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Old 10-07-2012, 10:14 AM   #181
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REAL nice picture there Meg. Thanks so much for sharing that with your readers. Love ya.
You were insane that night in World Showcase! The poor French boys!
Oh you're welcome. I thought you would love that! Love ya too!
I was not insane that night...
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Are you going Thanksgiving week? Us too, I will look for you. Taking my dad and step-mom and of course hubby. Little worried about crowds, but we have been at Christmas twice, it can't be worse? right???
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Old 10-07-2012, 09:41 PM   #183
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Are you going Thanksgiving week? Us too, I will look for you. Taking my dad and step-mom and of course hubby. Little worried about crowds, but we have been at Christmas twice, it can't be worse? right???
Hi there!
Yes, I am going Thanksgivng week (leaving on the holiday)! I can't wait!
I hope to see you!
My mom has been at Thanksgiving and said right after that Thursday, it empties out, so I wouldn't be too worried.
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Old 10-08-2012, 05:28 PM   #184
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Switching over to the best resort IN THE WORLD!

August 15th

Mum and I were up that morning at about 8. We ate breakfast in the room like always, and we got all of our stuff together because we were...

Switching over to the Wilderness Lodge today :D

I was so excited. The Wilderness Lodge is my FAVORITE resort and I was so happy to be staying there after like 10 years. Thank God it is our DVC home, or I don’t know what I would do.

We called down bell services to get our luggage and we were out of our villa by 10.

Before we actually left the Beach Club, I had to go pick up my Dooney at the Marketplace since I got it shipped.

So Mum waited for me outside the Marketplace and I went in.

I got to the package pick up station and told the woman my name and handed her my receipt. She went in the back to get it.

And came out empty handed.

I started freaking out. WHERE WAS MY DOONEY?!?!?!?

She asked if I was staying at the Beach Club. No, I’m an idiot and have no clue what resort I’m staying at… ARE YOU KIDDING ME LADY?!

I told her we were on the 5th floor in the villas and she looked at me with a confused look on her face.

“There’s a 5th floor in the villas?”

Oh dear God…

You work here lady! You don’t know this stuff?!

All I wanted to do was to get my Dooney and leave.

She asked my name again and went in the back and came out with a bag.

She said my Dooney was way in the back and she didn’t see it at first. Thank GOD she found it or there would go $95 down the drain.

We FINALLY made our way to the parking lot. I put the address in the gps and we were on our way!

And pretty soon we were passing under this sign!

I don’t know if you guys have seen pictures, but they painted the Magic Kingdom sign yellow and blue, and in my opinion, it looks ugly.

Hi monorail with the awful voice guy!


Seriously, after you go through the MK sign, you go down a little ways, take a right, and you are at the Wilderness Lodge.

EEEEE!!!!


JAJHVHKWGJBJKGBWJKBJKG!




We got our bags and then went inside to check in.

DISNEY DETAILS <3




A CM that was at the door brought us up to the front desk and talked to us for a minute while we waited.

<3 <3 <3 <3






Checking into the Wilderness Lodge <3


The lobby is just breathtaking and I probably have five zillion pictures of it. I just love it so much.

We went up to the desk and Connie checked us in. She was SO nice. She made us feel like we were at home (well, technically, we were) and she even gave me a little bag with a coloring book, stickers, and crayons.

Reason #1728962489 why the Wilderness Lodge CMs are the BEST.

Connie even thought Mum was my SISTER. She said she looked really young. Tons of people say that ALL THE TIME. I don’t know why though because I can already see the wrinkles…

I LOVE YOU MUM! <3

Connie was trying to find a room for us that was ready, but she couldn’t. So she took Mum’s cell phone number so we would be notified when our room was ready.

So we headed to the gift shop.

I ALWAYS take a picture with the totem pole every time we go/stay at the Wilderness Lodge.


We walked into the gift shop and I found the cutest thing ever.

WHY U HAVE TO MAKE SO MUCH CUTE MERCH, DISNEY?!?!

Tons of Halloween merch was out!


Loved these cookies!


They have a little pin stand in the lobby so I wanted to pin trade there.

I pin traded with a CM and I got a WDW flag. He noticed my Muppets shirt and asked if I knew about the key. Why yes, yes I do!

