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This is our page covering the Boulder Ridge Villas at Wilderness Lodge. Wilderness Lodge also has a main building, as well as second Disney Vacation Club wing, which we cover in-depth on their own pages. See Disney's Wilderness Lodge and Copper Creek Villas & Cabins for more information.

Boulder Ridge Villas at Disney's Wilderness Lodge Overview

Wilderness Lodge resort is inspired by national-park lodges of the early 20th century. The Wilderness Lodge ranks with Animal Kingdom Lodge as one of the most impressively themed and meticulously detailed Disney resorts. Situated on the shore of Bay Lake, the hotel features exposed timber columns, log cabin– style facades, and dormer windows. The grounds are landscaped with evergreen pines and pampas grass. The lobby in the main building boasts an 82-foot-tall stone fireplace and two 55-foot Pacific Northwest totem poles. Timber pillars, giant tepee chandeliers, and stone-, wood-, and marble-inlaid floors accentuate the lobby’s rustic luxury. Although the resort isn’t on vast acreage, it does have a beach and a delightful pool modeled on a mountain stream.

The 136 villas are studio and one- and two-bedroom units in a freestanding building to the right of the lodge. Studios offer kitchenettes; one- and two- bedroom villas come with full kitchens. The lodge’s rustic decor extends to the villas, which can be booked by non-DVC members as space allows.

Disney's Wilderness Lodge Villas map

Service at Wilderness Lodge is excellent. There are two full- service restaurants, with several more a boat ride away. The resort is connected to the Magic Kingdom by boat and to other Disney parks by bus. Boat service may be suspended during thunderstorms, so if it’s raining or looks like it’s about to, Disney will provide buses. Walking time to bus- and boat- loading areas from the most remote rooms is about 5–8 minutes.

Two adult couples from Fort Smith, Arkansas, think the Wilderness Lodge is great, with one reservation (pardon the pun):

There has been a real downturn in our opinion in the efficacy of the bus transportation. The ambience of the lodge makes up for it, though.

A Boone County, Indiana, reader concurs about the transportation:

To paraphrase Mark Twain, rumors that Wilderness Lodge’s transportation problems have been resolved are greatly exaggerated—it’s an easy ride to the Magic Kingdom, but trips to the Studios and Animal Kingdom take nearly an hour, which is just inexcusable.

A mom from Oklahoma City piles on:

We have stayed at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge on four occasions and have had good experiences on all except the most recent. The shuttle service from the hotel to the parks was the worst we have ever experienced in all our trips to WDW. We waited more than an hour at the hotel dock for a boat to Magic Kingdom. When it finally showed up and loaded, we made an unexplained trip to Fort Wilderness Campground and loaded 26 more people before heading to Magic Kingdom. It took 90 minutes to get from Wilderness Lodge to Magic Kingdom! The bus system was not much better. It’s nearly impossible to get to the parks before opening using the Disney shuttle service!

Finally, a reader from Newport, Kentucky, doesn’t think that Disney is doing itself any favors:

The bus transportation to the other parks left something to be desired. Often we would go to another resort, usually the Grand Floridian or the Fort Wilderness Campground, and pick up other guests. The bus ride from our hotel to Animal Kingdom went to the Grand Floridian then to Blizzard Beach and finally to Animal Kingdom. Disney should provide more adequate bus transportation to the parks given the amount they charge for rooms at the Deluxe hotels. From a business standpoint, it doesn’t make much sense to have long bus rides. The more time I spend on a bus, the less time I’m in the park spending money.

How Boulder Ridge Villas at Disney's Wilderness Lodge Compares to Other Disney Resorts

The major advantage of Wilderness Lodge Villas is that the Magic Kingdom is short boat ride away. Wilderness Lodge does offer a fitness center, salon, and a spa.

Wilderness Lodge's exterior.

Where To Check-In, Get Theme Park Tickets, and Make Dining Reservations

A security gate guards the entrance to Wilderness Lodge's grounds. If you arrive by car, you'll need to provide photo ID at the gate; it's not necessary to provide your reservation number or paperwork. A dedicated parking lot across from the lobby serves as temporary parking for those who need it while checking in.

Check-in time at Wilderness Lodge is 3:00 PM, and check-out time is 11:00 AM. Wilderness Lodge participates in Disney's Online Check-In program, which allows you to you provide name, address, and credit card information up to 60 days before your arrival. If you've done this, look for an Online Check-In sign near the Registration Desk. You'll be routed to one of the Online Check-in staff and should be on the way to your room in a few minutes.

