Ten years ago today, The Villas at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge welcomed its first guests. The resort continues to be popular with Disney Vacation Club members because of its great guest service and its comfortable, rustic theme. I personally think it is a special place because it captures a homespun ambiance and sense of adventure of the great American Northwest National Park lodges at the turn of the century. The 114 two-bedroom villas connect to Disney’s Wilderness Lodge. Is this one of your favorites? Please let us know in comments.
posted on November 15th, 2010 by Michelle Baumann, Walt Disney World Public Relations
More World Cup . . . Raglan Road at Downtown Disney will open at 10 a.m. during the month of June to show the World Cup Soccer games with two 50-inch TV screens. They’ll serve a full Irish breakfast all day and offer happy hour drinks and food specials. We reported earlier than you can catch the matches at ESPN Club at Disney’s BoardWalk and ESPN Wide World of Sports Grill beginning June 11. ESPN Club will start serving at 10:30 a.m. for all early soccer game days June 11-29 and July 2 and 3. ESPN Wide World of Sports Grill will be offering a limited breakfast menu for the 7 a.m. game and lunch for the 10 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. games. Then, from June 26-July 10, ESPN Wide World of Sports Grill will offer a buffet with guaranteed seating to view the game. And on July 11, they’ll create a special viewing area. For reservations, call WDW-DINE beginning May 27.
Caramel Kitchen to open late September . . . the official name is Karamelle-Küche, German for “caramel kitchen,” and the new shop in the Germany pavilion at Epcot is themed like an Old World German caramel shop. A show kitchen will feature cast members making fresh caramel popcorn, caramel apples, caramel-covered strawberries and marshmallows. Werther’s Original candy will be on the shelves, and the shop also will include gourmet caramels, cookies, brownies, fudge and cupcakes. It’s the only free-standing retail location in the world for Storck, makers of Werther’s Original Caramels, and you’ll find some goodies on the shelves that you can’t find anywhere else. The shop replaces the Glas und Porzellan shop.
Fantasmic! lunch . . . The Fantasmic! dining packages now are available during lunch at The Hollywood Brown Derby and Mama Melrose’s Ristorante Italiano. Just like the dinner packages, the lunch packages can be booked on all dates when Fantasmic! is scheduled and allow guests to arrive 30-45 minutes prior to the show time and enjoy designated seating. When there are two performances on the same night, the package is valid for the first performance only. Make reservations by calling (407) WDW-DINE or (407) 939-3463 up to 180 days in advance. Pick up your VIP voucher for Fantasmic! at the end of the meal.
Cordial cart . . . A beautiful wood cordial cart is now offering tableside after-dinner drinks at Artist Point at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge – the only Walt Disney World restaurant to feature the rolling libations. All sort of brandies and scotches are offered, but we were impressed to see the crème de la crème: Rémy Martin’s Louis the 13th cognac, officially registered as a brand in 1874. Sit back, sip and enjoy.
posted on March 5th, 2010 by Michelle Baumann, Walt Disney World Public Relations
There is something nostalgic and dare I say romantic about trains. I can remember hearing the whistling of the train when I’d spend the night at my grandma’s house when I was a little girl. That love of trains was rekindled when I visited the The Villas at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge the other day and was reminded of the amazing train collection we have on display for our guests. The train treasures come from the personal collection of Walt Disney, a man with such a passion for trains that he had a backyard one-eighth scale railroad, named the Carolwood Pacific Railroad, at his house on Carolwood Drive in California.
The Villas at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge is the ideal home for this miniature live steam railroad as the hotel transports guests back to the time of the great American West and the golden age of railroad travel. Although it’s tucked away in the Carolwood Pacific Railroad Room at The Villas at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge, the perfectly preserved cattle car, gondola and piece of track from Walt’s original set, as well as additional train memorabilia, are worth seeking out.