8 Secrets Most People Don’t Know About Disney’s Wilderness Lodge

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Wilderness Lodge is a beautiful resort designed after the Pacific Northwest. The resort is grand and amazing. It allows gets to feel like they get the serenity of peacefulness of the wilderness while still getting all of the amenities and magic that you would expect from a top notch Disney World resort. Here are 8 secrets most people don’t know about Disney’s Wilderness Lodge:


8. Flag Family

This experience is currently suspended, but we hope it won’t be closed long term! If you are staying at the Wilderness Lodge, you could ask to be the flag family for the day. This means that you and your family will get escorted to the roof early in the morning to raise the flags at the top of the resort. You also get to take a picture at the top of the resort, which makes a very rare keepsake and memory that most families don’t even know about, let alone get to experience! Fingers crossed this one opens again soon. It can’t hurt to ask a Cast Member at the Wilderness Lodge upon arrival if the program is up and running again during your stay.

7. Resort Tour

A couple of afternoons a week, you could take a guided tour of the resort to learn more about the architecture of the resort, the architect who designed the resort and how the theme of the resort fits into the inspiration for the design. If you are a big fan of the resort and learning more about Disney history, then you definitely want to make sure to visit for this. You don’t even have to be a guest of the resort in order to take the tour, so you can work it isn’t your vacation plans, regardless of where you are staying.

6. Fire Rock Geyser

The resort has an amazing geyser that is centered in the courtyard area of the resort. The geyser is designed to be a replica of Old Faithful from Yellowstone Park. The geyser erupts and shoots water into the air at the top of the hour staring early in the morning and going past sunset. It has become quite the fan favorite.

5. Walt Disney’s Trains

If you are a Walt Disney fan, it is no secret that Walt Disney was a huge fan of steam engine trains. At the Villas at Wilderness Lodge, there is the Carolwood Pacific Railroad Room. The room contains some of Walt’s trains from his own personal collection that guests can view while they play various table games in the comfy, cozy atmosphere. Be sure to take a little bit to relax and enjoy this beautiful room and pay homage to one of the greatest men ever.

4. Views of the Electrical Water Pageant

The Electrical Water Pageant is a beautiful nighttime water parade that starts over by the Grand Floridian and works its way through the waters around the Magic Kingdom area resorts. You can view this amazing show from the dock area on the lake. It is a great place to enjoy the water in the evening, nature and the show.


3. Bike and Surrey Rentals

There are amazing trails and walking paths. What would make these even better is getting to bike or surrey ride on these trails. It’s a great form of exercise, something that the whole family can enjoy together and becomes a great way to explore and see the sights of the resort. The resort is stunning and there is so much of the resort that many guests don’t take the opportunity to see.

2. Ask For Ketchup At Whispering Canyon Cafe

Whispering Canyon Cafe is an extremely popular table service restaurant that is located at Wilderness Lodge. It is a loud, high energy restaurant where the staff goes above and beyond to make silly jokes and maintain the energy in the restaurant through silly games and requests. When dining in the restaurant, you have to be sure to ask for ketchup. When you do, you will notice that kids from all over the restaurant will start to bring you ketchup bottles, leaving you will bottle after bottle of ketchup. It is a tradition for the restaurant and one that has become a huge part of the experience.

1. The Totem Poles

In the lobby, you will notice that there are totem poles in the lobby of the resort. They are each named and identified after the animals at the top of the totem pole. They are the Eagle and the Raven. The resort is themed after a Northwestern Native American feel, and the Native Americans from this area are typically part of either of these tribes from their origin lineage. These two tribes are represented throughout Native American culture because of this, so they became strong elements in the design for the resort.

About Christy Caby

I am a diehard Disney fanatic! I fell in love with all things Disney from an early age and that only increased once I first visited Walt Disney World! It led me to complete a yearlong Disney College Program working at merchandise locations within Disney’s Hollywood Studios (Disney-MGM Studios at that time) and I worked for Disney Parks & Resorts Technology in Project/Program Management. Now I get to write about Disney and help others plan their magical vacations! Disney holds a special place in the hearts of my entire family as my husband proposed there, we honeymooned there, took trips while pregnant with each of my boys and have visited with them many, many times from 8 weeks old through now. One of my favorite memories from each trip is always the look on my kids’ faces the first time they see the castle. I’d love to help you plan your magical vacation! Request a free quote at or look for me on Facebook at Have a magical day!