Like the Phoenix, out of the ashes arises THE NEWEST WL FAQ! (Part 3)

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  1. kimmar067

    kimmar067 TAGS?? It's all about the 'likes' now!

    Mar 7, 2001
    Well, it seems that our "lease" has just 'bout run out, so we begin here anew, on our never-ending journey (more like trials and tribulations!) to achieve the BEST-EVER FAQ for those interested in visiting the Wilderness Lodge, the ONLY TRUE HOME-AWAY-FROM-HOME! :wink:

    So, set a spell, grab a cup o'joe (or whatever floats yer boat!) and join in:

    [size=small]All ideas, suggestions, stories, and photos welcome....[/size]

    Here is a link to our last WL FAQ thread:
  2. Majestic

    Majestic <font color=blue>News at 11 with your anchorman Fr

    Jun 9, 2003
    Wooohoo! First Post!

    Love the new digs!

    I feel special.

    SHHHHHHHHHH! I'm hunting wabbits....



    Fred :)
  3. AspiringCindy

    AspiringCindy <font color=FF66FF>Craved Spam.....the unidentifie

    Jun 17, 2002
    Yeah! Congrats Kim on the 3rd installment!:grouphug: Lets put our heads together and get started!
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  5. FloridaCat

    FloridaCat <font color=blue>WL Vet<br><font color=red>Wild Wa

    Jun 23, 2003
    Whoo Hoo, Onward to new horizons, let the merriment begin.
  6. Liv2CdWorld

    Liv2CdWorld <font color=CC99CC>I love these boards ---- this i

    Aug 19, 2002
    Welcome Home everyone.

    Maybe we could cut and past the "basics" from the other thread and put them in the beginning of this one?

    Just a thought for the new folk that may arrive :teeth:
  7. AspiringCindy

    AspiringCindy <font color=FF66FF>Craved Spam.....the unidentifie

    Jun 17, 2002
    Lately, it seems that room location and requests have been the most sought out info. So here goes...a condensed version in honor of 999Ghosts... who helped make the original thread ssooo successful!

    Standard Rooms: All non-smoking rooms with 2 Queen beds.
    Located on Floors 4,5 & 6. On the North Side
    (MK), they face the Service area. There are
    also 4th Floor rooms that overlook the lobby
    look out to roof peaks. Some of the more
    desirable rooms facing MK are rooms4032,
    4034, 6012 & 6022
    Lobby rooms do have balconies!

    Woods View Rooms: These rooms are located above the
    Front Desk on Floors 5 & 6. North side
    Woods View rooms are on Floors 1-6 and
    face the "Otter Pond"(a handful face MK).
    Rm 5032 faces MK & Otter Pond!
    Floors 4,5 & 6 above Whispering Canyon are
    Woods View Lobby Rooms!

    Courtyard View Rooms: Courtyard view rooms can be
    located on top of the lobby, down the
    South Corridor facing either the falls/pool
    or facing the Villas, on the North side overlooking
    falls/pool or at the end of the hallways facing
    towards the Lake. For best views of the Electric
    Pageant, request 4th floor Southside.

    Deluxe Rooms: They are at the end of the hallways are
    considered non-specific views. They can be
    courtyard or woods view.

    Concierge Rooms: All are located on the 7th Floor as well as the
    Vice and Presidential Suites. Views vary! *talk to

    HoneyMoon Suites- are located on the 7th floor above the front
    desk and above Whispering Canyon.

    Accessible Rooms for special needs- Most are located on the 1st floor-Villa side. There are also some on the North wing 1st floor. There is 1 located on the 6th floor(lobby room above Whispering Canyon).
    All accessible rooms at WL are King beds, so if your party is larger than 2, a second room is added at no additional charge(if booked through the special needs department...and guaranteed to connect).
    *Seeing eye/service dogs can be accomodated in any of the rooms, but depend on the person's abilities as to whether or not they need a handicap accessible room specifically.

