In between the rain drops the other day I decided it was time for a visit to my favorite deluxe resort at Walt Disney World. Disney’s Wilderness Lodge is my good for the soul resort. It is the closest I will ever get to camping in the woods. Just driving onto this property I can feel myself starting to relax.
This beautiful resort opened in May 1994. The resort was designed to remind you of Yellowstone’s 1904 Old Faithful Inn. When you walk into the lobby it takes your breath away. You will see an 82-foot fireplace, 8 floors of Lodgepole Pine that was imported from Oregon. There are two beautiful 55-foot totem poles. Don’t forget to look up at the 4 chandeliers. They look like tepees. They are slightly larger than 9 feet in diameter and over 12 feet in height. There is real rawhide stretched over them. Don’t forget to look down at the floor also. The design of the 4 different types of wood are meant to show the unity among the four seasons, wildlife, man and the cosmos. If you are interested in all the artifacts and the architecture of this resort there is a tour of the lobby that is conducted several times a week.
There are quite a few room choices at this resort. You can stay in a standard view, woods and courtyard view, woods and courtyard view with bunk beds. What kid wouldn’t want to sleep in the bunk beds? There are also several choices on the concierge level and there also several suites if your budget allows it.
Of course there is a gift shop right off the lobby. The good news is there is a fair number of items that are resort specific. If you have been longing to buy yourself a shirt from your WDW resort you can do that at Wilderness Lodge. There is also a children’s activity center, the Cubs Den, where they will watch your children for a fee while you go off and enjoy a wonderful dinner at Artist’s Point.
The beautiful Territory Lounge.
If you are looking for a unique restaurant be sure to make a reservation at Artist’s Point. Their menu changes often so you might want to ask your server if you don’t see your favorite on the menu.
In the lobby you can see the beginnings of Silver Creek. It flows outside and eventually ends in a waterfall that drops into the main swimming pool. At this time the Silver Creek pool is closed for refurbishment. I was surprised to see the old pool is gone and they are creating a totally new pool. It was quite noisy outside with the jackhammers and the saws but inside you couldn’t hear the noise.
There are lots of construction walls outside which takes away from the beauty but the construction will be done by the end of November. You can view the WDW rehabs here.
The walk to the boat that will take you to Fort Wilderness or Magic Kingdom.
When the Fire Rock Geyser is working it will shoot a water plume up to 120 feet high several times a day. At this time you can’t get near the geyser because of the construction.
If you are hungry and would like to grab a sandwich you would want to head to Roaring Forks. They offer a number of delicious sandwiches and flatbreads. They also offer breakfast. There are tables inside and outside to enjoy your meal. If you are looking for a fun sit down meal with the family you will enjoy Whispering Canyon Cafe.
If you have a chance take a short elevator ride up to the fourth floor. The view out the window at the small sitting area is breathtaking. You sure don’t feel like you are in the middle of Central Florida. There are also some small areas where you can sit and read a book in front of the fire. I will leave it up to you to find them. These are some of my favorite areas at this resort. This is as close as I will ever get at being one with nature.
If you are looking for a great resort to stay at when you vacation at Walt Disney World, I highly recommend this resort! It doesn’t have the main pool but that will change by the end of November. If you are looking for a quiet, beautiful resort this resort is for you. If you would like some help planning your vacation the Travel Specialists at Dreams Unlimited Travel would be happy to help you. See you in the parks!
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