Stayed at the Wilderness Lodge in January and LOVED it. it is outstanding. We are heading back first week in Dec. (staying at Coronado Springs) because we got free dining. If I could have justified the difference between the CS and WL (over $1,000) I would have gone back. If you are talking a couple hundred, I would do it. Transportation is not a big issue, the buses were fine and with a short boat ride to the contemporary or MK you can hop on the monorail. We actually loved taking the boat everywhere we could it was a great perk. My kids also loved the water parade every night. They still talk about it.