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Old 08-23-2012, 10:01 AM   #451
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Kook,
Thanks for the great photos! I think the lodge has super merchandise.
Have a great rest of your vacation!!
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Thank you, thank you, thank you...for the pictures of the WL mercantile merchandise!!

We can't wait for our trip to start on 9/4. We'll be there until 9/8 - we then take the Disney Fantasy to the Eastern Carribbean!

Please add us to the Lodger's Log as well!

Thanks again!!
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Old 08-23-2012, 12:09 PM   #453
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I just found this thread and have lots of reading to catch up!! We are officially booked at WL from 11/24-12/1. We booked a standard room but I'm having 2nd thoughts. Is there a standard room recommendation I could request to make the best of it or do you think I should upgrade? I don't want to spend too much more if possible. This is our first Disney vacation and we cannot wait! It will be me, my husband and our almost 3 year old daughter! Thanks everyone!
You might want to request a high floor, which will give you a better chance at seeing more than what is right below the outside of your room, which may be a service area. It also will put more space between you and the busy and sometimes loud WCC restaurant if you end up in the North Lobby area. If you're on the North side you may have a chance at looking towards the Magic Kingdom.

We book standard rooms as well and take what we get. We have been upgraded to a Courtyard view before and loved it, but we will take our chances and since we don't spend all that much time on the balcony it isn't worth extra cost for us. There isn't a bad room at the WL. (Although some will argue some views are definitely better than others...)

Enjoy your trip, WDW is a great place, and we hope our almost 3 year old enjoys it as much as we have in the past. We are going in two weeks so we'll let you know how it goes!
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Thank you, thank you, thank you...for the pictures of the WL mercantile merchandise!!

We can't wait for our trip to start on 9/4. We'll be there until 9/8 - we then take the Disney Fantasy to the Eastern Carribbean!

Please add us to the Lodger's Log as well!

Thanks again!!
We arrive on the 8th as you head out, and thanks to Kook's pictures we are already planning a big mercantile trip to buy our favorites. Perhaps we should pack less to make room for what we'll buy!

Thanks again KOOK!

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Old 08-23-2012, 04:09 PM   #455
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Kook thanks for the great pics!

Love, Love Love the new "No Bear Feet" sign.

Would love to drool over a cobbler pic!

I think a new WL t-shirt is in my near (64 days but who is counting) future!
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FYI Jet Blue is running an upto 20% off flights for today only. I was on the phone for over 40 mins & got a $144 credit. I think I will start to plan next year's trip before we even leave for this one!
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Loving the photos!! Honestly, this is our third trip, and I don't think the days have ever passed this slowly!! What gives!!!

Anyhow, all of the reports are soothing, but make me even more anxious to go!!
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Your evening SnapBucket photos taken from the shores of Bay Lake on the WL beach:



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Old 08-23-2012, 06:17 PM   #459
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GatorEye: The carriage rides are no longer going to/from WL and Flag Family is still on hold due to the roof repair. It was supposed to start back up this week, but it's been delayed.



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I have a VERY badly sprained ankle and I have to rent a scooter for our trip in 2 weeks. We are staying Sept. 7-14 at WLV. Does anyone know if you can take your scooter on the boat over to MK ?? Just curious.
I'm sorry that your ankle is sprained, but I believe that you can bring your scooter/unfolded strollers onto the MK boat that is covered. Hopefully, someone will verify this.

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Thank you Kook for the photos!!! LOVE all the WL merchandise. You've helped feed my WL addiction for today and now I can go to bed.

Do you know if they're on schedule with the room reno's? We're bkd in CY Bunkbed category and I was thinking of requesting south wing, towards the end of the wing to have a decent sideways lake view as well (depends of course on which rooms have the bunkbeds).

Enjoy your day tomorrow!
The entire rehab is scheduled to be completed in about 4 weeks, slightly ahead of schedule.

I hope you had sweet dreams

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Kook. There were people in front of us in the OCI line. We weren't taken upstairs to check in. We just stood in OCI line for about 25 minutes and then got checked in. Then, when the CM saw we were club level, she did escort us upstairs but we already had all of our stuff.

