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Old 08-13-2012, 05:35 AM   #256
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Crazy weekend of errands and yesterday was spent packing. You all know how it is right before a long trip



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I just did the online check in for our trip Aug. 19th ~ Aug. 21st at WL. Our first time at WL. Myself, dh, dd and 10 yr old dgd. So excited.
Looks like you're checking out the day we check-in. We know you're going to fall in love with WL. Have a wonderful vacation!

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I love the pics from the Honeymoon Suite!!!!!
Wish apon a star and maybe it will come true!!!!!


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May 4-11th... full pkg w. dxddp..(hoping for our request of "bearface room"...per Disney "inner courtyard off lobby" as CM said to me)




Anything that normally happens around first full week of May??? crowd levels?

Whats the normal temps around that time?

always hear about summer,fd, and xmas stays. never hear alot of late springtime stays .
Here's a link to a great site that can answer your questions about crowds, weather, etc...

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The left hand side of the page should have what you're looking for. Your vacation sounds great!

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56 days!!! Whew! Silly 'ol job.... finally caught up on the new thread. So excited I'm waking in the middle of the night thinking of more to research! We surprised our DDs the first time we went and this time around is so much more fun planning and dreaming together. DD12 is a huge planner like me and DD8 has been watching all our Disney movies again. Another huge THANKS to Kook and everyone who make this the best thread!

Quick question... DH will have just returned from a fly fishing trip to Yellowstone when we leave for WL. I've seen the fishing excursions, but does anyone know if it's allowed to fish on your own? TIA! Heather

Thank you, hbr03!

I've never seen anyone just fishing on their own at WL, but feel like I have at FW. I know it's all catch and release and you can rent all the equipment. Hopefully someone will chime in who's done it at FW

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Which would you guys do...Trails End dinner or Whispering Canyon dinner? We have never been to TE or even over to FW unless it was to dropoff/pickup w/bus or boat. DH & I have done WCseveral times but DD fell asleep at a late adr on an arrival day-they put about 4 chairs together to make her a bed-so she never got to try. DD wants to try it but I thought TE would be good. Any one else? thanks!
Love them both. TE is a buffet with lots of country goodies and the service was excellent. WCC puts on a bit of a show and is much more 'high energy' than TW and costs a bit more, I believe.

If you've never even been to FW, then I'd suggest TE so you get a glimpse of wonderful FW. Could you squeeze in a breakfast at either place? Maybe you could do one dinner and one breakfast?

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This time next week we will be at MK.
YIPPEE! We arrive Saturday

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Two more sleeps! Just two more sleeps and we will be on our way to WL-CL I just don't know if I will be able to sleep I'm ridiculously excited!!!
Just one more sleep, but you probably wont sleep tonight

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I can't wait to hear your report on CL. We are doing CL at WL for the first time in February and I am already counting my sleeps. Only 196 to go!

Have a great trip!
If you need to read a TR now, I have a hyperlink to my TR in my signature from our last WL/CL trip in April.

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I will happily post a report and photos! It's our first time staying CL so I won't have anything to compare it to which I think is a good thing
...But, you'll probably never want to stay elsewhere!

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Hi everyone! DH and I are long time Wilderness Lodge people. I was so excited when I discovered WDWKOOK's previous WL thread. It's like having a little piece of WL that I can visit every day It has taken a few weeks, but I read all of the old WL thread and then moved over to this thread. Thank you WDWKOOK for keeping this going!

13 days until our next visit to WL Can't wait to see the renovated rooms!
to the DIS and the WL/VWL thread! We're honored to have your first post here! Thank you for your kind comments. Safe travels and I hope you have a wonderful vacation - don't be a stranger!

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Can't wait to be back at WL in a two weeks!! Haven't stayed there in ages and I'm SO excited!

We are doing a split stay w/AKL CL and we'll be in a Studio Villa 8/26-8/31
Shall I put this in the Lodgers' Log? I think you're excited!!!

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Placed my garden grocer order today. Getting closer! just picked up a couple of things at the store. Now to finish packing. One of my DDs keeps changing her mind on what princess costume to bring.
Looks like you might have to bring more than one outfit

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Love the pics of the Honeymoon Suite. I'm so jealous!

Please add us to the Lodger's Log, Nov. 3-11, 2012. We are booked in a Woods View bunk bed room at the moment (but we keep going back and forth with the CL idea). This will be our first trip to WDW as a family, my son's 1st trip to WDW, and our 5th wedding anniversary. 83 more days and counting
I'll be glad to add you. Don't forget to note all those milestones in your reservation!

