Natalie H. (NDM#268) (56 Posts)

Natalie grew up in Nashville, TN. Married with one son, she lives on a farm. As if this weren't enough to keep her on her toes, Natalie also works around the clock due to being self-employed . Natalie often travels to both Walt Disney World and Disneyland, giving her a vast knowledge of the Disney Resorts which she shares in her posts on The Disney Driven Life. She loves the research on the resorts and appreciates input for these articles as well. In recent trips, Natalie has begun making a habit of meeting people while in the parks. This habit inspired her personal website, Meet the Magic, This site helps her connect to others as well as hold space for Disney fans to post information about their Disney related sites. Her goal with this venture is to help people to "Meet the Magic" of their choice.

I had always wanted to visit the Wilderness Lodge, but I really had not had the opportunity for such a visit until this last vacation to Walt Disney World.  When I arrived, I was amazed by how beautiful the Lodge was!  The signs and landscaping found as you enter the area are just beautiful!  As I entered the resort, I quickly noticed that this resort has many details that could easily require hours to take in!  From carvings on the many wood posts, to extra large fireplaces, you’ll find many great details to look at!

The Wilderness Lodge is located only a short driving distance from the Magic Kingdom and is located in the Magic Kingdom resort area.  This 7 story lodge houses 727 guest rooms themes by of wildlife, nature, and Native American designs.  This Deluxe resort also includes various suites, including a Honeymoon Suite that features a whirlpool tub.

Guests of the resort can choose to dine in one of the famed table service restaurants: Artist Point or Whispering Canyon Cafe.  It is well known that guests find elegance in the Artist Point, while finding laughter at Whispering Canyon Cafe.   When relaxing at the resort, guests find the Sturdy Branches Health Club, 2 gorgeous swimming pools, water craft, and bike rentals.

This resort is absolutely beautiful and made even my son (age 5) state, “we’re staying here next Disney vacation.”  With the room rates per night starting at $250 during the Value Season (typically, the least expensive time of year to visit this resort), my son better start saving his allowance NOW!  What do you think about this resort?  What were your experiences here?

Contributed by: Natalie Henley (NDM#268) Natalie is the DDL Resort Blogger. She is also the creator of Meet the Magic.


  1. The Wilderness Lodge is my favorite Disney resort. We have stayed at several on site resorts, but Wilderness Lodge has a charm & warmth that appeals to me. I would love for my house to look like this resort!

  2. This August will be our third stay at The Wilderness Lodge. As we are planning each trip we always start off saying that we are going to try a new resort but always end up booking this one in the end!

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