Another blog post and another great Disney Resort. Check out my other posts on our favorite resorts to chill by the pool and enjoy the amenities. Check out my other posts on Ft. Wilderness Campgrounds, Vero Beach, The BoardWalk Resort and Animal Kingdom Lodge.
The Wilderness Lodge is impressive from any entry point. The enormous structure pulls you in, begging you to explore the inside. Once you enter the lobby, the massive height of the ceiling, totem poles, and chandeliers draw your eyes upward. Just the lobby itself is a wonderful place to explore.
From the huge fireplace inviting you to sit down and pull up a rocking chair, to the babbling spring in the middle of he lobby, there is a lot to take in.
When arriving at the resort by boat, I am always amazed by the feeling I get when I step foot on the dock. The trees are tall and grand, I immediately feel transported. The wooden pathway takes me past a real, working geyser and a well-themed pool area. It’s another resort that whisks me away and makes me forget I am in Florida.
If you want to hear more about this great resort tune into Episode 68 of the ZADD Crew Podcast to hear CJ and Greg talk about their perfect Lodge Crawl.
Hidden Mickey Hunt
One of the best ways to explore this resort is with the Hidden Mickey Hunt. Head to the front desk and ask for a Hidden Mickey Hunt clue sheet. This fun hunt will take you in and out of the lobby, into restaurants, and all around. In all honesty, trying to keep my boys in line while I really tried to concentrate on finding these hidden Mickeys was tough. Heard the expression about “herding cats”? Anyhow, we had a lot of fun trying to complete the list. You may even meet some friends along the way that will help you complete the tasks (or throw you understanding glances of sympathy #boymom). This activity may be better suited to slightly older kiddos. (Mine were 4 and 6 at the time we did it.)
This is another great rainy day activity as you can have an excuse to really comb the lobby for some hidden Mickeys.
We will forever and always be fans of the resort pools. We may be one of the few Florida families without a pool, so swimming in a highly themed pool with an awesome slide will always be a top favorite of my kids. The pool at the Wilderness Lodge has a very cool splash pad/mini-slide area for the little kids as well as a great themed main pool area. Next door is the newer pool connected to the Copper Creek Villas section of the resort. This area is a little more quiet than the feature pool area. Just like all the other Disney resort pools the Wilderness Lodge has awesome Cast Members leading some fun and free poolside games and activities. We were lucky enough to stay here when my husband ran his first marathon in nearby Celebration, FL. Nothing soothes some tired legs like a faux Pacific Northwest hot tub in the great outdoors. We braved the pool in the January Florida weather, when, even in the winter, it is pool time. (Even for our Florida family that has thin blood!)
This place has it all from quick service to fine dining. The Territory Lounge is a cozy spot to grab a drink. Better yet, head down to the water on a nice day (Florida winter) and grab a drink or a bite to eat at Geyser Point. We love this spot; read more about it here. You can also eat at the well-known Whispering Canyon Cafe. Perhaps you want to snag a reservation at the re-imagined Artist Point and dine with Snow White and friends.
This resort is also equipped with two gas barbecue grills. It’s a nice option if you want to hang out and grill up some of your own food. You can typically borrow grilling tools from the front desk.
If you have ever wanted to experience the Hoop Dee Do Revue at the nearby Ft. Wilderness Campground but are baffled on how to get there, taking a boat from this resort may be a great and easy option. You can take a boat directly between the Wilderness Lodge and the Campgrounds.
I realize that this whole series of posts is to encourage you to remain at your prospective resort. However, I would be amiss if I didn’t mention the glorious location of this resort. This place is a beautiful, short boat ride away from both the Magic Kingdom and the Contemporary. I love that we can hop on a boat with a stroller and then waltz right into the Magic Kingdom.
For some more outdoor time, you can rent bicycles at the Wilderness Lodge or go for a run on a path that will take you to the Ft. Wilderness Campgrounds. If that is too much exercise and fresh air, you can play some ping pong along the water next to Geyser Point Bar and Grill.
If the weather is too rainy or too hot, there are still plenty of fun things to do inside. Check out the arcade and have some good old fashioned fun, or completely unplug, find one of the checker boards that are located in the Boulder Ridge Lobby and play your heart out. Explore the resort and maybe trade some pins. (More about that here!)
Night Time Activities
Again, not unique to this location, Disney typically has a free nightly outdoor movie at the resorts. We have enjoyed these in the past. Cast Members have even passed out free bags of popcorn and warm blankets in the winter months. Depending on the time of year, or day of the week, you may be the only family enjoying the movie that night. There is also an option to purchase a kit to make s’mores at Geyser Point and roast up some marshmallows at the fire pit. This resort is also a great place to watch the Electric Water Pageant. If you have a room facing the water, you wont be able to miss it. In fact, it woke me up…… twice… since I went to bed early to try to get some sleep before the previously mentioned race! So, if you are a light sleeper consider not asking for a fantastic view of the water.
This is another resort that we can’t wait to revisit! Is it on your bucket list? Do you have a favorite resort? Let me know in the comments!