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Complete Guide to Boulder Ridge Villas at Wilderness Lodge (w/review)

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Complete Guide to Boulder Ridge Villas at Wilderness Lodge (w/review)

Boulder Ridge Villas at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge is a Deluxe Villa Resort (also a Disney Vacation Club resort) located in the Magic Kingdom Resort Area.

It features some popular dining, including character dining with Snow White, gorgeous views, and celebrates the great outdoors, specifically the Pacific Northwest.

You can also find Disney’s Wilderness Lodge and Disney’s Copper Creek Villas and Cabins on the same property.

Here’s everything else you need to know about Boulder Ridge Villas.

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Summary
Boulder Ridge Villas is a Disney Vacation Club property located at Wilderness Lodge. It is a beautifully decorated and themed resort that is located just a short boat ride away from Magic Kingdom. The lodge feel makes for a cozy stay, especially during the Holidays. However, the potential for shared buses and no walking access to any of the parks is a downside.
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Pros and Cons

Pros: One of the most beautiful at Christmas, great theming, beautiful grounds, can take boat ride to Magic Kingdom, can view Electrical Water Pageant from beach

Cons: Buses sometimes shared, some villas need updating

Overview

Resort category: Deluxe Villa

Resort area: Magic Kingdom

Address & Phone Number
901 West Timberline Dr.
Lake Buena Vista, Florida 32830
(407) 938-3000

Seeing as Boulder Ridge Villas is located at Wilderness Lodge, the resort is within walking distance to both Wilderness Lodge and Copper Creek Villas & Cabins at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge. You have much more to explore compared to the average Disney resort. 

All three resorts also share the same dining and transportation options, but what makes Boulder Ridge Villas stand out are its room offerings that have more of a homey feeling compared to the standard hotel room.

Boulder Ridge is more expensive, but offers some popular dining experiences, is a stunning resort, and offers rooms for people who want more space, a kitchen, the ability to do laundry, and much more.

Here’s everything you need to know.

Guest Rooms And Bathrooms

Boulder Ridge has three room offerings. You can sleep up to eight people, depending on the type of room you book.

There is one Deluxe Studio and two villas, including a 1-Bedroom Villa and a 2-Bedroom Villa.  

Each rooms offers your standard amenities, including a hairdryer, TV, free WiFi, a coffee maker, telephone, in-room safe, and an iron and ironing board. There are also a range of views, including the pool, courtyard, woodlands, or Wilderness Lodge.

Unfortunately, there aren’t USB outlets in the room, so keep that in mind! But, there are plenty of the standard outlets to plug in what you need, including near the beds. And, there is also a lot of storage for you to put your belongings, like drawers and closet space. There isn’t room under the beds for luggage.

Compared to the Deluxe Studio, the villas feature a full-size kitchen and a washer and dryer, which is definitely a nice perk when visiting WDW. There are also dishes in the kitchen for you to use, along with a dishwasher. The studio does have a small kitchenette.

The bathrooms do have storage for any of your products, along with a spacious counter.  As for the overall theming, the rooms definitely have that woodsy Wilderness lodge vibe.

Let’s go through the types of rooms available to book.

  • Deluxe Studio: Views of Pool, Woodlands, Courtyard, or Wilderness Lodge; 1 Queen Bed and 1 Double-Size Sleeper Sofa and 1 Single Pull Down Bed; Kitchenette with small fridge and microwave, and porch or balcony
Deluxe Studio at Boulder Ridge Villas
Deluxe Studio at Boulder Ridge Villas
Deluxe Studio kitchenette at Boulder Ridge Villas
  • 1 Bedroom Villa: Views of Pool, Woodlands, Courtyard, or Wilderness Lodge; 1 King Bed and 1 Queen-Size Sleeper Sofa; full kitchen, washer, dryer, and porch or balcony
Boulder Ridge Villa sitting area
Boulder Ridge Villas kitchen
  • 2 Bedroom Villa: Views of Pool, Woodlands, Courtyard, or Wilderness Lodge; 1 King Bed and 2 Queen Bed and 1 Queen-Size Sleeper Sofa; full kitchen, 2 full bathrooms, washer, dryer
Boulder Ridge Villas bedroom
Boulder Ridge Villas bathroom

Note: There are also both wheelchair and hearing accessible rooms available that include accessible bathrooms and visual alarms.

