Let’s breakdown the annual dues into the various components and compare them to all the other DVC resorts. The definition of the various components is available here.
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Here is a high-level summary of the 2017 dues:
As you can see, Copper Creek Villas (CCV) has the highest taxes per point of all the other resorts. This seems to be the main reason why the Copper Creek dues are so high. This is an estimated figure, so if actual taxes are less, owners at CCV can expect a refund to be applied to next year’s dues.
The operating budget seems in line with the other resorts. You would expect the costs to be not too different than Boulder Ridge Villas, and they are pretty close.
Here is a graphical breakdown of the operating costs for Copper Creek. The main items are housekeeping, administration & front desk, and transportation.
Looking at the capital reserves budget, Copper Creek has the highest figure at Walt Disney World. It is surpassed only by Vero Beach (VB) and Hilton Head Island (HHI). Why is this?
Finally, looking at the revenue portion of the budget, Copper Creek looks to be in line with other resorts.
So, in summary, the reasons the annual dues for Copper Creek are so high are taxes and capital reserves.
The DVC resort budget for Copper Creek Villas & Cabins is broken down here. All the resort budgets (including history for the past several years) is available here.
Today, booking for Copper Creek Villas & Cabins opened up for existing DVC members who added-on points at the new resort.
As the day started, members had to call DVC Member Services in order to book. Online reservations using the member web site should be available fairly soon. Until then, members are advised to book via the telephone.
These members can book for dates starting July 17 out to 11 months (so, February 21 if booking today).
Reservations also opened up for the general public to book via a cash booking.
New Members purchasing Copper Creek Villas & Cabins on or after April 5 can book accommodations starting April 19. All other DVC members can book accommodations starting April 26, out to 7 months in advance.
Here are some photos taken of the model room for the Copper Creek Villas & Cabins at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge resort. The 2-bedroom lock-off model room is located at the DVC Sales Center at Saratoga Springs Resort. A 2-bedroom lock-off can be used as a 2-bedroom villa, or subdivided into a Studio and 1-bedroom villa.
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Today, Disney sent out the following press release:
Copper Creek Villas & Cabins at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge offers families a new frontier for magical vacations with a wide-variety of deluxe accommodations
CELEBRATION, Fla. (March 2, 2017) – Disney Vacation Club recently announced that sales for Copper Creek Villas & Cabins at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge, the latest resort in its growing portfolio, will begin on March 8 for current Disney Vacation Club Members with general sales following on April 5.
Copper Creek Villas & Cabins offers guests a new frontier for magical vacations where the comforts of home and the wonders of the wilderness are deeply rooted in the magic of Disney. Inspired by the legendary mining and railroad history of the Pacific Northwest, guests will come “home” to rustic elegance, where cozy touches mix with modern designs to create a tranquil retreat.
“We’re excited to introduce Copper Creek Villas & Cabins to our Members and guests,” said Ken Potrock, senior vice president and general manager of Disney Vacation Club. “Whether it’s a quiet night spent in a cabin unwinding by the living room fireplace or venturing out into the endless action of nearby Magic Kingdom Park, Copper Creek Villas & Cabins is the perfect place for families to embrace the simple joys of nature and reconnect with each other for a lifetime of memories.”
Offering one of the widest ranges of accommodations found at Walt Disney World Resort, Copper Creek Villas & Cabins features 184 modern, nature-inspired vacation homes, including Deluxe Studios, one- and two-bedroom Villas, and three-bedroom Grand Villas, which sleep up to 12. Each unit is thoughtfully designed with today’s families in mind and offers added convenience and many of the comforts of home, such as well-appointed kitchen areas, expanded storage space for belongings and private patios or balconies with scenic views.
Natural finishing touches throughout add a sense of nature to each room. Copper Creek Villas & Cabins also includes 26 all-new luxurious waterfront cabins. Sleeping up to eight and featuring two bedrooms, two baths and large dining and living room spaces, the cabins’ floor-to- ceiling windows, exposed wooden beams and interior-exterior stone-hearth fireplace bring the beauty of the outdoors in, offering plenty of room for families. After an exciting day at the nearby theme parks, guests can return to their porch to take in the fresh air and relax in the built-in hot tub, and for some, enjoy the Electrical Water Pageant on Bay Lake and firework views from the Magic Kingdom.
Copper Creek Villas & Cabins, currently still under construction, is scheduled to open for guests and Members on July 17. This will be the 14th Disney Vacation Club development and the second at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge, conveniently located just a water-taxi ride away from Magic Kingdom Park.
Additional Resort Enhancements
While staying at Copper Creek Villas & Cabins, guests will have shared-access to all of the amenities and activities available just steps away at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge.
