Dining at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge is always a treat. The resort offers several different restaurants worth the trip over for a meal.
Therefore, I’ve compiled a guide to help you decide where to eat at the Wilderness Lodge. In this restaurant guide, we’ll look at everywhere you might want to eat over the course of your Disney vacation.
Often, I think about what a person traveling to Walt Disney World needs to know. And often, many websites (including mine) get bogged down in telling you basic planning information.
But then I think about what you need to know that you don’t know you need to know. And one of those things is taking the time to enjoy a meal at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge.
Disney is so much more than a place where you hit up a theme park and ride attraction after attraction all day long until you can’t go anymore. Instead, it’s a place where you can plan a week-long stay, never enter a theme park, and have…well…a vacation.
Disney’s Wilderness Lodge is one of those resorts that offer an authentic vacation vibe. Not only that, but the resort is home to a few fun dining choices. Whether you are grabbing a quick service meal or wanting to dine with characters, there’s something for everyone.
Personally, I’ve spent several quiet evenings at the Wilderness Lodge over the last few years. When reflecting on times I have enjoyed most on Disney property, these types of evenings always stand out.
There’s something extraordinary about being able to take a boat ride from Magic Kingdom and escape to this woodsy retreat for a meal.
Did you know that you can go a few floors up and sit at a private fireplace all to yourself like the one below? There are several of these seating areas. It’s a great place to kick back for a bit after dining at the Wilderness Lodge.
Or you might visit Disney’s Wilderness Lodge during the daytime to tour the beautiful grounds and see the waterfall. It is gorgeous.
Some people prefer an early evening visit for a chance to watch the geyser erupt before dinner. Believe it or not, the geyser, Fire Rock, goes off at the top of every hour, starting at about 7:00 a.m. until 10:00 p.m. daily.
As you can see already, there are probably many things that you don’t know about the resort. So let’s take a further look at all the different restaurants at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge.
That way, if you do decide to go over for a visit without dining reservations, you’ll know which places to pick up a meal quickly. In fact, only two of our five dining options require reservations.
Wilderness Lodge Restaurants
Here’s a list of the restaurants at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge:
- Roaring Fork
- Territory Lounge
- Whispering Canyon Cafe
- Geyser Point Bar and Grill
- Artist Point Storybook Dining with Snow White
Below we’ll go over each of these restaurants in more detail.
Roaring Fork (Counter Service)
Roaring Fork is the quick-service dining option at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge. This is the perfect spot to grab a sandwich or a sweet treat during your visit.
Roaring Fork is usually open all day from 6:00 a.m. until 12:00 a.m. This location serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. It’s located down the main hall toward the back of the lobby.
Here is a close-up of the lunch and dinner menu. You can see they have several different sandwiches, burgers, salads, and flatbreads.
Inside Roaring Fork, there are several pastry cases around the back wall.
And if you have any inclination to pick up a sweet treat, you will want to stop here. It’s one of the few places on the property that I will allow myself a treat.
And that treat is usually Magic Bars. I grew up calling them this, but some know them as seven-layer bars. They are kind of hard to turn down.
Additionally, Roaring Fork has some pretty good cupcake options.
Not to mention the infamous Campfire Cupcake, which is a must-try item. I had one a couple of months back and was quite impressed.
This cupcake reminds me of a devil’s food chocolate with a marshmallow-y topping. My experience with most Disney cupcakes has been that they are overrated. However, this cupcake lives up to its popularity.
Below are a few of the sandwiches in the display case on a recent visit.
They also have a vegetarian pita. If you are interested in these options, I have a whole vegan food guide at Disney World.
This Wilderness Lodge dining venue provides an opportunity to sit outside. There is interior seating as well. However, if the weather is even remotely nice, I recommend sitting out here.
All of the deluxe resorts offer a lounge. From my experience, these lounges are quite the hidden gems. Territory Lounge at the Wilderness Lodge is no exception. It is a delicious stop for several different items.
Before you object, I know there’s a bar, and it is defined as a “lounge,” but you are at Disney World. These types of places are actually family-friendly. They are not what you would probably imagine as a typical bar scene.
With that being said, you may or may not see families dining here. I think it’s because people aren’t familiar with these dining stops more than anything.
The lounge offers a variety of seating. The decor here is a Northern Pacific Americana. It’s all warm and inviting, like the rest of the Wilderness Lodge.
Speaking of warm and inviting, if you look up, you’ll see the ceiling mural with Native Americans and early explorers of the different territories.
The bar area is nicely finished, with the bear carvings serving as columns on each end.
Territory Lounge is where you can find the famous Mushroom Bisque that the former Artist Point served. So if you are a fan of mushrooms or are craving a bowl of warm soup, then make sure to add Territory Lounge to your list of dining stops.
Related: Territory Lounge Review
Whispering Canyon Cafe at Wilderness Lodge
Our next stop for dining at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge is none other than Whispering Canyon. Of course, you might have heard of Whispering Canyon Cafe. It’s the Disney restaurant that’s known for jokes and silly mischief.
Even the sign at the entrance warns about the “goings-on” of the dining experience. With that being said, this is a fun and extremely family-friendly dining choice at Wilderness Lodge.
Our family recently had breakfast at Whispering Canyon Cafe. The menu mainly consists of various breakfast-style skillets and different egg preparations.
We had participated in a character breakfast at ‘Ohana the day before. For the record, we enjoyed the experience, food offerings, and price here at Whispering Canyon better than ‘Ohana.
You can view the online menu here with the most current prices for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
For this meal, I went with the House-Smoked Salmon Frittata. This is similar to an omelet in preparation and came with large salmon baked into the mixture. There were also chives and a generous amount of parmesan cheese.
