Welcome Home! We took our very first Disney vacation as Disney Vacation Club members in March 2019! We bought into DVC in August of 2018 and our home resort is Copper Creek Villas and Cabins at the Disney’s Wilderness Lodge. This was our very first time staying at the Wilderness Lodge and it was a beautiful and tranquil resort that we are so glad to call our second home!
We started off the trip with a night at Saratoga Springs resort since we decided to come down to Florida a day early. After we finished our Wild Africa Trek tour (you can read about that here), we headed over to Wilderness Lodge!
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Jesse and I had booked a deluxe studio at Copper Creek Villas & Cabins and it was fantastic! When we first arrived to our room it was a little noisy outside because our room overlooked the Copper Creek Springs pool and play area. I wasn’t to concerned though because it is rare that we are in our room during the day while all the pool time fun is taking place. The plus side to this view was that we could see the geyser that goes off on the hour right from our balcony!
Being a deluxe studio, this room had the kitchenette, a queen size bed, a queen size pull out couch, and a large bathroom with the sink in one section and the toilet and shower in another. The deluxe studios are very spacious and for just the 2 of us (although we have a new addition now as we just had our little one in December 2019)! I love having the couch instead of a second bed for extra sitting space. As for the kitchenette, there is a sink, coffee maker, toaster, and a refrigerator. The refrigerators in the studios are still mini but slightly bigger than those in the moderate and value resorts. This is important for us because we always freeze bottles of water and take them to the park with us. When we have stayed in the moderate and value resorts, our water bottles have not froze over night.
As comfortable and cozy our room was, Wilderness Lodge has even more to offer! Starting from the moment you pull into the resort and then walk into the lobby you are immersed in the nature and wildlife atmosphere of this Northwest cabin style resort! The lobby, like all Disney resort lobbies, is precisely decorated. Your eye will most likely be drawn directly to the story high fire place in the corner. If you head to the gift shop behind the check in counter you will see the Disney character totem pole! Then to the back of the lobby you will see a bridge over a small spring and creek running out the back of the hotel and outside to the waterfall!
Heading outside you will see the amazing waterfall leading to the Copper Creek Springs pool area. This is also the location you can see the geyser on the hour! The outdoor bar and quick service location Geyser Point Bar and Grill is to the right of the pool right on the water. You will pass this on your way to the Boulder Ridge Cove pool. This is the pool we spent our day off at as it was less crowded than the Copper Creek Springs pool. Additionally out this way are boat rentals, fishing, bike rentals that you can take over to the Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground on the trails, as well as some some game tables (pool and foosball).
Wilderness Lodge is one of the Disney resorts in the Magic Kingdom resort location so there is watercraft transportation to and from Magic Kingdom, the Contemporary resort, and the Fort Wilderness Campgrounds, in addition to the bus transportation to all parks and Disney Springs. Taking the boat was very peaceful and many evenings when leaving Magic Kingdom, we would get to watch the electrical water parade while heading home each evening.
Whispering Canyon is one of the table service dining options at the Wilderness Lodge. Jesse and I ate here for lunch and it was pretty quiet but this place is one of those fun and rowdy places where the cast members yell for one another and you have to share your ketchup with your fellow diners. Although we didn’t get to see all the commotion, we did hear the cast members yelling for Wandering Wendy, we saw a little girl carry all of her ketchup to another table who needed some, and we saw a man with one massive cup of coke! Ultimately, the food was delicious and we would definitely recommend!
Story Book Dining at Artist Point is another table service restaurant at the Wilderness Lodge where you can dine with Snow White! We have not yet eaten here but the food looks and smells amazing!
The Roaring Fork is one of the quick service dining locations. This is where we picked up our refillable mugs as well as used many of our snack credits at the end of the week that we had not finished up from our dining plan.
We had a blast on our first trip to Disney’s Wilderness Lodge and we are so happy to call Copper Creek Villas & Cabins our home!