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Old 10-03-2013, 08:04 AM   #2851
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Thanks, Wood Nymph. That's a good point about the probability of the shared bus. How frequently does the boat between WL & FW run. Also, do you have an idea of how often the internal bus loop at FW runs?
The boat runs every 20 minutes and the boat ride is probably between 10 and 15 minutes long depending on whether the boat goes to CR first or FW first. We've gotten on boats that have taken both routes. I really don't know how long the internal FW bus takes to get from the depot to the restaurant area. If it was me I would probably only stop at WL if I wanted to go back to the room first.
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Yay!! I am back. I had switched to Coronado Springs for a bit, but found out there is a huge convention there my week AND the Disney Visa offer came out today and I got 35% off a Woods View room!!! So 127 days until I am at the Lodge!! And the discount will stop my resort changing ways, I think.
Wow. 35% is a great discount! When we went last Feb the Disney Visa discount for WL was only 20 or 25% off.
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Old 10-03-2013, 08:51 AM   #2853
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Yay!! I am back. I had switched to Coronado Springs for a bit, but found out there is a huge convention there my week AND the Disney Visa offer came out today and I got 35% off a Woods View room!!! So 127 days until I am at the Lodge!! And the discount will stop my resort changing ways, I think.
I've been waiting to hear about the Disney Visa offers for 2014. I am a card holder and have not heard from them. What number did you call to contact them?
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Old 10-03-2013, 08:54 AM   #2854
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I think 35% off is fantastic! I might have skipped the dining plan and just did room only had it been an option for next month.

I'm getting excited to say my trip is "next month" now. Makes it seem closer. I'm pretty set with FP+ etc. and just need to figure out an autograph book for my son (make my own or buy off of Etsy) and have my TA put in a request for bed rails. It's annoying to me that I have to go through her for something minor like that, but such is life.
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Old 10-03-2013, 09:23 AM   #2855
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Okay question for you all. Last year we stayed at aoa loved it. Booked there this year. Disney visa came out had to switch to por. Was thinking about staying at wilderness lodge. Is the recommended? We have 3 adults and 1 child 1 infant. Most if our time will be at magic kingdom half day at each of the other parks. Thanks
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Old 10-03-2013, 09:52 AM   #2856
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Welcome back and thank you for posting about your stay! We all share your sense of loss when we depart. Did you book a BB?

Grizzled?! Never in your 40's

No. We did consider booking the BB, but one thing I know for sure is that we can't plan to travel in September of 2014 like we did this year. DD16 is a sharp cookie (takes after her mom) and is taking college AP classes as a junior in high school. She did fine and kept up OK with school work, but being a conscientious young lady it did freak her out a tad to miss three days of school. DS13 is facing increasingly rigorous demands at school too.

Since September is out of the question, that left late August. We in the Doodah clan are all delicate flowers and we might wilt if we found ourselves at WDW in August.

At this point I am willing to bide my time and wait for a late fall 2014 free dining or deep room discount -something that hopefully matches up with the school calendar.

Although I am in the early stages of organizing a Give Kids the World service trip for a group in my church, so I just may wind up back at WDW for a quick visit this coming summer.
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Old 10-03-2013, 10:07 AM   #2857
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and look!!!!!!! They are here. They sent them overnight!

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Old 10-03-2013, 10:30 AM   #2858
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Thanks, Wood Nymph. That's a good point about the probability of the shared bus. How frequently does the boat between WL & FW run. Also, do you have an idea of how often the internal bus loop at FW runs?
There are generally two boats running the loop between WL, FW, and CR continuously in opposite directions, so the wait for one of them to show up should be fairly short, usually less than 20 min. In our experience if the boat is going straight to FW it is about a 5-6 min ride, but if it goes via CR it takes about 15 min.

The internal buses at FW run very frequently, and there are actually three different routes that run, but any of the 3 will get you from the South end (Outpost) where most park buses stop to the North end (Settlement) where the marina and Trail's End are. It is approximately a 10 minute bus ride.

We have often had the similar "how to get from a park to TE" dilemma. My preferred method is to bus to WL, stop by the room for a couple minutes, then take the boat to FW. This past trip we connected at MK and hopped on a direct FW boat which worked too. The bus to FW and then FW internal bus works combination too, so you have choices. By the way, we prefer dinner at TE over WCC, but for breakfast our preference is the other way around. It's all good though.
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Old 10-03-2013, 11:00 AM   #2859
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We are 42 days out from our first time visit to WL! I made our ADR's at our 180 day mark and now am second guessing our Whispering Canyon dinner ADR. The dinner buffet at Trail's End looks more appealing, especially for our 8 year-old grandson who is a very picky eater. We'll be at AK that day and I'm wondering what is the best transportation option to get to Trail's End from WL. If we take the bus from AK to FW will that let us off on the opposite side of FW from the dining hall and we would then need to ride their internal bus to get to Trail's End? Would we be better off going "home" to WL by bus and then catching the boat from WL to FW? Does that boat let us off in the same area as the boats between MK & FW? I understand the MK boat drops guest off right by Hoop-de-doo and the dining hall where Trail's End is located.

At this late point I can't get our preferred 6:30 pm time slot but earlier or later still have availability. I'm trying to figure out how early we can make it there if we stay at AK until after the parade (leaving AK about 4:15 - 4:30 pm.)
Have you thought about Boma at AKL after AK? It's perfect for picky & others can be more adventurous!
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VWL: Hidden Springs Pool & Spa will be closed for refurbishment from October 14 through November 15.
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Old 10-03-2013, 11:47 AM   #2861
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I've been waiting to hear about the Disney Visa offers for 2014. I am a card holder and have not heard from them. What number did you call to contact them?
Just call the regular WDW number and ask them to apply the Disney Visa discount to your reservation. I dont know if/when Chase contacts people. It is always on the dis first.
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I wonder why? I just looked at it the other night and it wasn't listed as a refurb
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Wow. 35% is a great discount! When we went last Feb the Disney Visa discount for WL was only 20 or 25% off.
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I think 35% off is fantastic! I might have skipped the dining plan and just did room only had it been an option for next month.
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Yep I was thrilled with 35%!! One of the earlier rumors showed WL with 25% so that extra couple hundred dollars was the tipping point for me. All of my dining plans were set up around WL so I am glad it all worked out.
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I got an email this morning that my MB shipped!!!

and look!!!!!!! They are here. They sent them overnight!

Soo pretty! . DH wants green and I am debating between red or orange. Another decision to make!
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Old 10-03-2013, 11:56 AM   #2865
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I wonder why? I just looked at it the other night and it wasn't listed as a refurb
Only a guess, but maybe they moved up the original rehab date due to the impending fence installation at the feature pool. Perhaps this means that the WL pool fence will be installed after the rehab of the VWL pool, around mid-November and they want to make sure at least one pool is open. I have no information to base any of this on though and it could just be that the rehab was originally scheduled at that time.
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