VWL Groupies & Lovers Thread (Special Collectors Edition: Viva VWL!), updated 01 August 2022

sleepydog25

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COVID-19 UPDATE 08/01/2022 (The primary INTRODUCTION follows after)
"Sadly, we are still under the effects of the silent enemy that is the coronavirus. In fact, it's surging again in too many places with too many people. We must get through to the other side of the dark tunnel."


Those are the words I typed as the lead sentences to this page back in early December of 2020; It is now August of 2022, and sadly, we are still dealing with covid, more than two and a half years after it made an ugly appearance on our shores. Just when we think it's ebbing, the covid virus mutates again and we begin the cycle anew. Meanwhile, we have developed a certain fatigue in trying to balance the desire for normality with the need of being careful against this still raging virus. The only encouraging development is that the latest mutations haven't seemed quite as deadly, especially to those who are fully vaccinated. Still, it's becoming evident that we may very well have to deal with this nasty bugger ad infinitum. Meanwhile, Disney has returned to mostly normal (new normal?) operations, although some things will likely never return such as unfettered access to any park at any time with a mere Annual Pass in hand. This is not our parents' Disney any longer. Still, Disney parks and resorts will continue to produce magic on some level for millions, and in that spirit, our Groupies thread will always welcome those who have a love for the Lodge, in particular, and all things Disney, in general.

Upon further reflection, I'm going to continue to include some of the words I wrote over 2 years ago...for now. These words serve as a reminder that life is fragile and can be tilted off its axis in mere days if not moments. Again, our beloved Groupie page has continued during this time as a beacon of good will and familiarity, a place many of us come to for mental and emotional refuge if you will. I'll highlight the old verbiage that stands out just for grins. It's always important for us to see from whence we've come as the journey is often just as important as the destination. So keep reading and be safe, Groupies!
_________________________ Historical Context Follows Below _____________________________
Still, WDW is open on a limited basis, and all the DVC resorts are open, as well, including our beloved Lodge. I thought about completely changing the narrative below; however, as I reread it for the nth time, I realized that all the sentiments and feelings are still accurate--we just have to accustom ourselves to the reality of how the COVID virus has changed our lives for the foreseeable future. Masks, wipes, hand sanitizer, temperature checks, and distancing remind me of THE MANDALORIAN mantra--"This is the way." Anyway, please read our welcome mat of a post below and know that nothing about our Groupies has changed. In fact, in many ways we've become more of a place of companionship and protection from the worries of the outside world. Come, join us, and share in the familial spirit upon which this thread was born. You won't regret the decision.
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INTRODUCTION
:welcome: to the absolutely friendliest, most familial, and genuinely nice group of folks on the DIS! If you've just stumbled upon our thread or been directed here by another, we hope you'll join our happy band. Just below, you'll see floor plans and room numbers for both Copper Creek and VWL, courtesy of GrandCalifornian and Granny, respectively.

Speaking of, the Copper Creek Villas & Cabins at Disney's Wilderness Lodge (CC) have been open to guests for years now. As most know, the Villas at Disney's Wilderness Lodge (VWL) were renamed Boulder Ridge Villas at Disney's Wilderness Lodge or BRV. (However, most of us on this thread will continue to call it VWL because it's in our DNA and because, no offense, Boulder Ridge is just a silly name ;)). Regardless, this thread is open to ALL who have a love of the Lodge. Whether you bought at Copper Creek, own at VWL, own at another resort, OR don't own any DVC at all but still love the Lodge, you are welcome to join our happy band of brothers and sisters.

The common, ahem, thread that connects us is our love of the Lodge. That's the only requisite for membership in our group (well, there is that pesky $50 initiation fee, payable to moi, in small, unmarked bills--unlike DVC and Disney, our prices have not gone up). Groupies love the serenity of VWL and Copper Creek, as they are places to recharge our internal batteries after a day spent with 10,000 (Covid adjusted at times) of our closest friends in a park: sitting in rockers with a favored beverage in hand; taking in fireworks or Electric Water Pageant from Geyser Point Bar & Grill; catching a movie on family nights; relaxing in the new pool (or the old pool now called Copper Creek); playing checkers in the quiet calm of the Villas lobby; watching awe-struck faces of first-time Lodge visitors as they walk into the main lobby; listening to the most majestic resort background music ever; strolling the grounds with your significant other in the evening; or simply listening to the sound of crickets along the walkway as the lanterns flicker overhead. There is something in the air at VWL, Copper Creek, and the Lodge that stirs the soul, something that conjures images of a simpler, more relaxing time. These memories keep us coming back time and again.

