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Disney's Wilderness Lodge

Disney's Wilderness Lodge is where the Pacific Northwest meets Walt Disney World.  Even though it's in the heart of Central Florida, you'd be surprised at what kind of effect Disney's Wilderness Lodge has on people.

The Wilderness Lodge is one of the newest Disney World deluxe resorts, and it really is amazing. Let's take a look.

Staying at Disney's Wilderness Lodge

The Walt Disney World Wilderness Lodge is the smallest of all the resorts, with only 728 guest rooms.  But are they ever wonderful!  Picture Mission-style wood furniture, animal carvings, afghan-like bed coverings.  All the rooms come with a private patio or balcony, where you can sit and watch the world go by.

The rooms at the Wilderness Lodge resort are roughly 350 square feet, and have either two queen-size beds, one king-size bed or one queen plus bunk beds. Occupancy is up to four people per regular guest room, although there are a limited number of guest rooms that can sleep 6.

There are suites available at Disney's Wilderness Lodge that sleep up to four people.  Yes, a bit smaller than some of the other resorts, but certainly no less luxurious!

Like all Walt Disney World resorts, high-speed internet access is available for an extra fee, billed on a 24-hour basis.  You'll need a network card for your laptop -- it's not wireless.

Picture of Disney's Wilderness LodgeWhere to Eat

The quick-service stand is named "Roaring Forks Snacks".  It's open from early till late, serving up everything from omelets to pizza to salads to burgers.  Not to mention desserts!

The table-service restaurant is called "Whispering Canyon Cafe".  Here's were you'll find a good time, in addition to good food.  What's on the menu?  First, you may as well go hungry, since it's all-you-can-eat.  The variety is enormous -- BBQ pulled pork ribs, roasted chicken, steaks, beef stew, chops and even pasta!

Now about the "good times" part.  While there's not really a show, per se, there is entertainment, in the form of the serving staff -- they are a hoot!  It's not what you'd call intimate dining.  But it sure is fun!

There's also a signature restaurant by the name of "Artist Point".  Now this is a quiet and intimate restaurant, to share with a special someone.  The menu is quite intriguing, with planked salmon and grilled buffalo among the offerings! 

For those on a budget, the "Artist Point" restaurant is pretty pricy, but the food is fabulous!  Here's a hint -- get an appetizer (they are good-sized) and dessert.  It will fill you up without costing a fortune..

What You Can Do

I guess it's more like what can't you do?  One of the really cool features of Disney's Wilderness Lodge is the Fire Rock Geyser, which erupts frequently.

Other cool features (i.e. pools) are Silver Creek Springs, a wading pool and two relaxing spas. Very enjoyable after a hot day in the theme parks!

Want more? Some of the other activities at Disney's Wilderness Lodge include:

  • The Bay Lake beach (maybe not exactly the Pacific Northwest, but nice anyway)
  • Watercraft rentals
  • Fishing (catch and release)
  • Bike rentals
  • Horse-drawn carriage rides
  • The Buttons & Bells Arcade
  • Spa and Health Club
  • Video rentals
  • Jogging
  • Chip 'n Dale's campfire sing-along

Getting Around Disney

Disney's Wilderness Lodge is near to the Magic Kingdom.  The transportation to anywhere in the resort area is by bus, with a water launch to the Magic Kingdom (no monorail service here).

If you are driving to Disney, you will greatly appreciate the wonderful complimentary Disney transportation to the parks and to other resorts as well.  Every time I drive there, Disney's road system gets more and more complex.  It's nice to be able to let someone else navigate it all!

Have a wonderful vacation at Disney's Wilderness Lodge resort!


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Totem Poles

When you actually walk into Disney's Wilderness Lodge, the first thing that rivets your eyes is the soaring atrium -- 8 stories worth.  Next, you're drawn to the two large totem poles.

Photo of a Totem Pole in Disney World's Wilderness Lodge

And if that isn't enough, consider the 82-foot tall fireplace, the Native American carvings and the floor-to-ceiling windows.


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