Disney's Wilderness Lodge
Is post-Disney World depression a thing? If so, I'll just go ahead and self diagnose myself right now. My grandmother, mother, sister and I just got back from a week long stay at Disney World and I'm already ready to start planning the next trip back! For this time around we stayed at the Wilderness Lodge and absolutely loved it! I wanted to break our trip down into different parks/resort and figured what better place to start than the first and last part of Disney we laid eyes on? Let's go!
We arrived in Orlando around 8 PM that first night, so by the time we made it over to the Wildness Lodge we were exhausted and not quite feeling the Disney magic yet. We grabbed a late dinner at Roaring Fork then wandered around the lodge grounds for a bit before heading up to our room. The room was quite smaller than our one previously at Grand Floridian, but the décor was amazing and I loved the overall feel of it better than GF.
With having a whole week at Disney World, we actually had the time (and urge) to spend more of our precious Disney time around our resort. Wildness is only a boat ride away from Magic Kingdom, so it was really easy just to pop over there for a nap or dip in the pool before heading out for the night. I'm also a little bitter I forgot my bathing suit at home as I remembered on the plane that all Disney pools are heated year round, so I only got to dip my toes in the water while my little sister swam circles around them. And don't get me started on the water slide.
My little sister's big thing this trip was meeting all of the Disney characters and getting their autographs and pictures. Luckily, we were able to knock a few of those out at the Lodge as well. If you're looking to meet a few characters and don't want the crazy wait times at the parks, I suggest trying the various resorts around the property. I'm pretty sure Goofy and Pluto stayed for a good 3 or 4 hours taking pictures and hanging out! Plus, they are all decked out in their Christmas best and what's better than that?
Hands down our favorite experience at the Wilderness Lodge had to of been eating dinner at the Whispering Canyon Café. We ate there the day of my sisters birthday and had a great time. As soon as the waitress threw a handful of straws on our table, my little sister emphatically proclaimed, "I like this place!" and we all had to agree with her. It was a pretty great experience.
So that's it for the first installment of our trip! Have you ever stayed at the Wilderness Lodge and what did you think of it? Or any Disney Resort for that matter, I may need suggestions for our future trip! ;)