Some guy came up to him asked to pin trade and he was a Disfreak and had ALL the Fastpass pins. He was trading for a monorail one and the CM made him recite the “Please stand clear of the doors…”
Reason #1089090467890576 why the Wilderness Lodge CMs are the best.

We went down to Roaring Forks to get a snack.

The CM who checked us out was so nice. Even though I have said this like 50000 times already, I LOVE THE WILDERNESS LODGE CMS!

We sat down at a table and chowed down on these puppies.

One word: DUH.


And Mum got a chocolate chip cookie.


We filled up our mug and we noticed they had a mug wash there! We found that SO cool. Don’t ask.


Mum used the bathroom before we left to hop on a boat and then we headed out by the pool area.

It was beautiful out that day!




I loved the little walkway you have to go down to get to the boats.




A boat was already waiting for us because we are so special.

We headed past the Grand Floridian...


And soon arrived at the...
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Old 10-08-2012, 06:42 PM   #185
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ALMDOSYBAENYGTGFGJEHW!!! Wilderness Lodge is your home resort???!?! How wonderfully awesome! We're staying at GF and Poly for our first trip coming up in November but I'm already planning a 2013 visit and making that a Wilderness Lodge stay! I am so excited that you are there!!! I am dying to hear more about it and see more pictures!!

Where are you staying when you go back in November?
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Old 10-08-2012, 07:13 PM   #186
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ALMDOSYBAENYGTGFGJEHW!!! Wilderness Lodge is your home resort???!?! How wonderfully awesome! We're staying at GF and Poly for our first trip coming up in November but I'm already planning a 2013 visit and making that a Wilderness Lodge stay! I am so excited that you are there!!! I am dying to hear more about it and see more pictures!!

Where are you staying when you go back in November?
Why yes, yes it is!
You are staying at the Poly AND the Grand Floridian?! Can you PLEASE pack me in your suitcase?!?!?!?
YOU HAVE TO STAY AT THE WILDERNESS LODGE. No doubt about it!

Well, over 6 days in November, we are staying at THREE (yes, THREE) resorts! We will be at Saratoga Springs from the 22-24, THE WILDERNESS LODGE (SOOOOO excited to see the Christmas decorations there!) from the 24-26, and last , but not least, a Little Mermaid room at Art of Animation from the 26-28. It's going to be crazy to say the least!

PS: OMG! 4 weeks until you are in WDW!!!!!
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I would love to stay at the Wilderness Lodge some day! I've never even visited which I must do on our next visit. I saw you and your Mum mentioned in another TR when you met Karin & Tom from Austria (dizneeat on the Disboards). I'm great fans of both of your TR's
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Old 10-09-2012, 09:28 AM   #188
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Why yes, yes it is!
You are staying at the Poly AND the Grand Floridian?! Can you PLEASE pack me in your suitcase?!?!?!?
YOU HAVE TO STAY AT THE WILDERNESS LODGE. No doubt about it!

Well, over 6 days in November, we are staying at THREE (yes, THREE) resorts! We will be at Saratoga Springs from the 22-24, THE WILDERNESS LODGE (SOOOOO excited to see the Christmas decorations there!) from the 24-26, and last , but not least, a Little Mermaid room at Art of Animation from the 26-28. It's going to be crazy to say the least!

PS: OMG! 4 weeks until you are in WDW!!!!!
My gosh, if I were independently wealthy I would buy you your own room next to us, so we could have our own personal expert guide!! Sad that I don't have that kind of wealth!

We will be visiting WL though, we are eating at both WCC and Artist Point, so hopefully on one of those visits over there we will get to see the awesome Christmas decorations. I'm afraid we're there too early in November but no worries, I'm planning next years trip for early Dec, so one way or another we will see the beauty that is WL at Christmastime!!!

PS Just 27 days to go!!!!
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Old 10-09-2012, 01:47 PM   #189
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I would love to stay at the Wilderness Lodge some day! I've never even visited which I must do on our next visit. I saw you and your Mum mentioned in another TR when you met Karin & Tom from Austria (dizneeat on the Disboards). I'm great fans of both of your TR's
Even if we aren't staying at WL on a trip, we always try to visit. I could serisouly spend hours touring the property. It is SUCH a beautiful resort!
We have met Karin and Tom twice. Once last year on the Dream and then on this past trip. They are so nice!

