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

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  1. Wood Nymph

    Wood Nymph DIS Veteran

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    Thanks for the trip report. I love reading these summaries. :)

    We've stayed at the BCV's three times and I think that villas in general are great. I've always loved the luxury of the whirlpool bathtub and the separate master bedroom. The kitchen comes in handy, too, especially at breakfast time. I would take a villa over club level every time. :goodvibes

    We loved being on the lake, too. Why is water so relaxing? We are going back in December and plan to spend more time at the lodge, enjoying the things that make it special. :)
     
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  3. ethansmommy

    ethansmommy Disney Planner

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    Thank you both for the info!! Looks like I have some options to choose from.
     
  4. spicycrab

    spicycrab Mouseketeer

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    Hello Lodgers!!

    It has taken me about three weeks to read all of this thread but I want to say Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! I never would have learned all this information on my own. This time next week we will be eating breakfast at the Castle! Wahoo!!

    KOOK - you are an amazing moderator. Thanks for taking the time to answer everyone's questions so thoroughly and patiently. Also,hello from NOVA!!

    So my question is, what room request should I make..LOL just kidding :)

    But seriously...we have an early flight in and should arrive at the resort around 10. We are just planning on relaxing at the resort on this day,swimming, and then dinner at TE. I know our rooms won't be ready this early but should we informally check in at the front desk before heading to the pool?

    Thanks!
     
  5. WDWKOOK

    WDWKOOK NOW WITH LESS TAG!

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    :welcome:
    Unfortunately, club level access is not available as a booking or paid check-in upgrade. You have to book a CL room, which is a suite or a STD CL room, that will be on the 7th floor. Deluxe rooms are the only CL rooms not located on the CL floor which have CL privileges, they are located on floors 1-6. If you absolutely do not want to move to the 7th floor and you book a split non-CL/CL stay, there is the possibility after you book of contacting the IPO, explaining that you have a non-CL/CL split booked and that you'd like to remain in the same room and not move to the 7th floor. They will be able to tell you if they are likely to be able to accommodate your request. I would think it would be possible, but the IPO can best answer this.

    :sad2::headache:That just isn't good customer service. What happened when you tried again?

    I have some P&P info. and CC cupcake photos on the first page of the CR/BLT thread;). Do you need to do a CR/WL split to better squeeze in those cupcakes:confused3

    :welcome:

    Once you stay at a Deluxe, you're going to find it hard to go back to a Moderate. There are three bookable views at WL:

    ~Standard
    ~Woods
    ~Courtyard

    When booking club level rooms, views cannot be booked, but they can be requested, but not guaranteed.

    What requests you make, depend on what view you book. As dansdad posted, specific info. about these views is on the first page. Personally, we love the (Inner or WL) Courtyard View that looks out to Bay Lake and the geyser and you can watch the EWP at 9:35. Some like a Woods View room and request North Wing so they might be able to see some of Wishes from the higher floors. Let us know what view you want to book and we can help you from there:)

    :goodvibes

    :welcome:
    What a sweet post. Do you have any plans to return?

    And, unfortunately, I've never seen a general public/AP/military discount applicable to the Deluxe rooms, so that doesn't make the additional cost any easier to swallow.

    Thank you for posting that for everyone. I will have to put a link on the first page to your information.

    Thank you for posting a VWL/TR. You answered so many questions people often have about VWL. I'm going to post a link to your TR in the VWL section. Will you be posting any room photos?

    :welcome:, NoVA - spring is finally here:) and thank you so much for your kind remarks.

    I did this :laughing: when I read your room request comment. Actually, your room may be ready. A former WL GM once told me that WL tries to get all guests into their rooms ASAP. Always check-in as soon as you arrive at a resort even if you don't need the room or your tickets. If your room isn't ready, there is a locker room in Sturdy Branches at the VWL where you can change.
     
  6. Kathymford

    Kathymford A little obsessed is ok....right?

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    I have been MIA since my trip is so far away and I've actually been busy at work (crazy I know). But after reading danceteachermom's TR it made me miss the lodge so much! Some of the things she pointed out are some of our favorite things about the lodge, and most of all it's the transportation. Even though I didn't love doing a split stay, we did VWL and BWV just to avoid the buses! It was fantastic.

    I think when people say the villas need updating it's after staying in some of the newer DVCs. This happened to me. We had stayed in AKL just before our VWL trip and at first I was a little disappointed. The villas definitely looked and felt dated in comparison. I think some updating will help it. But you really can't beat the boats or the feel.

