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Old 09-06-2010, 07:35 AM   #1
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Just back...Villas Wilderness Lodge...FABulous!

We are just back from our first family trip (DH, Me, DS 7 DS 4) to WDW! Departed Friday Aug 27 and returned Sat Sep 4. We had a very early flight and landed just before 10am in Orlando. Happy Limo was waiting for us, bags were off in a jiffy and we were at the Wilderness Lodge checking in before 11am. I had done online check-in and there was 1 person ahead of us, but a manager? (guy in suit, not ranger outfit) came out and called someone to take us right away further down the counter. Got our packet and since there was a line for the concierge (we wanted our Undercover Tourist tickets put on our KTTW card, the CM who checked us in said he'd do it for us and went off to do it in the back. Our 1 bedroom villas was ready and we were able to go straight there and get settled. I did not make any requests and we were on the 2nd floor overlooking the walkway from the lodge to the villas. It was quiet and first room close (around the corner) to the elevators. Perfect. I saw no issues with the room, seemed in good condition, clean, Mousekeeping was great, we got towel animals the most days. We only saw people twice all week on our floor. Groceries we ordered from Garden Grocer were sent up by Bell Services promptly. We changed and went to grab a bite at Roaring Forks and headed straight to MK from there. We were at MK before 12:30pm. Only waited 5 minutes for a boat. Rides were pretty much walk on, or max 10 minute waits although it seemed busy, but we walked in during the Move It Shake It party parade thingy.

All in all, the entire week after that was pretty quiet. Even that weekend we used Fastpass a little, but it was hardly even necessary. The Mountains had 15-20 minute waits sometimes, but even those were walk on or 5-10 minutes most of the time. Of course, it takes 5 minutes just to walk from the queue area to get to the loading areas. Kids got to see most of the characters with mostly minimal wait times, though those lines were longer than anything else. We were prepared for afternoon thunder storms but it only rained a little the first Saturday and then nothing the rest of the week. And temps were not too bad, yes hot, yes humid, but some days were actually not too bad at all. We spent morning at the parks, most afternoons at the pool which the boys just loved. My scared little boys were braving the slide 20 times in a row and the little one learned to swim underwater. Then we'd head back to MK in the evenings for dinner or just after for a bit. Luckily DS4 was just 40 inches and the dare-devil loved all the rides we could go on. Splash Mountain being by for the favorite to the point we did it 4 times in one day!

We only took the boat to MK and buses everywhere else and honestly never had a problem with the buses. Once or twice waited the full 20 minutes but mostly it was 10 minutes or less and the rides were quick enough even stopping at the GF on the way. Buses were never full, we always sat down. Of course, we never closed a park. We did however make pretty much all parks at rope drop almost everyday.

And we got some nice chocolates as a thank you from the villas staff after experiencing 2 brief power outages, although our room still had power we did have to use the stairs, once we found them, to get in and out twice. CM's were everywhere with flashlights helping people find there way around the second time. The quiet pool was closed for almost 2 days during this power issue, but since our kids loved the main pool it didn't matter much to us.

Artist Point was excellent I thought, although I was surprised to see people coming in to eat in their swim cover ups or tees thrown over their swimsuits. It's a nicer restaurant and that seemed inappropriate. We enjoyed Whispering Canyon as well. Roaring Forks was fine although limited, we didn't eat there too much other than to grab a quick breakfast for us, we had grocery things for the kids to keep their routines. It was never too packed and always places to sit, although we didn't usually sit. DH was a little annoyed the pool bar closed so early, usually before 8pm it was closed up.

Super trip and now I want to go back, but it's gonna be a few years.

Thanks to the DIS Boards, I read it religiously for months beforehand planning this trip and felt really prepared and knew all the little tricks and secrets and it helped a lot.

Trying to add some pictures to this...