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My gosh, if I were independently wealthy I would buy you your own room next to us, so we could have our own personal expert guide!! Sad that I don't have that kind of wealth!

We will be visiting WL though, we are eating at both WCC and Artist Point, so hopefully on one of those visits over there we will get to see the awesome Christmas decorations. I'm afraid we're there too early in November but no worries, I'm planning next years trip for early Dec, so one way or another we will see the beauty that is WL at Christmastime!!!

PS Just 27 days to go!!!!
Well, I do have $112,500 just lying around our house. I guess I could book a room at the Poly and the GF instead of buying three Cinderella Castle replicas
I am pretty sure the decorations are up a few days into November at WL. You should be able to see them!
I have heard early December is a PERFECT time to go and there are like no crowds.
YAY! 27 DAYS!
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Off to the most magical kingdom!

Where were we going exactly?

This should explain it all!


We got into the Magic Kingdom and it was packed!

We went straight to the Emporium because when I got my Dooney on Monday, I got a 20% off coupon to use by Wednesday before 12. We had yet to use it and I wanted to get a few things so it was shoppin time!

I got a shirt, we got my cousin a shirt, and Mum got a purse and she gets SO many compliments on it!

I pin traded at the counter and a got a Nightmare Before Christmas pin.

We made our way down Main Street and we headed towards Fantasyland.

I saw Roy, our tour guide from Monday! I wanted to say hi but he was helping out some guests.



Such a pretty day in the Magic Kingdom.


We went into Sir Mickeys and looked around for a few minutes.


Anyone ever notice this in there?


We then went to Phillharmagic. I dont even know why since I cant see the 3D. I mean its a great show and all and I love singing along to the songs, but I cant see anything.
And of course, people didnt move all the way down the row. So many pet peeves in Disney&

After that, we went to the Pooh Dump Shop since we didnt have a chance to look in there the other day. I found a really awesome pair of Mickey earrings in there so I bought em and put them on right then.

Two of my favorite things: Mickey and black with white polka dots!

We left Fantasyland and then went into Tomorrowland.

Wait! We need some New Fantasyland construction pictures!

I have seen SO many pictures of the castle walls since they opened last month and they are beautiful. The details on them are just incredible.





On our way out of Fantasyland&


We got into Tomorrowland and I saw Chip & Dale in their Tomorrowland costumes that I love so much, so we hopped in line.
There were these two women in front of us who looked like they were going to a fashion show. They had heels on, ridiculously short skirts, and five pounds of makeup on. Why the crap would you go to a theme park like that?! People are weird I tell you.

We made it up to the front and Chip and Dale kept playing around with my mousekears and put them on the wrong way, and see them in the picture, which came out like crap. I look awful, Dale isnt looking at the camera, Chip is sucking his thumb, and several people are smiling for the camera behind us.


I stopped at a pin cart and I asked the CM who worked there to pin trade because I saw a cool lime green Mickey pin. He asked me if I was 12 or under and I said no and he told me that I couldnt pin trade with him since I was older than 12. I stood there like What the crap?! He told me that the green lanyards are for kids 12 and under. Im sorry, but that is just stupid. And he was really rude about it! I have never heard that rule before.

It was almost time for our ADR so we headed over to Main Street.



Time for The Plaza!

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Aaah...looking at the pics of the Wilderness Lodge...I can't wait to go back!!! Just LOVE it there. I can't wait for you to see all the Christmas decorations, Meg! I think the last time you saw them, you were probably 2 1/2, so obviously you don't remember.
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Aaah...looking at the pics of the Wilderness Lodge...I can't wait to go back!!! Just LOVE it there. I can't wait for you to see all the Christmas decorations, Meg! I think the last time you saw them, you were probably 2 1/2, so obviously you don't remember.
Can we go back NOW?! I can't wait 44 days!!!
I just remember throwing up, so no, I don't remember the decorations.
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Well, I do have $112,500 just lying around our house. I guess I could book a room at the Poly and the GF instead of buying three Cinderella Castle replicas
I am pretty sure the decorations are up a few days into November at WL. You should be able to see them!
I have heard early December is a PERFECT time to go and there are like no crowds.
YAY! 27 DAYS!

