Disney's Wilderness Lodge
The Wilderness Lodge is an amalgamation of the classic national park lodges’ grand “parkitecture” and the full pixie-dusted Disney experience, starting in the soaring lobby inspired by Yellowstone National Park’s Old Faithful Inn, including a massive 82-foot-high fireplace and 55-foot totem poles carved by master craftsmen. Nature is highlighted inside and out, with a hot spring bubbling in the lobby and flowing out to a stream along the pine-covered grounds with erupting geysers and a waterfall. Guests can rent boats to fish or just float on Bay Lake, or take a water taxi to the Magic Kingdom, and explore the woodland grounds on jogging trails or rental bike. Dining options range from an family-style cowboy cuisine at the Old West-themed Whispering Canyons Cafe to elegant Pacific Northwest specialties like cedar plank salmon at Artist Point overlooking the resort’s forest. The Copper Creek Springs Pool area has a 67-foot high waterslide built into the rocks, hot and cold whirlpools, and a children’s splash area. Guest rooms feel cabin-like, with western decor and Lincoln Log-esque furnishings. Families will like the bunk bed room option, and the most coveted rooms have views of the park’s nightly fireworks display from their balconies. The Wilderness Lodge is a favorite for winter holiday visitors, as that tall lobby allows for an awe-inspiring Christmas tree.
By Meg Nesterov, AFAR Local Expert