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AspiringCindy 02-15-2004 10:46 AM

The New (Part 4) WL FAQ Thread...Just the Facts M'am!
Welcome to the 4th installment of the WL Facts FAQ thread! I hope the information that will be posted will help many newbies, as well as WL Vets get acquainted with and enhance their WL visit at what we call "HOME"!

I encourage WL Vets to post their informational excerpts posted on Pages 1-3 from Part 3!

STANDARD ROOMS: All Non-Smoking rooms with 2 Queen Beds.
Located on Floors 4,5 & 6. On the North(MK) side, they face the service area. There are also 4th floor rooms that overlokk the lobby and look out to roof peaks. Lobby rooms do have balconies.

WOODS VIEW: These rooms are located above the front desk on floors 5 & 6. North side woods view rooms are on floors 1-6 and face the "otter pond"(a handful face MK). Floors 4,5 & 6 above Whispering Canyon are Woods View Lobby rooms.

COURTYARD VIEW ROOMS: Courtyard view rooms can be located on top of the lobby, down the south corridor facing the falls/pool or facing the villas. On the North side, courtyard rooms overlook the falls/pool or at the end of the hallways, facing the lake.

DELUXE ROOMS: They are at the end of the hallways and are considered non-specific views. They can face Courtyard or Woods.

CONCIERGE ROOMS: All are located on the 7th floor as well as the Vice and presidential Suites. Views vary!

HONEYMOON SUITES: are located on the 7th floor above the front desk and above Whispering Canyon.

ACCESSIBLE ROOMS FOR SPECIAL NEEDS: Most are located on the 1st Floor Villa side. There are also some on the North side 1st floor. There is 1 located on the 6th floor(lobby room) above Whispering Canyon. All accessible rooms at WL are King Beds, so if your party is larger than 2, a 2nd room is added at no additional cost(if booked through the special needs dept.)
*Seeing eye/service dogs can be accommodated in any of the rooms, but depend on the person's to whether or not they need a handicap accessible room specifically.

PS. Let's keep this thread non-controversal. PERIOD!

Here is a LINK to the part 3 thread.

MAGICinMYHEART 02-15-2004 10:54 AM

<center>Disney's Wilderness Lodge and Villas Resort</center>

The Wilderness Lodge and Villas are nestled in a dense forest of pines on Bay Lake, accessible by waterway from the Magic Kingdom. The Lodge and Villas were inspired by the U.S. National Park lodges built in the 1900s.
Wilderness Lodge and the Villas offer varying accommodations, ranging from 350-1072 sq. feet. The Lodge houses 728 guest rooms and suites, with some encircling the cavernous lobby but most in the two wings. The cozy Lodge rooms are outfitted with pine furniture and quilted bedspreads. Most Lodge rooms have two queen beds, but some offer a bunk bed in place of the second bed. The Villas feature 136 studios, one-and two-bedroom suites, each with a kitchenette or full kitchen, VCR, and washer and dryer.

Questions Asked at Wilderness Lodge:
What are the advantages to staying at the WL?