Oh I forgot about your extra "mad" money. I'm not sure you can survive without 3 Cinderella Castle replicas!
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Oh I forgot about your extra "mad" money. I'm not sure you can survive without 3 Cinderella Castle replicas!
I really can't survive without them. Since I'm so rich and all, I should just buy more and decorate the whole house with them. Who cares about trips to Disney when you can see Cinderella's Castle right at your own house?! You wouldn't even have to get out of your pajamas!
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The Plaza, FREE dessert, and our VILLA is ready!

We checked into the Plaza and only waited for about 5 minutes. We sat down at one of my favorite tables with the yellow and white umbrellas.

The mayor was walking around the Plaza and talking to the CMs that worked outside.

We got called and were seated near the front of the restaurant.

Our server, Lisa, came over and took our drink orders. She left and we looked over the menu.


Lisa came back with our drinks and when we were in the middle of ordering our food, the Mayor walked in and came over to our table.

And he announced that we were the 100th customers of the day!

And since we were the 100th customers, we were going to buy everyones food!

Yeah, I dont think so.

Everyone cheered and then the Mayor said no we werent going to buy everyones food, BUT we were going to get free dessert! Mum and I didnt think that was true, but we would see!

He asked if anyone would take our picture and someone volunteered to named Alex.

We stood up and posed with the Mayor.


The mayor talked with us for a minute and then Lisa came over and apologized about what happened. No need to say sorry!

We finally ordered our food and I took some pictures of the restaurant.

It was very pretty in there!






Our food came out quickly.

I got the Plaza Club with homemade potato chips.

It was delicious! The homemade chips were AMAZING!

Mum got a cheeseburger with fries.

She thought it was very good and loved how the extras for your burger (tomatoes, onions, etc.) are free!

After we finished, Lisa came out and asked us what we wanted for dessert.

Mum and I shared the brownie sundae.

It was amazing. The brownie was nice and soft, which I love. Sometimes when I get a brownie sundae somewhere, the brownie is a little hard and not good.

We got our bill and guess what?!

WE GOT FREE DESSERT!

We didnt think something could be free in Disney! SHOCKER.

While we were finishing up, Mum got a text. Our room was ready! BOO TO THE YA.

We paid and then made our way out of the park.

The Plaza
Food: Our food was fantastic! We both loved our meals. 5/5
Atmosphere: I thought the restaurant was so pretty. The Plaza is very small though. 4/5
Service: Lisa was very friendly and brought our food out quickly! 5/5

This was our first time at The Plaza and we LOVED it! A lot of people dont know about this restaurant it seems. Mum and I would love to go back! And plus we got free dessert, so that made our lunch there 10000000x better.
And plus it was cheaper than our lunch at Sunshine Seasons! The Plaza > Sunshine Seasons

We got outside and walked down Main Street.

<3 <3




Before we left, we stopped in the Emporium because I saw a pillow I wanted earlier that I HAD to have! And I thought since we were leaving the park, it would be a perfect time to get it since I wouldnt have to drag it around with me.

It was a Haunted Mansion pillow and it was just awesome.

The girl who checked me out was from Australia and had only been in the US for 3 weeks! She said she loved working at Disney. Well, who wouldn't?!

I got my pillow (that will be in my Haunted Mansion room. STAY TUNED!) and when we were walking out of the park, we started talking to this CM who was doing the College Program. She said she was glad she waited until after college to do it because she wouldnt have wanted to go back to school if she did it before.

We FINALLY got out of the park and there was a boat waiting for us already, since we are VIPs and all.

We arrived at the Wilderness Lodge and headed into the lobby.





We stopped at the Bell Services desk and asked if they had our bags and they did, so they were going to deliver them in a few minutes.

We walked down to the villas and went to check out our new villa!



(:




We got villa 1502, which was on the first floor.


We opened our door and our room was just breathtaking!




The bathroom was SO squishy. I took this picture from the door. There was NO room in there.

Details on the shower curtain.












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