Review: Deluxe Studio at Copper Creek Villas at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge Resort

Over the last couple of weeks we’ve taken a look at a number of refurbished rooms at the Walt Disney World Resort, including Coronado Springs, Pop Century, and Beach Club. Today, we’ll peek inside a Deluxe Studio at Copper Creek Villas & Cabins at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge (CCV&CaDWL for short).

The names are kind of confusing as Wilderness Lodge already offered Disney Vacation Club rooms in a separate building, which is now known as the Boulder Ridge Villas. The Copper Creek Villas are located on the check-in/concierge desk side in the main building and then the Copper Creek Cabins are located outside on the water.

If you’re interested in how the Boulder Ridge Villas look, I have a review of a 1-bedroom in this post. I won’t be doing a whole lot of comparing/contrasting between the two, but I think the new Copper Creek design is more inspired and newer is always better. Copper Creek Villas are more expensive than Boulder Ridge across the board with Studios typically $25-$50/night more expensive, 1-bedrooms typically $30-$120 more expensive, and 2-bedrooms typically $40-$80 more expensive per night. For 2018, with tax, Cabins start at $2,148 per night during Value Season and top out at $3,744 during Holiday Season and 3-bedroom Grand Villas are more expensive than that. Studios are typically about 50% more expensive than Standard View rooms in the rest of Wilderness Lodge.

I was impressed by the look and feel of the Copper Creek Studio. The narrative furthered by this website over the last few weeks has been that Disney is dumbing down the theming in newly refurbished rooms. But that doesn’t seem to be the case at Copper Creek, where homey details are numerous while still maintaining a fresh, sleek, modern aesthetic.

I tweeted as much a couple of days ago and the response was largely positive, though I had a couple of people say that it “felt” like the room was a hodgepodge of thematic elements. But I think I’m willing to give Disney the benefit of the doubt and at least in person, the space felt like it was furnished like somebody might appoint their own cabin in the woods with a little bit of this and a little bit of that. Of course, this may not be to everyone’s tastes.

There’s always the Grand Floridian.

Half disclosure: I am from the Pacific Northwest so I may be a bit biased on this front.

I loved the bed runner with its old-timey railroad map and the wood headboard, which looks like it’s handmade. Granted, “wood” is a relatively easy motif to pull off in a hotel room.

I liked the framed patches depicting various locations around the resort.

The television is of a decent size with a bright display above the dresser, where you’ll find a mishmash of handles next to the bench.

A closer look.

The table is small but functional.

The top of the coffee table rises up to act as a more convenient surface for a dinner plate or laptop. The couch pulls out to a bed that’s as wide as a queen, but about four inches shorter in length. Dave over at yourfirstvisit.net was nice enough to invite me over to check his room out on his most recent trip. You can read his thoughts along with a lot more measurements, here.

Considering these Studios are “just” 340 square feet, I thought the living and sleeping area made great use of the space available. And Studios at most other resorts are similarly sized – Bay Lake Tower’s are actually 339 square feet, while the Grand Floridian’s come in at 374 square feet. Boulder Ridge Studios are 354 square feet, or about 15 square feet larger than those found at Copper Creek.

The space underneath the bed is a welcome addition as well. You could fit four or five large bags or 2-3 children underneath rather than having to try to find a closet to stuff them into.

Another fun extra, a copy of “All Aboard: The Wonderful World of Disney Trains” sits on top of the dresser.

There’s a ton of great pictures and some really solid information, though some may be disappointed that the book focuses so much on trains in Disney films rather than those found in the Disney Parks themselves. Disney charges a $50 penalty should you take the book home, compared to $25-$35 on Amazon. Of course, there’s something to say for the adrenaline rush that comes with book theft, in addition to the immediate gratification that comes with train literature.

Since this room was on the first floor, there’s a patio outside rather than a balcony. While I usually like being as high as possible, the ground floor rooms are incredibly convenient to Geyser Point and the Boulder Ridge Cove Pool. You’re maybe 25 steps away from the pool entrance and then just a handful of feet away from the bar. It may “feel” slightly further after 7-8 Huckleberry Punches.

In addition to the queen/sleeper sofa combo versus the usual two queen beds, the second major way that Deluxe Studios differ from regular rooms is the kitchenette.

The 6th Sense. The microwave can come in particularly handy when reheating leftovers. I like to throw a couple bags of popcorn in with my luggage – a sizable snack that doesn’t take up a lot of physical space prior to being popped. You’ve also got the toaster and “real” glassware.

And yet another style of coffee maker in the Mr. Coffee.

The pullout pantry seemed like a clever addition. You could easily fit a few Cheez-It boxes in there and slide them away so you forget about them rather than eating the entire box after Magic Kingdom evening extra magic hours. Not that I have any experience with that.

There’s a single sink inside of the bathroom with a sliding door that should help seal in some of the noise from the living/sleeping area.

There’s a huge mirror, some hanging lantern-esque lighting, an attractive-looking counter, and everything else you’d expect to find in a Deluxe Studio bathroom.

