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    • tinkiebell

      Registered: December 2006
      Location: Alexandria, VA
      Posts: 15
      Review Date: Tue November 10, 2015 Would you recommend the product? Yes | | Rating: 9 

      Positive aspects of the product (pros): Easy trip to MK, quiet and relaxing
      Cons: It's a long walk to your car; bus service is slow

      We love the ambiance of the WL and were happy to be able to stay here again. This really is our favorite DVC property at WDW. I can spend hours walking the grounds or hanging out in the lobby. Our 1-bedroom villa was comfortable, clean, and well-stocked. We only ate at Roaring Fork and it was fine. The grounds were always clean and well-maintained. If you drive as we do be prepared to use the bell services or spend several trips hauling your bags a long way as there does not seem to be any close parking here as there are with other DVC properties. Also, be aware that the tub, while luxurious, is part of the master bedroom and not completely private. I was disappointed that one cast member at the concierge desk seem to argue with me, in a courteous manner, about my request (I was pursuing the request based upon another cast member's instructions). I think he just wanted to be "right" but it was very aggravating.
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      Registered: February 2015
      Posts: 1
      Review Date: Tue February 24, 2015 Would you recommend the product? No | | Rating: 3 

      Positive aspects of the product (pros): Very attractive loby and like ease of boat transportation.
      Cons: The Villa we stayed is showing it's age!!

      Needless to say we were shocked at the condition of the villa we stayed in January 4 & 5, 2015. While clean it really looked old and showed it wear. This was our second time staying at the WLV's and were less than impressed. We are DVC members and are thankful we have the opportunity to stay in various locations from time to time. Certainly Not Worth The Points Cost!!
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      Registered: May 2012
      Posts: 30
      Review Date: Tue January 7, 2014 Would you recommend the product? Yes | | Rating: 10 

      Positive aspects of the product (pros): wonderfully decorated for the holidays and loved the studio
      Cons: none

      We stayed at a wilderness lodge studio on December 26th and 27th. We requested a room close to thenbus stop and first floor. We received both and we loved the decor. We are DVC members and our home resort is Old Key West, which has very large studios. We had a family of four and we had plenty of room. We loved it. We had great bus service and we did not ever have to wait long. I loved Wilderness and will stay there again. Beautiful resort and theme.
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      Registered: January 2014
      Posts: 22
      Review Date: Thu January 2, 2014 Would you recommend the product? Yes | | Rating: 10 

      Positive aspects of the product (pros): Beautiful lodge!
      Cons: None

      The Wilderness Lodge is our home resort and we are so happy it is. The lodge is absolutely stunning. We usually reserve a two bedroom villa and it is quite comfortable for a week long stay. I especially like two bathrooms for our family. We love the convenience of having both boats and buses for our transportation. If you aren't able to stay at this resort you should at least try to visit just to see the lobby.
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      Registered: November 2013
      Posts: 1
      Review Date: Tue November 12, 2013 Would you recommend the product? Yes | | Rating: 10 

      Positive aspects of the product (pros): Atmosphere, activities, dining
      Cons: Access to transportation

      We just got back from a 3 day stay at the Villas. Very pleased. Our first time staying at the Villas (had stayed at the main Lodge before). No major complaints. Easy to get back and forth to Magic Kingdom in the boats but everywhere else needed to use the buses which were hit or miss.
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      Registered: August 2013
      Posts: 3
      Review Date: Sat August 24, 2013 Would you recommend the product? Yes | | Rating: 10 

      Positive aspects of the product (pros): Beautifully themed, quiet and ideally located
      Cons: Studio rooms a little on the small side

      Our party of 11 across 3 families stayed here from Sun 8/18 to Fri 8/23. My sister is a DVC member and made all the arrangements. Our rooms were studios which for us - 2 adults and 2 children - was just fine. For 4 adults I think it might be tight, with the one bed and the sofa sleeper. We stayed at the hotel section 5 years ago and we absolutely love this resort. As much as I'd like to try other resorts, I'd find this one tough to beat. The theming and landscaping are stunning, and except for the heat you really don't feel like you're in Florida. We even saw deer feeding in the woods. The boat to Magic Kingdom is a huge plus. The staff was very friendly and helpful. At night after all the craziness of the crowds at the parks, the resort was quiet and very peaceful and relaxing. I highly recommend this resort and can't wait until my next visit.
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      Registered: May 2007
      Location: Rhode Island
      Posts: 28
      Review Date: Wed July 3, 2013 Would you recommend the product? Yes | | Rating: 10 

      Positive aspects of the product (pros): quiet, pool, theme, staff
      Cons: bus transportation

      This is now our favorite resort. We stayed for 2 nights on 06/24 to try it. The staff was great. The resort had a great feel to it. The pools were both nice. The resort does not feel to big. The bus waits for us were not good. The ferry was nice. The beach was relaxing and a nice view for the water pageant. The resort was clean.
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      Registered: December 2010
      Location: Louisiana
      Posts: 71
      Review Date: Wed June 19, 2013 Would you recommend the product? Yes | | Rating: 10 

      Positive aspects of the product (pros): Boat to Magic Kingdom, Artist Point
      Cons: None

      We stayed at the Villas and again it was a great experience. The cast members at WL are very friendly and helpful. We had done on-line check in and so when we arrived a young lady brought us our packet and even though we arrived at 11AM our two bedroom was ready.

