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Old 05-13-2013, 02:06 PM   #3496
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Here are the latest WL REHAB updates from Disney (I also post them in Post #1):

Now  May 3, 2013: Transportation Dock ropes will undergo design and replacement.

Now  May 9, 2013: Guest Parking lot will undergo rejuvenation.

Now  Aug. 5, 2013: Main building exterior repairs will occur.

May 5  June 28, 2013: Presidential and Vice-Presidential Suite will undergo soft goods replacements.

May 6-13, 2013: 2nd Floor Mercantile will undergo carpet replacement.
Good thing the Presidential will be all spruced up just in time for us.

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Hello!

For anyone that recently stayed at the WL - is the Shampoo and Conditioner combined, or separate bottles that they provide. We are staying in a standard room (NON club level). I also assume they provide bar soap for the shower.

Thanks.
Unless it has changed very recently, shampoo and conditioner in separate bottles. Mickey soap is waiting for you at the sinks and in the shower.

I would love it if anyone knows the wattage of the hair drier (I'm asking for DD cuz mean mom says we don't need to pack one!).
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Old 05-13-2013, 02:37 PM   #3498
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We own points at BLT. It is not my favorite resort, but my husband loves it. I LIKE BLT but not my favorite. We are booked for the Fourth of July at BLT. Hope to watch fireworks from the Top of the World Club. It is a unique experience to be on the same level with the fireworks. Awesome and no crowds to fight.
What fun that will be!
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Old 05-13-2013, 02:39 PM   #3499
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Thank you for posting about your recent VWL stay. Sounds like a perfect VWL view. So funny about the snakes and how you kind of forget about them until they cross your path, then you "see" them everywhere.


Welcome! I've stayed at both and we prefer The Old Faithful Club. Here are the main differences:

The Regatta Club lounge has no view from inside. You'd have to go out on the tiny balcony to see outside. The OFC has a huge window that looks out to the WL courtyard, Bay Lake, pool and geyser. It also has a wrap-around balcony with a view to the beautiful lobby below. This may sound silly, but WL has a set of trash cans in the lounge area so you can bus your own table, if you choose to. YC doesn't have this option so dirty dishes often remain on tables until bussed.

There is more seating at the OFC and the lounge area is larger. However, OFC doesn't have hard boiled eggs like the RC and oatmeal is only available seasonally. There are more QS options in/near WL: Roaring Fork, and all the monorail resorts offer a QS.

While you can't walk to a park like you can from YC, there are many transportation options. You can get to MK both by boat and a direct bus. You can walk to FW and boat and bus. You can also boat to CR where you can take the monorail to Epcot or you can take a bus to all parks.

The staff at the OFC are warm and friendly and we've never had a problem getting a seat at any time at the OFC. The rooms are smaller at WL, but so is the price and all the rooms received a soft rehab just one year ago.

If you have any more questions, feel free to post!
I'm sold, Kook!!!!!!
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Old 05-13-2013, 04:09 PM   #3500
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Hi All, we will be leaving on Saturday for WDW!!! It is a present to my niece, she is graduating HS tomorrow. It will also be her very first time at WDW. She is so excited. I have been countless times to WDW and always look forward to going back. I have also stayed at WL 6 times over the years and do love it. I was just wondering if we couple be added to the Lodge Log.

Thank you,

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Old 05-14-2013, 04:49 AM   #3501
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We are having dinner at the Hoop Dee Doo Review and I am wondering how long it will take to get from Wilderness Lodge to Fort Wilderness? Are they in the same area? How do we get from place A to B.
Just adding that you can't take a bus to HDDR from the boat dock, but as was already posted, it is a very quick and pleasant walk. The walk to HDDR from WL/VWL is also very pleasant, but much longer. We like to walk there and then take the boat back when it's dark. There also is a bus if you don't want to boat or walk.

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Kook, can't wait until June 2 when we get to try the deluxe club level room for the first time. Have stayed at WL several times (I have,but not my 4 granddaughters who are accompanying me), but never tried the OFC. We'll only be there a couple of nights before we move on to Boardwalk (my favorite), but am really looking forward to WL.
Welcome! I think your DGDs will love WL and you will love the OFC. I hope you'll be able to post a little TR for us. Your trip is coming up soon - have you started packing?

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Hello Everyone... Staying at WL in dec... can't wait. I have a few questions...

1) What are good activities around the resort for younger children?
2) How long is the Bus ride to Hollywood Studio's
3) HOw do you get to the chip n' dale smores event?
4) how long does it take to get to the contemporary via boat.
5) do they ever stop running the boats?

Thanks... cant wait for our trip... first time staying at a disney property =)


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Neat, you should have a great trip. I'll chime in with a few answers based upon our experiences at WL, and I am sure others will join in as well.


There are afternoon pool parties at the main pool every day. There is also a shallow kiddie pool right next to the main pool. There is also a hidden mickey hunt where you can go around the resort with a sheet to guide you in looking for them. You can get the sheet at the front desk or from here. There is also a small playground by the beach, and sand to play in at the beach, but swimming in the lake is not allowed. Finally there are bike rentals, and you can ride them on the trails that lead over toward Fort Wilderness.

In our experience it was about a 10-15 minute ride, with a stop at the Grand Floridian to pick up additional guests. From WL HS is one of the longer rides, but not terrible.