You can check out room layouts below.

Boulder Ridge Villas Room Options

Room type(s)Bed sizeMax people
per room
Floor plan
Deluxe Studio
Views of Pool, Woodlands, Courtyard, or Disney’s Wilderness Lodge Resort Hotel
1 Queen Bed and 1 Double-Size Sleeper Sofa and 1 Single Pull Down Bed5Disney World floor plan
1 Bedroom Villa
Views of Pool, Woodlands, Courtyard, or Disney’s Wilderness Lodge Resort Hotel
1 King Bed and 1 Queen-Size Sleeper Sofa4Disney World floor plan
2 Bedroom Villa
Views of Pool, Woodlands, Courtyard, or Disney’s Wilderness Lodge Resort Hotel
1 King Bed and 2 Queen Beds and 1 Queen-Size Sleeper Sofa8Disney World floor plan

VIDEO: Disney’s Wilderness Lodge Resort tour (rooms, pools, dining)

Checking In And Out

When it comes to checking in and out, you have a few options: at the front desk, online through the official Walt Disney World website, or via the My Disney Experience app.

The front desk is located in the lobby of the main building. Even though the front desk is there to assist guests, especially with checking in and checking out, all Disney World Resort guests are encouraged to check-in online or by using MDE.

Boulder Ridge Villas lobby
  • Checking-In: After you check-in online or using the app, you’ll receive a room-ready notification via next. You can then use your MagicBand or MDE’s digital key feature to unlock your room door.
  • Checking-Out: Currently, guests will automatically be checked out of their rooms. But, if you have unresolved charges to your hotel folio, you’ll need to visit the front desk.

Note: Guests also have the option of to chat virtually with resort Cast Members via MDE for any assistance. 

The villas do have their own lobby, which is a on the smaller size. But, the architecture and theming is beautiful. 

As for the pickup and dropoff location for Mears Connect (which is the replacement for Magical Express) and the bus stop, you can find those near the main lobby of Wilderness Lodge, along with luggage storage for those who have checked out or are waiting to check in.

Note: Resort Airline Check-In and Magical Express are no longer available.

Package Delivery & Pick Up

You can have packages and groceries delivered to your Disney Resort hotel, along with shipping select items home.

Here’s everything you need to know about having packages delivered and picking them up.

Grocery Delivery

You can have groceries delivered directly to your Disney Resort hotel. Dry-good storage and refrigerated storage are offered (subject to availability).

Important: a $6 fee will be charged to your room account for each grocery delivery order brought to your room by Bell Services or Luggage Assistance. Or, you can pick up these deliveries yourself from Bell Services or Luggage Assistance — at no charge.

Select items will need to be picked up in person, like alcohol. Most grocery delivery services require an individual of age to sign for alcohol and to show valid identification. Disney Resort hotels will not accept these types of orders on behalf of you.

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Resort Hotel Delivery (temporarily unavailable)

If you’re staying at a Disney Resort hotel, you can have park souvenirs delivered to your hotel instead of carrying them around with you all day.

Just tell the Cast Member at checkout that you want your purchase delivered to your hotel. You’ll usually pick up these items at your hotel’s gift shop (a Cast Member should tell you the designated pick-up location).

Home Delivery

In-park purchases can also be shipped to your home via UPS or FedEx for an additional fee.

Sending and Receiving Mail

Sending Mail

You can mail postcards, letters, and packages from the theme parks and select Disney Resort hotels.

Letter and Postcards
Postcards and letters with postage already applied can be mailed from any mail box located throughout the theme parks and at the Front Desk of Disney Resort hotels.

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Packages
You can ship pre-packed, pre-labeled packages at the Front Desk or Concierge desk of most Disney Resort hotels. Hotels that include an onsite Business Center, including Disney’s Contemporary Resort and Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, can also ship packages for you.

Regular shipping and handling fees will apply.

