Set within Disney’s Wilderness Lodge is the Disney Vacation Club option of waterside cabins along the shore of Bay Lake, or Deluxe Studio, 1- or 2- Bedroom Villas, and 3-Bedroom Grand Villas located in the main lodge building, all available for rent to non-Disney Vacation Club guests. The call of nature in a peaceful, pine tree-scented setting is the bonus here, and all villas and cabins are privy to all services and recreation of Disney’s Wilderness Lodge.
The villas are located on the entire right side of the lodge, and the 26 cabins are split between the canal side leading to the Magic Kingdom or the more peaceful side in front of the resort’s Boulder Ridge Disney Vacation Club villas.
184 villa units, 26 cabins. 901 Timberline Dr, Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830; phone (407) 824-3200, Check-in 4:00 p.m., Check-out 11:00 a.m.
Deluxe Studio, 1- or 2- Bedroom Villas, and 3-Bedroom Grand Villas are the options here. A neutral palette of creams and browns and wood flooring evokes a slightly rustic, natural look with accents of leaf and Native American motifs.
Deluxe Studios each offers one king bed, raised to accommodate luggage underneath, with carved wood headboard and explorer map bed runners. A queen sleeper sofa fronts the coffee table with additional storage inside. There is also a two-person table, oversized wall-mounted TV, and wood bureau. A single sink vanity is separate from the toilet and either a tub/shower combination or a shower. In the hallway is the kitchenette with microwave, sink, under-counter refrigerator, coffeemaker, and toaster. The closet holds a pack ‘n’ play, electronic safe, iron and board. All have either a patio or balcony. These are the same size as the standard rooms at the Lodge with 345 square feet.
One-bedroom Villas offer 761 square feet with the additional room to spread out in a separate living area holding a queen sleeper sofa, occasional chair, bureau, TV, coffee table, and balcony. A small, but full kitchen comes with a sink, stove, full-size refrigerator, dishwasher, and microwave. Alongside the kitchen is a dining alcove with seating for 6. In the entry hallways is a closet with a stacked washer and dryer. The bedroom features a queen bed, bureau/desk, armoire, and TV, and the split bath has two areas: one with toilet, sink, and oversized shower; the other with a sink and freestanding soaking tub. Even with the additional room over the Deluxe Studio, these villas only sleep 4.
Two-bedroom Villas sleep 8 with one king bed, two queen beds (or a king bed and a sleeper sofa in non-dedicated units), and one queen sleeper sofa in the living area. So really a 1-bedroom villa combined with a Deluxe Studio or a room with two queen beds and bath. 1,105 square feet.
If you are looking for the best of the best, then look no further than one of the four, 3-bedroom Grand Villas. These corner units, one on each of the first four floors, are ideal for extended family vacations. Sleeping a total of 12 people in one king-size bed, four queen-size beds, and one queen-size sleeper sofa, they come with a whopping 3,200 square feet. Talk about room to spread out!
These villas are gorgeous, and the open living, dining, kitchen plan is one that encourages family gathering time. Hardwood flooring throughout mixed with area rugs and beamed wood ceilings add to the slightly rustic yet sophisticated look. The living area comes with an oversized, cream-hued sectional sofa—part of which is a queen sleeper—two chocolate brown easy chairs, a sofa table, and an oval coffee table. A big-screen TV surrounded by loads of cabinetry and shelving space is perfect for family viewing. And here you’ll also find a lengthy but shallow balcony overlooking Geyser Point.
The massive dining table, set in an alcove, seats 12, and there’s a small stand-up balcony as well. Overlooking the fully-equipped kitchen is a large quartz island composed of cream-colored quartz that holds the sink and seating for 6. The kitchen is one that you can genuinely cook in with a large refrigerator, electric stove, microwave, and dishwasher.
On one side of the living area is a master bedroom and the first of two guest rooms, both of which share a balcony or patio overlooking Geyser Point. In the master bedroom is a king bed with a leather headboard with a Native American motif, easy chair and ottoman, desk, large bureau, TV, and a small walk-in closet. The impressive master bath is divided in two by a chocolate-colored marble wall. One area has double sinks set in a cream quartz vanity with in-mirror TV, an oversized shower with pebble flooring, and two shower heads—one of them a rain shower area—and a separate toilet room. In the other bath area are a stand-alone, bubble-jet tub and a wall of high curtained windows. Next to the master is a guest room with two queen beds, desk, bureau, and TV, and across the hall, a single sink bath with shower.
On the opposite side of the living area are a guest room with a fun Native American wood-paneled wall, two queen beds with explorer map motif runners, a bureau, TV, and desk, and a balcony or patio overlooking the courtyard pool area. Attached is a single sink bath with shower and walk-in closet. Other benefits include a stacked washer/dryer and a lovely welcome amenity.
Are you yearning for a cabin in the woods, yet are torn between that and a trip to Walt Disney World Resort? Well, how about a combo vacation, something that can easily be accomplished here at Copper Creek Cabins at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge. These delightful accommodations are an ingenious new addition to the Walt Disney World scene with 26, two-bedroom, two-bath cabins nestled waterside and set among the pine trees on the shore of Bay Lake.
Gorgeous native landscaping surrounds each cabin sleeping eight in a king bed, queen bed, fold-out bed, queen-size sleeper sofa, and sleeper chair (wood flooring throughout). On entry are the two bedrooms across the hall from each other, each with en-suite baths.
The larger master bedroom holds a king bed with Native American motif headboard, desk/bureau, armoire, TV, and it’s own exit to the porch near the outdoor fireplace fronted with two comfy chairs. The master bath has double sinks in a cream quartz vanity, in-mirror TV, large shower, and separate oversized bubble-jet tub with a wall of marble surround.
The guest room comes with a queen bed, window alcove seating, a single bed that folds out of the cabinetry, and a TV. In the bath is a single sink bath with a pebble floor shower.
The living area’s focal point is the double-sided stone fireplace (the other side extends to the screened-in porch). Two walls of windows overlooking the water have remote shades (one for transparency and one for privacy). Surrounding the fireplace are the sleeper sofa, three easy chairs, and a long bench-style coffee table. The open kitchen has a sink, stove, microwave, dishwasher, and full-size refrigerator. Nearby is a freestanding, small granite island with seating for four, and next to it is an oversized dining table seating 8.
And best of all is the cabin’s oh-so-nostalgic screened-in, wraparound porch. Flagstone flooring, a picnic table, a double-sided fireplace, and hot tub make for a perfect setting—just envision yourself early morning watching the “world” come alive with a steaming mug of coffee in hand!
Don’t expect to see the fireworks except for a handful of cabins (I’ve heard Cabin #1 and #26 are the best!).
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