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Photo Tour of a Studio at The Boulder Ridge Villas at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge



By Dave Shute

(For the first page of this review of the Boulder Ridge Villas at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge, see this.)

PHOTO TOUR OF A STUDIO ROOM AT THE BOULDER RIDGE VILLAS AT THE WILDERNESS LODGE

There are three-ish basic room types at the Boulder Ridge Villas at the Wilderness Lodge

  • Studios, which sleep five on a queen, fold-out couch, and fold down short Murphy Bed
  • One Bedroom Villas, which sleep 4 on a king and a fold-out couch, and
  • Two kinds of Two Bedroom Villas–one combines a Studio and One Bedroom Villa via a connecting door (called a “lock-off” villa), and another was designed as a Two Bedroom from the start, where the second bedroom has two queens (called a “dedicated” villa).

This page covers Boulder Ridge Studios, but at the end I’ll also make some notes on the second bedroom of a dedicated villa.

Entry Studio Villas at Wilderness Lodge from yourfirstvisit.net

When you enter a Studio, the bath and closet are on one side, and the kitchenette on the other.

Inside Closet Studio Villas at Wilderness Lodge from yourfirstvisit.net

You’ll find this large closet accessible from near the bath sink.

Sink Studio Villas at Wilderness Lodge from yourfirstvisit.net

Just one sink–but another is right outside in the kitchenette. Note the woodsy–twiggy?–treatment around the mirror.

Tub Shower Studio Villas at Wilderness Lodge from yourfirstvisit.net

The tub/shower and toilet are in their own separate space.

Kitchinette Studio Villas at Wilderness Lodge from yourfirstvisit.net

The kitchenette is across the entry hall. It comes with the mini-fridge and coffeemaker all deluxe rooms have, plus a microwave and toaster…

Stuff Studio Villas at Wilderness Lodge from yourfirstvisit.net

…and some basic supplies.

Mini Fridge Studio Villas at Wilderness Lodge from yourfirstvisit.net

It also adds storage to the room.

Bed Side Studio Villas at Wilderness Lodge from yourfirstvisit.net

Deeper in the room on one side you’ll find a queen bed and sofa.

Queen Bed Studio Villas at Wilderness Lodge from yourfirstvisit.net

A closer view of the queen.

Headboard Carving Studio Villas at Wilderness Lodge from yourfirstvisit.net

Note the carving on the headboard.

Couch Studio Villas at Wilderness Lodge from yourfirstvisit.net

Deeper on this side is the couch.

Coffee Table Storage Studio Villas at Wilderness Lodge from yourfirstvisit.net

The coffee table in front provides additional storage.

Sofa Bed Studio Villas at Wilderness Lodge from yourfirstvisit.net

The couch folds out into this bed. I measured it as 54 inches wide and 72 inches long–shorter than a full bed.  Metal rails at the head and foot make it sleep shorter than this.  The cushion is four inches deep, and the bed is adequate for shorter, lighter folk.

TV Side Studio Villas at Wilderness Lodge from yourfirstvisit.net

The other side of the room includes a dresser and a table that folds away when the Murphy Bed here is lowered.

I did not get a close-up shot of the dresser (on the right) acceptable even by my low standards, but it has four good-sized drawers.  These, the storage in the coffee table, and the large closet means there’s plenty of storage here for the five people this room will hold.

TV Side Studio Villas at Wilderness Lodge from yourfirstvisit.net (2)

Another view of this side of the room…

Table Studio Villas at Wilderness Lodge from yourfirstvisit.net

…a closer view of the table…

Bed Down Studio Villas at Wilderness Lodge from yourfirstvisit.net

…and of it disappearing as the Murphy Bed is unfolded.

Murphy Bed Studio Villas at Wilderness Lodge from yourfirstvisit.net

The Murphy Bed presents the only reasonably priced way for five people to stay in a Wilderness Lodge room.

Murphy Bed Studio Villas at Wilderness Lodge from yourfirstvisit.net (2)

I measured the Murphy Bed mattress as 33 inches by 75 inches.  Because it is surrounded by framing, it sleeps shorter than this–otherwise heads or toesies will end up on the wood. Figure 5′ 9″ as the max height of someone who will be comfortable here.  The cushion is a nice 6 inches deep.

Bambi Studio Villas at Wilderness Lodge from yourfirstvisit.net

Note the darling Bambi art revealed when this bed is down.

View Studio Villas at Wilderness Lodge from yourfirstvisit.net
Almost all Studios at the Boulder Ridge Villas at the Wilderness Lodge have balconies. Mine was the only one on my floor that didn’t–although I did have a nice view.

Because of the missing balcony, Disney upgraded me to a concierge room in the main Lodge, but when I explained I needed to be in this room to review it for you, they put me back. This is how I suffer for you–no free drinks, no balcony…

HOW THE SECOND BEDROOM OF A DEDICATED TWO BEDROOM VILLA IS DIFFERENT

Many Two Bedroom Villas at the Boulder Ridge Villas at the Wilderness Lodge combine a Studio and a One Bedroom Villa.

Floor Plan Second bedroom The Villas at Disney's Wilderness Lodge from yourfirstvisit.net

Some, however, were designed as Two Bedroom Villas from the start, and their second bedrooms have a number of differences compared to Studios:

1. No entry direct to the hall.

Closet Second Bedroom Before Refurb Villas at The Wilderness Lodge from yourfirtsvisit.net

2. Instead, a very large closet in this spot.

3. No kitchenette.

Bedroom Area Second Bedroom Before Refurb Villas at The Wilderness Lodge from yourfirtsvisit.net

4. No Murphy Bed or couch–instead these rooms have two queen beds and sleep four. See the image–which is from a much older version of the decor here.

Studios at the Boulder Ridge Villas at the Wilderness Lodge present a great option for five person families, or families looking for three sleeping spots!

PHOTO TOUR OF THE LIVING/DINING/KITCHEN AREA OF A BOULDER RIDGE VILLA AT THE WILDERNESS LODGE

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6 comments

1 Jessica Heale { 11.29.14 at 10:51 pm }

What are the studio room or rooms that do not have a balcony at the Wilderness Lodge Villas?

2 Dave { 11.30.14 at 2:30 pm }

At the red dot, Jessica DSC03980 (800x332)

3 Dale T { 07.20.15 at 10:45 am }

I have a studio booked if were to get the one with out a balcony which I want with ours did you complain and they offered to move you?

4 Dave { 07.21.15 at 9:53 am }

Dale, long story, but they offered me an upgrade to a concierge regular room even before I arrived, but I turned them down because I wanted to see and stay in a re-furbed room! So yes, if you do get one of the very few studios (it’s like one or two) without balconies, complain.

5 Lisa { 01.17.16 at 5:19 pm }

Hi Dave

My sister and I will be staying in a deluxe studio room at WL using DVC rental points Dec 2nd – 6th 2016. 1st time using rental points and staying at WL. I’m wondering how they offered you a concierge room before you arrived? Did you call prior to your visit? Not sure how the construction will affect us though. Love your site. Lots of good information.

Thank you good work.

6 Dave { 01.18.16 at 10:34 am }

Hi Lisa, I knew about it when I got an email before my visit from the concierge staff.

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