    *Even room numbers are to the outside of the WL shape and odd room numbers are rooms towards courtyard side.
    * All smoking rooms are located on the North Wing on the 6th
    floor(but this could have changed)
    Floor plans-


    Room views(photos)

    *If anyone reads a mistake or knows of changes, please PM accurate info is available! Thanks
  8. Kimberle

    Kimberle WL Vet

    Jul 11, 2003
  9. Majestic

    Majestic <font color=blue>News at 11 with your anchorman Fr

    Jun 9, 2003
    I will take this valuable message space to make a call for MEMBER PHOTOS and BALCONY VIEWS!!! Why haven't you all been sending me PICS!! :)

    Make sure to include WHO YOU ARE and what the ROOM #s are!!
    Please, try not to clog my mailbox with too many pics. :) A few at a time will do fine. I don't need more than 800x600 resolution either. (If that is a problem, I will resize the images for you.)

    Send them to

    I can also scan images (free of charge) if you don't have a digital copy or a scanner. I do these in my spare time so nothing speedy. PM me for more info.

    Thanks everyone!

    MAGICinMYHEART <font color=FF0066<b>WL Vet</b><br><font color=gre

    Aug 2, 2003
    <center>Disney's Wilderness Lodge and Villas Resort</center>
    The Wilderness Lodge and Villas are nestled in a dense forest of pines on Bay Lake, accessible by waterway from the Magic Kingdom. The Lodge and Villas were inspired by the U.S. National Park lodges built in the 1900s.
    Wilderness Lodge and the Villas offer varying accommodations, ranging from 350-1072 sq. feet. The Lodge houses 728 guest rooms and suites, with some encircling the cavernous lobby but most in the two wings. The cozy Lodge rooms are outfitted with pine furniture and quilted bedspreads. Most Lodge rooms have two queen beds, but some offer a bunk bed in place of the second bed. The Villas feature 136 studios, one-and two-bedroom suites, each with a kitchenette or full kitchen, VCR, and washer and dryer.

    Questions Asked at Wilderness Lodge:
    What are the advantages to staying at the WL?
    Located in the Magic Kingdom Resort area, the WL is a themed resort unto itself. Many folks feel they could stay at the Lodge their entire trip and still have had relaxing vacation with their money well spent.
    Is there a Wall Safe located in the rooms?
    The rooms do have a small safe in the closet to store valuables. It's big enough for your plane tickets, cash/travelers checks and maybe some jewelry, but not much more. For storing larger valuables inquire at the front
    What time does the geyser erupt?
    The geyser erupts every hour on the hour from 7:00a.m. until 10:00p.m.
    Are there towels available at the pool?
    Towels are available at the pool by the pool bar. They are also located by Hidden Springs Pool at the Villas
    What time is the Electrical Water Pageant?
    The Electrical Water Pageant is nightly at 9:35p.m. on Bay Lake. (Note: May be canceled due to inclement weather.)
    What about shopping?
    The large Wilderness Lodge Mercantile in the Lodge carries Disney themed clothing, sundries, camera supplies, postage stamps, beer & wine, foodstuffs, newspapers, and souvenirs.
    Are tours of Disney's Wilderness Lodge available?
    A unique tour, called the "Wonders of the Lodge," is offered to guest on various days beginning at 9:00a.m. This guided tour provides an informative look at the history of Disney's Wilderness Lodge, including its distinctive construction, theming and artwork. Please call the Front Desk for the schedule of the tour days and availability. (Guest should meet in the Lobby of Wilderness Lodge.)
    Where can I find a map of The Wilderness Lodge?
    Just click on the link below.
    What activities are available at WL for children?
    On select days Wilderness lodge has programs for children: Duck Races on Upper Silver Creek, Pool Games, Fireside Storytelling, (Meet in your pajamas at the Mercantile Fireplace) Beach Games, Penny Toss & Duck Rings.
    Daily Activities: Open Crafts and Games in Cub's Den (free)
    Children must be accompanied by an adult.
    *For good rainy day activities, ask for a Kid's activity/coloring book at the bell station or a list of Hidden Mickeys at Guest services. You can also get a list of the resort's music at the Mercantile shop.
    Explore the resort:
    Indian artifacts, historic paintings, and survey maps are displayed. Follow Silver Creek from it's indoor origin as a Hot Spring and onward outside as a bubbling brook and waterfall, eventually making it's way to Bay Lake.
    Flag family:
    Ask about becoming a Flag family. Each morning a family is selected to go on the Lodge roof to help raise the flag! This is popular, so inquire at check-in for a better chance.

    Cub's Den:
    Children's Entertainment Center
    Ages 4-12
    $8.00 per hour
    (Meal included)
    Call WDW-DINE for reservations.

