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Old 09-16-2013, 12:19 PM   #271
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Ok. Just got all caught up.

Wow 15 days!! Woo Hoo!

Nice that you got your 6th floor request.

We have never stayed there yet but have visited a few times. I do want to try it someday.
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Old 09-16-2013, 12:41 PM   #272
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Love the Wilderness Lodge. If we can't get in at the Beach Club Villas we will be staying there (in the villas) for our honeymoon in May. I haven't stayed at WL since I was 10 or 11 so it would be a nice treat. I always thought that if I stayed there now I would just want to take a book and read in front of one of the lobby fireplaces all day.

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Old 09-17-2013, 05:42 AM   #274
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I'm caught up on your arrival day!



I haven't done any reading on the Magic Band stuff, just the info people post on the Yacht & Beach Club board, but I think you can use them to check in to your DME ride. I see you had your voucher booklet out.

on the front row score! Great arch pictures.

Really cute room at the Lodge. Not a bad view at all!

I enjoyed your review of your meal at the Territory Lounge. I haven't had meals at any of the Disney lounges, but from what I have heard, they are really hidden gems- nice relaxing places to get some excellent food. Like you discovered at the Territory, and I know from the YC lounges, some of the food comes from the nearby signature restaurants.

The fondue looks awesome, the flatbread looks like an arugula patch (I see a lot was left behind) and the wings/nuggets/lollipops look interesting.
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Old 09-17-2013, 08:23 AM   #275
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All caught up!

I really like the new ME check-in desks. Getting a front row seat on the ME bus is the best! You get a good pic of the sign and you are one of the first people to get to check-in.

Ahhh! I love the Wilderness Lodge photos. It has me itching to go to WDW right now. I joked with Drew that when we check-in to the WL I'm going to dress Jonah up in a flannel shirt and a coonskin cap for the occasion. I might not have been actually joking though.

Can't forget to pay homage to Queen Stacey.
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Wonderful so far can't wait to read the rest!
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Old 09-17-2013, 11:59 AM   #277
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Old 09-17-2013, 06:17 PM   #278
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Thanks so much for such a detailed reply - that is super helpful!

I am loving this resort so much - it actually prompted me to go see if we could afford it for our next trip... If we just went for 4 days - and only went every other year, maybe... but we take such long trips... Sigh. Some day - when I am rich. But it's a beautiful resort and just went on my bucket list...

Some day - I hope to take a trip where we do a bunch of resort changes too... So this would be great for a trip like that.

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Glad to help! I'd vote for the longer vacation over the room type any day!

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I clearly have so much to learn. I have never even HEARD of the Territorial Lounge…. That Fondue looked AMAZING!

LOVE your room! We want to stay there someday!!!! My husband was pretty bummed that I didn't put WCC on our list for this next trip. Doesn't he understand that I have to keep him wanting MORE?!?!!

I don't think I even knew about the Cartoons at 10. Of course, we're usually sleeping by that time…
Hi Christen. I follow the dining boards and the live dining thread in particular so I've learned a LOT about the dining options including TL. The fondue really was awesome.

You are a smart woman! I love your strategy to keep Corey on the hook for one more trip by dangling WCC in front of him.

Those cartoons were a first for us - loved it.

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Ahhh The WL and the GC.. 2 Dream resorts I get to stay at in the next 6 months!! Of course getting a group rate and splitting the cost 4 ways for the Grand really helps!!

I'm glad you settled in nicely for the night! I had no idea about bedtime with Duffy!?!?!?
You are one lucky gal Paula!! Both awesome resorts.

The Duffy cartoon may be for a 5 year old but I want to see it at least once.

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Loving reading your trip report! Can't wait to hear about the rest!!! It's making me want to do one after ours it is a fun way to look back over your trip when you are home!
Hi Wendy. Oh, you should consider a TR. Looks like you only have 3 1/2 weeks to decide.

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Wow!!! The rooms sure do look prettier, and lighter now. Here is a photo from our stay in 2006. The spreads were just awful. You do seem to have all the luck when it comes to room views. That was pretty awesome for standard. (or did you get an upgrade?)

but the Lodge is just so gorgeous!