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DS has a half day on Fri 11/2 (end of 1st MP) and off Election Day - 11/6, so he will miss Fri, Mon and Wed of school. I know it's a lot but he is a good student and we'll see how it goes. The good thing is I'm a teacher at his middle school so I'm hoping that will help with communication of what he'll be missing and make up work. He should be able to complete some work in the afternoons waiting for me to finish up working...

I was updating my planning spreadsheet today and looking a reservations that I made months ago, of course second guessing everything! DH saw me and said "I'm really looking forward to this trip, especially since we are staying at WL again!!"
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Your DH sounds like mine - he just LOVES WL, too. Have a great trip, neighbor!

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It is SO exciting to see the updates from those of you who are at our beloved WL, those who are on their way (safe travels) and those who have just a few sleepless nights left till you arrive 'home.'

Happy days to all!!!!
That was so sweet!! I'll start updating on Saturday. Unless you want an update when I pass quickly by South of the Border
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Which would you guys do...Trails End dinner or Whispering Canyon dinner? We have never been to TE or even over to FW unless it was to dropoff/pickup w/bus or boat. DH & I have done WCseveral times but DD fell asleep at a late adr on an arrival day-they put about 4 chairs together to make her a bed-so she never got to try. DD wants to try it but I thought TE would be good. Any one else? thanks!
IMO...I think TE is better for lunch. Have you seen that Sticky Bun Sundae? And they have waffles and chicken! AND fried catfish! OK...so in disclosure, I have never had the lunch there since it has been a normal menu. But it sounds ammmmaaazzzing! The dinner is good but nothing special. We are doing dinner at WCC our arrival night, but if we were going to be there earlier I think I would choose TE lunch.
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Old 08-13-2012, 06:34 AM   #258
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What time can I reasonably expect to be at Hollywood Studios the day I arrive. We fly into MCO at 10am on Sunday November 4th. We are using ME to get to WL CL. This is our first visit ever to DW. So I expect that the family and I will want to take a quick tour of WL. We are staying 8 nights and have only planned one other day at H.S.. I am thinking best case scenario is that we are in the park around 2pm....Below is the schedule for the week....Also, we do not have park hopper passes as of now...
We really want to see fantasmic so that is reason to go to H.S. that day. We are going later in the week to H.S. but in the evening we want to take in Osborne Lights. If we go to Fantasmic on the 4th we won't feel like we have to rush through the lights to get in line on the 11th to see Fantasmic..

4th--arrive and Hopefully go to H.S.
5th--Epcot
6th---MK
7th--AK
8th Off Day
9th--MK and also MVMCP
10th-- Epcot
11th--H.S.
12 Leave in the morning....

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Old 08-13-2012, 07:57 AM   #259
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Trip was paid off this morning!!!! Only 47 more days and we'll be at WL!!!!!
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I don't know if this has been addressed previously but if anyone can help me mimic the smell of WL lobby at home I'd be eternally grateful.
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Old 08-13-2012, 08:51 AM   #261
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I love this thread!

We'll be there in 12 days for our first trip to WDW. I'm so excited!
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Old 08-13-2012, 08:54 AM   #262
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Crazy weekend of errands and yesterday was spent packing. You all know how it is right before a long trip




Looks like you're checking out the day we check-in. We know you're going to fall in love with WL. Have a wonderful vacation!





Here's a link to a great site that can answer your questions about crowds, weather, etc...

http://yourfirstvisit.net

The left hand side of the page should have what you're looking for. Your vacation sounds great!



Thank you, hbr03!

I've never seen anyone just fishing on their own at WL, but feel like I have at FW. I know it's all catch and release and you can rent all the equipment. Hopefully someone will chime in who's done it at FW


Love them both. TE is a buffet with lots of country goodies and the service was excellent. WCC puts on a bit of a show and is much more 'high energy' than TW and costs a bit more, I believe.

If you've never even been to FW, then I'd suggest TE so you get a glimpse of wonderful FW. Could you squeeze in a breakfast at either place? Maybe you could do one dinner and one breakfast?


YIPPEE! We arrive Saturday


Just one more sleep, but you probably wont sleep tonight


If you need to read a TR now, I have a hyperlink to my TR in my signature from our last WL/CL trip in April.


...But, you'll probably never want to stay elsewhere!


to the DIS and the WL/VWL thread! We're honored to have your first post here! Thank you for your kind comments. Safe travels and I hope you have a wonderful vacation - don't be a stranger!


Shall I put this in the Lodgers' Log? I think you're excited!!!


Looks like you might have to bring more than one outfit


I'll be glad to add you. Don't forget to note all those milestones in your reservation!


Your DH sounds like mine - he just LOVES WL, too. Have a great trip, neighbor!