Purchasing Postage
Postage stamps are available for purchase at various gift shops including:

  • Art of Disney (Epcot)
  • Celebrity 5 & 10 (Hollywood Studios)
  • Disney Springs Welcome Center (Disney Springs)
  • Disney Traders (Epcot)
  • Garden Gate Gifts (Animal Kingdom)
  • Heritage Manor (Epcot)
  • Main Street Chamber of Commerce (Magic Kingdom)
  • Mickey’s Gift Station (Transportation and Ticket Center)
  • Mickey’s of Hollywood (Hollywood Studios)
  • Movieland Memorabilia (Hollywood Studios)
  • Newsstand (Magic Kingdom)
  • The Outpost Shop (Animal Kingdom)
  • Sundries (Disney Springs)
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Receiving Mail

If you’re staying at a Disney Resort hotel, you can receive mail throughout your stay. Occasionally, some guests will ship items in advance of their vacation to help save luggage space.

If you want to receive mail during your vacation, be sure the letter or package:

  • Includes the mailing address of your Disney Resort Hotel
  • Clearly features the word “Guest” on the front and the date of your arrival

Important: a $6 per package handling fee will apply to all packages that are received through the Front Desk or are delivered to your Disney Resort hotel room.

Parking

Although parking at Disney World resort hotels used to cost a nightly fee for resort guests, Disney has changed their policy so that parking is now free for all on-site resort guests. This change was implemented on January 10, 2023.

Valet parking is also available for $33 per night.

Complimentary standard self-parking is available for non-resort guests exploring dining, shopping, entertainment, and other experiences during the day.

We also have a complete Walt Disney World parking guide you can browse.

Important: Valet parking might not always be available.

Resort Map

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Amenities And Shops

From gift shops, to a spa and fitness center, there are several amenities offered to guests staying at Boulder Ridge Villas.

Important note: Some of the following amenities might not be available at all times.

  • Wilderness Lodge Mercantile: Find everyday essentials, souvenirs, beverages, and snacks.
  • Laundry Services: Villas with one ore more bedrooms feature an in-unit washer and dryer, along with one single-use box of laundry detergent. There is also a 24-hour self-service laundry room on the ground floor.
  • Dry Cleaning Services: Dry cleaning and valet laundry services are also an option.
  • Electrical Water Pageant: A nighttime water parade that sails along on Seven Seas Lagoon and Bay Lake
  • Movies Under the Stars: Watch complimentary Disney movies between the marina and Geyser Point Bar & Grill.
  • Salon by the Springs: A one-stop spot for manicures, pedicures, hair services, and more right by the pool.

Pools And Recreation

Boulder Ridge offers several different types of recreation, along with swimming pools. If you need a non-park day, we recommended spending the day at your hotel and enjoying a Disney Resort pool.

Important note: Some of the pools and recreation options might not be available at all times.

There are two different pools to enjoy.

  • Copper Creek Springs Pool: Features a 67-foot waterslide, hot and cold whirlpool spas, and an activity play area for kids.
  • Boulder Ridge Cove Pool: A more relaxing pool with a whirlpool spa and a zero-depth entry pool. 

Some other recreational options include:

  • Bike Rentals
  • Motorized Boat Rentals
  • Buttons and Bells Arcade
  • Fishing
  • Jogging Trails
  • Campfire to roast marshmallows

How to get from Boulder Ridge Villas to anywhere at Disney World

There are two main forms of transportation: buses and watercraft transportation. Buses will take you to all four theme parks and Disney Springs. The boats will take you to either Magic Kingdom, Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground, and Disney’s Contemporary Resort. Check out all of the ways to get around Walt Disney World below.

