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Old 10-05-2013, 10:08 PM   #1
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Smile Wilderness Lodge or Port Orleans Riverside ?

So,
We are booking our trip for this December and have a difficult choice. I have secured a good deal at Wilderness Lodge for 11 nights at $321 per night, but the fiscally conservative (cheap) side of me is considering whether we should just switch to Port Orleans Riverside (king room) for $237pn.

Basically, is it worth the extra money to stay at Wilderness Lodge? I have never stayed or visited Wilderness Lodge, so it is hard for me to imagine. Any experienced advice would be much appreciated.

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Old 10-05-2013, 10:11 PM   #2
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Go Deluxe if you can afford it. You will never regret it. Especially of you plan on spending at least a whole day on site.
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Old 10-05-2013, 10:19 PM   #3
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WL - location better, boat to MK - so wonderful in the AM
Views of the water parade at night
Lovely area's to walk around
Very close to the HDD show
Nice places to eat and very close to monorail loop resort restaurants.
Try the Whispering Canyon - good bar-b-q and lots of fun
Rooms open to a hallway, not outside.
Closets have doors
Very nice views - do a woods view, do not waste money on a pool view.
Short walks to everything at the resort.
The bus stop has a over-head walkway, so you never get wet going to the bus or from the bus.
Only down-fall we feel is the pool is to small, at least at prime time to use it, from 11 AM to 5 PM.

POR - never stayed there, looks like it has a better pool than WL, but unsure with the amount of kids who stay at POR vs WL.
POR also looks very spread out with long walks outside, far from all the amenities, no doors on the closets, and the elements are right outside your door.
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Old 10-05-2013, 10:38 PM   #4
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Folks often ask if the price difference btw mods and deluxes are worth it. The answer is yes- thats why they cost more. The previous poster laid out good reasons, especially if you spend time at the resort and take advantage of everything included in the price. So you can save money on parks tixs.
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Old 10-05-2013, 10:42 PM   #5
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So,
We are booking our trip for this December and have a difficult choice. I have secured a good deal at Wilderness Lodge for 11 nights at $321 per night, but the fiscally conservative (cheap) side of me is considering whether we should just switch to Port Orleans Riverside (king room) for $237pn.

Basically, is it worth the extra money to stay at Wilderness Lodge? I have never stayed or visited Wilderness Lodge, so it is hard for me to imagine. Any experienced advice would be much appreciated.

Thanks,
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Worth is subjective as it's different for everybody, but for us, the extra cost is worth it for the WL. We've never stayed at POR, but we love the WL. The WL is a beautiful resort any time of year, but especially so during the holidays. The lobby is breathtaking, the grounds are beautiful, it's convenient having the boat for going back and forth to MK, and Roaring Forks is great for quick CS meals/snacks. If it were me, I'd go with the WL without hesitation. Good luck.
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Old 10-06-2013, 12:41 AM   #6
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Worth is subjective as it's different for everybody, but for us, the extra cost is worth it for the WL. We've never stayed at POR, but we love the WL. The WL is a beautiful resort any time of year, but especially so during the holidays. The lobby is breathtaking, the grounds are beautiful, it's convenient having the boat for going back and forth to MK, and Roaring Forks is great for quick CS meals/snacks. If it were me, I'd go with the WL without hesitation. Good luck.

I value location and transportation convenience and since the Monorail hotels are over $400 for our dates, and so are the Epcot area hotels within walking distance, it came down to WL. I am betting the Christmas decor and the transportation convenience help it win out over POR. Also, having an beautiful resort to stay in is never a waste!

Ideally I would have liked BCV or YC for convenience, but pricing has been too high. Will keep an eye out for cheaper rooms becoming available however. That said, WL will be one awesome choice too.
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Old 10-06-2013, 09:34 AM   #7
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We have stayed at WL, CSR & POFQ. I feel POFQ was the most bang for my buck as WL didn't offer much more in terms of amenities yet I have fallen in love with WL and keep wanting to go back. It's like home. And the smell, oh, the wonderfu smell! If you are staying in Dec I would definitely go WL. And make sure you give Artist Point a try!
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Old 10-06-2013, 10:30 AM   #8
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We have stayed at both, and honestly I believe that I like the Port Orleans Riverside King better than Wilderness Lodge. Has WL been updated? The last time we were there it was a little tired. I love the landscaping at Port Orleans as well, but I will say that transportation from Port Orleans can be slow. On the other hand, we waited and waited for buses at WL too.

At Port Orleans you can take the boat/ferry to Downtown Disney and that is a plus. I like the food court at Port Orleans better than the one at WL. If you stay at WL you should eat at Whispering Canyons at least once, but it is a bit noisy (part of that is on purpose and part of the experience and part due to the location in the lobby). The noise doesn't help to contribute to a relaxing meal as far as I am concerned.

The WL Electric Light parade is awesome though. Go to the beach and watch.
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Old 10-06-2013, 10:39 AM   #9
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WL at Christmas time??? No contest. WL, WL, WL!
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I value location and transportation convenience and since the Monorail hotels are over $400 for our dates, and so are the Epcot area hotels within walking distance, it came down to WL. I am betting the Christmas decor and the transportation convenience help it win out over POR. Also, having an beautiful resort to stay in is never a waste!

Ideally I would have liked BCV or YC for convenience, but pricing has been too high. Will keep an eye out for cheaper rooms becoming available however. That said, WL will be one awesome choice too.
The Christmas decorations at the WL are gorgeous!!! They give the lobby a cozy/homey holiday feel. Good luck with a discount for BCV or YC, but if that doesn't work out, I don't think you would regret the WL.

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Has WL been updated? The last time we were there it was a little tired.
The WL rooms were refurbed spring/summer 2012.
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Old 10-06-2013, 05:49 PM   #13
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It appears that OP rates are non discounted .
If one of those hotels had a decent discount , that would help me choose .
Also , if you check Trip Advisor you will see some common complaints (and praises)
particular to each property.

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