    You can take a direct boat to the Magic Kingdom. Boats also ferry you to Ft Wilderness and the Contemporary. Buses take you directly to EPCOT, Disney-MGM Studios, Disney's Animal Kingdom, Downtown Disney, and the water parks.* To reach other resorts, go to the Magic Kingdom (daytime) or Downtown Disney (evening), and then transfer to a resort bus. Fort Wilderness and Wilderness Lodge share many of their bus routes, so travel to and from Fort Wilderness is quite convenient.* Fort Wilderness and Wilderness Lodge are the only Resorts that have a bus to TTC this boat goes to TTC to provide guest with another option to reach MK, some guest may have trouble boarding the boats with ECV's due to varying water levels of Bay Lake, so travel to any of the Monorail resorts is also convenient. Note If you would like to take the bus to TTC you may then board the Monorail to EPCOT this is just an option.

    All pools are outdoor and heated
    One Main feature pool with a slide (Silver Creek Springs Pool)
    Silver Creek Pool Hours Lifeguard/Slide
    One quiet pool located at Villas, Hidden Springs Pool (No lifeguard on duty)
    Kiddie pool
    Three Jacuzzis (Two next to Silver Creek Springs Pool one at Villas next to Hidden Springs Pool)
    For your safety and enjoyment, diaper-age children are required to wear swim piapers or rubber pants when using and pool at the WALT DISNEY WORLD Resort. Swim diapers are available at the Mercantile for your conveience.
    Health Club:
    Sturdy Branches Health Club:
    Full range of cardio and strength equipment, free weights
    Massage Treatments offered. In room massage by appointment.
    Sauna room
    Personal Training by appointment
    Located in The Villas at Wilderness Lodge (next door)
    Bay Lake Beach:
    For sunbathing
    Buttons and Bells Games Arcade available for the kids
    Playground available
    *Watercraft Rentals:
    Water mice, sailboats, pontoon boats, canopy boats and water-skiing
    *Bike Rentals:
    Bikes are available to rent
    Hook a fun-filled fishing trip for the entire family. Bass Fishing Excursions and Children's Fishing Excursions for bluegill (ages 6-12 years) are available on Bay Lake and Seven seas Lagoon. Trips are two hours long and depart from Wilderness Lodge Marina. Fishing guide and equipment provided for up to 5 guest per boat. (Catch-and-release basis only)
    Jogging path extends about a mile to Ft. Wilderness.
    Kids Activities:
    Game room, kiddie pool, and Cub's Den themed baby-sitting service for kids ages 4-12.

    Teton Boat & Bike Rental
    Explore the Seven Seas lagoon, Bay Lake and the wilderness trails.
    Bike Rental 9:00a.m.-5:00p.m.
    Boat Rental 10:00a.m.-5:00p.m.

    Speciality Cruises available to view the Magic Kingdom Fireworks. Call WDW-PLAY for reservations

    *Recreation Family Plans:
    Plan includes the Water Mouse, Pontoon Boats, Canopy Boats, Sailboats and Bicycles, (Cruises and Surry Biles NOT included)
    Captain Plan: 4 hours of rental per Group $115 plus tax
    Family Plan: Length of Stay Plan (Weekly Rate for Use of Equipment Listed Above) $199.00 plus
    tax (Up to 5 Guests per Plan)

