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

Discussion in 'Disney Resorts' started by WDWKOOK, May 14, 2013.

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  1. DoctorWhoGirl

    DoctorWhoGirl New Member

    Summer's been busy and I haven't been on DISboards for a while...:blush: I was just looking at my ressies for our upcoming trip and realized we are in the double digits now!! I booked 11 months out so it's so exciting to see that the trip is almost here!:cool1:
     
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  3. RebelSoul

    RebelSoul New Member

    WL is our favorite resort! Booked WL CL 3 nights from 5/2 - 5/5/2014. This will be in between our BWI CL stay (4/29 - 5/2) and our AKV (5/5 - 5/11) stay. This will be our first time staying CL @ WL. We are celebrating DH's bday and are excited to be spending 13 glorious days at WDW sans kids. The kiddos will be joining us this November at WDW for 8 days, so they can't complain too much. Hoping to get a north wing even numbered room.
     
  4. ocalla

    ocalla New Member

    Thank you so much for reminding me of the page one info!!! I'm so used to staying at BC (and not needing info) that I forget to look there!!!

    Very glad that DD can also be in the lounge, we may head straight there since we arrive later than usual on check-in day!!
     
  5. TheLodgeLady

    TheLodgeLady New Member

    Hello,

    My husband and I have ordered off the Artist Point menu several times for Room Service. In fact, we ordered off the AP and the room service menu together one evening. The only thing was that I think we had two separate bills.

    We have also order whole bottles of wine from the AP menu for room service and also in Territory Lounge.

    Hope this helps.
     
  6. luv2sleep

    luv2sleep New Member

    That's great! Is the menu in the room or do you have to stop by and pick one up?
     
  7. The real Mrs Potts

    The real Mrs Potts Been there, Ate That!!

    10 wopping days till we leave for Orlando! When do you usually start packing? :laundy:
     
  8. DLgal

    DLgal New Member

    We just stayed at WL for 4 nights last week.

    We had connecting rooms 6016 and 6018. Great woods view rooms with full fireworks views! We could also see the castle from 6016 (but not 6018). 6016 is a bunk bed room. We were upgraded from the 2Q woods view rooms we booked to a bunk bed room at no charge. It worked out great for our kids and those bunk mattresses are SUPER comfy! I was pleasantly surprised by that. Our room was in a great location and was clean and well serviced daily.

    Transportation was pretty godawful, to be honest. I have never had stellar transportation at the WL, so it wasn't unexpected, but after this stay, I think we are done staying there. It was just so frustrating to have to wait and wait and wait for the boats and buses. Particularly maddening was trying to get back to WL via boat after the fireworks. We were among the first out of the park since we watched from town square, but all the boats coming from the resorts were held up by the ferries that kept crossing. There were 3 ferries in use, and the smaller boats have to yield to the ferry, which I understand, but the ferries were CONSTANTLY either pulling in, pulling out, or crossing. We waited a full 40 min before the first boat showed up going to WL. We were on that first boat, but it was a full HOUR between leaving the park and being back in our room. That is unreasonable, IMO. Buses were slow to come and the stops at FW and GF were just riduculous. I'm over it. Back to the Epcot resorts next time for us!

    Territory Lounge was a nice space, but our service there was lackluster. We ordered the cheese fondue and the onion soup, plus a couple beers. The waitress was fairly miserable, and to be frank, the cheese fondue was disgusting. It was overly powdery in texture (due to the cheddar cheese, I assume), and the bread was stale. Luckily, it was "free" since we paid for it with Disney Rewards points, but we were disappointed overall.

    We did have a refrigerator in our room, and it was new and worked very well. HOWEVER, it was loud. Like, as loud as the refrigerator in my kitchen. I spent the first day trying to figure out what the noise in our room was from, and incorrectly attributed it to the A/C unit until I realized it was the fridge. On the other hand, the cabinet was not hot at all, and the fridge worked very well, but the trade off is a VERY loud unit. It just hums along all day and night.

    Also, the pool slide has some sort of massive duct tape bandaid on the rockwork just above the slide entrance. It looks really, really tacky. It's a section about 1 ft x 2ft long of just overlapping strips of black tape. On the one hand, I am happy that the slide was open during our stay, but on the other hand, it shouldn't remain open looking like THAT! It really should be fixed a.s.a.p.

    Roaring Fork has really good food, but they really need to do something to speed up the service in the grill area. I don't understand why they don't premake some stuff during the dining rush hours. EVERY burger, pizza, chicken sandwich, etc is made to order and it takes a LONG time. Even the fries and nuggets are only thrown in the fryer when someone places an order. It's so odd. They should continuously have a batch of nuggets and fries ready to go. And, seriously, they should just eliminate those kids nuggets since they have the other kind. Just make the kids meal 4 of those instead. Twice we ordered kids' nuggets meal for my son and had to wait over 5 min for kids nuggets to fry up when there were regular nuggets in the pan ready to go. So stupid. On the other hand, service in there was very good and we found the quality of the food in there to be excellent (particularly the roast beef sandwich and the flatbreads).
     
  9. GrandCalifornian

    GrandCalifornian Can't Wait To Go Back

    We start putting stuff aside as soon as we know we're going on another trip. The real packing starts though once we get the suitcases out and don't have any other trips before WDW. For us that's now, at 17 days. We'll start packing whatever we aren't going to need before we go. I bet we finish most of our packing the weekend before we leave, so all we have to do those last three days of "work" is wait for it to be time to go to Disney. :thumbsup2
     
  10. GrandCalifornian

    GrandCalifornian Can't Wait To Go Back

    Sounds like you had some highs and lows. Thanks for reporting. We are sure hoping the transportation situation is better with lower crowds in a few weeks. I'm glad the food quality at Roaring Fork was still great, as we are looking forward to that since it was a highlight for us last year as well. The rooms and views sound great, I'm glad you enjoyed the upgrade.

