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

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  1. juliebug1997

    juliebug1997 DIS Veteran

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    They are you typical Ford Crown Victoria/Mercury Grand Marquis cabs, so it may be a squeeze. However, bell services can request one of the van-cabs if you need it. I would give them a few extra minutes if that is the case. We try to be down at the cab stand no later than 30 minutes before our ADR at other resorts (we usually only use them when we're doing breakfast ADRs), so I would say maybe 40 minutes. Of course, you could also ask bell services on your way in when you arrive.
     
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  3. meggimouse

    meggimouse Disney's First Tattooed Princess

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    thank you! i've taken notes and we will definitely be enjoying cheese fondue and berry cobbler!! of course with trips to the hot tubs -can't wait to actually really take in and enjoy our hotel :p
     
  4. WDWKOOK

    WDWKOOK NOW WITH LESS TAG!

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    Have you made a decision yet?

    You are hereby inducted as official members of the CL Pot, errrr, Cobbler Stirrers Club.

    For those who don't know, there is an early ADR bus schedule HERE on the first page along with other information on the buses and boats.

    If anyone is interested in specific monorail and bus schedule information for CR, I have that HERE on the first page of the CR/BLT thread.

    Welcome! I covered turn-down tipping in a post here on Friday. Again, tipping is optional as well as envelopes, but $1 per bed is what I have left in the past, but as I posted Friday, we usually decline turn-down if we're in the room or if we're not and have left a tip, it has been left at turn-down.

    Since you brought up the IPO, I should mention that in general, the IPOs have been less and less helpful over the years. Many report that often the IPOs are suggesting that guests look up information/answers for themselves and they are often not directly answering guest's questions prior to arrival. They either defer to another source for answers or don't completely answer some questions. This can vary IPO to IPO so there is no harm in asking them questions or asking for help, that's what they are there for and that's in part what you are paying for! But, I have noticed this happening more and more lately. There is a Concierge/CL thread in the Resorts forum that has been discussing this unfortunate change.

    Excuse my ignorance, but where did you get these? They are very clever!

    You're almost home! I hope you'll be able to check-in with us soon.

    I'm so excited for you and DD!

    I love going over to FW and eating at TE and wandering around looking at the ponies and horses in the stable. DD and I always go over to "River Country" which is near the beach and MBYB. We love taking a peek through the fence. Have you been horseback riding at WDW? If you're an experienced rider then the Disney ride is very lame, but it's still fun to ride through the FW woods and do something "off the beaten path" at WDW.

    I love those "bubbles," too and it is nice and quiet over at VWL so that's a great suggestion.

    We were finally going to go to TL this trip and we missed it again. We are definitely going in December, too. Does anyone know if a 15-year-old would be permitted in there or do they card? DD thought the appetizers sounded yummy. We did get a tour while on the Lodge Tour and it is beautiful in there! I'll post some photos after I get them all uploaded to Photobucket. BTW, if you have Tables in Wonderland, TL is included in the 20% off!

    Not silly! I love wandering around early morning (I'm not a night owl). But, I found that wandering outside is pretty pointless because I ended up encountering armadillo in the dark and not being able to see the unlit path without a flashlight. We both surprised each other.

    I'm glad you posted this because this was our experience a couple of weeks ago, too. The bus ride to every park, except the MK was very long because the bus stopped first at FW and by that point was very crowded or SRO. I felt sorry for the FW passengers. The AK bus would then go to a water park. We decided that as "un-Disney" as it feels, we would go back to driving to AK and DHS. We also seemed to have 10 days of terrible timing. We aren't RD folks, but we seemed to have to wait about 25-35 minutes, on average, for every bus, including MK. Our timing was much better from the park to WL, but we always waited a long time from WL to the parks and the ECVs and their families do add at least another 5 minutes to the wait to board the bus. So it's best to take this all into consideration in planning your day so you won't be late or feel as rushed.

    Good suggestion:)

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    That's too cute! Maybe you should sign her up for a little massage at Sturdy Branches;)

    :rotfl:

    That thought isn't necessarily limited to the hot tub, just sayin':rolleyes1
     
  5. Holly Quinlan

    Holly Quinlan If I gave Pudge tuna I'd be an abomination

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    Does anyone know how online check in works if you used a travel agent? I'm at 72 days today!! Does the travel agent have to do online check in or can I do it myself? If I am able to do it is there anything I need to know? TIA!

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  6. WDWKOOK

    WDWKOOK NOW WITH LESS TAG!

