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(CLOSED) Disney's WILDERNESS LODGE and VILLAS Information Thread ~2012~

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  1. bluecastle

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    Thanks TBjean for your honest and detailed appraisal. Since we are driving, I am planning on bringing a few kitchen items of my own, (including thermal mugs for taking our coffee with us in the morning), and stopping at Wal-Mart or someplace to get paper goods on our way from Uni to WDW. I plan to check everything from faucets to lightbulbs as soon as we check in and before I unpack. This will not assure me that any/all issues will be addressed, but I don't want to discover any of this stuff after I have unpacked and gone into vacation mode!
    I am glad to hear about the beds since that is something that will affect me the most. I guess I will just have to hope that the unit we get is thoroughly cleaned before we check in! Thanks for the tip about the washer. I probably wouldn't be doing laundry in the evenings, but it's good to know. (honestly, the only person who would be bothered by the noise would be me!)
    Thanks again for your quick and thorough answers to my questions!
     
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  3. Deb & Bill

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    That must be new. We were at VWL in a dedicated two bedroom villa and we didn't have a HE washer, just the regular stackable. I didn't know they made HE in stackables.

    I did just purchase a HE washer for my home and it is very quiet. All the noise I hear is the sweet little chimes when it if finished.
     
  4. AngiTN

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    Popping in to say that we'll be there in no time! A day early in fact. We are going to be arriving Tuesday evening rather than Wednesday afternoon. So excited
     
  5. PrincessPaczki

    PrincessPaczki Mom of 2 Prince's

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    AngiTN, Have a Magical trip! Yaaaa for a day early.!:thumbsup2
     
  6. lovingeire

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    Yay! Have a magical trip, and especially enjoy that extra day!pixiedust: Can't wait to hear all about it!
     
  7. nyrebecca

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    I would love some opinions from WL lovers about a possible stay at an Epcot resort next June.

    We adore/love the Wilderness Lodge. It just feels like home. With that said, we are planning on a trip in June and wanted to test the waters at an Epcot resort. Does anyone have a recomendation for one of them,and if so, why?

    If it helps, the trip is my 15 year old son, my mother, and myself. We drive, so no magical express, and if needed, we would think of driving to parks.

    Thank you in advance -
     
  8. DetTigsGal

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    We arrived on the Sunday before Thanksgiving this past year and everything was up.
     
  9. Wood Nymph

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    We love the Beach Club because it is a short walk to Epcot, the Marketplace is located in that building and the theme of the resort appeals to us. The whole area is great. There is a boat to both HS and Epcot. There is a lot less bus riding to do when staying there, which is really nice.

    I don't think you'll be disappointed with any of the Epcot resorts. :)
     
  10. JulieODC

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    Hi again!

    We've just about decided we're doing another WDW trip!! Aiming for Nov 9-16, 2013. We did November 2012 over Veteran's Day, so we're aiming for a few days later to try to avoid some of the crowd's, but still take advantage of the holiday off!

    We'll be traveling with DD, who will be 26 months - so excited to see her reaction this time around!

    We're thinking Woods View with a bunk bed...and keeping our fingers crossed for a pin and/or room only discount.

    Glad to be joining you all again!!
     
  11. nyrebecca

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    If you aren't against a room only reservation check with Disney to see if they have any rooms with the AAA discount. We are going the week after you and we're able to get a percent off. I think it was like 20%.
     
  12. nyrebecca

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    We were looking at the Beach Club so I am happy that was the first one mentioned. I think it would be a nice place to check out. Thanks for your input!
     
  13. rbadger

    rbadger Earning My Ears

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    Not sure if I checked all the right places, but we checked out on Sat. and when were were about halfway home my son realized he left his lost stuffed animal in the room (likely on the top bunk). We contacted the WL main number and were transferred to the lost and found voicemail. We left a message but haven't heard anything. I also emailed the "Wilderness.Lodge.Itinerary.Planning@disneyworld.com" email (we were on Club Level) and they said they contacted housekeeping, but again we haven't heard anything back yet.

