Wilderness Lodge's Copper Creek Cascade Cabin Tour

Wilderness Lodge’s Copper Creek Cascade Cabin Tour

I will never grow tired of walking into Disney’s Wilderness Lodge lobby. I still remember the first time we walked off the Magical Express and into this stunning hotel. It’s a core memory for my family. It’s not hard to see why.

Disney's Wilderness Lodge lobby
Chandeliers in Disney's Wilderness Lodge lobby

Disney Vacation Club made numerous updates to the Wilderness Lodge in 2017. They purchased an entire wing of the main hotel, renovated the rooms, and rebranded them to Copper Creek Villas. They renamed the existing DVC property Boulder Ridge Villas. And they built 26 stand-alone cabins on Bay Lake. This article is all about the greatness of those Cascade Cabins.

We’re DVC members, but staying in a Cascade Cabin for even a few nights would wipe out a year’s worth of points. We’d much rather book studios and 1-bedroom villas and enjoy longer vacations. But after touring this cabin? Yeah, we want more points.

On a recent visit to Boulder Ridge, I visited the DVC desk in the Wilderness Lodge lobby and asked for a tour. I’ve been wanting to see the inside of these cabins for years, and a napping family finally made it possible. The Cast Member who gave the tour knew I wasn’t in the market to add points but was nonetheless very helpful.

The exterior

The walk to the cabin was quick, although some cabins are a decent distance from the lobby. The Wilderness Lodge grounds are immaculate so it was a pleasant stroll.

Disney Vacation Club topiary outside Boulder Ridge Villas at Disney's Wilderness Lodge
Copper Creek Cascade Cabins walkway sign
Copper Creek Cascade Cabins walkway

The path to the cabin features beautiful landscaping, lighting features, and stonework.

Copper Creek Cascade Cabin exterior
Copper Creek Cascade Cabin exterior

You can enter your cabin with a MagicBand or the MDE app on your phone. You’ll be greeted by a hallway with hardwood floors and dark wood moulding. This combination is used throughout the cabin. The hallway leads to two bedrooms and the main living area. We’ll skip the bedrooms for the moment and focus on the star of the show.

Copper Creek Cascade Cabin entryway

The living area

The main living area will dispel any notions that you’re roughing it. The open floor plan is beautifully designed and features everything you need to enjoy time with your family and friends outside the parks. A cathedral ceiling with its exposed wood beams makes the room feel larger than it is. I can’t imagine needing it very often in Florida, but there is a double-sided fireplace wrapped by a stone hearth.

The living room has ample seating. Furniture includes a sleeper sofa, a sleeper chair, and two leather chairs. The back wall is ceiling-to-floor windows which offer a great view of Bay Lake. Unfortunately, I didn’t get an interior photo of those windows. I guess I’ll have to go back someday.

Guests sleeping in the living room won’t be bothered by the sunrise as two layers of shades can be lowered via a wall switch.

Copper Creek Cascade Cabin living room
Copper Creek Cascade Cabin living room

The kitchen

The galley kitchen has high-end appliances, custom cabinets, and granite countertops. It includes everything you need to cook meals for your family (minus the groceries). The kitchen table and island offer seating for 12. My family has a no-cooking-while-on-vacation policy. We might have to break that if we’re ever lucky enough to stay here.

Copper Creek Cascade Cabin kitchen
Copper Creek Cascade Cabin kitchen
Copper Creek Cascade Cabin kitchen
Copper Creek Cascade Cabin kitchen

The porch

The screened-in porch is also a great place to entertain, as long as it’s not unbearably hot. It includes a picnic table, the other half of the fireplace, rocking chairs, and a hot tub. I’m thinking we should probably book a winter stay if we ever visit. I want to take advantage of everything this cabin has to offer, and I can’t imagine loving using the fireplace or hot tub in July.

Copper Creek Cascade Cabin screened-in porch
Copper Creek Cascade Cabin screened-in porch and fireplace
Copper Creek Cascade Cabin screened-in porch and picnic table

The hot tub has child-proof locks and plenty of disclaimer signs.

Copper Creek Cascade Cabin hot tub
Copper Creek Cascade Cabin hot tub gate

The master bedroom

Okay, let’s move back toward the front of the cabin, stopping first in the master bedroom. You can enter this room from the hallway or the porch. It’s extremely large, as is the accompanying master bathroom. It includes a king-size bed, a desk (I’ve never sat at a desk in a DVC room), a large HDTV, and plenty of drawer and closet space.

Copper Creek Cascade Cabin master bedroom
Copper Creek Cascade Cabin master bedroom
Copper Creek Cascade Cabin master bedroom and bath

A large sliding barn door includes a full-length mirror. I’m happy the bedroom has that level of privacy. A surprising number of DVC villas don’t have doors separating bathroom vanities from sleeping areas.

The bathroom includes all the features you’d expect: a double vanity, a private toilet room, a walk-in shower with a bench, and a large jacuzzi-style tub. The tub also includes a hand-held shower head. The room has plenty of natural light thanks to the frosted window over the bath.

Copper Creek Cascade Cabin master bath
Copper Creek Cascade Cabin master bath
Copper Creek Cascade Cabin master bath

Second Bedroom

The second bedroom isn’t nearly as roomy as the master, especially since it includes a Murphy bed for a younger (or smaller) guest. The window seat is a nice touch. You can see a sliver of it. I’m not thrilled with my photographs of this room. The DVC Cast Member did not rush me at all, but I still felt the need to speed things along. Again, I guess I’ll just have to go back.

Copper Creek Cascade Cabin second bedroom
Copper Creek Cascade Cabin Murphy bed

The second bedroom does not have a connected bathroom. A secondary hall leads to a split bath, each with a vanity. Oh, and look! H2O products!

Copper Creek Cascade Cabin bathroom
Copper Creek Cascade Cabin bathroom

A stacked washer and dryer are also available to guests.

Final thoughts

Each Cascade Cabin sleeps eight, although three of those guests would have to sleep in the living room. Another would have to sleep in the small Murphy bed in the second bedroom. I’m not sure a party of eight adults would be entirely comfortable with those arrangements.

I’ve talked to a few people who were lucky enough to stay in a Cascade Cabin. Every review was overwhelmingly positive but for one small detail — boat horns. Guests staying in cabins closer to the Magic Kingdom (the left side of the map below) could hear boat traffic. Light sleepers should request a cabin shown on the right side of the map. Those cabin numbers are 8013 to 8026.

In case anyone is interested, you would need 41,707 DVC points to stay year-round in a Cascade Cabin.

Map of Disney's Wilderness Lodge, including the Copper Creek Villas, Boulder Ridge Villas, and Cascade Cabins
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