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

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  1. AngiTN

    AngiTN DIS Veteran

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    This is my take. I never go to a park that has EMH. I use that as my park to avoid.
     
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  3. CuteAsMinnie

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    We always get park hoppers.

    We always tour a park EARLY. If the park has morning EMH, even better. No crowds, virtually no lines.

    We then leave that park when the crowds get to be too much and take a resort break.

    In the evening, we usually go to a different, non EMH park.

    This strategy has always worked for us.

    ;)
     
  4. RedfromNL

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    Thats pretty much our strategy too. We are morning-people so get up early, tour for a few hours and then take a break. In the evening go to another park.

    And in case we get it wrong or everyione else decided to go to the same park we get hoppers. After all the other costs whats a little bit more ? ;)
     
  5. WDWKOOK

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    I haven't seen them listed as a pending project and I don't know when they are due, but DVC are on a different rehab rotation than non-DVC rooms and are funded by members so rehabs are far a few between.

    The carafe of water is correct. Except for the occasional story of someone at the BC, for example, asking a CM and receiving some bottled water, the CLs stopped offering individual bottles of water years ago then recently went to the "filtered in the back room" water in a carafe.

    If it makes you feel better, I haven't even been contacted yet by the CR (based at GF) IPO and I booked weeks ago. There are many inconsistencies with the IPOs. Don is great over at AKL and has been there since it opened so you may have dealt with him in the past? Recreation, such as golf can be booked 90 days in advance, I believe.

    Here is a (not-so-good) photo of the wine with the white cut off which may have been a Zinfandel, but hopefully someone will help out here:

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    It feels like all day, but in realty it's shorter to get there than to get back. You're always the first picked up at WL, but then it stops at GF (usually), then it goes to a water park and finally arrives at DTD. On the way back it also stops at other DTD stops and every time we're on it the bus drivers change, then it goes to the water park and finally WL. It takes a good 30 minutes + from WL to DTD and forget about driving as was mentioned, parking is scarce .
    ITA and parking there is bad.

    FWIW, I schedule our park days based on which park doesn't have EMH that day. However, if you're going during a very busy period, such as Christmas, morning EMH can be ideal if you want to ensure you get on rides that will have very long lines all day due to peak crowd levels. But I would bail from the parks before lunch.

    Transportation methods have been covered, other than driving. Guests who plan on driving can park at the FW entrance and take the Yellow or Orange Line buses to the Bike Barn which is located at the Meadow Trading Post. It's a great program (they even do it in the rain) and I highly recommend it.
     
  6. Dr Ken

    Dr Ken Don't want to "earn" my ears. I'm retired!

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    If you're going to get up early and use the EMH, like we do, it's great. No lines! We head back to the resort in the afternoon then use park hoppers to go somewhere else in the evening. We use EMH whenever we can.

    If you're planning to spend the entire day at one resort, then yes, avoid the EMH. The afternoon crowds are much worse at whatever park has EMH.
     
  7. goofynut41

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    Yes this has what I have always done in the past... worked well but seems like I was always in a rush... thought we would try something different this time to slow things down a bit.. if that is possible...:bitelip: sleep in a extra hour.. may give it a try on some days to change it up...::yes::
     
  8. goofynut41

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    Gonna try this this time.... maybe things wont get CRAZY..:crazy2:
     
  9. AngiTN

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    Sleeping is why we never do an EMH park. My DH will not ever rise early while on vacation. Getting to a park by 9:00 is a stretch. We typically roll in by 9:30, if we are lucky. I can squeeze in 1 early ADR, if I'm really lucky and it is tense the entire time because he really resents getting up early. I've come to terms with it in all our years together.
     
  10. Wood Nymph

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    My DH is the opposite. He has to be up and going first thing in the morning. It drives him crazy if he has to wait for someone. Then he always wants his afternoon nap. It is like that for every vacation we take, even something relaxing like Hawaii. Fortunately, this system works great for WDW. ;)
     
  11. AngiTN

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    Honestly I'm quite envious. At home he often sleeps till noon which is heck to get things done on a weekend.
     
  12. RedfromNL

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    Just booked a dinner at Victoria and Alberts as a surprise for Ronald, my husband. Been looking at that place for ages, decided if they had room it was meant to be and what do you know, they actually had a spot for us :)

    Can't wait to see his face :goodvibes
     
  13. Kathymford

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

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    Congrats! I plan to book this for DBF and myself for our Dec trip. It will be our 10th Anniversary!
     
  14. WDWKOOK

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    Can't wait to hear yours and kathymford's reviews. Zagat just named Victoria & Albert's one of the top 15 iconic restaurants - I assume iconic in this case means really, really good;)
     
  15. GrandCalifornian

    GrandCalifornian Can't Wait To Go Back

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    Over 24 hours with no posts and the thread is on the middle of page 2... This won't do, I'll have to post that I am daydreaming about being at WL right now...

    146 days to go...:beach:
     
  16. mommy2twingles

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    Check in question for the regulars. We are staying club level so I know that check in is usually done on the floor instead of the front desk. When we stayed at the Poly last year there was a different group of staff that worked the desk in the club building than those that worked the lounge. Is this the same at WL? We will be arriving early on a Sunday morning having just gotten off a Disney Cruise. We are driving ourselves so no Disney Transportation to deal with. I am trying to determine if the staff will be to busy dealing with breakfast in the lounge and if we will then have to check in at the front desk. Not to worried about the luggage since we are meeting friend who will have checked in Saturday night.
     
  17. WDWKOOK

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    You're Lodge hero of the day:thumbsup2 and only 145 days tomorrow;)

    The CMs who will escort you up are usually the Lodge Rangers or CL Runners who aren't working in the lounge. Once up there, they have a dedicate staff who will check in guests and won't be working in the lounge at the same time. So while someone else might be checking in at the same time, you'll still be helped by a CL desk CM ASAP.
     
  18. CuteAsMinnie

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    :hourglass
     
  19. marshall4539

    marshall4539 Earning My Ears

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    I am trying to decide if I should stay at the poly for 6 nights, or stay at WL and stay an extra night (7 nights).... I am mainly thinking of staying at the poly because of the transportation options (we have a 3 year old), but really like the WL too...
    Has anyone ever stayed at both Poly and WL? What is your favorite?

    How long does it take to get to Epcot from WL?

    I know the pool is not a zero entry at WL, but how deep is the shallow end? Would a 3 year old be able to stand?
    Thanks so much!
     
  20. Tinkerbelljean

    Tinkerbelljean Earning My Ears

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    I know the pool is not a zero entry at WL, but how deep is the shallow end? Would a 3 year old be able to stand?
    Thanks so much![/QUOTE]

    There is a dedicated kiddie pool at WL and your 3 year old should be able to walk into the main pool. Probably not too far, but play at the edge. The quiet pool by the villas has steps, which will make that more challenging. It depends how busy the pool is and if your child likes the water and can swim a bit or is comfortable in a life jacket.:beach:
     
  21. Lucys dad

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    :)

    Much appreciated. Last few nights is a good idea.
     
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