Boulder Ridge Villas at Disney's Wilderness Lodge4.0 out of 5.0
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We bought into the Disney Vacation Plan Bolder Ridge Lodge, part of The Wilderness Lodge. This place is so quite and peaceful. The only thing I did not like was you checked in at the Wilderness Lodge not Bolder Ridge. The only person working to assist you was one man conceigars who was always busy so we’d have to walk to the main lodge for assistance. Loved the accommodations. It’s close to the bus rides.
the rooms are very nice . the beds are comfy and the shower is very large. the toilet is too low. every time we try to sit we have to fall into the bowl as we are both over 5'10" . the couch and chair in the living room are the most uncomfortable pieces of furniture ever , we were more comfortable sitting in the wood chair . the kitchen area was good . we like this hotel because when you walk out the back door the pool is right there ,
My husband and I became empty nesters in the fall and decided to go to WDW sans kids for the first time in 20 years. Since it was a 'last minute trip' according to Disney standards (we booked in late Sept) Boulder Ridge was the only DVC that had a full week available. I was a little concerned because we stayed at Copper Creek in August and the transportation was horrible but we also didn't want to do a split stay so we went with it. So glad we did! We received a text that our room was ready while on the Magical Express. This was great because we ended up having our luggage because our luggage tags never arrived even though I was told they were mailed out on February 1. We left on Feburary 9. It's February 21 today and they still haven't arrived =0))). Anyway, we were aware of our other option but decided to get the luggage ourselves just to avoid potential complications. Since our room was ready we didn't have to store them at the bell hop. Our room was clean and all of the staff was friendly as always. They emptied our trash everyday which doesn't happen in every DVC. They also restocked all of our toiletries mid visit which doesn't always happen when they change out your towels. We loved the location of our room and the proximity to the bus stop. We were on the third floor, turn right, the second door down. So we were close to the elevator but there wasn't a ton of traffic. It felt very private as we never saw anyone else in the halls. The transportation was competely the opposite from the summer. We waited once at the hotel for a bus and that was five minutes. Usually the bus was just pulling up or was there waiting and we just had to jog up the path. The drivers were excellent this time with waiting for people when they see them coming. We took the boat a few times from Magic Kingdom and it was typically there. Once we waited maybe ten minutes. The one time we took it from WL to the Campsite the boat was pulling away as we got to the dock so we waited a while for that one. We have learned through the years that if you have a dinner reservation at another hotel that its easiest and safest to take a Lyft or Uber. Even if the resort is next door! We use Lyft and it was never more than $10 to go to our destination. There were only two things that were negative to me about this hotel this trip. *The washer/dryer unit was so incredibly loud. It sounded like it was going to jump right out of the closet. *This is one of those resorts that the one bedroom configuration has that weird bathroom with all the doors and the part with the bathtub is open to the master bedroom. The Beach Club is like this too. I don't know why they use this layout. It was manageable with the two of us but when we bring our kids or other people who might want privacy, its problematic. One last thing. A lot of people order from Instacart, Amazon Pantry and so on. I would make sure you are down there when the driver gets there. This is why. We used Instacart/Publix to order fresh fruit, bread, coffee and such for breakfast and asked the driver to text when he arrived. We also watched him on the app. So he texts us and my husband leaves to go to the lobby. He must have just missed him because he had to log our order in at the bell hop and give it to them to hold. It was maybe five minutes. By the time my husband got there they couldn't find it. He was there 15 minutes and then called me to contact the driver. He told me what he did. All the while the bell hop was complaining about Instacart not labeling their bags correctly. The bell hop finally asks my husband to come look. He found it clearly marked in 30 seconds!!
We have been DVC members for over a decade and the Villas at WL remain our favorite home away from home. We have stayed at WL probably during each month over the years, but November and December are always special as it just feels like the perfect Christmas setting. I do miss that we used to be able to get massages at Sturdy Branches, but the spa out by the main pool is nice, too. We enjoy the central location of the WL, but also that it is peaceful on the Villas side. The remodel is beautiful and the added bar/restaurant/quick service by the Villas pool is a great add!
We've been to all of the Disney luxury resorts and prefer to stay at top of the line properties for our resorts only stays. We were able to secure a villa as non members and would do it again if the opportunity arises. We truly loved the building and rooms. They are much bigger than average Disney rooms and we loved having the kitchen option. Positives: room size and lay out. I loved having a smaller building and private villas only pool. Negatives: Disney properties now charge you for parking. That's ridiculous considering the rates and cost of food. The properties are huge and very difficult to navigate for anyone with mobility needs. The parking location is far from the villa door and then you still have to walk a ton to get to your room. This issue is not only a problem here, but at many of the Disney properties. We were traveling with my elderly mother and this made it very difficult for us. We did not visit any parks and truly got to enjoy the property. The bus system seemed slow and thus we only took the boats or drove our car.
This was our first stay in a few years at the redone now Boulder Ridge. We have stayed at the Villas at WL before this. We had a great view of the new pool area and the main lodge. We had a studio, they added the pull down bed under the tv. Great touch. Only disappoint was no USB ports with the refurbishment. Most hotels have at least one now.
Stayed here in dec 2018 absolutely amazing hotel and villas. Beautiful wilderness style surroundings. Excellent location from all diney parks obviously magic kingdom on the water taxi. Size of villa was great we had 2 bedroom villas. Each night a water light show sails past its old but the funny music became a funny thing in my family for us to watch. We didn’t eat here a lot so can’t comment on food that much, we only tried roaring for breakfast few times. but geyser point outdoor bar lovely for glass of wine on a night to overlook the lakes. The lobby is sheer breath taking this is my second Disney property I’ve stayed in and my favourite of the two. They do activities such as toasting hot smoores around a camp fire. Staff cannot do enough to help you which as we know is the normal for Disney property no matter where you are.
