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Old 09-05-2012, 05:05 PM   #1
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Pull up a rocker, it's a Wilderness Lodge Trip Report!

I recently posted a WL/CL review in April. My BLT TR is coming up soon!

DD13, DH and I stayed club level at Wilderness Lodge's Old Faithful Club from 8/21 - 30. We were celebrating our 25th anniversary and this was our 3rd stay totaling 27 nights at WL/CL in the past year. We also stayed a total of 7 nights between BWI/CL and BLT this past year.

We spent 3 wonderful nights at BLT in a one bedroom villa then drove over at 0930 to WL in four minutes flat. As usual, we were met in the port cochere by a smiling club level greeter/runner who wished us a happy anniversary and escorted us up to the 7th floor after DH parked the car.

Sterrie checked me in while DH made his way to the lounge for some pineapple, ('pre-breakfast breakfast' - more on this later). I was given two anniversary pins with "25" marked in Sharpie which we wore once to each park.

The room I had requested, 7127 was ready! It is one of only two rooms that directly face the WL courtyard and Bay Lake, 7035 is the North Wing equivalent. The newly rehabbed room looked even better in person and a CL welcome gift of chocolates was on the bed.

Our Lodgekeeper, Jonnett is a gem and is part of the reason we have twice requested 7127. She is very creative and generous with towel animals:

She truly surprised us on our last day with the most unexpected, generous and thoughtful gifts for DD:

Jonnett is an excellent housekeeper with a great attention to detail. I did notice, however, that this visit toiletries weren't being replenished. When I left a note with the tip once, I received one of each toiletry, but that was it the entire stay. (I don't know who the housekeeper was that day.) I asked the club level manager if housekeepers were now supposed to leave fewer toiletries, but he wasn't aware of any change. Later that day, I found this smiley-faced bag on our door from the manager:

We upheld our check-in day tradition of what we like to call a 'pre-breakfast breakfast'. DH has some pineapple, etc... in the lounge and then we head to WCC where he has the skillet breakfast:

Canyon Skillet
All You Care To Enjoy $16.49 per person

Scrambled Eggs, roasted Red Potatoes, Bacon, Sausage, Waffles, Buttermilk Biscuits, and Sausage Gravy.

DD and I tried the spinach and feta egg white omelet and it was delicious:

Egg White Omelet - served with spinach, pico, feta, and chipotle barbecue served with roasted red potatoes and a Biscuit $11.99

As always, we were entertained by all the fun antics of the servers and DD was happy to be given a menu signed by 'Slim,' one of the hilarious CMs.

In honor of our anniversary, we ate at Artist Point on our arrival night. Our anniversary was noted in our reservation and we received two complimentary glasses of sparkling wine, (DH kindly offered his glass to me) and we also received some amuse bouche (a small serving/tasting of soup in this case).

DH and I ordered the Buffalo Strip Steak:

Our buffalo was disappointing as portions were inedible (tough) and the accompanying side was rather small, but quite tasty. The waitress noticed we had left some of the steak on our plate, admonished us for not telling her it was tough, then told us she had taken our most expensive appetizer off the bill, which we appreciated.

For appetizers, DD and I ordered the Smokey Portobello Soup and it was delicious:

DH loved his Alaskan King Crab and Sweet Corn Fritter. One complimentary serving of berry cobbler and three spoons was brought out for dessert which was quite tasty, but DD doesn't like cobbler, and we were never asked by our server if we wanted to order dessert so DD later ate a club level dessert.

Our server had a tendency to speak to us as she walked away to fetch water, bread etc... I would have to turn around to listen to her as she would be walking away from our table, then returning. For this level of Disney dining, I felt both the service and our main course just didn't cut it for us to want to return anytime soon.

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