We had a woods view (it overlooked the Villas)
Thanks for sharing those photos. I will have to agree with you about those bedspreads. Oh my! I would like to try the villas buy from something that MEK shared, maybe not if they are looking a bit in need of a refurb.

I actually booked a courtyard view so we didn't get an upgrade for that room.

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I just love Wilderness Lodge !! We stayed there last year and it was fantastic. I love their QS restuarant, Roaring Forks, too. We liked that one much better than the Marketplace at Beach Club this trip.

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I wanted to grab snacks from Roaring Forks but we didn't stay long enough to do that. It would have been much better than Tortuga Tavern!

The issue I have with the Marketplace is their limited menu. When we were there a few years ago and ate there it was mostly sandwiches, flatbreads, and some salads.

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Oh my goodness Brenda, you just made my day!!!!!!! Stacey TV!!!!

Your warning is most definitely noted. It wasn't my fault Ariel jumped in the log though. But I wouldn't want to do

anything to upset my Stacey.

Seriously, thank you for that. It really did make my day.
Ha ha! Rob, I couldn't pass up the opportunity to give you a hard time. You're just too popular with the ladies.

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How in the world did I miss three updates?! I feel like such a bad diser.

You guys are so endlessly cute! I love the new SW plane! How awesome.

I thought the new magical express looked super cool too. You know, when I actually found it. No matter how many times I use it, I always end up getting turned around.

WL looks soooooo amazing. I'm super bummed that we couldn't find a room there for our short weekend trip in October, but we did get into the yacht club which i am excited about after reading your last TR. I will just have to live vicariously through you & Em for now.

I can't wait to hear more!!
Hi Jennifer. No worries! I've been trying to keep up with my simultaneous reviews, work, oh, and hello, I do have a family... they just reminded me!! Anyhooo... glad you are caught up!

Is your October trip your birthday trip? I'm a huge fan of YC so I would say that you did well.

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Cynthia and I did stay in the villas last October and the rooms are so tired in appearance compared to the inn rooms.

Good to know about the Territory Lounge. I will definitely need to check it out.

It is hard to live out of a suitcase, isn't it? Thank goodness it was just for one night.

Hmmm - maybe I need to put Denny's socks in "time out".
Hi Mary Ellen! I thought I remembered that. For some reason your BW room sticks in my mind because of that lovely pool view.

I think you'd like TL - it's a great option.

Ha ha! Yes, for ME, it's very hard to live out of a suitcase.

Time out also works for shoes and sports equipment. I would caution against using it for wallets and keys, just makes him mad!

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Ok, here's a little confession. I have yet to have watched Stacey. Whew, that feels better now that I've said that out loud. Actually, I can't remember a time when we turned on the TV in our Disney room since we don't spend that much time in our rooms other than sleeping.

What? No play time at MK on your first night??
Hi Dave. Gotta say that I'm impressed!! Truly, that's great!

I'm blaming our low key night on the kid. She wasn't feeling it.

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Stacey and Ariel fighting over Rob?
Nice visual for sure! Rob's assuming innocence by blaming the mermaid!

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Just finished reading your updates, but wanted to make sure I didn't leave you hanging with an unanswered question before I get to that! Both names are good, TM and/or Toni-Marie. Whatever is most comfortable or easier for you. TM is a nickname that started in High School and stuck through college and is still used today! So, I'm good with it being shortened

Okay, onto your updates!

We've never taken the Magical Express before and I was really surprised at the pictures of the podiums and bus lines area! It wasn't at all what I was envisioning! It's good to know what to expect now!

Driving under that arch the first time is just such an amazing feeling!

Yay! for making it to your resort! Wilderness Lodge is truly gorgeous! I loved your room pictures! That is on my resort bucket list for sure after seeing all your pictures, even if it is just for a night or two!

Looking forward to reading about your first full day in the World!
Hi TM! We'll go with that since it's short and cute.

