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Old 09-06-2013, 06:58 PM   #2101
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We just landed in Orlando. We are headed towards the ME bus and will post pics once we get our room. We are soooo excited to be here.
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Old 09-06-2013, 07:25 PM   #2102
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Thanks, we will! I also wanted to mention that we have rented a pontoon boat twice and loved exploring the lake and crossing the water bridge. It costs more than the little boats, but is a nice way to relax and unwind. It sounds like your DH has earned it.
This time we may try a Sea Raycer if Allie will go with me.
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Old 09-06-2013, 07:58 PM   #2103
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Just bought PP + and noticed thatit can be redeemed at some deluxe resorts as well as parks...is WL one of them?
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Just bought PP + and noticed thatit can be redeemed at some deluxe resorts as well as parks...is WL one of them?
You can redeem it just inside the gates at the MK, in the building on the right. The resorts where you can redeem the PP+ voucher are the Poly, the BC, and I think AKL. I'm not sure what others might be participating. You can redeem it all Epcot, HS and AK and DTD, too.
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Old 09-06-2013, 08:27 PM   #2105
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Thanks, we will! I also wanted to mention that we have rented a pontoon boat twice and loved exploring the lake and crossing the water bridge. It costs more than the little boats, but is a nice way to relax and unwind. It sounds like your DH has earned it.
This time we may try a Sea Raycer if Allie will go with me.
We will be checking in two weeks from tomorrow! I can't wait. What is the cost of a pontoon boat? It sounds like fun.
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Old 09-06-2013, 08:29 PM   #2106
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We will be checking in two weeks from tomorrow! I can't wait. What is the cost of a pontoon boat? It sounds like fun.
Whoops. I just looked at my countdown. I guess it is three weeks. Bummer.
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Old 09-06-2013, 08:33 PM   #2107
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Well I did it. I had been waffling back and forth with what to do with the final two days of our trip. We are at Wilderness Lodge Villas in a studio for 7 nights until December 21st. I wasn't sure if I wanted to stay at Disney the night of the 21st because that would have us in Disney on the Saturday and Sunday that all of the Christmas crowds are rolling in.
I kicked around a few ideas and eventually decided on staying another night at WL. Saturday is a 10 at the parks, so we booked the Hoop Dee Doo and a Holiday carriage ride over at Fort Wilderness. Not sure if we'll brave the parks during the day or just hang at the resort. The next day we'll have a nice leisurely breakfast at WCC and head over to see "ICE!" at Gaylord Palms after checking out.
So the plan is set, and we get an extra night at WL! I don't even mind moving rooms for the night. It won't be a big deal.

The reason I mention all of this, is that I used Travelocity to book the night of the 21st. They were giving 30% off, and I used a coupon code for $50 off (Coupon50 is the code). A standard room with Disney's discount was $402 for the night. Through travelocity I got it for $338. So if you are looking for a discount better than the ones Disney has out there.. you might want to try booking with Travelocity

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You can redeem it just inside the gates at the MK, in the building on the right. The resorts where you can redeem the PP+ voucher are the Poly, the BC, and I think AKL. I'm not sure what others might be participating. You can redeem it all Epcot, HS and AK and DTD, too.
I ordered PP+ also, we are going to Chef Mickeys the first night, will I be able to link mu photos from there the next when I go to MK?

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Old 09-06-2013, 09:05 PM   #2109
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We are all checked in and enjoying dinner at Roaring Fork. We got the room location we wanted, very close to "our room" from last year. It is great, and we are happy.

Here are a couple of pics:



I love the lack of crowds, it is RF at its best!

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We are all checked in and enjoying dinner at Roaring Fork. We got the room location we wanted, very close to "our room" from last year. It is great, and we are happy.

Be sure to post a view shot tomorrow.

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It looks like a ghost town.
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Old 09-06-2013, 09:30 PM   #2111
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Long time reader, first time poster. Just returned from Art of Animatjon with my niece and booked a family trip at Villas at Wilderness Lodge for March 2014. It's Mardi Gras in Louisiana and the perfect time for a get away. Thanks for all the great information here...it will be our first stay at anything but value resorts. Afraid once I go deluxe I'll never go back! This time of year is great...we rode space mountain four times in a row! My niece was amazed.
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Old 09-06-2013, 09:34 PM   #2112
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Staying CL level in November and on one of my recent emails to the planning staff their reply said that they highly recommend signing up for MDE and linking my reservations to keep up to date with the new mymagic+ enhancements that are coming in the near future. Fingers crossed that this means magic bands and FP+ will be at the lodge for November

Well, we received the same email in July for our trip then.... I think it's pretty standard email but who knows, the wind constantly is changing!


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We are all checked in and enjoying dinner at Roaring Fork. We got the room location we wanted, very close to "our room" from last year. It is great, and we are happy.

Here are a couple of pics:

I love the lack of crowds, it is RF at its best!

Have a Magically wonderful trip!!

Roaring. Fork can certainly be a quiet place!!

Thanks for sharing pics! Never get tired of looking at WL!
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Old 09-06-2013, 09:39 PM   #2113
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I ordered PP+ also, we are going to Chef Mickeys the first night, will I be able to link mu photos from there the next when I go to MK?

Thanks
I think that if you don't have time to pick up your PhotoPass + card before your ADR at Chef Mickey, then they can give you a regular PP card that you can link to your PP+ account later.
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Whoops. I just looked at my countdown. I guess it is three weeks. Bummer.
We will be there the same time. I am going to check into renting a pontoon boat one day.
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Old 09-07-2013, 08:02 AM   #2115
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We will be checking in two weeks from tomorrow! I can't wait. What is the cost of a pontoon boat? It sounds like fun.
The pontoon boats cost $48 per half hour. There is a discount coupon available with packages that saves 15%. I would plan on an hour to give you time to cross the bridge and explore the seven seas lagoon. Happy planning, the trip will be here before you know it.

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