Although many of our group are experts in all things VWL and gladly share their knowledge, we don't exist merely as a compendium of facts and figures. We who inhabit this thread have become true friends--even family--over the years. We celebrate the special times together just as we offer respite and strength in more somber moments. We're a positive bunch who found a unique and safe place to share triumphs, heartbreaks, memories, and pictures. . .lots and lots of pictures. . .we love pictures. Hint, hint. So, we hope you'll join in, or in the case of our current cast of characters (don't you love alliteration?), continue to share. Pull up a rocker, grab a libation, and set a spell (spittoon optional). See you 'round the fireplace!

Oh, I almost forgot. . .if you'd like to share your trip dates, whether to VWL or any other Disney resort or a cruise, please send me a PM. You'll see a collection of those dates further below on this page.


Regardless of how you found us, this thread will continue to promote those ideals of family and friendship to all who find their way here. May Moosie dust precede you on your journey. pixiedust:

For a look at the room numbers, locations, and types, please scroll down to the diagrams below provided by GrandCalifornian. Thank you, GC!!



UPDATE******UPDATE******UPDATE******UPDATE******UPDATE******UPDATE******UPDATE
Our band of brothers and sisters who come to these pages to share their love of the Lodge has hit a major milestone--1,032 pages (and counting), over 21,000 replies, AND over 1,000,000 views! That is a testament to our loyal Groupies, the appeal of a place to come share our friendship, and a safe haven in this time of Covid. Congratulations, Groupies (and future Groupies)!!!!!


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^^THE STROLL DOWN MEMORY LANE SECTION^^

Thanks to the efforts of Granny and Flossbolna (hereafter christened Flossy ;)), I've included a compendium of previous Groupie Threads that date back to our humble beginnings. Grab a coffee, tea, or something stronger; sit back; and have a leisurely read through the pages of history, history, history, history. . .

November 22, 2006 The VWL Groupies & Trivia Thread

April 17, 2008 ***The VWL Groupies & Trivia Thread*** Chapter 2!

June 2, 2009 http://www.disboards.com/threads/were-baaaaack-the-wlvs-groupies-trivia-thread-chapter-3.2045682/

June 18, 2010 VWL Lovers & Groupies thread: It all started with a Moose

May 5, 2011 VWL Lovers & Groupies Thread: Meese-ka, Mice-ka MOOSE-kateers

April 10, 2012 VWL Groupies...yes, we love the Lodge!!

October 22, 2012 The VWL Groupies and Lovers Thread-It started with a MOOSE [This one really doesn't count...it was a mistake as the moderators didn't notice that we had shut down an older thread]

March 5, 2013 VWL Groupies...yes, we love the Lodge, a lot!!
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^^OUR BEAUTIFUL LODGE IN LOVING PICTURES^^

Flowers still there in season. . .

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Taken from CCV toward VWL
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The Totem Gang
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Geyser Point
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Old Bearful Geyser
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The bus side of VWL
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I left this picture of Artist Point, though it is now a character meal. It was a very sentimental spot for us, so like the picture of Ranger Stan below, this shot is mostly here for posterity.
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Looking toward the right wing of the main Lodge (now home to the Copper Creek suites) along the new "path" that used to be grass and trees--I call it Bear Bare Boulevard. Pool entrance in last picture is just past the big pine on the right; that's the VWL wing on your left.
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DVC Mickey! He is in a little different spot than before, though fairly close to the original position.
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I didn't want to forget a link to our beginnings. . .Ranger Stan. Luv and I never knew him, but I bet we'd have loved him, too. Many of our Groupies have very fond memories of Stan, and quite a few swear he quietly walks the hallways and lobbies late at night, keeping watch over his beloved Lodge.

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Courtesy of @Granny, here is a layout of the room numbers in our beloved VWL (as it will be known forever to many of us). Same list is on Page 752 of this thread.

