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Old 01-01-2013, 05:26 PM   #2791
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Guess what I did to start the new year? Just modified my ressie to a 2BR villa in August!! I have had the same reservation number since June 2011 (2 rooms, then 2 BR villa, then after not being able to go, 1 room, and now 2 BR villa!) and I am really hoping this trip happens!! Just had to share my excitement!!! (Changed my ticker too!)
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Old 01-01-2013, 05:36 PM   #2792
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I'll be staying at your beloved Lodge for one night pre cruise in March. No parks, just enjoying the resort. I know it's not enough time but at least we'll get a taste of the place.
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Old 01-01-2013, 06:04 PM   #2793
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Hey guys, I've been AWOL a few days as I've been in bed with a nasty case of bronchitis that really laid me out. Still recovering but feeling much better.

We had a great trip to WDW, doing a lot of things that we've never done before. Included in that was the Segway tour (new for my daughters), Circue de Soleil, Christmas services in the Contemporary ballroom, and a night spent driving a golfcart around Ft Wilderness looking at the amazing Christmas decorations and displays. Truly a worthwhile evening if you guys have never done it during the holiday season. I'll post some pictures later on that I'm sure won't do it justice.

I know I missed some occasions, but I certainly have to add my best birthday wishes to Eliza...

Happy Birthday ELIZA!!!
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Old 01-01-2013, 06:45 PM   #2794
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Happy New Year to all the groupies. I haven't been on the boards much the last couple years. Just trying to get back and decided I needed to pop in and say hello to everyone. Life has been busy and don't spend much social time online anymore. Hope everyone had a wonderful holiday season and will have a prosperous new year. We are going to the world next Friday for a quick 4 nights to run the marathon. Just my DW and I. Unfortunately we aren't staying at the lodge. We waitlisted for BCV and it came through about 3 weeks ago. We are only doing 1 park this trip and chose Epcot. We are celebrating my DWs first marathon with dinner at the Yachtsman Steakhouse. We do have a 1 bdrm booked at the lodge from Aug 19-25. I do miss the lodge. Just might have to pop over to Roaring Forks for lunch to get a taste of home.

Take care all and Happy Birthday Eliza.
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Old 01-01-2013, 06:52 PM   #2795
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Please tell Rich on our behalves our deepest sympathies to him and your whole family. Losing a loved one is never easy, but it does ease the pain to know he is resting in our blessed Savior's arms, no more sickness, no more pain, just waiting on the rest of his loved ones to join him in glory someday.
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Old 01-01-2013, 07:00 PM   #2796
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Welcome back Granny, and glad you are recovering.

And welcome back to the long lost groupies. Just remember this...once a groupie, always a groupie. We dont let go that easy

bluecastle, we are excited with you Anytime a trip is in the works, we groupies like staying in on the action. Some of us will even volunteer to come along if you need help carrying luggage, hint, hint
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Old 01-01-2013, 07:04 PM   #2797
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Welcome to the groupies Pinkocto!!!!

You can pack a lot in at the Lodge in one night, and relax all the while doing so. Just pull up a rocker, soak in the ambiance of it all, the music, the lanterns flickering, the crickets chirping. Great way to prepare for a cruise!
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Old 01-01-2013, 07:17 PM   #2798
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Hi all.....old "new" VWL groupie here....we've owned at VWL since 2001...actually bought some of the last points available in December, 2001....we still can't get over the feeling we get each time we come "home" and walk thru those front doors. I have a question for anyone who is able to answer.....our son and daughter-in-law are arriving at VWL tomorrow for their first stay as DVC owners .....we bought them 50 points resale in 2011 as a wedding gift. Between last years banked points and this years points they're in a 1 bdrm this week for 4 nights I believe.
We really would like to have a bottle of wine delivered to their room....but I can't find info anywhere if this is even possible. I did check out the Disney Florist website....but all I'm really looking for is a nice bottle of wine.....they really like some of the good Northwest wines and I know they have a dinner reservation at Artist Point.....if I can't get a bottle delivered to room....is it possible to contact Artist Point somehow and have a bottle of wine delivered to their table.... I'm quite sure they already plan to order wine at dinner. Thanks for the help anyone is able to give me!
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Old 01-01-2013, 10:10 PM   #2799
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So a quick share of my exciting New Years. Water froze at the house yesterday morning. At least it's making it to the yard hydrants for the horses but nothing inside. Sigh. It's done this a couple of times before but always thawed out at some point during the day but not yesterday. However we also have a new place that we just got and are beginning a remodel that is 45 minutes away and now I started to worry about the water there. So at 8:30 last night I packed up the dogs - gave DH a hug and said Happy New Year - and headed off for the first night in the house. No furniture but I had a Keurig coffee machine and an airbed. But the airbed wouldn't hold air! I didn't want to drive back on a cold, New Years eve so out to the shop to bring in an old mattress we had put out there. But then I couldn't fit it in my Tahoe (mattress is queen size) and didn't think it would be fun struggling to get it on the roof to bring it the 100-150 yards to the house. Then I decided I could get it on the hood - not that I could see out after doing that though! But I followed the fence line out my side window and drove over the frozen lawn to the door, dragged the mattress down and wormed it over the step and threshold. All I can say is I'm sooooooo happy there's a good tree screen or the new neighbors would wonder what crazy lady was moving in! Now I had a nice hot shower and DH still has no water. I think we'll be switching spots tonight or we'll both be back and figure out if the horses will join us too. New Years has definitely changed from years ago!!
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We had a wonderful Christmas. Well, with the exception that I came home from our trip to the world sick. Finally beginning to feel like my old self again. DD and DSIL plus DS and DDIL were able to join us. This is the first time in 5 years that our whole family was able to be together on Christmas. Such a blessing!

