Wilderness Lodge construction update - June 2016

Disney is renovating some hotel rooms at Disney's Wilderness Lodge and converting to Disney Vacation Club villas. Access has been blocked to the hotel wing on the east side of the Lodge, which is the side closest to the existing villas, now dubbed Boulder Ridge Villas.  Elevators that service that wing have been walled off.  

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Wilderness Lodge Construction - June 2016

Exterior work on the hotel wing being renovated.   

Wilderness Lodge Construction - June 2016

Disney may be building a dirt embankment along World Drive between the road and the cabins nearest the road.  As the first two photos below illustrate, the dirt embankment could serve as a natural sound and sight barrier for the cabins.  (Or it could just be dirt fill that has yet to be moved to other places on the site.)

First, the view from World Drive looking toward the waterway...

Wilderness Lodge Construction - June 2016

...then the view from the Wilderness Lodge ferry looking at World Drive.

Wilderness Lodge Construction - June 2016

Trees have been cleared to make way for the cabins that will be on the west side of the resort, the side closest to World Drive.  However, not all of the trees have been cut down.  It appears a line of trees right near the shoreline have been kept. 

Wilderness Lodge Construction - June 2016

 

Wilderness Lodge Construction - June 2016

 

Wilderness Lodge Construction - June 2016

Although the Hidden Springs Pool has been demolished, excavation work has yet to begin on the new pool.  

The first photo below shows the new shoreline restaurant building in the background.  Also, the old rental hut can be seen, too.

Wilderness Lodge Construction - June 2016

 

Wilderness Lodge Construction - June 2016

Much of the framing for the new lakefront restaurant building appears to be completed.  The second photo shows the location of the new restaurant in relation to the Boulder Ridge Villas, which are in the background.

Wilderness Lodge Construction - June 2016

 

Wilderness Lodge Construction - June 2016


Wil Lovato is a contributor to DVCNews.com and has been a Disney Vacation Club owner since 2009. His DVC Home Resorts include Bay Lake Tower, Animal Kingdom Villas, and Aulani. He can be found posting on many Disney discussion forums under the username of “wdrl”.

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