In today’s blog post, Len Testa, coauthor of The Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World, shares with us an overview of Copper Creek Villas & Cabins at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge.
Wilderness Lodge resort is inspired by national-park lodges of the early 20th century.
The Copper Creek Villas & Cabins, along with Wilderness Lodge and Boulder Ridge, ranks with Animal Kingdom Lodge as one of the most impressively themed and meticulously detailed Disney resorts. Situated on the shore of Bay Lake, the hotel features exposed timber columns, log cabin–style facades, and dormer windows.
The grounds are landscaped with evergreen pines and pampas grass. The lobby in the main building boasts an 82-foot-tall stone fireplace and two (55-foot-tall) Pacific Northwest totem poles. Timber pillars; giant tepee chandeliers; and stone-, wood-, and marble-inlaid floors accentuate the lobby’s rustic luxury. Although the resort isn’t on vast acreage, it does have a beach and a delightful pool modeled on a mountain stream.
The 220 Copper Creek villas are studio, one- or two-bedroom, and grand villa units in a wing on the right of the lodge. Studios offer kitchenettes; one- and two-bedroom and grand villas come with full kitchens. The lodge’s rustic decor extends to the villas, which can be booked by non-DVC members as space allows.
Service at Wilderness Lodge & Copper Creek Villas is excellent. There are two full-service restaurants, with several more a boat ride away. Copper Creek Villas and Cabins also have their own pool.
The resort is connected to the Magic Kingdom by boat and to other Disney parks by bus. Boat service may be suspended during thunderstorms, so if it’s raining or looks like it’s about to, Disney will provide buses. Walking time to bus- and boat-loading areas from the most remote rooms is about 5–8 minutes.
Copper Creek Villas also feature lakeside cabins that sleep up to eight. Cabins contain one king-size bed, one queen-size bed, one queen-size sleeper sofa, one bunk-size pull-down bed, and one twin-size sleeper chair. All cabins feature lovely views of Bay Lake.
How Disney’s Wilderness Lodge Resort & Villas Compares to Other Disney Resorts
The major advantage of Wilderness Lodge Villas is that the Magic Kingdom is a short boat ride away. Wilderness Lodge does offer a fitness center, salon, and a spa.
The Rooms at Copper Creek Villas & Cabins at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge
Studios: Studios sleep up to four people. They include one queen-size bed and a queen-size sofa bed. The total Studio room size is 345 square feet, with about half of that being dedicated to the kitchen and bath area.
One-Bedroom Villas: The one-bedroom villa sleeps four and provides a formal kitchen and living room in addition to the studio bedroom, which contains a queen-size bed. The living room’s sofa folds out to provide a queen-size bed. One-bedrooms villas are 761 square feet.
Two-Bedroom Villas: Two-bedroom villas sleep eight and include all of the kitchen amenities found in a one-bedroom, plus an extra bathroom. One of the baths is attached to a second bedroom with two queen-size beds or a queen-size bed plus a sleeper sofa. As with the one-bedrooms, a sofa bed in the living room provides an extra place to snooze. Two-bedroom villas are 1,105 square feet.
Three-Bedroom Grand Villas: Grand villas sleep up to 12 people in a total of 3,204 square feet. Grand Villas contain three bathrooms, one of which you’ll find in a master bedroom containing a king-size bed. Another bedroom, which holds two queen-size beds, is also connected to a bathroom. The final bedroom also contains two queen-size beds. A couch in the living room converts into a queen-size bed as well.
Cabins: Copper Creek cabins sleep up to eight people and provide a kitchen, a living room with a queen-size sofa bed and twin-size sleeper chair, a master bedroom with a king-size bed and adjoining bathroom, a second bedroom with a queen-size bed and a pull-down bunk-size bed, and a second bathroom next to the kitchen. Cabins are 1,737 square feet.
Where To Check-In, Get Theme Park Tickets, and Make Dining Reservations
A security gate guards the entrance to Wilderness Lodge’s grounds. If you arrive by car, you’ll need to provide photo ID at the gate; it’s not necessary to provide your reservation number or paperwork. A dedicated parking lot across from the lobby serves as temporary parking for those who need it while checking in.
Check-in time at Wilderness Lodge is 3 p.m., and check-out time is 11 a.m. Wilderness Lodge participates in Disney’s online check-in program, which allows you to provide your name, address, and credit card information up to 60 days before your arrival. If you’ve done this, look for an Online Check-In sign near the Registration Desk. You’ll be routed to one of the Online Check-in staff members and should be on the way to your room in a few minutes.
If you’ve not registered online, look for signs pointing you to the Registration/Check-In area. You’ll need to provide a government-issued photo ID and credit/debit card when you register. While parents are completing the paperwork, kids can unwind in a nearby play area decorated with child-sized furniture and featuring a television showing classic Disney animated films.
Disney’s Wilderness Lodge’s registration staff can provide MagicBands for your stay, if you don’t already have them. Get theme park tickets and dining reservations at the Concierge Desk, to the right of the Registration Desk. If you need to check in and obtain theme park tickets, you can save some time in line if one adult gets in line for tickets just after another adult starts the registration process. The Concierge Desk can also make Disney dining reservations, and you can avoid a wait there by making them online prior to arrival.
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