1. Wilderness Lodge
The Wilderness Lodge is located a little more off the beaten path than the other Magic Kingdom area resorts, and is themed after Old Faithful Lodge at Yellowstone. The lobby has a giant rock fireplace, hot water spring, towering totem poles, and rocking chairs inviting you to sit and chat. It's comfortable and welcoming. The Wilderness Lodge feels completely secluded from the modern world, but it's a short boat or bus ride away from the Magic Kingdom. The pool looks like a geyser, and there's a great poolside snack bar. There's an interesting tour of the resort available on which the tour guide will point out architectural features of the Lodge and even help you find some hidden Mickeys (there are a lot to find here). The Whispering Canyon Cafe is a family favorite, with stick horse races and hilarious servers who ring giant dinner bells, where great food is served family-style. Artist Point is a bit quieter, offering wild game and fish selections. The geyser by the pool erupts every hour, and there are plenty of benches to sit and enjoy people- or geyser- watching. There's a nice walking/jogging trail, too. The pace of life definitely seems much slower over at the Wilderness Lodge compared to the other Magic Kingdom area resorts. You can still catch a glimpse of the fireworks over the castle and have a great view for the Electrical Water Pageant, though. One of the neatest features at this resort is the bunk bed option for those with kids. The Wilderness Lodge definitely has a calm ambiance and is a great place to stay if you're looking for a peaceful retreat.
If you want to stay close to the Magic Kingdom, all of the Magic Kingdom area resorts are incredible. Each has its own theming and atmosphere, and we can't even pick a favorite, they're all so fabulous. Which one will you choose?