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Old 12-30-2012, 10:06 AM   #2041
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I stayed at the WL Villas for the first time this past June, funny considering it has been our home base for 10 years and we never stayed there. Well, we loved it! Made us start to wonder why it took us 10 years to stay there!

So, we are returning this March for 2 nights and then next January We did 2 studios in June and that is the plan as of now for next January too. In March, we are in a 2 bedroom villas.
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Old 12-30-2012, 10:14 AM   #2042
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I stayed at the WL Villas for the first time this past June, funny considering it has been our home base for 10 years and we never stayed there. Well, we loved it! Made us start to wonder why it took us 10 years to stay there!

So, we are returning this March for 2 nights and then next January We did 2 studios in June and that is the plan as of now for next January too. In March, we are in a 2 bedroom villas.
Congratulations on returning "home." I hope you have a wonderful time at VWL and WDW!
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Old 12-30-2012, 10:45 AM   #2043
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Hi KOOK,
I have a favor to ask....would you change my vacation ticker to show that we have moved (another Resort Changer here! ) to the GF for our next visit? (nothing against the always wonderful WL..just really felt the GF "calling us"! )
Thanks..

Oh wait...do I have to do it myself???
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Old 12-30-2012, 04:23 PM   #2044
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Oh Desnik, that sounds awful.

I can't help but wonder if this room has been out of commission for awhile? That's a lot of problems that seem to indicate they've been untouched for quite awhile. Surely the last 10 room residents or so weren't so easy-going they didn't care about those problems building up?

At least the Housekeeping manager will be able to see what Housekeeper supposedly made it ready for you, and fix his/her oversights on "cleaning" the room.



I do have to mention, though, that the one thing all WDW resorts seem to have in common is that you never ever get the TRUE front desk when you call the "front desk". If you want to talk with them, you have to *go* to the front desk.

Any one of those problems would have sent me to the front desk. So don't apologize for having problems with the room...you waited much longer than I would have done. If no rooms there I would have needed to be moved to another resort. (well, I would have sent DH...he's much nicer in such situations)
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Old 12-31-2012, 06:33 AM   #2045
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Just a quick update. We check out today & move over to AoA. We did go to the front desk to speak with the manager. We had our list of things that were out of order & pictures to back it up. We relayed everything that happened & he was very apologetic & offered us all kinds of things to make us happy. Changing rooms was never an option. They are fully booked. Anyway, the only compensation I wanted was an apology, items fixed & a promise that the appropriate people will be spoken to about the condition of our room. They did give us the points back for the one night we were up until 2:30am with maintenance. They also paid for our dinner on Xmas eve. That was above & beyond what I wanted or expected. When we came back from dinner they had placed in our room 2 pails filled with treats for our kids & a Wilderness Lodge chocolate. Xmas morning the head of housekeeping came to our room & I was able to have a nice long talk with her & even show her some of the issues we had. Again she was very apologetic & a really sweet lady. I felt really good after she left. She really cared & wants her housekeepers to do the right job! She never made excuses for them. She said the room should be clean period! She couldn't believe the dust all over the vent! Anyway I'm glad they seem willing to make sure another guest doesn't have to go through what we did.

Would we stay here again? Probably not until they have a full refurb of the villas which should be another 3 years from now. The Wilderness Lodge does have a lot of good things going for it, especially at Xmas. It is beautiful. But it does need a lot of work in a lot of areas.
Though I'm late in my thanks, thank you for following-up with us and letting us know how your problem was resolved. I love reading ALL resort reviews, the good the bad and the ugly, so thank you for being so honest and thorough with us. I can't recall, but did you post a room number?

