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Disney’s Wilderness Lodge to undergo a major refurbishment as part of DVC expansion

Disney’s Wilderness Lodge to undergo a major refurbishment as part of DVC expansion

Beginning October 26, 2015 Disney’s Wilderness Lodge will undergo a major refurbishment to prepare for Disney Vacation Club expansion.  Work will continue through 2017 and will affect the Hidden Springs pool, resort beach, playground, recreation fire pit, bike and boat rentals, spa treatments and walking trails.

Disneys Wilderness Lodge DVC expansion 2015 kennythepirate

The project will add 26 luxury water side bungalows that will have a rustic appeal, but remind one of the Polynesian Village Resort expansion.  The drawing below appears to remove the entire beach area from the resort.

Disneys Wilderness Lodge DVC expansion 2015

Take a look at the following frequently asked questions for more information about this project:
1) What are the refurbishment dates? When will work be complete?
Disney’s Wilderness Lodge will be undergoing multiple refurbishment projects beginning in October 2015 and continuing through 2017.

2) How will this work impact my stay?
Throughout this project, Disney is committed to providing a great Guest experience. At certain times of day, there may be some noise and we may have alternative paths of travel throughout the resort. Construction related noise will likely take place between 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. to insure minimal impact to Guests.

3) Why are they removing the current Hidden Springs leisure pool?
As part of the resort enhancement project, the Hidden Springs leisure pool area will be expanded to include a larger pool and more deck space, as well as a hot tub area.

4) I like the pool the way it is now because it’s smaller and more intimate than the feature pool. Why are you changing that?
Muliple DVC Members and Guests stated that they would like to see enhanced offerings at the resort. As a result, the resort will be increasing the pool area, including a larger pool and more deck space, as well as a hot tub area.

5) How long will the Hidden Springs pool be closed? Is there another pool available?
The Hidden Springs pool will be closed for an extended period while the area is under construction. However, the Silver Creek Springs, the resort feature pool, is available and features a water slide, hot tub, and children’s water play area.

6) Will the Teton Boat and Bike Rentals close? Will there be an alternative?
Teton Boat and Bike Rentals will be closed in late October while refurbishment work is completed in the area. As an alternative, bikes will be available for rent near the jogging trail. If you would like to rent a boat or enjoy some fishing, you are welcome to visit the marina at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground.

7) Will the beach and playground area close? Any alternatives?
Yes. The beach and playground area at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground remain available throughout this refurbishment work as an alternative.

8) Will the nature trail close?
Although the nature trails at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge and Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground are closing in early October, Guests do have the opportunity to enjoy the great outdoors on the paved New Balance jogging trail which connects Disney’s Wilderness Lodge with Disney’s Fort Wilderness & Campground on a 2.5 mile path.

9) What about the fire pit? Will it be closed as well?
The recreation fire pit will be closing in late October while we complete refurbishment work in the area. As an alternative, Guests are able to visit the Meadow Trading Post area of Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground for Chip ‘n Dale’s Campfire Sing-A-Long, which includes a nightly campfire followed by a movie under the stars.

10) Will there be a nightly movie under the stars at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge?
The recreation staff will host a nightly movie movie indoors in the Carolwood Pacific community room in the Villas at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge for Guests.

11) Why are the spa treatment rooms at Sturdy Branches Health Club closed?
In order to preserve the tranquil spa experience, treatments at Sturdy Branches Health Club will be temporarily unavailable from late October through early February due to construction noise in the area. Spa treatments are available at a number of locations at the Walt Disney World Resort, including nearby at Senses – A Disney Spa at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort.

12) Is watercraft transportation available during the refurbishment?
Yes. Watercraft transportation will continue to operate as normal.


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Karen Demauriac

Monday 21st of August 2017

Thinking of going to WL in May 2018...Will all renovations be done by then?

Renee P

Monday 21st of August 2017

They are pretty much all done now.

kennythepirate

Monday 21st of August 2017

Yes, it's pretty much completed.

John Wright

Friday 19th of August 2016

I see in the drawings that the bungaloes will run along the beach area and also along the waterway by the dock for boat transportation. I really hope that this dows not detract from the natural forest feeling you get as you approach the lodge by boat. Money making vs the natural appearance! Waterside bungaloes- Hawaii. Yes. Canadian backwoods. No!!!!

kennythepirate

Sunday 21st of August 2016

Supposed to look like fishing cabins, but does seem like overkill. Bunagalows are so expensive that most go unused too.

Diane Emberton

Tuesday 21st of June 2016

Hi Kenny, Just curious if there have been any updates to the finish date on the construction? Thinking of staying here October 2017

Melissa

Thursday 24th of March 2016

I have a question, my husband and I are planning to book a vacation at WL at the end of April or first of May 2017. The articles Ive read say construction through 2017. Does anyone know if it would be completed or mostly completed by then? I really want to stay at WL. Thanks for your help. Melissa

kennythepirate

Thursday 24th of March 2016

Not sure on ending date, but shouldn't be too ugly by then at least

Courtney B

Thursday 17th of March 2016

We are a group of 6 planning to stay at WL in October 2016...any update on construction and if that's still not the ideal location?

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