I'd never driven under the WDW sign until 2006 and I still remember it clearly!

It was a great resort for 1 night but of course 1 night is never enough to see everything.

My real live stepping foot in a park update is coming up...

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Ugghhhhh... behind already?! Stupid AP Physics!

Glad to hear you had a smooth connection in Vegas and what luck you had getting the newer style Southwest planes!

LOL @ choosing the one non-Disney movie of the list. But it's totally fine especially when you choose tangled after. I can only imagine though how crowding around one small iPhone must have been before. Good choice on getting an iPad there.

Oh how I wish I could just bring Disney snacks with me to Disney! This is why living in Florida or California after college is imperative.
Hi Timmy! Ahhh you are in AP classes - smart fella you are! The mother in me fully approves of doing your homework first.

It's embarrassing to say that Tangled was a second choice! Again, blaming it on my kid!

Oh the perks of living near a Disney park! Chipmunk snacks.

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Okay, now I have to take notes on these exact directions to the DME area. Literally, I'm going to get my friends lost on this one. Bookmarking this update... NOW!

Loving the Magic Band-esque motif of the DME podiums, very Disney and VERY 21st century over there. Loving it!

Yay for getting those front seats on your Magical Express bus! And the photos came out awesome. The contrast between the sky and the sign is stunning. I love Disney during a sunset (or sunrise), everything looks so much more magical then.

Wilderness Lodge looks fantastic as ever! Glad to hear your one and only room request was granted. I love all the little details they have in the room especially with Chip, Dale, Bambi and Meeko on the shower tiles. And what a great view! You can see the whole resort and out over the Seven Seas Lagoon. Perfect!

STACEY! Needing my daily dose of must-do bad these days!

to classic Mickey cartoons! I'm guessing you were watching Lonesome Ghosts... maybe? Either way, one of my faves!

WOOT! All caught up (Success)! Can't wait to read about your first day in the parks!
You definitely are paying attention. If I give a quiz at the end like my last TR you would be the run away winner!! Watch out, I may award you bonus points for even knowing the name of the Disney cartoon. I have no idea but that sounds familiar.

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OMG I am just so smitten with the WL. It is so gorgeous through and through and i can't wait until I get to check in there!! Beautiful!
Hi Kimmy! Truly a gorgeous resort! I'm getting forgetful, is that where you are staying next?

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Oh yay!!!!! I was so bummed when your last TR was done and now you have another! Thanks for the heads up... I'm a little late getting to the party. I was recently diagnosed with MS, so I'm limiting computer time because my eyes are a little sensitive. But I'm all caught up! Yippeeee!!!!

Does it matter which side of the Magical Express bus you sit on if you want to take that awesome picture?
Hi Khaleesi! Glad that we timed our next WDW trip so perfectly!! You didn't have to wait long. ha ha!!

I'm sorry about your diagnosis. I hope you are able to manage it through meds and other medical treatments.

If the bus driver has a big fat head it's probably better to sit on the passenger side!!
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Old 09-17-2013, 07:54 PM   #280
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Yay on front of the bus seats! And yay for not answering to Fort Wilderness!

Beautiful! Love the room pictures. I've only stayed at the Wilderness Lodge once. And we're DVC, so the rooms are different. I love seeing the other rooms.

Donald Duck cartoons! Um, hello, obviously they are the best! (I have all of them on DVD pretty much.....I'm sure that's not surprising).

I have to unpack too. I wouldn't consider myself a neat freak or anything, but when I arrive on a trip, I absolutely have to get unpacked and done. Otherwise it feels incomplete.
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Old 09-17-2013, 08:05 PM   #281
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All caught up! Your trip seems to be off to a great start! I love the Wilderness Lodge. I stayed there one Christmas and it is extra special at that time of the year, I think. Although it was before the rooms were rehabbed and they are definitely looking much better now!!

Love, love, love the Territory Lounge. One of my favorites, I think!
I hope I stop by WL in December to see for myself. Oh good, a fellow TL fan!

