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Old 04-12-2013, 08:05 PM   #3196
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Over 24 hours with no posts and the thread is on the middle of page 2... This won't do, I'll have to post that I am daydreaming about being at WL right now...

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Check in question for the regulars. We are staying club level so I know that check in is usually done on the floor instead of the front desk. When we stayed at the Poly last year there was a different group of staff that worked the desk in the club building than those that worked the lounge. Is this the same at WL? We will be arriving early on a Sunday morning having just gotten off a Disney Cruise. We are driving ourselves so no Disney Transportation to deal with. I am trying to determine if the staff will be to busy dealing with breakfast in the lounge and if we will then have to check in at the front desk. Not to worried about the luggage since we are meeting friend who will have checked in Saturday night.
The CMs who will escort you up are usually the Lodge Rangers or CL Runners who aren't working in the lounge. Once up there, they have a dedicate staff who will check in guests and won't be working in the lounge at the same time. So while someone else might be checking in at the same time, you'll still be helped by a CL desk CM ASAP.
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Old 04-12-2013, 10:01 PM   #3197
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Over 24 hours with no posts and the thread is on the middle of page 2... This won't do, I'll have to post that I am daydreaming about being at WL right now...

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Old 04-13-2013, 12:42 AM   #3198
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WL or Poly?

I am trying to decide if I should stay at the poly for 6 nights, or stay at WL and stay an extra night (7 nights).... I am mainly thinking of staying at the poly because of the transportation options (we have a 3 year old), but really like the WL too...
Has anyone ever stayed at both Poly and WL? What is your favorite?

How long does it take to get to Epcot from WL?

I know the pool is not a zero entry at WL, but how deep is the shallow end? Would a 3 year old be able to stand?
Thanks so much!
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Old 04-13-2013, 01:03 AM   #3199
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WL pool

I know the pool is not a zero entry at WL, but how deep is the shallow end? Would a 3 year old be able to stand?
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There is a dedicated kiddie pool at WL and your 3 year old should be able to walk into the main pool. Probably not too far, but play at the edge. The quiet pool by the villas has steps, which will make that more challenging. It depends how busy the pool is and if your child likes the water and can swim a bit or is comfortable in a life jacket.
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Old 04-13-2013, 02:45 AM   #3200
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Glad you have found your "home" . We love the WL as we've stayed there twice and had great trips both times. As far as CL, you would have to book a CL room as there is no way to book a regular/standard room and just pay for CL amenities. If you wouldn't mind moving, you can always book CL for a few nights at the beginning or end to give it a try. If you do that, I would book at the end of the trip rather than go from CL to a standard room. WL CL was our first CL stay and we loved it. The food offerings were great, the lounge had plenty of seating, and the CL CMs were top notch. If it's doable and you wouldn't mind changing rooms, I would definitely recommend trying CL.....you won't regret it .


Much appreciated. Last few nights is a good idea.
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Old 04-13-2013, 06:47 AM   #3201
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How long does it take to get to Epcot from WL?

I know the pool is not a zero entry at WL, but how deep is the shallow end? Would a 3 year old be able to stand?
Thanks so much!
We were there in February with a 5 and 3 year old. The three year year loved the slide. We just put a life vest on her and she had a great time. There is a wide area of steps at the end of the pool, closest to the two hot tubs, but she spent all her time on the slide. The shallow end was a few feet deep, I believe. Most of the pool was about five feet deep.

The bus to Epcot always stopped at Fort Wilderness first when we were there, so I would say it was about fifteen minutes or so to get there. On the way back at night, the WL is the first stop.

The WL is a great resort because everything is under one roof. The bus to MK is a short five minute ride. The boat to MK was very nice. We almost always took the boat. There is also a boat the travels between the WL, Contemporary and Fort Wilderness. We would take the boat to CR to catch the monorail for ADR's at the Poly and GF. There is a great playground right by the boat dock at FW, something WDW needs a whole lot more of for children.

The Polynesian is a beautiful resort and the rooms are much bigger than the rooms at the WL. The monorail is great for access to MK. And you can walk to the TTC to catch the Epcot monorail. The rooms are in need in refurbishment, which I believe they have started to do now. The rooms at the WL have recently been refurbished.
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Old 04-13-2013, 08:40 AM   #3202
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Much appreciated. Last few nights is a good idea.
I hope it works out that you are able to give CL a try .
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Old 04-13-2013, 10:58 AM   #3203
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I am trying to decide if I should stay at the poly for 6 nights, or stay at WL and stay an extra night (7 nights).... I am mainly thinking of staying at the poly because of the transportation options (we have a 3 year old), but really like the WL too...
Has anyone ever stayed at both Poly and WL? What is your favorite?

How long does it take to get to Epcot from WL?

I know the pool is not a zero entry at WL, but how deep is the shallow end? Would a 3 year old be able to stand?
Thanks so much!
We would do the WL, and we did with our almost three year old in September. While having the monorail stop is nice and a big advantage of the Poly, WL has good options too, and it is hard to argue with an extra day. We really enjoy that everything is under one roof at WL which was nice with the stroller in rainy weather.

