Disney Vacation Club is wasting no time with its hard goods refurbishment of the Villas at Disney's Wilderness Lodge.
Renovated One Bedroom villa panorama
In December Disney Vacation Club revealed plans to complete a hard good refurbishment of all Wilderness Lodge villa rooms. "Hard goods" is Disney's designation for the most comprehensive room update. Nearly all elements of the guest room are replaced, repaired or refinished to bring the facilities back to a like-new condition.
Workers have already completed renovations on all 5th floor villas at the Wilderness Lodge and are now working on 4th floor units.
Among the updates to each villa are:
- Addition of fold-down 5th sleeper to all Deluxe Studio villas. Unit is identical to beds installed at the Villas at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort with Bambi artwork replacing the Dumbo imagery found on Grand Floridian sleepers.
- Replacement of living room armoires and televisions
- Bambi-themed living room throw pillows.
- Repainted kitchen cabinets and new granite countertops.
- New stainless steel appliances.
- Durable faux hardwood flooring.
- Living room area rugs.
- Updated wallcoverings, windowcoverings and linens.
- All light fixtures and ceiling fans replaced.
- New bathroom tile and fixtures.
Similar projects at Disney's BoardWalk Villas and Disney's Old Key West Resort required more than a year to renovate all villas. DVC is pursuing a much more aggressive timeline with this project. All villas at Disney's Wilderness Lodge are expected to be renovated by the end of March 2014.
Thanks to Tyler for the information and photos!
There does seem to be a trend, however, to tone down the theming when these rehabs are done. I do not want the rooms in all of the DVC resorts to look essentially the same.
This could be a case where photos don't do it justice. Looks like there are still some brighter colors in the bathroom, kitchen tile, area rug, but it no longer looks like a 20-year old lake cabin that was stuck in time.
That's my two-cents.