Wilderness Lodge - Transportation
One if by land ... Two if by sea ... Basically there are two ways to get to the Wilderness Lodge, by land and by sea (sounds a little bit historical doesn't it). The Lodge is not on the monorail and it's too far from any of the parks to walk.
The main way Disney Transportation gets you to and from the parks is by bus. There is also a 20 or so passenger boat (launch) that makes a 30 minute or so round trip to the Magic Kingdom.
The Launch to the Magic Kingdom - Picture by blakespot
The Wilderness Lodge
This hotel is one of the most interesting hotels at Disney World. Not only is it beautiful, but there is a stream that runs through the lobby and outside there is a geyser that actually sprays water. Now that's something special.
By Land - Disney's Luxury Motor Coach
Disney runs Luxury Motor Coaches (buses) to the two water parks, the four theme parks, and Downtown Disney from the Lodge. Getting to other Disney World Resorts can be difficult. The good news is the bus service rarely has a line.
For example, there is no easy way to get to Boma in the Animal Kingdom Lodge. To get there you could take a bus to one of the theme parks, or a launch to the Magic Kingdom, where you would, after you stand in line again, grab a bus to the Animal Kingdom Lodge.
Dad recommends a car at Disney World for your DIsney World vacation.
Disney's Magical Express
Disney will now take you from the airport to the Lodge and back. And it doesn't cost you anything. Yes, that's right it's absolutely free. Just make reservations for DIsney's Magical Express and let Disney do the driving.
Driving to the resort
Dad's a big fan of driving at Walt Disney World. Disney Transportation does a marvelous job of moving millions of people from place to place, but sometimes there are millions of people to move around which causes lots of waiting and stress.
To get to the hotel you get on World Drive from any direction. Follow it through the entrance plaza for the Magic Kingdom parking lot (tell the attendant you are going to the Wilderness Lodge). Turn right at Timberline Drive (it's Timberline to the right, Seven Seas Dr. to the right), and follow it right to the hotel.
Here's a map to help.
View Disney Wilderness Lodge in a larger map
By Sea - The Launch to the Magic Kingdom
Every 30 minutes of so, a boat pulls up to the dock, loads some guests and takes off again. Where does it go? To the Magic Kingdom. This is one of the best ways to get around at Disney World. The 20 passenger launch takes a leisurely trip across Bay Lake and on to Seven Seas Lagoon on it's way to the Magic Kingdom. It lets you out right at the main gate, just next to the monorail station. If the launch is at the dock it's faster than the bus.
Dad's Bottom Line
While Dad always recommends a car at Disney World, Disney does a great job of moving people around. The bus service is truly amazing and the launch is a relaxing way to get to the Magic Kingdom.