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Old 10-10-2013, 09:47 PM   #1
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Advice please, Contemporary vs. Wilderness Lodge

Hello everyone! This is my first time posting on here. I am planning a trip for the end of January 2014 with my DH and DD (3 1/2 years old). We have tentatively held 6 night reservations at the Contemporary with the dining package. Tonight, while looking online at prices, I saw the Wilderness Lodge for significantly less. Here's my question, is the Contemporary, being on the monorail and walking distance to MK (where I am sure we will be spending most of our time) worth the cost difference? Any other resorts (moderate or deluxe) that you would recommend? It will be my DD's first visit and we will be doing lots of character meals, she is very into Disney princesses right now. Thanks in advance!
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Old 10-10-2013, 09:56 PM   #2
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Welcome!

I took my children to WDW for the first time this past May 2013, and stayed in the garden wing at the CR. There is a certain magic about being on the monorail line, and we utilized that walkway to the MK A LOT! We loved our stay at the CR, and I am so happy they got to experience being on the monorail line.

However, I don't think that being in the location was the defining part of our trip, so if you there is a resort that better suits the budget, then go for that (We had dinner at the Wilderness Lodge and the ambiance of that resort is AH-mazing!). In January we are trying a moderate. Ultimately, the trip will be so exciting and magical for the kiddos, that they won't know the difference between value/moderate/deluxe. I don't really know if that helped.

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Old 10-10-2013, 10:36 PM   #3
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can't go wrong, but this is one vote for WL

I've stayed at both (admittedly, CR was many years ago) and I much prefer WL. The discounted price is just icing on the cake in my view. Walking to MK and being on the monorail are great, but WL is beautiful and the bus service was really quite good both times I've stayed there. There's nothing "wrong" with CR in my view, it's just not as fun to hang out in. The boat ride to MK from WL isn't as convenient as walking or taking the monorail, but I bet your kids would find that fun too!
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Old 10-10-2013, 10:44 PM   #4
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We stayed at WL when DS8 was 3.5 and 5. Two of our favorite trips. I think that he went down the slide like 100 times in a row. The steps are tame, and he loved being able to do it by himself. We also loved riding the boat to/from MK.

We have stayed at BLT, and I LOVE the walk to MK, but WL is a much prettier resort. Feels like home...and I everytime I have a hard time going home. The rooms are darker, and a bit more dated vs. Contemporary (I like modern).

Honestly, the monorail kinda smells. A 3yo will enjoy riding a bus just as much as a monorail. I prefer driving...except for the walk to MK. Still love that. We stay at BLT vs. contemporary.
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Old 10-10-2013, 10:51 PM   #5
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I have stayed at both CR and WL numerous times and both my 4-year-old daughter and I prefer WL. CR is the original WDW resort and while I do like the modern room decor and dining options, the fact that it's also a convention resort reverberates off the walls. I was expecting my daughter to absolutely love it but she didn't. My opinion of CR is that it's catered more for adults and people visiting for business meetings and conventions.

On the other hand, WL is absolutely beautiful and filled to the brim with intricate details. It (along with AKL) makes me feel as if I'm on a vacation within a vacation; that's how awesome the themeing is. While not on the resort monorail line, it's still considered a MK resort and if you opt to travel by boat the ride isn't long at all. Once there, you can easily board the monorail for the TTC and then board the monorail there for EP.
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Old 10-11-2013, 07:20 AM   #6
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The rooms are smaller at WL (340 sf vs 430 at CR), so that accounts for a bit of the cost difference, as well as being off the monorail line. Walking back and forth to MK is the main draw of the CR and is really neat.

As far as theming, to each their own I'm not a fan of the WL theming, it reminds me of the mountains around here and I don't feel like I am away in Florida lol. But again, to each their own, some people hate the CR theming and I love that hotel.

Kids seem to love the WL, so if it's cheaper and you think you would like it, definitely go for it!
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Old 10-11-2013, 08:05 AM   #7
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As the PP said, themeing is an personal taste thing...I love the WL themeing while the CR leaves me cold and seems so impersonal.

Again, whether or not the extra cost for the CR is worth it is a personal thing, but even if the two cost the same, I would not stay at the CR..monorail or no monorail.

The easy walk from the CR is great but the boat from WL to MK is just as enjoyable.
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Old 10-11-2013, 08:28 AM   #8
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We couldn't decide either, so we are doing a good portion of our trip at WL (lower cost being part of that decision) and then the last few days at the Contemporary. I'm so excited for both and still don't have a good means of having a preference between the two. Glad we're doing the split!
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Old 10-11-2013, 08:37 AM   #9
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Wow this is tough. Two great choices.

CR offers you the ability if you DD crashes to take her back to the room quickly (5 minute walk from the entrance of MK). The Monorail is also a nice feature should you want to spend some time in EC...just one transfer at the TTC. The decor is nice but not as warm and friendly as WL. If proximity to MK and Monorail access is your main focus this is the resort for you.

WL decor and setting is wonderful. While you aren't on the Monorail Line the WL bus reviews seem to be one of the best. Also, you can take the boat to MK which the kids love. Another option should you choose this resort...take a boat to CR and ride the Monorail from there this way you aren't "short changing" your DD on the complete Disney experience.

I am all about the experience you get while at WDW. Personally, CR may be a better resort for you as parents...easy in and out of MK. Monorail access etc. WL is great for the family and thus I must recommend this given you are getting a worthy discount.

No matter which resort you choose I recommend visiting the other during your stay to scope it out. Check out what the stores have to offer...especially the big one in CR and make the most of your trip.

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Old 10-11-2013, 08:40 AM   #10
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Hello everyone! This is my first time posting on here. I am planning a trip for the end of January 2014 with my DH and DD (3 1/2 years old). We have tentatively held 6 night reservations at the Contemporary with the dining package. Tonight, while looking online at prices, I saw the Wilderness Lodge for significantly less. Here's my question, is the Contemporary, being on the monorail and walking distance to MK (where I am sure we will be spending most of our time) worth the cost difference? Any other resorts (moderate or deluxe) that you would recommend? It will be my DD's first visit and we will be doing lots of character meals, she is very into Disney princesses right now. Thanks in advance!
We've never stayed at the CR, but we love the WL. The CR is great with having the walkway to MK, but the WL is a convenient boat ride away. As the pp mentioned, the rooms at the CR are quite a bit larger than at the WL, but with only 3 of you, the WL room would be fine as far as space. If being able to walk to MK is a priority, I'd go with the CR; otherwise, the WL is a beautiful resort and that would be my choice as we love the atmosphere as well as having the boat for alternate transportation. Good luck.
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