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Old 10-21-2013, 08:26 PM   #3151
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Magic bands arrived today. Only 2 more Mondays that I have to go to work before vacation!!!!
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Old 10-21-2013, 08:44 PM   #3152
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I honestly don't know why the resort is so full. The concierge said that WL seems to be having a "surge in popularity"...I guess I'd better stop recommending it to everyone I meet . She mentioned that they were slammed at the front desk yesterday because they had 300 families check out and 300 families check in. I will say that we are here because my daughter has a fall break, so I'm sure a lot of other school do, too.
Also, I am so grateful to have a magic band and the ability to book fast passes. We were the second family in line at our turnstile at Epcot today and we headed straight to Soarin' - we must've been among the first 30 people there. Within the 2 minutes that I stood there and watched, the fast passes were already distributed out past 5:00. Similar situation with toy story on saturday. I feel really, really sorry for the people who are getting to these rides early and don't even have a chance with the regular fast passes. I guess the advice that I would pass on to anyone coming is to make those fast pass reservations because the old system might not be that reliable.
Celebrating my son's 3rd birthday tomorrow and heading to MNSSHP tomorrow night! The weather has been great so far, and I'm hoping it holds out for tomorrow!
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Old 10-21-2013, 09:44 PM   #3153
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...I did online check in and requested woods view for our studio. I think most of them are..but hey, better than a parking lot if I can avoid it....
You'll never get a parking lot view at VWL. It can't be seen from the villas. You'll get woods view, woods view, woods view or pool view. And maybe the dumpster view or the studio with no balcony (there is one).
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Old 10-21-2013, 10:03 PM   #3154
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I wonder if the surge in popularity is related to all the Poly switching due to construction.
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Old 10-21-2013, 10:39 PM   #3155
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I wonder if the surge in popularity is related to all the Poly switching due to construction.
Good point! We are in the group that switched.

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Old 10-22-2013, 07:20 AM   #3156
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Yay!!!! 10 days till I check in and I am paid in full!!! Nice to be able to check in and not have to pay anything!
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Old 10-22-2013, 12:11 PM   #3157
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I know how much you love WL CL, so that sounds like a great plan. And it will be Flower and Garden time, too. And the weather will be better than August.
False alarm....back to GF in August...I love being a military wife...

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Old 10-23-2013, 07:46 AM   #3160
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7 DAYS!!! At this point next week, I'll be getting on ME and making my way to WL! .... WooHoo!
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Old 10-23-2013, 08:12 AM   #3162
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In less than 1 week !!!! If only time would fly!!!
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Old 10-23-2013, 01:31 PM   #3163
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Posting live from WL! The hotel is at 100% capacity right now, but it doesn't feel too bad. The only things that I've noticed are the pool being pretty crowded in the afternoons and the massive boat lines. One night we had to wait for 3 boats before we could board one to the Contemporary for our Chef Mickeys reservation (i felt particularly bad for the people in the MK line, though). I don't think we have ever taken the bus to MK in our past trips, but we sure have this trip! Other than that, it is not too bad. Mousekeeping has been great so far - we've had some sort of towel creation each day, and our mousekeeper always arranges my daughter's stuffed animals in the cutest ways. Let me know if anyone has any questions!
Thank you for posting LIVE! Very interesting about the 100% capacity

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We received a pin code in the mail today, so we just booked Wilderness Lodge for five days, 8/23 to 8/28! This will be our first visit to Wilderness Lodge. We've stayed at all the mods, except CSR. We've also stayed at Poly, Beach Club and Animal Kingdom Lodge. We booked a bunk bed woods view room...meaning I won't have to share with DD and DH won't have to share with DS....both kickers!

We are taking a 7 day DCL cruise prior to our Wilderness stay from 8/16 to 8/23. This will be our longest Disney vacation to date.
Welcome and Happy First Visit! You're going to love WL...I'll add you to the Lodgers' Log.

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It's starting to feel so close!!
My tickets arrived today so I was finally able to add them to MDE and make all of our fastpass+ selections.

I am just bursting with excitement. I am currently working on a grocery list for breakfast and snack items for the studio. We've always had the DDP before, but this time we are paying OOP so I am trying to plan some more filling breakfasts.
I did online check in and requested woods view for our studio. I think most of them are..but hey, better than a parking lot if I can avoid it.
I can barely stand the anticipation. We've only ever visited the lodge twice. Once about 4 years ago for a dinner at WCC and once in the summer of 2012 for lunch at Roaring Forks.
I can't tell you how many times I have looked at pictures of it all decorated for Christmas and though "if only..."
And now it's coming true in 53 days!!!!
Your trip is becoming more and more real everyday - happy planning!

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Magic bands arrived today. Only 2 more Mondays that I have to go to work before vacation!!!!
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I honestly don't know why the resort is so full. The concierge said that WL seems to be having a "surge in popularity"...I guess I'd better stop recommending it to everyone I meet . She mentioned that they were slammed at the front desk yesterday because they had 300 families check out and 300 families check in. I will say that we are here because my daughter has a fall break, so I'm sure a lot of other school do, too.
Also, I am so grateful to have a magic band and the ability to book fast passes. We were the second family in line at our turnstile at Epcot today and we headed straight to Soarin' - we must've been among the first 30 people there. Within the 2 minutes that I stood there and watched, the fast passes were already distributed out past 5:00. Similar situation with toy story on saturday. I feel really, really sorry for the people who are getting to these rides early and don't even have a chance with the regular fast passes. I guess the advice that I would pass on to anyone coming is to make those fast pass reservations because the old system might not be that reliable.
Celebrating my son's 3rd birthday tomorrow and heading to MNSSHP tomorrow night! The weather has been great so far, and I'm hoping it holds out for tomorrow!
to DS!

We all need to start telling people to go to the Poly. I think they'll appreciate it, too since they're losing guests because of the construction.

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In less than 1 week !!!! If only time would fly!!!
Unfortunately, time flies while you're on vacation
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Old 10-23-2013, 02:05 PM   #3164
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Welcome and Happy First Visit! You're going to love WL...I'll add you to the Lodgers' Log.
Thank you! Wonderful thread, by the way. I've learned a ton just by reading the first few pages.
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Thank you! Wonderful thread, by the way. I've learned a ton just by reading the first few pages.
Thank you for the kind comment. If you have any questions, everyone is very friendly in these parts, so ask away.
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