The Villas at Disney's Wilderness Lodge
Cowboy art, Indian relics and hints of the Great Northwest recreate a heyday of miners, railroads and westward explorers.
Sure, it may be hard to imagine a rustic, late-1880s Pacific Northwest lodge in the middle of Florida’s swamplands. That’s where the imagineers come in, situating islands around the resort to act as barriers from the busy views. A faux pine forest, wildflowers and a spouting geyser provide the national park backdrop, while the spectacular lobby contains an 82-foot-high fireplace made of Grand Canyon rock, hand-carved totem poles, giant teepee chandeliers, rocking chairs and a rocky stream that leads to the pools Studios and one- and two-bedroom villas showcase the Old West with cowboy art, patchwork quilts, leather chairs and bunk beds. Fine dining at Artist Point, featuring Northwestern game on the menu, perpetuates the theme with regional fare and Western music and art. Ahh, Disney. In every conceivable setting or era (from this planet and beyond), you can always count on comfort, luxury and a fun time. Instead of a monorail, this hotel offers a ferry to the park.