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Old 07-09-2013, 08:25 AM   #616
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Thanks for the welcome, mickeynut and kook!

I booked a studio. Not only will this be my first WL visit, but it will be my family's first time at a deluxe resort. I'm looking forward to the larger room, dining choices, walking around the beautiful resort grounds, and, of course, the close proximity to Magic Kingdom. It's all so exciting, and something I never thought I'd be able to experience. I'm so glad I found out about DVC rentals.

As for ADRs, I'm anxiously awaiting my 180-day mark! As someone who has never dined at a signature restaurant, would Artist Point be a good experience? What do WL-lovers think? Disney Food Blog seems to enjoy the atmosphere and food.

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Thanks for the welcome, mickeynut and kook!

I booked a studio. Not only will this be my first WL visit, but it will be my family's first time at a deluxe resort. I'm looking forward to the larger room, dining choices, walking around the beautiful resort grounds, and, of course, the close proximity to Magic Kingdom. It's all so exciting, and something I never thought I'd be able to experience. I'm so glad I found out about DVC rentals.

As for ADRs, I'm anxiously awaiting my 180-day mark! As someone who has never dined at a signature restaurant, would Artist Point be a good experience? What do WL-lovers think? Disney Food Blog seems to enjoy the atmosphere and food.

Thanks again!
A friend of mine recommended it to me for a date night at Disney. Our trip is a little shorter this time around so we passed on Disney date night. I'm a little sad because I wanted to try it and we're on the DxDP, but I just can't find a good day for it.
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Old 07-09-2013, 10:39 AM   #618
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As far as transportation, I see it takes about 15 minutes by bus to reach Epcot. How long does it take to take the boat to CR, monorail to TTC, and monorail to Epcot? I know that's terrible inefficient, but my boyfriend just loves the monorail!

Does the bus to MK start running before the boat? Am thinking we'd like to take the bus to EMH, and the boat in the afternoons returning to the resort.

What's the best standard view room that does not edge the lobby? My boyfriend is afraid of some heights in some ways-- so he wouldn't like being on the 6th floor and looking down into the lobby, but he'd be fine being in his room on the 7th floor looking out at some trees. (Make sense?!)
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As far as transportation, I see it takes about 15 minutes by bus to reach Epcot. How long does it take to take the boat to CR, monorail to TTC, and monorail to Epcot? I know that's terrible inefficient, but my boyfriend just loves the monorail!

Does the bus to MK start running before the boat? Am thinking we'd like to take the bus to EMH, and the boat in the afternoons returning to the resort.

What's the best standard view room that does not edge the lobby? My boyfriend is afraid of some heights in some ways-- so he wouldn't like being on the 6th floor and looking down into the lobby, but he'd be fine being in his room on the 7th floor looking out at some trees. (Make sense?!)
For us the trip to Epcot via boat and monorail took about 35 minutes, but the risk is that with 1 boat and 2 monorails to wait on your times could vary significantly. I have seen others state that it took 45 min to an hour. Either way, it is a fun trip.

There are special early buses to parks for morning ADRs, and they would be the earliest form of transportation. I'm not sure about how the start times for the regular park buses compare to the MK boat, but I would think they'd be pretty similar. For morning EMH I would bet that both the boat and bus would be running, but the Bus is more of a sure bet.

I understand your boyfriend's heights issue. Looking into the lobby isn't that bad, but does bother some. If you did wind up with a non-lobby Standard view room, they are in the North Wing on the North side, which might have a bit of a view of Wishes and the MK from the higher floors. I would just request whatever room location you think you'd prefer, and not worry too much about if there are Standard View rooms there. They will do their best to accommodate you and it is fairly common to end up with a room upgrade.

Happy planning and enjoy your trip!
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For us the trip to Epcot via boat and monorail took about 35 minutes, but the risk is that with 1 boat and 2 monorails to wait on your times could vary significantly. I have seen others state that it took 45 min to an hour. Either way, it is a fun trip.

There are special early buses to parks for morning ADRs, and they would be the earliest form of transportation. I'm not sure about how the start times for the regular park buses compare to the MK boat, but I would think they'd be pretty similar. For morning EMH I would bet that both the boat and bus would be running, but the Bus is more of a sure bet.

I understand your boyfriend's heights issue. Looking into the lobby isn't that bad, but does bother some. If you did wind up with a non-lobby Standard view room, they are in the North Wing on the North side, which might have a bit of a view of Wishes and the MK from the higher floors. I would just request whatever room location you think you'd prefer, and not worry too much about if there are Standard View rooms there. They will do their best to accommodate you and it is fairly common to end up with a room upgrade.

Happy planning and enjoy your trip!
So it seems like the monorail/boat plan is definitely for when we are not pressed for time. Got it!

Thanks for the MK bus/boat comparison. I think we're going to stick with our plan of the bus for the a.m. and boat in the afernoon/evenings. Does the WL share buses with any other resorts for the MK?

Okay! Thanks for the room info-- I think I need to study some room maps!

I really appreciate your help!!
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So it seems like the monorail/boat plan is definitely for when we are not pressed for time. Got it!

Thanks for the MK bus/boat comparison. I think we're going to stick with our plan of the bus for the a.m. and boat in the afernoon/evenings. Does the WL share buses with any other resorts for the MK?

