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Old 05-02-2013, 06:59 PM   #3391
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Thank you! It's our first time staying at a Disney property, so I'm anxious to get there and be immersed.
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Old 05-02-2013, 10:59 PM   #3392
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Old 05-03-2013, 04:41 AM   #3393
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Hi, we're off to WL on Saturday. I see on the 1st page of this thread that there is an iHome clock radio in each room. Can anyone tell me if this will charge and play my iPod? I realize I should probably know this, but I'm so not savvy when it comes to this stuff. I always travel with our iPod and speakers for white noise at night, and if I can leave the speakers at home it means one less thing to pack. Thanks!
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Yep, an iPod or iPhone with the regular connector that is about 1 inch wide (not the new smaller iPhone 5 "lightning connector") will fit on the alarm clock and be charged and play music. Enjoy your trip, it is super close!
And there is a size adjuster on the dock that goes back and forth to accommodate various generation/sized iPods (with 30-pin adapters, but not Lightning adapters, as GC mentioned).

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Old 05-03-2013, 05:47 AM   #3394
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Hello everyone! This is my husbands and my first time ever staying at a delux and we both just fell in love with the picutres of the Wilderness Lodge! Is there anything cool that we should know that you can't pick up just from the disney website?! We are HUGE mousejunkies and are into hidden mickey's and cool disney history, but we also enjoy little hints about great places to sit and relax and see a great view. We are so excited to be staying there!!!
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Old 05-03-2013, 06:15 AM   #3395
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I'm thinking about changing my reservation for my next trip from POFQ to the WL. Most likely I'll reserve a courtyard view room. Just wondering how loud the noise is from the pool area in the afternoon? All of the Disney resorts now have pool parties in the mid-afternoon. Just wondering how much noise a courtyard view room is going to get from these pool activities?
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Old 05-03-2013, 06:19 AM   #3396
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Hello everyone! This is my husbands and my first time ever staying at a delux and we both just fell in love with the picutres of the Wilderness Lodge! Is there anything cool that we should know that you can't pick up just from the disney website?! We are HUGE mousejunkies and are into hidden mickey's and cool disney history, but we also enjoy little hints about great places to sit and relax and see a great view. We are so excited to be staying there!!!
There are cozy little sitting areas located on some of the floors around the large central lobby. If you walk up the staircase located behind the front door of the lodge, you'll find a nice sitting area with a fireplace and some comfy chairs.

There is a lovely outdoor balcony on the fourth floor that overlooks the center court yard and the waterfall. It has several deck chairs and you can relax out there and enjoy the gorgeous view. There is also a big deck over the front door with a nice view, too.

We plan to do more exploring on our next trip, including taking the trail to Fort Wilderness.

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Old 05-03-2013, 07:02 AM   #3397
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I will freely admit to not having read this entire thread, so maybe this has been asked and answered. If so, I'm sorry.

Does anyone know when the Christmas decorations go up at WL? We are looking at Nov 8-22 in 2014. This will be our second trip to WDW and last time we stayed at WL and loved it. I was thinking we should stay somewhere else, but I think from photos that WL is the best decorated deluxe for Christmas, and totally our style. I think I'd regret being elsewhere if Christmas decorations are up.
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Old 05-03-2013, 07:11 AM   #3398
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I will freely admit to not having read this entire thread, so maybe this has been asked and answered. If so, I'm sorry.

Does anyone know when the Christmas decorations go up at WL? We are looking at Nov 8-22 in 2014. This will be our second trip to WDW and last time we stayed at WL and loved it. I was thinking we should stay somewhere else, but I think from photos that WL is the best decorated deluxe for Christmas, and totally our style. I think I'd regret being elsewhere if Christmas decorations are up.
I wanted to know that exact same thing so I did a search through the Nov 2012 thread to find a comment about it. The best I could gather was that the Christmas decorations were up around Nov 17th. But keep in mind that Thanksgiving was early in 2012 and they might not be up that early in 2014 .

