Territory Lounge is a bar in Wilderness Lodge at Walt Disney World. This rustic lounge features dark woods, rich color, and excellent details. It’s an excellent gastropub, and is one of our favorite hidden gems at Walt Disney World. This review features food photos of some items you’ll find at Territory Lounge, while also offering thoughts on the lounge’s ambiance.
Since Walt Disney World made the controversial move of eliminating Artist Point’s Signature Dining (replacing that with the Snow White character meal, Storybook Dining at Artist Point), Territory Lounge has also added some popular appetizers and desserts from the old Artist Point menu. This gesture is more or less an olive branch to longtime fans, and one that improves the menu at Artist Point even further.
We really like Territory Lounge for a combination of a few reasons. First of all, the food menu is reasonably priced. You’re looking at items that are only slightly more expensive than the prices at nearby Roaring Fork, but that are usually higher in quality.
Second, it’s rarely crowded. So many of the best lounges at Walt Disney World are perpetually busy or draw more of a family or (at the other end of the spectrum) a College Program crowd. Territory Lounge has been relatively uncrowded during our visits, and mostly seems to skew towards an older demographic. While we don’t necessarily fit that demo in age, we certainly do in spirit.
Finally, Territory Lounge’s ambiance is exceptional. This is to be expected at Wilderness Lodge, where you could wander down a random hallway and stumble upon wonderful details. Even within the exceptional theming of Wilderness Lodge, Territory Lounge is a standout. It’s a gem within a gem.
The clear motif of Territory Lounge is exploration, and this is obvious from the items in the shadow boxes hung along the walls to the Lewis & Clark map on the ceiling. There are also scattered items that evoke the sense that it’s paying homage to hunters, but this being Disney, that’s not quite as obvious.
Thematically, this is one of my favorite Disney lounges in the world, and it feels somewhat similar to Teddy Roosevelt Lounge at Tokyo DisneySea (by far the best Disney lounge in the world). In fairness, I’m biased towards this style, and three venues of this type made my Top 10 Disney Bars & Lounges list, with Territory Lounge taking the #6 slot, worldwide.
Now let’s take a look at some of the food at Territory Lounge…
Perhaps it’s just me, but it seems the menu at Territory Lounge has changed several times in the last few years. Relatively recent changes include the removal of the chicken lollipops, chips & dip, and standalone truffle fries. These were all fan-favorites, so that’s a bit of a bummer.
On the plus side, the gourmet burger now includes truffle fries. I’d say this burger was a fine option, I guess. The burger itself was tasty but the fries left a lot to be desired. The biggest downside of the meal was the size of the beef patty on our burger. I’m guessing (hoping?) we just got unlucky with this.
Even if we were unlucky, and a significantly larger patty were the norm, I’d have a difficult time recommending this burger.
It was fine, but let’s just say this won’t be dethroning the burger and truffle fries at Crew’s Cup Lounge anytime soon.
On the other hand, the Pork Nachos were exceptional. There serving of pork was very generous, and other ingredients like the queso, salsa, and verde sauce added a lot.
While you’re probably better off splitting these nachos, I think they’d make a suitable meal for a person who really likes nachos. The pork offers protein, and everyone knows queso is an integral part of any nutritious diet. And the chips have corn in them (probably) so that’s good, too.
Another of the best options at Territory Lounge is the Smoked Portobello Bisque, which was a mainstay of the menu over at Artist Point.
Don’t be fooled by the look of the soup in the photo here–it’s incredible. It has an amazing layered texture and incredible smokey mushroom flavor.
Another item from the Artist Point menu that we really like is the Cobbler. This dessert is exceptional, with fresh berries and warm cobbler.
It reminds me of something you’d actually find in one of the dining rooms of a National Park Lodge in the American West. (I actually had something really similar to this, albeit with huckleberries, in Glacier National Park.)
Perhaps the most popular item at Territory Lounge (at least among people we know) is the Oregon Chardonnay Fondue, which is served with pretzel bread. Also intriguing is the Land Greens Salad (served with greens sourced from The Land at Epcot, hence the name), but we’ve always wanted more substantive meals at Territory Lounge, so we’ve yet to order either.
All things considered, Territory Lounge is a great stop in Wilderness Lodge. Whether you want a couple of quick drinks before dinner at Artist Point or are seeking a respite from Magic Kingdom crowds, it’s a great option. Now that Geyser Point Bar & Grill is the hotspot at Wilderness Lodge, we expect Territory Lounge to become even more of a hidden gem. That’s great for those (like us) who enjoy this spot for its peaceful ambiance.
What do you think of Territory Lounge? Where does it rank in terms of bars & lounges at Walt Disney World for you? Have any favorite foods here? Do you prefer it or Geyser Point Bar & Grill? Any questions about Territory Lounge at Wilderness Lodge? Share your thoughts in the comments!