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Old 10-10-2012, 04:18 PM   #1
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Exclamation WL vs S&D Christmas stay help :-)

Really need your opinion on this guys so here goes.

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Planning on taking the family from Dec 22nd to the 31st.

2 adults and a 17 year old and 16 year old.

Annual pass holders, Tables in Wonderland card.

We will be driving to WDW this time around.

Last year we stayed CL at the Poly which was fantastic but carried a super sized $$$ to it. This year we dont want to spend as much but still stay deluxe.

from the 22 to the 31 the room only cost would be:

Dolphin standard room would be roughly 3,300 for our stay including daily resort fee and parking fee. (Swan is a couple of hundred more).

WL standard room would be about 4380ish for the same stay.

I have stayed at WL before and loved it. We have never stayed at S&D.

I love that S&D you walk to DHS and Epcot, Boardwalk and its resorts.

WL feels like Christmas though and I love the boat to MK.

Considering the huge crowds durring our stay, amenities, transportation options, food choices, and anything else you can think of where should we choose our stay?

I just want to know i'm making the right choice for my family. Thanks!
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Old 10-10-2012, 04:26 PM   #2
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Given that it is Christmas, I would go with WL -- their theme is so wonderful for Christmas and it is just so cozy with the fireplace roaring, etc. While I have enjoyed both S & D, to me you won't get the same Christmas Magic at them versus WL.

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Old 10-10-2012, 11:30 PM   #3
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Thanks Tom, I know what you mean. I just saw several photos with the Christmas overlay and they look great.
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Old 10-11-2012, 12:02 AM   #4
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I would have to go with WL. It just feels so much more like classic Disney to me than S&D. My family is staying at WL this December and the photos I've found of past Christmas decorations are stunning!
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Old 10-11-2012, 01:09 AM   #5
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While staying at WL during the holidays sounds great, that is a huge price difference. IMO, you can have just as much fun at the Dolphin. I think that teenagers would like staying in the boardwalk area. Plus, there's something to be said about trying a new resort.
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Old 10-11-2012, 07:45 AM   #6
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I would go with the WL, especially at Christmas .
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Old 10-11-2012, 02:59 PM   #7
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I am a little biased but for the extra money, the Wilderness lodge at Christmas time beats all other resorts, hands down. Since you are booking a standard room, may I suggest getting an atrium view room above the WCC. You walk out of your room every day greeted by the lobby and Christmas tree and are just steps away from the 3'rd/4'th floor fireplaces. My first Christmas at the Lodge was 1994 and all my past Christmas stays there have been as magical.
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Old 10-11-2012, 03:55 PM   #8
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I agree with the others. For a Xmas stay it has to be WL over the Swan/Dolphin!!!
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I am a little biased but for the extra money, the Wilderness lodge at Christmas time beats all other resorts, hands down. Since you are booking a standard room, may I suggest getting an atrium view room above the WCC. You walk out of your room every day greeted by the lobby and Christmas tree and are just steps away from the 3'rd/4'th floor fireplaces. My first Christmas at the Lodge was 1994 and all my past Christmas stays there have been as magical.
This sounds interesting! How would I go about requesting a room like this and what is WCC? Do you have a map or pictures of said room/area?

Thanks!

Also, the main reason for S&D was the price vs the other deluxe resorts and being able to walk to Epcot and DHS. Having the ability to easily checkout the boardwalk area resorts and their christmas decor. BTW I just found the AAA rate for my dates and the price I have now is 2800$ for our stay at the dolphin.

Would we spend an extra 1500$ for WL???? Yes we would, But it is not money that is the issue, its the experience, atmosphere, convenience, food, ect.... I do love the suggestions! Thanks for your input!
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Old 10-11-2012, 06:53 PM   #10
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We usually stay at Dolphin for the holidays and this year we are doing WL CL just because of what every one else mentioned. Same as you, we are AP holders TiW we rent a car not saying S & D are not beautiful at the holidays but there is something magical about WL during the holidays that I just want to be immersed in!

If $$ is the top deciding factor as well as mainly visiting Epcot and DHS then by all means stay at the Dolphin but if not don't think twice WL all the way
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Old 10-11-2012, 07:01 PM   #11
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LOVE LOVE LOVE WL at Christmas, but wow is that a big price difference!

With teens I would say S&D. The rooms are larger and the quick trips to Epcot and HS are great.

But, oh, I do love the Lodge, and the Christmas theming is just awesome. A quick run from the end of the wings to the hot tubs too, nice in the cold weather.

I simply cannot decide. Do a split stay.
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Also, the main reason for S&D was the price vs the other deluxe resorts and being able to walk to Epcot and DHS. Having the ability to easily checkout the boardwalk area resorts and their christmas decor. BTW I just found the AAA rate for my dates and the price I have now is 2800$ for our stay at the dolphin.

Would we spend an extra 1500$ for WL???? Yes we would, But it is not money that is the issue, its the experience, atmosphere, convenience, food, ect.... I do love the suggestions! Thanks for your input!
Then stay at the lodge. The Christmas decor at the other resorts pales in comparison. Plus at the lodge, you have to walk through the lobby to get anywhere, so you see the decor all the time, and being that it has a compact footprint with everything all under one roof, it's quite convenient. The busses only share with FW, so they are good. The boat to WL or CR or FW is quite magical. Plus you get a balcony. Do it.
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[QUOTE=valenrandy;46417740]This sounds interesting! How would I go about requesting a room like this and what is WCC? Do you have a map or pictures of said room/area?

Just phone reservations and request a standard room above WCC (Whispering Canyon Cafe). I know that some people do not like this location due to restaurant noise and the closeness to the loading area but I have stayed there many times and it has not been an issue. A few times they have put me at the 5'th and 6'th floor and we watched Holiday wishes from MK on our balcony. During the Christmas season there is always nightly entertainment in the lobby and usually Christmas carol sing alongs in the afternoon....right outside your door.


Also, the main reason for S&D was the price vs the other deluxe resorts and being able to walk to Epcot and DHS. Having the ability to easily checkout the boardwalk area resorts and their christmas decor. BTW I just found the AAA rate for my dates and the price I have now is 2800$ for our stay at the dolphin


Since you are staying for a lengthy time, why not split it up?If it was me, I would go to the Dolphin for the last three nights and enjoy the best of both worlds. That way you are close to Epcot/HS for NYE. I prefer split stays for visits longer than a week. Enjoy...I am jealous. When the children were younger, WDW at Christmas time was a special time but when they get married and have children of their own, it gets harder to do this. Tank goodness now for DVC. Next Christmas with the whole family and first time for our grandson. Have fun!!
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Are the rooms above whispering canyon cafe considered standard view or woods view? I think woods view cost more.

I think we might consider a split stay. On the nights of the 22,23,24 there are ap discounts at the Lodge. Once again thanks for the replies :-)
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Are the rooms above whispering canyon cafe considered standard view or woods view? I think woods view cost more.

I think we might consider a split stay. On the nights of the 22,23,24 there are ap discounts at the Lodge. Once again thanks for the replies :-)
The first two floors above the restaurant are standard view and floors above are woods view. When you get to the hotel always ask (very politely) if there is anything available on the upper floors.
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