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sazzifrazz
09-17-2012, 06:04 PM
I booked POFQ for a 3 night stay in October for just DH and I. It's costing $500 with a pin code. I can book wilderness lodge for about $800. Would it be worth the upgrade? I see the benefit of a lot of the deluxes in terms of walking to epcot or using monorail...but what is the benefit of wilderness that makes it deluxe? i understand its gorgeous, but what else? Is it easier to get to the parks? Are the busses better? is it closer?

butsy113
09-17-2012, 06:09 PM
You can take the boat to MK. Also I've read in other threads about people who thought they had a bad view (it was a dumpster). Then that night they realized they could see Wishes from their bed :).Maybe not such a bad view after all!

Doc Goofy
09-17-2012, 06:10 PM
Taking the boat to Magic Kingdom and to the Contemporary Resort to access the monorail couldn't be easier - and adds to the magic. I find it to be just as convenient as the deluxe hotels that are on the monorail. I highly recommend it.

VbChristy
09-17-2012, 06:14 PM
It beautiful,and peaceful, that's a reason to me! If you are going to spend all your time at the parks it is probably not worth it... The MK is available by bus or boat. People love the boat. Bus is quicker but the boat has more fairy dust. They have movies under the stars, a viewing of the electric boat parade. It is beautiful, if you intend to spend some time at the resort, it's worth it... Good luck deciding, let us know your choice.

Mousemommy1
09-17-2012, 06:25 PM
I booked POFQ for a 3 night stay in October for just DH and I. It's costing $500 with a pin code. I can book wilderness lodge for about $800. Would it be worth the upgrade? I see the benefit of a lot of the deluxes in terms of walking to epcot or using monorail...but what is the benefit of wilderness that makes it deluxe? i understand its gorgeous, but what else? Is it easier to get to the parks? Are the busses better? is it closer?

IMHO, yes, it is worth it!!! It is such a peaceful, relaxing resort. A vacation within a vacation really. The boat to MK kingdom is nice, but I like the option to take buses to all four parks too. Plus, you have quick access to the monorail via the boat to CR.

We stayed on CL, and had a amazing view of Cinderella castle and Wishes! It is our favorite resort and we would pay that extra $300 every day of the week! :goodvibes

sazzifrazz
09-17-2012, 06:54 PM
would it be quicker to take boat to contemporary and hop monorail to epcot...or just take bus from WL?

Also, would it be quicker to take bus from POFQ to epcot or the above situation?

Also, how does the bus situation compare to POFQ

Mousemommy1
09-17-2012, 06:59 PM
would it be quicker to take boat to contemporary and hop monorail to epcot...or just take bus from WL?

Also, would it be quicker to take bus from POFQ to epcot or the above situation?

Also, how does the bus situation compare to POFQ

It's probably quicker to use the bus to Epcot, and it really all depends on how long you have to wait for the bus or boat. We never had longer than a 15-20 minute wait for either, but most times the wait was less.

We've never stayed at POFQ, so someone else could probably help you with that.

Kae
09-17-2012, 07:30 PM
would it be quicker to take boat to contemporary and hop monorail to epcot...or just take bus from WL?

Also, would it be quicker to take bus from POFQ to epcot or the above situation?

Also, how does the bus situation compare to POFQ

Not quicker. But for us we were in the farthest room from the bus stop, kid you not 5th floor on the dockside. So we used the boat to go to the CR in the morning we could see when the boat was heading toward the dock & then use the stairs walk out the door to the dock:lmao: And then i would get a coffee at the CR coffee place walk out & catch a bus or go up and get on the monorail. I will say that is was only me & DH on that trip.

WL is just an awesome resort, I really enjoy everything in one building. If I didn't have a car I would choose WL. We found the busses at POFQ really crowded due the sharing with POR.