I think we didn't go about check in the right way.
No, you didn't go about it the right way, unless you arrived when CL was closed - before 0700 or after 10. Between those hours, you are escorted up to the 7th floor, whether you've done OCI or not. There's always next time

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Thanks for the pics!!!!!
You're welcome!

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I very seldom post ....mostly lurk. But I love the thread and all of the information. As well as the general excitement that is always here.
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Kook- thanks so much for the pictures! And thanks for the advice about noting our first visit in the reservation.

Can't wait until September 18th!!!

JD
You're welcome and 9/18 will be here before you know it, JD!

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I just found this thread and have lots of reading to catch up!! We are officially booked at WL from 11/24-12/1. We booked a standard room but I'm having 2nd thoughts. Is there a standard room recommendation I could request to make the best of it or do you think I should upgrade? I don't want to spend too much more if possible. This is our first Disney vacation and we cannot wait! It will be me, my husband and our almost 3 year old daughter! Thanks everyone!
I've heard mostly positive comments about the Standard Views, especially the higher floors where you can see some of Wishes.

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KOOK--- Thank Goodness about the "No Bear Feet" sign...the stuff we see some guests do up there can be quite scarey.

Lodgekeeping???...Now I have to go and redo all my tip envelopes...that's what I get for being prepared.

Thanks for the photos, DD wanted an totem pole this trip, good to see they still have them.
Sorry to be the 'BEARer' of bad news, but the sign had to be removed today until it receives official approval from the Disney sign Gods. I miss it already

Don't re-do your envelopes - they will be gratefully accepted and appreciated

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Kook,
Thanks for the great photos! I think the lodge has super merchandise.
Have a great rest of your vacation!!
Thank you and I agree.

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Thank you, thank you, thank you...for the pictures of the WL mercantile merchandise!!

We can't wait for our trip to start on 9/4. We'll be there until 9/8 - we then take the Disney Fantasy to the Eastern Carribbean!

Please add us to the Lodger's Log as well!

Thanks again!!
I shall add you and you are very welcome - I'm glad I was able to help

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We arrive on the 8th as you head out, and thanks to Kook's pictures we are already planning a big mercantile trip to buy our favorites. Perhaps we should pack less to make room for what we'll buy!

Thans again KOOK!
You're welcome and I think packing less is a great idea or you could just ship the items back. But if you see something you like, grab it before it's too late.

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Kook thanks for the great pics!

Love, Love Love the new "No Bear Feet" sign.

Would love to drool over a cobbler pic!

I think a new WL t-shirt is in my near (64 days but who is counting) future!
I loved, loved, loved it, too. Hate having to use the past tense, but hopefully it'll be back soon.

I think a fresh cobbler/dessert photo can be arranged - can you wait until after 8 tonight?

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FYI Jet Blue is running an upto 20% off flights for today only. I was on the phone for over 40 mins & got a $144 credit. I think I will start to plan next year's trip before we even leave for this one!
YES! A new trip! Keep us posted, Mary!

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Loving the photos!! Honestly, this is our third trip, and I don't think the days have ever passed this slowly!! What gives!!!

Anyhow, all of the reports are soothing, but make me even more anxious to go!!
Oh, I know it just feels like molasses and then all of a sudden it's almost time to leave and pre-trip panic sets in. You'll be here soon, Kathy!
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GatorEye: The carriage rides are no longer going to/from WL and Flag Family is still on hold due to the roof repair. It was supposed to start back up this week, but it's been delayed.




I'm sorry that your ankle is sprained, but I believe that you can bring your scooter/unfolded strollers onto the MK boat that is covered. Hopefully, someone will verify this.


The entire rehab is scheduled to be completed in about 4 weeks, slightly ahead of schedule.

I hope you had sweet dreams


No, you didn't go about it the right way, unless you arrived when CL was closed - before 0700 or after 10. Between those hours, you are escorted up to the 7th floor, whether you've done OCI or not. There's always next time


You're welcome!


Don't be a stranger and have a magical vacation with DH


You're welcome and 9/18 will be here before you know it, JD!


