We haven’t dropped in on Wilderness Lodge since final Christmas, which is borderline legal since that is my favourite resort at Walt Disney World. On this replace, we’ll share new menu data, merchandise photographs, take a stroll across the resort grounds, and share photographs of what are positive to be controversial new room designs.
Pictured above is the view from our balcony from Wilderness Lodge. That is by far the luckiest we’ve ever gotten when it comes to Wilderness Lodge rooms–I don’t suppose we’ve ever had a view there of something apart from bushes (nonetheless higher than parking heaps!).
It could’ve been even higher one room to the precise with out that tree blocking Cinderella Fort, nevertheless it’s tough to complain about this–particularly after our final two Deluxe Resort rooms at Walt Disney World had just one particular person balconies for some odd cause. Anyway, on with the Wilderness Lodge replace…
We’ll begin with the replace for which I don’t have photographs: the brand new menu at Whispering Canyon Cafe. We plan to return within the close to future, however a few issues are value noting for now. First, the hootin’ and hollerin’ hijinks are again. Maybe not at fairly the identical decibel stage as earlier than, however the enjoyable for which Whispering Canyon Cafe was identified is unquestionably again in full pressure, and we may hear it outdoors the restaurant a number of occasions throughout our keep. So excellent news there!
Second, there are a number of new breakfast, lunch, and dinner skillets. For breakfast, there’s the Heritage Skillet or the Carnivore Skillet. The Heritage Skillet comes with nation potatoes, hickory-smoked bacon, and pork sausage hyperlinks. The Carnivore Skillet comes loaded with house-smoked ham, hickory-smoked bacon, pork sausage hyperlinks, and oak-smoked beef brisket. Each additionally embrace house-made buttermilk-cheddar biscuits, scrambled eggs, and Mickey Waffles.
At lunch, there’s the Signature Lunch Skillet, which comes with maple-chipotle BBQ slow-smoked pork ribs, barbecued pulled pork, and citrus-herb rooster. On the dinner menu, the Conventional Dinner Skillet provides oak-smoked mustard BBQ beef brisket, maple-chipotle BBQ pork ribs, slow-smoked pulled pork, and citrus-herb rooster. The “Pig” Dinner Skillet with heaping helpings of braised pork stomach, maple-chipotle BBQ pork ribs, slow-smoked pulled pork, and mustard BBQ “piggy wings.” Each of those explicit skillets include western-style sausage as properly.
It’s not all extremely carnivorous: the Land and Sea Dinner Skillet comes with house-smoked salmon, citrus herb rooster, vegan sausage, and charred portabella mushrooms. The Vegan Dinner Skillet provides maple-chipotle BBQ jackfruit, spicy vegan sausage, mustard-glazed beefless ideas, and herb-brushed trick’n chick’n.
Shifting to merchandise, I don’t suppose any of that is new new.
These are principally gadgets I forgot to throughout our final keep at Wilderness Lodge, and a few readers expressed curiosity in seeing what’s at present out there.
I like stuff like this.
If we had a cabin or eclectic design, I’d purchase that body instantly. It’s good.
Possibly it’s simply because I’m a proud camper, however this mug rubs me the mistaken manner.
It additionally looks like a bizarre factor to broadcast on a mug. It’s in any other case a cool design, however the textual content unnecessarily limits its audience. I’d purchase it with out that.
This shirt is fairly cool.
The white shirt to its proper is an superior Reyn Spooner Yosemite Nationwide Park shirt. (There’s additionally a Joshua Tree NP shirt I like much more.)
Extra stuff, specifically the pink shirt (proper) and mug (left). Nothing else is Wilderness Lodge particular.
I’m not an enormous fan of the mug. It’s a cool concept, however the way in which the center part removes (by way of velcro) simply feels a bit clunky and low-cost.
That is nice.
Good colours, understated design, and sharp traces. I’d be extremely tempted to this in a males’s lower (then once more, I didn’t have a look at the worth…so possibly not).
