Geyser Point Bar & Grill is a new waterfront lounge and counter service restaurant at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge, located on the shore of Walt Disney World’s Bay Lake. This review features food photos from the restaurant, thoughts on the ambiance, and whether we’d recommend making the trip here from Magic Kingdom.
If you don’t want to sit down at the lounge and have someone come take your order and deliver your food, Geyser Point also offers a quick service window where you can order and pick-up food. There’s also a RapidFill drink station here. With waterfront seating apart from the restaurant also in this area, that may be the better option for future visits.
Let’s start this review with ambiance. There’s really not much of the Imagineered variety at Geyser Point Bar & Grill, beyond the basic stone and exposed cedar design of the open-air structure. It looks rustic and fits the vibe of Wilderness Lodge, and that’s perfectly fine from our perspective. The inherent atmosphere of being in the natural setting along Bay Lake is more than sufficient. More than perfectly fine and sufficient–it’s fantastic.
Geyser Point doesn’t need a backstory within a backstory, or clever references to the unreleased “Cat Cheesing” episode of Walt Disney’s True Life Adventures to make its ambiance exceptional. To the contrary, if ever a locale called for understated design, it was Geyser Point. Thanks to its serene waterfront setting, Geyser Point is an excellent place to unwind and enjoy the natural side of the Vacation Kingdom.
We dined at Geyser Point Bar & Grill in the midst of a storm, sneaking into the restaurant just as the torrential rains began. I’d hazard a guess that the optimal time to dine here would be right around sunset, leading into blue hour on Bay Lake. Or, perhaps during the Electrical Water Pageant, which should pass by between 9:30 and 9:45 p.m. nightly. In our estimation, that’d be pure bliss, and we’ll definitely be returning to experience Geyser Point at those times.
The menu at Geyser Point Bar & Grill has a few interesting items, particularly those on the lounge’s small plates (“Rustic Fare”) menu. It was significantly better when it first opened, and I was really eager to try some of the more ambitious items, particularly at breakfast.
Why the menu has been scaled back from that longer and more diverse mix of selections is unclear. It could be that the small kitchen could not handle so many items with efficiency. It could also be that Geyser Point was the only counter service restaurant at Wilderness Lodge due to the refurbishment at Roaring Fork, and was never intended to have that much for the long term.
In any case, here’s what we tried at Geyser Point…
First up is the Lump Crab Cake Sandwich. Per Walt Disney World’s online menu, this consists of “House-made Canadian Bacon, Spicy Cabbage-Carrot Slaw and Miso Tartar Sauce served on an Artisan Roll with Multigrain Salad or Waffle Fries.”
The Canadian bacon coupled with the crab cake made for an odd mix of flavors. When I saw this on the menu, I was optimistic that it’d be unexpectedly good; flavors you wouldn’t expect to work, but that somehow did. Not the case. The crab cake was also heavy on filler and seemed light on actual crab. Everything else about the dish was high quality, but it’s not something I’d recommend.
Next, the Bison Cheeseburger. From the menu: “Bacon, Tillamook Cheddar, Sweet Onion Straws, Lettuce, Tomato, Garlic Aïoli and Marionberry Barbecue Sauce served on an Artisan Roll with choice of Multigrain Salad or Waffle Fries.”
This was exceptional. Very similar to the Bison Burger inside at Whispering Canyon Cafe, but with a few slight differences. Far higher quality meat than a standard Walt Disney World counter service burger. Even though it didn’t have the leanness you might normally associate with bison, it was juicy and delicious.
It did have a lot going on, but I didn’t think any of the flavors were out of place. To the contrary, they all added something, be it in terms of texture (onion straws) or flavor (aioli). The Marionberry BBQ sauce was the highlight in this regard, and made the dish more like something you’d find in the Pacific Northwest. All things considered, I’d highly recommend this Bison Burger. It’s probably the best counter service burger, and deserving a spot on our list of the (overall) Best Burgers at Walt Disney World.
Speaking of berries from the Pacific Northwest (the perfect segue…), there’s a Huckleberry Punch on the drink menu. I’ve always thought more dishes should incorporate huckleberries. This is one thing the Northwest has figured out–you can get huckleberry anything. Ice cream. BBQ sauce. butter. Your imagination is the limit. It’s like Trader Joe’s and pumpkin-anything in the fall.
That drink is not the only unique one on the Geyser Point Bar & Grill drink menu. This is not the standard Disney Parks Generic Drink menu, instead featuring a variety of drinks–both mixed and beers with Pacific Northwest origins. These include Rogue beers and 44° North Idaho Vodka, among other things.
We debated trying a dessert to make this a bit more of a well-rounded review, but upon asking our server if there was anything worthwhile, he indicated that it was all fairly standard and we’d be better off with something from Roaring Fork. He had been friendly and conversational throughout the meal, so we took his recommendation at face value.
Here’s what we had at Roaring Fork, the Campfire Cupcake:
It wasn’t very good, either. Oh well, can’t win ’em all.
As for whether you should make a special trip to Geyser Point from Magic Kingdom…eh, it depends. Back when the menu had a ton of ambitious options and great variety (I was so looking forward to that Grillled Salmon BLT!), I would’ve said yes. Now, it really depends upon whether you need a break from the chaos of the park or if enough people in your party will order the Bison Burger or the small plates. The ambiance is really relaxing, so that alone could be enough of a draw to get you here.
The ‘regular’ menu (shared between the bar and counter service window) is filled with Walt Disney World mainstays, the type of items you can find pretty much anywhere. So if cuisine is the impetus of wherever you’re going for a meal, you should probably look elsewhere. Of course, if you want to enjoy a leisurely boat ride (a fun experience in itself) or want a nice waterfront lounge with a decent menu and deep drink list, a visit to Geyser Point is much more compelling.
Overall, Geyser Point is a good option for those staying at Wilderness Lodge, particularly guests in the Cascade Cabins at Copper Creek or those hanging out poolside. It’s also an excellent way to soak up the natural ambiance while grabbing a drink, watching the game, or simply enjoying sunset or the Electrical Water Pageant. While the regular menu could be stronger, Geyser Point has some significant upsides. It’s an excellent addition to Wilderness Lodge, particularly for those staying at the resort looking for a place to unwind in the evenings.
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