    Artist Point
    The ambiance is inspired by the rustic yet elegant dining rooms in cherished National Park lodges. This dramatic space captures the spirit and romance of the American frontier through beautiful murals and paintings, and a view that overlooks Silver Creek Falls. Celebrate the culinary heritage and flavors of Washington State, Oregon, and British Columbia.
    Cedar plank salmon, seasonal game meats, Penn Cove mussels, Artist Point Berry Cobbler, and an award-winning wine list.
    Meals: Dinner Serving nightly from 5:30p.m. until 10:00p.m.
    Service Type: Sit-down Meal and Something Special
    Special Requirements: Priority Seating Recommended.
    Priority Seating:Please call (407) WDW-DINE (939-3463)†
    Menu: Dinner
    Kid's dinner:
    Whispering Canyon Cafe
    Yee-haw. Ready for a rowdy meal? This hootin' and hollerin' good time restaurant serves regional barbecue favorites and award-winning chili.
    Breakfast: American favorites, all-you-can-eat breakfast skillets plus á la cart selections. Lunch/Dinner: All-you-can-eat skillets; á la carte selections including sandwiches, salads, roasted chicken and maple glazed pork chops.
    Meals: Breakfast served from 7:30a.m. til 11:00a.m. Lunch served daily from 12:00 noon til 3:00p.m. full bar is available, and Dinner sered nightly from 5:00p.m. til 10:00p.m. Full bar is available.
    Service Type: Sit-down Meal
    Special Requirements: Priority Seating Recommended.
    Priority Seating: Please call (407) WDW-DINE (939-3463)†
    Kid's breakfast:
    Kid's lunch:
    Kid's dinner:
    Roaring Fork Snacks
    Description: Grab a quick bite before heading out to explore the "Pacific Northwest." Purchase a Disney's Wilderness Lodge souvenir mug and receive complimentary refills on non-alcoholic beverages.
    Specialties: Breakfast: Sausage biscuit, scrambled eggs, fried potatoes, muffins, bagels, fresh fruit. Lunch/Dinner: Hamburgers, specialty sandwiches, salads, fresh fruit and ice cream.
    Meals: Breakfast 6:00a.m.-11:00a.m. Lunch/Dinner 11:00a.m.-12:00midnight (grill opens at 7:00a.m. and closes at 11:00a.m.) and Snacks.
    Service Type: Convenience Meal
    Territory Lounge
    Description: Located off the lobby of Disney's Wilderness Lodge, this lounge offers a quiet retreat for light snacks and refreshing beverages.
    Specialties: Appetizers are served in the evenings.(from 4:30p.m. til 11:00p.m.)
    Meals: Snack
    Service Type: Lounge Open daily from 4:30p.m. until 11:30p.m.
    Miss Jenny's In Room Dining
    Choose from a selection of memu offerings for breakfast, and dinner.Breakfast is served from 7:00a.m. til 11:00a.m. and dinner is served from 5:00p.m. til 10:00p.m. Pizza,sandwiches and snacks served from 4:00p.m. til midnight.
    Trout Pass Pool Bar
    Description: Located by the picturesque pool at Disney's Wilderness Lodge. Enjoy snacks and beverages.
    Specialties: Drinks and snacks.
    Meals: Snack Open daily from 12:00noon until......
    Service Type: Convenience Meal and Lounge


    While staying at Wilderness Lodge many guest enjoy
    Ft. Wilderness Resort and Campground
    following are fun activities,and resturants, located just a quick boat ride from the Wilderness Lodge.

    Children's Playground:
    Climb, slide and play to your heart's content at outdoor activity areas located at Pioneer Hall, the Meadow Recreation area.
    Hook a fun-filled fishing trip for the entire family. (Catch and release only.)$165-$195
    Horse-Drawn Excursions:
    Take a relaxing, old-fashioned wagon or carriage ride through the Resort & Campground.
    Horse Drawn Carriage Ride
    Leaves from Crockett's Tavern
    6:00-10:00p.m. $30.00
    Horse Drawn Wagon Ride
    Leaves from Pioneer hall @ Ft Wilderness.
    7:00 & 9:30p.m. "Hayride"($8/adult and $4/children)
    Horseback Riding:
    Take a guided trail ride through the woods at the Resort & Campground. $32.00 at the livery (must be 9+yrs.,48"+)
    Pony Rides:
    Take a leisurely pony ride with an accompanying adult at the lead. (Ages 2 and older.) $3.00
    Chip'n Dale's Campfire Sing-a-long:
    Gather 'round the campfire with your nutty pals for songs and fun, then watch a classic Disney movie under the stars. 8:00p.m.
    Petting Farm:
    Interact with lovable critters at the petting farm located between Pioneer Hall and the Tri-Circle D Ranch.(free)
    Hit the hard courts for a set or two. (Bring your own equipment - rentals are not available.)