DDad's father passed away a few days after Christmas so we're currently in the process of finalizing arrangements for his memorial service to be held later in the week. He was 90 and lived a full life. We'll miss him but know that he is in a far better place.

Wishing all my Groupie pals Peace, Health and Prosperity in 2013. Happy New Year!
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We are never really ready to say goodbye to those we love
and it can be especially hard so close to Christmas,
but I know your faith will give you hope and comfort.
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Happy Birthday eliza

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Old 01-02-2013, 12:26 AM   #2801
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My condolences DiznyDad. No matter what age or circumstances losing a parent is not easy.

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What a way to start the New Year.
Hang in there Pixie Dust coming your way
Thanks tea pot - the Pixie Dust worked! Finally figured out where the freeze was and got it thawed out. Why it happened is a whole other story but for the moment I can get a glass of water from the tap again. Yay!
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Old 01-02-2013, 08:17 AM   #2802
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I'm so sorry to hear of your father's loss, DDad. Knowing you, I am certain he was a fine man.
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Thanks tea pot - the Pixie Dust worked! Finally figured out where the freeze was and got it thawed out. Why it happened is a whole other story but for the moment I can get a glass of water from the tap again. Yay!
Oh good Kat, so glad it all worked out for you.
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Old 01-02-2013, 08:31 AM   #2803
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Hi all.....old "new" VWL groupie here....we've owned at VWL since 2001...actually bought some of the last points available in December, 2001....we still can't get over the feeling we get each time we come "home" and walk thru those front doors. I have a question for anyone who is able to answer.....our son and daughter-in-law are arriving at VWL tomorrow for their first stay as DVC owners .....we bought them 50 points resale in 2011 as a wedding gift. Between last years banked points and this years points they're in a 1 bdrm this week for 4 nights I believe.
We really would like to have a bottle of wine delivered to their room....but I can't find info anywhere if this is even possible. I did check out the Disney Florist website....but all I'm really looking for is a nice bottle of wine.....they really like some of the good Northwest wines and I know they have a dinner reservation at Artist Point.....if I can't get a bottle delivered to room....is it possible to contact Artist Point somehow and have a bottle of wine delivered to their table.... I'm quite sure they already plan to order wine at dinner. Thanks for the help anyone is able to give me!
Have you thought of trying Guest Services at the Lodge? Certainly, they could point you in the right direction for leaving a bottle of wine in the room, or as you mention, I'm sure they could get AP to deliver a nice bottle table-side when your son and his wife dine there. Good luck!
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I'll be staying at your beloved Lodge for one night pre cruise in March. No parks, just enjoying the resort. I know it's not enough time but at least we'll get a taste of the place.
Stroll the grounds and listen to the wonderfully-themed music as it perfectly enhances the architectural theming of the Lodge. If you want to walk, there is a paved trail that leads out beside the bus stop and heads over to Fort Wilderness--about a mile one way. Or, if you prefer (as I do), take the nature trail that starts out behind the bicycle rental shop. At two places along the trail, their is a choice to go straight or head right. If you choose either right fork off the trail, you'll wind up on the main path mentioned above. If you continue straight, you'll come out at the CM parking area for FW--about 3/4 of a mile one way.

At night, you can sit on the beach and watch EWP or even catch the higher blasts from Wishes over the Contemporary. Most evenings, there is a movie played outdoors on an inflatable screen, preceded by a campfire with sumores. The pool bar at the main pool serves up pretty much anything you could want in a very casual atmosphere, or you can slip over to the Territory Lounge for drinks (and a bar menu) in a little nicer, cozier atmosphere. The Hidden Springs pool usually isn't too crowded, though the attached hot tub often has quite a few people in it--still, it's a fairly large hot tub. And, as others have said, just sit in a rocker on the porch to the Villas and listen to the crickets (real and imagined) while the lamps flicker and the majestic music gently plays.

Enjoy your one night stay at our beloved Lodge. I'm envious! (And of you, too, bluecastle!)
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Stroll the grounds and listen to the wonderfully-themed music as it perfectly enhances the architectural theming of the Lodge. If you want to walk, there is a paved trail that leads out beside the bus stop and heads over to Fort Wilderness--about a mile one way. Or, if you prefer (as I do), take the nature trail that starts out behind the bicycle rental shop. At two places along the trail, their is a choice to go straight or head right. If you choose either right fork off the trail, you'll wind up on the main path mentioned above. If you continue straight, you'll come out at the CM parking area for FW--about 3/4 of a mile one way.

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I wish you posted this before my last visit
I started out behind the bicycle path but no one said anything about the rights
which I passed ended up in the parking lot and then if you keep going
you end up behind or somewhere backstage in the old river country
next you will get kindly escorted out by Disney Security
I hope to get it right next time

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Try taking some time to watch the world go by from one of the small
balconies that over look the main lobby or find one of the cozy fireplace
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