If you’ve followed us for any amount of time, you may be familiar with our love affair with Wilderness Lodge. We love it. It’s one of our favorites for a variety of reasons. So when we stayed there most recently, we decided to try their club level concierge service. Here’s our full review of club level at Wilderness Lodge, along with what’s included and whether or not we think it’s worth it!
Club Level at Walt Disney World
In case you’re not familiar with the concept of Club Level rooms at Walt Disney World, here is a quick rundown. Basically, this is a higher end service that is offered at select Walt Disney World deluxe hotels. Guests staying in these club level designated rooms have access to concierge staff that can make your trip more enjoyable and a bit less stressful. In addition to concierge level services that are provided, there is also a lounge that offers drinks and snacks throughout the day. This can be a great value. Each lounge is a little bit different, but they all offer a slightly elevated Disney experience.
Guests generally tend to receive concierge information a few weeks before their trip as well as a phone call from concierge staff the day before. We actually didn’t get either of these things when we stayed club level at Animal Kingdom Lodge; but we did get both when we stayed at Wilderness Lodge. Club level had just reopened at Animal Kingdom Lodge, so it’s possible that’s why we didn’t get those services.
Wilderness Lodge Resort
As we had previously mentioned, Wilderness Lodge is one of our favorites! With excellent restaurants, a cozy atmosphere and overall welcoming feeling, this resort is at the top of our list. And it tends to be one of the less expensive deluxe resorts, which is a big plus for us. It’s also great for a Disney resort staycation. You can easily spend an entire day here. And if you’re staying club level, that definitely makes it easier!
Club Level at Wilderness Lodge Resort
We’ve only stayed at a couple of other resorts with club level service before, so we don’t have a lot to compare it to. However, we did highly enjoy this stay! This has been our favorite club to date. And the fact that is also has amazing views from the seventh floor is a huge bonus. Imagine staying club level here at Christmastime! That would be a dream!
Old Faithful Club at Wilderness Lodge Resort
The Old Faithful Club is the concierge level lounge at Wilderness Lodge. It is located on level 7. And can only be accessed with a magic band or room key associated with someone staying club level. This is also where concierge level guests can get coffee, snacks and alcohol throughout the day. A big difference in this lounge is that it’s the only club level lounge at Walt Disney World with beer on tap. It’s also the only one with what we discovered as our new favorite drink, Geyser Grog. This drink is like the equivalent of POG at the Polynesian. The flavors are perfectly suited to its cozy atmosphere, and it literally tastes like Christmas in a cup!
Another thing that was a little different in this lounge is that they close the doors of the club during the hours they aren’t serving. This isn’t really a big deal, but we hadn’t seen this before and found it interesting. There are a few seats outside of the Old Faithful Club if you are wanting to get some work done or hang out in a common area that’s not as busy as the lobby. But there aren’t as many seats in this section and noticed it tended to get full when the club wasn’t open.
Food at the Old Faithful Club
The Old Faithful Club has five serving periods throughout the day. Coffee service starts at 6:30. This is basically just a coffee station that is set up outside of the Old Faithful Club. From 7:00am -10:30am, the club opens for a Continental Breakfast. This was the best breakfast we had seen offered at a concierge level club so far! They offered hot items like pancakes, scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, pastries, oatmeal, and a variety of fruits. You could easily make a full meal here, making it easy to get a start on your day.
Next up is the refreshments serving period from 11:00am-4pm. This offering was pretty standard for the refreshments period in a club level lounge and offered up snack items like chips, pastries, cookies, fruit and veggies. Generally, there are easy grab and go items available, making it easy to grab snacks for the Parks.
The Hors D’oeuvres serving period lasts from 5:00pm-7:00pm and offers up small bites that are great for filling in the gap while you wait for dinner. Veggies and dips, meats and cheeses, shrimp cocktail and miniature salads were all available when we stayed here. They also had heartier options like baked mac and cheese and roasted chicken and vegetables. Depending on your appetite, you could potentially make a full meal during this serving period, although I don’t know that I’d count on it simply because it may not be enough to keep you full.
Cordials and Desserts can be enjoyed from 8:00pm-10:00pm. A good variety of desserts can be found here. Cupcakes, miniature trifles and their famous berry cobbler are all available. And of course, cordials! You can try whatever you like. Personally, we enjoyed making a hot chocolate with Frangelico. But it’s a great opportunity to try something new!
Drinks are available any time the club is open and are no extra charge. There is a fridge full of beverages. And if you want something alcoholic other than what is out, you just have to ask the concierge staff and they will take care of it for you!
Wilderness Lodge Club Level Review
We loved the Old Faithful Club. The selection of food was great throughout the day. And we highly enjoyed the space! It never felt too crowded, and it was a nice relaxing atmosphere that we could enjoy without the hustle and bustle of Walt Disney World. The staff was fantastic, as concierge staff usually are. We would definitely stay here again if the opportunity presented itself!
Is Club Level worth it at Wilderness Lodge?
That depends! It’s always difficult to say if something is worth it when talking about value. But we do think in some cases, it definitely could be. If you’re traveling with a larger party, then yes. Breakfast costs vary widely depending on what you plan to eat. But being able to get one full meal without having to pay extra can easily save you $100 per day if you’re traveling with a family of four. And if you’re snacking throughout the day, or grabbing snacks for the Parks, again this is money you don’t have to spend.
Alcohol is expensive most places but especially at Walt Disney World! So being able to get a drink without paying extra can save you a ton of money as well. And if you have some resort time built in (which you should!), then this could also be a great value for you. We loved being able to stop by the lounge to grab a cup of coffee from their Nespresso machine. And that alone can add up in savings if you have coffee drinkers in your party. Plus, you do get the added benefit of having concierge staff to help you with whatever you need. So that extra service could be worth it as well.
If you don’t plan to spend much time at you resort, then we don’t think it would be worth it. To get the benefits of staying club level, you really just need to plan to have some down time. It really depends on the people in your party and what your plans look like for your trip.
Have you stayed club-level at any of the Walt Disney World resorts? Which has been your favorite? We’d love to know!
Melanie Renee is a photographer, writer, designer and mom. Visiting Disney destinations since 2010, she is also an Authorized Disney Vacation Planner. When she's not creating her next coffee recipe, or designing apparel at Polka Dot Pixie Shop, she's seeking beautiful sunsets and planning her next trip .