    Trail's End Buffet
    Beamed ceiling and split rails give this Pioneer Hall buffet its frontier flavor.
    Location: Disney's Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground
    Specialties: All-you-care-to-eat home-style buffet
    Breakfast: Breakfast meats, omelets, Mickey waffles, French toast
    Lunch: Fried chicken, pizza, sandwiches, soup and salad
    Dinner: Fried chicken, BBQ ribs, peel and eat shrimp and chefs specialities
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
    Service Type: Buffet
    Musical Revue @ Pioneer Hall:
    The Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue is a hilarious vaudville-style entertainment plus all-you-can-eat vittles. Enjoy a special evening at Pioneer Hall. Casual dress. Price includes tax and gratuity.
    Location: Disney's Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground
    Specialties: All-You-Care-To-Eat fried chicken, smoked BBQ pork ribs, corn, baked beans, tossed green salad, fresh baked bread and strawberry shortcake. Unlimited draft beer, wine, sangria and soft drinks.
    Meals: Dinner
    Service Type: Dinner Show
    Special Requirements:Priority Seating Required.
    Priority Seating:
    Please call (407) WDW-DINE (939-3463)†
    Mickey's Backyard BBQ
    Come join a knee-slappin' good ol' time. You'll be thrown back to Huck Finn and Tom Sawyer's old stompin' grounds when you enter the outdoor pavilion just a stone's throw away from Pioneer Hall. This is an outdoor (under cover in a pavilion) picnic event, with Disney Characters, live Country Western music and an all you can eat BBQ Buffet. Open seasonally, on selected days. Price includes tax and gratuit
    Location: Disney's Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground
    Character Meals: Mickey and Friends
    All-You-Care-To-Eat Buffet featuring BBQ pork ribs, baked chicken, hot dogs with all the fixin's, corn-on-the-cob, baked beans, macaroni and cheese, potato salad, corn bread, watermelon, marble cake. Unlimited draft beer, wine, lemonade and iced tea.
    Meals: Dinner
    Service Type: Dinner Show and Character Dining
    Special Requirements: Priority Seating Required.
    Priority Seating:
    Please call (407) WDW-DINE (939-3463)†
    Crockett's Tavern Lounge
    Blaze a trail to this refreshing outpost of flavor featuring pizza, appetizers, smoothies and full service bar. They pioneered great taste.
    Chuck Wagon
    (loacted near the campfire area)Open during the Campfire Program, serving hot dogs, pizza, popcorn, and marshmallows for roasting.
    Location: Disney's Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground


    Disney's Wilderness Lodge is a majestic reflection of the famous National Park lodges of America's Great Northwest. This Deluxe Resort features a spectacular pool area with water slide, white-sand beach, and a complete array of dining and recreational options. [
    Check In/Out: 3:00 PM / 11:00 AM
    2004 Room Rates
    (tax not included)
    Room Type Value Regular Peak Holiday
    Standard View $ 199 $ 239 $ 289 $ 324
    Lodge View (Woods) $ 219 $ 254 $ 299 $ 339
    Courtyard View $ 250 $ 290 $ 340 $ 385
    Concierge $ 350 $ 385 $ 435 $ 475
    Honeymoon* $ 360 $ 400 $ 435 $ 490
    Deluxe - Jr. Suite $ 390 $ 435 $ 495 $ 540
    Vice Presidental - Yosemite* $ 720 $ 815 $ 920 $ 1,045
    Presidental - Yellowstone* $ 815 $ 895 $ 1,020 $ 1,190
    Value season for 2004 is 1/1 - 2/11, 7/5 - 9/29, 10/31 - 12/19
    Regular season for 2004 is 4/18 - 7/4, 9/30 - 10/30
    Peak season for 2004 is 2/12 - 4/17
    Holiday season for 2004 is 12/20 - 12/31
    *To book this room type, please call (407) WDW-MAGIC (939-6244)†
    About 37 Lodge rooms with King beds double as the barrier-free (handicap-accessible) rooms and have a large shower with no tub. Smoking rooms are 6th floor, Building "B", North Wing. This would be Woodsview and inner Courtyard.
    Most rooms have a maximum four-person occupancy per room. Prices are per room and do not include the 11.5% Resort tax for 2004. There is an additional adult charge of $25 per adult per night for more than two adults in a room. Prices, benefits, and other terms are subject to change without notice. Length-of-stay requirements may apply. Rooms subject to availability. Certain nights are already sold out. Prices are in U.S. dollars.
    STANDARD-TWO QUEEN BEDS (sleeps 4) Guest Room amenities include in-room wall safe, voice mail, and hair dryer, iron and ironing board. Coffeemaker and refrigerator are available upon request
    DELUXE-TWO QUEEN BEDS & ONE SOFA BED (sleeps 6) The Deluxe Guest Room has a sitting area separated from the bedroom by french doors, additional television, refrigerator with ice machine, coffeemaker, and wet bar. All Deluxe Guest Rooms feature woodland views.
    Guest suites (not shown) are also available

