Have You Ever Played Duck Duck Goose With a Bear? These Kids at Wilderness Lodge Have!

Country bears

Shelter in place. After 2020 that’s a phrase we hoped we’d never hear again. Yet just this week, the phrase made a comeback due to Hurricane Ian. People within the hurricane’s path were asked to shelter in place. This included Guests at the Walt Disney World Resort. Disney, of course, went above and beyond to make guests feel safe and happy during the storm. 

Over at Wilderness Lodge, the hotel was more crowded than usual as Guests from the Campground and Cabins were evacuated to the Deluxe hotel as those areas were deemed unsafe to ride out a hurricane. The hotel had the potential to become a crazy, cramped mess full of stir-crazy people since no one was allowed to leave. Instead, it became an experience that some of the youngest Guests will remember for a lifetime!

Country bears

Disney often brings out unique characters in hotel lobbies when a storm prevents normal operations. Wilderness Lodge was no different. True to the details that make Disney so magical, the characters were on theme for the resort. Wendell, who you’ll recognize from Magic Kingdoms Country Bear Jamboree, made an extra special appearance. Check out the video:

@thekingdomtwinz this was a cute, funny, and of course a magical moment at disney’s wilderness lodge #wildernesslodge #disney #disneyworld #waltdisneyworld #wdw #hurricaneian #countrybears #countrybearjamboree #wendell ♬ original sound – Jenna + Casey ? Disney Vlogs

We have to agree, that really IS the cutest thing. We love how drawn out the “duck, ducks” were. That is a kid after our own heart.

Being stuck inside at Walt Disney World is not ideal, but kudos to Disney and to the Cast Members for making it memorable. These kids have a story now that few can tell.

The Cast Members who rode out the storm at the Resorts are truly heroes. The Ride Out Crew consisted of volunteers who chose to continue the magic for guests stuck through the storm. 


About Jill Bivins

Jill Bivins has been visiting Disney Parks since she was 2 years old and loves sharing her Disney adventures with the world. She likes to say Disney is in her blood and writing is in her bones — so any time she has the opportunity to combine these loves she is one happy camper! She has a deep abiding love for Epcot and as a die hard Star Wars fan has a serious love for Hollywood Studios as well. When she isn't exploring or writing about Disney Parks, Jill is homeschooling her 8 year old son, playing with her brand new baby son, or pretending to be a farmer on her family homestead (despite being unable to keep even a cactus alive). Find Jill on Instagram @minnieonmain.