I believe this is the smores event at Fort Wilderness, and to get there you can either take a boat or bus from WL to FW (which is 5 minute trip on the bus or 5 or 10 minutes on a boat depending on whether it stops at CR first), or it is about a 15 minute walk through the woods between the resorts (so some people may not want to do it at night). Once you are at the Settlement area of FW (where the boat docks and Hoop De Doo are), you can ride any internal FW bus to the park in the middle of FW, and that is where the smores event is. The FW bus drivers will help make sure you get the right stop, and it is a pretty short ride (less than 5 min) but to walk it would be at least half a mile from the Settlement area.

If the boat is headed from WL to CR it is about a 4-5 minute ride, but the same boats also go the other direction, so if that's the case it could stop at FW first then go to CR, makining it about a 10 minute ride.

The Blue Flag boats, which run in a loop between WL, CR, and FW run from 6:55AM to 11:30 PM every day. The boat to MK has different hours that are based on MK park hours.

You should have a great time, and you picked an AWESOME resort. We love it.
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Hello!

For anyone that recently stayed at the WL - is the Shampoo and Conditioner combined, or separate bottles that they provide. We are staying in a standard room (NON club level). I also assume they provide bar soap for the shower.

Thanks.
All rooms have the same H2O toiletries: Shampoo, conditioner, shower gel, lotion and two bars of soap:



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Unless it has changed very recently, shampoo and conditioner in separate bottles. Mickey soap is waiting for you at the sinks and in the shower.

I would love it if anyone knows the wattage of the hair drier (I'm asking for DD cuz mean mom says we don't need to pack one!).
Dear Mean Mom:

Tell DD that KOOK says they are 1875 watts of AWESOME DRYING POWER! And that her very own picky 14-year-old (and her 45-year-old mom) have long hair and find it works really well and we never bring our hair dryer to WDW. BTW, you aren't mean, you're practical


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I'm sold, Kook!!!!!!
Phew, I didn't think YOU of all people would be convinced to stay at WL/CL

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Hi All, we will be leaving on Saturday for WDW!!! It is a present to my niece, she is graduating HS tomorrow. It will also be her very first time at WDW. She is so excited. I have been countless times to WDW and always look forward to going back. I have also stayed at WL 6 times over the years and do love it. I was just wondering if we couple be added to the Lodge Log.

Thank you,

Laura
Welcome, Laura and what a fantastic gift to your niece. You will be the perfect tour guide for her and can show her WDW and WL like a pro. I hope you'll check back with us and let us know what her first impressions were and her favorite activities. I would be happy to add you to the Lodger's Log - do you want me to post your departure date?

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Old 05-14-2013, 06:39 AM   #3502
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...And the Vice-Preseidential





Dear Mean Mom:

Tell DD that KOOK says they are 1875 watts of AWSOME DRYING POWER! And that her very own picky 14-year-old (and her 45-year-old mom) have long hair and find it works really well and we never bring our hair dryer to WDW. BTW, you aren't mean, you're practical





Phew, I didn't think YOU of all people would be convinced to stay at WL/CL



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Old 05-14-2013, 07:57 AM   #3503
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Counting Down!

Delurking for a moment to announce that we've hit the 40 day mark to our trip! Can't wait!
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Delurking for a moment to announce that we've hit the 40 day mark to our trip! Can't wait!
Good for you....come back and tell us all how you liked it! I'm not too far behind you and this will be my first visit to the WL, so I am very interested.
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Good for you....come back and tell us all how you liked it! I'm not too far behind you and this will be my first visit to the WL, so I am very interested.
This is our first trip to WL and in fact our first ever trip to WDW. I'm so ready to put the planning and prep into action. I spend too much time looking at WL photos!
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Welcome, Laura and what a fantastic gift to your niece. You will be the perfect tour guide for her and can show her WDW and WL like a pro. I hope you'll check back with us and let us know what her first impressions were and her favorite activities. I would be happy to add you to the Lodger's Log - do you want me to post your departure date?[/QUOTE]



Thank you, this is a quick trip as we only planned it last week. So the dates are May 18-23. I will come back and tell you all what she thought.

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This is such a silly question, but we booked a 1br villa. Do they still have the H20 products?

4 more Mondays until we're off!
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Delurking for a moment to announce that we've hit the 40 day mark to our trip! Can't wait!


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Good for you....come back and tell us all how you liked it! I'm not too far behind you and this will be my first visit to the WL, so I am very interested.
And I seem to be right behind YOU!

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This is our first trip to WL and in fact our first ever trip to WDW. I'm so ready to put the planning and prep into action. I spend too much time looking at WL photos!
Now THAT'S impossible. May be time to move into the videos tho!

Have a Magical trip!!!!
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Kook - we have booked our airline tickets for our December trip, so you might want to update the lodger's log. Our dates are now Nov 30th to Dec 5th, 2013.

We are only going to make dinner reservations at three places, and then hit the Territory Lounge and some other places for more casual dinner choices. It was really hard for me not to book more reservations, since there are so many good places to eat. But the thing we hated last time we went was having too making ADR's. My DH is happier now that I stopped planning our meals.
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Business Center?

Is there a business center in the Lodge? I'd like to print out my touring plans on site if possible so that they are as up to date as possible.
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