    Enjoy spacious studios and one- and two-bedroom villas amidst the grandeur of the Rocky Mountains during the nostalgic railroad era of the 1800s. This Home Away From Home Resort, part of the Disney Vacation Club family of resorts, features a pool with a slide, health club, and a complete array of dining and recreational options.
    Check In/Out: 4:00 PM / 11:00 AM
    2004 Room Rates
    (tax not included)
    Room Type Value Regular Peak Holiday
    Studio $ 279 $ 314 $ 379 $ 434
    1 - Bedroom Villa $ 380 $ 425 $ 515 $ 560
    2 - Bedroom Villa* $ 535 $ 690 $ 835 $ 985
    Value Season for 2004 is 1/1 - 2/11, 7/5 - 9/29, 10/31 - 12/19
    Regular season for 2004 is 4/18 - 7/4, 9/30 - 10/30
    Peak season for 2004 is 2/12 - 4/17
    Holiday season for 2004 is 12/20 - 12/31
    *To book this room type, please call (407) WDW-MAGIC (939-6244)†
    Studios and One-Bedroom Villas have a maximum four-person occupancy per room, plus one child under the age of 3. Two-Bedroom Villas have a maximum eight-person occupancy per room, plus one child under the age of 3. Prices are per room and do not include the 11.5% Resort tax for 2004. Prices, benefits, and other terms are subject to change without notice. Length-of-stay requirements may apply. Rooms subject to availability and certain nights are already sold out. Prices are in U.S. dollars.
    Amenities may vary, but most accommodations include the following:
    Studios Rooms
    Wet bar, mini-refrigerator, microwave oven, coffee maker, linens, and a start-up supply of bath soap, towels, shampoo, and coffee. Also included are tissues, paper towels, paper plates, plastic silverware, and dishwashing detergent.
    One & Two-Bedroom Vacation Homes
    Linens, towels, washer and dryer, master suite with a whirlpool tub, a full kitchen with major appliances, dishware, dishwashing supplies, and a start-up supply of bath soap, shampoo, laundry detergent, and coffee.

    KCDISDAD <font color=993300><b>WL Vet</b>

    Sep 18, 2003
    We just got back and had Rm 5032 which is a Woodsview over the Otter Pond with a great view of the Castle. I was told that all smoking rooms are now on the 6th Floor but that not all of the 6th floor are smoking rooms.

    Hope this helps a little.
  12. Mouseteacher

    Mouseteacher <font color=9999FF>Being tagged makes you feel war

    Oct 20, 2002
    :wave2:Kimmar, just drove on over from the Swan/Dolphin Sorority House to wish you well on your new digs.

    Well, must head on back to see what's up with my sisters and brothers...:moped:

    KCDISDAD <font color=993300><b>WL Vet</b>

    Sep 18, 2003

    I just e-mailed you a couple of our trip pix, including a balcony view. Hope they come through OK.
  14. slimplaw

    slimplaw DIS Veteran

    Feb 18, 2001
    Looks like I will be requesting room 5032 when we are at WL in Dec. for our 30th anniversary. Thanks for the info. WL is our favorite. We stayed there our first trip to WDW in 1994 when WL was 3 weeks old.
  15. kimmar067

    kimmar067 TAGS?? It's all about the 'likes' now!

    Mar 7, 2001
    ...some of our "old-timers" (and "newbies too!) have found their way to our new "digs". What this place needs is some background music (perhaps the soundtrack of the WL lobby ??!?!?!) but I haven't quite fig-gured out how to do that...Fred, wanna take this one?

    But first....GROUP HUG!!!:grouphug: Oh yeah, and feel free to post AS MANY HUGH JACKMAN PIX AS YOU WANT::yes:: !!
  16. dizneykid

    dizneykid <font color=FF00CC>The Tag Fairy offers you pixie

    Apr 28, 2003
    Congratulations Wilderness Lodgers,

    Wow I am away for a day or so and I have to come find you all. Glad you left a trail of breadcrumbs. :wave2:

    Now, on with the show. :D
  17. FloridaCat

    FloridaCat <font color=blue>WL Vet<br><font color=red>Wild Wa

    Jun 23, 2003

    Upon entering the massive front doors, you will find on your left public rest rooms, Whisper Canyon Café, The fireplace and then to Artist’s Point. You then descend down a wide ramp hallway to the doors to the courtyard. Turning left you will find Roaring Forks Food Court, Public Restrooms, elevators and across from the elevators is Guest Laundry.