Okay! Thanks for the room info-- I think I need to study some room maps!

I really appreciate your help!!
No problem, talking about WL is fun!

As for the MK buses, there are no additional stops between WL and MK, but I believe it is possible that some people would have gotten on at FW first. Same thing for leaving MK, WL is the first stop but there may be FW people on board as well.

For a good map of what's where, check out this post of this thread. One additional thing to note is that Roaring Fork, the QS location for WL is on the pool level in the middle of the North Wing, like below the 035-041 rooms, so being close to it is preferred by some. Overall though the resort isn't that big, and it is all under one roof, so getting anywhere shouldn't take you much more than 5 minutes.
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Old 07-10-2013, 05:48 AM   #622
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I'm going to book our first ever stay at the Lodge when Disney begins accepting 2014 dates on Wednesday and I'm sooooo excited!!! Before I do I wanted to ask about the balconies so I can add requests to our reservation.

We're going to book "Courtyard View" and I want to request an upper floor with an open balcony. What upper floor can I request to be sure we don't get a solid wall balcony.

Thanks!!

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TODAY is your BIG day! The highest floor that doesn't have any enclosed balconies is the 5th - some of the 6th floor rooms do have an enclosed balcony. Also, don't forget to request an INNER or WL Courtyard View room if you would like to face the pool, geyser and Bay Lake. If you want a quieter location (no afternoon pool party) then you would request a VWL Courtyard View room, but you would not have those amazing views.

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I didn't see them last year in the Mercantile, but I can check again 3 weeks from today

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Thanks for the welcome, mickeynut and kook!

I booked a studio. Not only will this be my first WL visit, but it will be my family's first time at a deluxe resort. I'm looking forward to the larger room, dining choices, walking around the beautiful resort grounds, and, of course, the close proximity to Magic Kingdom. It's all so exciting, and something I never thought I'd be able to experience. I'm so glad I found out about DVC rentals.

As for ADRs, I'm anxiously awaiting my 180-day mark! As someone who has never dined at a signature restaurant, would Artist Point be a good experience? What do WL-lovers think? Disney Food Blog seems to enjoy the atmosphere and food.

Thanks again!
I think everyone should try the Signature Dining at any resort they book at least once. Most report loving AP. Our experience last year was MEH, but other experiences have been much better so I would give it another try and I recommend you try it, too.

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A friend of mine recommended it to me for a date night at Disney. Our trip is a little shorter this time around so we passed on Disney date night. I'm a little sad because I wanted to try it and we're on the DxDP, but I just can't find a good day for it.
You will just HAVE to book it for another stay

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No problem, talking about WL is fun!

As for the MK buses, there are no additional stops between WL and MK, but I believe it is possible that some people would have gotten on at FW first. Same thing for leaving MK, WL is the first stop but there may be FW people on board as well.

For a good map of what's where, check out this post of this thread. One additional thing to note is that Roaring Fork, the QS location for WL is on the pool level in the middle of the North Wing, like below the 035-041 rooms, so being close to it is preferred by some. Overall though the resort isn't that big, and it is all under one roof, so getting anywhere shouldn't take you much more than 5 minutes.
I absolutely agree with your bolded statement

Just adding to your helpful post that there are also many different elevator locations throughout the resort which also make it mighty convenient no matter where you are: Next to the lobby check-in, next to RF and across from the laundry and at the end of the wings, which in the case of the 7th floor, is more mid-wing since the 7th (CL) floor doesn't extend down to Bay Lake.
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Shameless ticker boasting alert! According to my faithful ticker, 3 weeks from today we'll be checking in to our favorite Lodge (after 14 hours of driving)
How exciting KOOK ......the 3 weeks will go by before you know it .
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Booked a courtyard room for feb! Very excited
Lil nervous bout making room requests. Never done that before. I just dont want to be stuck looking at the villas for this price lol. This girl wants to look at bay lake n be close to the action
When is a good time to call and make a room request? Do you just call the regular reservations phone #?
Thank you to this thread for helping with my WL decision
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Booked a courtyard room for feb! Very excited
Lil nervous bout making room requests. Never done that before. I just dont want to be stuck looking at the villas for this price lol. This girl wants to look at bay lake n be close to the action
When is a good time to call and make a room request? Do you just call the regular reservations phone #?
Thank you to this thread for helping with my WL decision
Congrats on booking the WL . Yes, just call the regular reservation number and tell the CM you want to add a room request. If you add more than 1, list the most important one first .
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Shameless is okay!!!

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Yep, all the cool people check in on Wednesdays.
Not to brag, but we are exactly 8 weeks behind you.
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As far as transportation, I see it takes about 15 minutes by bus to reach Epcot. How long does it take to take the boat to CR, monorail to TTC, and monorail to Epcot? I know that's terrible inefficient, but my boyfriend just loves the monorail!

Does the bus to MK start running before the boat? Am thinking we'd like to take the bus to EMH, and the boat in the afternoons returning to the resort.

What's the best standard view room that does not edge the lobby? My boyfriend is afraid of some heights in some ways-- so he wouldn't like being on the 6th floor and looking down into the lobby, but he'd be fine being in his room on the 7th floor looking out at some trees. (Make sense?!)
We take the boat to MK. Take the monorail to the TTC and then switch over to the EPCOT monorail.
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