PHOTOS, VIDEO: Newly Remodeled King Rooms Currently Testing at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge
Known for its rustic cabin design, Disney’s Wilderness Lodge has been enchanting guests with uniquely appointed rooms featuring carved wood headboards on the beds, bright red accent pillows featuring Thumper, and even Chip and Dale tiles in the bathrooms for years now.
Well, it appears that the lodge is currently “testing” out a set of newly remodeled Club Level King Rooms (previously known as Honeymoon Suite rooms, located on the top floor) at the resort, featuring the streamlined, “modern” (dare I say sterile) look we’ve seen applied to many remodels across property, similar to the more recent refurb at Disney’s All-Star Movies Resort and new rooms at Gran Destino Tower.
Newly Remodeled Rooms at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge
The rooms feature new headboards, all-new furniture, and a newly remodeled bathroom with a large walk-in shower, removing the dreamy stone tub that was the signature amenity of these rooms. Take a look at the new room below!
The room features tones of brown and blue with contrasting fabrics, and wood. Gone are the decorative pillows and runners from the beds.
Marble-topped nightstands bookend each side of the bed.
A staple of the new rooms, the pop-out reading lights on each side of the bed are also present in these headboards.
One side of the room features… Paul Bunyan artwork?
New outdoor patio furniture graces the balcony
The two renovated rooms are located on the 7th floor of the Lodge, offering sweeping views of the forests surrounding the Bay Lake area.
A large Smart TV on one end, by the balcony. Note the USB outlets off to the side. These, I believe, are the one big necessary upgrade, as the older rooms only had regular electrical socket outlets, and not enough of them to meet today’s technological needs.
The vaulted ceiling is graced by… a lamp with sticks on it.
I like that they chose a different wood-style laminate flooring for these. The grain and color of the wood is nice, but I miss the carpet.
The dark brass magnifying makeup mirror and faucets are a nice contrast against the white quartz sink.
As mentioned earlier, the large tub has been replaced with a large, walk-in shower. The dark brass shower elements are present here too, along with a shaving ledge, which I also can appreciate.
The floor of the shower is composed of smooth rocks, giving it a nice, naturalistic touch.
There are only two of these King Rooms available, and they’re both located in corners of the resort, so they actually get windows that comprise the Lodge’s exterior.
A large armoir-style closet features a safety box.
Probably the only other hint of character is this coffee nook, which doesn’t even feature a Keurig, by the way.
In the backdrop, you can see silhouettes of Bambi and Friend Owl. Underneath the coffee bar is a standard, glass-paned mini fridge.
For a better idea of the room layout, check out the full tour of the newly remodeled King Room in our video below.
A Note on “Reimagined” Resort Rooms at Disney World
As you’ve probably noticed by now, wiping out the color and character out of Disney Hotels has been a common theme as of late.
While seeing these refreshed interiors gives me hope that the resort is here to stay and being well taken care of, the changes are jarring, to say the least. For reference, here’s what these room interiors used to look like.
Think what you may, there’s no comparing hidden Mickey lanterns and carved wood headboards with critters on them to the same generic headboard you can basically get anywhere else.
What do you think of these newly remodeled rooms? While these are currently “testing”, it’s a sure sign of the larger redesign that’s inevitably coming to the rest of the resort. In fact, the Cast Member that gave us a tour of this new room mentioned that remodeling would begin on the rest of the resort rooms starting in November or December of this year. To be honest, I’d squeeze in a few stays before the resort-wide remodel fully takes over the old look.