KAE

Miranda Danda
09-17-2012, 07:32 PM
We had never stayed at WL until this last week and let me tell you, we will NEVER stay anywhere else. My DD4, who hates hotels and gets homesick VERY easily, cried when we left WL. We all fell in love with it for a countless number of reasons.... so much so that we are going back in 4 months and have already booked a room at the WL Villas. :lovestruc:lovestruc:lovestruc
Wilderness Lodge was a big part of what made our trip perfect!

sazzifrazz
09-17-2012, 07:51 PM
hmmm, now you have me all thinking maybe it would be worth the $100 more a night. i really hate the busses and waiting and being scooshed when Im tired and just want to sit and relax. lol So maybe WL would be a little bit better in that regard?

PrincessesX3
09-17-2012, 09:51 PM
It is a gorgeous hotel. It is convenient w the boats to MK and we would take the boat to MK or CR and take monorail to EPCOT. We love the pool and the hotel has so much personality. Good luck w your choice.

JerseyJanice
09-17-2012, 09:51 PM
Transportation worked wonderfully when we stayed at the Lodge in June. Being so close to the MK is a big advantage with easy access to the monorail resorts and restaurants. A really nice feature of the Lodge is that it's all in one building. No need to pull out your poncho if it's raining and you want to do a mug run.

That said, POFQ is a lovely resort for 2 adults. It's compact and easy to get around, and also beautifully landscaped. Buses are quick and plentiful, and you have the boat to Downtown. The $300 you save will buy you 2 or 3 nice dinners.

But either way you'll be happy. :) I've stayed at both resorts and loved them.

mickeynut1
09-18-2012, 07:29 AM
For us, the extra cost is definitely worth it :). As others have said, the WL is a gorgeous resort and it's great having the boat to MK as well as to the CR where you can hop on the monorail to shop, dine, or just visit the Poly and GF. We have stayed at the WL three times and had great experiences all three times with both the boat and bus transportation. The rooms are also a little bigger than those at the mods and it's nice having everything under one roof, with the lobby being a great place to relax and enjoy the atmosphere :cloud9:. Good luck deciding, but if it were me, I'd go with the WL :wizard:.

GrandCalifornian
09-18-2012, 12:49 PM
We just returned from 10 days at WL and absolutely loved it. Going this time of year we had very low crowds, which was great, but overall we just love the resort. Being all under one roof is really nice, and makes it stand out compared to the Values, Moderates, or even the Poly. We also really enjoyed Roaring Forks, which is WL's quick service restaurant. While far smaller than other resort food courts, the food was exceptional and they had quite a bit of variety and did a great job on old favorites. I do contend it was the best Cheeseburger I had all week, and there were many others. :) WL is just such a beautiful place to be that we loved coming back there every time. The lobby still takes my breath away and leaves me reaching for my camera every time.

On this trip we spent quite a bit of time visiting other resorts, and checked out the Contemporary, Animal Kingdom Lodge, the Poly, Port Orleans Reiverside, Coronado Springs, Pop Century, and Art of Animation, and we were very happy with our choice to stay at WL.

Disneyteers
09-18-2012, 01:22 PM
Wilderness lodge is my favorite deluxe resort. Beautiful resort, wonderful atmosphere and just a boat ride away from MK. IMHO the upgrade is well worth it. Enjoy your trip!

jgoody
12-23-2012, 04:50 PM
I think Wilderness Lodge is great, too. Our kids are going to love it when we go in January. We're really looking forward to the stream the flows directly into the pool.

bumble
12-23-2012, 07:34 PM
Simply love the WL. DD was 5 at the time of our visit and the convenience of the boat was awesome. We were never in a rush so the bus worked just as well. It was especially great the night we had reservations at Chef Mickey's at Contemporary and didn't have to rush there as well.

