VWL Groupies & Lovers Thread (Special Collectors Edition: Viva VWL!), updated 13 Oct 2021

sleepydog25

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COVID-19 UPDATE 10/29/2021
"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; unfortunately, it is late October of 2021, and we have come full circle, and the words still ring true. Disney is open more now than back then to be sure, but the specter of Covid has not gone away. Further, I will let the material I typed after that stand with some minor changes. In fact, 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! Oh, and we have a new catchphrase for the time being: Viva VWL!

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.

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--1,000 pages 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)!!!!!
: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, our prices have remained static). 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!!




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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.












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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    2020 & 2021 DVC and Other Vacations
    If you'd like to be included on this list - please just PM me!

    2020 Trips
    VIRUS PANDEMIC HITS HARD IN MARCH.

    There are a few trips made once the resorts open, but the protocols to stay at the resorts and go to the parks changed drastically. They eased a bit by summer of 2021.

    2021 Trips
    February
    jimmytammy 27-6 March BLT Headin' to the World!

    March

    jimmytammy 6-13 HHI A mini-Groupie meet!! Woohoo!
    Sleepydog & Luv 17-20 Polynesian

    April
    Sleepydog & Luv 21-23 Polynesian Birthday trip for Luv!
    DisneylovingIowan 24-27 BWV
    DisneylovingIowan 28-3 May VWL
    bobbiwoz 30-6 May BCV

    May
    DiznyDi/Dad 2-6 AKL - CL
    DiznyDi/Dad 6-14 SSR (hoping to switch to VWL)
    bobbiwoz 6-19 HHI Back to the best kept Disney resort secret! More sleepy and luv!
    twokats 5-13 VWL First "homecoming" in 4 years!
    TCraig 9-15 VGF/BC Wedding anniversary!
    TCraig 28-31 HHI Possible mini-meet w/Luv and Sleepy!

    June
    DVC Jen 29 Jun-9 Jul VWL

    July
    TCraig 10-17 BWV/VWL

    August
    suse66 8-11 BWV
    suse66 11-15 VWL

    September
    Lakegirl 12-17 VWL
    Corinne 17-24 BCV
    sleepydog/luvvwl 22-23 Riviera Gotta love perks!
    wildernessDad 30 - 2 Oct VWL WDW's 50th!!

    October
    TCraig 7-13 BLT/BCV

    November
    wildernessDad 24-26 VWL

    December
    Lakegirl 3-4 BLT
    Lakegirl 4-10 VWL
    wildernessDad 5-10 VWL
    TCraig 5-12 VWL
    Granny 9-14 VWL
    rkstocke5609 18-25 VWL
    Sleepydog & luvvwl 22-26 VWL

    2022 Trips

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

    April

    Corinne 1-4 HHI Low Country time!

    2020 & 2021 Cruising Groupies

    2020
    Coronavirus Pandemic hits in February stopping cruises.

    2021

    September
    twokats Magic NY to Bermuda

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

    <font color=purple>Swivel, it's a hard habit to br
    Joined
    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!
    Joined
    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

    <font color=purple>Swivel, it's a hard habit to br
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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

    DiznyDi Fan
    Joined
    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
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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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    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

    <font color=purple>Swivel, it's a hard habit to br
    Joined
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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

    Been here awhile
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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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