      The Theming at the Lodge is one of the best at WDW and we love the "North Woods" feel.

      The proximity to the Magic Kingdom is great with just a short boat ride and the bus service to the other parks was very good.
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      Registered: April 2009
      Posts: 17
      Review Date: Sat May 11, 2013 Would you recommend the product? Yes | | Rating: 10 

      Positive aspects of the product (pros): Boat to Magic Kingdom and Decor of the Lodge
      Cons: Long walk to transportation and self parking

      We are Vacation Club Members and Old Key West is our home resort. This our second time staying at the Villas at Wilderness Lodge. We had a two bedroom on the second floor. There were a few minor Mousekeeping issues but these were taken care of fast and friendly by the cast members when they were told about them. One minor maintenance issue also taking care of fast and friendly. The Wilderness Lodge is beautiful and has good food places that Old Key West does not have. The Boat to the Magic Kingdom is much better then the Bus. Bus service in general was good this trip as well.
      The room it self is well landed out with lots of room for 4 which we had. I suspect it would a little tight with 8 which the room sleeps. The Villas are quiet and good for sleeping. We had a room facing the lake so not bus noisy.
      I would stay here again for sure.
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      Registered: May 2012
      Location: NY
      Posts: 3
      Review Date: Sun April 28, 2013 Would you recommend the product? Yes | | Rating: 9 

      Positive aspects of the product (pros): theming, location, amenities, service
      Cons: noise in the rooms

      We had a wonderful stay at the Villas at Wilderness Lodge. We stayed in a studio, which was clean and spacious. The balcony overlooked the woods which was nice and peaceful. The lobby is wonderul and welcoming. We enjoyed a good amount of time in the pool and hot tub. We also rented sea raycers and cruised around on Bay Lake for a while which was SO fun. Every cast member we saw or spoke to was helpful and friendly. I really cannot say enough good things about this resort. It is just beautiful, relaxing, fun and welcoming all at the same time.
      The only issue we had was the noise level in the rooms. I think we travel enough to be able to tell the difference between just very loud neighbors and when the walls are just too thin- or whatever the reason, but we could hear our neighbors on BOTH sides, VERY well- too well. Luckily they weren't up too late or too early for it to really disturb us but at one point while we were decompessing one afternoon the noise just got to be too much we actually had to leave the room.
      That one negative aspect however, will not keep us from coming back. Wilderness lodge is SO SO SO nice and relxing, we'll defintely be back.
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      Registered: April 2007
      Posts: 94
      Review Date: Fri March 29, 2013 Would you recommend the product? Yes | | Rating: 8 

      Positive aspects of the product (pros): relaxing boats available to the MK
      Cons: Circuitous, LONG bus rides

      Made our DVC reservations so late we had to split between here and the BW.

      We arrived on the Magical Express around 10am and our 1BR room was ready!

      The cast member was a bit too chatty about Disney Labor policies and I had to ask 2x for a receipt for the $500 cash I put down with my Credit card.

      The walk to the Villas was short and close to the Bus stop.

      Our room, 3314 overlooked the bus stop. Everything was fresh and clean.

      We awaited other members of our party at Downtown Disney with some shopping. Imagine my shock at my room card being rejected for my charge! The store cast member made a call to the front desk and it was discovered I could not 'tap and pay', which was just fine, the card could be used when the cast member ran the card through their reader.

      We rode the boat to MK and then took the monorail to EPCOT, using the Bus as little as possible because they insist on resorts sharing buses.

      We'll happily return to the WLV.
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      Registered: January 2006
      Location: Illinois
      Posts: 19
      Review Date: Sun January 6, 2013 Would you recommend the product? No | | Rating: 1 

      Positive aspects of the product (pros): boat transportation
      Cons: dirty room, rude staff

      We stayed here on 12-8-12 for two nights following our cruise. I have always wanted to stay here, so I was really looking forward to it. What a major let down. We had to wait forever for our villa to be ready, it was missing several of the kitchen items, I couldn't tell you when it was cleaned last....the dust had layers. Socks from the previous party were on the floor, furniture was all scratched up. This needed a major over hall, since we only had two nights we made do, I told the front desk when we checked out and the girl didn't even seem to care. Can't say we would ever stay here again.
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      Registered: June 2012
      Posts: 14
      Review Date: Fri January 4, 2013 Would you recommend the product? Yes | | Rating: 10 

