When I mention reading by a fireplace at Wilderness Lodge, guests who have previously visited this Resort may have this image spring to mind:
I wouldn’t blame anyone for that, because the main fireplace in the lobby of the Wilderness Lodge is a site to behold! Not only is the fireplace ENORMOUS (with amazing artwork in the screen), but the stones surrounding it extend up to the top floor. These stones tell a story…
As you move up each floor, the rocks change, representing the various layers of rock that make up the strata of the Grand Canyon. Guests “jump millions of years ahead in time with each ascending floor.” By the time you’ve reached the 7th floor, you’ve moved ahead 1.6 billion years.
But there are a few lesser-known spots that are also great places to sit for a spell and relax, read, nap… whatever strikes your fancy. I’ve mentioned it in several posts already, so I may as well mention it again… the Carolwood Pacific Room in the Villas of Wilderness Lodge (also called the “Iron Spike Room”) not only has a terrific fireplace, but also boasts the comfiest chairs in all of Walt Disney World!
Right behind you are Walt Disney’s own train cars from his backyard set. And, yes, I have curled up with a book here :).
Just opposite the fireplace wall in the Carolwood Pacific Room, you’ll find Inglenook. This perfect little corner has just enough room for two rocking chairs (and I’ve found this fireplace to be the warmest of all :) ).
But wait… there is yet another fireplace where you can cozy up! From the front entrance, head back towards Whispering Canyon Café. Instead of grabbing a bite there (though you’ll probably want to once you smell the barbequed ribs :) ), turn left and head up the sets of stairs, then turn right… Voila!
Snagging the couch here is like winning “King of the Hill!” Okay, not really, since they’re aren’t all that many people fighting for the spot. But still, when you get to take some time to relax and savor the views of this unique Resort, you certainly haven’t lost anything, either.
I’ve now read books in front of each of these fireplaces :), though the only one I have read in its entirety at Wilderness Lodge is Walt Disney: An American Original by Bob Thomas. My original goal was just one book by one fireplace, but reading at Wilderness Lodge has become one of my absolute favorite ways to spend time in Walt Disney World.
When I made my Disney Bucket List, I didn’t realize that I had three items dedicated to this Resort alone (#89, #22, and this one)! But it really is that special. If you haven’t had a chance to visit, I hope someday you get to explore all the open and hidden corners that make it what it is.
And I hope you bring a good book :).