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pbm504
06-07-2008, 02:02 PM
I just called to book room at Wilderness Lodge from 12/9-12/14 and was told the cheapest available was Club level standard room at $385/night. There are no "normal" standard view rooms that usually go for $225/night at that time of year. I then asked for any rooms at French Quarter and was old it AND Riverside are COMPLETELY booked for that time. I had to grab a room at Carribean Beach.
How can this be? Isn't that supposed to be the slowest time of year? Is it possible they are just holding rooms back for now?

Paul

Minnie&Nana
06-07-2008, 02:12 PM
It's not the slowest time anymore :worried: The word got out and lots of guests head to Disney now..also MouseFest is going on the 11 thru the 15th this yr and POP Warner is the first week of December.

Keep checking - did you try AAA? WL is the hardest to snag now for any time in December. Some Travel Agencies (www.mousefantravel.com - not sure about others) offer a room discount around MF - we used that last yr about the same time. WL always sells out first.

Good luck!!

slimplaw
06-07-2008, 02:15 PM
I booked Dec. 3-8 at POFQ last Sunday and WL was not available for those dates either. As far as the moderates during your dates, I'm not sure if they have held rooms back for Pop Warner starts Dec. 8 and I believe they use some of the moderate hotels.

GailT
06-07-2008, 02:38 PM
I booked for Dec 22-26 and I booked it 2 months ago, I did do concierege though :santa:

pdchris
06-07-2008, 03:23 PM
I had almost the same experience at WL. I tried 12/6-13th but could only get club level. I dropped one day and tried for 12/6-12 and was able to Woods View.
That was about 10 days ago.
Yes, that time is seemingly very popular now as I, too, had heard it was one of the slowest times. <sigh>

mickeynut1
06-07-2008, 03:24 PM
I went online to disney's website and found that 12/8-12/14 there are courtyard bunk bed rooms available. I'm not sure how much cheaper those are than club level, but if you decided to go with that room category, you could book 12/8-12/14 and then cancel the night of the 8th :confused3. Or...not sure about your flexibility in dates, but if you could arrive a week later, every room category is available 12/13-12/19....from standard through CL ::yes::. The WL is the first resort to book during Christmas as the lodge is absolutely beautifully decorated for the holidays :santa:. It's the best decorated resort at Christmast time, IMO :goodvibes. Good luck and I hope you are able to get the WL because it's an awesome resort :cutie:.

raven69david
06-07-2008, 03:26 PM
Our family always goes 2nd week of December as this is the last week of Value season. Due to the situation you are referencing in your post, we reserve our standard view room about 1 year in advance. This guarnatees us a standard room as these are usually the first to go. When codes get released, we simply apply them to our ressie and everything goes perfect.:goodvibes

We love the lower crowds during the 2nd week of December and we get to do almost everything, until LAST YEAR!:mad: It was insane. You would have thought they were offering free dining and free tickets to anyone staying in the Orlando area. Gosh it was packed last year and being that I really hate crowds (which is why we NEVER go when school is out) it was tough dealing with the whord of people leaving MVMCP on a Tuesday night when I thought it'd be slower. It was a Value night so this year I may do a non-value night to see if the crowds are lighter due to the higher ticket price. I'd pay double if I could get the crowd level i'm used to experiencing during 2nd week of December. :santa:

About 2 weeks ago there were still standard rooms at AKL which is basically the same as the WL with the different themeing of course.;)

RMulieri
06-07-2008, 03:36 PM
Plus, I havefound that WL tends to be a little more popular that time of year, because of the holidays coming up and the resorts ambience.

arielfan
06-07-2008, 04:38 PM
POPWARNER WILL BE THERE DEC.7-14 THIS YEAR THAT IS WHY IT IS SOLD OUT.:rolleyes1

kat3668
06-07-2008, 05:21 PM
http://www.skoosh.com/s/twibo/booking_review.html?result_id=gZjcqhXY&feed=kayak&hotel_id=55067&__no_ip_to_country=1&currency_name=USD :) :) :) :) :)

disneyfan2
06-07-2008, 05:47 PM
i tried to book the 2nd week of Dec too at the values and there was no availablility. So, we moved it to the first week instead. There was plenty of choices that fit in that week instead. Plus no Pop Warner or other groups that are suppose to be there 2nd week. This was about 1 month ago.

disney-super-mom
06-07-2008, 06:09 PM
I just checked on Expedia, and all the resorts have availablility except:

WL
CR
POR

Well, and the villas are booked at VWL and BCV, but I didn't think you wanted to know about the villas.

