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Old 01-20-2010, 07:36 AM   #61
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I'm joining in. How much fun this TR will be!! My hubby and I are talking about going in early Dec. and staying at the WL, so I am SO happy to read your trip report. Ah, if only we all had your organizational skills. I will too, one of these days............
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Old 01-20-2010, 09:55 AM   #62
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Hi Katie,
Your WL pictures are amazing! We have always loved that resort! Kaylee wants to stay there more than Beach Club I guess because it was our first resort. That is great that Abby received a magical moment so early in the trip. Looking forward to more

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Old 01-20-2010, 02:49 PM   #63
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I"m in. Love how your DD got a magical moment right away. That was great. Love WL, trying to talk DH into there insted of Polly.
The WL was amazing!! It was sooo warm and cozy. The boat ride to Magic Kingdom was nothing. The monorail may only beat it by a couple of minutes I would say. I dont think we will stay anywhere else for a long time

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Coming on board to read more about the cold and MAGICAL MOMENTS.
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Hi, Katie! I'm just joining in and have caught myself up! I LOVE the WL and would absolutely love to stay there. So beautiful-- your pictures truly capture its magic.
That is so sweet of the CM to give your daughter a pin. And good for her to be so outgoing-- I'm sure plenty of kids would have shy'd up and not been able to answer the questions!
Thank you so much!!! The WL did not dissapoint! We fell in love! Posting about our room tonight--stay tuned!

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Subbing in!! I am new to your TR!! The WL is my dream resort. We were thinking of staying there in September but with everyone who is coming with us, the Mods were the best bet for everyone's pocketbook. It looks so utterly beautiful!! Something to look forward to for another trip.

We are driving too!! I think my DD will do well in the car--we have driven a few long trips with her and she normally does really well too.
I hope you get a GREAT pin code We got a 40% off It was very helpful! Driving was so easy..we were shocked! Beats flying...I do not like to fly at all

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You can add me to the list of people jumping over from Becky's report! I'm enjoying your TR and I can't wait to hear more!
Welcome! Thank you so much, hope to update tonight!

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Your pics of WL are beautiful! I stayed there when I was younger, so I hardly remember much about it but it seems like a wonderful resort. I'd love to go back sometime.

And don't you just love having those special cm encounters? We too came across some great ones this trip - definitely makes things that much more magical. I bet your DD felt so special!
She DID feel special! Glad I could bring back some memories for you

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WOW!! I'm gone all day and now I'm 2 pages behind!! Your TR is hopping, Katie!! And I'm glad I could help bring over some readers!!


WL is beautiful!! And I'm impressed that Abby already received a magical moment!! How cute that Aiden got all excited about the Mickey bus!! I'm interested to hear more about the stroller issues. I was just talking to Brent today about if we should take ours or rent one. He cannot STAND having to fold it down to take it on the buses. But I was thinking about the sleeping issue on the way back to our resort. Decisions, decisions!! Can't wait to hear about your room and MK!! (I thought about the COLD weather the entire time you were gone hoping you weren't miserable!)
Becky---WL is AMAZING! I so want you and the girls to check it out on your trip for dinner. They would LOVE the lobby and outside. I am going to post about the strollers tonight. I have LOTS to say about them The cold did not get us for too long...only a day or two!!

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WOW! I am sooo jealous!!! The WL was amazing. Posting more tonight!!

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What a fun time you guys had getting to the WL! And the hotel DOES look gorgeous!! I would love to stay there sometime - it looks just magical!

Can't wait to read more!
KATIE!!! It was sooo great. I am so glad you are here!

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Hi Katie! Just found your TR! Your children are so adorable and I LOVE the caricature of the two of them! The Wilderness Lodge looks absolutely breathtaking! We went to WDW in January of 2007 and we had a few cold days, I don't think it got as cold as it did when you were there though! Looking forward to reading more of your report!!

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Thank you so much!! The WL was everything we thought it would be. The cold did not bother us for too long...but it was COOOLLLDD!

