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Old 02-01-2013, 01:05 PM   #2491
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Thanks! My daughter might want us to take the monorail because the kids would like it. But I take a commuter train for work, so the monorail loses its appeal for me.

I'm voting for boats .
Does this mean you're not crazy about the MK train either?

You're trip is coming up soon, are you packed yet? Will you be checking in with us during your vacation?
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We'll be dining at 1900 Park Fare, too, one week from today, as a matter of fact. We plan to take the AK or HS bus to GF, since it is supposed to go to GF before going to the park. But I'll ask the bus driver before I get on the bus, just to be sure. The other choice would be to the boats, from WL to MK then MK to GF. I love the options.
Just a heads up, we were there over MLK weekend and wanted to get to the GF quickly from WL. I checked with each bus driver (EC, HS, AK) and all of them were going to FW and not the GF. We finally hopped on the MK bus.

We did not stay here for the week so I can't report on if this is a total change or not.

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PS: Kook can you add us to the Log for 6/9 to 6/16 1br at VWL?
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Old 02-01-2013, 02:15 PM   #2493
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Does this mean you're not crazy about the MK train either?

You're trip is coming up soon, are you packed yet? Will you be checking in with us during your vacation?
I love the MK train. We aren't packed yet. We are planning to do that tomorrow and Sunday. It looks like we'll have great weather.

I'll be checking in. I'm expecting to love it so much I've already got my bounce back dates picked out for the first week in December.

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Just a heads up, we were there over MLK weekend and wanted to get to the GF quickly from WL. I checked with each bus driver (EC, HS, AK) and all of them were going to FW and not the GF. We finally hopped on the MK bus.

Brian
Thanks for letting me know. We will have ridden the bus to AK and HS by then, so that will help. I just don't want to take the long way around on the monorail.
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Old 02-01-2013, 07:48 PM   #2494
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My kids did the 9:30 a.m. pirate cruise from the GF in December, and we did indeed just hop on one of the buses. At that point, the CM said all but one bus was going to stop at GF first. It seems to me that they do change up the routes depending on crowd level, so you can just ask while you're there. I don't think you'll have a problem. It's a lot more convenient for sure!
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Wow! There's a lot great of info in this thread! Just finished up reading thru most of it!! It certainly sold me on wilderness lodge!!! Now we are all booked to go in September for my birthday! Thanks so much everyone!
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My kids did the 9:30 a.m. pirate cruise from the GF in December, and we did indeed just hop on one of the buses. At that point, the CM said all but one bus was going to stop at GF first. It seems to me that they do change up the routes depending on crowd level, so you can just ask while you're there. I don't think you'll have a problem. It's a lot more convenient for sure!
How did you reserve the pirate cruise? We are staying at WL in early April and it sounds like fun. Our son is 5. Did you just relax at GF while your child participated?
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Old 02-02-2013, 10:06 AM   #2497
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We just switched over here from the poly. I'm so excited because I'm from Oregon and can't wait. I haven't been back in 10 years. Kids have no idea were even staying at a deluxe the last half of r trip.

So put us down June 30-July 5
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Old 02-02-2013, 10:25 AM   #2498
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Just a heads up, we were there over MLK weekend and wanted to get to the GF quickly from WL. I checked with each bus driver (EC, HS, AK) and all of them were going to FW and not the GF. We finally hopped on the MK bus.

We did not stay here for the week so I can't report on if this is a total change or not.

Brian

PS: Kook can you add us to the Log for 6/9 to 6/16 1br at VWL?
The only bus from WL I've been on that went to GF was the DTD bus - but that's been quite a while ago. I remember thinking that it was odd that CR and Poly shared a DTD bus, and WL and GF, when it makes more sense to match up CR/WL and Poly/GF to me.
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Old 02-02-2013, 01:36 PM   #2499
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Just saying hi! So many new people here lately, sharing the love of the lodge (even the ones who haven't stayed there yet!)