Were you in a FS at AoA? Those look so roomy and fun. Even if you're not staying at VWL/WL, we'd love to have you stop by again here for a visit

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We are booked at POFQ, but if a discount comes out we would more than likely switch to Animal Kingdom or WL. I'm wondering if WL ever offer's 35% off the room rate? (We will be there in Oct). I saw for Jan-Mar the discount for Deluxe resorts is 35% but for WL it's 25%. Is that typical?
Welcome! About a year or so ago, the room-only discounts started differing more resort to resort. It seems now that those resorts that fill-up most consistently, have lower percentage-off discounts, like the CR and WL. WL was also undergoing a rehab and had up to two floors at one time that were closed so inventory was low. CR is the most popular convention resort and its rooms also fill fast. Having said that, don't give-up hope. There is a military 40% off Deluxe rate that has been ongoing and you still have over 10 months until your trip. Keep checking the DIS and Mousesavers (they have a free newsletter you can sign-up for that will alert you to all discounts).

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I'll be there Jan. 2 - 5. Can't wait to get 'home' to the Lodge!
Only two more days until you're there! Hopefully, it will be a ghost town then

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Hello

Can anyone post any pics of the Club Level area, it doesn't look very big from the few pics I have seen, how many tables are there to sit at?
Is there a tv area like at the other resorts, is the area where the food is served very large? Is it the whole 7th floor or just a small section?

thanks
Welcome! I'm late in responding, but just wanted to add to the great responses you've already received.

Unlike some lounges, the food service area is on both sides of the room so this spreads out both the food and the guests so you won't feel cramped in there like at some CLs. The seating area is one of the largest, along with AKL, Poly and RPC. The seating area is shaped like a U (the bottom of the U faces Bay Lake) and goes around the entire lobby below. There is seating in front of windows that overlook the courtyard and Bay Lake (you can watch the EWP from here), there are sofas, chairs and tables along the North Wing, where there is also a big screen TV for adults. Along the South Wing is a TV and seating area for children and more tables and chairs for adults. There are photos on the first page of the seating area and food service area.

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WDWKook- they closed MK at 10 am on Christmas Day...
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I think this is probably no surprise, but I had switched my ressie to WL CL for 4/18-4/28!!!

The family is really not interested in trying out a new resort since WL really does feel like home...
I'm really late in congratulating you. Let me know if you'd like me to re-post you to the Lodgers' Log

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wow 10am.....thats unreal. bet alot of upset moms and dads and kids......
For those who don't know or aren't staying onsite, you're right, what an unpleasant surprise. Usually they only close the park to non-onsite guests and often it re-opens later in the day. But if you bought a MK-only ticket, that would be mighty disappointing. But, even if you got in, the crowds on Main Street get very L A R G E as the day progresses

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Just a question about bunk bed rooms-

I have just booked a woods view bunk bed room for my son and his family and a woods view room for myself and the other grandma. Does anyone know if the bunk bed rooms connect with the regular bed room or can you get a bunk bed room next to a regular room?
I'm almost certain they do, but I don't know for a fact. Hopefully someone else will chime in

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Not so unusual for Christmas week. It will happen every day, maybe even a few times during the day. Just wait until NYEve.
Two years ago today, we left WL to drive home and mid-morning the car line to enter the MK was unbelievable.

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Hi KOOK,
I have a favor to ask....would you change my vacation ticker to show that we have moved (another Resort Changer here! ) to the GF for our next visit? (nothing against the always wonderful WL..just really felt the GF "calling us"! )
Thanks..

Oh wait...do I have to do it myself???
Well now, if I keep making you tickers, will you ever learn how to make one for yourself?! Just let me know your arrival date again and and I can whip something up for you for the new year. Or are you in the Lodgers' Log? I'll go check

ETA: Nope, you're not there, I'll need your arrival date.
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Old 12-31-2012, 07:09 AM   #2046
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Thanks KOOK!!!!!

I would LOVE to be on the Lodger's Log!!!

