Copper Creek Villas & Cabins at Wilderness Lodge Info:
Opening Date: July 17, 2017
Deed Expiration: Jan 31st, 2068
2022 Annual Dues per Point: $7.60 (See Dues History)
Direct Cost (2020): $225 / point
Average Resale Cost (2022): $165 - 185 / point RESALE CONTRACT LISTINGS AT DVCSTORE.COM
Next Expected Refurb date: 2024
So many people may not realize this - but one of the main reasons that the Deluxe resorts were converting areas of their resorts to DVC is not just because it was the best option for creating new DVC locations at a lower price, but because some of the Deluxe resorts simply didn't have good occupancy rates. The Polynesian and Wilderness Lodge were two of the lowest - with occupancies below the level of 70%. In addition, Disney liked the initial response to the Bungalows along the water at the Polynesian. For these reasons and probably many more - Disney decided to build a second DVC location at the Wilderness Lodge resort, only this time converting rooms from the existing resort to DVC rooms. Construction permits were first filed in March of 2015, though again Disney kept things close to the vest for a time, only revealing the plans to build the timeshare units in September of 2015.
In addition to the room conversion and cabins, a number of upgrades occurred around the resort. A new outdoor lounge called Geyser Point was built, Roaring Forks was renovated, the DVC pool was completely redone and a new building called Reunion Station was built which was originally planned as a club-style lounge. In May of 2016 was when it was announced that the older timeshare site would change it's name to Boulder Ridge villas (BWV) while the new units would be called Copper Creek Villas (CCV) both with the addendum "at Wilderness Lodge".
Copper Creek went on sale on April 5, 2017 at $176 per point for all members (add-on contracts started sales March 21st), and the resort was available for booking to non-owners at the resort in the 7 month window starting April 26, 2017. The resort itself opened July 17, 2017. The DVC contract end date is January 31, 2068. The resort consisted of 3,321,966 points which is a much larger number than Boulder Ridge villas, the reason of course being the cabins. The resort was "sold out" and stopped actively selling in June of 2019.
Due to design challenges encountered while converting the hotel rooms to the new villas, a total of 41 Deluxe Studio Villas are equipped with a walk-in shower only. Another 37 Studio rooms have the more traditional tub and shower combination. During booking there is a category for each type. A few of the studio rooms had a slightly larger living room, bedroom and bathroom configuration with a walk-in shower as a seperate booking category though for the same point costs. These are called out on the chart below.
Copper Creek is one of the few resorts that offer fixed weeks. Here is a list of the weeks they created for purchase and what days they fall on.
All DVC studios have a kitchenette which contains 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
Any room number higher than 6119 will have an enclosed balcony. Rooms 6119 and below have open balconies.
Deluxe Studio Alternate Layout:
1 Bedroom Villa:
2 Bedroom Lock-off Villa:
2 Bedroom Villa:
3 Bedroom Grand Villa:
2 Bedroom Cabin:
Copper Creek is within the main Wilderness Lodge building, and the below listing shows all the listings for the Wilderness Lodge complex, which includes both Boulder Ridge and Copper Creek.
When the Copper Creek resort first opened, DVC tried a new experiment with having a psuedo-concierge lounge called Reunion station which opened on April 30th, 2018. Visitors could spend $50 per adult and $33 per child for length of stay access to this private lounge which provide food during morning and evening hours. It must have not been very popular, because in the Fall of 2018 they opened it to all DVC guests (not just those at Wilderness Lodge) and also removed the length of stay requirement. This ended February 3, 2019. Reunion Station continues to host guest education seminars.
The Laundry room for Copper Creek is on the fourth floor of the main building. 4 washers and 2 dryers are available. 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. The Wilderness Lodge bus stop has a Bus Arrival Time screen to allow you to see when buses will approximately arrive at the bus stop.