Located in the Magic Kingdom Resort area, the WL is a themed resort unto itself. Many folks feel they could stay at the Lodge their entire trip and still have had relaxing vacation with their money well spent.
Is there a Wall Safe located in the rooms?
The rooms do have a small safe in the closet to store valuables. It's big enough for your plane tickets, cash/travelers checks and maybe some jewelry, but not much more. For storing larger valuables inquire at the front
What time does the geyser erupt?
The geyser erupts every hour on the hour from 7:00a.m. until 10:00p.m.
Are there towels available at the pool?
Towels are available at the pool by the pool bar. They are also located by Hidden Springs Pool at the Villas
What time is the Electrical Water Pageant?
The Electrical Water Pageant is nightly at 9:35p.m. on Bay Lake. (Note: May be canceled due to inclement weather.)
What about shopping?
The large Wilderness Lodge Mercantile in the Lodge carries Disney themed clothing, sundries, camera supplies, postage stamps, beer & wine, foodstuffs, newspapers, and souvenirs.
Are tours of Disney's Wilderness Lodge available?
A unique tour, called the "Wonders of the Lodge," is offered to guest on various days beginning at 9:00a.m. This guided tour provides an informative look at the history of Disney's Wilderness Lodge, including its distinctive construction, theming and artwork. Please call the Front Desk for the schedule of the tour days and availability. (Guest should meet in the Lobby of Wilderness Lodge.)
Where can I find a Map of Wilderness Lodge?
WL Map Then click on to the map.
What activities are available at WL for children?
On select days Wilderness lodge has programs for children: Duck Races on Upper Silver Creek, Pool Games, Fireside Storytelling, (Meet in your pajamas at the Mercantile Fireplace) Beach Games, Penny Toss & Duck Rings.
Daily Activities: Open Crafts and Games in Cub's Den (free)
Children must be accompanied by an adult.
*For good rainy day activities, ask for a Kid's activity/coloring book at the bell station or a list of Hidden Mickeys at Guest services. You can also get a list of the resort's music at the Mercantile shop.
Explore the resort:
Indian artifacts, historic paintings, and survey maps are displayed. Follow Silver Creek from it's indoor origin as a Hot Spring and onward outside as a bubbling brook and waterfall, eventually making it's way to Bay Lake.
Flag family:
Ask about becoming a Flag family. Each morning a family is selected to go on the Lodge roof to help raise the flag! This is popular, so inquire at check-in for a better chance.

Cub's Den:
Children's Entertainment Center
Ages 4-12
$10.00 per hour
(Meal included)
Call WDW-DINE for reservations.

You can take a direct boat to the Magic Kingdom. Boats also ferry you to Ft Wilderness and the Contemporary. Buses take you directly to EPCOT, Disney-MGM Studios, Disney's Animal Kingdom, Downtown Disney, and the water parks.* To reach other resorts, go to the Magic Kingdom (daytime) or Downtown Disney (evening), and then transfer to a resort bus. Fort Wilderness and Wilderness Lodge share many of their bus routes, so travel to and from Fort Wilderness is quite convenient.* Fort Wilderness and Wilderness Lodge are the only Resorts that have a bus to TTC this boat goes to TTC to provide guest with another option to reach MK, some guest may have trouble boarding the boats with ECV's due to varying water levels of Bay Lake, so travel to any of the Monorail resorts is also convenient. Note: If you would like to take the bus to TTC you may then board the Monorail to EPCOT this is just an option.


All pools are outdoor and heated
One Main feature pool with a slide (Silver Creek Springs Pool)
Silver Creek Pool Hours Lifeguard/Slide
(you may swim earlier or until 12:00am No Lifeguard on duty and slide is closed if there is no lifeguard)
One quiet pool located at Villas, Hidden Springs Pool (No lifeguard on duty)
Kiddie pool
Three Jacuzzis (Two next to Silver Creek Springs Pool one at Villas next to Hidden Springs Pool)
For your safety and enjoyment, diaper-age children are required to wear swim piapers or rubber pants when using and pool at the WALT DISNEY WORLD Resort. Swim diapers are available at the Mercantile for your conveience.
Health Club:
Sturdy Branches Health Club:
Full range of cardio and strength equipment, free weights
Massage Treatments offered. In room massage by appointment.
Sauna room:
Personal Training by appointment
Located in The Villas at Wilderness Lodge (next door)
Bay Lake Beach:
For sunbathing
Buttons and Bells Games Arcade available for the kids
Playground available
Watercraft Rentals:
Water mice, sailboats, pontoon boats, canopy boats and water-skiing
**Bike Rentals:
Bikes are available to rent
Hook a fun-filled fishing trip for the entire family. Bass Fishing Excursions and Children's Fishing Excursions for bluegill (ages 6-12 years) are available on Bay Lake and Seven seas Lagoon. Trips are two hours long and depart from Wilderness Lodge Marina. Fishing guide and equipment provided for up to 5 guest per boat. (Catch-and-release basis only)
Jogging path extends about a mile to Ft. Wilderness.
WL & Ft. Wilderness Campground Trails
Kids Activities:
Game room, kiddie pool, and Cub's Den themed baby-sitting service for kids ages 4-12.

**Teton Boat & Bike Rental
Explore the Seven Seas lagoon, Bay Lake and the wilderness trails.
Bike Rental 9:00a.m.-5:00p.m.
Boat Rental 10:00a.m.-5:00p.m.

