Disney’s Wilderness Lodge is bringing a large assortment of new food and drink options from the Pacific Northwest to you. From bone marrow and cheese dishes to campfire cocktails and even a sweet treat for Humphrey bear, these new offerings may make you want to wander into the wilderness in search of more.
If you have never visited Disney’s Wilderness Lodge, I encourage you too. It is my absolute favorite Walt Disney World deluxe resort, which is why I was eager to cover this story. The resort has close proximity to the Magic Kingdom, but it is far enough away to let you escape and be calm in an area of Walt Disney World that looks nothing like Orlando. From rocking chairs to waterfront lounges, Disney’s Wilderness Lodge is hard to beat, in my opinion. So, if you haven’t been before or need a reason to return, let’s checkout some of their newest foodie options.
Elevated dishes, with something you may have never tried before. The Bacon on the Wire offers black pepper candied bacon cured in smoked paprika and bourbon, cold smoked, and roasted with a bourbon glaze. And, it doesn’t just feature bacon; it also offers deviled eggs topped with fried shrimp, chipotle beef jerky, and salmon candy with a bourbon drizzle.
The Bone and Brie highlights roasted bone marrow with honey-baked brie baked in a cast iron skillet and marionberry onion jam. This bone marrow tasting could be a family-first, so what better place to adventure out than at the Wilderness Lodge?
If you love popcorn, the Territory Popcorn Sampler features the chef’s take on popcorn with spicy, caramel, sea salt, truffle, and BBQ flavors. This sampler will allow for sharing, sampling, and ultimately a favorite. The Artisanal Cheese and Charcuterie isn’t your average charcuterie board. Chef Brian Knox selected Oregon and Utah cheeses with a focus on smoky notes and even a cheese wrapped in honey and sea salt, which is accompanied by honeycomb, pickled vegetables, and handcrafted bread.
There are also some new flatbreads on the menu. The Loaded Baked Potato Flatbread is is topped with bacon, potato, chive cream cheese, and crème fresh, whereas the Salmon Run is topped with an in-house dill-cured gravlax salmon with truffle cream cheese, fried capers, onions, black sea salt, and dill.
And, don’t forget the drinks! The Lewis and Clark-inspired L&C G&T features Fords Gin, St. Germaine, and elderflower tonic, garnished with a cucumber ribbon and fresh flower. The National 95, a coast-to-coast twist on the classic French 95 cocktail, combines Whistle Pig Rye from the East coast with simple syrup, and sparkling Argyle Brut from the West coast.
The Orchards Bounty is made up of Ketel One Peach & Orange Blossom Botanicals vodka, house-made pinot gris syrup, Dolin Blanc vermouth, and Aperol. Sangria fans may love the Orange Spiced Sangria, a drink with Chateau Ste. Michelle cabernet, Cointreau orange liqueur, apple cider, and house-made orange spice syrup. The Northwoods brings together Bulleit Rye, house-made rosemary syrup, citrus juices, and maple into one flavor-filled cocktail.
For that campfire feel with a classic cocktail, the Smores Old Fashioned has Elijah Craig bourbon, toasted marshmallow syrup, and chocolate bitters, garnished with toasted marshmallows. And finally, the Timeless Elias is a smoking libation featuring Macallan 12 year old scotch, house-made vanilla bean syrup, and Courvoisier VSOP.
Starting October 11, Roaring Fork is also getting some new treats. You can kickstart your day with one of the new breakfast options. The Meat and Potatoes Quiche has broccoli, potatoes, bacon, ham, and gouda, while the Vegetable Lover’s Quiche offers peppers, onions, leeks, green peas, potatoes, broccoli, fresh herbs, and cheddar. These may be the best way to prepare for your next wild adventure. For some sweet starts, enjoy the Warm Baked Cinnamon Roll with blueberries and blueberry cream cheese frosting, or the extra-large Warm Grizzly Bear Claw with mixed nuts and raisin filling.
As the day moves onto lunch and dinner, there are some other items recently added to the menu as well. The Asian-Style Noodle Salad offers tofu, mixed vegetables, crispy rice noodles and fried wontons. And, you can add chicken or shrimp for some extra protein.
Looking for something heartier? The Country-style Baked Meatloaf features buttery green peas, chunky mashed potatoes, and gravy to round out a classic meal. Or, the Barbecued Brisket and Burnt Ends with potato hash, fiery coleslaw, and cornbread features some comfort BBQ flair.
Sometimes, a true adventure into the wildness can only end one way: with dessert. The Almond Walnut Bundt Cake is topped with coffee glaze and cream cheese icing. If you’ve got a taste for blueberry, the house-made Blueberry Thyme Crumb Pie is a seasonal item that will change flavors throughout the year, so you can keep coming back for new selections.
The Bear Mousse Cake brings together raspberry mousse, almond cake, and dark chocolate ganache in a treat that is almost too cute to eat…almost. Lastly, Humphrey the Bear has a passion for honey, and the new Humphrey Bee Hive Cake is the perfect sweet eat for him. This dish is made with chocolate cake, passionfruit mousse, and sugar bees, with a white chocolate Humphrey on top.
Unfortunately, neither of these dining locations offer reservations. So, getting to the eateries if you aren’t staying there will require a bit of a work-around. Most Walt Disney World resort hotels do not allow you to just drive up and park, and it has been like that for many years now. Instead, you will need to take a boat from the Magic Kingdom or a bus from another location. For the easiest route, I recommend parking at Disney Springs and taking a bus from there to Disney’s Wilderness Lodge.
If you are staying at a Disney Resort, you will have to do the same, as you cannot guarantee a Disney bus will be running to other resorts, (but they do on occasion). But, you could also take an Uber, taxi, or Disney’s Minnie Van service for expedited travel to Disney’s Wilderness Lodge.
While not offering something new at this time, I cannot write a Disney’s Wilderness Lodge article without mentioning my favorite Disney resort lounge, Geyser Point. This location is nestled between the resort’s two pools and offers lounge chairs, waterfront views, and the famous Piña Colava. However you get to Disney’s Wilderness Lodge, I hope you enjoy a relaxing and delicious visit at this Pacific Northwest inspired resort.