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I'm trying to decide where Devin & I should stay in Feb and you're not making it easier! Looks like it'll be just us for the WDW portion of our trip & Brad will meet us at the end for our cruise. Hmmm....
Hi Denise! Decisions, decisions! Sorry I'm not helping. How exciting to have a land/sea vacation. We've not done that since 2006 and I'm way overdue.

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Subscribing!! Ahh, I just got back from a trip at the WL and just loved it! We had pretty poor service at the Territory Lounge, unfortunately. The Trout Pass pool bar was waaaay too good to us, though!
Hi Kylie! Welcome back from WL!! That's too bad about the TL service. At least you found consolation in the pool bar! Hmmmm.. do you have stories to tell??

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Brenda, I love your room. I've reasons I don't want to stay at WL, but your room is beautiful. I had NEVER seen the bathroom tiles...that might be reason enough to make me change my mind...just love those tiles.

If that's how you look after an all day travel day, I'd hate to see what you look like after an all nighter; you look great.

Have to watch Stacy at least once on the television...although she annoys the heck out of my husband. Maybe that's why I put her on.
Hi Kathy! It's the creepy critters on the bed posts right?? You don't like to be watched while you sleep?? Ok, not it I'm sure but there's always OKW for you two.

Ha ha! Thanks you're kind but good thing I'm too old to do any all nighters!

Stacey... sure I can see that. Not that you would do anything intentionally to annoy Mark. I'm staying out of that one!!

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WL is definitely on our list....fantastic room! ,...and that view, makes it hard to leave sometimes doesn't it?
Hi Jacquie! Ahhh yes, that view was pretty fabulous! Very perceptive of you since perhaps that was our issue with my next TR installment coming up... we couldn't get our butts out the door.

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Wilderness Lodge is SO pretty. It's a great lobby to just grab a rocking chair and sit for a while.

I love that you guys got a checking-in photo, too cute!

THE CHARACTERS IN THE SHOWER. I AM MELTING. That is so cute!!

I fully support Rob/Stacey. They could one day do a "Must Do Disney" video on Disney weddings and honeymoons.

WL is definitely one of the most immersive hotels. The little touches everywhere are just amazing.

I'd love to do a split stay for our July trip, but as there's 7 of us going it may be a hassle to get everybody willing to move around! You're making it sound amazing though!
Hi Courtney! So many adorable details for the rooms and the resort in general but I forgot about the rocking chairs in the lobby. We ignored them this trip but last summer we spent some time rocking after dinner at Artist Point one night. I felt like I'd traveled back in time it was so peaceful and rustic.

I'm sure you are not going to get any objections from Rob for a "Must Do Disney" with Stacey.

Yeah, you kinda have to have everyone agree to pack up move and unpack during the same trip to make that split stay work.

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Thanks for the little photo tour of WL

I simply LOVE this resort, it's hands down our fave which I am sure I have repeated many times!

Argh, can't wait to check in ourselves in December.
Hi Linda! I remember that you are a WL lover. Is it the lodge or the villas that you prefer? Whichever one, I know that your counter must be around 70 something days before you arrive!!

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I'm here! Finally... I was slightly preoccupied!!

Needless to say I'm excited to read through the 18 pages you have already have to help with my post Disney depression!!
Hi Sarah! Welcome back! Have you started a TR yet?? I've gotta get caught up with you.

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Of course, I keep going back and forth from your TR to you DR. You make your TR's and DR's very interesting that I keep looking for updates!!!
Well thank you. Sorry that there's nothing exciting yet to write about!

Your trip is next week it looks like. How exciting is that?!!

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I'm all caught up now. Thanks for the WL photos. I just love that place!

Thrilled to hear about your son!
Thanks Annie! And especially thank you about my son. I'm beyond excited!

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Great photos from the WL... I love that hotel!
Thanks Amy! It's pretty spectacular. I think you've stayed at all the deluxes right?

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Yeaaaa, for the ME mojo!!

Yeaaaa for pictures of the gateway of joy!!