Speciality Cruises available to view the Magic Kingdom Fireworks. Call WDW-PLAY for reservations

Attention: the family plans are back (may be month to month not sure for how long they will remain offered)
**Recreation Family Plans:
Plan includes the Water Mouse, Pontoon Boats, Canopy Boats, Sailboats and Bicycles, (Cruises and Surry Biles NOT included)
Captain Plan: 4 hours of rental per Group $133.13.
Family Plan: Length of Stay Plan (10 Day Rate for Unlimited use of Equipment Listed Above) $254.44 (Up to 5 Guests per Plan)
1/2 hour=$23.00/1 hour=$32.00
All drivers of the boats must be over 16 years old and have a valid Drivers Licensed No age restrictions for passengers.

Artist Point

The ambiance is inspired by the rustic yet elegant dining rooms in cherished National Park lodges. This dramatic space captures the spirit and romance of the American frontier through beautiful murals and paintings, and a view that overlooks Silver Creek Falls. Celebrate the culinary heritage and flavors of Washington State, Oregon, and British Columbia.
Cedar plank salmon, seasonal game meats, Penn Cove mussels, Artist Point Berry Cobbler, and an award-winning wine list.
Meals: Dinner Serving nightly from 5:30p.m. until 10:00p.m.
Service Type: Sit-down Meal and Something Special
Special Requirements: Priority Seating Recommended.
Priority Seating:Please call (407) WDW-DINE (939-3463)†
Dinner Menu
Children's Dinner Menu
Whispering Canyon Cafe
Yee-haw. Ready for a rowdy meal? This hootin' and hollerin' good time restaurant serves regional barbecue favorites and award-winning chili.
Breakfast: American favorites, all-you-can-eat breakfast skillets plus á la cart selections. Lunch/Dinner: All-you-can-eat skillets; á la carte selections including sandwiches, salads, roasted chicken and maple glazed pork chops.
Meals: Breakfast served from 7:30a.m. til 11:00a.m. Lunch served daily from 12:00 noon til 3:00p.m. full bar is available, and Dinner sered nightly from 5:00p.m. til 10:00p.m. Full bar is available.
Service Type: Sit-down Meal
Special Requirements: Priority Seating Recommended.
Priority Seating: Please call (407) WDW-DINE (939-3463)†
Breakfast Menu
Lunch Menu
Dinner Menu
Children's Breakfast Menu
Children's Lunch Menu
Children's Dinner Menu
Roaring Fork Snacks
Description: Grab a quick bite before heading out to explore the "Pacific Northwest." Purchase a Disney's Wilderness Lodge souvenir mug and receive complimentary refills on non-alcoholic beverages.
Specialties: Breakfast: Sausage biscuit, scrambled eggs, fried potatoes, muffins, bagels, fresh fruit. Lunch/Dinner: Hamburgers, specialty sandwiches, salads, fresh fruit and ice cream.
Meals: Breakfast 6:00a.m.-11:00a.m. Lunch/Dinner 11:00a.m.-12:00midnight (grill opens at 7:00a.m. and closes at 11:00a.m.) and Snacks.
Service Type: Convenience Meal
Territory Lounge
Description: Located off the lobby of Disney's Wilderness Lodge, this lounge offers a quiet retreat for light snacks and refreshing beverages.
Specialties: Appetizers are served in the evenings.(from 4:30p.m. til 11:00p.m.)
Meals: Snack
Service Type: Lounge Open daily from 4:30p.m. until 11:30p.m.
Miss Jenny's In Room Dining
Choose from a selection of memu offerings for breakfast, and dinner.Breakfast is served from 7:00a.m. til 11:00a.m. and dinner is served from 5:00p.m. til 10:00p.m. Pizza,sandwiches and snacks served from 4:00p.m. til midnight.
Trout Pass Pool Bar
Description: Located by the picturesque pool at Disney's Wilderness Lodge. Enjoy snacks and beverages.
Specialties: Drinks and snacks.
Meals: Snack Open daily from 12:00noon until......
Service Type: Convenience Meal and Lounge

