Jeff Pepper from 2719 Hyperion has professed his love of the Wilderness Lodge in a series of posts over the past year. He provides a lot of detailed and historical information about Silver Springs, Artist’s Point and Humphrey the Bear (bump, bump). Make sure to check out Jeff’s posts and leave him some Disney Geek Love. Jeff joined Lou on the WDW Radio show for a DSI (Disney Scene Investigation) about the Wilderness Lodge back in September 2007.
In 2001, we took a family vacation (8 of us in total) and stayed at the Villas at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge. During the end of the trip, everyone decided that we needed to go our seperate ways for some much needed downtime. One of the things we had enjoyed doing on our 1997 trip was riding the surrey bike at the Boardwalk. So, we decided to head down to Teton Boat and Bike Rentals to rent a surrey and experience the Wilderness Lodge Nature Trail to Ft. Wilderness.
Yes, that was a real deer that we saw on the trail. The whole trail is 2.3 miles and is intended as a jogging/bike path between the two resorts. We didn’t do the whole trail–we got about halfway when our passenger in the front wanted to go back to the pool. It is very quiet and serene on the trail; you don’t feel like you are in Florida at all. We only ran into one other family and they were heading back to the Lodge. We were hoping to make it all the way to Ft. Wilderness to see the petting zoo.
In the satellite view above, I have outlined the trail in red from the Lodge to Ft. Wilderness. The trail does take you to Pioneer Hall, the petting zoo and the Settlement Trading Post (in case you need to refill before heading back). It’s just another one of those great details at Disney. I’v always thought that it is a hidden treasure, though.
Don’t forget to keep your ears out for other fun excursions.