We did not discover the Wilderness Lodge at Disney World until the last few years. We are not strangers to the Disney World parks and resorts, but had somehow overlooked this less-talked-about hotel.
Wilderness Lodge is now one of our favorites, even though it is not on the monorail track. It is a serene getaway in the heart of the Magic Kingdom area, and a place that feels most like home at Disney World.
The Wilderness Lodge is not one of the highest-tier hotels on the monorail track of the Magic Kingdom. Those honors belong to the Grand Floridian, Contemporary, and Polynesian resorts.
It is not a budget hotel, like the All-Star hotels. It is not coveted like the Beach Club (and Boardwalk) hotels with their walking proximity to EPCOT. It does not have animal safari savannah views, as does Animal Kingdom Lodge.
Instead, the Wilderness Lodge Hotel and Villas (Disney Vacation Club — DVC) offer the convenience of a Magic Kingdom resort (just a short bus or boat ride away), with the feeling that you’ve escaped from all the hectic theme park pace…into a relaxing wilderness haven.