Disney's Wilderness Lodge is a majestic reflection of the famous National Park lodges of America's Great Northwest. This Deluxe Resort features a spectacular pool area with water slide, white-sand beach, and a complete array of dining and recreational options.
Check In/Out: 3:00 PM / 11:00 AM
2004 Room Rates
(tax not included)

Room Type Value Regular Peak Holiday
Standard View $ 199 $ 239 $ 289 $ 324
Lodge View (Woods) $ 219 $ 254 $ 299 $ 339
Courtyard View $ 250 $ 290 $ 340 $ 385
Concierge $ 350 $ 385 $ 435 $ 475
Honeymoon* $ 360 $ 400 $ 435 $ 490
Deluxe - Jr. Suite $ 390 $ 435 $ 495 $ 540
Vice Presidental - Yosemite* $ 720 $ 815 $ 920 $ 1,045
Presidental - Yellowstone* $ 815 $ 895 $ 1,020 $ 1,190
Value season for 2004 is 1/1 - 2/11, 7/5 - 9/29, 10/31 - 12/19
Regular season for 2004 is 4/18 - 7/4, 9/30 - 10/30
Peak season for 2004 is 2/12 - 4/17
Holiday season for 2004 is 12/20 - 12/31
*To book this room type, please call (407) WDW-MAGIC (939-6244)†
About 37 Lodge rooms with King beds double as the barrier-free (handicap-accessible) rooms and have a large shower with no tub.
* Note there are more then 37 rooms with King size beds, So yes there are regular King size bed rooms with full baths.
Smoking rooms are 6th floor, Building "B", North Wing. This would be Woodsview and inner Courtyard.

Check In/Out: 3:00 PM / 11:00 AM
2005 Room Rates (tax not included)‡
(tax not included)

Room Type Value Regular Peak Holiday Pre-Holiday
Standard View $199 $239 $289 $324 n/a
Woods View $230 $265 $315 $350 n/a
Courtyard View $255 $300 $355 $395 n/a
Deluxe $400 $450 $515 $560 n/a

2005 Room Rates with Concierge Service Available (tax not included)‡
Room Type Value Regular Peak Holiday Pre-Holiday
Standard $360 $395 $445 $490 n/a
Honeymoon Suite $370 $410 $465 $505 n/a
Vice Presidential Suite $740 $835 $945 $1070 n/a
Presidential Suite $835 $920 $1050 $1220 n/a
2005 Seasons
Value Season: 1/1 - 2/16, 7/5 - 10/4, 11/27 - 12/19
Regular Season: 4/17 - 7/4, 10/5 - 11/26
Peak Season: 2/17 - 4/16
Holiday Season: 12/20 - 12/31

Most rooms have a maximum four-person occupancy per room. Prices are per room and do not include the 11.5% Resort tax for 2004/2005. There is an additional adult charge of $25 per adult per night for more than two adults in a room. Prices, benefits, and other terms are subject to change without notice. Length-of-stay requirements may apply. Rooms subject to availability. Certain nights are already sold out. Prices are in U.S. dollars.
STANDARD-TWO QUEEN BEDS (sleeps 4) Guest Room amenities include in-room wall safe, voice mail, and hair dryer, iron and ironing board. Coffeemaker and refrigerator are available upon request
DELUXE-TWO QUEEN BEDS & ONE SOFA BED (sleeps 6) The Deluxe Guest Room has a sitting area separated from the bedroom by french doors, additional television, refrigerator with ice machine, coffeemaker, and wet bar. All Deluxe Guest Rooms feature woodland views.
Guest suites (not shown) are also available

For a room lay-outs for the Villas click on link below.
Villas @ Wilderness Lodge

Enjoy spacious studios and one- and two-bedroom villas amidst the grandeur of the Rocky Mountains during the nostalgic railroad era of the 1800s. This Home Away From Home Resort, part of the Disney Vacation Club family of resorts, features a pool with a slide, health club, and a complete array of dining and recreational options.
Check In/Out: 4:00 PM / 11:00 AM
2004 Room Rates
(tax not included)

Room Type Value Regular Peak Holiday
Studio $ 279 $ 314 $ 379 $ 434
1 - Bedroom Villa $ 380 $ 425 $ 515 $ 560
2 - Bedroom Villa* $ 535 $ 690 $ 835 $ 985
Value Season for 2004 is 1/1 - 2/11, 7/5 - 9/29, 10/31 - 12/19
Regular season for 2004 is 4/18 - 7/4, 9/30 - 10/30
Peak season for 2004 is 2/12 - 4/17
Holiday season for 2004 is 12/20 - 12/31
*To book this room type, please call (407) WDW-MAGIC (939-6244)†
Studios and One-Bedroom Villas have a maximum four-person occupancy per room, plus one child under the age of 3. Two-Bedroom Villas have a maximum eight-person occupancy per room, plus one child under the age of 3. Prices are per room and do not include the 11.5% Resort tax for 2004. Prices, benefits, and other terms are subject to change without notice. Length-of-stay requirements may apply. Rooms subject to availability and certain nights are already sold out. Prices are in U.S. dollars.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~STUDIO ~~~~~ONE-BEDROOM VILLA~~~TWO-BEDROOM VILLA~~~~~
Amenities may vary, but most accommodations include the following:
Studios Rooms
Wet bar, mini-refrigerator, microwave oven, coffee maker, linens, and a start-up supply of bath soap, towels, shampoo, and coffee. Also included are tissues, paper towels, paper plates, plastic silverware, and dishwashing detergent.
One & Two-Bedroom Vacation Homes
Linens, towels, washer and dryer, master suite with a whirlpool tub, a full kitchen with major appliances, dishware, dishwashing supplies, and a start-up supply of bath soap, shampoo, laundry detergent, and coffee


Previous WL FAQ LINKS:
NEW Wilderness Lodge FAQ!!
NEW (and IMPROVED, if THAT's possible!)Wilderness Lodge FAQ
Like the Phoenix, out of the ashes arises THE NEWEST WL FAQ! (Part 3)

Waterfalls & Silver Creek @ WL.



<center>While staying at Wilderness Lodge many guest enjoy
Ft. Wilderness Resort and Campground
following are fun activities,and resturants, located just a quick boat ride from the Wilderness Lodge.
Children's Playground:
Climb, slide and play to your heart's content at outdoor activity areas located at Pioneer Hall, the Meadow Recreation area.
Hook a fun-filled fishing trip for the entire family. (Catch and release only.)$165-$195
Horse-Drawn Excursions:
Take a relaxing, old-fashioned wagon or carriage ride through the Resort & Campground.
Horse Drawn Carriage Ride
Leaves from Crockett's Tavern
6:00-10:00p.m. $30.00
Horse Drawn Wagon Ride
Leaves from Pioneer hall @ Ft Wilderness.
7:00 & 9:30p.m. "Hayride"($8/adult and $4/children)
Horseback Riding:
Take a guided trail ride through the woods at the Resort & Campground. $32.00 at the livery (must be 9+yrs.,48"+)
Pony Rides:
Take a leisurely pony ride with an accompanying adult at the lead. (Ages 2 and older.) $3.00
Chip'n Dale's Campfire Sing-a-long:
Gather 'round the campfire with your nutty pals for songs and fun, then watch a classic Disney movie under the stars. 8:00p.m. *Note:Campfire starts at 7:00 PM during the Winter months.
Petting Farm:
Interact with lovable critters at the petting farm located between Pioneer Hall and the Tri-Circle D Ranch.(free)
Hit the hard courts for a set or two. (Bring your own equipment - rentals are not available.)

Trail's End Buffet

Beamed ceiling and split rails give this Pioneer Hall buffet its frontier flavor.
Location: Disney's Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground
Specialties: All-you-care-to-eat home-style buffet
Breakfast: Breakfast meats, omelets, Mickey waffles, French toast
Lunch: Fried chicken, pizza, sandwiches, soup and salad
Dinner: Fried chicken, BBQ ribs, peel and eat shrimp and chefs specialities
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Service Type: Buffet
Musical Revue @ Pioneer Hall:

The Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue is a hilarious vaudville-style entertainment plus all-you-can-eat vittles. Enjoy a special evening at Pioneer Hall. Casual dress. Price includes tax and gratuity.
Location: Disney's Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground
Specialties: All-You-Care-To-Eat fried chicken, smoked BBQ pork ribs, corn, baked beans, tossed green salad, fresh baked bread and strawberry shortcake. Unlimited draft beer, wine, sangria and soft drinks.
Meals: Dinner
Service Type: Dinner Show
Special Requirements:Priority Seating Required.
Priority Seating:
Please call (407) WDW-DINE (939-3463)†
Mickey's Backyard BBQ
Come join a knee-slappin' good ol' time. You'll be thrown back to Huck Finn and Tom Sawyer's old stompin' grounds when you enter the outdoor pavilion just a stone's throw away from Pioneer Hall. This is an outdoor (under cover in a pavilion) picnic event, with Disney Characters, live Country Western music and an all you can eat BBQ Buffet. Open seasonally, on selected days. Price includes tax and gratuit
Location: Disney's Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground
Character Meals: Mickey and Friends
All-You-Care-To-Eat Buffet featuring BBQ pork ribs, baked chicken, hot dogs with all the fixin's, corn-on-the-cob, baked beans, macaroni and cheese, potato salad, corn bread, watermelon, marble cake. Unlimited draft beer, wine, lemonade and iced tea.
Meals: Dinner
Service Type: Dinner Show and Character Dining
Special Requirements: Priority Seating Required.
Priority Seating:
Please call (407) WDW-DINE (939-3463)†
Crockett's Tavern Lounge
Blaze a trail to this refreshing outpost of flavor featuring pizza, appetizers, smoothies and full service bar. They pioneered great taste.
Chuck Wagon
(loacted near the campfire area)Open during the Campfire Program, serving hot dogs, pizza, popcorn, and marshmallows for roasting.
Location: Disney's Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground


MAGICinMYHEART 02-15-2004 10:55 AM

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Upon entering the massive front doors, you will find on your left public rest rooms, Whisper Canyon Café, The fireplace and then to Artist’s Point. You then descend down a wide ramp hallway to the doors to the courtyard. Turning left you will find Roaring Forks Food Court, Public Restrooms, elevators and across from the elevators is Guest Laundry.

Back at the main entrance, turning to your right will be the Bell Service desk, behind them is a small room where the Meeses can watch Disney Movies while M&D are getting checked in.
Then along the right wall is the check in counter. At the end of the counter is an INFORMATION CENTER where you can pick up maps and time sheets for the parks. The CM will give you a packet with Wilderness information and a Lodge activities sheet. Continuing along that wall is the elevators.

Going down the hall at the end of the check in counter is Mercantile Gift Shop, across from them are elevators. Then there is the Arcade room and Cubs Den. Going out the doors takes you to the bus terminal. There are signs informing you where each bus will stop and where it is going.

For the sake of clarification I am naming the buildings LOBBY, NORTH WING A, NORTH WING B, SOUTH WING A, SOUTH WING B. With the A buildings close to the lobby and the B building connected to the A buildings; towards Bay Lake. The North buildings are on your left facing the lodge and South buildings on your right.

Rooms are numbered “Floor-Building-Room”. An example is 6008 is sixth floor, north wing, room 8. 6108 is sixth floor, south wing, room 8.
Even room numbers are to the outside and odd numbers are rooms towards the courtyard side.
Room numbers are somewhat confusing as in the North wing, room numbers are ##6 to ##00 from the lobby towards the boat dock. They are the opposite in the South wing, ##60 at the end and ##00 at the lobby.

NORTH BUILDING, WING A: Outside is all Standard View overlooking the service area parking lot. This is where all deliveries are being made to the Lodge. This would work if you are only in the room to sleep. During the day there is a lot of activity of trucks making deliveries. The view is not distasteful; it’s the truck traffic during the day.
Inside rooms are Courtyard View in the general vicinity of the Waterfalls.

NORTH WING BUILDING B: Outside is Woodsview and is very quiet and private. We enjoyed it very much and would request it on future trips. We had a good view of Otter Pond, while we never saw any Otter’s there were plenty of Ducks swimming and Rabbits having dinner. The MK fireworks are very plain to see and my estimation is rooms 5012 to 5032 had the same opportunity as well as the same rooms on 4th and 6th floors. Rooms #008 to the end of the building are blocked by two large trees to view MK and to far from Otter Pond to see except a small end of it.

Courtyards views on the inside offer a fantastic view of the pool area and are somewhat noisy until the pool is closed for the day.

