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Old 06-14-2013, 06:57 PM   #1
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Please tell me about the WL rooms

Currently we are booked at CR for our first family visit in Dec. I will be traveling with DH, DD (turning 5 on trip!), and DD age 2. We picked CR because we like the look of the hotel rooms and we LOVE the proximity to MK, as we will be spending 3 of our 4 days there.

However, I am now considering WL. I have heard it is beautifully decorated at Christmas, the commute to MK isn't terrible since you can take a ferry, and it would save us $1000. The only thing really holding me back from switching is that the rooms in the pictures on the website look less than appealing. I get the whole rustic cabin theme, but the rooms look downright shabby to me. Are they that way in person or are the pictures not really doing them justice?

Any advice you can offer is most appreciated. Thank you!
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Old 06-14-2013, 07:10 PM   #2
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Currently we are booked at CR for our first family visit in Dec. I will be traveling with DH, DD (turning 5 on trip!), and DD age 2. We picked CR because we like the look of the hotel rooms and we LOVE the proximity to MK, as we will be spending 3 of our 4 days there.

However, I am now considering WL. I have heard it is beautifully decorated at Christmas, the commute to MK isn't terrible since you can take a ferry, and it would save us $1000. The only thing really holding me back from switching is that the rooms in the pictures on the website look less than appealing. I get the whole rustic cabin theme, but the rooms look downright shabby to me. Are they that way in person or are the pictures not really doing them justice?

Any advice you can offer is most appreciated. Thank you!
We stayed there in February and the rooms were very nice, not shabby at all. They recently did a refurbishment to the rooms but the Disney website is still showing the old bedspread. The beds now have the white duvet. You can see pictures of the rooms on the Wilderness Lodge facts thread.

Disney's WILDERNESS LODGE and VILLAS INFORMATION THREAD ~2013~

The rooms are a little smaller than the rooms at the CR, but still roomy enough for a family of four. We were there with our daughter's family, which included a 3 and 5 year old. They loved the pool.

One nice thing about the lodge is that it is compact with everything under one roof. Roaring Forks is a very nice counter service restaurant. And the boats were really convenient.

We are going back in December because we really enjoyed staying at this resort. And we haven't been to Disney at Christmas time in about 20 years. This resort will be perfect for us.
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Old 06-14-2013, 07:48 PM   #3
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I'd tend to agree wit you that the old WL rooms were pretty hideous. But, the new rooms are gorgeous, IMHO. They look like this:

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Old 06-14-2013, 08:21 PM   #4
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WL is my favorite place. We went during Christmas and the great room(where in check in) Is so beautiful. When we first came in we were looking up and all around. The Christmas tree is so pretty. And walking down to the buses and the boat are also decorated so pretty.

Now I'm wanting to go back during Christmas.
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Old 06-14-2013, 08:37 PM   #5
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Thanks so much for the info! I had no idea that the rooms have been refurbished. Much better!
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Old 06-14-2013, 09:53 PM   #6
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While I love WL and the Christmas decor is wonderful, being able to walk to MK with young children is priceless. If you do choose WL keep in mind the ferry is lovely but the bus to MK is much faster. My DH does not like the bus and we beat him every time.

The rooms are quite a bit smaller at WL but the bunk beds are nice for older children. The sinks at the CR are a pain, beautiful but not functional. I don't think you will be unhappy with either but spending 3 days at MK would put me in the CR camp.
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Old 06-15-2013, 01:05 PM   #7
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With a $1,000 savings and still very close to MK definitely go for it! I think your daughters would like it better anyways! Kids tend to love the WL with Cub's Den and the playground, beach, pool, and electric water pageant. Not that you can't see that from CR but much better viewing from WL. The rooms are so nice now with the refurbishment. I don't want to seem like I'm saying kids wouldn't like CR, but it just seems to business and office for me. That's just me though. You can also still get views of Wishes fireworks at MK from some WL northside woods view otter pond rooms.
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Old 06-15-2013, 01:51 PM   #8
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I agree to switch to WL. It really is beautiful and I love the CR. My only hesitation would be if DD2 will be in a pack'n'play. Those rooms are smaller than CR and much too small for my taste with anything extra in the room. But if both kids can share a bed, I'd definitely switch!
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Old 06-15-2013, 02:01 PM   #9
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Thanks for your insight!

I just called and made the switch to WL. It sounds like the bus ride and the boat ride to MK, while not as convenient as walking from CR, will not be bad at all. And it saved us over $1100! Thanks for helping me make this decision.
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Old 06-15-2013, 03:48 PM   #10
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I just called and made the switch to WL. It sounds like the bus ride and the boat ride to MK, while not as convenient as walking from CR, will not be bad at all. And it saved us over $1100! Thanks for helping me make this decision.
Congratulations: you will LOVE WL! The boat is charming--it also starts running well in advance of rope-drop--and if you really want to get to MK quickly, there is always the bus.

Just imagine how many balloons and chocolate-covered Mickey treats you can buy your girls with $1100!
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Old 06-15-2013, 04:11 PM   #11
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The WL is my favorite resort, but I have to admit I haven't stayed in the CR yet!

When I was in a WL room with two queen beds I remember thinking "I'd hate to try and fit four people in this room!" It seemed really tight to me. I'm guessing the bunk bed rooms will seem roomier.

My understanding is the rooms at the CR are much larger.
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Old 06-15-2013, 04:52 PM   #12
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The WL is my favorite resort, but I have to admit I haven't stayed in the CR yet!

When I was in a WL room with two queen beds I remember thinking "I'd hate to try and fit four people in this room!" It seemed really tight to me. I'm guessing the bunk bed rooms will seem roomier.

My understanding is the rooms at the CR are much larger.
Family of 4 here! Stayed at WL and it was very roomy! Didn't even stay with bunk beds because we hate them! It was totally fine. Now, once you get to mods, then it gets a bit cramped. Values, I can only imagine.
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Old 06-15-2013, 06:08 PM   #13
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Just imagine how many balloons and chocolate-covered Mickey treats you can buy your girls with $1100!
I imagine quite a few! And considering we are celebrating two birthdays while we are there, the extra money will be wonderful!
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I just called and made the switch to WL. It sounds like the bus ride and the boat ride to MK, while not as convenient as walking from CR, will not be bad at all. And it saved us over $1100! Thanks for helping me make this decision.
Yay!!! You will love it!! We could see the fireworks in our standard room. I requested a north wing room. We turned the copper trash can upside down and our son used it for a step stool at the sink to wash his hands. There are some photos of the resort in our trip report below. It's a short one, mostly pictures. We did ride the boat to MK once. But we mostly rode the bus over. It was quick. I loved that we didn't have a long walk to the bus. It picked up and dropped off right there and it was a short walk inside and up to our room. Loved the quiet music on the bus ride back at night and the lanterns welcoming us back home each night.

Also their gift shop sold loaves of bread so we could make our son a PB sandwich. We took some Jif to go's.

On our trip, we found that the Villas pool was less crowded. Walk by the main pool and on around to the right and you'll come to the Villas pool.

Have fun!!!
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Old 06-18-2013, 08:17 PM   #15
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My daughter and I stayed here over Memorial Day weekend. I had not been there for several years, and was so impressed with the updating remodeling that was recently completed. The rooms had a completely different feel than during our last stay. I am certain you will enjoy!
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