    Back at the main entrance, turning to your right will be the Bell Service desk, behind them is a small room where the Meeses can watch Disney Movies while M&D are getting checked in.
    Then along the right wall is the check in counter. At the end of the counter is an INFORMATION CENTER where you can pick up maps and time sheets for the parks. The CM will give you a packet with Wilderness information and a Lodge activities sheet. Continuing along that wall is the elevators.

    Going down the hall at the end of the check in counter is Mercantile Gift Shop, across from them are elevators. Then there is the Arcade room and Cubs Den. Going out the doors takes you to the bus terminal. There are signs informing you where each bus will stop and where it is going.

    For the sake of clarification I am naming the buildings LOBBY, NORTH WING A, NORTH WING B, SOUTH WING A, SOUTH WING B. With the A buildings close to the lobby and the B building connected to the A buildings; towards Bay Lake. The North buildings are on your left facing the lodge and South buildings on your right.

    Rooms are numbered “Floor-Building-Room”. An example is 6008 is sixth floor, north wing, room 8. 6108 is sixth floor, south wing, room 8.
    Even room numbers are to the outside and odd numbers are rooms towards the courtyard side.
    Room numbers are somewhat confusing as in the North wing, room numbers are ##6 to ##00 from the lobby towards the boat dock. They are the opposite in the South wing, ##60 at the end and ##00 at the lobby.

    NORTH BUILDING, WING A: Outside is all Standard View overlooking the service area parking lot. This is where all deliveries are being made to the Lodge. This would work if you are only in the room to sleep. During the day there is a lot of activity of trucks making deliveries. The view is not distasteful; it’s the truck traffic during the day.
    Inside rooms are Courtyard View in the general vicinity of the Waterfalls.

    NORTH WING BUILDING B: Outside is Woodsview and is very quiet and private. We enjoyed it very much and would request it on future trips. We had a good view of Otter Pond, while we never saw any Otter’s there were plenty of Ducks swimming and Rabbits having dinner. The MK fireworks are very plain to see and my estimation is rooms 5012 to 5032 had the same opportunity as well as the same rooms on 4th and 6th floors. Rooms #008 to the end of the building are blocked by two large trees to view MK and to far from Otter Pond to see except a small end of it.

    Courtyards views on the inside offer a fantastic view of the pool area and are somewhat noisy until the pool is closed for the day.

    NOTE: If you are in the South wing,you canstill view the MK fireworks. Go to the 5th or 6th floor where the two wings meet. pull back the shutters on the big windows. Fastest way to get up it the elevater by RF.
    SOUTH BUILDING A & B: Both sides are considered Courtyard View; however the outside rooms view the Villas and are quiet. Inside view is the courtyard.

    Elevators in the wings are located where Wing A & B connect. Rooms to the far end have a long walk to the elevators or use the stairwell on the end to go to the pool or boat dock. It is my opinion that the North side offers more in convenience then the South side. Both sides are equal in access to Courtyard and pool, but the North has a greater convenience to Roaring Fork area of the lobby and to the boat dock. 5028 was a few steps from the elevator, not a noise problem, which opened into the RF hallway, Pubic restrooms and the Courtyard area just outside RF.
    All end units facing Bay Lake are suites

    Room numbers will not be given to you under any circumstances until it is ready for occupancy, security is the reason given.
    If you arrive early you can check in, but your room key is not activated until Housekeeping clears it as ready, then you will be told what room you are in.

    You should note the 6th floor rooms have a “pit” for your balcony. You can identify it in the pictures by where the roof looks like it was cut and raised. This is the 6th floor. They are very private, but you do have to stand to see over them. The lobby is 7 stories high

    The best way to get to the North Wings from the lobby is to take the main elevator to your floor and walk across the hall overlooking the lobby.

    Coming from the boat dock or pool, entering by RF is best for the North Wing. The entrance close to where A & B connect is best for the South Wing.

