Review of Disney's Wilderness Lodge
As annual passholders, Hollie and I stay over at Walt Disney World whenever we can. Over the years, we've stayed at just about every hotel in the resort from the value resorts all the way up the the deluxe accommodations, but there are a few places we haven't crossed off our list. One of those places was Wilderness Lodge. Luckily, we got a chance to stay there recently.
Wilderness Lodge opened on May 28, 1994. It was designed by Peter Dominick, who also designed the Grand Californian Hotel in Disneyland, which I have visited, but haven't stayed there.
One of the things I want to mention is that this was the first time Disney's online check in was available to us. Once you check in online, your room number is sent to you via either email or text. When we arrived, I checked my phone, and the text from Disney had arrived. A cast member met us at the door, confirmed our room number and that our magic bands were active, and that was it.
I was struck by the similarities between the two resorts the moment I walked in the lobby. The lobbies of both resorts are several stories high, with open hallways overlooking the lobby. Both lobbies give the impression that they are constructed of large wooden logs in a rustic manner.
Carvings appear throughout the lobby, including this raccoon.
Native American carvings can be found in the lobby as well.
Even the light fixtures have details featuring animals like owls and bears.
A wonderful feature of the resort is a man-made stream that starts within the lobby of the hotel and flows beneath the back wall of the resort and over rocks and hills, eventually flowing into the pool. The pool contains a small waterslide and a children's area.
The Northwestern design extends to the rooms. They are similar to other deluxe resorts in regards to size and accommodations. The headboard is designed to look like wood with carvings of forest animals. This room contained bunk beds, and had Disney characters represeted in the shower tiles.
We had a great view of the pool.
Like most resorts, buses are available to take guests to the theme parks, but Wilderness Lodge also provides transportation to Magic Kingdom via boat.
In an earlier hub, I discussed some of the places where I like to eat at Disney World. Check out the link at the bottom of the page. Well I have to add two new places to that list: Artist's Point and Whispering Canyon Cafe.
We arrived at Artist Point for dinner. The restaurant is home of two large murals, and specializes in game and fish from the Pacific Northwest. I knew what I wanted for dinner, having perused the menu online, so I knew I wanted a white wine. I chose the reisling while Hollie selected a Belgium beer.
We started with a portobello mushroom bisque which I promptly inhaled.
I selected the Cedar Plank Organic Salmon. It was brought out still sizzling on the wooden plank and then placed on arugula and potatoes still hot. The fish had a lot more flavor then the salmon you're used to getting in tbe supermarket. Stronger, but not what you would call "fishy."
Hollie was originally going to order the filet, but after hearing our server discuss the buffalo strip loin, she decided that if she didn't get buffalo when she had the chance, she'd regret it later. She loved it, and I got a piece as well. Buffalo has a texture like beef and has a similar flavor, but is much more lean. I have difficulty describing the flavor. It's more hardy, and slightly saltier. Hollie described it as "earthier." If you like beef, you'll love buffalo.
Dessert was a berry cobbler with a scoop of black raspberry ice cream. Hollie said it was so good she wanted to punch me in the face. This is a good thing.
The next morning we dined at Whispering Canyon. It's kind of a wacky place, the servers are going to play around with you, so be prepared to have a little fun.
I chose the banana bread french toast. It's a brilliant idea, using banana bread, but the topper came in the form of the Bananas Foster Sauce.
Hollie chose the Chuck Wagon Pulled Pork Eggs Benedict and loved it. It's just as described and the pulled pork was savory and delicious.
Unfortunately, we could only stay one night, but we can't wait to go back.
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