Day 6 of Four Resorts, Two Festivals 2019, the latest of my Disney Trip Reports, is here! Today it was all about hanging out at the resort pool, packing up our stuff to move to our next resort, and having a character dining experience – Storybook Dining at Artist Point!
The Four Resorts, Two Festivals 2019 Trip Report Index tells you a bit about the planning of this trip, as well as some info about us – me, Michelle; and my husband, Steve. It also, of course, has the full list of days for the trip.
Day 6: Storybook Dining at Artist Point
February 28, 2019
If you’ve been reading along since the start of this 2019 Disney Trip Report, you will know that we are staying at four different Disney Resorts!
Today is the last day for us at Boulder Ridge Villas at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge – one of the two sets of Disney Vacation Club Villas. We decided to have a day at the new [to us] swimming pool, hang out at the resort, and of course, pack up our stuff to be moved to our next accommodation – Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa.
We stayed at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge for the first time back in 2015 (you can read that trip report here: Halloween in The Wilderness 2015) and absolutely fell in the love with the place. The main lobby takes my breath away every time I step foot in it!
2015 was also the year that we bought our DVC Membership with our Home Resort being Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort. I don’t want to go into the ins-and-outs of membership here as it will take too long, but we are able to use our points at any of the DVC Resorts, not just our Home Resort. Our 2019 trip was a last-minute-ish affair, we had to split the stay up because I couldn’t get 2 solid weeks at one resort!
Anyways, back in 2015 they had started to construct the new swimming pool which is now called Boulder Ridge Cove Pool, and starting to construct (I think) the new Copper Creek Villas & Cabins at Wildnerness Lodge too. So when I say its a new pool [to us], that’s why!
What a long way to explain that! Anyway, moving on…
There are two pools at this Disney Resort. The Boulder Ridge Cove one would be classed as the quiet pool or the DVC pool as it’s nearer to the DVC Villas.
The main pool – now called Cooper Creek Springs Pool – is closer to the main building, has a slide, a splash play area for kids, and is generally a lot busier.
Both pools are open to ALL guests staying at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge though! We just happened to hang out today at the quieter pool, but have been in the other pool a few times because of past trip.
The story behind Boulder Ridge and Copper Creek is they are old railroad and mining towns, and that is very apparent in the theming in the area. Disney does theming so very well, and it’s something I mention all the time! However, as cool as that rusty (looking) old mining crane thing and tower are, I feel like they are a bit weirdly placed in the pool area!
That all said, of course the theme is spot on for what they wanted to achieve!
I preferred the more subtle touches like the detonator that was near the hot tub, and the big boulders with water trickling down on them.
The pool at Boulder Ridge Cove is also really angular, rather than rounded off, and from memory, it is a LOT bigger than the old swimming pool.
On the side where we positioned ourselves for the day, there is zero-depth entry, with large steps around on the other side and standard pool ladders too. I like this as it makes it accessible for all. There is also a pool lift (which is just blurred out in the photo below thanks to a water droplet on the camera) for those that need that assistance into the water.
There is lots of seating around the pool – and all different kinds too – loungers, tables and chairs, sofa-type seating, and cabañas too. I’m not sure if the cabañas are first-come-first-served or if you have to pay for them like you do at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort.
It was a lovely hot day (the temperatures were still a bit up and down for us on this trip!) so we made the most of our time in the pool. Just as I took the photo of us above, I looked over and saw the YouTuber, The Tim Tracker taking a photo of the crane. I turned to Steve and said “Oh look, it’s Tim Tracker!” – so surprising to see him randomly here, rather than in one of the theme parks!
We had been binge-watching his videos before this trip, so it was pretty cool we saw him – but a bit too far away to say “hi!”. As it turns out – when we saw the video a few days later it was part of an influencer trip to Wilderness Lodge and Storybook Dining (if I recall correctly!).