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    Welcome! I never use a TA, so I may be wrong, but you should be able to go to the My Disney Experience page and link your confirmation number. If you can input your confirmation number (it should begin with "4"), then you should be able to see your reservation details and do OCI 60 days out. You can also link your tickets/APs, if you already have them and your ADRs to your reservation via MDE.
     
  7. jerseygirl74

    jerseygirl74 Mouseketeer

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    Kook - I still haven't decided. I need to make the flight reservations next month to use my miles for free flights but my trip isn't until next year. And I promised my DH that I would only keep CL if I got a deal on the room and that won't happen until next year. So I need to decide now but I won't be guaranteed the CL room either way. See my what I'm dealing with.
     
  8. jerseygirl74

    jerseygirl74 Mouseketeer

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    And you have me marked wrong on the log is September 18 -23 2014. :-)
     
  9. marymac123

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    :dancer: doin' the Single Digit Dance :dancer:
     
  10. WDWKOOK

    WDWKOOK NOW WITH LESS TAG!

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    I changed you to 2014.

    Our Paid in Full Dancing Guy is very talented, I see he does the Single-Digit Dance, too:thumbsup2
     
  11. CuteAsMinnie

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    :flower3:

    Thank you for the special honor!!!!:worship:


    And yes, your DD is welcome in TL, unless the rules have changed...
     
  12. hebbynan

    hebbynan Chase and Eli's Mom

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    One month from today we will be checking in at the WL for the very first time! Can't wait!!!!!!:cool1:
     
  13. Mousemommy1

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    Lucky you!!!! You will love it!!! :goodvibes
     
  14. GrandCalifornian

    GrandCalifornian Can't Wait To Go Back

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    That is very cool about requesting a step stool. We didn't know that, and it will save us from packing one in our luggage. (That means more weight capacity for souvenirs).

    As for the balconies, I think you're right. The South wing woods views have rooms above them, and therefore are most likely open. I do know that one exception is the 4th floor standard view rooms on the South side of the lobby, they have enclosed balconies even though there are woods view rooms above them.
     
  15. mickeynut1

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    We don't use a TA, but I agree with KOOK that you should be able to do OCI :).

    :cool1: :dance3: :cool1:

    The WL is amazing......you're going to love it :goodvibes.
     
  16. lulubel88

    lulubel88 Mouseketeer

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    28 days from now I'll be on my flight to the World and my stay at WL. I've started tracking the same SW flight to see which side of the plane to sit on to see if I will be able to get a good look passing over WDW. Thank you Southwest for not having assigned seating. :cheer2:
     
  17. R2-JD

    R2-JD It was all started by Walt Disney!

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    Kook,

    It is a Pebble Smartwatch. The countdown watchface was altered by a co-worker of mine. He changed the date and added the Mickey ears and Disney World text for me. The WL watchface I made with an online watchface generator.

    The Pebble Smartwatch was a Kickstarter project last year and I backed it. You can now buy the watch from their website or Bestbuy in the US. It communicates with your iPhone or Android and shows your text messages, emails, caller ID, and much more on your watch. It also has pretty much unlimited watchfaces as you can have 8 loaded on the watch at a time and change it when you want. It's cool!

    JD
     
  18. LuvGoldens

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    For Kook or anyone else that's been recently, is there by chance any new WL merchandise in the Mercantile?
     
  19. karenTX

    karenTX Still waiting for that darn Tag Fairy!!!

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    Quick question about territory Lounge...are kids allowed? I know my daughter (8) would love the fondue and it would be great to stop in to get a quick bite after we fly in. Thanks!
     
  20. Lyons Family

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    I must say that I am on other travels sites for various vacatons, but this thread about the Wilderness Lodge has to be the most active I have been on. Everytime I have the opportunity to visit, it has added yet another page.

    Now we are in the planning phase for next July:cool1:. So far away, but cannot wait to come home again to the Wilderness.
    The first time we visited we had the opportunity to be a guest in the Yosemite Suite (won a little lottery money).
    Now with College tuition we just want to come back.
    Looking for a room with a view, does not have to be a suite,
    Eagerly reading all the posts, and when I know something or need to ask I will be back.

    Thanks ahead of time

    Later:wave2:
     
  21. bek

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    Wow! The new room map is fantastic:cheer2: Thanks! A great thread just got even better:dance3:

    I now see two woods view rooms at the end of the North Wing overlooking Bay Lake. Are they on every floor? What room request would get one of those if they're available?

    Currently my room request is Otter Pond, higher floor. I may switch "higher floor" to "open balcony". But I think I want to be as high as possible and still have an open balcony. Is that floor 5?
     
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