Heading to Orlando and wondering just where to stay and what to do? Look no further than the newly opened Copper Creek Villas & Cabins.
I’m just going to start with the quote from my 8 year old a few hours into our arrival.
“Mom, this resort is so great, we don’t even have to go to the parks!”
OK, clearly we ARE going to go to the parks, but, wow, right? My 8 YEAR OLD was having so much fun at Copper Creek that he declared it a vacation unto itself. Which, it totally is. Copper Creek is beyond any hotel or place to stay while in Orlando, it’s a true resort, both inside with its luxurious amenities, and outside, with its beautiful property and onsite activities.
First, the rooms. I mean, beeeeeeyond gorgeous. The rustic-elegant design and decor are themed around the National Parks (as is Wilderness Lodge), but Copper Creek takes the theme one step further into the storyline with the introduction of the Railroad. The opening of the railroad made the National Parks more accessible and truly brought the people to the parks – and you can see a railroad sub-theme incorporated into interesting ways around Copper Creek. If you look UP in the rooms you’ll see pieces of track as exposed beams, framed replicas of original train tickets are hung on the wall, and most noticeably, the pool has a piece of Catastrophe Canyon as a permanent fixture.
We stayed in a one bedroom suite, and had a full kitchen, dining area, living room, separate bedroom, and full bath. The sofa pulled out into a very comfortable full bed, perfect for the boys. Did I mention there is also a full size washer and dryer in the unit? Who knew 10 years ago that I’d be so geeked out over laundry, but, let’s be real here – packing and enjoying yourself on vacation is SO much better if you know you have easy access to a washer & dryer.
The cabins on the property are in a whole other league of their own, and basically I’d sell my house in a heart beat to live full time in one of them. Situated on a quiet path of their own, the cabins are expansive in size and come with a screened in porch and hot tub. The porch overlooks the lake, and if it wasn’t for Walt Disney World being a small boat ride away, you’d swear you were in a secluded campground in the middle of a national park. The cabins are a world away from it all, yet perfectly center.
Second, the property. I already mentioned the Pacific Northwest and National Parks theme interwoven with the story of the railroad, but I didn’t yet mention the fact that the entire property is lakeside. This beautiful property spans Bay Lake, and all of the wonderful lake side activities are literally at your doorstep. We took out a pontoon boat for an afternoon and buzzed around checking out the nearby properties (including the campground!) and enjoyed the quietness of being surrounded by nature. In addition to boating, you can fish and rent bikes to ride along the resort trails. It’s truly the best of both worlds: outdoorsy, yet close to all Disney has to offer.
When you’re ready to head in from the lake, you can easily spend all day at the pools (one for Wilderness Lodge, and one reserved for guests staying at the vacation club) as they are resort style at its finest. The larger pool as part of Wilderness Lodge has a water slide and a full staff of lifeguards. The slightly quieter pool, for the vacation club guests, is a tucked-in retreat with a zero-entry side and luxurious cabanas that are first come first shade. 🙂 In true Disney fashion, there are Hidden Mickeys built right into the design, and we had a blast doing a scavenger hunt around the property.
The restaurants are also a destination unto themselves. We had a delicious and wildly fun time at Whispering Canyon Cafe, and because I want to be spoiler-free, just be sure to ask for ketchup. Roaring Fork is a perfect breakfast and lunch on-the-go with plenty of fresh and healthy options for everyone. We did NOT get a chance to try the fine dining option, Artist Point, but the menu looked scrumptious and a quick peek inside confirmed it would be a lovely date night.
Third, the proximity. As Copper Creek is right on the lake, the water taxis are on property and depart every few minutes. The longest we ever waited was about 10 minutes, and the boat ride is an adventure within itself. Disney Express also operates directly out front of the hotel entrance. We were to the parks and back without any stress of driving or parking.
Speaking of the parks…that’s up NEXT! I can’t WAIT to tell you all about our experience in Pandora.
Our family was hosted by Disney Vacation Club to stay at Copper Creek for a weekend, but you all know that my opinions are fully mine and I only share what I LOVE! And WOW, did we love Copper Creek. It was truly a very special experience for our family, and we are incredibly grateful. Thank you, Disney Vacation Club.