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Joining in your trip report (came over from Becky's!) and love it so far! Can't believe how cold it was for you guys! Love your organizational skills (with the boxes!) and pictures! We drive to WDW every August from NY! We love driving (DH hates to fly, but doesn't mind the drive and by this point my kids are used to it!) so I might think about using your box idea this August!

Can't wait to hear more!
Thank you so much!! Driving from NY! Phew!! I hate to fly as well. I really prefered the driving, you see so much along the way. I will post more about the boxes tonight! Thanks for reading!

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Sounds like the journey was fantastic and how sweet was your DS when he spotted his first Disney bus

That CM sounds fantastic how wonderful Abby had a magical moment so soon
Thanks JO!! It was so cute! Stay tuned and my DS gets a little Disney bus momento!

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We were on a college road trip through the south, and our last stop was Gainesville - UF before heading to the WL cap off the family vacation in WDW, our favorite place!
We finished our tour at UF by 2pm, and I had booked us a night in Gainesville. We got to the hotel, and it was gross. I immediately called WDW to see what was available, nothing at any hotel except suites for $1000's. We had no idea it was such a short ride to Orlando from Gainesville. We were resigned on staying in the gross hotel, but decided to throw all caution to the wind, and blasted out at 3pm! We got to the WL by 5pm, and lo and behold, a room was available. When we arrived at the WL, we were blown away by the beauty of the resort, and we had many magical experiences on that trip. Thanks for jogging my memory, and I am looking forward to reading the rest of your TR!
WOW! What a trip you had!!! I would have totally done the same thing. I can not STAND gross (or even semi gross) hotel rooms. I obsessively research on hotels.com and priceline.com to see what others have said about it. There is nothing like going "home" to the WL tough, right?

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Just subbing. Saw you over on Beckys PTR so thought I would come along and have a read- I have a little catching up to do!!
GREAT! Thanks for reading--happy you came over!

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I'm from Becky's PTR, too! Maybe she should start charging referral fees. I'm sure she accepts Disney dollars!

I love, love, love your Rubbermaid boxes! I packed a bunch of our stuff in those boxes for our annual beach vacation, and I LOVED it! I got a lot of "I wish I had thought of that!" from my other family members.

I think between the two of us, I think we can make Rubbermaid recession-proof!

Your kids sound adorable. I love that Aidan got so excited when he saw the Mickey bus. My oldest DD, Caroline, is 2 now, but will be 3 at our travel time. I'm going to try to find pics of things like that to show her what to expect. She has been to WDW before, but she was 15 months old at the time, and doesn't seem to remember it. Whenever we look at pics from the trip, she thinks it's her baby sister in there with Snow White!

I'm subbing, and I can't wait to hear more. That "will our room be upgraded?" teaser has me intrigued!
I will be posting more about the room tonight! My DS was 10 months on our last trip so...it was quite different. He did SO well and it just tuggs at your heartstrings to see them interact with the characters. Really wonderful age to go to WDW!!!

I will also post more about the boxes tonight! They ended up coming in handy! Great minds think alike!

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Great updates!

Sounds like a great trip so far! And the drive definitely didn't sound that bad! I wish we lived that close!

Can't wait for more!
The drive was a really easy one! I am lucky to live close. Thanks soooo much for reading!

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I'm joining in. How much fun this TR will be!! My hubby and I are talking about going in early Dec. and staying at the WL, so I am SO happy to read your trip report. Ah, if only we all had your organizational skills. I will too, one of these days............
Thank you so much!!! A lot of OCD-ness helps. hehe.

The WL will be AMAZING in Dec!! We are going the second or third week in Dec. and staying at the WL! It is perfectly cozy inside and the tree is amazing!

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Your WL pictures are amazing! We have always loved that resort! Kaylee wants to stay there more than Beach Club I guess because it was our first resort. That is great that Abby received a magical moment so early in the trip. Looking forward to more

Nichole
Ohh really want to try the Beach Club one day when the kids get older and we are not in MK so much!! The WL was sooo amazing!! I could totally live there. When we do DVC, I hope we can still pick WL as our home resort...LOVE it! Thanks for reading!!
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Hi Katie!
I noticed you wrote you're going to WDW for 3rd week of December? DF & I just booked Dec 11th-17th at Boardwalk Villas!