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Old 09-06-2010, 09:15 AM   #2
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I really enjoyed your report. It sounds like you had a wonderful trip.
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Old 09-06-2010, 11:23 AM   #3
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Thanks for the report

I'm glad you had a good trip. Did you have mousekeeping everyday? If so, do you get dishwashing powder for the dishwasher and dish soap for the sink? What about paper towels? I'm trying to think what to include in garden grocer order. We will be there in October with our six month old twinboys, 5 year old daughter, and 7 year old son. The older two will probably sleep in my parents queen room with bunkbeds). Do you think there is room in bedroom for 2 cribs? Thanks for the help.
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Old 09-06-2010, 11:34 AM   #4
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boy love your attitude - most disers would be complaining about the power outages - you just pass it off.

wonderfully! glad you enjoyed VWL = surprised at the quiet pool being closed = did not think any pool was depend upon the power.

hope you get back sooner. glad your trip was so nice.
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Old 09-06-2010, 11:54 AM   #5
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Loved you trip report, and it really makes me want to try WL all that much more! Glad you enjoyed your trip, and I also really admired your attitude about the power outages.
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Old 09-06-2010, 12:06 PM   #6
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I'm glad you had a good trip. Did you have mousekeeping everyday? If so, do you get dishwashing powder for the dishwasher and dish soap for the sink? What about paper towels? I'm trying to think what to include in garden grocer order. We will be there in October with our six month old twinboys, 5 year old daughter, and 7 year old son. The older two will probably sleep in my parents queen room with bunkbeds). Do you think there is room in bedroom for 2 cribs? Thanks for the help.
If you're paying cash thru Disney, you get mousekeeping every day and they will replenish all the supplies in the room. If you are staying on DVC points, you get the more limited DVC cleaning schedule and will need your own supplies.

I haven't seen a VWL 1 BR or larger (but have stayed in 1 and 2 BRs in other DVC resorts), but I'm sure there would be room for 2 pack and plays somewhere, but maybe not in the bedroom. Or you might be able to put them end to end along the wall where the window is in the bedroom.
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Old 09-06-2010, 12:10 PM   #7
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Great, detailed trip report...thanks! (I also enjoy VWL.)

Wow---how tacky to wear swim suit/coverup/tee to Artist Point. Just tacky.
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Old 09-06-2010, 01:00 PM   #8
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I love VWL too! I had the same one bedroom location the last time I stayed there, except I was on the third floor instead of the second. I thought about staying there again for my trip this month, but I'll be at BWV instead so I can spend more time at Epcot.

I had a one bedroom on the top floor once with a double wide balcony. That was great! I love the lobby areas of VWL, with all the little rooms and nooks and crannies. It's such a peaceful place to stay.
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Old 09-06-2010, 06:49 PM   #9
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Mom of twins - we booked though Disney not DVC points so we had daily housekeeping. The actually ran the dishwasher for us daily almost, but there was detergent under the sink. That is also where the paper towels were. They gave us Tide daily as well, and changed the towels. I only had to request 2 pillow for the pull out sofa, but only because DH pulled it out the first time and didn't see the pillow are tucked in underneath when it opens. I do think you could get to pack n plays to fit in the bedroom most likely by the balcony wall. There was one in the bedroom closet.

Spiceycat - I'm not sure if the pool depends on power but after the first outage, the pool closed and they left a message telling us power would be shut off the next day to fix the problem and the pool never re-opened till the day after that. Weird. But it wasn't so busy that it was a problem.

The only annoying part of the power outage was the apologizing CM's they wouldn't stop while they lit the way down the staircase for me. Lol
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Old 09-06-2010, 08:49 PM   #10
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We are thinking about staying at the WLV on our next trip - do you have any pics of the 1 BR?
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I'm glad you had a good trip. Did you have mousekeeping everyday? If so, do you get dishwashing powder for the dishwasher and dish soap for the sink? What about paper towels? I'm trying to think what to include in garden grocer order. We will be there in October with our six month old twinboys, 5 year old daughter, and 7 year old son. The older two will probably sleep in my parents queen room with bunkbeds). Do you think there is room in bedroom for 2 cribs? Thanks for the help.
We stayed in a 1BR villa at the beginning of Aug. We got dishwasher powder everyday that we used one. In fact the 2 times we left a couple of cups in the sink they put them in the washer and started it for us. There was a small bottle of dish soap for the sink.
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Old 09-07-2010, 11:46 AM   #12
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Added some photos of the Villa to the original post.

They give you all those essentials for cleaning, there is even a corkscrew although the store offered to uncork the wine when DH went and bought a bottle. But he told them we were in the villas and they said there is one there then.

If you forget anything, the Lodge Mercantile is very well stocked, although more expensive. I brought peanut butter with me, but you can always just get it from Roaring Forks, jelly too for free in the condiments area.
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Old 09-07-2010, 12:10 PM   #13
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Thanks for the great report.

I also love VWL, and the Lodge, too.

Glad you had a great trip.
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