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Old 06-28-2014, 05:43 PM   #31
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If you have a lot of dining reservations centered along Bay Lake/MK area, I'd stick with WL. The one time we stayed at POFQ (next to POR), it was SUCH a pain getting anywhere for dinner, especially the MK area. Now, if you'll have a car, then I think POR would be easier.

I will say I found the boat situation at WL to be a pain when we stayed in February. The rides to MK took forever- if you weren't down to the dock by 8:10, you weren't getting on the first boat to MK. We also had 20 minute plus waits for boats in the pm after nap to go back to MK. The boat ride back from MK was easy, and I did like that.

I am so glad we stayed before all of this construction. WL is truly a gorgeous resort. I think it and the Poly are the two truly most beautiful resorts grounds wise, at WDW.
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Old 06-29-2014, 08:00 AM   #32
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Eeck! This is what I have been waiting for...news on specifics. That sounds awful. Were there still tables outside by the fork? Could you walk at all in back or was it a mess? I ask bec hubby is blind and that is my biggest fear is him trying to walk around with stuff everywhere.

Also, was there dust blowing around?

Thanks! Sorry for all the questions
NP! Happy to help. Yes there are tables outside by roaring forks, probably 5-6. You can walk everywhere outside as of now, (around pool, to the boat launches, by the beach) except the long paths above the waterfall area in the courtyard, and as I said you cannot walk in the rock tunnel. From that part and all the way back it is closed off. However, based on the proposed construction at some point much more, if not most, of the courtyard will be closed off so at that point, I'm sure DISers will post updates.
I have chronic lung issues and I didn't notice any notable dust as of now.
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Old 06-29-2014, 08:11 AM   #33
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This is no good for us, this was suppose to be a resort stay for us mostly. A relaxing, beautiful view vacation... It is why I chose this particular lodge for the feel of it, and tarps and dry rivers and waterfall take away from what I was going for. I just got done with construction on house and had to deal with 6 months of this. We are getting away to recoup from a rather huge inconvenience and stress of the construction noise and mess... Does everyone think perhaps it will get worse before better here with tarps and scaffolding, because this may be a deal breaker.... we are going first week in August.. May have to switch if it is looking all construction site, had enough of that and honestly need a break with just peaceful views...
Ok Well I'll start by saying this trip was mainly a resort only trip for us all well. We never left WL till 3 pm every day. That being said, I cannot say the construction took away from our trip. Did we miss the waterfall, and river, esp at night? Yes of course! But we knew ahead of time to expect this and we didn't break the bank on the trip so we were totally ok.

Now, as far as future construction? What we experienced is nothing in comparison with what is to come. If they are refurbing the entire pool, I can only imagine how much scaffolding, tarps, shut down walkways, equipment, etc. Whats there now just from a down stream and waterfall..half the courtyard is under construction and closed off. This will be a major project.

I absolutely think a pleasant enjoyable stay at WL is possible despite this. Depends on what you are going for. But I wish there was more concrete (pardon the pun) description of whats happening.

Every Disney trip is different. Every Disney trip has a different vision. If your vision is a quiet, relaxing time on a balcony, with a natural pristine view then WL won't be for you this time. If its grabbing breakfast early with the family, hopping to the parks often, hopping to dinner, maybe a little pool time, I think WL will work out good.
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Old 06-29-2014, 08:25 AM   #34
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We will actually have a car on property during our entire stay (we are either driving down or renting from airport). Would you recommend using the car for ADRs only and bus transportation for the parks?
You could use the car for the days you want to go to the pool... throw swimming stuff in the car (wont have to carry it around the park with you) then leave...go swimming, drive back to your resort for change and naps then bus, or ferry back later.... lots to decide...

i just changed from ASMu to Pop because ASMu food court will be down while we are there (traveling with 2 70 something year old aunts)... who wants to shuttle to a different resort for breakfast, back to music to drop off mugs etc, then bus to parks... sounds like a pain for me... bill went up a few dollars but doesnt matter now... closer means a lot to me... good luck deciding
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Old 06-29-2014, 08:42 AM   #35
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Just as a note about the extra boats. When we were at Disney in Feb. it was a time when the monorail was closed down during the day. It stopped running at 11:30 am and started running again at 7:00pm. We were told there would be extra boats on hand at this time since we had an ADR at Artist Point (in the Wilderness Lodge) for 6:00. We figured we would walk around the Lodge a little before dinner so we left the MK well over an hour before our dinner ADR time and waited for an hour and a half for a boat. Needless to say we were really late but the restaurant was great and got us right in. They said that they were expecting a lot of delays because and I quote" what Disney says they are going to do with the boat runs and what they actually due are two different things". Just something to keep in mind when they tell you they will be adding 6 boats.
Wait because no boats came? Or because there were so many guests waiting for the boats?

Many people aren't aware there's also bus transportation between WL and MK.
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Old 06-29-2014, 08:54 AM   #36
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Can someone please let tell me if the hot tub(s) will also be closed? We were planning on being there Nov 18-23 and would probably not use the pool even if it were open. But the hot tub after a day at the parks is a must!
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Old 06-29-2014, 09:06 AM   #37
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Wait because no boats came? Or because there were so many guests waiting for the boats?