    The big variable in transportation seems to be the wait for the bus or boat to arrive. Once it does the times are within an expected range, but it sure seems that waiting that long to even start the trip somewhere would get old.
     
  11. ocalla

    ocalla New Member

    I never understand Disney bus sharing at Deluxe resorts. You would think they would have their own transportation.

    Nothing irritates me more that getting on the bus at BC (after it has filled up at YC), then stopping at Boardwalk and Swan/Dolphin to attempt getting to DTD!

    I too am hoping that our Mardi Gras visit is less of a problem than the summer months are.
     
  12. PrincessSuzanne

    PrincessSuzanne <font color=red>Guess I will be eating crow tonigh

    It's really not that bad with some of the MK Deluxe resorts sharing, they are hardly ever full. But, I do know what you mean about the BW, YC, BC, Swan, and Dolphin, those are crazy.
     
  13. Zippa D Doodah

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

    I will always remember the very first time we visited WL (2006ish). We took the boat over from MK one afternoon, walked into the lovely lobby, and a nice CM lady handed us delicious fresh baked cookies. Been aiming to stay at WL ever since, and finally getting around to it next month. :cool1:

    This sounds crazy, but we don't pack until the night before we leave. We have been many times so we all pretty much know what to automatigically throw into the suitcases. Not much fretting and planning in terms of what to pack.

    In honor of our upcoming WL stay I have purchased a new Tilley hat. I have found that they are about the best hats for hiking, playing, and vacationing outdoors. They keep me dry, cool, and sorta sporty-looking. :rotfl:
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  14. WDWKOOK

    WDWKOOK <marquee><font color=purple>Lawyered-Up and Shovel

    That's so cute. I don't recall ever seeing WDW from the plane coming from the East Coast:scratchin

    Very interesting!

    I put off answering your question because I have been so very frustrated (again) with Photobucket. I do have a few photos of the WL merchandise that I took this month, but PB is not allowing me to edit and save them. I'm not going to give up though, I'll post when it's working again.

    How great that you were able to experience the VP Suite! I have to agree with you that this thread has been moving very fast this month - lots of new Lodgers:goodvibes

    I have a photo of the exterior of those rooms that Photobucket is not allowing me to save properly:mad:. I'll post it soon hopefully.

    Welcome and congratulations on your upcoming stay! All CL bookings, except for the two suites and the 25 Deluxe rooms are called Standard. Standard refers to the room type and not the view. Also, you cannot book a CL bunk room. There are about 6-8 and you can request one, but it can't be guaranteed.

    None of the CL rooms are very far from the lounge since the CL floor does not extend all the way down to Bay Lake as do the other 6 floors. The wing that is closest to the lounge is the South Wing.

    There are 3 possible CL views that can be requested:

    ~Courtyard of WL or INNER Courtyard
    ~Courtyard of VWL
    ~Woods View

    There are some North Wing Woods View rooms that have a castle view.

    I'll have to go check that out. Thanks!

    Welcome. I would request an INNER or WL view so that you'll have a view of the geyser, pool and Bay Lake. The other Courtyard view can be of the villas.

    You're very welcome. How exciting that you're moving to FL! You sold your entire house contents? WOW! Have you ever lived in FL before? Are you going to be FL Resident Annual Passholders?!
     
  15. WDWKOOK

    WDWKOOK <marquee><font color=purple>Lawyered-Up and Shovel

    They will often send form responses and/or welcomes. Since WL and Poly share an IPO, you'll often get messages with Aloha! And Howdy! All in the same email. It always makes me chuckle. Don't hesitate to call them if you want a more specific answer, that's what they're there for.

    :thumbsup2

    Welcome back - glad your Tardis is working again;)

    Congratulations and I'll add you to the Lodgers' Log. Do you also want to be added to the BoardWalk Bulletin? You're going to love the OFC!

    The menu is in the room and I have a copy of the new one that I will scan and post presently (should Photobucket cooperate).
     
  16. WDWKOOK

    WDWKOOK <marquee><font color=purple>Lawyered-Up and Shovel

    WL/VWL PRIVATE DINING MENU 2013:

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  17. luv2sleep

    luv2sleep New Member

    Is that from Artist Point too?

    Very helpful! :)
     
  18. goofy4prez

    goofy4prez <font color=red>DIS Dads Club Member #484<br><font

    I'm with you on this. I stayed at the YC back in January 09 and the bus situation was unbelievable. The bus was completely packed with no room to even move an arm and it still would have to make it's rounds from the YC to the BC, BW, Swan/Dolphin. It was literally unsafe to be in one of those buses and waiting for the next one was out of the question because it would be the same way. I loved the YC but will not stay there again because of the buses.
     
  19. WDWKOOK

    WDWKOOK <marquee><font color=purple>Lawyered-Up and Shovel

    CURRENT WL-THEMED MERCHANDISE

    There is also some DVC-themed merchandise and key chains that are hard to see. Each visit, there seems to be less and less resort-specific merchandise at WL and/or the same shirts/nightgowns.


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  20. WDWKOOK

    WDWKOOK <marquee><font color=purple>Lawyered-Up and Shovel

    EXTERIOR OF WOODS VIEW ROOMS LOCATED BETWEEN THE DELUXE ROOMS AT THE END OF THE NORTH WING

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  21. GrandCalifornian

    GrandCalifornian Can't Wait To Go Back

    Looks like you got some cooperation from PhotoBucket, even if it was a long fight. Thanks for posting the pics. We are looking forward to adding to our WL merchandise collection soon. :thumbsup2
     
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