The quickest way to get to or from Epcot from WL is the bus, which the monorail resorts don't have. The travel time was about 15-20 minutes on the bus after it arrived for us when crowds were low. Another fun option that we enjoyed was riding the boat to the CR (which only took about 5 minutes) and then walking through the CR to the monorail, then riding it to the TTC to switch to the Epcot monorail. While this definitely takes longer than the bus, it is more fun. We tended to take the monorail to Epcot and ride the bus home.

Our 2 year old enjoyed the big pol, but could barely stand. The kiddie pool is neat too though. Either way, enjoy your trip, that is such a fun age to take to WDW.
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Old 04-13-2013, 05:29 PM   #3204
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First time at the Wilderness Lodge

We will be staying at the Wilderness Lodge 11th-25th July. On previous holidays we have stayed at The Yacht Club and The Swan. It was a hard decision to change from the Epcot area but so many of you seem to love the Wilderness. I'm loving the info on this thread.
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Old 04-13-2013, 05:39 PM   #3205
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We will be staying at the Wilderness Lodge 11th-25th July. On previous holidays we have stayed at The Yacht Club and The Swan. It was a hard decision to change from the Epcot area but so many of you seem to love the Wilderness. I'm loving the info on this thread.
The WL is an awesome resort . We've stayed at the BC and while we loved being so close to Epcot and DHS, the MK area is our favorite. It's great taking the boat from the WL to MK and the buses have always been great during our stays. The WL is also very convenient to the monorail resorts for a variety of shopping and dining. I'm sure you are going to love the WL .
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The WL is an awesome resort . We've stayed at the BC and while we loved being so close to Epcot and DHS, the MK area is our favorite. It's great taking the boat from the WL to MK and the buses have always been great during our stays. The WL is also very convenient to the monorail resorts for a variety of shopping and dining. I'm sure you are going to love the WL .
Thanks. I'm sure we will love it. I always love the Magic Kingdom. This is our 4th trip in recent years so I'm hoping we can slow the pace down a bit.
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Old 04-13-2013, 08:21 PM   #3207
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Where to stay, always a choice to make.

We belong to DVC and get to WDW two to three times a year and have very different vacations each stay. We usually try to figure out what we want to do, because we can't do it all in one trip. We pick the resort to fit the reason for the trip. If it is the flower show, we try to get BC. When the children were small, they loved the sand pool and didn't care for all day at the parks so it was BC.

In February, we brought my husband's 80+ year old parents to WL. They loved it. Sometimes we book a CL at the beginning or end of the stay and pay cash, except at AKL where we can book with points.

I try to book a trip at WL every year when the Christmas decorations go up, but before Christmas. Often I come on this trip by myself. It is my favorite resort at Christmas.

If MK is the focus, then Bay Lake is where we try to stay. We are booked there for the Fourth of July and hope to watch the fireworks from the Top of the World Club.

We also love AKL. If our mission is Downtown Disney, then SSR.

We usually have our own "Must Do" list like going to get Dole Whip at the Poly, Wilderness Salad at Roaring Forks, drinks at Territory Lounge, and a Kitchen Sink at Beaches and Cream. Even if we don't stay at WL we make a point to visit once or twice.

We still have many things we want to do like rent a pontoon boat, eat at Victoria and Albert's, enjoy the Richard Petty Driving experience and............

The joy is in planning the next trip. So if you don't get everything in one trip, there is always next time, and next time and next time.....Enjoy your trip and family and don't try to do it all.
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On May 9 and May 16, Annual Passholders will get complimentary admission to Disney's Blizzard Beach Water Park after 2:00 pm. Complimentary refreshments and giveaways will take place at Lottawatta Lodge.

No reservations are needed, just show your Annual Pass at the gate.

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We are trying to decide about 1 or 2 nights at WL in July.

We will be staying at Marriott Grande Vista with friends they check out on Sunday and we can stay an extra day or 2!

Would you pick WL all they have left is a woods view.
We will not be doing any parks. Just enjoying some good restaurants and relaxing....Room rates are 310 for lodge and 302 for villa's kids are 13 and 17

thanks we just stayed Riverside 4/12

contemporary is all sold out
we will be eating at Poly dinner
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We are trying to decide about 1 or 2 nights at WL in July.

We will be staying at Marriott Grande Vista with friends they check out on Sunday and we can stay an extra day or 2!

Would you pick WL all they have left is a woods view.
We will not be doing any parks. Just enjoying some good restaurants and relaxing....Room rates are 310 for lodge and 302 for villa's kids are 13 and 17

thanks we just stayed Riverside 4/12

contemporary is all sold out
we will be eating at Poly dinner
We really like woods view. We could see the castle and the fireworks from our room. The lodge rooms have two queen beds. The studio at the villas has one queen bed and one sleeper sofa that sleeps two. The 1 br villa has a master bedroom with a king bed and a sofa sleeper in the living room. From the prices you listed I'm guessing your choice is the studio and not the 1 br villa.

There is a lot to do at the WL. There is a very nice boat that will take you to both the Contemporary, where you can catch the monorail to go to the Polynesian, and to Fort Wilderness. There are a lot of activities over there to enjoy.
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