Disney's WILDERNESS LODGE and VILLAS Information and Questions Thread

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  1. LBlovesM&WDW

    LBlovesM&WDW DIS Veteran

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    Hi, my H and I are so excited for our first WL stay Dec. 3-13. We understand about all the construction, but one of the major reasons we upgraded to deluxe was so that he could go to the fitness center. I see info on the spa, but not the fitness center. Is it closed/going to be closed? If so, where can he work out?
     
  2. Wood Nymph

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    The fitness center is called Sturdy Branches and is located in the villas building. It was open when we were there a couple of weeks ago.
     
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  3. KAT4DISNEY

    KAT4DISNEY Glad to be a test subject

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    I think the masage rooms were closed only because the didn't want a less than peaceful experience of construction happened to be going on. But the fitness center is supposed to remain open afaik.
     
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  5. Spoisal

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    Checking in one more time from our standard construction view room (formerly woods view). I'm still really loving it. The resort is still truly awe inspiring. Maybe I wouldn't be so forgiving if I didn't know about the construction in advance, but thanks to these boards I was prepared. Like I said in a previous post- we have a view of the castle and we were able to watch wishes from our balcony last night.....all for the price of a standard! I can also watch the monorail pulling into the contemporary and boats on bay lake. We are on the 6th floor, so our balcony isn't one of the open ones. Turns out to be perfect because it blocks the mud pit - lol
     
  6. buzz1fan

    buzz1fan I Can't wait to be back!

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    I have not read thru all of these posts. But in July what would we not have access to with the changes. Is the main pool up and running? We plan to eat and swim there and go to magic kingdom and I think animal kingdom and DTD. Do you know if they share a bus with other resorts?
    Thanks!!
     
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  7. WDWKOOK

    WDWKOOK NOW WITH LESS TAG!

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    Thank you for posting photos and commenting on the construction. I think it's really helpful for others to read the experiences of those who are there. There are so many changes going on and it's hard to really know what it's like when you're not there in person.


    I can tell it wasn't easy, but I think you made the right decision for you and your family.


    I agree and also recommend against staying if you've never stayed at WL/VWL before. With so many changes and amenities closed, I don't think it would leave a good first impression.


    Are you there yet?


    I think everyone is confused when it comes to contemplating booking WL/VWL. So many unknowns, such as what the Woods View will be like when you're contemplating going next. It's possible the cabin construction will be in full swing over there.

    How about a split stay with WL and another resort, like BWI? BWI is less than GF and then you'd have a nice Epcot/MK Resort split. The Innkeeper's Club finished a rehab last year and all the rooms have been recently rehabbed, too.

    Looks like those meds wore off;). Yes, it's Loyda and I didn't know her DD was expecting - congratulations to Abuela Loyda!

    Much lower occupancy is a HUGE plus, but just make sure he knows of all the closures;)

    Thank you for your review and more photos. I'm glad you're going to stop by WL soon so we can get more great news from you!

    I'm glad you're having a great time and you love your room. It's nice they're still giving out the pins and probably will throughout the construction. There are photos of them over on the WL DVC Expansion thread and they are so cute.

    Safe travels, Joseph and post again soon if you can:)

    I like your theory:thumbsup2

    Yes, that's correct:)

    Love the new bolded room category;). Is the mud pit anything like the Parks and Recreation pit, but with mud?

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    Have you booked WL or VWL? The WL DVC Expansion thread HERE has lots of information, especially in POST 1 about the changes and closures. However, we don't have a month to month timeline of exactly what they'll be doing, where and when.

    These closures are slated to run through (April) 2017:
    Cub's Den, beach, playground, marina/watercraft rentals and fishing, wooded trail along Bay Lake, spa/massages, VWL (Quiet) pool and hot tubs, marshmallow roast, and movies shown on the beach have been relocated indoors to VWL.

    The TRANSPORTATION chapter of the thread has information on all the bus routes/times and stops. For AK and DS (DTD), the bus stops at GF after WL. There is a direct bus to MK and there is also a boat.
     
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  8. Wood Nymph

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    I have a slightly out of focus picture of the pins that they are leaving in the rooms for the guests. They are attached to a notecard that says "Pardon our pixie dust" on the front of the card.

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  9. DizzyDis

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    Thank you so much for your thoughts on your visit, I am excited about our SV stay! Love to see any pics of your view when you are back home. Thanks again for checking in while away!
     
  10. JReneeW

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    We just checked in today, but spent most of the day in the parks. I'm actually not seeing the construction as too disruptive just yet, but we are also very close to the lobby with a CY room. We also got the construction discount and an extra FP+ each day we are in MK, so that helps!

    It also gives us a close view of the rooms in the south wing - you can see mattresses leaning against the porch doors.
     
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  11. buzz1fan

    buzz1fan I Can't wait to be back!

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    We haven't booked yet. Right now we are staying a few nights at the poly. But my kids are looking to get another park day and I was looking to stay at a nice hotel that is less money and maybe get that extra ticket. This is the end of our beach trip. We would stay at WL, and will do a lot of swimming. It looks like the main pool and play area seem to be okay. I'm. It worried about construction noise as no more napping kids for us. I'm considering making the change for July.

    Plus we can still eat at the Poly pretty easy staying here I think too.
     
  12. racefans44

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    I've seen a few people mention a construction discount or credit. Is this standard procedure for all guests during construction or do you have to ask for it? Just curious. Looking forward to my first WL stay in May.
     
  13. JReneeW

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    No. You were only offered the discount if you booked before the construction was announced. And I use "offered" lightly. You had to call and ask for the discount.

    On the upside to construction, the busses seem empty so far!
     
  14. rcraw45425

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    The bus info is the best news, I had changed from POR to WL after remembering that the transportation at WL is better than POR. When I found out that half of the resort is closed it made me even happier to not be battling packed buses!
     
  15. hbr03

    hbr03 Earning My Ears

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    Hello! We were last at WL October 2014 while the main pool was being refurbed. We're planning to return October 1-8. Given the reduction of CV rooms, would you recommend going ahead and booking? I've been waiting to see if any fall discounts are announced. Looking forward to catching up!
     
  16. WildMouser

    WildMouser Earning My Ears

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    Thanks for all the continued construction updates!

    Are the OFL renovations scheduled to be complete by August?
     
  17. jgriff

    jgriff Earning My Ears

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    My fiancé and I will be staying four nights for the princess half. First time staying here but not letting the construction bum me out!
     
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  18. Ladcassidy

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    We are here now, staying at VWL. The construction has been a non-event so far in terms of disrupting our plans.

    We can see the bald former quiet pool site from our balcony, and plenty of other signs of construction: piles of dirt, missing trees, plastic and wooden barriers, and scaffolding. But we've not been bothered by noise or mess.

    The main Lodge is still bustling with activity even with half the guests. The transportation, pool activities and smiling cast members are as available as ever.

    We do miss the "shortcut" past the quiet pool from the villas to the boat dock, but that's the only construction-related inconvenience we've encountered.

    At least for now, I recommend sticking with the VWL.
     
  19. PopGirl26

    PopGirl26 Obsessed. Just obsessed.

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    May I ask your room number? I'd love to request something similar. We have a Standard booked this summer. Thanks!
     
  20. Spoisal

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    It was 6022. There were a couple of bare trees blocking the castle slightly, but at night when it is lit up, you could see it nicely. And there was nothing blocking the view of the fireworks.
     
  21. PopGirl26

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    Thanks! The trees will be more filled out this summer, I'm sure, but it still sounds lovely.
     

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