From the Disney Parks Blog and written by: Ryan March
Can you guess the location of this Carolwood Pacific Railroad car?
Here, in one of the coziest spaces you’ll find anywhere at Walt Disney World Resort, Disney Vacation Club Members and guests may peruse artifacts celebrating Walt Disney’s love of railroads, including two actual cars from the one-eighth scale steam railroad that famously traveled the “Fair Weather Route” through the backyard of Walt’s 5-acre home on Los Angeles’ Carolwood Drive. The car pictured above is No. 749. More on that in a moment. In the meantime, here’s a wider shot of the train cars’ display case.
Still don’t know? Here’s another hint. While this room is part of a space that functions a bit like a lobby, the resort’s front desk is located in a much larger lobby next door, connected by a covered walkway through the woods. Both lobbies, by the way, feature fireplaces.
Final hint: this resort features both traditional hotel rooms and not one but TWO distinct Disney Vacation Club Resorts.
Answer: You’ll find these authentic artifacts in the Carolwood Pacific Room within the “lobby” of Boulder Ridge Villas at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge.
Boulder Ridge Villas at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge opened in 2000 as The Villas at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge and changed its name to Boulder Ridge Villas in 2017 as a second Disney Vacation Club Resort – Copper Creek Villas & Cabins – debuted at the lakeside lodge. Both Disney Vacation Club Resorts build on the lodge’s thematic connections to America’s transcontinental railroad.
Oh, and as for that train car No. 749? Take a closer look at the full-size “Boulder Ridge Railway and Mining Co.” cars in the lodge’s landscape. You’ll see that Imagineers have cleverly matched the numbers emblazoned on those mine cars to those on the miniature train cars in the Carolwood Pacific Room.