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Old 02-17-2005, 06:41 PM   #1
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I Loved the Wilderness Lodge!

There were so many things I liked about my first visit to this hotel, but let's start with the negatives:

Walls were very thin. We often heard our neighbors talking in the next room(s) and the doors shutting late at night sounded very, very loud.

I was surprised how busy the pool area got in mid-February. The area was small for the amount of guests. We found it hard to find chairs in the afternoon. This is low season?

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The hotel is just beautiful, lovely furnishings and pleasing architecture.

Great housekeeping staff, friendly and efficient. We also requested turn-down sevice, and they came every night.

Transportation was fast. The buses and boats were timely, and there were several options available when traveling about.

We could see Wishes from our room! Guess I didn't expect this, paying only $124 per night....wow!

The beds were soooo comfortable!

I really liked (though some may not) the wildlife in the area. Many birds, and even ducks with their babies, wandering about.

The theming of the American Northwest was realxing and calming.

Roaring Forks was much better than I expected, and the people that worked there were very, very nice.

If you are lucky enough to go, enjoy!

I would be happy to answer any questions.
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Old 02-17-2005, 06:45 PM   #2
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How did you get that price? I really wanted to stay there , but all I have is a AAA discount.
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Old 02-17-2005, 06:46 PM   #3
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Glad you enjoyed it! We liked it a lot on our October trip, too. That's great that you saw the fireworks! We were inner courtyard, didn't see Wishes but heard that darn geyser start up at 7AM each morning! You know you're in another world when you have a geyser going off and you can see palm trees!
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Old 02-17-2005, 06:55 PM   #4
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We got that price because I had an Annual Pass, and it is (was) value season. I believe value season ends about now. With taxes, we ended up paying around $140.
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Old 02-17-2005, 08:42 PM   #5
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I'm so glad you had a wonderful time. I cant stand our wait, seems like forever. Did you go to WC? I'm sure I'll have many more questions but I'll be reading so just tell us ALL about it.
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Old 02-17-2005, 08:47 PM   #6
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Thanks for the nice comments about this resort. This is on my "short list" for resorts for our Nov./Dec. trip this year. I'm planning to tell DH that we're returning to one of the values (we both love POP and All Star Music). Since I make all the plans, he won't know (or particularly care) where we're staying until we actually get there. He's always wanted to stay at Wilderness Lodge and at the Animal Kingdom Lodge, and I think this trip I'll indulge him a bit!

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Old 02-17-2005, 09:55 PM   #7
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Just one quick question. I am going in May, and I was wondering did the Wilderness Lodge put the refrigerators in the room yet?

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SHould have them by now, if not call down to the desk and they'll bring one to you at n/c
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Old 02-17-2005, 10:30 PM   #9
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Hi ktink, by WC I assume you mean Whispering Canyon? We did not make it there, but it looked like fun and was a large, sprawling restaurant. We only had quick breakfasts at Roaring Forks, and one sit-down breakfast at Kona Cafe at the Polynesian. (After having the french-pressed coffee and banana stuffed french toast there last summer, we had to go back.) In the evenings we were out at the parks.
We did not have a fridge in the room, February 10-14.
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Old 02-17-2005, 10:45 PM   #10
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Ooooohhhhhhhhhhh - you have just made my life so much more difficult! DH and I have finally narrowed it down to either Yc or Poly or splitting our stay between both. I have always wanted to try WL and DH and I loved AKL so much - they just seem very similar! It's hard to turn down a deluxe hotel for so much less! Wow! We will be there during value season next summer. I really wonder if we could get an AP rate - would YC or Poly really be worth the extra $$$? WL seems to be fabulous!
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Old 02-18-2005, 04:17 AM   #11
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We stayed there for thanksgiving in 2003. It was heavenly and we also saw wishes from our balcony. due to the codes coming out so late, we didn't get a discount. It was well worth it, though-even at $254 a night!
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Old 02-18-2005, 04:21 AM   #12
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We just stayed there in January....sorry no refrigs yet....great time...AP rate of $109 and a super upgrade.....the room was on the small side but we were treated like royalty and looking fwd to our next trip there in May.....
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Old 02-18-2005, 07:57 AM   #13
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Yup, the WL is really incredible!

Thanks for sharing your experience!
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Old 02-18-2005, 09:06 AM   #14
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We are headed there in Oct, can't wait. My only fear about WL is the pool size, and it being crowded. My 5 year old daughter likes to swim almost as much as she likes going to the parks, so it is important that they have a nice pool.

We stayed at AKL in 2003, and we loved the pool. It was big enough that it wasn't too crowded, and it had a really nice slide. Can anyone who has been to both resorts compare the pools for me? Will it be pretty crowded in Oct?

I don't think we'll change our plans regardless, but it'd be nice to put my mind at ease...

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I just stayed there Jan 26, 2005--If you want a frig, just ask, and they'll bring it up to your room--they put it under the sink vanity. It IS free. Also, ask for room 5044 (excellent view of castle-- and it's a standard room! ) I paid $109 AP rate. I really liked this place. And I liked it because it was wintertime and the lobby looks so cozy with the fireplace. Great atmosphere. Enjoy. --oh, yeah,....comfy beds.
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