Yeaaaaa, for the beautiful resort. It's one of the few deluxe resorts I've not been to. Hoping to remedy that on my next trip.
Mackenzie is my partner in crime when it comes to trying new things when we are in WDW, I bet she'd love visiting and then going to Hoop Dee Doo.
I need to make that happen for her on our next trip, she's asked to go twice now and I've yet to make it happen.
Hi Camille! You get around - Disney that is!! That's great that you've been to most of the deluxes.

Hoop Dee Doo sounds like my kind of show and dinner too! Unfortunately, my DD isn't on the same page.

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Great picture of the welcome sign! You can never have too many of them.

Thanks for the pictures of the WL rooms. I haven’t stayed there since they were renovated a couple of years ago. They look nice and the improvements are great. How cute to have Chip N’ Dale in the shower tile. Nice view for a standard room.

Thanks for the information about the Territory Lounge, I didn’t know that. It’s always good to have options in addition to the counter service.
Hi Christine. You are one of several people who have noted that WL really needed that refurb. I wonder if the woodland critters in the shower were a more recent addition?

I would rather dine at TL than Artist Point. ok, I publically admitted that! Never tried the CS option there.

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thanks wii!!

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I am loving the Lodge! If I could pick any deluxe to visit next it'd probably be WL so I'm so happy to see all your awesome pictures. I love that you guys took a check-in picture too. It looks cool to have all the expansive lobby behind you. Maybe I'll steal a page out of your book and do that on our next trip.

Can't wait to hear about your next day/resort!
Hi Emily! I'll definitely include more photos of WL in my next update so you can feast your eyes on the beautiful resort!!

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Ok. Just got all caught up.

Wow 15 days!!

Nice that you got your 6th floor request.

We have never stayed there yet but have visited a few times. I do want to try it someday.
Hi Doreen! Thanks for reading and getting caught up. (this is moving so slow, can't say that that is hard to do! )

I was glad about the 6th floor to since it was my only request it was nice to see.

WL was on our "one day" list... I know my DH would love this resort so I see another stay in our future.

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Love the Wilderness Lodge. If we can't get in at the Beach Club Villas we will be staying there (in the villas) for our honeymoon in May. I haven't stayed at WL since I was 10 or 11 so it would be a nice treat. I always thought that if I stayed there now I would just want to take a book and read in front of one of the lobby fireplaces all day.

P.S. I took the plunge and cut my hair
Oh, you have a Dismoon in your future. Awesome! Either resort would be lovely.

You are so BOLD to cut your hair. I'm sure it is adorable! Em just cut her hair again Sunday - she wanted to go even shorter.

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Looks like they have updated the bedding at the WL...last time we stayed there on the resort side it was nasty bedspreads. The white is so much brighter!!!!!!!!!!! I do not remember those tiles in the bath, so cute.
Hi Cynthia! I saw some photos that were shared and I have to agree - ugly bedding for sure! Ok, so the tiles were there before. Now that question has been answered.

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I'm caught up on your arrival day!

I haven't done any reading on the Magic Band stuff, just the info people post on the Yacht & Beach Club board, but I think you can use them to check in to your DME ride. I see you had your voucher booklet out.

That may be new for DME but overall I really liked the bands.

on the front row score! Great arch pictures.

Thanks!

Really cute room at the Lodge. Not a bad view at all!
Agreed!

I enjoyed your review of your meal at the Territory Lounge. I haven't had meals at any of the Disney lounges, but from what I have heard, they are really hidden gems- nice relaxing places to get some excellent food. Like you discovered at the Territory, and I know from the YC lounges, some of the food comes from the nearby signature restaurants.

I'll get to that later in my report but the lounges are a great way to dine on Signature food without committing to an ADR!

The fondue looks awesome, the flatbread looks like an arugula patch (I see a lot was left behind) and the wings/nuggets/lollipops look interesting.
That's so funny Dee! An arugula patch! Yeah, a little heavy on the greens.

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All caught up!

I really like the new ME check-in desks. Getting a front row seat on the ME bus is the best! You get a good pic of the sign and you are one of the first people to get to check-in.