That was so sweet!! I'll start updating on Saturday. Unless you want an update when I pass quickly by South of the Border
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Trip was paid off this morning!!!! Only 47 more days and we'll be at WL!!!!!
If you transpose your number of days to 74 that is how many more I have to wait....
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A quick good morning....I am back!!!

I was very fortunate to meet The Lodge Lady and her DH on Saturday morning Very lovely couple!!!

Thank you to Kook for a nice welcome gift...

We cancelled our GF evening to stay at Wl one more night

I have so much awesomeness to report, but I have NEVER met a nicer crew of CMs....they took wonderful care of us...AND my DH has agreed to return to WDW....if we stay at WL.....so I have ch-ch-changed my April trip already!!!!!

Here's a pic from the boat going to MK...

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Thanks for the replies on TE or WC. I think we will stick with TE seeing that we have never been over to FW at all. I might try to get us into WC once there but, with being CL & on the dining plan...I think it is just too much food. I think DD will not mind once she gets a look at the make your own sundae station anyway.
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We are back from 6 nights at WL OFC and we just loved it!!!!

We were in room 7052 with a view of Cinderella Castle, Space Mountain and the CR. Watched fireworks from our balcony!

The atmosphere on the 7th floor is so relaxed and calm. The CM's (especially Kristin and Bonnie) were so kind and helpful!!!! My parents - who are not into luxury at all - absolutely LOVED club level and will not stay any other way in Disney again. I agree!

We saved a lot of $$ on things like milk (each small Mickey milk is $1.29 and my kids must have had 4 each day if not more!), the breakfast, snacks (DH loved the magic cookie bars), beverages (soda, lemonade, iced tea and the nescafe coffee machine) saved us as well. My parents were able to make light meals out of the evening offerings several nights and they both liked the wine and beer selections.

We will definitely stay club level again. I am DEFINITELY booking it for Christmas 2013 before our Disney Dream cruise on 12/29/13. THAT will be an amazing vacation!

Any questions, please ask. I will be uploading pictures soon!

Thanks to Kook and everyone on this thread for your great info!
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That was so sweet!! I'll start updating on Saturday. Unless you want an update when I pass quickly by South of the Border
Honk your horn and wave to me! I don't live too far from there!!
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I knew you'd come through for our PamelaKay - thank you!

I hope you didn't have any trouble finding the place. We've got the green roof instead of the red, but it suits us fine and blends well with the foliage. We don't have anything fancy like your afternoon tea, but we'd love to have you stop by the next time you're in the area and watch our geyser and have a S'Mores cupcake. We'll save a rocking chair for you

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Sorry it took a few days to wander back here, my younger DS and his fiance have been home for his b'day. Thanks for the invite, love those rockers, so cozy. The green roof does become you, I must say.

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You are more than welcome! I forgot to mention the new Princess Kate set tea option. We tried it when it was first offered and it was very good; we are so used to the Buckingham Palace or Grand Tea (same as BP, with a glass of champagne) it's hard to switch to something new, but it was delicious.

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I know that our very own (not so) Grumpy Grandma (the 'other' Linda) already knows this, but... I want to share my successful resort changing intervention with all of you:

pas130 (Jeanette, the perpetual resort changer) finally checked in this morning at 0230! They love their Honeymoon Suite, but she didn't tell DH that she had changed their last night to GF RPC. Over breakfast, DH found out and was not happy with the RPC surprise. They went over to the GF and tried to cancel the one night 'surprise' reservation. GF told them they couldn't keep their WL room - sold out. I suggested she go right over to WL and ask the concierge to keep them in their suite or even a standard CL room and cancel RPC. (I did this last year, but with the Poly and Mike had everything straightened out in 5 minutes)

Happy ending: They were able to keep them in the suite the extra night that she had originally booked and changed to RPC. All is well, and they are very happy at WL. Another satisfied WL customer
Way to go on the intervention. I need to keep this tip in mind if we ever want to switch resorts. I've read it is easier to do from the resort you want rather than the one you want to leave, as you say. And if you are checked in already, they make a bigger effort to keep you if that is your wish. (was that as clear as mud? lol)
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Add me to your ranks!!! After MUCH contemplation, I just switched our reservation to WL, the place I really wanted to be at all along.

I surprised my (now) husband with a WDW trip back when we were dating. Now we have the pleasures of brining our three young daughters.

Am I Excited??
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We would love to be added to the Lodger's Log!

We are going 12/11-12/14 with free dining. This will be our second trip. Originally we booked POFQ as we wanted to not spend a ton but with holidays at Disney, how could we resist WL?

We did choose a basic room but last time got upgraded Courtyard for our anniversary...maybe with my daughter's birthday we will get lucky again! If not, no worries...we're just thrilled to be going back!
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