(For those that don't know - the main lodge at Wilderness Lodge was designed to look like the face of a bear. The first photo on the Photos Tab shows this best.)
Opening Date: November 12, 2000
Deed Expiration: Jan 31st, 2042
2020 Annual Dues per Point: $7.37 (See Dues History)
Direct Cost (2020): $176 / point
Average Resale Cost (2020): $100 - 115 / point
Next Expected Refurb date: 2021
The Villas at Wilderness Lodge was the third DVC resort to open on Walt Disney World property and the fifth overall. Wilderness Lodge itself opened May of 1994. The DVC portion of the resort was was first announced in the fall of 1998 and the as The Villas at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge on Nov 15, 2000. It was renamed to Boulder Ridge Villas at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge (BRV) in 2016. DVC contract end date is January 31, 2042.
Sales for Boulder Ridge started in November of 2000 at $75 a point. Currently, we have been unable to determine the date at which the resort "sold out", but it was likely around 2004-2005. The annual maintenace fees started at $3.62 per point per year. The resort is the 4th smallest when not counting Copper Creek, with only 136 units and a total of 1,961,969 points makes it smallest resort on property. The resort was not built with any Grand Villas. If all lock-offs are sold off as studios/one-bedrooms - there can be as many as 181 units. There is only one type of room category, with views of the quiet pool, the woods, or Bay Lake.
All DVC studios have a kitchenette which containers a small coffeemaker, toaster, microwave, small sink, and dorm-sized refrigerator. Paper plates/bowls and plastic utencils are usually provided. All DVC 1-bedroom and larger have a complete kitchen with full-size refrigerator, stove, oven, microwave, dishwasher and sink. Also provided are dining ware and cook ware in basic amounts. DVC 1-bedroom and larger also have a free washer and dryer in the room, while studios have free access to a common laundry facility
Room Number 5519 is a corner 1 bedroom with an extra room
1 Bedroom Villa:
2 Bedroom Lock-off Villa:
2 Bedroom Villa:
There are actually no dining options within the Boulder Ridge Villas, but the below listing shows all the listings for the Wilderness Lodge complex, which includes Boulder Ridge and Copper Creek.
There is only one Laundry room within Boulder Ridge on the first floor on the building. Beacuse the resort is small, and copper creek has its own unit - 4 washers and 2 dryers is usually enough. Washers and Dryers can be monitored by using the website Laundry View link here (or their app).
Boat Transport travels from Wilderness Lodge to Magic Kingdom is available. Boats typically leave every 15 minutes for the 10 minute trip to Magic Kingdom. There are also boats from here that travel to Fort Wilderness and the Contemporary resort, but they stop less frequently.
For all other destinations on property - the bus is the only option. There is only one bus stop for Wilderness Lodge which is outside the main entrance and down a path to the left. It is somewhat closer to Boulder Ridge Villas than to the main resort and Copper Creek Villas. Many buses are shared with either the Contemporary or Fort Wilderness. There is also a Magic Kingdom bus if guests do not want to use the boat, but it does not run as often because of the boat.
These photos are in the lounge area in the DVC building. This room is dedicated to Walt Disney's love of trains, and has an actual train from his Carolwood Pacific Railway.