The dish came with a side of breakfast potatoes and a biscuit. I enjoyed this entree and felt good about my meal here.
If you decide to visit Whispering Canyon, I recommend making reservations in advance. The restaurant is popular, and often reservations fill up quickly.
As for the location, this Wilderness Lodge restaurant is located off the lobby. It’s open to the lobby, and if you’ve spent any time at the resort, you know it’s often full.
Storybook Dining at Artist Point (Character Dining)
If you have visited the website regularly, you might remember one of my initial reviews was a character dining experience at Wilderness Lodge.
Storybook Dining at Artist Point offers a chance to meet several characters, including the very elusive Evil Queen from Snow White.
She makes an appearance several times throughout the meal with a special photo opportunity.
Additionally, Snow White, Grumpy, and Dopey come table side during your visit like a normal character meal. The Evil Queen meets in the middle of the restaurant.
Normally, there’s a backdrop and PhotoPass photographer present to take your picture with the Evil Queen. However, you’ll have to wave from a distance at this time since this experience is modified.
This is also a good time to remind you to bring your camera or have your phone handy for photo options. When the characters come tableside, the PhotoPass option isn’t offered, so you will need to take your own photos. (At this time, you can take a distanced selfie with the characters.)
The meal works a little bit differently than most dining options. First, you’ll receive a trio of appetizers to share at the table. Then each guest gets a choice of entree.
Toward the end, you’ll receive a trio of desserts. They are all very photogenic, but I would rather have the option to choose just one dessert that better suited my sweet tooth.
While we weren’t really fans of the food at this Wilderness Lodge restaurant, we still had a wonderful time and hoped that selections would improve.
Related: Disney World Character Dining
Geyser Point Bar & Grill
Last but not least, we have one of the newest dining opportunities at Wilderness Lodge. Over the past few years, I’ve had several meals at Geyser Point and can say I will definitely continue to return.
As with many places at Disney in general, Geyser Point provides a unique dining opportunity to have a meal while taking in views of Bay Lake.
And if you are lucky, you might find yourself here later in the evening, relaxing with your family as the Electric Water Pageant drifts by you in passing.
Geyser Point doesn’t take dining reservations, but you might have to wait if the restaurant is crowded. The first time I dined here, I got the impression that you walk up and find your own seat. That is actually not the case.
You’ll want to walk up to the hostess stand and request a table.
The restaurant is in a covered outside area facing the water. It is open to the elements on three sides. The fourth side is the back, where the restaurant’s kitchen and restrooms are housed.
If you eat here on an evening that it happens to be chilly out, they usually have space heaters. I kind of like eating al fresco in the cold like this, even though I don’t care for the cold in general.
But it’s also something different, and most of us who venture to Disney enjoy things that are considered different. Just remember to dress appropriately and keep that into consideration when ordering hot food.
I ordered a chicken sandwich with waffle fries on my last go-around. However, I’m a picky eater, so I ordered mine more on the plain side.
The chicken sandwich turned out to be a great option and was very filling. This came in at $12.00, and I felt pleased with the meal’s quality and the price, considering I was at Disney. You can read the full Geyser Point Bar and Grill review if you’d like to know more.
Final Thoughts on the Wilderness Lodge Restaurants
Visiting any of the Wilderness Lodge restaurants is a great way to change up the normal routine if you find yourself at Disney often. With such great options, it’s hard to go wrong.
For those looking to stay here in the future, you might want to read the entire resort review. It covers everything you’ll want to know about the hotel before your visit.
Related: Wilderness Lodge Resort Review
Or you might consider staying on the villa side of the resort. That’s where you’ll find this buffalo topiary.
Related: Copper Creek Villas Review
The lobby is definitely worth the visit to see. And during the Christmas holidays, a trip over to see the decor is a special treat. I have a post detailing photos of the Wilderness Lodge during Christmas.
Or you can browse all of our articles for the Wilderness Lodge in our resort guide:
Take some time to explore the lobby on your visit. There are several neat art displays. The woodwork is pretty incredible, too.
The resort also has a fun gift shop, the Wilderness Lodge Mercantile. It’s located off the lobby.
You might even find yourself on a bridge in the middle of the lobby. The creek continues outside, through a waterfall, and eventually to Bay Lake.
And don’t forget to check out the geyser either before or after your dining experience.
Wherever you decide to dine, I’m sure you will enjoy your visit here. But fair warning, you might find yourself daydreaming of spending your next vacation at this stunning resort. It’s okay; I wouldn’t blame you.
As for me, I’ll be at Territory Lounge, eating mushroom soup. Or you might find me up a few floors in one of the galleries by the fire. Just look up, a little past the totem pole.
For more information about dining, check out all of our Disney Dining Reviews. You might also enjoy these full resort dining guides:
- Disney’s Polynesian Restaurants Guide
- Coronado Springs Restaurant Guide
- Animal Kingdom Lodge Restaurants
- Dining Guide for Disney’s Contemporary
- Grand Floridian Restaurants Guide
- Best Restaurants at Disney Springs
Can’t make your mind up about where to stay? Browse our list of Disney World Hotel Reviews. They include other favorites in the Magic Kingdom resort area like:
- Disney’s Contemporary Resort Review
- Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort Review
- Polynesian Resort Review
- Grand Floridian Resort Review
As for dining at the Wilderness Lodge, I truly hope you’ll add a meal there to your vacation schedule. So leave a comment and let me know which restaurant you’re most looking forward to visiting. Or tell me, what is your favorite Wilderness Lodge restaurant?