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DVC Duo

DVC Duo

Welcome to the Many Adventures of Serena and Nate. Join us as we share our thoughts, insights, and experiences around two of our favorite topics, Disney and travel. You can find us on Facebook (@dvcduo), Twitter (@dvcduo), and Instagram (@dvcduo)
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Is there a bad view at Disney’s Polynesian Resort? That’s the big question we’re addressing in our review of a Polynesian standard view studio. Prior to this year, we never stayed at the Disney Vacation Club (DVC) portion of the Polynesian Resort. Well, on our last two trips to Walt Disney World this changed. On both trips, we spent a portion of our vacation at the resort in a standard view studio. Was it worth it? Did we feel like we were missing out by choosing a standard view room? Let’s find out. Without another further adieu, here’s our review of the Polynesian standard view studio.

 

Room Types

You’ve got two options. Well, three options if you include Bungalows. One day we’ll stay there… one day. Unique to the Polynesian Resort there are only two room types for its one-room size option. The room options are either a standard view or a lake view, both studios. The difference is simple in that the lake view studios overlook Seven Seas Lagoon, compared to the standard view rooms which have views of the resort. In our experience, there were no rooms with a “parking lot” view.

Unlike other DVC Resorts like the new Disney’s Riviera Resort, there are no other room sizes outside the Bungalows. All of the studios are located in one of two longhouses dedicated to DVC, Tokelau, and Moorea. We found the Tokelau longhouse to be more centrally located compared to the Moorea longhouse, which is located near the Transportation and Ticket Center. If you’re looking for a quieter option, we recommend requesting the Tokelau longhouse. Rooms can be reserved either with DVC points or cash. The DVC rooms at Disney’s Polynesian Resort would be considered Disney Deluxe room accommodations. For our review, we’ll be focusing on the Polynesian standard view studio.

The 447 square foot studio is the largest DVC studio. DVC chose to make these the largest studios to help with the lack of other room options at the resort. The room sleeps up to 5 people and includes one queen bed, one pullout queen bed, and a twin pulldown bed. The twin bed is definitely designed for younger guests or smaller adults. It was definitely not large enough for Nate, who is 6 feet tall.

Outside of one of the Polynesian Resort Longhouses

 

Opening The Door

It’s the moment we all look forward to. The moment where you open the door to the place you’ll call home during the vacation. There’s only one word that comes to mind when we opened the door to our Polynesian standard view studio, paradise! We could feel our cares and worries drift away, as we stepped into our tropical getaway. Now, it could have been walking into the infamous Poly lobby or wandering the grounds in search of our longhouse that created this feeling, either way, it’s a feeling we could get used to.

Over the years, we’ve been fortunate enough to stay in a variety of different DVC studios, and hands down this invokes a feeling all to itself. After coming to our senses, we looked around and made a beeline to the patio. We had to see what standard view was all about. Peaceful, so peaceful. Stepping out onto our patio we had lush green grass, beautiful tropical flowers, and a view of the monorail passing by. If this is standard, we’re all about it.

 Polynesian Studio Bed

The Beds

Like sleeping on a cloud! The only thing that carries more weight than the view, has to be the bed. It can make or break a room. The good news here, the mattress is top-notch. It was firm enough for Serena yet soft enough for Nate. A rare yet, fantastic moment, when we both find a bed equally as comfortable. There is something to be said about a Disney deluxe room mattress, as we’ve never found one that’s uncomfortable. The only downside was the location of the bed compared to the clock on the microwave. If you’re on the side closest to the center of the room, you may see the light from the clock shining on you. Easy fix though, we just put a small towel over it to block out the light.

Outside of the main bed, there are two other beds. One pullout bed and one pulldown bed. In our experience, the pullout bed is decent. As far as pullout beds go, this one is one of the better options, especially for kids. We’ve definitely spent many nights sleep on a Disney pullout bed over the years. We would like to see Disney make the same switchover to the pulldown beds here, as they are with the Saratoga Springs refurbishment.

Bathroom of the Polynesian Standard Studio View


The Bathroom

Better yet, we should say bathrooms! Yes, both the Polynesian standard view studio and lake view studio have two bathrooms. More like two showers sinks, and one toilet. Either way, we’re winning! It’s perfect for a family looking to get ready for a park day, or cleaning up prior to dinner. The best part is one of the showers is also a full tub for anyone looking to take a bath. The Polynesian was the first DVC resort where we saw Disney make the switch to two showers, over the standard one. They’ve carried this design-forward with Disney’s Riviera Resort and we would expect it in any other new DVC resorts.

Beyond the two showers, having sinks is also a game-changer. Each of the bathrooms has its own sink for getting ready. We could easily see a larger group getting ready in half the time compared to a regular DVC studio. For us, the bathrooms at the DVC portion of the Polynesian Resort were second best, only behind Disney’s Riviera Resort. Disney fine-tuned the two shower design with Riviera Resort.

