(CLOSED) Disney's WILDERNESS LODGE and VILLAS INFORMATION THREAD ~2013~

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  1. madgali2000

    madgali2000 Earning My Ears

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    not sure think it was about 45-50days out!!!
     
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  3. WDWKOOK

    WDWKOOK NOW WITH LESS TAG!

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    I've added you to the LL:)

    Welcome back and thank you for posting about your stay! We all share your sense of loss when we depart. Did you book a BB?

    I've tried to jog on the path before sunrise and after a few hundred feet I had to turn back. Unless you have a miner's helmet or flashlight, it's pitch black and there aren't any lights. But, you and DH could walk to FW for dinner and take the boat back.

    We're all jealous! Enjoy your stay and thanks for checking in with us.

    I'm really sensing another OFC booking for 2014;)

    What a great trip you had and lots of great memories and fun. I hope you can book your next stay soon.

    So sorry to read this. DH is furloughed now, too. I completely understand your frustration and not being able to make plans. So many are wondering if/when they will be paid and/or if/when they can take leave, etc... so much uncertainty. For so many, it's almost impossible to look forward to a vacation or rationalize taking a vacation (or any other non-discretionary spending) with this crisis, the impending debt ceiling limit expiration in a couple of weeks and ongoing sequestration. Rant over. Now back to your regularly scheduled WL/VWL programming:goodvibes

    Grizzled?! Never in your 40's:snooty:

    All your great insights make me know that you had a wonderful vacation. You know you've picked the right resort and venue when you feel like you did. Time to start planning another trip::yes::

    Thank you for posting your experience. Isn't it great that there's a WDW Resort for everyone? We all value different aspects of each resort/location/CL... and there's the perfect resort (or two) for each of us. But, sometimes there isn't just one, so splits and multiple trips are acceptable;). Have fun planning your next trip.

    Just want to welcome you to the thread! If you're spending 11 nights, why not mix it up a bit and try the bus and boat and see which works best for you and your family. As far as travel time, the bus is faster and probably less utilized than the boat.

    Nice to see Musket Mickey around these parts:thumbsup2

    :yay:

    You can still use your KTTW card or maybe you could hook the MB to a belt loop or to a carabiner like this:

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  4. MistressGracey

    MistressGracey Mouseketeer

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    Awesome!! Thanks so much for the good news :cool1:
     
  5. rhondakg

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    :wave2:Ok - so I know some on this thread received the option to customize their mb at 65 days and others got to choose their FP selections.:thumbsup2
    I'm at 65 days and nothing is showing up yet :sad:- I keep thinking I'm not looking in the right place :surfweb: I just have so much happy anxiety for my first trip and this is my last hurdle - I just can't wait....
     
  6. DisneyDmbNut

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    I did not get mine till almost 35 days or so...
     
  7. rhondakg

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    Thanks!!!! :dance3:
     
  8. Kathy Z

    Kathy Z Counting my Blessings

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    We are 42 days out from our first time visit to WL! I made our ADR's at our 180 day mark and now am second guessing our Whispering Canyon dinner ADR. The dinner buffet at Trail's End looks more appealing, especially for our 8 year-old grandson who is a very picky eater. We'll be at AK that day and I'm wondering what is the best transportation option to get to Trail's End from WL. If we take the bus from AK to FW will that let us off on the opposite side of FW from the dining hall and we would then need to ride their internal bus to get to Trail's End? Would we be better off going "home" to WL by bus and then catching the boat from WL to FW? Does that boat let us off in the same area as the boats between MK & FW? I understand the MK boat drops guest off right by Hoop-de-doo and the dining hall where Trail's End is located.

    At this late point I can't get our preferred 6:30 pm time slot but earlier or later still have availability. I'm trying to figure out how early we can make it there if we stay at AK until after the parade (leaving AK about 4:15 - 4:30 pm.)
     
  9. Wood Nymph

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    I guess it depends on how much time you have. The boat from WL to FW will take you very close to the restaurant. And there is a very nice playground located between the boat dock and the restaurants that your grandson might enjoy.

    The bus from AK to FW takes you to a bus depot area. Then you have to switch to an internal bus to go from the bus depot up to the restaurant area. It goes through the campgrounds. In fact, that bus might stop at WL first, anyway.
     
