So as you’re reading this, I’m out in Orlando at Walt Disney World, catching up on the latest in food and wine (and tackling the odd ride, obviously). During my last trip to Walt Disney World, I was lucky enough to stay in Disney’s Wilderness Lodge Resort. I love the theming of the Disney resorts and this is one of my favourites. Based on the old American Northwest, the hotel sits on the shores of Bay Lake, nestled within beautiful forests. The interior is like a big old log cabin, with wonderful outdoor areas and access to the Magic Kingdom via the lovely boat service (or of course the free Disney coach service) that takes you to Seven Seas Lagoon (click on the gallery to see my pictures):
When you walk in through the doors, you’re instantly inside a huge main lobby area, complete with a massive stone fireplace and the view up six floors to the incredible roof space, complete with teepee-topped chandeliers (you can just see the buffalo and other figures that feature in relief on the teepees) and enormous totem poles (it’s actually so vast that it’s very difficult to photograph – but I did my best).
The outside areas are currently being refurbished, so I can’t wait to see what’s changed. When I was there, the gorgeous Silver Creek Falls flowed into two lovely swimming areas, dotted with hot and cold plunge pools and a lovely kids’ pool.
Another reason to love Wilderness Lodge is the beautiful Artist Point restaurant. This fine dining restaurant features traditional fare from the Pacific Northwest, including an amazing wild King Salmon roasted on a cedar plank. Another incredibl dish is the ‘Pacific Northwest Trio’: slow roasted buffalo strip, venison loin and game sausage with gouda mash and roasted red onion marmalade. AMAZING. The grilled centre cut filet mignon is pretty incredible too.
Happily, focusing on the Northwest means that the wine list features some of my absolute favourite wine producing areas. I’m completely in love with Oregon Pinot Noirs and the Sineann Pinot Noir didn’t disappoint. We also tried a fabulous Kiona ‘Nice Legs’ Merlot from Columbia Valley, Washington. But I digress. If you’re after a quick bite, the Whispering Canyon Café offers fun, family buffet-style dining with a frontier theme, so plenty of barbecue, ribs and other cowboy favourites. The serving staff are tremendous fun (here’s a tip: ask for ketchup and see what happens!) and it’s a brilliant place to eat breakfast too.
Guest rooms carry on the log cabin theme and you’ll see the odd Disney character appear here and there too. The beds are huge and very comfy and there’s lots of wood and Native American prints.
Of course, if you’re staying in a Disney resort, then the parks are the biggest draw, but Wilderness Lodge offers lots of other activities if you fancy a day off: bike rentals are great fun and the nearby forests are definitely worth exploring. You can also hire a boat to whizz around Bay Lake. Of course for the less active, there are plenty of sunbeds if you just fancy lazing by the pool (yes okay, that was me).
Click here for more info on Disney’s Wilderness Lodge.