(CLOSED) Disney's WILDERNESS LODGE and VILLAS INFORMATION THREAD ~11/13 - 6/14~

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  1. CuteAsMinnie

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    Good for you!!!! Except for today it's gonna get wayyy too cold here!!!

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  3. CuteAsMinnie

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    Time to bring out this guy :dancer:



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  4. lolobug

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    Hi!
    Staying at WL in a woods view standard room, can anyone make a room recommendation for me? Thanks!
     
  5. bluecastle

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    Congratulations! Since you will have so much experience with MBs and FP+, perhaps you can share some touring pointers for those of us who are feeling a little worried about them. :confused3
     
  6. Ferrentinos

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    Hi all! We are working on choosing our resort for our July stay - we are Poly lovers but are looking elsewhere this summer. We are torn between the VWL (1 bedroom) and the WL CL - are either/both of these included in historical releases of discounts? We love all that we have seen online of the WL so we are excited to stay there... just can't decide what type of accommodation to reserve! Any advice or tips?

    Thanks so much!
     
  7. vinotinto

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    I live in GA and I agree that 72-72-74-75 is too chilly to go into pool. :rotfl2:

    I'm packing bathing suits, but we'll play it by ear.
     
  8. Mousemommy1

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    I haven't stayed at VWL, or any DVC room as we don't prefer the decor, however, we have stayed WL CL and it was wonderful! :love: :cloud9:

    The food, the room, the view (of the castle!) and everything was just perfect! :goodvibes
     
  9. stephgles

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    When we stay woods view we request an otter pond view at a higher level. Some rooms you can see a bit of the castle but you can see the fireworks from your balcony!
     
  10. Wood Nymph

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    Here is what I posted on the March thread when someone asked for suggestions:

    It is hard to schedule the fp+'s. We were there in the first week of December and ended up using only a few of the original fp+ reservations. Test Track and TSMM were two of the ones that we made sure not to miss. Most of the time we decided not to go to the parks I had scheduled or not to go on the rides I had reserved. In fact, we didn't go on too many rides at all on that trip. We had the best time, though, maybe because it was Christmas and there was plenty to do there without worrying about the rides.

    Here was/is my strategy:

    1. reserve fp+'s for the most crowded rides, the ones they call the e-ticket rides, near the times you have an ADR

    2. since most rides are walk-ons first thing in the morning, I made all my fp+'s for late afternoon and evening. When we used a fp+ in the evening, the fp line was empty. The fp return lines tend to be very long in the mornings because so many people schedule them for mornings.

    3. I used the crowd calendars to get an idea of which parks to do that day, then scheduled the fp+ for that park

    4. It is very easy to change times and attractions while you are in the park for most of the rides, except the e-ticket ones. Try not to miss your fp+ reservation for those few rides, because it will be hard to reschedule them. Most of the other rides are easy to reschedule. We were able to reschedule a fp+ for Buzz Lightyear and walk on the ride five minutes later, bypassing a 25 minute standby line.

    Other things I learned:

    1. if a ride that you had a fp+ for goes down, you can get in the fp return line for another ride, just tell the CM that your original ride is down. We had a fp+ for BMRR which was down when we went to it. We were able to ride Haunted Mansion and still reschedule the BMRR for another ride.

    2. If you miss a fp+ reservation you can reschedule it for later that day. You don't lose your chance to have three fp+ reservations in a day. They do expire the next day, though, so you have to use them that day.

    3. If you decide to cancel your fp+'s at one park in order to go to another park at the last minute, while riding the bus in, or something like that, you might have to wait until you are in the park before you can schedule new ones. We cancelled our HS fp+'s while riding the boat to MK. The app wouldn't let me make fp+'s for MK until after I had gotten into the park.

    If the app doesn't seem to want to do what you want, like schedule a fp+, just shut it down, wait awhile, then go back in. Sometimes databases need to reset or record the data. I saved myself a lot of time and worry by just closing down the program for a short time rather than trying to fight with it. My MB suddenly refused to work on a purchase and to open our resort room. I just waited a few hours and then it magically started to work again. :)

    Both of these room types have been included in the historical discounts. There is quite a difference between the villas and club level. I haven't stayed in either the WL villa or a club level room but I have stayed in a one BR villa at the BC so I am familiar with a villa.

    Villa:
    You will get a master bedroom with a king bed, a bathroom with an oversize whirlpool bath, a walk in closet, a glassed in shower, and two sets of sinks, one in the section of the bathroom that has the tub and a second sink in the section with the shower and toilet. You will also have a full kitchen and washer/dryer. The living room has a sofa bed and there is a table and chairs for dining. There will be two TV's. I think there will be two balconies, too, in most of the villas, one for the master and one for the living room. Most of the villas have a view of the woods.

    Club level:
    I believe it is a standard room size with either two queens or a queen and bunk beds. The rooms all have enclosed balconies, unless you get a deluxe room. The biggest benefit to club level is the lounge.

    So you would just have to decide which type of vacation you prefer. :)
     
  11. Ferrentinos

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    Wow! Thanks so much for the breakdown. If both are normally part of the discount I think we will go for the villa. I'd much rather have our own bedroom and have a washer/dryer for a 9 day vacation. :-) Although... the pampering of the lounge would be nice... ah! I just can't decide!!!

    Anyone else want to weigh in?

    Thanks again!
     
  12. Ferrentinos

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    I would love the pampering of CL... and would love to try it out there... Just can't decide!!!

    Thanks!
     
  13. lolobug

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    Thank you!
     
  14. Mousemommy1

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    I honestly see no way you could regret it!! :goodvibes
     
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    Well, it's the Big Online Checkin Debate!!!!

    I have never done it at our BC stays, I did do it at our Poly stay this past July, and now I am wondering if I should or should not do it at our WL stay???

    Any preference from fellow WL lovers???
     
  16. FiggieFan

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    This Port Orleans French Quarter gal just booked her Dec 2014 trip for Wilderness Lodge - courtyard view. I am so excited to do a holiday trip and wanted to be closer to the MK during this time. Hoping to get some great tips from this thread and soooo looking forward to staying there. I am have been thinking about it for a few years and finally made the step! :cloud9:
     
  17. Mousemommy1

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    Congrats!!! What a great choice for the holidays!! :santa:
     
  18. Wood Nymph

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    I had done the online check in for the first time ever for our last WL stay. We had a CM greet us who was able to check us in with his iPad while we sat on the couch and he did all the work. The only thing I didn't like about online check in was that the choice of room requests were limited to options like close to elevator or what floor you wanted. I didn't get any of my requests even though I had a CM enter my requests again about ten days before we checked in.

    I did online check in again for our upcoming trip but this time I didn't make any requests on the online form. I called my request in later, hoping that will improve my chances of getting the open balcony I want.
     
  19. LB1122

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    Just had the most winderful werk at WL CL..first off check in...right up stairs from the bus with someone waiting to greet you.

    Loved getting snacks and drinks all day in the lounge and the staff amazing. Grace is my daughters new big sister. Any q you have they help. I can not say enough about them.
     
  20. Mousemommy1

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    Glad you had a great stay! WL CL is the best! :cloud9:
     
  21. katmg

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    4 more sleeps!! Getting the clothes rounded up for packing...

    Here's hoping the WL is ready for us!!:cool1:
     
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