My Husband and I rented DVC points to stay in the Boulder Ridge section of Disney's Wilderness Lodge and my gosh it was worth every penny. This hotel is not only visually stunning, there are more then three different places to eat including Whispering Canyon Cafe a sit down restaurant, Roaring Fork where you can grab a quick meal to go if you please and Geyser Point bar and grill located outside where you can order a meal or drink to have by the pool. Our room was located on the ground floor with quick and easy access to the The Boulder Ridge Cove Pool and spa and Geyser point which was so handy and amazing. The best part of this hotel is the close proximity to the Magic Kingdom which you can travel to via boat from a dock out the back of the hotel, it is such a lovely, relaxing way to travel and means you can then access the monorail to get to Epcot as well. We did have a tiny issue with out A/C but the wonderful staff were so helpful and even presented us with a gorgeous gift basket for our troubles so i still can't fault the Wilderness Lodge. STAY THERE IF YOU CAN!!!!!!!!!!
Being a nature lover, Boulder Ridge Villas are amazing! I've been and rated the original Old Faithful Inn in YNP and Disney out did themselves. 90% is an exact replica of the Old Faithful Inn and done extremely well in the details. Of course Disney adds their own touch which is amazing too. Everything blends so well. The Villas are nice and very roomy for a family of 4+! Room came with a small kitchen that included: fridge, oven, microwave, sink & cooking supplies. Couch in living room made into a full size bed. TV included. Patio door that led outside to a small sitting area with great views. From this area you can walk to a second patio door that opens to the master bedroom. This bedroom included a king size bed with a TV and plenty of storage. All rooms connected to the main bathroom that included a closed off restroom. Master bath has jetted tub, double sinks and closet. Plenty of room! Laundry available in room as well that included soap, dryer sheets and basket. Excellent!!
We just completed a stay at the Boulder Ridge Villas at WDW. It was a family vacation for a special occasion consisting on 7 adults. After much time researching we chose this resort for its closeness to Magic Kingdom and the ability of alternate transportation. We had requested a 2 bedroom villa on 5th floor with bay view on numerous occasions by telephonic, emails, test and travel agent. Needless to say when checking was told no one had record of our request. After much talking was able to get a 2 bedroom bay view villa on 4th floor room 4507. Outstanding room, so even though was disappointed by lack of communications room was great. I cannot say enough of the wonderful time we had at the resort and the location that allowed us to come and go individually or as a group. Even when door pass system failed, after a few hours while we were at park, they repaired system (battery) and even left a small box of chocolates for us. House keeping came daily(except on weekend), We were well pleased with room and cleanliness of the room (dishwasher did not do a good job of cleaning dishes). Pool at both locations and hot tubs were great to relax in. There were daily activities conducted and bikes and boats to rent. We rented bikes and rode over to Wilderness Campgrounds and viewed the Christmas lights. Only complaint about the boats or bikes, is that you have to be back by 5pm, plus even though you have a the required "cc" on file. Everyone riding must be present to sign for bikes. Seem like over kill, isn't that what the "cc" on file is for? I cannot say enough wonderful things about the resort. Now I must say it is very expensive, even with the discount we received it was expensive to the point of almost being too expensive. Also since this was a special occasions and we have vacationed at WDW for many years, this was out first time staying at a resort, with being said we did not get the "magical" feel we were expecting for the cost. We had read on many sites and saw pictures were housekeeping would leave Disney creations on bed with towels and that if you were the button given at front desk to show the special occasion the eateries would do something special , none of this happened. Also heard the "special" occasions would also receiving some Disney pins this also did not happen. I hope this was just oversight or maybe low staffed at time of our stay. But really didn't get the "Disney magic" feel we were expecting. We were able to see light parade each night on bay, and by walking to boat landing most of firework's from Magic Kingdom.
- Steps from Walt Disney World® area and Walt Disney World® Resort
- Free WiFi in rooms and public areas
- Onsite dining
Located in Bay Lake, Boulder Ridge Villas at Disney's Wilderness Lodge is next to popular attractions like Walt Disney World® area and Walt Disney World® Resort. This 181-room, 4-star condo resort has a private beach, a marina, and 2 restaurants.
This condominium resort is home to 2 onsite restaurants, perfect for a quick bite to eat. Savor a meal from the comfort of your room with room service, or entertain your taste buds with a beverage at the bar/lounge or coffee shop/café. Start your day off with breakfast, available for a fee.
Each condo is air-conditioned and has an array of amenities, including a balcony, a sofa bed, and a microwave. Guests can expect to find free WiFi and a TV with a DVD player. Other standard amenities include a coffee maker, a ceiling fan, and a hair dryer.
Guests of Boulder Ridge Villas at Disney's Wilderness Lodge have access to a private beach, a marina, and an outdoor pool. Parking is USD $24.00 per night (USD $33.00 per night for valet parking)—but if you prefer not to drive, catch a ride in the free airport shuttle (available 24 hours). The 24-hour front desk has staff standing by to help with dry cleaning/laundry and tours/tickets. Other amenities at this beach condominium resort include a children's pool, a health club, and a spa tub.
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90.0% of guests recommend this hotelTotal of 620 reviews