Disney has over 30 resorts to choose from, which means picking just one could be a battle. The National Park vibes of Disney’s Wilderness Lodge is a fun contrast to the Florida lifestyle and the perfect escape for a long weekend!
Nestled deep in the old winding moss covered Florida trees near Magic Kingdom, is the coziest resort that will leave you with all the log-cabin vibes of a National Park. You’ll walk into a grand lobby that feels western with it’s rustic chandeliers, fresh cut wildflowers lining cozy nooks to sit. There’s just something about a fireplace and rocking chairs that make me wanna sit down and relax. One wing of the resort was undergoing construction for the newest Copper Creek Villas. The noise wasn’t a problem whatsoever and the Copper Creek Villas are now open!
Cozy, clean, comfortable, and decorated with chipmunks! The rooms carry the Western feels all the way through the wooden balcony. The beds were extra comfortable, we used our mini-fridge to chill our red wine, and had plenty of room in the bathroom to get ready for a theme park day at the same time.
Eating out on the weekends is part of the fun!
Geyser Point Bar & Grill: Located beyond the pool and along a gorgeous lake view, this outside-covered bar also has quick-service food. We split a burger and beer our first afternoon there, and loved every bite. The fully stocked bar had televisions, but most people were gazing out to the water and enjoying the perfect weather. Comfy seating allowed for a unique, quick breakfast one morning. You order at the register, but the servers bring you the food.
Whispering Canyon Café: Located in the lobby of the resort, this entertaining restaurant caters to the casual diner with a sense of humor. Old western style and sassy servers keep you satisfied whether it’s breakfast, lunch, or dinner.
Artist Point: Featuring water views, western murals, and a Pacific Northwest menu, this dining room has something for everyone. We treated ourselves to a 5-course meal complete with a wine to match each dish. At $95 per person, it was worth every penny to us. The smoked mushroom bisque was a favorite, even with the guy that doesn’t like mushrooms! They also have a dessert that comes with cookies and a blueberry shake! Yes, I always find a way to satisfy my inner-child.
Disney Resort Perks:
Disney weekends aren’t just about the parks, its about enjoying their unique resorts, too! We snagged some time to relax by the pool, and yes, we went down the slide – 4 times. With two hot tubs and a kids play area, they offer as much adult time, or kid time, as you prefer. About once per hour, the roaring sounds from the Old-Faithful themed geyser will steal the attention.
A 2.5 mile running trail takes you from the lodge over to Disney’s campground, Fort Wilderness. When we headed out on our morning jog, we got to see a few ponies. It’s shaded and quiet, which makes it the perfect swap from the normal chaos of bustling vacationers.
The Weekend Fox Tips:
- I truly believe Disney goes out of the way to make sure their guests are comfortable, informed, and happy. If you see a resort is undergoing some construction, don’t get scared off. The constructions rarely affects any amenities and you typically can receive discounted rates between 15% – 40% off.
- The Artist Point restaurant has a dress code! Make sure you leave the flip flops and cut-offs in the hotel room and slip on something special. Don’t worry, they know it’s Florida. I wore a spring-styled romper and little white sandals. The hubby had on jeans and a collared short-sleeve shirt.
- It’s easy to always indulge on comfort food when you’re on vacation. Try healthy swaps, like fruit instead of hash browns, to start the day off right! I promise, you won’t feel as guilty about that afternoon beer or sweet treat later in the day.
- We love bringing our own wine with us on weekend getaways. It allows us to sit outside on the balcony and split a bottle of red before heading to our dinner reservation. With this extra bonding time in the room, we sit together with non-stop conversation or just sip on our wine in silence. It’s little moments like these that make our weekend getaways that much sweeter.
- A travel size can of bug spray is never a bad idea in Florida! It came in handy on the running trail through the wooded scenery.
Like most Disney resorts, they have daily activities to keep you entertained. Typically catering to families, we don’t always participate, but hey we’re Disney fans, so we always found ourselves trying to make it to the Movie Under the Stars.
Overall, this three day weekend was an amazing stay at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge. During the holidays, a gigantic, beautiful Christmas tree greets you as you walk through the doors to the lobby. With the cozy fireplaces and log-cabin aesthetics, we think it would be perfect for a Fall or Winter stay.