Boulder Ridge Villas at Disney's Wilderness Lodge

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TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5

Must Stay When Visiting Disneyworld

Feb 16th, 2020

5 of us (2 grandparents, a toddler, mom, and dad) stayed in a 2-bedroom villa for 5 days in late September. We secured our room through David's DVC rental--people who don't own into Disney Vacation Club can "borrow" points from owners to stay in a studio, one- or two-bedroom villa. Because of this, we paid 50% less than we would have paid if we tried to book this room through Disney's website, so, this was a great deal! The villas have full kitchens, which saved us a ton of money. We ended up buying groceries from Instacart (which Disney makes super easy to do) and ate breakfast and lunch in our room. The Boulder Ridge Villas is part of the Wilderness Lodge, which is a beautiful resort. We stayed in the Copper Creek villas before and love both of these equally, even though the Boulder Ridge rooms are older and not as contemporary. The Boulder Ridge Villas feels like a separate resort--it has its own building with a beautiful and tranquil lobby--the aesthetic is that of old west railroads and the rooms feel rustic and cozy. Aside from being its own separate building, it definitely feels very much a part of the rest of the Wilderness Lodge and takes advantage of the resort's great food options, wonderful staff, amazing pools, and boat access to the Magic Kingdom and Campgrounds. Because the Boulder Ridge villas are older, the rooms were huge. the 2-bedroom villas were well equipped for 5 people, and all of our stuff (including a stroller). It was nice to see that Disney updated the rooms and included the laminate flooring (in place of carpet) that has become a staple in newer resorts and renovations--I really appreciated that with having a little one. TRIPADVISOR.COM USER 

TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 3

Poorly designed kitchen and 2nd bath.

Feb 4th, 2020

2bdrm 2 bath "deluxe" DVC villa, tho there is NO fine dining restaurant as at other deluxe Disney resorts. Kitchen has basic supplies tho two upper cabinets over counter/bar are nearly impossible to reach. Sink has two faucets (hot/cold) with no spray so have to use extra water to keep free of debris. Stove top not properly cleaned or maintained. Looks like cleaned with general all purpose type cleaner rather than glass top cleaner. 2nd bath/shower with toilet way too small, should have taken at least another 1 1/2 feet from sink area. Every time the toilet flushes you know micro spray is hitting every towel. Beds lumpy and feels like some sort of plastic mattress cover. Urine smell overwhelming and obvious. Even # villas on smoker area and road side so noisy while buses running (about 6am to midnight) and deliveries being made. We requested (several times before arrival) odd # due to severe asthma but were given an even # room for our week long stay. We arrived at 6pm (check in 4:30p) and were told they could not hold a even # room for us away from smokers, they could move us on the 5th day of our 7day stay. Construction while we were there from 6:30a to 7:30p so additional noise. We turned heat/cool air unit "off" tho fan continued to blow 24/7. You have NO control of the temperature of your room and/or circulating air. Woke up coughing/wheezing at 6a one morning to cigarette smoke coming in through vent. Someone in another room must have lit up and uncontrolled circulating air entered our villa. We ordered in room dining 1st night and waited 3 hours. We were initially told 1 hour, we called and were told another 15 min. over and over again. We finally cancelled and the cold meal showed up within 5 minutes. We love Wilderness Lodge but will never stay at Boulder Ridge again. TRIPADVISOR.COM USER 

TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 3

But for toilets, pretty nice

Jan 24th, 2020

We stayed in a 2 bedroom 2 bath DVC room. The rooms were large, beds comfy. Kitchen had what we needed. Baths were large (though vanities were pretty cheap), grounds woodsy. I especially liked the DVC pool and fitness center (which is in the DVC building, so you don’t have to go out in the elements). Boat is convenient to the Magic Kingdom. Restaurant was very good, and all cast members excellent. So what’s the problem? Somewhat delicate, and an experience unique to these rooms. Either the toilet seat is wrong, or the toilet is wrong, or the water level is wrong. For a guy to sit down your intimate bits go for a swim in the toilet water. And yes, I tried both toilets. Finally had to prop up the seat with hand towels. Public restrooms didn’t have this problem. The 4 other DVC hotels this trip (Saratoga Springs, Grand Floridian, Animal Kingdom, and Boardwalk), didn’t have this problem. But for this, I would give 4 stars. But for the pluses above, I’d rate it 1 star for this problem. Maybe, given the intimate nature of the problem, no one complains. Maybe cast members never use the toilets. And, frankly, I didn’t call the front desk about it, I just improvised with towels. But, I will never stay there again. Guys, be forewarned. TRIPADVISOR.COM USER 

TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4

Wonderful hotel at Christmastime!

Dec 28th, 2019

Such a classic festive feel to this hotel at Christmastime! Definitely recommend staying here over the holidays. It has that Christmas feel all over it. We did not love the general feel of the room, because it was a little old feeling. However, Disney rooms are always clean and well kept, let alone we rarely spend time in our room. We love roaming around the hotel grounds and if you feel the same way then you will love this resort. It was beautiful, and had great food options! Every restaurant in this hotel is a hit in our opinion. From quick serve to sit-down! Would just recommend a few healthier options on the Roaring Fork menu, otherwise it was wonderful! We did feel that the bus service was a little on the slow side, and would not love being stuck taking the bus everywhere (with exception of Magic Kingdom, taking the boat) but there are several locations you can visit easily from here which make it a good location anyways. Make sure you enquire about transportation options to get a good feel of the resort. TRIPADVISOR.COM USER 

TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5

Absolutely perfect stay

Dec 12th, 2019

We’ve just stayed at Boulder Ridge Villas at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge and it was absolutely perfect. The brand new accommodations are cozy and very comfortable and the resort transports you to a calm and secluded location event though you’re just a quick boat trip away from the Magic Kingdom. I love the convenient boat connection to the Contemporary Resort (and the monorail) and to Fort Wilderness Campground. You can enjoy all the convenience of the Magic Kingdom resorts and the rustic fun of the campground without even noticing you’re leaving your resort. These areas are a destination on themselves and it’s really worth spending sometime to enjoy the activities on Bay Lake and Seven Seas Lagoon resort areas. Service at Boulder Ridge is as impeccable as in the main lodge as the resorts share pretty much the same facilities. I only shortcoming of the resort is the rather less efficient bus transportation to other areas of Walt Disney World outside of the Magic Kingdom Resort Area. If you plan to do a lot of traveling between your resort and places other then the Magic Kingdom, then maybe you should choose a resort more the the southern part of the property. TRIPADVISOR.COM USER 

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