The recently opened Geyser Point Bar & Grill offers picturesque views of Bay Lake, as well as explorer-worthy feasts and trails-end spirits in an open-air lounge. The unique menu highlights an array of flavors from bison burgers with Tillamook cheddar and a house-smoked salmon BLT with lemon-caper mayonnaise to innovative small plates, craft beers and signature cocktails in the lounge. Roaring Fork, the resort’s original quick-service restaurant, will reopen later this year with a refreshed look and expanded outdoor seating.
Later this summer, guests will enjoy the laid-back relaxation of the new Boulder Ridge Cove Pool, part of Boulder Ridge Villas at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge. This modern-day swimmin’ hole set within a spectacular backdrop features a zero-depth entry point.
Those in search of extra pampering will want to stop by the all-new Salon by the Springs for pool-side manicures, pedicures and hair services. Additionally, a brand-new sports court, BBQ pavilions and a refurbished fire pit and movie area also join the lineup of resort amenities all slated to open in the summer.
When can members start booking reservations at the new resort?
Existing Members adding-on points at CCV can book accommodations starting March 21.
New Members purchasing CCV on or after April 5 can book accommodations starting April 19.
All other DVC members can book accommodations starting April 26.
DVC is offering the Guaranteed Weeks option for purchases. An explanation of that is found here.
To learn more about Copper Creek Villas & Cabins and Disney Vacation Club Membership, visit DisneyCopperCreek.com.
Disney Vacation Club has revealed the cost, points chart, and opening timeframe for Copper Creek Villas at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge.
Current DVC members will be able to add-on points at CCV on March 8, while sales to the general public will start on April 5th. The resort is scheduled to open on July 17, 2017.
The cost per point is $176, exclusive of any incentives (the same cost as the Polynesian Villas). DVC is offering members incentives of $1,000 off an add on of 150 points or more (offer available March 8, 2017 – May 31, 2017.). The annual dues will be $7.3296 per point.
The Disney Vacation Club filed the master declaration for the Copper Creek Villas and Cabins. The waterfront cabins are 2-bedroom units (similar to the bungalows at the Polynesian), but look to be less points per night than the bungalows (details are near the bottom of this post).
Just as we reported earlier, besides the waterfront cabins, the south wing of the main Wilderness Lodge building will be converted to DVC rooms, including studios, 1-bedroom, 2-bedroom, and 3-bedroom Grand Villas. Both dedicated and lock-off units are available.
With the filing of this master declaration, DVC is very close to begin selling points for CCV.
Some floor plans are shown below.
Here is a comparison of the plans for the cabins as compared to the plans for the bungalows at the Polynesian Resort.
The maximum reallocation point values show the studios and 1-bedroom units may require the same number of points per night as the original Villas at the Wilderness Lodge (now called Boulder Ridge Villas) – 18 points for a studio and 36 points for a 1-bedroom. The information below shows a 2-bedroom is 46 points per night, a Grand Villa is 122 points, while a cabin is 115 points.
We previously reported that Disney is planning on building a Disney Vacation Club resort at the Caribbean Beach Resort as the next DVC after the Copper Creek Cabins & Villas at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge.
Well, Disney filed a permit application with South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) for “Project 88/Caribbean Beach“, located east of Victory Way, south of Buena Vista Drive. The project consists of modifying the existing stormwater management system to serve proposed improvements consisting of constructing seven buildings, parking lots and roadway modifications within the 60.58 acre project area.
Plans also suggest the work on the project will begin this year and will be completed by 2019.
Since Disney has yet to officially announce the project, few additional details are available at this time, including whether this is a DVC expansion or not.
The new DVC expansion at the Wilderness Lodge is progressing well. The cabins and villas for Copper Creek Villas and Cabins, as well as the new Boulder Ridge Cove Pool and Geyser Point Bar & Grill are all opening in 2017. In fact, the Geyser Point Bar & Grill is scheduled to open in February. Geyser Point Pool Bar & Grill will serve breakfast, lunch and dinner as well as specialty cocktails, beer and wine.
As a reminder, here is what it will look like when completed.
The following brief video provides an overview of the state of construction
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Below shows the Boulder Ridge Cove Pool in the center, with Geyser Point Bar & Grill in the upper right.
You can see them building the ridge of boulders around the pool – hence it’s name.
Here is a closer look at the ridge of boulders. It just looks like concrete now.
Here is the tower-like construction next to the pool.
They just have steel rebar without any concrete on this side of the pool.
A view of Geyser Point Bar & Grill at night.
The cabins are painted in various colors right now.
The cabins will have vaulted ceilings, a double-sided fireplace, and a whirlpool tub. They are 2-bedrooms – similar to the bungalows at the Polynesian.
Inside the south wing of the Wilderness Lodge, the conversion of hotel rooms to DVC villas continues. Studios, 1-BR and 2-BR units will be available. There are also rumors of 3-BR grand villas from some sources.