    Not to say that there won't be some AKL points in my future! :rotfl:
     
  7. CuteAsMinnie

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    1) We were on page 2?!?!?! We can't have that!:rolleyes:

    2) No new post in over 25 hours?!?!?!?! We can't have that either!
    :rolleyes:

    So....

    Happy Monday everyone! :dance3:


    :hug:
     
  8. WDWKOOK

    WDWKOOK NOW WITH LESS TAG!

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    Indeed - it's time to rid the resorts of all those bedspreads:eek:

    You saved us from the bowels of page two - you're Lodge Hero of the Day!
     
  9. CuteAsMinnie

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    Ill take it!!!!pixiedust:
     
  10. Wood Nymph

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    I would like to see the villas get a little refurb. The carpet and green trim does not appeal to me.

    Does anyone know if they are planning to change the carpet in the villas?
     
  11. Z28KatCar

    Z28KatCar "A wish is a dream your heart makes"

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    Well, I got more bad news..... They still had no idea about the Her Royal Highness package, so I booked it myself through Disney Catering.

    I haven't heard back about booking tee times and I emailed them over 24 hrs ago. So I will probably call tomorrow. I read they can be booked at the 180 mark on 1 place and my husband said its 90 days :confused3.

    I asked about bottled water and was informed they do not provide it in CL. They provide carafes that you can fill with their filtation system and take back to your room, which is fine it gives me an excuse to buy a new water bottle when I get there ;)

    Maybe you can help me WDWkook, Do you know what types of wine are provided in the CL lounge? I love White Zinfandel and its cheap so I was hoping they had it there:hyper:

    Truly, it feels like whomever I got these couple times was just couldn't be bothered or they are new. I had such a good experience with the AKL IPO that I'm not discouraged, yet. I'm just really glad that I know a vast amount about WDW and I have everyone on the boards to help increase that knowledge. :upsidedow. I also am reminded, that these are not the same people who I will meet when I get there so I'm just staying positive. It helps that so many people have raved on her about how accommodating the CM are in CL :cheer2:
     
  12. Z28KatCar

    Z28KatCar "A wish is a dream your heart makes"

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    Oh, 1 more question....My daughter loves rice crispy treats at Disney. Do they have them in the CL? If not can they get them? I know several other CL offer them.

    Thanks
     
  13. AngiTN

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    They did not have them when we were there. Which is probably really good as DGD would have eaten nothing else.
     
  14. skylizard

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    How long is the bus trip from VWL to Downtown Disney? We'll have our car with us, but I'm just wondering if it'd be worth it to just take a bus.
     
  15. GrandCalifornian

    GrandCalifornian Can't Wait To Go Back

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    The bus ride ride to DTD is one of the longer ones, but was probably less than 20 minutes once the bus arrived. Waiting for the bus took us quite a while, but that is just luck of timing.

    We don't have a car during our trips and enjoy using the Disney transportation, but if we did have a car DTD is probably one of the few places we would choose to drive to.
     
  16. Z28KatCar

    Z28KatCar "A wish is a dream your heart makes"

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    The parking in DTD is horrible. This really comes down to a personal preference though. Waiting for a bus with tired children can be tough. I swore after the last trip I would never take the bus there again but we will be this trip :)

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  17. goofynut41

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    This may not be where I ask this but I figured sombody would know... I have always used the extra magic hours but have heard that it is better to avoid the parks with EMH that the other parks was less crowded. What is everyones take on this?:confused:
     
  18. Wood Nymph

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    We always get park hoppers, so if we can manage to make it to the park that has EMH's at rope drop, then we will head there, hang around until it starts to get crowded, then move to another park or back to the resort. We are more likely to go to the park that has the evening hours than we are to go to the morning hours parks. But in general I agree that the park with the early morning hours gets more crowded than a park that opens at regular time.
     
  19. dwtwinsmommy

    dwtwinsmommy Earning My Ears

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    How long does it take to get to Fort Wildreness? We are arriving at VWL on Saturday & I signed up for archery at the campground! Can't wait
     
  20. Wood Nymph

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    There is a boat to FW that takes about 15 minutes. There is also a bus to FW. And some of the park buses, especially the bus to Epcot, go from WL to FW before they go to the park. The bus ride would be less than ten minutes. I'm not sure where the archery is at FW. You might have to take an internal bus to get to the archery range from either the boat dock area or the bus stop area.
     
  21. Tinkerbelljean

    Tinkerbelljean Earning My Ears

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    You can also walk to FW. My son does it all the time to fish. I don't know the exact distance but I would say about 20 min. Where the archery range is I do not know.
     
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