Just a few days after that first new All Stars Resort began to open a new
Deluxe resort opened on yet another Lake, Disney's Wilderness Lodge Resort opened on
Bay Lake between and adjacent to the Fort Wilderness and within sight
of Discovery Island. While the setting is more rustic than the other deluxe
resorts the scale a grandeur is no less albeit in woodsy sort of way, the Old
Faithful inn is often listed as an influence on the Wilderness Lodge but upon
looking at the image of the Old Faithful Inn's lobby I found on an old
postcard of it I'm thinking the Imagineers took a look at the Old Faithful Inns
lobby and said
"Ok, let's call that about a six, now what if we take that design knob and
turn it up to eleven?"
(sources Disney A to Z, my conjecture and a vintage 1960's curtteichcolor postcard of the OFI)
Above: lobby of the Old Faithful Inn
Below: The Wilderness Lodges "free with stay" card.
The only "free with stay" card I know of for the Wilderness lodge is the one above appropriately enough it is printed on a sort of arts and crafts paper with a slightly uneven edge, as if it was paper you made as an arts and crafts project at summer camp, which is probably where some folks get their ideas about the Wilderness from. A look at the large version of the image will give you an idea of just what scale the imagineers took this lodge to.