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Old 01-21-2010, 04:24 PM   #65
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I've been so wrapped up in last minute planning for our cruise (9 days away!) that I totally missed the start of your TR!!

Can't wait to hear more!
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Old 01-21-2010, 05:47 PM   #66
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Hi! The title of your TR caught my attention - Wilderness Lodge!!!! my favorite! We stayed there last February and went for dinner on our December trip. Well, I'm in!
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I noticed you wrote you're going to WDW for 3rd week of December? DF & I just booked Dec 11th-17th at Boardwalk Villas!

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That would be awesome!! Maybe we can have a Dis Meet! I am not sure of the dates yet...I am in school getting my Certification in Teaching. I am waiting for the calendar to come out....should be in March. I will let you know

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I've been so wrapped up in last minute planning for our cruise (9 days away!) that I totally missed the start of your TR!!

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What!? How did I miss that you were going on a cruise?! Please tell me it is a Disney cruise. Disney Cruises are my next obsession...well, besides researching WDW Christmas time Let me know! Cant wait to read about it!!

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Hi! The title of your TR caught my attention - Wilderness Lodge!!!! my favorite! We stayed there last February and went for dinner on our December trip. Well, I'm in!
Thanks for reading The WL is AMAZING!! I keep raving over and over about it to my friends. It will be VERY hard to stay anywhere else! I loved that you went to WDW in Feb. and December. We are going again in December as well. How did you like it? I am curious what week you went. We will either be there the day before Thanksgiving for 5 days, or the third week in December. Glad to have you on board
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Hoping you're working on another update....

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Old 01-21-2010, 09:56 PM   #69
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**Let me begin this post with a little back story. Most of you know about this, but for you newbies I had decided a while back not to post pictures of my family on forums. Simply because of privacy. I promise that my TR will still be great!!! I took TONS of pictures of the scenery. I placed stars on our faces in a couple of pictures that I would like to show you . I hope you guys understand Ok…on to the TR!!!**

Well, now we are on the boat to the MK!!! Only problem was that it was the open boat and the winds were SUPER cold! I had the kids bundled up sooo well. They had fleeces with hoods and hats with ear flaps, so they were great. My DH and I were pretty cold though!

We took off and my DS (2) was SUPER excited about the boat. He would do anything to ride the boat (and the bus for that matter). I love little boys!

We turned the corner passing the Contemporary. I saw the new Bay Lake Towers and it looked really nice!! We could begin to see the MK in our view and….wait, could it be….A VERY LARGE CHRISTMAS TREE!!!! I looked at my DH and screamed! I was told on the phone by a CM before we left that the Christmas Decorations came down on January 4th. Actually, he literally laughed and me and said “Sorry, maybe next time.” So, I wanted to call up and let him know We are planning a trip back to WDW in December 2010 to experience the Christmas decorations and shows. While the shows were not offered on this trip, we loved the “sneak preview” of the decorations!!! Ok…I will let you in on the fun too

I love entering the MK. I know it is kind of time consuming to go through the ticket pass and show them the inside of your bags. But…seeing this in the distance made it all worth it!




We entered the MK and I truly felt like my vacation had begun. My DS and DD were SO excited. We headed towards the stroller rental…..

I will now interrupt this Trip Report to fill you in on how I liked the strollers. It is such a frustrating part of vacation planning for me because I never know if I should rent or bring my own. Last year, I was SO confused. I had a 11 month old at the time, so I ended up bringing my own stroller. We also rented a double stroller for he and my DD to ride in together. So, we were pushing around 2 strollers. It worked out pretty well because he could sleep in his own stroller that reclined. Also, my daughter got some time off of her feet, which helped her parents too

However, for obvious reasons, 2 strollers at WDW can be a headache. Now that my DS is older, we decided to rent a double stroller for a week. The kids excitedly ran to the stroller and hopped in. Lets just say, my very tall 6 year old DD did NOT fit very well



See how her head hits the top of the stroller and her legs are too long? This was so annoying to me because I kept having to re-brush her hair every time she got out of the stroller because her hair got messed up from her head bumping the top of it! I did not expect her to fit comfortably. We simply wanted to use it every now and then (especially in Epcot) to help save her little feet. Yes…she is a spoiled princess!