Many people aren't aware there's also bus transportation between WL and MK.
Most of it was because no boats came and when one did finally come it was a small one and didn't hold many people. We made it on the second boat to come but it was a long wait. While we were waiting they did have a large older looking boat driving around with someone practicing docking it. I don't know if this is true or not but an older gentleman standing in line said that he used to work for Disney and that they must have taken that boat out of storage because they hadn't used it in ages. It did look a lot different then the other boats and "older".

I wasn't aware that they had bus transportation from MK to WL, good to know for the future.
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Old 06-29-2014, 09:38 AM   #38
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I'd jump ship but I'm extremely biased. I too am upset by the situation and am moving offsite. I'd personally like to see Disney learn a lesson from their late notice on this issue. I know that there isn't much chance of that happening though. And before I get fanned, remember Disney Villains are people too.

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Old 06-29-2014, 10:18 AM   #39
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I would take the POR offer. Resort atmosphere is very important to us. That said, if you stay at WL I think taking your swimsuits with you and going directly to CR pool after park time is an excellent idea. Just because disney says they will run extra boats, doesn't mean they will. Oh, and I'd definitely take a taxi or drive to restaurants from POR if you go that route.
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Ok Well I'll start by saying this trip was mainly a resort only trip for us all well. We never left WL till 3 pm every day. That being said, I cannot say the construction took away from our trip. Did we miss the waterfall, and river, esp at night? Yes of course! But we knew ahead of time to expect this and we didn't break the bank on the trip so we were totally ok.

Now, as far as future construction? What we experienced is nothing in comparison with what is to come. If they are refurbing the entire pool, I can only imagine how much scaffolding, tarps, shut down walkways, equipment, etc. Whats there now just from a down stream and waterfall..half the courtyard is under construction and closed off. This will be a major project.

I absolutely think a pleasant enjoyable stay at WL is possible despite this. Depends on what you are going for. But I wish there was more concrete (pardon the pun) description of whats happening.

Every Disney trip is different. Every Disney trip has a different vision. If your vision is a quiet, relaxing time on a balcony, with a natural pristine view then WL won't be for you this time. If its grabbing breakfast early with the family, hopping to the parks often, hopping to dinner, maybe a little pool time, I think WL will work out good.
Thank you so much for your honesty and candor. We will switch resort I think now, my house has been under construction for 6 months and it has been a stressful time and total chaos really. We all wanted to do a couple hours in the park and head back to enjoy the resort and scenery. So I have a feeling your right and with the pool redo the tarps and construction and noise will get worse. I thank you so much for the heads up, because I doubt Disney was gonna inform me of the courtyard tarps and scaffolding in August ... Thanks again, now with this info I can readjust...
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Old 06-29-2014, 11:11 AM   #41
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We were booked at WL fort a 10 day stay in Nov. I wanted to stay at a new resort since we normally stay at the grand floridian. But I jump ship to floridian once the construction was certain to be an eyesore. Then my husband and I thought we wanted a new resort experience like we originally had planned at WL ... So we just switched to Animal kingdom lodge club level for 10 days and then to grand floridian CL for 4 days. Yep the trip blew up since the pool construction. But I thought I'd mention Animal kingdom lodge as a possible option?
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I would move to POR. Also I would use the car to get to ADR's, but use the bus to the MK.

We really hate being in a construction zone!
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Old 06-29-2014, 11:22 AM   #43
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I'm quite disappointed in the mess I will see when I arrive. On the plus side the pool will be up & running during our stay so that's a bonus! I thought the interior lobby will be completed sometime in July. Is this not true? The CM @ WL doesn't know, I'm not willing to spend another $1000 to go to AKL or Saratoga Springs! I've spent enough for our 10 day trip, I could down grade to Moderate but will save $400 - not worth it! I guess I might suck it up & stay! Can someone convince me to stay, I only have 1 week to make any changes! It's coming up too quick and I'm so torn! It's our first Deluxe stay & want it to be memorable!
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I'm quite disappointed in the mess I will see when I arrive. On the plus side the pool will be up & running during our stay so that's a bonus! I thought the interior lobby will be completed sometime in July. Is this not true? The CM @ WL doesn't know, I'm not willing to spend another $1000 to go to AKL or Saratoga Springs! I've spent enough for our 10 day trip, I could down grade to Moderate but will save $400 - not worth it! I guess I might suck it up & stay! Can someone convince me to stay, I only have 1 week to make any changes! It's coming up too quick and I'm so torn! It's our first Deluxe stay & want it to be memorable!
Put in a request to rent points at AKV ??? Who knows, maybe there is availability ... I mean it is possible.
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I'm quite disappointed in the mess I will see when I arrive. On the plus side the pool will be up & running during our stay so that's a bonus! I thought the interior lobby will be completed sometime in July. Is this not true? The CM @ WL doesn't know, I'm not willing to spend another $1000 to go to AKL or Saratoga Springs! I've spent enough for our 10 day trip, I could down grade to Moderate but will save $400 - not worth it! I guess I might suck it up & stay! Can someone convince me to stay, I only have 1 week to make any changes! It's coming up too quick and I'm so torn! It's our first Deluxe stay & want it to be memorable!
I wouldn't worry. I saw on the WL thread that the lobby work will be finishing up Just as you thought, and if you have the pool during those dates, go for it! Even if they are doing a little early work in the area, the pool isn't exactly a quiet area to begin with. It is a beautiful resort! You could also book a woods view room, those will not face the courtyard (that is a separate higher category) so you wouldn't have to fear a view of construction.
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