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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]

Disney's Wilderness Lodge
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Disney's Wilderness Lodge at dusk
LocationMagic Kingdom Resort Area
Resort typeDeluxe resort
OpenedMay 28, 1994; 25 years ago (1994-05-28)
ThemePacific Northwest
AreasMain Building
Rooms729 priced from $440 to $1,500 per night.
SuitesHoneymoon Suite, Yosemite Suite, Yellowstone Suite
Green lodgeyes
Boulder Ridge Villas at Disney's Wilderness Lodge
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LocationMagic Kingdom Resort Area
Resort typeDisney Vacation Club resort
OpenedNovember 15, 2000; 18 years ago (2000-11-15)
ThemePacific Northwest
Rooms181 priced from $700 per night.
Green lodgeyes
Copper Creek Villas & Cabins at Disney's Wilderness Lodge
LocationMagic Kingdom Resort Area
Resort typeDisney Vacation Club resort
OpenedJuly 17, 2017; 23 months ago (2017-07-17)
ThemePacific Northwest
AreasMain Building; Along Bay Lake
Rooms185 priced from $440 per night.
Green lodgeyes

Boulder Ridge Villas at Disney's Wilderness Lodge, originally 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.[4] 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.[5]

Copper Creek Villas & Cabins at Disney's Wilderness Lodge opened in summer 2017 as the second DVC property at the resort, which consists of 26 Cascade Cabins which 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.



This hotel was designed by Peter Dominick.[6] It is themed with an 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 ft 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.[7]

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 in the Florida Green Lodging Program.[8]

In May 2018 it was announced that the Whispering Canyon Cafe within Disney's Wilderness Lodge stopped a long standing tradition for children. The horse riding, and yelling for "I need Ketchup" and getting all the bottles of ketchup on all the tables ended. No definitive reason was provided as to why this tradition stopped other than WDW Disney World Today offered the following statement "...We are continuously updating our offerings throughout Walt Disney World Resort and are currently working on what's next for Whispering Canyon. We apologize for any disappointments." There are rumors that have stated that Walt Disney World Resorts caved into pressure from complaints from guests that these festivities were too rowdy.[9]



  1. ^ "AAA Four Diamond Hotels" (PDF). AAA. 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. ^ 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.
  5. ^ "Plans filed for waterside Disney Vacation Club villas at Disney's Wilderness Lodge Resort". Retrieved 31 December 2015.
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  7. ^ "Disney's Wilderness Lodge". Wilderness Lodge Site. Retrieved 15 September 2017.
  8. ^ "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.
  9. ^ Littlejohn, Whitney. "No More Silliness at Whispering Canyon Cafe!". Chip and Company. Chip and Company. Retrieved 30 October 2018.

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