We learned the key is to know the Disney boat shuttle schedule, as it seems like it was every ten minutes but it changes late at night. The bus is the same great service, just know the details to not waste time. The bus system departure times are every 15 minutes, so leave the car in the parking lot. If you want to arrive early in the morning, the starting time is one hour before the park opens. We had a blast on the boat shuttle, fast and scenic.
It's a very peaceful place, with some wonderful views across the lake. The villas do have some definite plus points. If you want to be a bit more active, rent a teton boat. Little Disney touches can be found everywhere. The dark wood and earthy colors went together beautifully. Looking towards the Swimming Pool area, go sit on the rocking chairs.
Eating local is a breeze at the abhiruchiorlando.com cafe and you can bring it to the pool and eat. I have to praise the mercantile shop for all things forgotten. The rooms are giving you the impression of a stay in a lodge from days gone by. It was welcoming, warm and comforting. The lobby is absolutely stunning. Look for the little things like to enjoy a game of chess. If you're a true disney fan, pick this hotel. Disney's Wilderness Lodge and villas is a place to love.