I'm finally recovered enough from our 8-day vacation to WDW with my wife's family to offer some kind of post-trip report. There were 14 of us including a 9-month old, 6-year old, three 8-year olds, and an 11-year old. We wanted to do almost everything together, so planning the trip was a monumental but enjoyable task. I couldn't have done it without TouringPlans.com (TP from here on out). I would gladly pay triple what they charge for a 1-year subscription (but don't tell them that). This post is going to sound like a paid endorsement for TP. It is not. Day 0 & 1: Arrival and Wilderness Lodge It made the most sense for us to go on Spring Break, but we wanted to avoid as much of the crowd as we could, so we checked the kids out of school on the Tuesday before spring break to start the drive down. We stayed in Lake City the first night. Lesson 1: If you're going to split the drive, pack a DAY ONE bag so you don't have to unload all of your suitcases the first night. Most of you probably know this, but I didn't. We got to Wilderness Lodge around 11:00 AM on Wednesday, March 22. We couldn't have been happier with the accommodations. Here is video of my kids awestruck upon entering the lobby. I was able to check views from various rooms by using TP's Room Finder, and I requested Courtyard Views on the highest available floor for my in-laws. At the last minute (about a week before we left) I changed my request to room 6039 based on photos other users posted on TP because I wanted a clear view of the lake. TP automatically faxed my room request 5 days before our arrival, my request was honored, and the view was spectacular. Here's the view from our balcony of Fire Rock Geyser erupting one morning as it does every hour on the hour. One thing TP didn't tell me about the room was that about 30 feet down the hall were windows that offered a beautiful view of the Magic Kingdom. The blinds opened to this: And at night we could enjoy the fireworks in our PJs. We had lunch at Geyser Point, which is not on the meal plan. The open-air design made it a very relaxing place to be. My Bison Burger was a little overdone but not enough to complain about to the waiter, who was very friendly. After lunch we shopped at the Mercantile, made Mickey Tie-Dye shirts, and explored the resort, which is as beautifully landscaped as you'd expect from Disney. We ate dinner at Whispering Canyon and while the food was as delicious as it was plentiful, all the shenanigans got old pretty quickly. My MIL and FIL ate at Artist Point, which of course was wonderful. My son can demolish some ribs. The Electrical Water Pageant stopped in the lake at 9:30 PM, so we invited our whole family to watch from our balcony. I had never seen it in my 8 previous trips to WDW and I'd have been really disappointed if I had made any real effort whatsoever to do so this time. It was a disappointment. Still, the view was awesome. My kids weren't thrilled at the idea of just being at the resort and not going to the parks on our first day--especially since it was too cold to swim--but they never slowed down and had a great time. We did have an issue with our bathtub not draining. I was not looking forward to giving up our view because of a plumbing issue, but maintenance showed up within 5 minutes of my call and the tub was fixed within 5 minutes of their arrival. I was very impressed.