    I wasn't sure if there was anyone else worth checking with. My son is distraught at losing his favorite stuffed animal.

    Has anyone had any luck (and how long does it normally take) getting anything returned from housekeeping/lost and found?

    Thanks!
     
  14. jenifferf00

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    Question about the standard bunk bed rooms. We are going to put in a request for a bunk bed room, I know they are limited and sought after so the chances are slim. What I'm wondering about is that my oldest daughter is 5, not 6, does this mean they will not put us in a bunk bed room unless we had actually booked a bunk bed room?
     
  15. Wood Nymph

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    If you book a bunk bed room you should get a bunk bed room. It is a category you pay for and not a preference If you book a club level room you can put in a request for bunk beds but it is not guaranteed. I don't know if someone who booked a regular standard view room would be able to get a free upgrade to a bunk bed room.
     
  16. marymac123

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    Does anyone know if Loyda is still up on CL? Thanks!!
     
  17. jenifferf00

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    I was under the impression there are standard room bunk bed rooms, but they are not bookable vs. the woods view or courtyard view bookable bunk bed categories.
     
  18. WDWKOOK

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    That is correct - CL and STD View non-CL rooms with bunks are by-request only:

    Standard View
    1 Queen Bed and 1 Bunk Bed or 2 Queen Beds or 1 King Bed
    Sleeps up to 4
     
  19. WDWKOOK

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    Well pull up a rocker and happy planning!

    It won't be long now, skylizard!

    I've updated the Log:)

    I've added you to the LL and an alternate request would be "North Wing, high floor." The room assignor will understand both requests as they know that the Otter Pond is on the North Side. Good luck!

    Thanks so much for filing a VWL TR with us. It's always great to hear what others thought of their accommodations and thanks for answering questions:)

    As soon as the Halloween decorations come down in the first week of November, the Christmas decorations magically start appearing, but the date seems to vary every year.

    I hope we hear from you soon and I hope you had an easy flight.

    Looking forward to your report and have a magical vacation:goodvibes

    Awww, I bet he would love playing in that whirlpool tub and sleeping in a blanket fort on the floor;)

    :love:

    Ive logged you on the first page. It's going to be perfect with all the decorations up:santa:

    Can't wait to hear about your stay. It's so exciting leaving a day earlier - yippee!

    We tested the Crescent Lake waters last spring break at BWI and loved being able to walk right over to DHS and Epcot. We prefer BWI because it's a more relaxed atmosphere than BC. We liked YC, but it shares many amenities with BC which we personally find way to chaotic and crazy. We prefer the scenery and views at BWI over YC (no rooftop views). We'll be staying again this spring break, but we're also staying at FWC. We did a BWI/WL-CL split last spring break which was nice, but we didn't really like BWI's CL so we're staying non-CL this time.

    Keep us updated on your plans:goodvibes

    You did all the right things. I've heard amazing things about resorts promptly mailing back found items, but it may be harder if it was taken away with the dirty linens. I've read that when this happens, it's harder to track down lost items in the WDW laundry facilities. I've read of 'alternate' new items even being given to guests whose laundered item can't be recovered.

    But, not hearing from them already doesn't mean it won't be found or that they haven't already mailed it home. I would email the IPO again tomorrow or later today and ask for an update. I know this is very hard for DS and for you - I bet it was a long trip back home and even harder for him to fall asleep. I hope his stuffed animal is found soon.
     
  20. Wood Nymph

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    Well, I was almost right. ;) It seems strange to me that they would charge a higher price for a guaranteed bunk bed woods view or courtyard view room, but just make it a preference for standard view rooms. :confused3 Oh, well, I guess it doesn't have to make sense to me. :)
     
  21. nyrebecca

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    Kook - Thank you so much for the info. I definitely do not like chaotic and never even thought of BC and YC sharing. Oh and I really dislike the idea of a rooftop view.

    We were thinking of a bit of a cheaper trip, so no CL in June wherever we stay. But may I ask what you did not like about their CL at BWI?
     
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