Ahhh! I love the Wilderness Lodge photos. It has me itching to go to WDW right now. I joked with Drew that when we check-in to the WL I'm going to dress Jonah up in a flannel shirt and a coonskin cap for the occasion. I might not have been actually joking though.

Can't forget to pay homage to Queen Stacey.
Hi Ashley! Jonah did have those adorable overalls so I can picture him in flannel too! The coonskin cap would just put it over the top!!
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Wonderful so far can't wait to read the rest!
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I'm a fan too. It's such an iconic part of Disney history!
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OMG! You two have to be some of the luckiest Disers around! I'm SO jealous!
Thanks Rebecca! We've just been at the right place at the right time!

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Yay on front of the bus seats! And yay for not answering to Fort Wilderness!

Beautiful! Love the room pictures. I've only stayed at the Wilderness Lodge once. And we're DVC, so the rooms are different. I love seeing the other rooms.

Donald Duck cartoons! Um, hello, obviously they are the best! (I have all of them on DVD pretty much.....I'm sure that's not surprising).

I have to unpack too. I wouldn't consider myself a neat freak or anything, but when I arrive on a trip, I absolutely have to get unpacked and done. Otherwise it feels incomplete.
Hi Dani!! That's so awesome that you own DVC. Perhaps one day I'll take the plunge!!

Ha, yes I would imagine you may be a Donald Duck lover!!

See? We're simpatico! You get the need to unpack. My DD not so much. I think she's still not unpacked from our trip!
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Saturday August 17, 2013: Day 2, Part 1



I know, you guys were starting to wonder if we ever made it into a park....

As much as I was obsessed with the freezing temps in my February/March TR, this was an opposite problem. At 6:45am it was already 78 degrees. And HUMID!!! Welcome to Florida right? Despite my camera lens fogging up, I did manage to get some photos of the view from our balcony looking out towards Bay Lake. Lovely wouldn't you say?






We had an 8:30am breakfast at Whispering Canyon Café which meant no boat, bus or monorail to transport us to breakfast. Anyone interested in my dining review that is on the dining boards heres the link. One note that I must share since it would be a disservice not to... they have changed their waffles from the plain, boring version to MICKEY shaped waffles. Ok, well, I was pretty excited about that!



More photos of the lodge before we had to depart:




Again, it's the details people!!




Last photos before leaving our room:




Following breakfast we arranged to have bell service transfer our luggage to our new resort AKL. After taking a few photos of the courtyard area we headed towards the dock to take a boat to MK. We passed by firerock geyser and waited for it to erupt. Of course when the boat had pulled away we heard the explosion! Timing is everything!












We took the boat to MK and entered the world of yesterday, tomorrow, and fantasy by 11am. Our first order of business was to redeem the photopass+ voucher at the camera shop by the Town Square Theater. (It sure would be a time saver to just send the photopass card in the mail.)



I can feel a photo coming on..


And now the photopass version:

It was HOT, we were melting, and we were sporting some cool Magic Bands that needed to test the FP+ reservations that we had made. I shouldn't admit that we dilly dallied too much at WL and missed 2 of our 4 Fast Pass reservations including one for Peter Pan! Argh! Because we had missed our window we had some time to spare before our noon FP+ reservation.

We ducked into the first A/C attraction we could find which happened to be Hall of Presidents. Twenty three minutes of cool comfort  works for me. Plus we got to watch roll call being taken for the 43 Presidents. Interesting factoid: (The film used in the show was shot in 70mm format using a special process created by Disney Legend Ub Iwerks. (wikipedia reference) And interestingly enough, I had paused to take a photo of a window on Main Street just 20 minutes earlier that coincidently was dedicated to Ub Iwerks. (Its the window on the left.)













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Love the wilderness lodge pics! And that is a pretty girl you have there! Wonderful early morning shots of you both!
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See… THAT is why I don't like the FP reservations! I don't want to be on a timetable for EVERYTHING at Disney! I'm fine with grabbing my FP's on the fly around the park!
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