Walt Disney World’s newest timeshare opens next week with a westward expansion theme focusing on the evolution of the transcontinental railroad.

The theme pays homage to Walt Disney’s passion for trains.

Copper Creek Villas & Cabins open July 17 as the 14th Disney Vacation Club option and the second at the Wilderness Lodge.

The “rustically elegant accommodations” include lakeside cabins with hot tubs and 2,400-square-foot grand villas that sleep 12.

The 26 cabins sleep up to eight and feature two bedrooms, two baths, stone fireplaces and floor-to-ceiling windows with views of Bay Lake. The 1,300-square-foot cabins have wrap-around screened porches and hot tubs with views of the Electrical Water Pageant. Decorations include reclaimed glass and reconstructed art pieces from Carolwood Pacific Railroad, the train that Walt Disney had in his California backyard.

Beamed ceilings and distressed wooden floors, which were hand-scraped to look like they came from a sawmill, give that pioneer feel in the three-bedroom grand villas. Deluxe studios and one- and two-bedroom villas round out the five accommodation options.

The resort’s Boulder Ridge Cove pool is designed like a mining quarry with cranes and boulder walls.

Guests will have access to all of the amenities at the Wilderness Lodge including watercraft and bicycle rentals, a campfire site, and the Copper Creek Springs pool featuring a 67-foot waterslide.

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The youngest of seven children, Terry O. Roen followed two older brothers into journalism. Her career started as a reporter for the Orlando Sentinel, where she wrote stories on city and county government, schools, courts and religion. She has also reported for the Associated Press, where she covered the Casey Anthony and Trayvon Martin trials along with the Pulse massacre. Married to her husband, Hal, they have two children and live in Winter Park. A lifelong tourist in her own state, she writes about Central Florida’s growing tourism industry for Florida Politics and Orlando Rising.

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