If you've not registered online, look for signs pointing you to the Registration/Check-In area. You'll need to provide a government-issued photo ID and credit/debit card when you register. While parents are completing the paperwork, kids can unwind in a nearby play area decorated with child-sized furniture, and a television showing classic Disney animated films.

Disney's Wilderness Lodge's registration staff can provide MagicBands for your stay, if you don't already have them. Get theme park tickets and dining reservations at the Concierge Desk, to the right of the Registration Desk. If you need to check in and obtain theme park tickets, you can save some time in line if one adult gets in line for tickets just after another adult starts the registration process. The Concierge Desk can also make Disney dining reservations, and you can avoid a wait there by making them online prior to arrival.

Boulder Ridge Villas at Disney's Wilderness Lodge Rooms

Boulder Ridge Studios: Studios sleep up to five people following 2014 renovations; they now include one queen-size bed, and a queen-sized sofa bed. The total Studio room size is 356 square feet, with about half of that being dedicated to the kitchen and bathroom area

Boulder Ridge One-Bedroom Villa: The one-bedroom villa sleeps 4 and provides a formal kitchen and a living room in addition to the studio bedroom, which contains a king bed. The living room's sofa folds out to provide a queen bed. One-Bedrooms Villas are 727 square feet.

Boulder Ridge Two-bedroom villas: Two-bedroom villas sleep 8 and include all of the kitchen amenities found in a one-bedroom, plus an extra bathroom. One of the baths is attached to a second bedroom with two queen beds or a queen bed plus a sleeper-sized sofa. As with the one-bedrooms, a sofa bed in the living room provides an extra place to snooze. Two-Bedroom Villas are 1,080 square feet.

Boulder Ridge Villas room layout.

For dining, shopping, recreation, and other amenities, see our main Disney's Wilderness Lodge Resort page.

Blog Posts About Boulder Ridge Villas at Disney's Wilderness Lodge

Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?
Hotel Definitely (+/- since last year)
Boulder Ridge Villas at Disney's Wilderness Lodge 79% (+4%)
Average for WDW hotels 76% (+0%)
Average for off-site hotels 57% (+0%)

Would you stay at this hotel again?
Hotel Definitely (+/- since last year)
Boulder Ridge Villas at Disney's Wilderness Lodge 85% (-15%)
Average for WDW hotels 92% (+2%)
Average for off-site hotels 79% (-7%)

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Good (and Not-So-Good) Rooms at Boulder Ridge Villas at Disney's Wilderness Lodge

Best and Worst Room Views at Disney's Wilderness Lodge Villas

TouringPlans offers pictures of the view from any Disney resort room on property. click here for the disney's wilderness lodge resort map and to choose a room to see the view.

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Except for a few rooms overlooking the pool, rooms at Wilderness Lodge Villas offer woodland views. The best are odd-numbered rooms 2531–2563 and 3531–3563, which open to the northeast, or lakeside, of the resort (though you can’t see the lake). Rooms on the opposite side of the same wing offer similar views, but with some roads and parking lots visible, and with traffic noise.

The view from your window for the most part includes landscaping and trees. but some rooms look on to a walking path or a the resort's pool.

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Room 1542: Avoid rooms 1538-1544 if you don't want to see an electrical box outside your window. .
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Room 1509: Some rooms look out on to a walking path.
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Room 1504: Thick woods are the view from most rooms. You'll feel very secluded.
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Room 5533: you can kind of see Bay Lake from a handful of rooms, but don't count on it.

Strengths and Weaknesses
Strengths Weaknesses
Magnificently rendered theme No character meals
Romantic setting, architecture Must take boat or bus to get to off-site dining options
Very nice 1- and 2BR villas with full kitchens No 3 BR Grand Villa units
Good on-site dining at Wilderness Lodge
Extensive recreational options
Elaborate swimming complex at Wilderness Lodge
Health and fitness center at Wilderness Lodge
On-site child care at Wilderness Lodge
Very quiet, peaceful location
Nice seating areas on the first floor for reading or relaxing

Wilderness Lodge Villas 2017 Rack Rates

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Commuting Times to the Parks
Park Commuting Times
Resort Transportation
Magic Kingdom 20 min
Epcot 22 min
Hollywood Studios 27 min
Animal Kingdom 30 min
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