Anyway, there seems to be plenty of rooms available at WDW hotels and the surrounding area hotels for the second week of December.:thumbsup2

livie1205
06-07-2008, 07:13 PM
It could also be because of those 40% off codes that came out at the first of the year...the last set of dates were for dec. I called when I got mine and got AKL club level for 201.00 a night so with deals like that they are pretty booked up.I know some of the standard rms went for around 129.00 and that was for AKL AND WL .

pbm504
06-07-2008, 08:03 PM
I called back and tried moving the dates around a little but couldn't make it work. They suggested I try calling once a week. Port Orleans being sold out is what REALLY shocks me.
Paul

**eeyore**
06-07-2008, 09:16 PM
I've also found that in the last few years, the resorts are very busy in early December. I still think it is a slowER time of year for the theme parks - pretty much everyone going to the theme parks is staying on-site. I think there are very few people staying off-site that time of year - everyone wants to be immersed in the holiday decorations!

pdchris
06-07-2008, 09:26 PM
POPWARNER WILL BE THERE DEC.7-14 THIS YEAR THAT IS WHY IT IS SOLD OUT.:rolleyes1

I kind of doubt that. From all the posts I've read regarding PW, most of those people stay in the Value Resorts.
I think an earlier poster was right. WL is the resort of choice for many people during the Christmas period.
Another reason is all of us who decided to try it for the first time! :)
We normally stay in moderates but this time I really, really wanted to try WL.

mickeynut1
06-08-2008, 01:53 PM
I called back and tried moving the dates around a little but couldn't make it work. They suggested I try calling once a week. Port Orleans being sold out is what REALLY shocks me.
Paul

Although most of Pop Warner stays at the value resorts, there are some that have been staying at POR and/or POFQ the last year or two....so that may be why those are booked :confused3. Our neighbor has gone for Pop Warner the last 2 years and the first year they stayed at one of the value resorts, but last year they were at POFQ. But as far as that being the reason for WL being booked, I doubt that because I wouldn't think Pop Warner would be staying at a deluxe resort :confused:. I think the WL is booked because it's an awesome resort (especially at Christmas :santa:) and it's also value season through 12/18. Plus alot of people may be trying to get their trip in early to avoid the rush right before Christmas and Christmas week ::yes::. I'd keep calling because you never know when something might become available :).

chickenskin
06-08-2008, 04:39 PM
I've said it before and I'll say it again, there are now two seasons at Disney, crowded and more crowded.

KSBelle
06-08-2008, 05:10 PM
When I saw this thread I put in my dates of Nov 30-Dec 7 and couldn't get into WL either. I hadn't even thought of looking at it as I was waiting for AP rates to come out in Aug. and then booking it.
Do they hold any back for AP or are they truly all gone????

mommyof2princesses
06-08-2008, 05:57 PM
We just changed our ressies. We were staying at AKL dec7-13. I got a better deal for a different time. So, there may be a room at AKL.

aFter reading about all the rooms being booked I am really glad we changed!

crazy4wdw
06-08-2008, 05:59 PM
When I saw this thread I put in my dates of Nov 30-Dec 7 and couldn't get into WL either. I hadn't even thought of looking at it as I was waiting for AP rates to come out in Aug. and then booking it.
Do they hold any back for AP or are they truly all gone????

Expedia and Travelocity are also showing Wilderness Lodge sold out for your dates. Hopefully, there will be some cancellatons. I don't think they hold onto rooms for AP rates. If they can book all of the rooms at full price, they aren't going to hold any for discounts.