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Courtesy of @GrandCalifornian!! Here are layouts for the DVC rooms in the main Lodge, AKA the Copper Creek Villas, which he has compiled by walking the halls, the grounds, and based upon other factors such as the declared inventory. Many thanks to GC for his untiring efforts. He's still making a few adjustments and updates, and we'll bring those to you as he does.
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sleepydog25

Been here awhile
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Aug 27, 2004
2022 & 2023 DVC and Other Vacations
If you'd like to be included on this list - please just PM me!

2022 Trips

February
Disney loving Iowan 1-10 BLT/BWV Hoping for waitlist to come through on BLT or BWV
Lorana 18-22 RIV
Lorana 22-27 VWL
jimmytammy 25 Feb-5 Mar HHI Back to the Low Country!

April

Corinne 1-4 HHI Low Country time!
bobbiwoz 3-10 VGF/BCV
bobbiwoz 10-13 HHI
wildernessDad 11-13 Polynesian
Lorana 14-19 HHI
TCRAIG 9-16 SSR

May
Granny/Mrs.Granny 1-10 BWV
TCRAIG 17-20 VGC Going to Disneyland!
claire_ont 21-30 AKV Kidani/BWV
TCRAIG 26-30 HHI With family!

June

Corinne 4-8 BLT Celebrating 39th birthday!
DVC Jen 15-16 POR
DVC Jen 17-26 Polynesian

July
bobbiwoz 2-7 BLT/BCV
TCRAIG 10-15 BLT/RIV

August
Lorana 30-1 Sep CCV Cabin!

September

Lorana 1-3 CCV GV
Lorana 3-6 AKV GV
DonMacGregor 5-9 VWL
Corinne 10-17 BCV

October
wildernessDad 3-5 VGF
TCRAIG 6-14 BLT/BCV
jimmytammy 10-13 SSR
jimmytammy 13-21 BLT Combined with stay at SSR, granddaughter's 1st visit!
wildernessDad 23-28, AKV-Jambo Club Level

November
jlmarr 11-16 VWL With grandkids!
wildernessDad 23-25 AKV-Kidani

December
twinklebug
1-8 AKV-Jambo
bobbiwoz 3-9 AKV-Jambo/VWL
TCRAIG 4-11 BWV/VWL
claire_ont 6-15 AKV Jambo
Lorana 9-12 VWL
wildernessDad 11-16 VWL
bobbiwoz 12-15 BWV
bobbiwoz 28-3 Jan BLT/AKV-Jambo

2023 Trips

February
wildernessDad 1-3 Polynesian

2022 & 2023 Cruising Groupies

2022

December
bobbiwoz 9-12

Again - to be included on any of the above lists - PLEASE - just PM me! Thanks!
 
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jimmytammy

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May 27, 2002
Birthdays and Anniversaries
Please PM me if you would like to add your dates to this page. Special shout out to twokats for this page as she did all the work, I just copied her;)
In the past, several of us have taken the helm and made sure all participants were recognized on their special day. As of July, 2018, we have decided to relinquish those duties. Over the years things have changed, and many have come and gone to this thread(and all the older versions)so we find ourselves often handing out best wishes with no acknowledgment. All folks are welcome to continue wishing the best in each scenario publicly here or privately by PM, in fact we encourage it!





January

Eliza61... 1
Bobbiwoz (Bobbi)... 3
Sleepydog... 11
Blossomz... 13
Twokats (Kathy) and Claire_ont... 25...Two-fer!
JimmyTammy (Jimmy)... 28
Disney Loving Iowan... 29

February

WildernessDad... 4
puppytrainer... 12
davish562...13
Cheer4Bison... 14
Nicoal13 AKA Nicole... 16
gabriellyn...20
APiratesLifeForMe2...21
DisneyFreaks... 22

March

Muushka... 1
Rental01... 3
Icecoldpenguin (Teresa) 10
Inkmahm... 19
Horselover (Julie)... 26
LeslieLou... 28

April

Granny... 12
Tea Pot & DisneyNutzy... 18
Luvvwl... 22
DiznyDi... 23

May

franandaj ... 1
Loribell... 3
DiznyDad!!! ... 7
Lorana...9
Rusafee1183... 11
Maria (MiaSRN62)... 23
sechem32 (Liz) ... 28

