Don’t worry… I haven’t skipped all the posts about my recent trip and gone straight to the sad coming home part…. today I’m thinking about returning to my ‘Walt Disney World’ home…
In my series of posts covering planning for a trip to WDW I discussed how Wilderness Lodge had become my favourite Disney resort, after staying there in December 2010. As the October 2012 trip approached I began to wonder if I would feel the same affection for the Lodge, whether it would feel as magical as I had remembered it or whether I should have taken the risk and chosen to stay at a different resort for a different experience.
I need not have worried…..
As soon as our airport transfer car pulled up at the Wilderness Lodge main entrance a cast member came out to greet us and said ‘welcome home’….yep, the magic had begun. I explained that I had already completed the Disney Resort On-Line Check In, at which point we were shown to a CM on the front desk who was ready and waiting with our documents, it was that easy! The cast member at the desk was from the UK so we had a chat about the International programme, how long she was there for, what roles she had been working and how she hadn’t packed any jumpers for the ‘winter’ months!
After being given our check in documents the cast member said that she had some mail for me and handed me two envelopes. I couldn’t believe that I was getting mail, it really was like coming home!!! It turned out that two of my wonderful Disney friends had sent me letters in anticipation of my arrival, it was such a kind thing to do….and made me feel very important!!
Despite liking the location of our room in 2010 we had decided not to submit any specific room requests during on-line check in, we decided to let fate (or Disney) choose! Boy am I pleased that we did!!!
We had been allocated a room on the fifth floor, overlooking Bay Lake, with views of Discovery Island and even a glimpse of the Contemporary Resort! When we first got to our room I couldn’t stop looking at our view, I felt immersed in the Disney magic that I had spent so long daydreaming about.
Later that first evening we discovered that not only we could hear the music from the Electrical Water Pageant but see it from our balcony too!! It was great fun each night to be able to tell what time it was based on the pageant music starting up and the sound of the Wishes fireworks from Magic Kingdom.
And I’m so pleased to say that the rest of the resort lived up to the memories too. Obviously the Christmas tree was missing from the grand lobby during this visit but that just made the size of the lobby even more impressive. Roaring Forks (the quick service area) was as good as we had remembered and the outside pool and geyser area was as pretty and relaxing as before.
I fell in love with the calmness of the resort all over again during this trip.The flickering lights leading from the bus stops, welcoming you home after a long day in the parks, the distant sound of the Lodge music, the colour of the wood and trees…. it all felt as perfect as I had remembered.
We also had some new experiences of Wilderness Lodge during this visit. As we were using the Disney Dining Plan we treated ourselves to a meal at Artist Point, and as the weather was a LOT warmer during this trip we used the resort boats to get to Magic Kingdom and the Contemporary. And how can I ever forget the amazing collection of towel animals that we received from Mousekeeping? More on these experiences to follow!!
At some point during our trip I realised…. this resort truly is my Walt Disney World home!