The Disney Vacation Club accommodations formerly known as The Villas at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge have recently assumed a new name – Boulder Ridge Villas at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge – and will soon feature new recreational and dining amenities.
This new ‘Boulder Ridge Villas’ name reflects the railroad theming of Disney’s Wilderness Lodge, and will be accompanied by a sweeping re-imagination of the former Hidden Springs Pool area, which will help tell the richly layered backstory of Boulder Ridge. Scheduled to open in summer 2017, Boulder Ridge Cove replaces the DVC resort’s former “quiet pool,” and will feature an expanded sun deck and zero-depth-entry pool in what appears to have been an abandoned rock quarry.
A nearby “Boulder Ridge Railway and Mining Co.” water tower will be among the pool area’s landmark reminders of its pioneering past, while a vintage mine cart supports the mining theme with an affectionate nod to Disney history. Such rejuvenating transformations were common in the Pacific Northwest following the mid-20th-century fading of the Transcontinental Railroad, as locals turned rails into trails – repurposing everything from bridges and tunnels to cranes and quarries.
Beyond the new pool space, scheduled enhancements to the resort are include a brand-new bar & grill, in addition to a quick-service restaurant. Geyser Point Bar & Grill will be located in the heart of the feature pool area of Disney’s Wilderness Lodge, where Members and guests can grab a bite to eat as they lounge by the resort’s main pool. The rendering for this area highlights ample outdoor seating and architecture that looks right at home with that of the existing Lodge, as well as Boulder Ridge Villas.
For a look around a pre-renovation Wilderness Lodge, watch this 2014 edition of Photo Finds: