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Old 11-03-2012, 10:41 PM   #1
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Question About to Book Wilderness Lodge / Questions ???

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Old 11-03-2012, 11:21 PM   #2
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I haven't been during the holidays so can't comment on the boats. We've stayed at both WL and Poly late January.

The rooms at WL are smaller. Poly has the largest rooms on property along with CR. WL rooms have been recently refurbed. They had started just after our last January visit.

I would stay on property, it will be easier then staying off property. Driving to MK is a hassle, with having to park at TTC, then take parking lot tram to Then have to get on monorail or boat to MK. Not to mention traffic, And long waits. Staying on site is bound to be easier.
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I have been to the WL during new years and xmas time along with thanksgiving. I have always found the boat to pretty quick. You do have bus option also like someone else said. I like the rooms at the WL. I feel it's the most kid friendly resort also. very warm and welcoming and never felt anyone would mind if my daughter was playing in the lobby while we were waiting to meet up with people to head out or at night. I have only ever stayed on property. I would never want to put up with the traffic in and out of parks during the day. while on the buses we have always talked about the lines of cars coming in and out especially during the holiday. it gets pretty nuts. just me though. i know if u r lucky enough to get a 6th floor north wind room (corner room especially) you get a clear shot of the castle through the trees for fireworks but that's a HUGE gamble! LOL i only know that cause we stayed on the norht side and I have a few pics of the caslte throughout the trees. it was nice watching the fireworks from the room though.

I'll through this out there 2 we stayed at the GF one year for new years and spent the night at narcoosee's for their new years party (their first year doing it) and we watched the fireworks at midnight from there. that was real nice.

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Old 11-04-2012, 03:10 PM   #4
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Old 11-04-2012, 04:15 PM   #5
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Originally Posted by GrandCanyon View Post
Dec 31 - Jan 2 (can't believe we're even thinking about this time of year; lol)

I appreciate all the replies. We're regulars at WDW (three trips in the last year), with previous stays at Contemporary, Grand Floridian, and Port Orleans/Riverside ... but our preference is always our condo at Wyndham Bonnet Creek. Normally, we would have never dreamed being among the masses during the holidays; however, we're doing a Disney cruise, and just couldn't come through Orlando without a few days in the park. Our regular plan is still in place: there at rope drop, 1-5 afternoon break, 6-close preceeded by a sit-down ressie. BUT, BUT, BUT the only reason we're really considering Wilderness or Polynesian is because of the masses in the park, and even more masses trying to get in the park. We will have a rental car, but I would prefer park it at the resort and not even get it out from Dec 31 - Jan 2.

I'm probably overthinking all of this, and should just plan on staying at our condo. As regular as we are, we've never been during the holidays (what we've always recommended others "not" do; lol). Thoughts?
I think the one thing you may need to worry about on Dec. 31/Jan. 1 is what parks could close for capacity while you're at your afternoon break. I would head over to the Theme Parks board and ask some of those really knowledgeable people about their experiences with the crowds on those days.

The other thing to remember is that you could walk from CR to MK and back and not have to rely on Disney transportation at all. So that resort would get my vote for as crowded a time as New Year's.
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Old 11-04-2012, 04:22 PM   #7
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The added benefit of onsite, is that you can get into the parks easier on high capacity days, new years eve may be one of those days. I think they still allow resort guests in after they stop non resort guests.

Of all the MK resorts i would say CR resort would be the easiest, as you would not have to rely on any transportation as you can just walk there, just as useful when leaving the park as entering
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Originally Posted by GrandCanyon View Post
I've been trying to decide between the Polynesian or Wilderness Lodge, but have a series of questions.

1. Wildnerness Lodge: On Dec 31st, Jan 1st, and 2nd, how long will it take on the boat to get to Magic Kingdom in the morning? Will it be all backed up to get there "before" rope drop? We won't be going to the park on the 31st.

2. Are the rooms at the Lodge better than the Polynesian? The only reason we're really wanting to go to the Polynesian is to watch the fireworks on Dec 31.

3. We will be staying in a private condominium on/after Jan 3, but thought it would be less of a transportation nightmare to be on property Dec 31st, Jan 1st and 2nd; HOWEVER, if we always make a point of being at the turnstiles at rope drop, will it be that necessary to stay on property?
1. Can't really predict how long the boats will take, but remember too, that you have the bus option too. The bus is a quick easy 5 minute ride to the park. We actually found it easier than the boat.

2. The rooms at WL are smaller, but newly (and beautifully) refurbished. I have not stayed at the Poly yet, and one of the reasons is the frequent complaints about the room condition, and it's need for a refurbishment (which is rumored to start in 2013)

3. I would never stay off property, but that's just my families choice, so can't really help you there.

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We've never been during that time and while the boat ride is usually pretty quick, it will most likely be very busy during the time you'll be there. Having stayed at both resorts, they are both great places to stay, but my choice would be the Poly. As Sue M said, the Poly rooms are much larger; plus you can't beat having the beach for watching the fireworks, with a short walk back to your room afterwards. With all of that said, I would definitely stay onsite as it would make things much easier to get around. Good luck deciding, but you really can't go wrong with either resort as they are both great places to stay.

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Originally Posted by GrandCanyon View Post
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I really wish you'd leave your original posts; makes it hard to find out what was asked.

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