A perfect date night was exactly what James and I needed after getting soaked by the crazy storms to hit Orlando during our trip.
I was so excited to finally return to Artist Point after 7 years, and this time with James in tow!
We took a quick bus ride from Pop Century to Magic Kingdom, and jumped on a boat to Wilderness Lodge. I can never go on enough boat rides around Disney World property. It’s such a relaxing way to get around, and soak in the sights.
It’s hard to imagine that things would improve after this gorgeous ride to the Wilderness Lodge. But it did. I really did.
I haven’t been over to Wilderness Lodge for almost 5 years now. When one of my close friends get married in Walt Disney World that year, she had her rehearsal dinner at the Whispering Canyon Cafe. Now, I was more in love with the glow cubes in my drink and the ambiance of the resort than the actual restaurant. After hearing such wonderful things about the Territory Lounge from other bloggers, I pointed my parents in its direction and they are now frequent patrons when they are visiting the theme parks. Ironically, before I even got the chance to try it out.
With the weather and a strange bus ride, we cut our reservation time pretty close and only spent a few minutes grabbing drinks in the Lounge before being called to our table. But I could see the appeal immediately. It was cozy and well-themed, and just an all-around nice space. (I bet a million dollars that most people wouldn’t think a lounge inside Disney World could look like this.)
Our reservation was on a Sunday evening, and the restaurant remained surprisingly empty most of the time we were there. Settled into a corner, we received lovely service from the wait stuff, who even convinced James to go out of his comfort zone and try the buffalo steak. (He loved it.) I had their signature salmon dish.
I was one happy lady. The salmon was absolutely perfect.
Since this was our special meal of the trip, James and I indulged in some dessert: the fittingly named “O-X-O”. This included chocolate panna cotta wildberry compote dark, chocolate with hazelnut crumble, and a chocolate dipped strawberry. HEAVEN ON A PLATE.
Artist Point set a high bar for the rest of our eating adventures for the rest of the trip, that’s for sure.
As an added bonus, it gave us a reason to explore a beautiful resort like Wilderness Lodge. From the light fixtures down to the totem poles, it is certainly a gorgeous and intricately detailed sight. I really hope I get to stay here one day and take it all in for much longer than an evening.
While Artist Point won’t be a stop during every trip, it was the perfect way to kick off our first full day back in Walt Disney World and the celebration of our two-year wedding anniversary.
I can’t wait to check back in to explore more of the Lodge and hang out for a substantial amount of time at Territory Lounge!
And the perfect end to this night?
A boat ride with some fireworks.