My family of 4 stayed in a $900-a-night villa at Disney's Wilderness Lodge. The resort was dreamy, but I'm not sure the hefty price was worth it.

view of the back of disney's wilderness lodge
My family stayed at Disney's Wilderness Lodge.Jill Robbins
  • My family of four stayed at Disney's Wilderness Lodge using our Disney Vacation Club points.

  • It's in a prime location, close to Magic Kingdom, and I love that it feels like a mountain lodge.

  • My family loves this property, but if we didn't use DVC points, I doubt we'd pay the high rates.

My family stayed at Disney's Wilderness Lodge using our Disney Vacation Club points.

exterior view of wilderness lodge resort at disney world
Wilderness Lodge has rooms, suites, villas, and cabins.Jill Robbins

Disney's Wilderness Lodge, located in the Magic Kingdom area, has rooms and suites in the main lodge plus additional villas and cabins. It's often mixed up with Disney's Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground, which can be confusing, but they're not the same thing.

We've been Disney Vacation Club (DVC) members since 2018, which means we pay monthly dues to be part of a timeshare at Disney World. As members, we're able to cash in points at the resorts across the property throughout the year.

DVC members also get priority booking for one-, two-, and three-bedroom deluxe villas. But anyone can book them when they're available.

We snagged a one-bedroom villa at Wilderness Lodge on a recent trip to Disney World.

It's in a great location if you're planning on visiting the parks.

overhead view of the grounds of wilderness lodge resort at disney world
Wilderness Lodge is located near Magic Kingdom.Jill Robbins

Although Wilderness Lodge isn't located on the monorail route, there are free buses that go to the four theme parks and Disney Springs. There's also a boat service that goes straight to Magic Kingdom.

Although there are technically no resort-to-resort buses at Disney World, it's also easy to get to Disney's Contemporary Resort. The Disney Springs buses and some of the resort-to-park buses from Wilderness Lodge stop at the Contemporary along the way. The drivers will usually announce where the bus will stop — if not, just ask.

Once you're at the Contemporary, there's a walking path to Magic Kingdom, and the park is only about 10 to 15 minutes away on foot.  You can also hop on the monorail at the Contemporary and explore the other resorts on the route (Grand Floridian and Polynesian).

I love the mountain-cabin vibe of the resort.

interior shot of a fireplace and seating inside the lobby at wilderness lodge resort in disney world
There are fireplaces and cozy chairs in the lobby.Jill Robbins

The lobby resembles a huge log cabin, and it's easy to imagine yourself at a mountain lodge. If you've ever been to Animal Kingdom Lodge, the architecture is very similar, but with an entirely different theme.

The architecture, decor, and furnishings are very rustic. There are cozy fireplaces, lots of seating options, and floor-to-ceiling windows that look out over a man-made waterfall.

The lobby also features Indigenous artwork and artifacts.

The theming of the resort continues throughout the grounds.

cabin on the grounds at wilderness lodge resort in disney world
The cabins have more rooms and a private hot tub.Jill Robbins

The rustic, mountain-lodge feel continues outside, with pine-tree-lined paths that wind around cozy-looking cabins.

Small touches, like animal tracks in the concrete, pull the theme together.

fake animal tracks on the sidewalk at wilderness lodge resort in disney world
There are wilderness details around the resort.Jill Robbins

Fake animal tracks decorate the concrete, which really makes you feel like you're in the wilderness.

There's even an onsite, man-made geyser.

fake geyser at wilderness lodge resort in disney world
Parts of the resort look like a national park.Jill Robbins

The geyser blows steam and water periodically.

Our one-bedroom villa was spacious.

interior shot from the bedroom of a one bedroom villa at wilderness lodge in disney world
The villa had a room with a king-size bed.Jill Robbins

Our villa had a bedroom with a king bed in addition to a bathroom, living room, and kitchen.

I love that the villas at deluxe resorts have more homelike amenities than regular hotel rooms, like full kitchens and a washer and dryer.

Having access to the washer and dryer helped us pack light.

a stackable washer dryer in a closet next to the kitchen in a villa at disney's wilderness lodge
There's a stackable washer/dryer in the villa.Jill Robbins

I liked being able to wash our clothes in the villa during our stay.

We made use of the kitchen and living room.

jills family sitting in the living room of a one bedroom villa at disney's wilderness lodge
My kids could hang out in the living room.Jill Robbins

The kitchen is great for quick breakfasts or lunches on non-park days.

I also liked having a door between the bedroom and the living area, so I could have some space away from my kids.

There were plenty of outlets for us to charge our devices.

desk with phone, lamp, and outlets in a villa at disney's wilderness lodge
There were about 16 outlets in the villa.Jill Robbins

One of the things I liked most about this room is the number of electrical outlets and charging ports — I counted 16.