NOTE: If you are in the South wing,you canstill view the MK fireworks. Go to the 5th or 6th floor where the two wings meet. pull back the shutters on the big windows. Fastest way to get up it the elevater by RF.

SOUTH BUILDING A & B: Both sides are considered Courtyard View; however the outside rooms view the Villas and are quiet. Inside view is the courtyard.

Elevators in the wings are located where Wing A & B connect. Rooms to the far end have a long walk to the elevators or use the stairwell on the end to go to the pool or boat dock. It is my opinion that the North side offers more in convenience then the South side. Both sides are equal in access to Courtyard and pool, but the North has a greater convenience to Roaring Fork area of the lobby and to the boat dock. 5028 was a few steps from the elevator, not a noise problem, which opened into the RF hallway, Pubic restrooms and the Courtyard area just outside RF.
All end units facing Bay Lake are suites

Room numbers will not be given to you under any circumstances until it is ready for occupancy, security is the reason given.
If you arrive early you can check in, but your room key is not activated until Housekeeping clears it as ready, then you will be told what room you are in.

You should note the 6th floor rooms have a “pit” for your balcony. You can identify it in the pictures by where the roof looks like it was cut and raised. This is the 6th floor. They are very private, but you do have to stand to see over them. The lobby is 7 stories high

The best way to get to the North Wings from the lobby is to take the main elevator to your floor and walk across the hall overlooking the lobby.

Coming from the boat dock or pool, entering by RF is best for the North Wing. The entrance close to where A & B connect is best for the South Wing.


POOLS: Silver Spring and Silver Creek meanders down to the waterfalls and into the pool. There is a small slide and it is in the rocks that jut out into the pool. Two large hoppers by Trout pool bar have abundance of towels. The main pool is very pleasant during morning hours and does become somewhat crowded in the afternoon. Our plan was to stay at the main pool and after lunch move over to the Villas pool. While smaller is very nice and less crowded. A bonus is they have piped the lobby music to Rock Speakers in the surrounding landscape. We had a table in the shade and a speaker nearby and was very relaxing and enjoyable. WL sound track offers a very good selection of Western songs.
On the back of each Lifegaurd station is a white board. Each morining they list Park Hours, that day's weather and Lodge activities, like Duck races.
At the end of the main pool is the Kiddie pool. Up the steps are the teo spas.


ROARING FORKS: The 20oz. Refillable mugs, 10.99, are a must. Coffee, tea, hot or cold, soda, lemonade and Hot Chocolate. A must if you have children. This is a high quality mug good to be used as a travel mug. While you observe a ton of food going out there, it is never a wait of more then ten minutes. The line at the drink station is just a few minutes. Prices are reasonable for the surroundings and comments were favorable.

WHISPER CANYON: Food is very good and a fun filled atmosphere. CM’s had the kids do a “Pony Ride”. Boy’s had to sing Happy Birthday to the Girls and same for the girls

Artist’s Point :is more upscale and very god comments.





TRANSPORTATION: During the morning and at park closings, the trip is one resort. It is during the day going or coming that more then one stop was encountered. Going to DTD is slow and should drive if you have a car.
Boats have two colored flags. A small Launch runs a continuous circle from WL to FW to Contemporary. It has a blue flag. The MK boat is larger and flies a green flag.

WILDLIFE: They seem to have adapted very well to guests. One morning an Armadillo came up the walk searching for tidbits. Egrets and many other birds had no problem standing by a table for any fallen morsel. Ducks have no problem getting the pool for a swin with you. (Better Kim?)

My gift to the "Family" Have your speakers on.

Instructions for the WL Screensaver.


Location: 1st floor across from the elevators down from Roaring Forks

Washers: 5 (med sized loads) $2.00 a load

Dryers: 10 $1.00 for 15 min, (60 min max)

Go in the evening time right before the rush. There is a waiting line till about 11:00pm. If you didn't come back for your dryer in time your stuff is taken out! Everyone is splitting their wash load into 2 dryer loads so it would dry faster. Most of the WL VET ladies reccmend early morning.

Hair blowers, irons, ironing baords are in the rooms, Coffeemakers will be supplied by request to mousekeepers.

