Disney’s Cascade Cabins at Copper Creek
Can I take a moment and just say that I am in head-over-heels in love with this resort? I’m serious. I would give up my day job (and possibly my family) to live here if Disney would let me.
Before jumping in to this review -here’s the scoop: no, we don’t work for Disney (but we are open to discussions ‘wink-wink’) and no, we didn’t get this room for free. We saved and scraped and pooled our Disney Vacation Club points and were able to book 4 nights in this beautiful resort. Don’t fret, you don’t have to be a Disney Vacation Club member to stay here - stay tuned and we will tell you how.
Copper Creek Villas and Cabins opened in July of 2017 at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge. On the shores of Bay Lake, guests enjoy the idyllic surroundings of the nation’s famous national parks and theming of the Pacific Northwest. As an expansion to Disney’s Wilderness Lodge, guests enjoy the full amenities of the lodge including 2 pools, 3 restaurants and lakeside dining Geyser Point Bar and Grill. For theme-park fun, Magic Kingdom is just a short boat ride away and all other parks are accessible by Disney’s free bus transportation.
We stayed in one of the 26 waterfront Cascade Cabins. Cabin 8009 to be exact (we miss you!) This space was perfect for our 2 families. The cabins offer a generous 1737 square feet for families to sprawl out and get comfortable.
The big question for us when we travel is always ‘where is everyone going to sleep?’ Our teens and tweens can’t bunk together as easily as they used to. Not to worry, these cabins have plenty of space for everyone. The master bedroom has a glorious king size bed and enough floor space to fit a pack-n-play (or in our case - 7 full-size suitcases - eesh). The second bedroom has a comfy queen, more suitcase storage space and one of Disney’s fabulous Murphy-twins. We love this option because it can comfortably sleep an adult - or a 6 foot-tall teen - with no complaints. The living room had plenty of room for our two tween girls on the pull-out sofa, and Brother No. 2 claimed his sacred spot on the twin sleeper chair.
I could probably write an entire blog post on the master bathroom. But until then, let’s just say “hubba hubba”. The master bath is a spa-like retreat complete with a deep, air-jetted soaker tub, separate walk-in shower with premium rain shower head, secluded water closet and spacious dual vanity. The vanity mirror contains a Disney surprise - a TV in the mirror so you won’t miss your favorite show. (Sadly, it does not respond to ‘Mirror, Mirror on the wall…’, but I’ve sent that in as a suggestion. Until then, use the handy remote to view your future!)
Disney spared no expense when creating these cabins and the design is both stunning and restful. There’s a full-size, fully-equipped gourmet kitchen and an enormous dining table. Plenty of room for family gatherings and lego building! (Let’s face it - they can never wait until we get home!)
Those huge windows surround you with a breathtaking view of Bay Lake -but when it’s bedtime, privacy screens lower at the touch of a button. This is also a helpful feature to keep the cabin dark and cozy for late sleepers.
The cabin is phenomenal and I don’t use that word lightly. Our families usually spend every waking moment in the parks. But this trip, everyone was begging to come back to our rustic lake-side cabin.
Quiet Wilderness Lodge mornings quickly became Melissa’s favorite, sipping coffee and watching the wildlife from the patio rocking chairs. It was easy to sneak out while the kids were still asleep and enjoy a peaceful start to the day.
Hands down, our favorite feature was the private hot tub. Yes, it’s really right there, on your very own patio, all for yourself! (Bring extra bathing suits for the fam, because you will be back in the hot tub before your suit can dry -and putting on wet suits is, well, you know, ick.)
Our last night at Copper Creek, we retreated to the hot tub after dinner, with wine in hand, and watched the Magic Kingdom fireworks a la’ tub. Of course, Disney pipes the MK music right onto the patio, so you feel as if your sitting on Mainstreet, in your bathing suit!
Was there anything we didn’t like? No, not really. If I had to stretch to find something less than ideal, I’d have to say it can be hard to share your view with the boats going to-from Magic Kingdom. If you can see them, they can see you, in your hot tub. But at the end of the day, does it matter? You have a private hot tub - feel sorry for the poor schmucks!
Have we convinced you to make the reservation? There are three ways to book your own Cabin.
1. Book direct on Disney’s website(www.disneyworld.disney.go.com, select Places to Stay, select Deluxe Villas, and scroll to Copper Creek Villas & Cabins at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge, and click on Cabin)
2. For Disney Vacation Club members, you can book through the DVC website(www.disneyvacationclub.disney.go.com).
3. Non-DVC members can rent points to book as a DVC member. There are several third-party rental companies but we recommend using David's Vacation Rentals.
What’s the benefit of renting DVC points? Well, let’s assume we want to book a Cabin for May 9, 2018. On Disney’s website we are quoted a rate of $2,574.00. To rent points through David’s Vacation Club Rentals, we are quoted $1,728.00. That is a savings of $846.00! Not too shabby!
Reserving a room using rented DVC points allows you the same benefits as all other Disney resort guests. The only real difference, in our opinion, is housekeeping. When renting a hotel room, you get daily housekeeping. DVC rooms receive trash and towel service on day 4. For stays longer than 8 days, you receive a full cleaning on day 4 and trash and towel service on day 8.
We have been privileged to stay at some really beautiful properties at Walt Disney World in Florida. Copper Creek’s Cascade Cabins outshine them all. Once again, Disney has succeeded in transporting their guests to another place, far from the real world. For a few moments, you believe you are glamping in the idyllic Pacific Northwest.
WHERE: WDW Wilderness Lodge Resort
HOW MUCH: $$$$ - can book in cash or with DVC points
AMENITIES: Full size Coffee Pot(yippee!), stacked washer and dryer, full kitchen, dining for 8, private hot tub
SLEEPING: 1 King, 1 Queen, 1 Twin Murphy, 1 Twin Sleeper Chair, 1 Queen Sofa sleeper
BATHROOMS: Master Bathroom with walk-in rain shower, jetted bathtub, dual vanities, separate water closet; Second Bathroom with Walk-in shower, single vanity. Powder room with single vanity and toilet.
POOL: Two heated pools: Boulder Ridge pool (quiet, no slide, great family cabanas) and Copper Creek Springs pool (slide, toddler play area), both a short walk from the cabins.
RATING: We give Copper Creek a 5 scoop review - our highest rating. Thoughtfully designed, great for families, superb location. And did we mention the hot tub?