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On Aug. 27, 1998, Disney Vacation Development, Inc., operators of Disney Vacation Club (DVC), announced that it would expand its timeshare resort presence at the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida to include a third resort, as well as additional development at its flagship property. The Villas at Wilderness Lodge, which officially opened November 15, 2000, have 136-units consisting of studio, one- and two-bedroom vacation villas. The Villas are five stories tall and are on a four-acre site. On May 24, 2016, Disney Vacation Club announced a new name for the Villas at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge. The new name – Boulder Ridge Villas at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge – gives the rustic community a more distinctive identity and allows Walt Disney Imagineers to bring the community’s story to life in new ways.
On July 17, 2017, additional Disney Vacation Club units opened at the Wilderness Lodge: the Copper Creek Villas and Cabins.
How does the theming tie in with the Wilderness Lodge?
“Adjacent to Disney’s Wilderness Lodge a team of railroad workers discovers a spectacular property — complete with lakes, trees and majestic mountains rising in the distance (Splash Mountain and Space Mountain, that is!).
These intrepid explorers decide this is the spot — the perfect spot to set up camp as they build the transcontinental railway. They build themselves a new homestead and when it’s time to move on, they leave it behind to be “re-discovered” by Disney Vacation Club… and so the story goes!
Like Disney’s Wilderness Lodge, the new resort is inspired by the tall timber and grandeur of the Rocky Mountain national park geyser country. In keeping with Disney’s legendary entertainment heritage, the DVC resort will build on the storyline “imagineered” for Disney’s Wilderness Lodge property, which describes the new structure as actually “pre-dating” Disney’s Wilderness Lodge through a design reminiscent of turn-of-the century hotels built by early railroad workers in the old West national park region.”
What’s the difference between the Boulder Ridge Villas at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge and the Wilderness Lodge?
Boulder Ridge Villas at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge is a timeshare resort that belongs to the Disney Vacation Club. Villas have kitchenette or kitchen facilities, along with regular rooms. Disney’s Wilderness Lodge is a Disney hotel in the “Deluxe Resort” category.
Can I rent rooms in the Boulder Ridge Villas at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge or do I have to be a member of Disney’s Vacation Club (DVC)?
As with all the Disney Vacation Club resorts on property, anyone can rent rooms or suites at theBoulder Ridge Villas at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge , subject to availability. You do NOT have to be a member of the DVC.
Is there a fee to park at the Boulder Ridge Villas?
Disney Vacation Club Members – will not be charged for standard overnight self-parking when staying at a DVC Deluxe Villa, regardless of whether they use vacation points or another form of payment. Members also will not be charged to park when using vacation points to stay at a Walt Disney World Resort hotel.
Click HERE for current pricing and other parking-related information.
Where are the Boulder Ridge Villas at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge located?
The Boulder Ridge Villas at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge are located in the Magic Kingdom resort area adjacent to the Wilderness Lodge.
What are the different room options?
There are 136 Villas that include Studios, 1 and 2 Bedroom Villas.
The Studio Villas are 356 square feet and come with one queen bed and a full sleeper sofa. There is a small dining table and two chairs, color TV, and bathroom. Also included are a microwave, coffee maker, under the counter refrigerator, ceiling fan, wet bar, hair dryer, iron, ironing board and vacuum cleaner. Also included a highchair and playpen. There is also a private porch/balcony. The Studio Villa can accommodate a maximum of 4 adults and one child under 3 in a crib.
The One-Bedroom Villas are 727 square feet and have one bedroom with a king-sized bed and its own whirlpool tub and TV, a living room (which has a queen-sized sleeper sofa, and TV), one full bathroom, plus a sink/vanity area in the room with the Jacuzzi , a fully equipped kitchen (which includes a refrigerator, stove/oven, microwave), dining area (which includes table and four chairs), stacked washer and dryer, hair dryer, a nice walk-in closet as well as a smaller closet, and a private balcony or patio which includes two chairs and a small table. There will also be a private porch/balcony. The One-Bedroom Villa can accommodate a maximum of 4 adults and one child under 3 in a crib.
