Stake your claim at a poolside eatery featuring explorer-worthy bites, trails-end spirits and stunning views of Bay Lake.
After a long day at the park and at the pool, when it is 8pm and the sun is going down, where is the best spot to eat when staying at Wilderness Lodge? That’s easy, it’s the all-new Geyser Point Bar & Grill.
We sat on the side of the bar that faced Bay Lake and as far as views at Disney go, this was one of a kind. If you want to be even closer to the water there is outdoor seating as well. Whether you decide to eat, drink or do both, I cannot think of a better spot at any resort off the top of my head.
The design of the covered bar area fits right in with everything Wilderness Lodge has to offer and it is easy to feel instantly transported to the northwest as you dine and drink at this cozy spot.
While the bar menu includes some “rustic fare” and is not too extensive, you are able to order anything off of the menu at the adjacent quick service spot.
During our visit, we decided on the cheesy brisket dip appetizer and we split a bison cheeseburger.
Cheesy Barbecue Brisket with House-made Chips - $11.00
I was not at all sure what to expect when we sat down and ordered this app. Luckily we were pleasantly surprised. The dip consists of a shredded, slow cooked brisket, that has a bit more of roast flavor. Much like the brisket that tops the burger at Roaring Fork, it lacked a good smoke flavor, but that didn’t stop it from being tender and delicious. Topped with a ton of ooey-gooey melted cheese and a stack of house made, thick cut chips, this was a great start and paired very well with my Widmer Hefeweizen. It was a perfect sized app for two people to share, but if you had a group, I’d order a few or add some additional apps.
Bison Cheeseburger with Tillamook Cheddar, Sweet Onion Straws, Lettuce, Tomato and Marion Berry Barbecue Sauce - $13.99
I don’t eat burgers that often for some reason, but this was the second time ordering one on our most recent visit. My wife and I decided to split the bison cheeseburger because the pictures we saw of it made it look HUGE and we often split meals for two reasons. One, so we don’t eat ourselves sick, and two, because it is a great cost savings. The food at Wilderness Lodge continued to deliver because this was another home run. The burger was thick and cooked to perfection, I love bison because it still has a beef type flavor, but without all the grease and fat. And I will definitely be looking for Tillamook cheddar at my local store. In addition, I don’t know what a marion berry is, but it makes for one outstanding, sweet, barbecue sauce. The only improvement they could make is to double that sauce.
Overall, this is THE spot to be at when staying at Fort Wilderness. In fact, if you’d like a good date night this is it. You can even bring the kids and let them be entertained by the nearby recreation area that includes a pool table, ping-pong, foos ball and a giant connect-4 game. If you are staying at Fort Wilderness and want a break from Crockett’s Tavern, this is a short boat over. I’d even travel from any another resort just to sit outside at this amazing new spot. As an added bonus, the man made nearby geyser shoots off (at up to 150 feet in the air) on the hour.