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Old 07-14-2008, 03:41 PM   #676
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Definitely subscribing! We're planning on WL 12/7-12/13 so we'll get to see all the beautiful Christmas decorations! It makes me so happy just thinking about it!! I'm trying to get reservations for a Deluxe (Jr Suite) room, so if anyone has pictures of those, that would be great!!

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Old 07-21-2008, 12:15 AM   #677
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I can't wait to stay here. It's just so darn expensive though..

These pictures get me more & more depressed...Thanks
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Old 07-21-2008, 12:22 AM   #678
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Do not get depressed. Find a way to share our love of the Lodge slowly. For years my hubby and I would visit the Lodge for dinner and linger on the porch or in the lobby and dream. We started saving for a special day when we could actually go up to a room there. Your day will come. Start giving up a Starbucks or something that you do not need. Start a Christmas club for your trip. Make one night a week hot dogs and beans with a picture of the LOdge as the centerpiece. Get Netflix instead of paying at the theatre for a yr. I don't mean it to sound preachy at all, just giving ideas that could help make your stay be there and not at a value. Plan to go when it is a lower priced season and perhaps do it for two nights with the rest being elsewhere. I know your dreams will come true. It is so worth the sacrifice.
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Old 07-21-2008, 12:28 AM   #679
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Thanks for the uplifiting speech

I'm really not depressed though (probably the wrong choice of words). I just really, really, really wanna stay there. Also, your plan for 2 nights sounds good, but I don't know if just 2 nights would please me. I feel there is so much to see, and such little time I would be spending there. I'm still kind of young (26 to be exact), and I still spend most of my time in the parks. I'm really only at the hotel to sleep & to eat. Maybe I can wait a few years when I am not as active, and can spend more time
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Old 07-21-2008, 01:42 AM   #680
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LOL. I won't feel that bad if you are only 26. DH and I never got to afford it til 50. You really need to get all your park stuff done in 3 or 4 days and then spend two days at the Lodge not leaving, just enjoying the beauty and the serenity of it all. Go to the Villas and see Walt's trains from his home. Take the Lodge tour. Use the pool. Take a boat ride to the Contemporary and back seeing it from the lake. Be the flag family and climb to the top of the building. We have spent 48 hrs never leaving the Lodge. That way we get our money's worth when we are there. Get the parks out of your system first and then recouperate at the Lodge. H ave fun......
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Old 07-21-2008, 01:55 AM   #681
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LOL. I won't feel that bad if you are only 26. DH and I never got to afford it til 50. You really need to get all your park stuff done in 3 or 4 days and then spend two days at the Lodge not leaving, just enjoying the beauty and the serenity of it all. Go to the Villas and see Walt's trains from his home. Take the Lodge tour. Use the pool. Take a boat ride to the Contemporary and back seeing it from the lake. Be the flag family and climb to the top of the building. We have spent 48 hrs never leaving the Lodge. That way we get our money's worth when we are there. Get the parks out of your system first and then recouperate at the Lodge. H ave fun......
Sounds like a good idea. But...

Even though I am 26, I am still hugely addicted to the parks lol. I can't just visit them once. I have to go back to each atleast twice if possible. Again, I suppose I will have to wait a few more years. Perhaps when my mindset changes, and I can tell myself to forget the parks and just relax lol.
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Old 07-21-2008, 07:16 AM   #682
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LOL. I won't feel that bad if you are only 26. DH and I never got to afford it til 50. You really need to get all your park stuff done in 3 or 4 days and then spend two days at the Lodge not leaving, just enjoying the beauty and the serenity of it all. Go to the Villas and see Walt's trains from his home. Take the Lodge tour. Use the pool. Take a boat ride to the Contemporary and back seeing it from the lake. Be the flag family and climb to the top of the building. We have spent 48 hrs never leaving the Lodge. That way we get our money's worth when we are there. Get the parks out of your system first and then recouperate at the Lodge. H ave fun......
ITA!! We so much enjoyed our afternoons at the Lodge barside/poolside!! The ambiance was incredible!! Sitting at the pool, looking at the grandeur (sp?) of it all was just amazing!!! We did not know about the trains!!! I wish we did - we would have gone to see them for sure! DSs ar HUGE train buffs!! Thomas was on the tracks behind our house this weeekend and DS1 was so psyched!!! Grand Uncles & Greatgrandfathers on both sides of our family worked on the B&M for years and years!! Anyway - I am rambling... My point being that DH was a comando style WDW guy - Me - not so much! We compromised.... a couple of days or mornings of Comando Style Park-ing and a few evenings and Afternoons lounging by the pool!! Some of the best moments of our trip!!
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Old 07-21-2008, 08:56 AM   #683
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Hi! - I am considering booking a Christmas time stay here as from all reports it's THE place to be at that time of year!! And all your photos look great!!

We are thinking of a split stay with the Poly as we love it there and just wondered whether after staying at the Poly, if you thought we would feel like the WL is a bit far away from MK???

When we go our boys will be 6 and 3, and I was wondering how far away it REALLY is from the MK - is the boat trip very long?? Or does it feel as easy as the monorail to the poly does???

thanks for any info/advice!!
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Old 07-21-2008, 09:14 AM   #684
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It is a very short boat trip. The bus is quick too. I would not worry about being far away as you are not. 10-15 min perhaps depending on when the bus/boat leaves. As you exit the park just walk to the right and get in line for the boat. Very easy to do.

For the family that is into trains......There is also a lovely train tour done two days a week. it happens before the park opens. You get the history of Walt's train in his yard, the trains in the park, get to ride to the round house, see where they are maintained and get to help switch the tracks and toot the horn. It is neat. We have done it twice....
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Old 07-21-2008, 10:05 AM   #685
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For the family that is into trains......There is also a lovely train tour done two days a week. it happens before the park opens. You get the history of Walt's train in his yard, the trains in the park, get to ride to the round house, see where they are maintained and get to help switch the tracks and toot the horn. It is neat. We have done it twice....
My son loves trains, this might be something he would really be into! Is this something you have to pay extra for?? This is at the Magic Kingdom right?? How long does it last?? Thank You.
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Old 07-21-2008, 03:36 PM   #686
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Yes, all tours are pay tours but this one is the cheapest of all and yet very interesting. It lasts about 1 1/2 hrs, perhaps two. It starts, as I said, before the park opens. You make a reservation and they tell you where to meet ahead of time and then they come and get you to enter the park while everyone else is standing there waiting to go in. It is kind of neat as you can feel them looking at you and wondering why these folks are special and getting in and they are not...
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Old 07-21-2008, 04:30 PM   #687
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just to verify for you...the train tour is ....
Offered Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at the MK turnstiles at 7:30 am and ends approximately 10:30 am
you also have to be at least 10 years old to do this tour
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Old 07-21-2008, 07:09 PM   #688
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Thanks for sharing all the great pictures! I am staying there in October with DH for our 1 yr anniversary and can't wait. I have been wanting to stay there since it opened.
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just to verify for you...the train tour is ....
Offered Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at the MK turnstiles at 7:30 am and ends approximately 10:30 am
you also have to be at least 10 years old to do this tour
Thank you for the times and days...its too bad my son is only going to be three when we go so that wont work but since we are staying at the WL we will check out the train display at the villas
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Lou-Ann thank you for the info as well.


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