Kitcheneete within the Polynesian Standard View Studio


The Kitchenette and Storage

Did we hear you say kitchenette? Yes, yes you did. All the DVC studios have a kitchenette area that includes in a mini-fridge, coffee pot, microwave, toasts, and sink area. Additionally, Disney includes paper plates, coffee cups, and utensils. The fridge is big enough for holding a few items like a small milk container for coffee, or leftovers from dinner. It’s a bigger fridge than standard resort rooms. We found it to be just enough space to hold food for a quick breakfast before heading off to the parks. You have the option of either enjoying your coffee and a meal at the bistro table within the room or on your patio. For us, we found ourselves out on the patio more often than not.

In regards to storage, the room has a good size closet when you first walk-in. Plenty of space for hanging your clothes. Alongside the bed is a side table with two drawers for clothes. Additionally, the bed has two drawers underneath it. For even more storage you can use the inside of the coffee table, as the top lifts open. If you’re a larger group or have larger luggage, we recommend using the area near the closet to store your bags. We ended up using the space for our golf bags.

Our Thoughts

A new favorite! After being DVC members for many years, we always stayed away from the Polynesian Resort, as the point per night is higher. Well, after one stay we’re hooked! Some may say the captain got us. Hooked, captain, oh how we crack ourselves up! For us, the Polynesian standard view studio is perfect, as we usually don’t spend a ton of time in the room. If we wanted a lake view we just headed down to the beach and pulled up a beach chair. The one thing to be aware of is the Moorea longhouse. As we mentioned it is near the Transportation and Ticket Center which makes it very convenient for hopping onto the Magic Kingdom Ferry Boat or express monorail to Epcot or the Magic Kingdom. However, it can get a little loud, as the Ferry Boat honks its horn every time it arrives and leaves port. On those early Magic Kingdom morning or late nights, it could wake you from your slumber. Alright, there is only one thing left to do, and that’s going to get a Dole Whip!

There’s more than one way to experience Disney’s Wilderness Lodge. Building on our review of Boulder Ridge, we’re discussing the second Disney Vacation Club Resort (DVC) to come to the resort, the Copper Creek Villas & Cabins. Opening in the summer of 2017, the Copper Creek Villas & Cabins is the fifth DVC resort in the Magic Kingdom resort area. Strap on your hiking boots, we’re blazing a trail to find the creek for our DVC Duo review of Copper Creek Villas & Cabins at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge.

Copper Creek Theme

 
The Theme  
West we go! Themed after the Pacific Northwest, the Wilderness Lodge brings together Native American elements and natural aspects of the national parks found in the northwest. The lodge is designed as a nod to the Faithful Inn in Yellowstone National Park. With geysers, hot springs and of course creeks spread around the property, you feel as if you’re stepping into a picturesque lodge from the movies. The chic rustic feel is carried through the resort, from the moment you step through the lobby door you’re met with rich wood in every direction you look and the themeing carries all the way through to the docks on Bay Lake.
 
Passholder Insights: If you have a package or groceries (via amazon) delivered to the resort, you’ll want to head to bell services in the lobby to pick your package.
Copper Creek Room
 

The Rooms 
With 158 guest rooms, Copper Creek Villas & Cabins is the larger of the two DVC resorts at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge. The majority of rooms are located within the south wing of the main lodge with the standalone cabins located along Bay Lake. To make way for the DVC units, Disney Imagineering converted the original hotel rooms in the south wing into the DVC style rooms. Below are the room options:
  • Deluxe Studio – Similar to your normal hotel room with one queen-sized bed, one double-size sleeper sofa, and a bathroom. There are two types of studios, one variation has a walk-in shower and the other with a tub/shower. Sleeps 4 people. 
  • 1 Bedroom Villa – Similar to 1 bedroom apartment, as these rooms have a kitchen, laundry facilities, living room and large master bedroom with a jacuzzi tub. One bathroom with a standup shower. The living room couch can convert into a pull out queen bed. Sleeps, 4 people. 
  • 2 Bedroom Villa – The 2 bedroom villa is made up of a deluxe studio and 1 bedroom villa. The only difference is the addition of a walk-in closet in the deluxe studio portion where the entrance would normally be located. Sleeps, 8 people. 
  • 3 Bedroom Villa – A single-story “house” that has the same facilities as the 1 and 2 bedroom villas with the following additions, a larger dining room, 3 total bathrooms, and total 3 bedrooms (1 king bed, 4 queen beds in each bedroom). The couch in the living room converts to a queen bed. Sleeps, 12 people. 
  • Cabin – A standalone building along the shores of Bay Lake that includes a kitchen, laundry facilities, living room, and larger deck with a private hot tub. The master bedroom is made up of a king bed, jacuzzi tub, and walk-in shower. The second bedroom consists of a queen bed and a pulldown twin bed. In the living room, you’ll find a queen pull out bed and a pull-out sleeping chair. Sleeps, 8 people.
We’ve stayed in all the room types at various resorts, except for the cabins. For us, what makes the Copper Creek Villas & Cabins stand apart from other DVC resorts is how you’re so close to the Magic Kingdom, yet feel completely separated. The Wilderness Lodge transports to a tranquil place, where you cannot help but relax. If you have multiple families or a group sharing a 1 bedroom villa we recommend looking at Bay Lake Tower, as their 1 bedroom as two bathrooms.
Passholder Insights: If you’re looking for a studio on a higher floor, you’ll want to book a room with the walk-in shower, as 95% of rooms without a walk-in shower are located on the first floor. 
Copper Creak Lobby
 
