In this shot of the beach at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Lodge, the blue waters of Lake Buena Vista is reflected onto the beach, turning it blue. Tourists are unloading from a pontoon boat in the background. This photo was taken New Year’s Eve 2011. This was my son’s first trip to Walt Disney World to celebrate his second birthday.
Disney’s Wilderness Lodge is a resort hotel located at the Walt Disney World Resort. It opened on May 28, 1994. The resort is owned and operated by Walt Disney Parks and Resorts.
Disney’s Wilderness Lodge is located in the Magic Kingdom Resort Area on Bay Lake. The resort is also located near Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground. Disney’s Wilderness Lodge is home to The Villas at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge, a Disney Vacation Club timeshare resort. A similarly-themed resort, Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel, is located at the Disneyland Resort in California.
This hotel was designed by Peter Dominick. It is themed with an atmosphere of the Pacific Northwest, and features both natural and Native American elements. The main building was modeled after the Old Faithful Inn in Yellowstone National Park. An artificial geyser and hot springs are located on the resort grounds.
Boat transportation is available to the Magic Kingdom, Disney’s Contemporary Resort, and Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground.
In November 2007, the resort received designation in the Florida Green Lodging Program.