About to Book Wilderness Lodge / Questions ???

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  1. GrandCanyon

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  3. Sue M

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    I haven't been during the holidays so can't comment on the boats. We've stayed at both WL and Poly late January.

    The rooms at WL are smaller. Poly has the largest rooms on property along with CR. WL rooms have been recently refurbed. They had started just after our last January visit.

    I would stay on property, it will be easier then staying off property. Driving to MK is a hassle, with having to park at TTC, then take parking lot tram to Then have to get on monorail or boat to MK. Not to mention traffic, And long waits. Staying on site is bound to be easier.
     
  4. Mousemommy1

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    1. Can't really predict how long the boats will take, but remember too, that you have the bus option too. The bus is a quick easy 5 minute ride to the park. We actually found it easier than the boat.

    2. The rooms at WL are smaller, but newly (and beautifully) refurbished. I have not stayed at the Poly yet, and one of the reasons is the frequent complaints about the room condition, and it's need for a refurbishment (which is rumored to start in 2013)

    3. I would never stay off property, but that's just my families choice, so can't really help you there.

    Good luck making a decision!
     
  5. mickeynut1

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    We've never been during that time and while the boat ride is usually pretty quick, it will most likely be very busy during the time you'll be there. Having stayed at both resorts, they are both great places to stay, but my choice would be the Poly. As Sue M said, the Poly rooms are much larger; plus you can't beat having the beach for watching the fireworks, with a short walk back to your room afterwards. With all of that said, I would definitely stay onsite as it would make things much easier to get around. Good luck deciding, but you really can't go wrong with either resort as they are both great places to stay.
     
  6. jimim

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    I have been to the WL during new years and xmas time along with thanksgiving. I have always found the boat to pretty quick. You do have bus option also like someone else said. I like the rooms at the WL. I feel it's the most kid friendly resort also. very warm and welcoming and never felt anyone would mind if my daughter was playing in the lobby while we were waiting to meet up with people to head out or at night. I have only ever stayed on property. I would never want to put up with the traffic in and out of parks during the day. while on the buses we have always talked about the lines of cars coming in and out especially during the holiday. it gets pretty nuts. just me though. i know if u r lucky enough to get a 6th floor north wind room (corner room especially) you get a clear shot of the castle through the trees for fireworks but that's a HUGE gamble! LOL i only know that cause we stayed on the norht side and I have a few pics of the caslte throughout the trees. it was nice watching the fireworks from the room though.

    I'll through this out there 2 we stayed at the GF one year for new years and spent the night at narcoosee's for their new years party (their first year doing it) and we watched the fireworks at midnight from there. that was real nice.

    jimi
     
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    I think the one thing you may need to worry about on Dec. 31/Jan. 1 is what parks could close for capacity while you're at your afternoon break. I would head over to the Theme Parks board and ask some of those really knowledgeable people about their experiences with the crowds on those days.

    The other thing to remember is that you could walk from CR to MK and back and not have to rely on Disney transportation at all. So that resort would get my vote for as crowded a time as New Year's.
     
  9. GrandCanyon

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    The added benefit of onsite, is that you can get into the parks easier on high capacity days, new years eve may be one of those days. I think they still allow resort guests in after they stop non resort guests.

    Of all the MK resorts i would say CR resort would be the easiest, as you would not have to rely on any transportation as you can just walk there, just as useful when leaving the park as entering
     
  11. Missyrose

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    The Garden Wing rooms are exactly the same as the rooms in the tower, they're just in a different location (in a building behind the tower).

    The problem with the Poly plan for New Year's eve is they may limit the (very crowded) beach to Poly guests. And having an ADR does not mean anything if the park is closed to capacity.

    Edited to add more info on the closure procedures (from touringplans.com):
    Closures

    Disney uses different closure "phases" to gradually restrict the types of guests allowed into a theme park. Closures start at Phase 1 and progress up to Phase 4, where no additional guests of any sort are allowed into the park. Phased closures do not necessarily last all day: for example, if Magic Kingdom is under a Phase 4 closure at 10:00 a.m. on Christmas, sufficient guests might leave by 7:00 p.m. that all restrictions on park entry are lifted.

    Note that what is below is what we believe to be true; however, Disney does not publish its park closure procedures and may change its practices at any time.
    Phase 1 Closure

    Casual visitors are turned away at the automobile toll plazas. This means that people without tickets, those with one-day, single-park tickets, and those intending to use cast mamber passes will not be allowed to park.

    Other guests may enter:

    Those with multi-day or multi-park tickets
    Those staying at a Disney Resort
    Annual Passholders
    Those re-entering the park that day.
    Those "hopping" from another park.
    Those with in-park reservations or appointments.
    Those arriving via Disney transportation

    Phase 2 Closure

    The following guests are allowed through the turnstiles and into the parking lots:

    Those staying at a Disney Resort
    Annual Passholders
    Those re-entering the park that day.
    Those "hopping" from another park.
    Those with in-park reservations or appointments.
    Those arriving via Disney transportation

    Phase 3 Closure

    The following guests are allowed through the turnstiles and into the parking lots:

    Those staying at a Disney Resort
    Annual Passholders
    Those with in-park reservations or appointments.

    Phase 4 Closure

    The park and parking lot are closed to all arriving guests.
     
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    Sounds good, congrats on the decision. :thumbsup2
     
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    If you chose theme park view, you could watch the fireworks from your balcony!!! But the room rates are probably much higher. You have to decide if it's important enough. The ability to walk to and from the resort is a definite advantage. Being the first stop on the resort monorail from MK doesn't hurt either!
     
  16. Sue M

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    Congrats on deciding :thumbsup2. The main dif. Is theme park view as mentioned gets you a view of the fireworks from your balcony. There is a deck on the Concourse, where the shops are that you can go out on to watch fireworks, and there may be another somewhere on another floor? Not sure. And have no idea how crowded they would be for the 31st.
     
  17. JeanfromBNA

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    I really wish you'd leave your original posts; makes it hard to find out what was asked.
     

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