    WL MAP:

    POOLS: Silver Spring and Silver Creek meanders down to the waterfalls and into the pool. There is a small slide and it is in the rocks that jut out into the pool. Two large hoppers by Trout pool bar have abundance of towels. The main pool is very pleasant during morning hours and does become somewhat crowded in the afternoon. Our plan was to stay at the main pool and after lunch move over to the Villas pool. While smaller is very nice and less crowded. A bonus is they have piped the lobby music to Rock Speakers in the surrounding landscape. We had a table in the shade and a speaker nearby and was very relaxing and enjoyable. WL sound track offers a very good selection of Western songs.
    On the back of each Lifegaurd station is a white board. Each morining they list Park Hours, that day's weather and Lodge activities, like Duck races.
    At the end of the main pool is the Kiddie pool. Up the steps are the teo spas.

    ROARING FORKS: The 20oz. Refillable mugs, 10.99, are a must. Coffee, tea, hot or cold, soda, lemonade and Hot Chocolate. A must if you have children. This is a high quality mug good to be used as a travel mug. While you observe a ton of food going out there, it is never a wait of more then ten minutes. The line at the drink station is just a few minutes. Prices are reasonable for the surroundings and comments were favorable.

    WHISPER CANYON: Food is very good and a fun filled atmosphere. CM’s had the kids do a “Pony Ride”. Boy’s had to sing Happy Birthday to the Girls and same for the girls

    Artist’s Point is more upscale and very god comments.




    TRANSPORTATION: During the morning and at park closings, the trip is one resort. It is during the day going or coming that more then one stop was encountered. Going to DTD is slow and should drive if you have a car.
    Boats have two colored flags. A small Launch runs a continuous circle from WL to FW to Contemporary. It has a blue flag. The MK boat is larger and flies a green flag.

    WILDLIFE: They seem to have adapted very well to guests. One morning an Armadillo came up the walk searching for tidbits. Egrets and many other birds had no problem standing by a table for any fallen morsel. Ducks have no problem getting the pool for a swin with you. (Better Kim?)

    My gift to the "Family" Have your speakers on.

    Instructions for the WL Screensaver.


    Location: 1st floor across from the elevators down from Roaring Forks

    Washers: 5 (med sized loads) $2.00 a load

    Dryers: 10 $1.00 for 15 min, (60 min max)

    Go in the evening time right before the rush. There is a waiting line till about 11:00pm. If you didn't come back for your dryer in time your stuff is taken out! Everyone is splitting their wash load into 2 dryer loads so it would dry faster. Most of the WL VET ladies reccmend early morning.

    Hair blowers, irons, ironing baords are in the rooms, Coffeemakers will be supplied by request to mousekeepers.

    The smoking rooms are on the 6th floor of the North Wing, Building "B", These are Woodsview and about thirty rooms.

    The Geyser starts at 7:00 AM and on the hour until 10:00 PM
  18. Tig-girl

    Tig-girl <font color=990099>WL VET <br><font color=blue>If

    Oct 16, 2002
    kimmar Can you believe this is #3. We have so many "regulars" now! I can't believe I've been here for 2 years now!

    Florida Cat Thanks for the easy link to the new thread!

    Cindy Thanks for being the only one to give me any input on my plea for ticket advice (and where are the rest of you:confused: huh, huh?) Also Cindy, that synopsis of the rooms is great. I think that one needs to be printed out for future reference.

    KDISDAD That room you were in (5032), was it a lobby view also?

    Everybody else Good Evening!
  19. Ratpack

    Ratpack WL VET DVC Gold

    Apr 9, 2002
    I'm here, I'm here!!!:bounce:

    This thread is only 1 hour old and already it is on page 2. We will need part 4 before the end of the year at this rate.:p
  20. Tig-girl

    Tig-girl <font color=990099>WL VET <br><font color=blue>If

    Oct 16, 2002
    That is because it's the best thread and we have so many loyal followers. Oh yea, we all get lost for a few days now and again, get busy with life, but we all end up back here! I'm so glad that I found the Disboards!:grouphug:
  21. kimmar067

    kimmar067 TAGS?? It's all about the 'likes' now!

    Mar 7, 2001
    ...'bout time we had a JBJ pic here!:D

    And, thanks FC for that synopsis! You forgot one thing tho'...the DUCKEES!!
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