BigGreen73
06-08-2008, 06:04 PM
Doesn't really surprise me that's it's booked. WDW doesn't seem to have a slow time anymore They only have busy and crazy times. We went to WDW in Dec 07 and the crowds really didn't feel any different from when we go in May. :confused3

KSBelle
06-08-2008, 06:06 PM
Expedia and Travelocity are also showing Wilderness Lodge sold out for your dates. Hopefully, there will be some cancellatons. I don't think they hold onto rooms for AP rates. If they can book all of the rooms at full price, they aren't going to hold any for discounts.

Thanks-that was what I was afraid of.
But there is always plan B (I just have to think it up now)

helenk
06-08-2008, 09:04 PM
WL is always the fastest resort to fill up for the end of Nov and then into December. The GF seems to be the second one to fill up. As other posters indicated the WL decorated for the holiday season is just beautiful and so is the GF.
The POP Warner group typically stays at the Allstar Sports and Music and the POR and the POFQ so those resorts maybe crowded.
Sometimes if you are able to play with your dates you can get a room, perhaps you can split up your stay book a few nights at one resort and then a few nights at the WL.

crazy4wdw
06-09-2008, 09:23 AM
Thanks-that was what I was afraid of. But there is always plan B

If you're a AAA member, they are showing avalibility at the WL for your dates. It doesn't give the room catagories, but the rates are $191.25, $225.25, and $259.25 per night. The booking site says "contact property for room description". These look like AAA discounted rates. Good Luck!

Edit: The $191.25 is for standard view, $225.25 is for woods view/bunk beds
$259.25 is for Courtyard view/bunk beds

helenk
06-09-2008, 09:32 AM
If you're a AAA member, they are showing avalibility at the WL for your dates. It doesn't give the room catagories, but the rates are $191.25, $225.25, and $259.25 per night. The booking site says "contact property for room description". These look like AAA discounted rates. Good Luck!

Edit: The $191.25 is for standard view, $225.25 is for woods view/bunk beds
$259.25 is for Courtyard view/bunk beds

The AAA website can be misleading (I got excited a few years ago when they were showing availablity for the WL) it will not tell you the room is not available until you go on to the next step and try and book, then your dreams are smashed :badpc:

snoopywoodstockus
06-09-2008, 09:58 AM
Since reservations have to paid 45 days in adavance try back around then. Some rooms may open up. Also, just keep trying. you don't know what may be cancelled before then.

Good luck.

Taja
06-09-2008, 02:03 PM
When I saw this thread I put in my dates of Nov 30-Dec 7 and couldn't get into WL either. I hadn't even thought of looking at it as I was waiting for AP rates to come out in Aug. and then booking it.
Do they hold any back for AP or are they truly all gone????

They don't hold rooms for AP discounts. The discounts are offered only if resorts are having difficulty filling rooms. Doesn't sound as though that is the case at WL this year!

You might want to make a room-only ressie at another resort that you would enjoy, hoping to change it if a room becomes available at WL, whether rack rate or discounted. If that happens, you would book the new ressie, then cancel the old one.

MOmousefan
06-09-2008, 02:24 PM
After reading this post I met with my TA and made reservations for me, my 22YO son, my daughter and her husband for Nov 30 - Dec 5 at Pop Century. All of the land-only packages thru Funjet were gone for all of the value resorts. My son and I are driving and DD is flying out of St. Louis. The TA did get us our rooms and tickets, but she said the resorts are filling up fast.
I was hoping that this would be a "slow" time, but I guess this does not exist anymore. I plan to have Pre-trip report soon.

DisneyFreak43
06-09-2008, 03:20 PM
Stay away from value resorts during Grad nights & Pop Warner!!! It is EXTREMELY LOUD and people can be RUDE!! If you want a great experience book a moderate or stay off site at a moderate resort.

moonpie85
06-09-2008, 03:53 PM
Well it's still slow but you're kinda waiting late to book a room so thats probably the issue.

CalvaryMike
06-09-2008, 04:13 PM
Okay, so this thread also scared me. I've been interested in booking the CR for the 2nd week of December. I want the MK view too. I checked the AAA site for the AAA rate during this time and it came up as not available. So, at lunch I called WDW and I was able to get exactly what I wanted at the AAA rate. Whew!