Lobby Area  
Whether arriving at Copper Creek Villas & Cabins by the Disney Magical Express, car, taxi, or rideshare you’ll be dropped off at the Wilderness Lodge lobby area. You’ll be greeted by bell services for any of your luggage needs. Making your way through the lobby doors your see Whispering Canyon Cafe immediately to your left, on the opposite side of the lobby is the check-in and guest services. Additionally, you’ll find a gift shop with a limited selection of groceries and “grab and go” items just beyond the concierge desk. Making your way deeper into the lobby you’ll find cozy couches and rocking chairs that are so welcoming you’ll want to curl up with your favorite book. It’s the perfect place to recharge and relax, especially during the holiday season.
Unique to the Wilderness Lodge is the creek that travels from within the lobby down to the pool area. You can find the creek straight back from the main entrance. 
 Copper Creek Pool
 
The Pools and Recreation 
Disney’s Wilderness Lodge offers a couple of choices when it comes to pools. On the backside of the Boulder Ridge portion of the resort is the Boulder Ridge Cove Pool. A tranquil oasis tucked into the boulders encasing the resort. Walking into the zero-entry pool you feel as if you’re stepping into a swimming hole you discovered while hiking around Yellowstone National park. 
Looking for a little more action? Head over to the Copper Creek Springs Pool. Fed by the lobby creek, the pool has a 67-foot water slide that is built into the rocks. You can relax by the pool or in one of the whirlpools, choose carefully as there are both hot and cold options. Nestled off to the right (when facing Bay Lake) of Copper Creek Springs is Geyser Point Bar & Grill, a great place to grab your poolside food and drinks. 
Beyond the pools, Copper Creek Villas & Cabins offers up a variety of recreation activities. At Teton Boat & Bike rental you can rent both motorized boats and sailboats, as well as bikes to explore the grounds. Off the boat dock, you can also book a fishing trip where a Disney cast member will lead you on a fishing excursion around Bay Lake (fees apply).
Passholder Insights: By the Copper Creeks Springs Pool is the geyser that goes off every hour. You’ll always know what time it is when you’re by the pool! 
 Copper Creek Food
Who’s Hungry? We Are!  
Copper Creek Villas & Cabins has a wide variety of options for food, and one of the most relaxing quick-serve locations in Geyser Point Bar and Grill. With grand views of Bay Lake, Geyser Point Bar and Grill is a great place to unwind and recap your Disney day. Unlike most Disney resorts, Copper Creek Villas & Cabins has a second quick-serve location in Roaring Fork, a great place to enjoy the hearty wilderness breakfast offered.
  • Whispering Canyon Cafe – Located in the main lobby is a rootn’ tootn’ good time restaurant serving up your western favorites. You may or may not want to “ask for Ketchup”. You’ve been warned. Serving up breakfast, lunch, and dinner (buffet), Whispering Canyon Cafe is a single meal credit if you’re on the Disney Dining Plan. We’ve heard the hearty breakfast is a must-try. 
  • Storybook Dining at Artist Point with Snow White – Located in the back left of the main lobby is a Signature Character Dining Experience with Snow White, Dopey, Grumpy, and the Evil Queen. Sit back for a royal feast theme around the Disney classic. Open for dinner and one meal credit on the Disney Dining Plan. We would recommend making an advanced dining reservation, as character dining books up quickly.
Outside of the restaurants, Boulder Ridge has one of the DVC Duo’s favorite lounges for an adult time out, Territory Lounge. Step into that cozy lodge lounge, fully equipped with bear totem, and enjoy your favorite beverage of choice! 
Copper Creek Gym
 
Gym Time!  
If hiking around the resort and Walt Disney World isn’t enough for you, head over to the Sturdy Branch Health Club. The facility has all the basics for a vacation workout. If running is more your speed, stop by the front desk for a jogging trail map. 
Passholder Insights: The Sturdy Branch Health Club is located on the first floor of the Boulder Ridge portion of the resort. 
Our Thoughts 
The Copper Creek Cabins & Villas is a peaceful resort that delivers that wilderness escape feel. It’s the perfect resort if you’re looking to be near the Magic Kingdom, with having the ability to step away to a quieter resort at days end. The addition of the Copper Creek Cabins to the properly really enhances the overall look while touring the resort and from a boat. For us, we prefer a resort a little more in the “action” where we can easily walk to a park. We would definitely recommend the Copper Creeks Villas & Cabins if you’re looking for a trip with a little time at the resort. With tons of activities and great onsite dining, it’s the perfect resort for anyone looking to spend a lot of time either the Magic Kingdom or planning for a few “resort days” in their trip.
 

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