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Old 01-09-2013, 12:28 PM   #1
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WL: How far to the boat dock?

I *thought* I was trying to decide between GF and Poly for my October trip, but just saw a thread about WL and am intrigued. For the price difference we could stay an extra night!

My main desire for a resort was monorail access to MK, but how convenient is the boat dock to MK? How long is the walk from the lobby to the dock?

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Old 01-09-2013, 12:39 PM   #2
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The boat dock was VERY convenient!!!! We were on the north wing near Roaring Forks Cafe and we'd just go down the elevator, our the door by the pool, walk past the pool and a very short path the boat dock-maybe 5minutes from our door to the dock. Nothing at Wilderness Lodge is a long walk in my opinion and I was there with a pretty severe injury. The best part was after Wishes-we booked it to the boat and got the first boat back to WL with NO waiting and were back in our room before 10:30!
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Old 01-09-2013, 12:51 PM   #3
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Not that far. I had no trouble walking it with 2 kids in tow. And the trip to the MK takes about 10-15 minutes and is really a lovely ride, an experience in itself, especially on the smaller boats.

Let me just tell you this... when I announced that we're staying at GF this next trip, my husband and daughters all cried. They LOVE WL so much.
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Old 01-09-2013, 12:53 PM   #4
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Its not really a long walk from the lobby to the boat dock. You may want to look at the map of WL here on the DIS's sister site WDW Info.
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Old 01-09-2013, 12:54 PM   #5
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Everything at the WL is very close. It is a very compact resort. I loved the walk out to the boat dock, through the mossy trees.
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Old 01-09-2013, 01:18 PM   #6
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It's technically maybe a 3-5 minute walk from the lobby to the dock, but it always takes us about 10 minutes or more because there's so much to see. We might go on the walkway to the right of the dock walkway and see the geyser if it's going off, or sit by the pool a couple minutes, or stop by Roaring Forks, or ... well, there are distractions along the way.

The boat ride itself is wonderful. Very relaxing and is a straight shot to MK. It's certainly not as quick as the monorail from Poly or GF, but we actually prefer the boat ride. At the end of the day, the boat back to WL can often be faster than the resort monorail because of all the crowds and stoppages on the monorail. That's just not as much as issue on the boats. But then GF and Poly also have a boat.
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Old 01-09-2013, 01:21 PM   #7
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While I am VERY prejudice for the WL I really like that it's only a boat ride away. I do not like the chaos of the monorail resorts but I like being close to MK.
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Old 01-09-2013, 01:48 PM   #8
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We Love WL

We really enjoy staying at WL and found it to be a great value compared to the more expensive MK resorts.

The boat was our favorite way to MK, and depending on your room location it is anywhere from a one minute walk to maybe 5 minutes, if you don't stop to enjoy the scenery. The North wing is very close to the dock, but like others mentioned the resort is compact enough and all under one roof so getting around within it is really quick, especially compared to the other MK resorts. For even faster (although less fun) access to MK there is also a bus that picks up near the lobby (kind of at the opposite end of the resort from the dock) and that is a very short bus ride.

For monorail access, it is a short (less than 5 min) boat ride to the Contemporary dock where you have a moderate walk across the first level to the lobby and then up to the monorail station. It takes some time but we enjoy doing it and seeing different things along the way.

I'd definitely consider WL, especially if it gets you another day at Disney. Enjoy your trip!
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Old 01-09-2013, 02:09 PM   #9
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Even better than then the boat ( which can have long lines, plus the wait for it) is the 5 minute bus ride to mk!
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Even better than then the boat ( which can have long lines, plus the wait for it) is the 5 minute bus ride to mk!
Of course the bus can have long lines, plus the wait for it.
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I love the WL and would spend the extra night there instead of a shorter stay at one of the mono rail resorts. Personally, I think the mono rail is so over-rated anyhow. The distance from the WL to the boat ramp as others have mentioned is only a couple of minutes. The boats run often and it's not a long ride over. In addition to the boat I have found the buses to be excellent at the WL no matter where you may want to go. Perhaps the only exception would be to DTD.
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Old 01-09-2013, 03:51 PM   #12
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Love WL and love the boat rides. We never waited long and our trips were the two busiest weeks of the year.
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Old 01-09-2013, 05:10 PM   #13
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I *thought* I was trying to decide between GF and Poly for my October trip, but just saw a thread about WL and am intrigued. For the price difference we could stay an extra night!

My main desire for a resort was monorail access to MK, but how convenient is the boat dock to MK? How long is the walk from the lobby to the dock?

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Staying an extra night is always exciting!!!!!! That's great that you chose WL! It is such a pretty resort.
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Old 01-09-2013, 07:29 PM   #14
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If you stay in the DVC building (we had a one bedroom suite there) it's a bit more of a walk - closer to 10 minutes. The boat ride doesn't take a very long time, but if you happen upon a bus to MK, it would be faster.
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Old 01-09-2013, 08:33 PM   #15
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Even better than then the boat ( which can have long lines, plus the wait for it) is the 5 minute bus ride to mk!
This...more often than not we were the ONLY people on the bus. Several times my DH and DD left myself and DS at the boat dock line, did not want to wait so they walked to the bus stop and still beat us to MK.
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