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I am currently on a quest to stay at every Walt Disney World resort. So far, I have stayed at 12 of them. While I love trying new resorts in order to accomplish my goal, one resort keeps me coming back over and over again: Disney’s Wilderness Lodge.
Here are 3 reasons why I love Wilderness Lodge:
Atmosphere- The lobby is stunning: from its large fireplace and totem poles to the bubbling spring. At Christmastime, a massive tree decorated with totem poles and animals adds even more appeal to the beautiful lobby. There is a secluded nook directly above the front entrance with a smaller fireplace that provides picturesque views of the lobby.
The courtyard of Wilderness Lodge is also stunning with a waterfall and stream winding throughout. This resort even has its own geyser near the boat dock that shoots water into the air every hour. With a Pacific Northwest theme, the attention to detail is apparent everywhere you go.
The furniture, carpeting, headboards, and light fixtures are so well themed that you can’t help but believe you are in the Pacific Northwest.
Food- There is a wide variety of restaurant options at Wilderness Lodge that can fit with any budget. There are the quick service locations of Roaring Fork inside the resort, and the Geyser Point counter outside near the pool. The table service options are Whispering Canyon Cafe, within the lobby, and character dining (with Snow White) at Storybook Dining at Artist Point.
The Geyser Point Bison Burger and Whispering Canyon’s unlimited skillets are well known, and delicious.
Location- Wilderness Lodge is a short boat ride away from the Magic Kingdom. The boat dock you arrive at has its own security screening team, which saves you time.
With it’s close proximity to Magic Kingdom, many of the “nature view” rooms happen to be Magic Kingdom fireworks view rooms as well! To have the best chance of seeing the fireworks from a nature view room, you need to be on the left side of the resort (if you are looking at the resort from the parking lot), and on the fourth floor or higher. Some rooms might have trees obstructing that view. Watching Magic Kingdom fireworks from your Wilderness Lodge balcony is an amazing way to end your day!