June

Corinne... 6
KAT4DISNEY... 11
The Hubs (Jerry of TCRAIG) June 30

July

brobrosmom... 10
lisah0711... 11
DVC Jen...12
deebits AKA Deirdre...17
DaveH... 26
BWV Dreamin... 31

August

TammyNC... 15
DynaGuy... 20
CaptainD... 26

September
Lorana's DH...7
princesskat (Kati) ... 19

October

stopher1 ... 4

November

Flossbolna...6
TCRAIG (Tricia) Nov 6
MaryJ & twinmom108... 10...another two-fer

December

twinklebug... 6
Mickeymorse... 15
WDWRR_ENGINEER... 29


Anniversaries

Stopher. . . March 12

DisneyFreaks. . .April 8

Muushka . . . April 25, 1992

Rusafee1183. . . . May 3, 2008

TCRAIG(Tricia and The Hubs Jerry). . . May 10, 1980

Jimmy/Tammy . . . May 12, 1990

APiratesLifeForMe2(Amanda and Brian) May 25

Twokats (Kathy & Le) . . . May 26, 1984

Bobbiwoz. . . . June 1, 1968

DiznyDad & DiznyDi . . . June 21, 1975

Audipolo & Icecoldpenguin (AKA Greg & Teresa)... July 1, 2012

Sleepydog & Luv. . . July 5, 2013

twinmom108 . . . July 20, 1991

Lorana...August 24(Married at WDW and honeymooned at WL)

gabriellyn...August 26

sechem32 & wfc4life . . . October 05, 2003

DVC Jen . . . December 6, 1986

Inkmahm & Dynaguy. . . December 23, 2003
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Muushka

<font color=red>I usually feel like I just stepped
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Aug 16, 1999
Great job Sleepy! I love what you've done with the place,. :thumbsup2
 

rusafee1183

DVC Owner Since 2012!
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Mar 11, 2008
Thanks for sprucing up the place Sleepy and JT. :goodvibes It's cozy enough to move right in now! :thumbsup2 Great job!!!

And you mentioned my absolute favorite part of the Lodge, Sly. The flickering lanterns and crickets signing at dusk. Absolute heaven :lovestruc:cloud9::lovestruc:cloud9:
 

Granny

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jimmytammy

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Great job sly!! Love it, you took it, made your own, and we will love watching it soar to new heights!!
 

KAT4DISNEY

Glad to be a test subject
Joined
Mar 17, 2008
Very nice Sleepy Dog! Thanks for the new thread!!!

Ok, gotta ask - were there new glasses sent out that I missed out on? All right, just say it - "Kat, you're getting old and need those cheaters around your neck!" :rotfl: Golden years - Hmmmph.
 

DiznyDi

If you remember, we are the rural folks
Joined
Oct 27, 2006
Love how our new home is being refurbed! Looks great! Plenty of room for lots of family and extended family! Thanks sleepy for getting us started!
...and away we go...!
 

Dizny Dad

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Apr 10, 2009
Well Goooooooooollllllllllieeeey.

Sleepy - you brought tears to my eyes!! You have not only done a great job building upon those wonderful groupies that have blazed the trail before you, but you have put into words the way we all feel about our beloved Lodge and thread!

When I can't be sitting in the Carolwood Pacific Room myself, I retreat to the safety of this thread. There isn't anyone I wouldn't bow to or trust with my feelings in this thread. I have come to love all, old voices and new enthusiasts of the Lodge.

So many times in the last 18 months, when so busy trying to "herd all the cats" on a billion dollar job site, I have lurked among all of you, reading your tales, heading your advice, laughing at the adventures, and crying with the trials.

Sleepy, THANKS for picking up the baton, leading the way, setting the story straight, and prepping us for another great round at the virtual Lodge!
 

PoohsFan1

DIS Veteran
Joined
Feb 19, 2007
WooHoo a new thread :cool1:. I didn't want to miss out so I came over to say hi. We will be at VWL in 2 months and 3 weeks....we are so excited for our stay there. I know that there has been a lot of talk about the new Studios, but since we haven't stayed in the villas side before, we don't know what we will be missing (if we do get a new refurbed room that is). If we do get a new room (we are staying in a Studio BTW), I know my kids will love the murphy bed and will probably be switching off using it each night.

