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Old 08-17-2013, 11:02 AM   #1546
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I read the transportation post on the first page and just want to confirm....

We need to be at MK over an hour before park opening. So we'll need to either take a bus, or a boat to contemporary and walk over? There won't be any boats directly to MK at that time?
In July we had an 8.10am ADR at Crystal Palace. We took the boat from WL to Contemporary. We then took the monorail to MK. You could also easily walk but it was our first morning and we wanted to go on the monorail. It was very straight forward. Enjoy your trip!
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Old 08-17-2013, 11:21 AM   #1547
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We just booked (well changed) our Dec 22-29 reservations to Wilderness Lodge Club Level. Can not wait and after going over this thread I am even more excited.
How exciting . The WL is amazing every day, but especially so during the holidays .

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we will be honeymooning at the WL this coming september - 29 days away - and it's our first stay at the lodge.
what are your *FAVORITE* must-do things while staying at the wilderness lodge?

i'm so excited! can't believe we'll be there in under a month!
The WL is an awesome resort for a honeymoon . I love just walking the grounds and/or sitting in the lobby taking in the surroundings as it's such a cozy, welcoming place .
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Old 08-17-2013, 04:02 PM   #1548
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Buses - ugh!

There's been some questions about transportation lately. I'd like to add a reminder to allow plenty of time to get wherever you need to go. Last night we had an ADR for 'Ohana at 5:05. We left our room a little after 4PM and didn't get there until 5:30. I could have swam faster! The buses have been incredibly frustrating. We had to wait well over 35 minutes for the MK bus to arrive. (I would have taken the boat but it was raining - plus so many people remark on the quickness of the bus) Then once everyone got on an ECV pulled up at the last minute taking another 5+ minutes to load. Boats weren't running to the Poly (storm?) so we had to wait for the monorail which took another 15 minutes once we were on it. Long waits seem to be the standard this trip. We went to AK this morning and waited over 40 minutes for a bus - and there were people waiting for a while when we walked up to the bus stop. This experience has really made me consider downgrading somewhere else in the trip budget and getting a rental car.

On the plus side, the WL staff have been wonderful as always. OFC CM are just awesome!
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On the plus side, the WL staff have been wonderful as always. OFC CM are just awesome!
We've never done club level, so I can't comment on that. But the regular staff were wonderful. It started when we were greeted by name when getting off the Magical Express. The CM was so nice. And when he said, "Welcome Home", I couldn't help but break into a big smile. The WL itself just makes me feel happy, just by being there.

Now if the buses at WDW were better, it would really be perfect.
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This would be such a great resort for a honeymoon.

One of my favorite things to do at the WL is to go to the Hidden Springs pool by the villas. It has these really cool bubbling springs coming up from the bottom and it feels so relaxing to float in the bubbling water. There is a huge hot tub over there, lots of shade, and no loud pool party music.

One of the things we didn't get to do last time, but definitely will do when we are there in December is to go to the Territory Lounge for cheese fondue or whatever appetizer looks good, along with some berry cobbler. Yum.

And a nice, romantic thing I saw was couples sitting in the hot tub watching the geyser go off and looking out at Bay Lake. There are two hot tubs by the main pool and hopefully the little kids will stay out of the "romantic" one.
Can children go in all the hot tubs at WL? And if you are staying at WL can you use the pool over at the Villas?
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Can children go in all the hot tubs at WL? And if you are staying at WL can you use the pool over at the Villas?
Yes and yes.
Our grandchildren went in the hot tub, mostly to just warm up, since it was only 71 degrees out that day. And we spent time at the villas pool, which I just loved.
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There's been some questions about transportation lately. I'd like to add a reminder to allow plenty of time to get wherever you need to go. Last night we had an ADR for 'Ohana at 5:05. We left our room a little after 4PM and didn't get there until 5:30. I could have swam faster! The buses have been incredibly frustrating. We had to wait well over 35 minutes for the MK bus to arrive. (I would have taken the boat but it was raining - plus so many people remark on the quickness of the bus) Then once everyone got on an ECV pulled up at the last minute taking another 5+ minutes to load. Boats weren't running to the Poly (storm?) so we had to wait for the monorail which took another 15 minutes once we were on it. Long waits seem to be the standard this trip. We went to AK this morning and waited over 40 minutes for a bus - and there were people waiting for a while when we walked up to the bus stop. This experience has really made me consider downgrading somewhere else in the trip budget and getting a rental car.

On the plus side, the WL staff have been wonderful as always. OFC CM are just awesome!
I'm sorry about the buses, but glad you are enjoying the WL and CL. I agree that all of the WL CMs are amazing .
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Just wanted to add: in July we stayed at Poly and had dinner at Artist Point. We took the boat over , but after dinner it was raining so we took a cab back. It was just under $5.00 !!! In case if bad weather, keep that in mind instead of fighting the busses.
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Can children go in all the hot tubs at WL? And if you are staying at WL can you use the pool over at the Villas?
The hot tubs are my DD8's favorite, she says it relaxes her after a hard day at the parks.
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Just wanted to add: in July we stayed at Poly and had dinner at Artist Point. We took the boat over , but after dinner it was raining so we took a cab back. It was just under $5.00 !!! In case if bad weather, keep that in mind instead of fighting the busses.
Wow, the taxi was only five dollars! Even a cheapskate like me would pay that price.

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The hot tubs are my DD8's favorite, she says it relaxes her after a hard day at the parks.
That is so cute.
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Yep!!! DH was also shocked. I guess because it was so close (WL to Poly)!!! We did have other friends with us that we're heading to CSR after us so not sure if that made a difference!!
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When I see kids in a hot tub, all I can think about is urine
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Old 08-17-2013, 08:41 PM   #1558
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In July we had an 8.10am ADR at Crystal Palace. We took the boat from WL to Contemporary. We then took the monorail to MK. You could also easily walk but it was our first morning and we wanted to go on the monorail. It was very straight forward. Enjoy your trip!
Good to know! On our first day in the parks, we have an 8:15 AM ADR at Crystal Palace and I thought a monorail trip would be exciting for my son.
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Talk of cheap cab rides is making me think that we will use them for our two GF dinner ADRs - at least to get there. Will be nice to have extra time to relax before having to rush off, catch a boat, catch a monorail and finally arrive.

Do most cabs carry 4 people? It would be me, husband and our boys.

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Yep, same here. I love kids, but not enough to sit in the same hot tub with them.
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