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By Gloria Romano-Barrera.

Cool breeze, blue sky, campfire, nature trials, screened-in wraparound porch with a built-in hot tub, pacific northwest dishes, electrical water pageant and a boat ride only minutes away from Magic Kingdom park — one couldn’t ask for more while at the Copper Creek Villas & Cabins at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge in Florida.

Paying homage to Walt Disney’s passion for trains, Disney’s Wilderness Lodge has a railroad and Pacific Northwest feel. You can choose from a deluxe studio, a 1, 2 or 3-bedroom grand villa to the breathtaking cascade cabins. Each cabin has a screened-in wraparound porch with a built-in hot tub. These 2-Bedroom/2-Bathroom cabins can sleep up to eight people.

In addition to a stacked washer and dryer and a fully equipped, open-style kitchen, each cabin features a double-sided stone-hearth fireplace.

Whether you are traveling alone or with your family, the many recreational activities offered at the lodge include a resort scavenger hunt, family-friendly activities at the Copper Creek Springs Pool, and Carolwood Pacific Room for games. Learn about the art, artifacts and classic craftsmanship that celebrate the majesty of the unspoiled wilderness with the one-hour tour “Wonders of the Lodge Art and Architecture.”

For bike lovers, you can rent a bike and check out the scenery nature trails or you can hop on a boat and also enjoy the scene.

Riding the boat to and from Magic Kingdom was the best and fastest way of transportation for us. It was convenient, stroller friendly and an adventure for our active toddler.

We learned that investing on the MagicBand — which allows you to unlock the door of your Disney Resort Hotel room, enter theme parks, check in at FastPass+ entrances, connect Disney PhotoPass images to your account and also charge food purchased in your room — is the way to go while at Disney.

Once your MagicBand is activated, schedule the Happily Ever After Fireworks viewing in the evening at Magic Kingdom. Lights, music, fireworks—you can’t miss the show.

If you have some time to squeeze other parks, we highly recommend visiting Disney’s Animal Kingdom theme park. Check out both Avatar Flight of Passage and Na’vi River Journey. If you get an appetite, head to Satu’li Canteen. You will enjoy the flavors the dishes have to offer.

Another park we recommend is Epcot. During our visit Epcot was showcasing the International Festival of the Arts and the Disney on Broadway Concert Series with performers Kara Lindsay and Kevin Massey.

Make sure to schedule on your day IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth viewing at Italy Isola West. A must-see as well.

If you are not yet a Disney Vacation Club member, we recommend you to take advantage of the affordable way to take Disney Vacations. As a full-time working mother of a now toddler, it is important to relax and recharge.

And finding the time to do so is not as easy as it sounds, but by becoming a member the flexibility and expenses will work to anyone’s advantage. So give it a try and see what best fits your lifestyle and needs. For some, the happiest place on earth is only a few miles away, for others like myself and my family it is a flight away from home but worth it.

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