  10. Kathy Z

    Kathy Z Counting my Blessings

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    Thanks, Wood Nymph. That's a good point about the probability of the shared bus. How frequently does the boat between WL & FW run. Also, do you have an idea of how often the internal bus loop at FW runs?
     
  11. Valgoof

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    Yay!! I am back. I had switched to Coronado Springs for a bit, but found out there is a huge convention there my week AND the Disney Visa offer came out today and I got 35% off a Woods View room!!! :cool1::woohoo::yay::dance3: So 127 days until I am at the Lodge!! And the discount will stop my resort changing ways, I think. :goodvibes
     
  12. Wood Nymph

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    The boat runs every 20 minutes and the boat ride is probably between 10 and 15 minutes long depending on whether the boat goes to CR first or FW first. We've gotten on boats that have taken both routes. I really don't know how long the internal FW bus takes to get from the depot to the restaurant area. If it was me I would probably only stop at WL if I wanted to go back to the room first.
     
  13. Wood Nymph

    Wood Nymph DIS Veteran

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    Wow. 35% is a great discount! When we went last Feb the Disney Visa discount for WL was only 20 or 25% off.
     
  14. Kathy Z

    Kathy Z Counting my Blessings

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    I've been waiting to hear about the Disney Visa offers for 2014. I am a card holder and have not heard from them. What number did you call to contact them?
     
  15. sweetnjmom

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    I think 35% off is fantastic! I might have skipped the dining plan and just did room only had it been an option for next month. :)

    I'm getting excited to say my trip is "next month" now. Makes it seem closer. I'm pretty set with FP+ etc. and just need to figure out an autograph book for my son (make my own or buy off of Etsy) and have my TA put in a request for bed rails. It's annoying to me that I have to go through her for something minor like that, but such is life.
     
  16. rymahoney

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    Okay question for you all. Last year we stayed at aoa loved it. Booked there this year. Disney visa came out had to switch to por. Was thinking about staying at wilderness lodge. Is the recommended? We have 3 adults and 1 child 1 infant. Most if our time will be at magic kingdom half day at each of the other parks. Thanks
     
  17. Zippa D Doodah

    Zippa D Doodah <font color=red>Suffering from Fairy Alienation.

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    No. We did consider booking the BB, but one thing I know for sure is that we can't plan to travel in September of 2014 like we did this year. DD16 is a sharp cookie (takes after her mom) and is taking college AP classes as a junior in high school. She did fine and kept up OK with school work, but being a conscientious young lady it did freak her out a tad to miss three days of school. DS13 is facing increasingly rigorous demands at school too.

    Since September is out of the question, that left late August. We in the Doodah clan are all delicate flowers and we might wilt if we found ourselves at WDW in August. :scared:;)

    At this point I am willing to bide my time and wait for a late fall 2014 free dining or deep room discount -something that hopefully matches up with the school calendar.

    Although I am in the early stages of organizing a Give Kids the World service trip for a group in my church, so I just may wind up back at WDW for a quick visit this coming summer.
     
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    I got an email this morning that my MB shipped!!!

    and look!!!!!!! They are here. They sent them overnight!

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  19. GrandCalifornian

    GrandCalifornian Can't Wait To Go Back

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    There are generally two boats running the loop between WL, FW, and CR continuously in opposite directions, so the wait for one of them to show up should be fairly short, usually less than 20 min. In our experience if the boat is going straight to FW it is about a 5-6 min ride, but if it goes via CR it takes about 15 min.

    The internal buses at FW run very frequently, and there are actually three different routes that run, but any of the 3 will get you from the South end (Outpost) where most park buses stop to the North end (Settlement) where the marina and Trail's End are. It is approximately a 10 minute bus ride.

    We have often had the similar "how to get from a park to TE" dilemma. My preferred method is to bus to WL, stop by the room for a couple minutes, then take the boat to FW. This past trip we connected at MK and hopped on a direct FW boat which worked too. The bus to FW and then FW internal bus works combination too, so you have choices. By the way, we prefer dinner at TE over WCC, but for breakfast our preference is the other way around. It's all good though. :thumbsup2
     
  20. mom2grace

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    Have you thought about Boma at AKL after AK? It's perfect for picky & others can be more adventurous!
     
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