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Touring Disney’s Wilderness Lodge Resort

Friday, October 15, 2010

Welcome to the great Northwest!  Disney’s Wilderness Lodge resort is themed after the national parks in the Northwestern part of the United States.  Those guests who’ve visited the Wilderness Lodge just might tell you the resort reminds them of when they were a kid because it resembles Lincoln Logs, a popular building block toy set which has been around for decades.  Gigantic inter-connected logs mostly made up of concrete make-up the interior and exterior of the resort giving it the appearance of other popular resort lodges located in the Northwest. 

The resort officially opened its doors in May of 1994.  A little over 8 years later the resort welcomed Disney’s Wilderness Lodge Villas, the resort’s Disney Vacation Club extension adding studio, one, and two bedroom accommodations.  The resort was designed by Peter Dominick, the same person who designed Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge.  He drew his inspiration for Disney’s Wilderness Lodge after the Old Faithful Inn located near Old Faithful in Yellowstone National Park.  

The resort sits in the perfect location on Disney World property.  Nestled on the shores of Bay Lake and a few hundred yards away from the Ft. Wilderness Resort & Campground the resort’s setting reminds guests of a natural habitat where Mother Nature has been at work for years and Native American Indians have influenced its surroundings. 

Pulling up to the resort and walking into the lobby is an experience in of itself.  The lobby is very large and has animal wood carvings throughout to transport you immediately to a national park setting.  Even the music inside the lobby is majestic.  One of the resort’s icons is an 80-foot tall fireplace in the back corner of the lobby. 

Inside the lobby you will find the check-in desk, 2 table service restaurants, a bar & lounge, a counter service restaurant and the resort’s souvenir shop.

The check-in desk

The Mercantile gift shop

The Whispering Canyon Cafe

Artist Point is the resort’s fine dining restaurant 

Roaring Fork is the resort’s counter service restaurant

Inside Roaring Fork

The Territory Lounge is the resort’s full service bar and lounge

A bubbling spring inside the lobby starts Silver Creek leading to the resort’s main pool

Silver Creek

Just outside the side of the lobby is the resort’s children’s club and arcade. 

The Cub's Den children's club

Buttons & Bells arcade 

As you continue down the path you’ll run into Disney’s Wilderness Lodge Villas.  Inside the Villas lobby you’ll find some interesting places to relax and unwind.  For those who are looking to stay in shape the resort’s fitness center, Sturdy Branches, is located in the lobby as well. 

Sturdy Branches Health Club 

One of the icons inside the Wilderness Lodge Villas lobby is the Carolwood Pacific Room.  It’s a great place to hang out and relax with family and friends.  The room is full of railroad memorabilia.  One of Walt Disney’s favorite hobbies was studying and learning about America’s railroads. 

Outside the back of Disney’s Wilderness Lodge you’ll find the resort’s pool area and something special to enhance your resort experience; an active geyser that, on occasion, shoots water in the air.  It’s as close as you can get to Old Faithful when visiting the Southeast United States.   

The Silver Creek Springs swimming pool

Located next to the pool is the Trout Pass pool bar

A view from the back of the resort’s pool area

Transportation from the resort to the Magic Kingdom is available by boat.  If you wish to visit the other theme parks and Downtown Disney transportation is available via motor coach located at the resort’s bus depot.  

A visit to Disney’s Wilderness Lodge makes a lot of sense when you feel the need to leave the Magic Kingdom for an afternoon break.  The boat ride to the resort is very relaxing and scenic.  You can make an afternoon lunch ADR at the Whispering Canyon Cafe.  Afterwards, you can spend an hour or two just soaking up some atmosphere inside the lobby or outside by the pool area.  The resort is so beautiful and full of facts and information Disney offers anyone a guided tour through the resort.  Be sure to check with Guest Services on specific dates and times for the tour.

Like all deluxe resorts on Disney World property the Wilderness Lodge is an attraction in itself and worth a visit.  If you are person who appreciates nature and the great American Northwest you won’t be disappointed.  So sit back, relax, and get ready to enjoy the smell of pine, timbers, and other fine woods in a place full of majestic sounds and views because Disney’s Wilderness Lodge delivers the goods in a big way. 

Related Link:  Disney’s Wilderness Lodge 

Next Up:  No horsing around!  We hop across Disney property to Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa….

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Aaron DelPrince looks at the various activities you and your family can experience at Walt Disney World


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