilderness Lodge Site. Retrieved 15 September 2017.
  6. ^ "Two Disney Resorts Receives Florida Green Lodging Designation". Florida Department of Environmental Protection. 2007-11-02. Archived from the original on 2011-06-09. Retrieved 2008-06-04.
  7. ^ Baumann, Michelle (March 5, 2010). "Trains at the Villas at Disney's Wilderness Lodge". Walt Disney Parks and Resorts. Archived from the original on March 25, 2015. Retrieved July 16, 2017.
  8. ^ "Plans filed for waterside Disney Vacation Club villas at Disney's Wilderness Lodge Resort". WDWMagic.com. Retrieved 31 December 2015.

Coordinates: 28°24′34″N 81°34′21″W / 28.409390°N 81.572615°W / 28.409390; -81.572615

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