I am procrastinating my ADR planning. (my day is tomorrow!) I have been reading about all sorts of problems with the mobile app and website and will probably take my chances with a 7 am call instead of going online. I am sure my plans will change over time anyhow. I feel like I have to have my entire 8 days planned out before I make my ADRs and there is no way I am ready to do that at 180 days!

Our choices from our canceled trip were: Raglan Rd. ,Yachtsman Steakhouse, Artist's Point, Boma's, Via Napoli, and breakfast at Trail's End. Some quick service-Columbia Harbor House, maybe Tangierine Cafe. Now, we are probably going to try to add BoG for dinner, in spite of the reviews (maybe I will just have soup and a cupcake!) I am tempted by everyone's raves for Tokyo Dining here. My DD loves sushi so maybe.... Anyhow, there's time. I always have to remind myself that just because I am eligible to make ADRs at 180 days, I don't have to do it then for most of the places we eat ( we stopped going to LeCellier a few years ago. That was one we had to do early, but we were disappointed with it last time)

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How did you reserve the pirate cruise? We are staying at WL in early April and it sounds like fun. Our son is 5. Did you just relax at GF while your child participated?
You have to call for this one. Doesn't book online. And everyone goes, not just kids
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Hello

Does someone have a map that show where the elevators are?
Is there more then one set are they just in one place?


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Old 02-02-2013, 04:06 PM   #2502
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Just saying hi! So many new people here lately, sharing the love of the lodge (even the ones who haven't stayed there yet!)

I am procrastinating my ADR planning. (my day is tomorrow!) I have been reading about all sorts of problems with the mobile app and website and will probably take my chances with a 7 am call instead of going online. I am sure my plans will change over time anyhow. I feel like I have to have my entire 8 days planned out before I make my ADRs and there is no way I am ready to do that at 180 days!

Our choices from our canceled trip were: Raglan Rd. ,Yachtsman Steakhouse, Artist's Point, Boma's, Via Napoli, and breakfast at Trail's End. Some quick service-Columbia Harbor House, maybe Tangierine Cafe. Now, we are probably going to try to add BoG for dinner, in spite of the reviews (maybe I will just have soup and a cupcake!) I am tempted by everyone's raves for Tokyo Dining here. My DD loves sushi so maybe.... Anyhow, there's time. I always have to remind myself that just because I am eligible to make ADRs at 180 days, I don't have to do it then for most of the places we eat ( we stopped going to LeCellier a few years ago. That was one we had to do early, but we were disappointed with it last time)

Back to planning!
I used the website to get an ADR for Trail's End just a couple weeks ago, and I didn't have a problem using the website. It worked fine and it was easy to match up my guests, too.

When my 180 day reservation window came up, I just booked the couple of reservations that I knew I wanted and which were also hard to get, like the Park Fare 1900 Cinderella's dinner. Then as I did a little more research and discussed plans with my daughter, we added a few more ADR's over the next few weeks. Some of them are hard to get, others I could only get if I changed my days. I've cancelled a few and booked new ones. The only one I never could get was BOG, but I'll make sure to get it before our next trip.
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Does someone have a map that show where the elevators are?
Is there more then one set are they just in one place?

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The set we used were by check-in and the mercantile...never busy
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Does Wilderness Lodge Club Level have White Zinfandel Wine?
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Old 02-02-2013, 08:48 PM   #2505
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Talking 1st family trip & we're staying at the WL!

We arrive 2/15 and are staying for 7 nights. It's a first visit for our DDs 2 and 5. We are all so excited. I have a few questions
1. Flag family- what time is the flag raised? How are the families chosen?
2. We have a BBB appt for 8am at MK on 2/19 and an 8:05am ADR at Crystal Palace on 2/20. What time should we arrive at MK and will the boats get us there on time?
3. We will have a car with us and we were thinking of driving to AK, HS and Epcot but think the boat would be easier for MK. Does this sound like a good plan?

This is my first post even though I have lurked for a while.
Thanks for your help!
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