      Positive aspects of the product (pros): Gorgeous theming
      Cons: None

      Stayed there 12/26-1/1. We are vacation club members and this is our home base. We usually rent a two bedroom villa. They had taken a previous suggestion to improve the lighting in the bathrooms and I was pleasantly surprised. They had computer problems when we checked in, but they bent over backwards trying to make it as painless as possible and apologized all over the place. The rooms were clean and we loved the new microwave and washer/dryer.
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      Registered: November 2006
      Posts: 102
      Review Date: Sun October 28, 2012 Would you recommend the product? Yes | | Rating: 1 

      Positive aspects of the product (pros): Beautiful, great theming, great transportation
      Cons: Horrible in dealing with allergy concerns, poor management

      Review submitted by cats_love_me:

      I stayed at the Wilderness lodge 10/9/2012 - 10/13/2012 for a quick stay and experience MNSSHP. I stayed at the villas studio.

      I have special health problems which require special cleaning of the resort room. The resort was notified by calling the day before and the day of check-in. The information was also noted on my reservation. Again at check-in inquired if the room was cleaned appropriately.

      Day 1
      Check-in, assigned room. Room not cleaned appropriately. I then was exposed to chemicals which cause breathing problems for myself. 3 hours after notifying the front desk and speaking to a housekeeping manager I was in a safe room breathing wise.

      Day 2 Sick from exposure to chemicals..see doc...still try to enjoy vacation.

      Day 3 Going to take nap. Drilling and hammering in room above me. Day of MNSSHP. Call front desk.. given run around they don't know anything about work in the room. Later talk to manager - there was work on the room.

      Voice mail in room when return from MNSSHP informing alarm testing on day 4 all afternoon. So after being out late in the party and planning to get up and hit the parks and then come back in nap in the afternoon. Plan busted again.

      Day4 Went to park. Come back 9pm.
      Housekeeping was in the room. Sprayed chemicals for cleaning that I was allergic, which were noted to not be used in my room. Towels replaced were not cleaned accordingly either.

      Management's response on the night of day 4, was that nothing was sprayed and I was given appropriate towels. After a long discussion, management finally gave me appropriate towels, and didn't seem to care about the offending chemicals in room.

      Management at this hotel does not understand the point of special cleaning. There is a problem somewhere.

      Not a relaxing resort, not a quiet resort. Quiet pool was great. The theme of the lobby and pool are wonderful and grand.

      Had great luck with the boat and bus transportation.

      Did not like the smoking area location. When you go from the main building outside to get to the villas, you have to walk past the designated smoking section, which is in a walkway off to the right. However the smoke of course just floats right in the walkway. Florida is hot humid and smoke just sits in the air, and every time you go from the main building to the villas, it's rough on the breathing impaired.
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      Registered: March 2007
      Location: Chicago
      Posts: 49
      Review Date: Tue October 9, 2012 Would you recommend the product? Yes | | Rating: 7 

      Positive aspects of the product (pros): Theme, lobby, pool area
      Cons: Dark, small bed, room in need of updating

      We are not DVC members, but booked a studio villa at the Wilderness Lodge to enjoy a bit of extra room space and a kitchenette.

      The Wilderness Lodge itself is a gorgeous, sprawling resort with truly wonderful themeing. There are countless details that really make the surroundings spectacular, from the totem poles, fireplaces and bridge in the main lobby to the flawless grounds of the entire resort.

      We checked in at 3 p.m. and were happy to find our studio villa ready. The DVC villas have their own building and lobby area, complete with rocking chairs and fireplace. Our room was located on the second floor at the far end of the building - the view wasn't terrific (partially overlooking a maintenance entrance in one direction), but we're always happy to have a private balcony regardless.

      Mousekeeping did an excellent job the entire trip - the kitchen area was spotless, and always stocked with plates, cups, and soap. Our trash was always removed, and the room was well dusted and vacuumed.

      I do have to say that I was not entirely thrilled with the room itself. The bed appeared to be more full size than queen and did not have any sort of mattress pad or topper on it, just the standard fitted sheet. Not a huge deal, but I had hoped for a bit more luxury than that.

      The furniture was the standard Disney sleeper couch, table & chair set, and dresser with flat screen tv. While it all tied into the theme of the resort, it still looked a bit outdated. All functional and comfortable, but it might not be a bad idea for Disney to give it a bit of a facelift.

      The bathroom was also functional, although the sink and mirror area was very dark.

      Having stayed at the Poly, Floridian, Contemporary and Boardwalk in years past, I have to say that this room was definitely our least favorite of them all.

      However, the resort itself was absolutely gorgeous, fun, and lively. We loved the pool and beach area, enjoyed cocktails in the Territory Lounge, and were thrilled at how quickly the bus and boat transportation worked.

      So, while there were a few minor room detail issues, the fabulous amenities truly outweigh them.
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