The Two-Bedroom Villas are 1,080 square feet and basically are a Studio Villa and a One-Bedroom Villa that are connected with a communicating door. (See description above of both rooms for what’s included.) Master suite has a king size bed; additional bedroom has a two queen size beds; living room has a queen size sleeper sofa. Per Disney, this Two-Bedroom Villa will accommodate “eight adults, plus one child under the age of 3 in a crib”. There will also be a private porch/balcony.
Are there smoking and nonsmoking rooms?
All Disney resorts and guest rooms are smoke-free. There are designated outdoor smoking areas. Check the resort map or with a Cast Member for locations.
Where do I check in?
Online Check-in is available 10 days prior to your stay through MyDisneyExperience online. Look for the special Online Check-in line at the resort’s front desk.
Check-in for the villas is the main Wilderness Lodge front desk. Guest services can also be found in the Wilderness Lodge lobby.
I hear that there are no more room key cards at Disney resort hotels. How do I get into my room?
Walt Disney World has converted their room keys and admission tickets from plastic cards to MagicBands, flexible plastic wristbands, resembling a watch or bracelet, that use Radio Frequency (RF) technology. Your MagicBand is linked to your My Disney Experience (MDE) account and acts as your Disney resort room key. Simply touch the Mickey symbol on your MagicBand to the RFID reader near your room door to gain entry. Read about using MagicBands for park admission, FastPass+ and more HERE.
What are the room prices?
The Boulder Ridge Villas at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge is a Disney Vacation Club Resort. While DVC Members can book with points, you can also rent the villas for “cash”. These are regular rate prices and do not include the Florida Sales Tax nor the county resort tax.
Walt Disney World Resort rates vary by season (there are nine seasons now), and also by day of the week. The holiday season is the most expensive time of the year. It runs from mid-December to early January as well as during Easter Week.
The rates for a:
— Deluxe Studio range from $409 – $564 (Holidays up to $611)
— 1 Bedroom Villa range from $577 – $815 (Holidays up to $815)
— 2 Bedroom Villa Room range from $956 – $1,476 (Holidays up to $1,612)
What time is Check-In/Check-Out?
Resort Airline Check-In Service at your Disney resort is only available if you are flying domestically (includes Puerto Rico) on specific airlines It is a complimentary (free) service and allows you to check your luggage.
Check-In for the Villas is 4 pm and Check-Out is 11 am. You will be allowed to check in earlier if your room is ready when you arrive, but based on my experience with other Disney Vacation Club resorts, don’t count on it!
How do I Get to…
All Boulder Ridge Villas at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge transportation is via the main Wilderness Lodge system.
While it seems as though you should be able to walk to the other Magic Kingdom resort hotels and perhaps even the Magic Kingdom itself, you can’t.
Transportation from the Boulder Ridge Villas at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge is available through either the Wilderness Lodge Boat Dock or the Bus Depot. They are located on opposite ends of the resort.
Boat Dock — Walking in the front door of the Lodge, the boat dock will be through the back door, down the left side past the pool, down the walkway to the dock.
Bus Depot — Make a right in the lobby just after you pass the front desk; then go past the gift shop (on your right) and past the Cub’s Den (on your left) and outside to the bus depot. There are 3 “stops” at the Bus Depot.
Magic Kingdom — There are two options. 1) Take the Red Flag Boat available at the Dock. 2) You can also take a bus directly to the Magic Kingdom.
Trail Rides at Fort Wilderness – Board the Bus from the Lodge Bus Depot; it will stop at Pioneer Hall and the Trailer Loop.
Bus Stop #2 provides transportation to Epcot, Animal Kingdom, and Blizzard Beach – This bus will also take you to the mini-golf course “Winter Summerland”, which is directly adjacent to Blizzard Beach.