Do you think Randy will be back by the time of our trip?? 4/18-4/28
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KOOK, you are certainly correct...I will try to change it myself.
Not a big deal anyhow..
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Old 12-31-2012, 08:24 AM   #2048
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It is with a heavy heart that I announce the passing Friday of a dear DISer, Jungle Cruiser (Sarah), due to a hard-fought battle with cancer. She was due to arrive tomorrow for a two-week stay at WL/CL. She had a great love for WDW and throughout her illness was always upbeat and an inspiration to us all. A memorial thread has been set up in her honor HERE.
Hi, so sorry to hear of the loss of your friend and fellow Dis'er. I'm keeping you and her family in my prayers.
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Old 12-31-2012, 08:47 AM   #2049
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Thanks KOOK!!!!!

I would LOVE to be on the Lodger's Log!!!

Do you think Randy will be back by the time of our trip?? 4/18-4/28
You've been re-posted. Randy should be back sometime in March, though TheLodgeLady might have a confirmed date for us

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KOOK, you are certainly correct...I will try to change it myself.
Not a big deal anyhow..
Get thee to a ticker. Let me know if you need a refresher ticker course.

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Hi, so sorry to hear of the loss of your friend and fellow Dis'er. I'm keeping you and her family in my prayers.
Thank you. We'd love an update on your recent long weekend at WDW and the new restaurants you tried. How is Randy?
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I'd love to be added to the lodgers log. We will be there from Feb 5 to Feb 11th. It will be our first time staying at the lodge. I can't wait.
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It is with a heavy heart that I announce the passing Friday of a dear DISer, Jungle Cruiser (Sarah), due to a hard-fought battle with cancer. She was due to arrive tomorrow for a two-week stay at WL/CL. She had a great love for WDW and throughout her illness was always upbeat and an inspiration to us all. A memorial thread has been set up in her honor HERE.
She's there today, I just know it! She really wanted to see OFC, and you were a great friend to her...and I wanted to stop by and give you a big I drove by Newark airport on my way to work and cried...today was Sarah's big day for NYE at WL. God bless our Precious Pioneer Angel
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We will be going back to the Lodge in November. Our last few trips have been CL and while we LOVE LOVE LOVE it, I am thinking that a 1 bedroom villa would be nicer. Ton more room, and I can come home with clean laundry that was washed right there in the room.

Besides the decor not being all new and fresh, which I can see past with no problem, are there any disadvantages with being over the in the Villas that anyone has experienced?
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You've been re-posted. Randy should be back sometime in March, though TheLodgeLady might have a confirmed date for us


Get thee to a ticker. Let me know if you need a refresher ticker course.


Thank you. We'd love an update on your recent long weekend at WDW and the new restaurants you tried. How is Randy?
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She's there today, I just know it! She really wanted to see OFC, and you were a great friend to her...and I wanted to stop by and give you a big I drove by Newark airport on my way to work and cried...today was Sarah's big day for NYE at WL. God bless our Precious Pioneer Angel
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Thanks KOOK!!!!!

I would LOVE to be on the Lodger's Log!!!

Do you think Randy will be back by the time of our trip?? 4/18-4/28
I had a feeling you'd be back at The Lodge!!!!

We're FINALLY staying there, just for 2 nights though (sadly) 3/13-15...CL...then moving over to AKV for 4 nts. I have a feeling I'll be at the front desk trying to find a way to stay at WL the entire time! I visited WL around midnight 2 weeks ago & was just so at home - and I've never even stayed there. I can see why so many fall in love with it.

Our next Girls Trip is during your dates, hopefully I'll get to catch up with you & say hi at some point.
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I had a feeling you'd be back at The Lodge!!!!

We're FINALLY staying there, just for 2 nights though (sadly) 3/13-15...CL...then moving over to AKV for 4 nts. I have a feeling I'll be at the front desk trying to find a way to stay at WL the entire time! I visited WL around midnight 2 weeks ago & was just so at home - and I've never even stayed there. I can see why so many fall in love with it.

Our next Girls Trip is during your dates, hopefully I'll get to catch up with you & say hi at some point.
Oh, that would be fantastic if we could meet in person!!!

Yeah, the WL just feels like home to us. DH has never been tempted to just move all our stuff in at any other place we've stayed, lol! He loves the place!
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