Disney applies for Copper Creek timeshare license

Disney Vacation Development has taken an important step as it moves closer to selling ownership in the Copper Creek Villas & Cabins at Disney's Wilderness Lodge.

Wilderness Lodge

Disney's Wilderness Lodge

The Florida Department of Business & Professional Regulation is currently reviewing Disney's application to begin selling timeshare ownership in the fourteenth Disney Vacation Club property.  The license status was last updated on August 1, 2016 and is currently listed as "under review."  

The department has already issued a license for the Copper Creek Villas & Cabins Condominium Assocation to act as "Managing Entity" for the timeshare project.  

Few details can be gleaned from this intial filing.  The Florida DBPR website does list 9384 timeshare weeks covered by the application.  With DVD able to sell 51 weeks for every unit, this number equates to 184 villas.  

However, this figure may not represent the entire Copper Creek development.  In 2014, Disney Vacation Development submitted its initial license application for Disney's Polynesian Villas & Bungalows.  That application cited 8262 weeks, or roughly 162 villas.  That number corresponds with the Polynesian's initial declaration, but is far less than the 380 Deluxe Studio villas and bungalows in the resort.  

Copper Creek Permit 201608

Copper Creek permit information from Florida DPBR website

Plans depict 26 beachfront cabins coming to the Wilderness Lodge, while an existing hotel wing housing about 360 rooms is being reconfigured to support an unknown number of villas.  

Approval of this license must occur before sales may begin, but it would not necessarily signify an immediate start.  Disney will have to obtain approval from other States and Canadian Provinces before it can begin selling the new timeshare resort over the telephone, via the Internet, or through the mail to people residing outside of Florida. In the case of the Polynesian Villas & Bungalows, the timeshare license was approved on June 17, 2014 but Disney did not begin selling ownership at the resort until January 12, 2015.  

Permits associated with the Wilderness Lodge renovations suggest that work may continue into 2018.  

Thanks to Tom for the tip!

DVCNews Reader Comments:
COPPER CREEK VILLAS & CABINS at Disney's Wilderness Lodge - Timeshare License -- tsmiii
2016 Aug 25 08:43:41 PM
Hello All,

It appears the timeshare license has been filed with the state for the new villas and cabins at Wilderness Lodge and is currently under review having been filed on or about 8/1/16.

The initial filing with the Florida Dept. of Business and Professional Regulation indicates 9384 weeks which may or may not be all of the planned units.

I'm sure wdrl can decipher how many units this may equate to.

(ETA: Looks like 184 units if divided by 51 weeks - with the 52nd held back as developer owned)

This type of filing, once approved, is usually the green light for sales to begin.
Re: Disney applies for Copper Creek timeshare license -- wdrl
2016 Aug 25 11:03:56 PM
thanks for the heads up, tsmiii! You are right that the 9,384 timeshare weeks translates into 184 vacation homes.
Re: Disney applies for Copper Creek timeshare license -- wdrl
2016 Aug 25 11:30:55 PM
Although it appears there will be 184 DVC vacation homes at the new Copper Creek Cabins & Villas, there is no way to tell the sizes of these vacation homes. They could be anything from dedicated studios, like at the Polynesian Villas & Bungalows, to the more traditional one, two, and three bedroom villas we find at other DVC resorts.

As pointed out in the article, PVB's timeshare license was approved on June 17, 2014, and sales started on January 12, 2015. The Villas at Disney's Grand Floridian had its timeshare license approved on January 30, 2013, and sales commenced less than four months later on May 23, 2013.

Disney still has about 2,100,000 PVB points left to sell to the public. I'm not sure whether Disney would want to start selling CCC too soon if it still has a lot of PVB points on its books.
Re: Disney applies for Copper Creek timeshare license -- denlo
2016 Aug 26 10:28:04 AM
This news is getting me excited about the new resort at Wilderness Lodge. Hopefully DVD learned a lesson with the Poly that building only studios is not popular with many DVC owners. But what I am really hoping is that the point cost per night is not much different than the Boulder Ridge Villas (aka VWL). And if DVC has really learned anything the cabins will be large and the size of a grand villa with three bedrooms.
Re: Disney applies for Copper Creek timeshare license -- kazrak
2016 Aug 26 11:40:19 AM
If the numbers I'm seeing are right, 184 units is significantly more than Boulder Ridge Villas has (I'm seeing 136 for BRV). But we'll need to wait and see what the exact breakdown is to know how much larger it is - BRV has 45 lockoffs, so 181 'rooms'.
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