The smoking rooms are on the 6th floor of the North Wing, Building "B", These are Woodsview and about thirty rooms.

The Geyser starts at 7:00 AM and on the hour until 10:00 PM

When you wish upon a star
Makes no difference who you are
Anything your heart desires
Will come to you

At least once each year since 1991
WL 7/2003
WL 9/2003

campinggal 02-15-2004 10:55 AM

Thanks for getting this started AC!!

Although I have only experienced the Lodge in all its glory once- I'm hooked and am already planning a return visit- hopefully in early Dec to see it decked out for Christmas!

I'm happy to help here where I can!

AspiringCindy 02-15-2004 10:58 AM

Thanks! Feel free to jump in and input on any question you can answer!

Originally posted by campinggal
Thanks for getting this started AC!!

Although I have only experienced the Lodge in all its glory once- I'm hooked and am already planning a return visit- hopefully in early Dec to see it decked out for Christmas!

I'm happy to help here where I can!

Loubon 02-15-2004 12:19 PM

Word has it that this thread can use a laugh. Sooooo the WL Vets (anyone who considers themselves one, not just those tagged) have been added to the DIS Class Yearbook.

And remember folks, there is one common thread that we all share no matter what the topic, no matter what the board or no matter what the point of view.....Disney.

And Disney is about fun. Smile. Be happy. Enough goes on in real life to not be cranky here!

:p :wave:

BTW to stay on topic, I am not a WL vet. The closest I've come is eating dinner at Whispering Canyon which had great food and a great time. As a member of the DVC I hope to stay at the VWL in the future. If I can just pry myself away from the Beach Club Villas!

Disney's Deluxe Princess 02-15-2004 12:23 PM

Does anyone know what types of AP rates have been offered during July (value season) at the Lodge? I'm interested in any view, suites and concierge.

DisneyDmbNut 02-15-2004 12:29 PM

Hope Fred doesn't mind..I am going to post the picture link for Newbies

Balconey Pics can help you get an idea of what room you would like

DisneyDmbNut 02-15-2004 12:31 PM


Originally posted by Disney's Deluxe Princess
Does anyone know what types of AP rates have been offered during July (value season) at the Lodge? I'm interested in any view, suites and concierge.
I am not sure Deluxe...but I know usually has past history of rates...I do know that it will be after July 9th! Good Luck!

AspiringCindy 02-15-2004 12:40 PM

I have seen prices as low as $109/night for standard view during value season...but typical price is $129/night with code/AP/AAA.
QUOTE]Originally posted by Disney's Deluxe Princess
Does anyone know what types of AP rates have been offered during July (value season) at the Lodge? I'm interested in any view, suites and concierge. [/QUOTE]

WoodysRoundup 02-15-2004 03:56 PM

Once and for all, can any WL vet set the record straight about transportation issues to and from the resort?

I have read a number of negative comments (and some positive) about longer than normal waits at WL for buses, and that the ferry ride can seem to take forever.

We are contemplating staying here next time and am so confused about the transportation! (We have very young children and can't afford to wait 20 minutes just to get a bus or boat).

Also, why no AAA rates for the deluxe rooms at WL? THANKS!!!

honeymo78 02-15-2004 04:15 PM

I have another transportation related question as well. I am looking for any info about the early character breakfast bus to AK from WL.

When I was WL in Aug we had no problem with bus waits - 10 min max - except for the Epcot bus. Turns out there was an accident on one of the roads the bus uses to get to Epcot so there was a huge traffic jam. After waiting 30 mins and hearing about the accident from one of the bus drivers we just took the TTC bus (seemed to come by every 5 min or so) and took the monorail over to Epcot.

AspiringCindy 02-15-2004 04:24 PM

Transportation has never been a problem for me(we have used both boat and bus trans.) However, I too have heard of delays! I think generally speaking, the transportation is frequent...with some delays here and there!

Also, the reason for no discounts on deluxe room is...there are few of them and they are considered suites(they used to be called Junior suites)!

FloridaCat 02-15-2004 05:13 PM

Humphrey's Home
I have created a chit chat thread on the community board for us called Humphrey's Home

#1EeyoreFan 02-15-2004 05:21 PM

We just got back from WL and never had to wait longer than 10 min. for bus or boat.

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