28 May 2009
Romantic vision of the early West
Disney’s Wilderness Lodge opened fifteen years ago, today, on 28 May 1994. The Pacific Northwest ambiance of this resort, based upon Yellowstone National Park’s Old Faithful Inn, begins with the surrounding foliage and animal prints along the sidewalk, and all of this can be found in the parking area before you even approach the front entrance, its cricket sounds, and the breathtaking main lobby. One look at the multiple fireplaces, viewing areas, geyser, totem poles, and the intriguing Silver Creek that “spills” from indoors to out before making its way to Silver Creek Springs (the main pool) and Bay Lake beyond would be enough to convince anyone that they have forever left the sweltering heat of central Florida.To celebrate Disney’s Wilderness Lodge’s first anniversary in 1995, as is often the case with Disney milestones, a medallion was created to commemorate the event and presented to Cast Members.