Sleepydog25, I was hoping maybe you could update us on the guest list...originally we were going to stay at POR from 5/23-5/26, but now we are staying at BC during those dates. Also, we added a night during our VWL stay so we are now checking out on 6/2 (flying out on Sunday got to be outrageous in price):goodvibes. Thank you so much for all that you do....everything looks great and I can't wait to read more, plus I love all the photos....they are really getting me excited for our trip (I don't know how much more excited I can be :goodvibes).
 

sleepydog25

Been here awhile
Joined
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WooHoo a new thread :cool1:. I didn't want to miss out so I came over to say hi. We will be at VWL in 2 months and 3 weeks....we are so excited for our stay there. I know that there has been a lot of talk about the new Studios, but since we haven't stayed in the villas side before, we don't know what we will be missing (if we do get a new refurbed room that is). If we do get a new room (we are staying in a Studio BTW), I know my kids will love the murphy bed and will probably be switching off using it each night.

Sleepydog25, I was hoping maybe you could update us on the guest list...originally we were going to stay at POR from 5/23-5/26, but now we are staying at BC during those dates. Also, we added a night during our VWL stay so we are now checking out on 6/2 (flying out on Sunday got to be outrageous in price):goodvibes. Thank you so much for all that you do....everything looks great and I can't wait to read more, plus I love all the photos....they are really getting me excited for our trip (I don't know how much more excited I can be :goodvibes).
Done! :thumbsup2
 

KAT4DISNEY

Glad to be a test subject
Joined
Mar 17, 2008
Is anyone going to be watching the Oscars tonight? It's pretty much an annual event here and DH and I are finalizing our ballots. We both still think Saving Mr. Banks was just as deserving as most of the other films to get more nods. Especially Emma Thompson in her role. And both of us are quite puzzled at the talk that Gravity has moved to the top for best picture. We enjoyed it, but really? There isn't much else in the nominations that I see becoming classics either however so I guess it might as well be Gravity. Couldn't pick it on my ballot though.

I finally saw Frozen on the plane yesterday. Very cute! I now have some idea of why the line is 3 hours long to visit with Anna and Elsa. :faint: It didn't jump in to become my favorite Disney animated movie of recent years but it was good and goes on my list to win the Oscar. :thumbsup2
 

sleepydog25

Been here awhile
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Aug 27, 2004
We'll likely watch the Oscars off and on through the night. I used to follow the race much closer in years past, even hosting a party one year. Anymore, we don't get around to seeing most of the nominated movies in any given year, so we're not too hyped about the awards show. Emma Thompson was robbed in not getting a nomination--she absolutely deserved a nod. That's reason alone to snub watching the Oscars in my book. I'm guessing Gravity will take home the lion's share of the awards, though 12 Years a Slave will likely grab a couple, too.
 

sleepydog25

Been here awhile
Joined
Aug 27, 2004
For the love of great googley-moogley! More snow? More ice? More single digit temperatures? Tomorrow. And then another shot come Thu/Fri. I surrender. I give up. I'm waving the white flag already. Luv and I have decided to move south come four and a half years from now. I cannot take these monumentally sucky winters much longer.

I know friends north of me have had it worse, but I ain't talking about them right now. Okay, I've finished venting for now. . .:crazy2:
 

bluecastle

DIS Veteran
Joined
Feb 27, 2012
For the love of great googley-moogley! More snow? More ice? More single digit temperatures? Tomorrow. And then another shot come Thu/Fri. I surrender. I give up. I'm waving the white flag already. Luv and I have decided to move south come four and a half years from now. I cannot take these monumentally sucky winters much longer.

I know friends north of me have had it worse, but I ain't talking about them right now. Okay, I've finished venting for now. . .:crazy2:

Right there with you. Schools and Federal gov't closed tomorrow. Guess I can stay up late and watch the Oscars. Must remember to leave hot water trickling overnight in the downstairs bathroom. Hope we don't lose power!! More time for the DIS tomorrow. :)
 

jimmytammy

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sleepy
Im with you on the icing and snow, I tried to bring the warm air with us yesterday, lasted one day:confused3
 

sleepydog25

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sleepy
Im with you on the icing and snow, I tried to bring the warm air with us yesterday, lasted one day:confused3
I did manage to get out and golf a little. . .only to have my new ride's batteries die as I hadn't charged them overnight. Oops.
 










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