A new video sheds some light on how Copper Creek Villas & Cabins is intended to match the turn-of-the-century theme of Disney's Wilderness Lodge. (Spoiler alert: it isn't supposed to.)
Most criticsm levied toward Copper Creek has focused on the idea that the villa design doesn't really mesh with the rest of the Wilderness Lodge. While the hotel and existing Boulder Ridge Villas feature theming circa 1900, Copper Creek has a more modern and upscale look.
Turns out this was the approach deliberately taken by designers.
The latest promotional video illustrates how the three segments of the property salute different timeframes along the Transcontinental Railroad. Boulder Ridge Villas--the original Disney Vacation Club segment--is set in the late 1800s with the lodge itself in the early 1900s. Meanwhile Copper Creek Villas & Cabins depicts the same territory as it appears today.
Apparently designers actually DID go shopping at Ikea--perhaps one located outside of Tacoma, Washington.
The complete video is available in the embedded player above or by clicking HERE.
I think the storylines are well done. Especially incorporating the trains at BRV into the story despite the fact that they are modern trains built in the 1950s and 1960s for Walt Disney.
I strongly recommend the Wilderness Lobby tour. Its a misnomer to say its just a "lobby" tour because the Ranger takes you to the Boulder Ridge building and to the Courtyard of the Lodge. As with many things Disney, its amazing to hear the backstory and to see the attention to detail that Disney puts into its designs.