Sunday, July 29, 2018

Geyser Point Bar & Grill - Disney's Wilderness Lodge

The first seven nights of our trip to Disney World in July, we stayed at Copper Creek, our new Disney Vacation Club home resort at Disney's Wilderness Lodge.

This was our first stay at Disney's Wilderness Lodge, which has long been one of my favorite resorts at Disney World. We have always loved the theming of the resort, which was inspired by National Park lodges from the turn of the century. It is a beautiful place to walk around, and you really feel like you are in the Pacific Northwest. There are great dining options at Disney's Wilderness Lodge, including Artist Point, Whispering Canyon Cafe (can we say gluten free corn bread!), Geyser Point Bar & Grill, Roaring Fork, and Territory Lounge, which is the only restaurant at Wilderness Lodge that we have not dined at yet.

I was excited to try Geyser Point Bar & Grill after reading reviews on my friend Sarah's website Gluten-Free & Dairy-Free at WDW.

We dined at Geyser Point the first night of our trip. We arrived at the resort late at night after a long flight, so our dining options were limited to Geyser Point and Roaring Fork. Because it was after 10:00 by the time we ordered, our meal choices were limited to the second half of the Rustic Fare menu, and I was told that I could also order chicken tenders and waffle fries when I asked about them. Geyser Point does not have an allergy-friendly menu, but our server was knowledgeable about gluten free options, and a chef visited our table.

I ordered a side of waffle fries, which are made in a dedicated fryer. I usually prefer french fries to waffle fries, but I really enjoyed the waffle fries at Geyser Point, which were seasoned nicely. If you love waffle fries though, you need to check out the Parmesan truffle fries at STK in Disney Springs, which might be my new favorite fries at Disney World.

I rarely pass up safe chicken wings, so I also ordered the crispy smoked chicken wings with spiced habanero sauce and pickled vegetables. I wish they had been a little crispier, and when I am not eating garlic Parm wings, I like my wings to be a little bit sweet. I asked the chef for a side of the marionberry sauce that is served on the bison cheeseburger to dip my waffle fries in, but I actually enjoyed it more on my wings.

My whole family loves edamame, so we ordered the edamame with chili-salt. The seasoning was great, but our edamame could have been cooked a little less.

My husband mentioned to our server that it was my birthday, and asked about gluten free dessert options. I ended up choosing apple cider sorbet, which was quite good, and a nice palate cleanser after our meal. I think the chef also offered me a brownie and chocolate gelato, but the details are fuzzy a week and a half later.

My daughter Katie ordered the handcrafted charcuterie, which I was told was an option for me with gluten free bread.

I did not ask for it, but the chef brought me a side of gluten free bread, that was actually really delicious. It tasted a little buttery, and was lightly toasted, which I really enjoyed. When I asked the chef about it, she told me it was Udi's bread.

Geyser Point Bar & Grill is a poolside eatery on Bay Lake, so it is a great place to watch the Electrical Water Pageant and Magic Kingdom fireworks. Keep in mind that there is no air conditioning, but it was bearable for dining at night during the summer.

Overall, we enjoyed our meal at Geyser Point Bar & Grill, and would definitely consider dining there again when we stay at Copper Creek.

You can read more about Geyser Point Bar & Grill, and view their menus and hours on Disney's website here.

What are your favorite gluten free options at Geyser Point?


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