Also, as most of you know, they switched ALL of the WDW strollers?! I simply can not stand the new design. It was sooo much smaller. I understand that the Disney people may want smaller strollers so that they will not get in the way while walking or navigating the stores. But...it was so tiny.


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One positive was that they were still easy to push! That is one of the most important things for me! They also still had a flap canopy to keep out the sun and adequate cup holders (2 I think) and pockets on the back to help hold food or gifts while you were in the park. I really liked that.

We end up having another stroller issue later on this day…stay tuned! After I complete our MK day, I will give a wrap up of how I ended up feeling about the strollers.

We caught the very end of the afternoon parade.



My DS was really excited and was dancing in the stroller. He got his first glimpse of a couple of characters and he was pointing and waving at them. My DH and I just smiled at each other. We knew that it would be a GREAT trip.

We began the walk down Main Street towards the castle. I was soaking up all of the amazing decorations. They were still playing the Christmas music on the speakers. It was not loud and did not have any singing. It was just subtle instrument Christmas music, playing softly in the background. It was PERFECT.

Here are some sites from Main Street






We took our first Photopass Picture in front of the castle!! I was so excited to get my little Photopass Card. I just love how easy it is! We ended up taking about 275 pictures! I wanted to get maximum value from my Photopass CD

We finally made it to the castle.



We were in awe…again. We had a days of Disney fun ahead of us and we could not be more anxious to get the fun started!!!

UP NEXT: Where do we decide to go first? Fantasyland to ride our favorites? Toontown to finally meet the fairies? Or Frontierland to let our DD ride her first roller coaster? More soon!!!

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Great update Katie! What a gorgeous day it was! The sky is so blue and I can sense all the excitement in your writing!!

I can relate to the whole stroller dilemma - it's so hard to decide what to do, but we will be renting a double stroller from orlandostrollerrentals.com like we did last October when we go back in 2 weeks. Yes, my girls are 5 and 6 but really...Disney is HUGE and they will be tired, so we will still be using one this trip - the weight limit is 100 pounds so we are getting in just under the wire with one being 39 and one being 44...a total of 83 pounds! It is such a nice stroller and we loved having one that we could take out of the parks. I hope your stroller wasn't too much of an issue - I agree, they have made them a lot smaller than they used to be! On our big Thanksgiving trip in 2007, we piled a whole bunch of kids in a double stroller (not for too long)....it looked like a clown car!!

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Love the update!

It sounds like we had similar reactions seeing the Christmas decorations! I totally wasn't expecting them either...what a great way to start out, right?!

And wow...that stroller looks so small!

Can't wait to read more!!!
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YAY for the Christmas decorations still being up!!! Oh my! Those strollers do look TINY!! Ally is super-tall--I'm not sure she and Claire would be comfortable in a stroller like that! I envison them elbowing each other and getting in each other's space! YIKES! Hmmm. . . Were there straps to buckle in Aiden? I would be afraid that Claire would just climb out whenever she felt the need--you know?! Can't wait to read more!!
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I remember staying at the WL when we were younger...my brother was 8 or 9 and I was 11 or 12. The best part was that boat ride!

Also, have you looked into Orlando Stroller Rental? Not having kids I don't know much about it except that they'll drop the stroller off at your resort and pick it up at the end of your stay...might be something worthwhile?

And on the cruise...it's not a Disney Cruise My boyfriend loves cruising, and since he humors me on all my Disney trips, I caved and agreed to a cruise. I looked into a Disney cruise, but it's twice the price of a Carnival cruise...I just couldn't justify it. We'll see how I like it We are going to Disneyland in March though. I'm super excited!
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