The hat I bought round Christmas continues to be out there.
I haven’t worn it shortly as a result of climate, however come November and December it’ll return into common rotation. Considered one of my all-time favourite items of Walt Disney World merchandise.
Now let’s take a quick night stroll round Wilderness Lodge.
Geyser Level continues to be a stable choice; visiting for sundown and ordering from the lounge menu is unquestionably the way in which to go right here.
That is the one element I like from the contrived railway storyline that was added over the past growth.
Among the bushes are beginning to fill in a bit extra, however this space nonetheless has a methods to go. The considerably widened sidewalks (to accommodate emergency automobiles) will all the time be an eyesore.
Round the primary lodge, the stream/creek and extra intimate walkways are nonetheless pleasant. This view is considered one of my favorites at any Walt Disney World resort.
The boardwalk across the geyser can be nonetheless lovely and has a extra ‘pure’ vibe.
It’s additionally powerful to beat this view–or any view–inside the primary foyer. Wilderness Lodge is nice any time of yr, however I actually can’t wait till Christmas comes round once more.
Shifting on to a have a look at among the rooms at Wilderness Lodge…
Above is the Honeymoon Suite. To my data, there are 4 of those rooms on the seventh ground, every having a vaulted ceiling and a big room format.
This room is newly-reimagined, debuting throughout the final couple weeks or so.
I’m undecided whether or not this can be a testing floor for the inevitable room redesign for the usual rooms at Wilderness Lodge. I don’t have any inside info on this, however I’d count on that to happen sooner reasonably than later given what we’ve witnessed elsewhere round Walt Disney World. To my data, Wilderness Lodge is among the few Deluxes that has but to obtain an enormous refurb.
Merely going off of previous precedent, parts of this room type which might be virtually sure to be integrated into reimagined rooms at the remainder of the resort. Particularly, the wooden floors and extra low-key headboards. These are hardly groundbreaking insights; anybody who has seen a number of different new rooms round Walt Disney World would surmise the identical.
Above is the toilet. Observe the big bathe, which I imagine was a big jacuzzi tub.
Total, I’m not a fan of this design. I can’t say I’m shocked, although. Wilderness Lodge’s rooms have loads of texture, patterns, and rustic attraction…principally three issues at odds with the stylish fashionable kinds Walt Disney World has chosen for different room redesigns.
Above is our room for this keep. It’s exhibiting some put on in locations, however what it wants is a refresh with new items, not a wholesale redesign. (It additionally, clearly, wants mattress runners added.) The core look is nice–and timeless.
If any resort ought to retain its highly-themed character, it’s Wilderness Lodge. (Really, each lodges.) I perceive bland one-and-done company wanting bland type, however these folks can guide at one of many different dozen-plus resorts that has been generified.
Wilderness Lodge is an ornately themed resort and anybody with any sense is aware of precisely what they’re getting once they guide right here. For Walt Disney World followers like us, that’s precisely why we guide right here. If we needed a vaguely woodsy Marriott, we’d guide one.
Just like our customary room–at the least when it comes to the bed room–the Deluxe Room is pictured above.
The massive distinction is the lounge space, which makes it nice for households or bigger events.
I personally love the type of this room. I additionally observed the furnishings on this room regarded nicer than ours; just like the furnishings had simply been changed or refreshed. It’s good–nothing about this wants to alter.
Right here’s a have a look at the bed room by means of the toilet to present you an concept of the format. The lounge is instantly behind the bed room.
All in all, it’s a pleasant design that would sleep as much as 6 folks. (That could be powerful to juggle when it comes to lavatory/bathe use, nevertheless it’s possible when it comes to beds.)
Lastly, we’ll finish this Wilderness Lodge replace with a have a look at Fortunately Ever After from the resort.
This was shot from the hallway close to our room–I had no concept a view like this was even doable till seeing it. This now ranks as considered one of my favourite views for Magic Kingdom fireworks outdoors the park!
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