Bus Stop #3 will take you to the Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and, after 4 p.m. to the Disney Springs area and Typhoon Lagoon. If you want to visit Typhoon Lagoon or Disney Springs earlier than 4 p.m. — Take the Crockett bus to the TTC; then transfer.
During certain seasons, a boat will run between the WL and the Contemporary. This boat enables you to access the Contemporary Hotel as well as monorail access. Whenever in doubt, be sure to ask your bus/boat driver where they are going and the best way to get to where you want to go.
How do I drive to the Magic Kingdom Ticket and Transportation Center parking lot from the Villas?
While there usually isn’t a need to drive from the Villas to the MK parking lot, sometimes you may need to do this, and it isn’t obvious where to go.
Head out of the Lodge on Timberline Drive, and keep going straight, now on Seven Seas Drive. You’ll go past the Polynesian, and then come to Floridian Way, where a right turn would take you to the Grand Floridian. Turn *left* here, even though it looks like you’re exiting the area. Stay in the left lane. Just past the Speedway station, and just before you pass the toll plaza, you’ll see a small but clearly-marked sign which says “Magic Kingdom parking”. Go left here and make a U-turn, which will take you back into the parking area.
This can be a bit confusing if you’re not ready for it, as it looks like you’re on the way out of the lot instead of into it, but it seems to be the quickest (legal) way to make this drive.
Is there a gift shop?
The Wilderness Lodge Mercantile shop is located in the main Wilderness Lodge. It has a variety of northwestern and Wilderness Lodge specific “themed” merchandise, Disney plush and sundries. Food items are also available geared towards those staying in the Villas. There are 2 fantastic life size wood carvings of bear that you have to see. Just outside the entrance to the shop, you will find a Disney Character Totem pole which serves as a great photo opportunity!
Where can I get morning coffee?
The villas come equipped with coffee makers, so you can brew your own. If you prefer, walk over to Roaring Fork on the first floor of the Lodge near the pool entrance.
What are Rapid Fill Mugs?
The Rapid Fill beverage program allows Disney Resort guests to buy (or receive as part of the Disney Dining Plan) a resort mug that can be refilled for a certain period of time as designated at time of purchase. These mugs are enhanced by an RFID bar code that enables the mug to deactivate when the designated time is complete. For complete details the Rapid Fill Mugs page.
What are the restaurants like?
Artist Point – a full-service restaurant located in the main lodge. It serves dinner, featuring cuisine from the Pacific Northwest United States. Sitting by a window provides a view of the woods or the pool depending on your location.
Whispering Canyon Cafe located off the main lobby, the restaurant actually opens to the lobby. This is a western themed family style restaurant with special activities for those celebrating a special day…including “horse races”. Food is served family style (you share off the same serving plate) in skillets placed on lazy susans; breakfast, lunch and dinner are served. Be sure to read the bottom of our Dinner Menu for ways to make your Whispering Canyon experience a memorable one!
Territory Lounge is near Artist Point and is a relaxing lounge that serves a nice micro-brew, as well as espresso and cappuccino. Appetizers and light snacks are available from 5-10 p.m. Seasonally open during the day.
Roaring Fork – Roaring Fork is located on the ground floor near the pool entrance of the main Lodge. It is a self-serve snack shop with light meals and is open from approximately 7 a.m. to midnight, daily and has Rapid Fill Mugs. There is a seating area where you can dine or wait for your grilled items to be ready.
Geyser Point Bar and Grill – a lakeside setting that offers lunch and dinner, and serves as bar/lounge, too.
Room Service – Miss Jenny’s In-room dining is available for breakfast (7-11 a.m.) and dinner (4 p.m.-midnight)
What is the pool like?
The pool that was at the Boulder Ridge Villas at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge, Hidden Springs, has been totally renovated. It is now known as the Boulder Ridge Cove Pool.
What types of recreational options do I have?