I've heard mostly positive comments about the Standard Views, especially the higher floors where you can see some of Wishes.


Sorry to be the 'BEARer' of bad news, but the sign had to be removed today until it receives official approval from the Disney sign Gods. I miss it already

Don't re-do your envelopes - they will be gratefully accepted and appreciated


Thank you and I agree.


I shall add you and you are very welcome - I'm glad I was able to help


You're welcome and I think packing less is a great idea or you could just ship the items back. But if you see something you like, grab it before it's too late.


I loved, loved, loved it, too. Hate having to use the past tense, but hopefully it'll be back soon.

I think a fresh cobbler/dessert photo can be arranged - can you wait until after 8 tonight?


YES! A new trip! Keep us posted, Mary!


Oh, I know it just feels like molasses and then all of a sudden it's almost time to leave and pre-trip panic sets in. You'll be here soon, Kathy!
Nope. I arrived at 11 am.

Who should I have asked to go upstairs? The bell men? I had been under the impression that someone would approach us, and I felt pretentious asking for it....
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Thank You. I miss that darn place
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Love tonights photos Kook. The trip seems even more real now since we received Mickey Mail today

I have to say you are so thoughtful that you take the time to answer each and every poster! Hope the rest of your vacation is magical
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Loving the pics!! And I wasn't able to at more WL days, but I added a day on the BW side at the end! Was so thrilled that it was available!! Who isn't happy with one more Disney day??! Yay!
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LOVE these photos. Thank you for your kind words, Kook. She was a little premature, but the main problem was a heart defect she was born with. With the pacemaker, you really wouldn't know there is a thing wrong with her (other than she looks a good bit younger than she is). I feel bad for the TSA folks, to be honest. They just don't know what to do, and that's the fault of the people who train them.

The last time I stayed at AKL, there was a couple there who'd taken the train with their kids. They boarded at night and when they woke up, they were in Orlando. There's not as much sight seeing that way, but it sounds a lot more peaceful than flying. Some day I'll do it, I swear!

I love seeing the resort specific goodies, especially the shirts - that's the one thing I always like to pick up when I stay at WDW.
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Blueberry cobbler time!!!




Our 7th floor balcony sliding glass door visitor:




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I know you do. I realized that today means only one week left here for us, and I still have so much I want to do!

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Love tonights photos Kook. The trip seems even more real now since we received Mickey Mail today

I have to say you are so thoughtful that you take the time to answer each and every poster! Hope the rest of your vacation is magical
Yippee for Mickey Mail. Thank you for your kind comment. When I have the time, it pleases me to be able to share a little of WL with all of you who miss it. DH thinks I'm making you all miss it more, but I assured him that seeing photos and talking about it is a good thing

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Loving the pics!! And I wasn't able to at more WL days, but I added a day on the BW side at the end! Was so thrilled that it was available!! Who isn't happy with one more Disney day??! Yay!
That sounds great and the walk to Epcot and DHS is so nice and convenient





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LOVE these photos. Thank you for your kind words, Kook. She was a little premature, but the main problem was a heart defect she was born with. With the pacemaker, you really wouldn't know there is a thing wrong with her (other than she looks a good bit younger than she is). I feel bad for the TSA folks, to be honest. They just don't know what to do, and that's the fault of the people who train them.

The last time I stayed at AKL, there was a couple there who'd taken the train with their kids. They boarded at night and when they woke up, they were in Orlando. There's not as much sight seeing that way, but it sounds a lot more peaceful than flying. Some day I'll do it, I swear!

I love seeing the resort specific goodies, especially the shirts - that's the one thing I always like to pick up when I stay at WDW.
They no longer have the owl t-shirt and in April they only had size small left, but they did get some new styles in.

The Amtrak Auto Train might be what the AKL couple took. It goes from Lorton, VA (NoVA) to Sanford, FL. It leaves in the evening and arrives in the morning, barring track delays. You have the option of a sleeper car or regular seat.

Whatever mode of transportation you take, I hope you and your family get treated with more respect and common sense next time.
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