wdt_ID Starting Point Ending Point How to get there
1 All-Star Movies All-Star Music Follow these steps:
  • Walk (takes about 5-7 minutes)
  • Arrive at your destination
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2 All-Star Movies All-Star Sports Follow these steps:
  • Walk (takes about 15 minutes)
  • Arrive at your destination
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3 All-Star Movies Animal Kingdom Follow these steps:
  • Bus to Animal Kingdom
  • Arrive at your destination
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4 All-Star Movies Animal Kingdom Lodge - Jambo House (main bldg) Follow these steps:
  • Bus to a theme park or Disney Springs
    (both resorts are closest to Animal Kingdom, so that bus will likely be your best option)
  • Bus to Animal Kingdom Lodge - Kidani Village bus stop
  • Arrive at your destination
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5 All-Star Movies Animal Kingdom Lodge - Kidani Village
Follow these steps:
  • Bus to a theme park or Disney Springs
    (both resorts are closest to Animal Kingdom, so that bus will likely be your best option)
  • Bus to Animal Kingdom Lodge - Kidani Village bus stop
  • Arrive at your destination
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6 All-Star Movies Art of Animation Follow these steps:
  • Bus to a theme park or Disney Springs
    (All-Star Movies is closest to Animal Kingdom, and Art of Animation is closest to Hollywood Studios, so those buses will likely be your best choices)
  • Skyliner (from Hollywood Studios) or    Bus to Art of Animation
  • Arrive at your destination
7 All-Star Movies Bay Lake Tower Follow these steps:
  • Bus to Magic Kingdom
  • Walk (takes about 10 minutes) or    monorail to Bay Lake Tower
  • Arrive at your destination
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8 All-Star Movies Beach Club Villas Follow these steps:
  • Bus to a theme park or Disney Springs
    (All-Star Movies is closest to Animal Kingdom, so that bus will likely be your best option)
  • Bus to Beach Club
  • Arrive at your destination
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9 All-Star Movies Beach Club Follow these steps:
  • Bus to a theme park or Disney Springs
    (All-Star Movies is closest to Animal Kingdom, so that bus will likely be your best option)
  • Bus to Beach Club
  • Arrive at your destination
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10 All-Star Movies Blizzard Beach Follow these steps:
  • Bus to Blizzard Beach
  • Arrive at your destination
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Dining options at Boulder Ridge Villas

There are several dining options at Boulder Ridge Villas. Actually, the resort shares dining with Wilderness Lodge. You can choose from both Quick Service and Table Service options, including character dining with Snow White, the Evil Queen, and some of the Seven Dwarfs at Artist Point. Take note that Roaring Fork has Mobile Order.

Whispering Canyon Cafe also offers Mobile Dine Check-In, meaning you’ll check-in using the My Disney Experience app rather than going to the host stand. When your table is ready, you’ll be notified to proceed to a specific location. You can read more about the dining options below.

Quick Service

Roaring Fork

This is a food court-style restaurant with several stations that serve burgers, salads, sandwiches, barbecue, and more.

Location type: Food Court
Type of food: American
Meals served: Breakfast, lunch, dinner, & late night dining

  • On the Disney Dining Plan? Yes, 1 Quick Service credit
  • Pros: Usually good service, mobile ordering in My Disney Experience available
  • Cons:  Mediocre food, small and can be very busy/crowded during peak meal times

Geyser Point Bar & Grill

This is an outdoor bar and grill with beautiful views of Bay Lake.

Location type: Quick service dining and lounge
Type of food: American
Meals served: Lunch & dinner

  • On the Disney Dining Plan? Yes, 1 Quick Service credit
  • Pros: Lovely covered outdoor seating (with heaters and retractable walls for cooler months), home-made chips and many unique food options that should appeal to a wide range of tastes
  • Cons:  Out of the way for a Quick Service meal (unless you are staying at the Wilderness Lodge)

Table Service

Whispering Canyon Cafe

This is a table service restaurant featuring fun shenanigans and western fare and is located in the lobby of Wilderness Lodge.

Location type: Themed Dining
Type of food: American
Meals served: Breakfast, lunch, & dinner

  • On the Disney Dining Plan? Yes, 1 Table Service credit
  • Pros: Family-pleasing food (skillets/platters) and a fun atmosphere that includes “pony” races
  • Cons:  Noisy, little bit pricey, and while the servers here used to be known for their shenanigans, those have been scaled back (which takes away some from the fun)

Story Book Dining at Artist Point with Snow White

Enjoy a prix fixe menu in an enchanted forest, with visits from Snow White, dwarfs, and the opportunity to meet the (Evil) Queen.

Location type: Character Dining
Type of food: American
Meals served: Dinner

story book dining queen
  • On the Disney Dining Plan? Yes, 1 Table Service credit
  • Pros: Opportunity to meet Snow White and the Evil Queen, fun themed menu
  • Cons:  Can be a little bit of a hassle to get there if you aren’t staying at Wilderness Lodge or have plans to be at Magic Kingdom that day

Everything Else

Territory Lounge

Location type: Lounge
Type of food: A lounge that serves both alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, as well as light snacks

  • On the Disney Dining Plan? No
  • Pros:  Fantastic place to grab a drink and appetizer, great ambiance
  • Cons: Can be noisy, Disney Dining Plan credits not accepted

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