You can swim in the pool or sunbathe on the sunny beach of Bay Lake. There is a 3/4-mile wooded path for walking, jogging or biking from WL to Fort Wilderness.
Teton Boat and Bike Rental — Bike rental is available from 9am to dusk. Boat rentals area available from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Lockers are available at the Marina, $1 per rental. Disney Vacation Club Members, be sure to show your ID for a 10% discount. Other discounts may be available for Annual Passholders — just ask.
Fireworks Cruises set sail from Teton Boat and Bike rental nightly.
When you check in, you’ll be given an Activities Calendar for the week.
Arcade is located near the Mercantile store.
What type of child care options are available?
There is no longer a child care club at Wilderness Lodge. To check on available child care options at Walt Disney World, visit our Child Care FAQ.
I have heard each day a family is selected to be the Flag Family. What exactly is that?
The Wilderness Lodge Flag Family of the day gets to climb up to the roof of the Wilderness Lodge and assist with raising the flags for the day. (At one time you could also take the flags down, but that has stopped). It’s a wonderful treat that can only be requested at check-in, prior reservations are not possible. Visit our Flag Family Scrapbook!
We had the opportunity to be a flag family with Ranger Joe. It was so much fun for our family and Ranger Joe has a wealth of Disney information. I highly recommend trying to participate in this experience!
“We just returned from the Lodge and were the flag family. It was wonderful! We began in the lobby by meeting Darlene, our ranger, at 8:30am and actually spent a hour with her all together. She had a Lodge tour to lead at 9:30. We raised all the flags on the roof which included the Stars and Stripes, the flag of Florida, the Disney flag, and two Wilderness Lodge flags. (Jan)
During our stay at WL, we were selected to be the “flag family” one day. At 7am, they take your family up to the roof of WL so you can raise the American flag. You get to spend about 10 minutes up there, they take your picture, give you a picture frame and certificate, and treat you to breakfast afterwards. (Note not all families report being treated to breakfast!) The view is incredible! We were selected purely by accident.
I mentioned to the front desk person that I really enjoyed the tour of the WL that they give (at 9:15am). When I mentioned this to her, she asked if my family and I would like to be the “flag family” one morning. We all enjoyed the experience very much, especially my 5 yr. old daughter! I don’t think many people know about this, so if you inquire early you prob. have a good chance of being selected. Thanks to Brad Feldstein for this report
What special tours and programs are offered at the WLodge?
“Wonders of the Lodge” tour is offered at 9 am on Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. This one-hour tour is about the architecture and how the Lodge was built. It takes you outside, talks about landscaping, and then goes back inside and talks about the artwork like the metal work and the Totem Poles and the paintings.
Are Any Special Cruises Available from the Wilderness Lodge Boat Dock?
Yes, several specialty cruises are available from the boat dock. Visit our Specialty Cruises page for details.
What other things might I want to know?
- Look for Hidden Mickeys in the bedspreads, pillow shams and shower curtains. Also check out the atrium, which has a very cute Hidden Mickey.
- The Sturdy Branches Health Club offers daily or length of stay membership for individuals
- Be sure to get an Activities flyer when you check in!
- There are lots of wonderful rocking chairs inside and outside the villas atrium.
- If you like trains and/or Walt Disney, the Carolwood Pacific Room is loaded with photographs, replicas and information.
- There are game tables in the Carolwood Pacific Room, located off the lobby.
- A game Arcade, featuring pinball, video and air hockey games, is located in the Wilderness Lodge on the left as you walk from the Villas.
- Electrical Water Pageant – Go to the boat dock in the evening at approximately 9:35 p.m. (check with Guest Services for exact times). You’ll be treated to the delightful Electrical Water Pageant, which makes its way across Bay Lake nightly. This whimsical light and music show will entertain you and your family for about 10 minutes. It’s worth seeing at least once! (The ELP visits all the Bay Lake resorts nightly.) The ELP may be canceled due to inclement weather.