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Old 05-03-2013, 12:45 PM   #3399
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Hello everyone! This is my husbands and my first time ever staying at a delux and we both just fell in love with the picutres of the Wilderness Lodge! Is there anything cool that we should know that you can't pick up just from the disney website?! We are HUGE mousejunkies and are into hidden mickey's and cool disney history, but we also enjoy little hints about great places to sit and relax and see a great view. We are so excited to be staying there!!!
I think you'll love WL. We particularly enjoy walking through the resort, and there are a number of nice sitting areas throughout the building. Over at VWL there is a room with train memoribilia that is nice to walk through and take a look at. We also really enjoy being on Bay Lake, so be sure to catch a boat over to Fort Wilderness and/or the Contemporary, even if just for the boat ride. The Blue Flag boats run in a continuous loop, so it is a nice way to see the lake, and they always come back to WL. If you do stop at Fort Wilderness there is more to check out there, and it is a nice quiet walk through the woods between there and WL.

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There are cozy little sitting areas located on some of the floors around the large central lobby. If you walk up the staircase located behind the front door of the lodge, you'll find a nice sitting area with a fireplace and some comfy chairs.
We found these areas last trip and really enjoyed them. It is neat how they are kind of hidden, but with a great view of the lobby. Here is a picture looking down on the ones over the front entrance:
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Old 05-03-2013, 01:18 PM   #3400
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I would venture to guess, they should be up the weekend of the 17th. That is the time they usually go up. One year, they went up on the 14th. We went to bed and the next morning, they were up! Like MAGIC!
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Old 05-03-2013, 04:21 PM   #3401
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Hi All,
I currently have reservations Sept 14-20 at POFQ. Since it looks like free dining will be available during our stay, we are planning to upgrade to WL instead (it will be our first time staying at WL).
So my question: does WL typically fill up quickly during FD promotions? I'm wondering if it will be difficult to get a standard view room (not sure my budget will allow for a woods view).
Any advice or guidance is appreciated. Thanks!
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Old 05-03-2013, 04:43 PM   #3402
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Hi All,
I currently have reservations Sept 14-20 at POFQ. Since it looks like free dining will be available during our stay, we are planning to upgrade to WL instead (it will be our first time staying at WL).
So my question: does WL typically fill up quickly during FD promotions? I'm wondering if it will be difficult to get a standard view room (not sure my budget will allow for a woods view).
Any advice or guidance is appreciated. Thanks!
I went to the Disney website, put your dates in, and there appears to be availability for a standard view room right now. Who knows what will happen when free dining opens up. I think it is more likely that you'll have the POFQ fill up for FD before WL, just because that resort tends to be so popular that it gets less discounts than the other moderate resorts.
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Old 05-03-2013, 05:39 PM   #3403
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I currently have reservations Sept 14-20 at POFQ. Since it looks like free dining will be available during our stay, we are planning to upgrade to WL instead (it will be our first time staying at WL).
So my question: does WL typically fill up quickly during FD promotions? I'm wondering if it will be difficult to get a standard view room (not sure my budget will allow for a woods view).
Any advice or guidance is appreciated. Thanks!
Last year we were able to change our Standard View WL room that we had booked with the dining plan to Free Dining without any problem. We didn't even do it in the first couple of days of promotion. This year might be a little harder with the pent up demand for free dining, but you should be good if you get in early.

WL Standard view, Free Dining, and $$$ in your pocket. Sounds like a deal to us!
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Old 05-04-2013, 07:39 AM   #3404
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Well my once in a lifetime trip has turned into our return visit. This time we going to try the wilderness lodge. So excited now all I have to do is dream away untill October
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Old 05-04-2013, 10:31 AM   #3405
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I currently have reservations Sept 14-20 at POFQ. Since it looks like free dining will be available during our stay, we are planning to upgrade to WL instead (it will be our first time staying at WL).
So my question: does WL typically fill up quickly during FD promotions? I'm wondering if it will be difficult to get a standard view room (not sure my budget will allow for a woods view).
Any advice or guidance is appreciated. Thanks!
You can always switch over prior to the discount coming out and then just have the discount applied when it's released.
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