Disney's Wilderness Lodge
Not only a lovely hotel, but a breath-taking attraction as well.
Even if you don’t stay there, the Wilderness Lodge is a can’t-miss attraction at Walt Disney World. Nestled amongst tall trees, the majestic brown and green lodge makes you forget you’re in Central Florida. Once inside, the colossal five-story lobby can take your breath away with hand-carved totem poles, huge stone fireplace, teepee chandeliers and a babbling spring that flows outside into the natural-looking pool. Beyond that lies the resort’s geyser that erupts every fifteen minutes drenching those who get too close. For those environmentally conscious, almost all the wood used in the lobby (and there’s a lot of it) was collected from already-fallen trees. Rooms are typical in size and layout to other Disney deluxe resorts (Beach Club, BoardWalk), but naturally, sport a woodsy motif in keeping with the lodge theme. Rooms can overlook the woods, the pool and creek area, or the enormous Bay Lake that you can explore by rental boat. The Whispering Canyon Café offers casual dining, while Artist’s Point is a gourmet restaurant featuring tastes of the Pacific Northwest, including wild game. For those looking to prepare your own meals, or if you need a little more space, try the neighboring Wilderness Lodge Villas. A ferry takes guests to the nearby Magic Kingdom, and all other Disney attractions can be reached by complimentary bus service.