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Old 04-08-2013, 06:02 PM   #31
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Joining in. We are taking a 7 day Eastern on the Fantasy this summer, so I can't wait to see your photos!

Welcome! The Fantasy was absolutely gorgeous, you're going to have a fabulous trip!
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Old 04-08-2013, 06:10 PM   #32
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Joining in. Love the pics of WLV, we haven't had the chance to stay there yet - but it is on our to do list.
Welcome! Thank you It's definitely worthy of a stay. That's one of the fabulous things about WDW, there's always some place else to discover.
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Old 04-08-2013, 06:12 PM   #33
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Love the WLV/H pics. My friend had her wedding photos taken on the grounds- simply gorgeous.
Thanks so much Those would definitely be beautiful wedding photos.
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Old 04-08-2013, 06:15 PM   #34
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Thanks so much. I just had the camera on autofocus. I'll have to remember that next time.
Practice a few times before you get somewhere that you need to take the picture.
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Old 04-09-2013, 05:59 AM   #35
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Sounds like a great trip so far! We own at VWL, so naturally are in love with the theming, the beauty, and the comparative serenity of the resort compared to others. Glad you enjoyed our home! As for the geyser, it goes off every hour not 15 minutes, so you might have had to wait around awhile, and then you'd have missed that perfectly-timed DTD bus! Enjoy your cruise.
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Old 04-09-2013, 09:00 AM   #36
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I left off with us heading to the movies. We went to see Jack the Giant Slayer and really enjoyed it. It was a bit macabre so I wanted a lighter ending to the evening. I had a plan to pick up a nice Disney movie at the resort when we got back. Well that took quite a bit longer than it should have because I took us the wrong way when we left the movies. I had us quite lost and finally thought of my Disney app which has a map of DTD. We had gone completely in the wrong direction and were actually quite close to the bus stops when we were at the theater. Oh well, we burned off a few calories from the cookies. When we finally made it to the bus stop there was a bus at the stop. What wonderful Disney magic! We made it back to the resort around 10:00 and stopped in the gift shop to rent a movie. We ended up getting Alice in Wonderland which isnt really a light movie but mom has never seen it so I thought it might be a good time.

I love this bridge in the lobby



Back to the room by 10:20 but we didnt make it through much of the movie before falling asleep. Ill have to get her to watch Alice in Wonderland another time.

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Mom woke up at 6:30 and I drug myself out of bed at 7:00. We were taking Disney transportation to the port and we had to have the bags ready to be picked up by 8:00. Bell services called to make sure they were ready which I thought was a nice touch. We stayed in the room only a little longer, maybe until 8:30 and then we headed out. We wanted to do the nature walk before heading off to the cruise. Mom wanted a cup of coffee so we headed to Roaring Fork, of course I took pictures on the way.

Inside the villas











I had missed getting this earlier.



Now were in the main lodge. The bridge in the day time















I thought this was so cool



Walking down to the restaurant



This place might be my only negative about this resort. It is so small! And the layout is just plain bizarre. They have people order their hot food and then instead of going to pay for it and wait for it to be made, they have them carry it all the way through line. There's no way anyone's eggs are still hot by the time they get to eat them. I only got a cheese Danish and mom had a coffee.



I think shes getting ready to take a picture



Not sure of what though



Proof of our purchases



At that point we headed off to find the nature trail. There were no signs that we could find but we had seen it on a map earlier so we knew the general direction it should be. I ended up asking someone at the bike rental place and we were actually right next to it. Again, no sign saying 'Here is the Nature Trail' just a dingy looking pathway off to forest. I just wanted to know I was in the right place.

Up next, our Nature Trail Adventure.
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Old 04-09-2013, 09:13 AM   #37
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Sounds like a great trip so far! We own at VWL, so naturally are in love with the theming, the beauty, and the comparative serenity of the resort compared to others. Glad you enjoyed our home! As for the geyser, it goes off every hour not 15 minutes, so you might have had to wait around awhile, and then you'd have missed that perfectly-timed DTD bus! Enjoy your cruise.
That's good to know, thanks I would have been waiting and waiting! It still amazes me how each resort is so unique. I own at AKV so I figured I'd enjoy VWL but was pleasantly surprised how peaceful it was. The only other time we had been there was to have lunch at Whispering Canyon Cafe and we hadn't seen any of the grounds. We'll definitely be back in the future for a longer visit.
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The lodge is beautiful... We have never been there, but I want to do a resort only visit, and just go from resort to resort and check them all out... This one is top of my list...
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Old 04-09-2013, 09:45 AM   #39
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That's good to know, thanks I would have been waiting and waiting! It still amazes me how each resort is so unique. I own at AKV so I figured I'd enjoy VWL but was pleasantly surprised how peaceful it was. The only other time we had been there was to have lunch at Whispering Canyon Cafe and we hadn't seen any of the grounds. We'll definitely be back in the future for a longer visit.
We love AKL, too, and as you probably know, the same architect designed both. The nature trail isn't marked but is a great way to relax or to vary your path as you head over to FW. :-)
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Old 04-09-2013, 01:39 PM   #40
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The lodge is beautiful... We have never been there, but I want to do a resort only visit, and just go from resort to resort and check them all out... This one is top of my list...
WL is definitely worthy of a visit. I was really surprised how beautiful and relaxing it was.
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Old 04-09-2013, 01:42 PM   #41
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We love AKL, too, and as you probably know, the same architect designed both. The nature trail isn't marked but is a great way to relax or to vary your path as you head over to FW. :-)
Oh yes, that's why I was sure I would like it. I also own at Aulani and can't wait to start planning a trip out there. We really enjoyed the nature trail. Plenty of pictures to share of that too
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Can't wait to see more pictures, I kept up with your Wonder thread as well!
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Can't wait to see more pictures, I kept up with your Wonder thread as well!
More pictures on the way. Thanks so much for coming over
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I loved this bridge, too and took quite a few photos of it. The villa photos remind me of the Grand Californian. I have to tell Graham about the nature trail. I don't think he has found this yet.

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I left off with us heading down the nature trail. We really enjoyed it. Apparently I was totally turned around from where we were because I was surprised to see the Contemporary and BLT on the left.



I was hoping we'd find Fort Wilderness and the horses at the end of the trail but since this was our first time down it I had no idea how far it was. We had plenty of time before the bus would pick us up for the cruise so we just kept walking and enjoying the scenery.











I'd never seen a cardinal on the ground before so I watched this guy for a few minutes.



We only met one other family on the trail, they were coming towards us so we asked if we were going the right way for Fort Wilderness. Yes, and we weren't too far away.

Victory was in sight!



And I spotted a horse



Then some more



Then the stable



Neither of us had been to Fort Wilderness before so everything was new. I know they do carriage rides but didnít think where the horses were kept, or thought it possible we could go in and look at them. I was in Heaven!


All the horses had name plaques next to their stalls which I thought was nice.



I got a real treat when they had this one out of his stall.



They walked him right past me, it was really cool.





After we looked at each and every horse we headed outside and found more horses.



I woke this one up from a nap, not on purpose of course.





I could have sat and enjoyed the horses for quite a while longer but time was not unlimited so we headed on.



The grounds were very pretty



this squirrel looked like it was having a great time scampering around the tree

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