To the west, we go! Well, more like east, as the Wilderness Lodge and the Territory Lounge are east of the Magic Kingdom. In this Disney lounge review, we’re channeling our inner Lewis and Clark. Minus the exhibition. If you’re looking for an exhibition head over to the Animal Kingdom and search for that Yeti. We’re referencing Exhibition Everest, make the connection? Wow, can you say tangent? Anyways, time to get back on topic and talk Territory Lounge. Let’s cozy up next to the fire and share the story of our trip to the rustic lounge.
Entering the Wilderness Lodge lobby, one of our favorites, by the way, you’ll find the Territory Lounge towards the back right. Themed after a rustic lounge you would find in the Pacific Northwest, ahh the west reference makes sense now, the lounge is a cozy, quaint location. Walking into the lounge you’ll find an open area with comfy chairs and tables. The real eye-catcher is definitely the wood craved bear behind the bar. Nate is still wondering how to get one for home.
Passholder Insights: Territory Lounge does offer drinks to go. We like to grab a drink from the bar and head to the lobby to enjoy the rocking chairs.
Is there a better way to start-off a Disney lounge review than with a drink? We didn’t so. Thank you for agreeing. For us, rustic lounges are the perfect place for a beer. Territory Lounge agrees. The lounge offers draft beers from both the west coast, as well as a couple of Florida local favorites. When hanging in a Pacific Northwest themed lounge we go with the beer from the “area”. In this case Elysian Brewing out of Seattle. If you enjoy IPAs we definitely recommend the Dayglow IPA. The crispy juicy hops are perfect after a day out in the Florida heat.
Beyond the draft list, Territory Lounge features a variety of Oregon wines. In our wine tasting expertise (we’re no George, Wine by bar George), the wine flights are the way to get a taste of the region. The reds lean more towards the lighter side compare to the rich deep notes of a Malbec or Cabernet.
Passholder Insights: Territory Lounge is right outside the Storybook Dining and a great place to grab a drink before your Advance Dining Reservation.
Did someone say snacks? We’re always down for some snacks. Territory Lounge boasts a menu inspired by the Pacific Northwest and tends to draw from Asian influence. On this visit, we turned to our bartender’s recommendation, and they suggested the Ahi Tuna Bao Buns. Needless to say, our eyes lit up, as we love bao buns. Seared Ahi tuna is dusted with togarashi then served in a bao bun with Sambal aioli then topped with kimchi. Wow, just wow! These we the perfect bite. We found the tuna cooked to perfection, but what really made the dish was the togarashi. Made up of a variety of dried chilis, the togarashi added the spice we were looking for in this dish. When paired with the tangy flavors of the kimchi it gave us the perfect combination of flavors.
The three bao buns are the perfect amount of food for a light lunch or dinner. If you’re like us and enjoy sharing a dish then it’s a great snack. The biggest question would be how to split the last bun.
Passholder Insights: A great way to take a break from the Magic Kingdom is to take the boat over to the Wilderness Lodge and check out the resort and the array of dining options.
Solid lounge. For us, we’ve always enjoyed the Territory Lounge if we are in the area. If we’re staying at either Copper Creek Cabins or Boulder Ridge Disney Vacation Club resorts, then we would stop in for a drink or two. However, if we’re not staying at the resort then we would usually end up heading to another one of our favorite lounges, like Crew’s Cup or Tambu Lounge. If you find yourself at the Wilderness Lounge and looking for a quiet lounge to unwind, definitely check out the Territory Lounge. That wraps up our campfire story, goodnight!
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