Anyone that’s visited Disney’s Wilderness Lodge at Christmas will tell you that it’s a must-do on their list of holiday stops at Disney World. The resort is modeled after the Northwest Pacific and offers one of the most unique settings in central Florida.
If you arrive at the Wilderness Lodge by boat, you’ll immediately begin to notice the changes in the landscape. Tall trees with Spanish moss line the raised wooden walkways that lead up to the main resort.
Even the temperature begins to feel a pleasant 10 degrees or so cooler when you step inside the massive resort. It’s not uncommon to find a place next to the fire here and relax comfortably, no matter how hot it is outside.
Copper Creek Falls begins inside the Wilderness Lodge. There’s a bridge right in the lobby to cross over it.
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During Christmastime, it’s adorned with unique trimmings of green boughs, red poinsettias, and plaid bows.
The sound of the falls running through the lobby makes for an excellent sound buffer when it’s crowded.
The light fixtures had decorations attached underneath.
Ribbons with white and red trim are woven into them.
The lobby invites you to find a spot and stay for a while.
A few Christmas trees are appropriately placed in various corners of the Wilderness Lodge. They seem carefully placed as not to take away from the main event.
The wreaths have a touch of moose antlers, wildflowers, and lights.
On this day, what was left of the sun was casting a nice light onto the Wilderness Lodge’s Christmas tree.
I saw a squirrel eager to share his snack.
And a red bird reminded me that someone was thinking of me.
The tepees on the tree also light up. Someone must have gotten the best room in the house.
A little Indian instrument.
Lanterns with reindeer silhouettes adorn the tree with giant moose antlers subtly placed throughout.
An owl perches on a branch.
And these wooden plaid stars have forest animal cutouts.
Indian baskets hang from some limbs.
Everything has its place on the Wilderness Lodge Christmas tree.
Maybe we should go upstairs and check out the view from above.
Here is a view looking out between the railings.
There’s a neatly enclosed portion of the staircase off the main lobby. I don’t know the exact purpose, but there’s a glass door between the first and second floors that creates a pocket of sorts.
All of the different levels have sitting areas. Some even have sofas with fireplaces.
You could bring a book, take a nap, and enjoy the views for as long as you like.
No one would blame you.
It’s a very elaborate place that somehow manages to feel humble.
I can never quite pinpoint the feeling I get here. But the sense is even stronger when I visit the Wilderness Lodge at Christmas.
The wood carvings and totem poles are something to see.
I love how the American flag hangs in the balance.
Back down in the lobby, another Christmas tree sits near the elevator. There are a few Indian headdresses on display.
Lanterns, garland, and more wreaths every which way you look.
The Mercantile store at Wilderness Lodge has a Christmas display in the windows.
While I was touring the Wilderness Lodge for Christmas, I decided to walk down to the Boulder Ridge DVC lobby.
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It was equally warm and inviting.
Well, it was for a few moments.
A few floors above, a family had a considerable knockdown, drag-out fight. It was like nothing I’d ever witnessed at Disney. There were only a few of us in the space, and we all found ourselves retreating a bit.
It brought me back to the reality of the year and reminded me how we were all under a lot of stress. And sometimes, that stress doesn’t always come out the right way. I have a feeling that was probably the case here that afternoon.
The lobby down at Boulder Ridge has a lovely separate sitting area with a fireplace. There is a portrait of Walt Disney with his train set there.
Today (December 15th) is the anniversary of his death. So I felt like it was fitting to add it to this review. That extraordinary man dreamed a significant and long-lasting dream.
His legacy allows us to have favorite places like the Wilderness Lodge at Christmas. Or any other day of the year, for that matter.
I hope you enjoyed this mainly photo post of Disney’s Wilderness Lodge during the holiday season. For more information, all of our articles for the resort are listed here.
Additionally, you might enjoy these:
- Disney’s Wilderness Lodge Review
- Restaurant Guide for Disney’s Wilderness Lodge
- Review: Breakfast at Whispering Canyon Cafe
- Geyser Point Bar and Grill Review
And for more Christmas at the Disney Resorts, try the following:
- Grand Floridian at Christmas
- Christmas at Disney’s Yacht Club
- Disney’s Boardwalk Inn Christmas
- Little Mermaid Gingerbread Carousel
Have you visited the Wilderness Lodge during Christmas? What are your thoughts?