But I'm not the biggest fan of the bathroom setup in the villa.

shot of the bathroom tub and sinks in a villa at disney's wilderness lodge
The bathroom juts into the bedroom.Jill Robbins

The design of the bathroom has improved since we stayed here in 2018 — back then, there was transparent glass between the bathroom and the bedroom. You could see the jetted tub from the bed, which I didn't love.

Now there's at least a more opaque piece of artwork on the wall over the tub, but it's still not my favorite design feature.

The bathroom setup also affects the light in the bedroom.

bathroom artwork lit up on the bedroom side in a villa at disney's wilderness lodge
It's hard to turn on the bathroom light at night without waking people up.Jill Robbins

There's no longer a transparent window between the bathroom and the bedroom. But if you turn on the bathroom light at night, you'll probably wake up whoever is sleeping in the bedroom because the light streams through the glass artwork.

Some of the bedroom features were hard to use as well.

side of a bed with a built in nightstand and wall sconce in a villa at disney's wilderness lodge
I loved the rustic headboard, but I couldn't reach the light switch.Jill Robbins

There were lovely lamps installed on the headboard of the bed, but they were too high up to turn off without getting up.

We had two small balconies — one off the living room and another off the bedroom.

view of the bedroom and the balcony in a villa at disney's wilderness lodge
It was nice to have outdoor space, but the four of us couldn't hang out on one balcony.Jill Robbins

Each balcony had two chairs, but they were separated by a shoulder-high wall.

If we all wanted to hang out outside, we'd have to split up, and we wouldn't have been able to see each other clearly.

There are two pools at the resort.

shot of the main pool area at disney's wilderness lodge resort
Copper Creek Springs pool is right by the main lobby.Jill Robbins

Copper Creek Springs is the main pool area by the lobby, but there's also the Boulder Ridge Cove pool further into the property.

I really loved the onsite restaurants.

entrance to artists point restaurant at disney's wilderness lodge
Artist's Point offers character dining with Snow White.Jill Robbins

Disney's Wilderness Lodge has two sit-down restaurants: Artist's Point and Whispering Canyon Cafe.

Artist's Point offers Story Book Dining, a "Snow White"-themed character experience. It looks cute, but I can't say I really understand how it fits with the rest of the resort's theme.

Whispering Canyon Cafe is another immersive dining experience.

plates of family style breakfast from whispering canyon cafe at disney's wilderness lodge
Whispering Canyon is a good place to eat if you're looking for a laugh.Jill Robbins

Whispering Canyon Cafe is a fun, Western-themed restaurant serving breakfast, brunch, and dinner.

Its servers are known to act out antics and draw guests into their shenanigans, which is a lot of fun.

There are also spots for a quick bite.

sign for roaring fork quick service spot at disney's wilderness lodge
Roaring Fork is good for on-the-go meals.Jill Robbins

Roaring Fork and Geyser Point Bar & Grill are the resort's quick-service options, offering à-la-carte and grab-and-go selections.

I like the onsite bar, Territory Lounge.

bacon on a wire appetizer at territory lounge in disney's wilderness lodge
Territory Lounge also serves appetizers, like bacon on a wire.Jill Robbins

Territory Lounge is one of my favorite spots on the property. It's worth carving out time to go have a drink or appetizer there.

You can watch Magic Kingdom fireworks from the back of the resort.

view of bay lake from disney's wilderness lodge
The resorts backs up to Bay Lake.Jill Robbins

You can't see the castle from the resort, but you can see the fireworks over Bay Lake. The music is even piped in.

Wilderness Lodge guests can also see the nightly Electrical Water Pageant, which features several glowing floats traveling across the Seven Seas Lagoon and Bay Lake.

Even with all the amenities, it's pretty pricey for a hotel stay.

view of the big fireplace in the lobby at disney's wilderness lodge
Wilderness Lodge is a deluxe resort.Jill Robbins

If we were paying in cash, our one-bedroom villa would've cost about $900 a night. If you can snag one during Thanksgiving or Christmas week (when prices tend to rise at Disney World), it goes for closer to $1,200 a night.

In comparison, a standard room with two queen beds at the resort is typically about $490 a night.

The most expensive accommodations at the resort, two-bedroom villas and cabins, usually go for between $2,000 and $4,000 a night. But they sleep more people and could potentially be split with another family.

We liked Wilderness Lodge overall, but we wouldn't stay there without our DVC points.

lower half of someone laying on a bed in a villa at disney's wilderness lodge
We enjoyed our stay at Wilderness Lodge.Jill Robbins

I love the theming of the resort and think it offers nice amenities. But the $900-a-night rate doesn't include park tickets, food, or the other little expenses that add up at Disney World.

If we weren't using our DVC points to pay for our stay, I probably wouldn't book a villa at Wilderness Lodge.

Correction: March 20, 2023 — An earlier version of this story misspelled a word used to describe the artwork and artifacts in the lobby of the Wilderness Lodge. The intended word was Indigenous, not Ingenious.

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