DisneyFreaksx4
12-23-2012, 07:51 PM
We love the WL, simply for the fact of the quick boat rode to MK. Is a nice resort, quiet with great pools and restaurants! Definitely worth the money. We just booked our trip back to stay there for our daughters 5th in June. :) have a great trip!

mslhb
12-23-2012, 07:53 PM
We just stayed at the WL a few weeks ago and loved it. Loved that it is so close to the MK. We took the boat and bus there and both were super quick. I know we probably had really good transportation luck but all of our boat and bus rides were quick with minimal wait. There are lots of good dining choices at WL and loved that it is all under one roof. Also we are balcony people which all rooms at WL have. Great way to relax after a long day in the parks.

sazzifrazz
05-07-2013, 07:58 PM
I just wanted to update on my own question: yes, it was worth the price!! We stayed at WL for 3 nights in October and it was awesome! i am in love with it now. It was so relaxing and the boat was great. I am so happy I upgraded.

tmbacon
05-08-2013, 06:57 AM
I just wanted to update on my own question: yes, it was worth the price!! We stayed at WL for 3 nights in October and it was awesome! i am in love with it now. It was so relaxing and the boat was great. I am so happy I upgraded.

I'm so glad you took the plunge! We were at WL over Spring Break last month and after at least 10 trips to WDW it is our favorite resort so far. I agree, it is SO relaxing to go back to this peaceful resort after a busy day at the parks! We all just loved it.

mickeynut1
05-08-2013, 07:39 AM
I just wanted to update on my own question: yes, it was worth the price!! We stayed at WL for 3 nights in October and it was awesome! i am in love with it now. It was so relaxing and the boat was great. I am so happy I upgraded.

Glad you had a great stay and loved the WL. The WL is a beautiful resort and is one of our favorites :goodvibes.

NJtoATL
05-08-2013, 08:58 PM
Just got back from Wilderness Lodge...... At first, I did not see the value of staying at this resort. We were there for 2 nights celebrating our anniversary. Then on Saturday night, I decided to sit on the beach :beach: and watch the video (Gnomeo and Juliet). The water pageant floated by. Then a little later, the fireworks from Magic Kingdom went off. It was wonderful.... That one experience made me change my mind. I would stay there again....

glammadiva
05-08-2013, 09:06 PM
Love WL and its a must for anyone with babies or toddlers -- rocking chairs in the lobby!!

Celizd
05-08-2013, 09:15 PM
WL was my first deluxe, the hotel I had wanted to stay at ever since I could remember. 2 years ago, my DH surprised me with a stay there and I was in LOVE!!! just to be so close to it all was amazing.....glad you liked it

brertoad
05-08-2013, 10:51 PM
You can watch the water parade at WL as well.

The busses are efficient, never full in my experience, the ride to MK is 5 minutes long. WL was our first WDW on site stay, wish I knew about the bus service to MK that first time, would have saved us a lot of wasted time on the dock.

FlipHipster
05-09-2013, 09:44 AM
I just wanted to update on my own question: yes, it was worth the price!! We stayed at WL for 3 nights in October and it was awesome! i am in love with it now. It was so relaxing and the boat was great. I am so happy I upgraded.


Yeah, you're hooked now hehe. After staying at a deluxe resort, its hard to go back. You're going to love BC location as well. Walking to epcot and short boat ride or even a stroll to HS. Awesome!!

summerrluvv
05-09-2013, 12:59 PM
Yes! So worth it!

mckelvey72
05-09-2013, 01:28 PM
Getting so excited to go back in December!! Our very first visit last year we stayed at WL and when we decided to go back in December, the kids voted for it. I loved it but was willing to try something new....even showed the kids storm along bay but NO...they wanted WL so WL it is!!!!

I know the poster already has the answer to her question.....but one of the things I loved is that it was all indoors. I didn't mind if my 10 year old and 6 year old walked downstairs to get snacks together or refill on drinks. We were right next to the elevators on the 4th floor. We loved watching the fireworks each night from the balcony...and my kids LOVED the bunk beds. It works out great for each kid to have their own space with their owns stuffed animals and no kicking each other etc.

I can't imagine staying anywhere else at Disney!!

Stitch2244314
05-09-2013, 01:39 PM
SO GLAD to hear all of these positive reviews of WL!!! We just booked a split stay there in July along with POFQ. I'm so excited, even more so now! :cool1:

MinnesotaMouseketeers
05-09-2013, 04:30 PM
Wilderness Lodge is my favorite resort. The theming, lobby, landscaping, on the lake, boat to the Magic Kingdom. If it isn't going to break the bank to upgrade to a deluxe than I would say; Go for it.