There’s our coveted solar relief gel.

The toilet/shower area is attractive as well with the art, tile flooring, and shower details, in addition to the sliding glass door.

The same showerhead combo that we’ve seen numerous times over the last couple of weeks – the rainfall head above and a second, removable head attached to the wall.

It might have been fun to go with a Mickey totem here, but there’s perhaps something to say about “authenticity.”

Overall, I was impressed by the Disney Vacation Club transformation at Wilderness Lodge and Deluxe Studios in CCV&CaDWL look fantastic in my estimation. It’s a very sleek, very usable space that has some fun homey details and a genuine ruggedness about it. I would still like to see a couple of Disney touches – the totem painting seemed like a good opportunity or perhaps a Mickey totem lamp or something. But it really “felt” like these rooms belonged at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge and they felt unique to the resort. That’s not something I would have said about what I found at Coronado Springs. I was also more impressed by the look of the Studios than the 1-Bedroom Villas, which we’ll also have an opportunity to take a look at in the coming days.

According to DVC News, Disney is having trouble selling contracts at Copper Creek as Polynesian Village Resort continues to outsell it by a margin greater than 3-to-1. This may have something to do with the fact that those interested in “owning” at Wilderness Lodge have already invested their money in what is now Boulder Ridge. If Disney runs a promotion or otherwise discounts contracts in the future, then it may be time to think about taking out a second mortgage on that house to help pay for it.

We may take a brief break from Wilderness Lodge to discuss something more pressing, but we’ll be back for a look inside a 1-bedroom.

Comments

  1. Lynn C says

    Nope …. Don’t like this decor at all. Modern decor just doesn’t fit with the “cabin “. It looks to IKEA-ish. Maybe it looks better in person…. Thank you for the detailed review.

    • Nick Mcquitty says

      !00% agree with Lynn. I would rather stay at Boulder Ridge. I’ve been to many cabins and have never seen one look so much, “not like a cabin” Disney gets an F in decorating. No Magic at all. It’s almost as bad s removing the Murphy beds from The Cabins at Fort Wilderness. Disney’s new interior decorating teams have lost touch with the nostalgic theming that makes Disney hotels special. Ikea meets a common hotel.

      Thank you for helping me choose Boulder Ridge over Copper Creek for my next stay.

  2. Tracy says

    So just to clarify: the old villas located in a separate building are now known as Boulder Ridge? And the new Copper Creek villas and cabins are in the main building/on the water? And Boulder Ridge and Copper Creek are considered separate in terms of points/contracts? This whole thing has confused me.

    • PhilP says

      Yes. Unlike at Animal Kingdom Lodge, where Jambo and Kidani are considered interchangeable (for deluxe and savanna view villas, it’s the same points chart, either can be booked at 11 months, etc.), at Wilderness Lodge the two developments are separate. Boulder Ridge is the “old” Wilderness Lodge Villas, over in their own building. Copper Creek is a revamp of the eastern half of the Wilderness Lodge wishbone and also includes the new cabins. If you own at CCV, you can’t book BRV at 11 months and vice versa. They share the same amenities (pools, etc.), but are otherwise separate. The end date for the Boulder Ridge contracts is 2042, Copper Creek is 2068, so they didn’t want to combine them.

        • JOEL says

          From what I have seen, the Vacation Club room points per night are identical between Boulder Ridge and Copper Creek, even though Copper Creek is more if you pay money instead of using points.

  3. Emily Rosado says

    The bed runner really does pull the room together, IMO. Why are they disappearing from everywhere else?

    • anon says

      Ease of cleaning, same reason they’re moving to all white linens. I appreciate the color pop, but the first thing I do when I get to a hotel room is take the runner off and try to forget I had to touch it. They’re almost never washed.

  4. Megan says

    It’s not my favorite decor, but I think they did a good job. I seriously hope every major room refurbishment across the board has them putting in flooring in lieu of carpet. SO MUCH CLEANER. I cringe when my one year old crawls all of the darn carpet in hotel rooms. Thanks for the great review!

  5. Cassie says

    We took a tour of the copper creek recently and were turned off that the studio AND one bedroom only sleep 4.

  6. Brian Noble says

    I would not put too much stock in the 3-1 ratio. That probably has as much to do with what the Guides are pushing as it does with what people want. After all, timeshare is a product that is sold not bought.

  7. Peter says

    I thought they closed the club den (the kid activity place) in the resort before they opened CCV. But they still has the patch for it ?

  8. Sue says

    Sad they took away half of WL to turn into DVC. I like the new bathrooms but don’t understand why they took away double sinks.
    I’m from the pacific NW too! Can’t say I love the decor of new studios. A bit dorm room like.

  9. Allan baker says

    You go to wilderness lodge for the rustic look if I wanted a contemporary room I would stay at the contemporary. We had a room at copper creek and when we saw the room we had it changed to boulder ridge,needless to say did not like it at all

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