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Wilderness Lodge construction questions

Discussion in 'WDW Resort Hotels' started by captainkidd, Feb 21, 2017.

  1. captainkidd

    captainkidd Well-Known Member

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    Was just hoping someone could give me some information on how the construction is disrupting certain areas. I know Roaring Fork is closed. Is it much of a mess down there? Can you still walk down there to get to the elevators? Also, is the beach totally closed off? Or can you still go down there to watch the electrical water pageant? Lastly, is there any estimate as to when the Villas pool will reopen? We will be there in July so we're hoping much of the construction might be done by then.
     
  2. Tuvalu

    Tuvalu Premium Member

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    Currently, the only operational guest elevators inside WL are the ones near Roaring Fork, so its refurbishment is not a disruption. (Elevators in the lobby are closed due to DVC construction on the south side of the lodge.)

    You can still watch the EWP from the beach area and the new Geyser Point Bar and Grill.

    No date has been given for the opening of the new pool.
     
  3. captainkidd

    captainkidd Well-Known Member Original Poster

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    That stinks about the lobby elevators. Is there any other disruption in the lobby itself.
     
  4. Tuvalu

    Tuvalu Premium Member

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    Nope, no lobby disruptions.

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    Upper floors closed off.

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    Lobby elevators walked off.
     
  5. captainkidd

    captainkidd Well-Known Member Original Poster

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    Is that on both sides?
     
  6. Tuvalu

    Tuvalu Premium Member

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    You mean the scrim walls?
    The scrims are only on the south side (right side as you enter the lodge) since that is where rooms are being converted into DVC studio rooms.
    North side is unaffected.

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    DanStat Well-Known Member

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    It is very loud Monday through Friday from about 9-5. They did not do work on the weekends. The elevators by Roaring Forks were the only ones available. No beach anymore, but great views of the water parade.

    I'd say the pool will be open when you go based on what I saw two weeks ago.
     
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    s&k'smom Well-Known Member

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    I'm a little behind, where is the new pool going to be? We just switched to WL. So excited.
     
  9. DonnG

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    So is the construction actually impacting current rooms on the DVC side? I'm staying in a Studio Villa in late April and even though Disney has the construction disclaimer I didn't know for sure if I would hear construction or have other impacts. Any one know?
     
  10. MansionButler84

    MansionButler84 Well-Known Member

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    Yep. Especially north-facing.
     
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    It's a bit like the tree falling in the woods philosophy though. If you are there while heavy construction is taking place, you'll hear it. If you are in the parks, does it make a sound?
     
  12. LAKid53

    LAKid53 Well-Known Member

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    I was in a one bedroom late February on the Lake side. Noise wasn't that bad during the day - but most will be in the parks.

    Here's the picture from my balcony.

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    Geyser Springs is really nice, you can sit, eat, drink with a fantastic view of the Lake.

    Copper Creek villas and cabins are scheduled to open mid July, according to DVC. I hope the new pool is open by then - it looks a lot nicer than Hidden Springs.
     
  13. Shellylynn6974

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    It did not impact us very much at all last month. I got a standard room, with an awesome view of the fireworks for $225 a night, before taxes.
     
  14. kellygirl

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    We just spent 5 nights in a dvc villa at Wilderness Lodge. Our room was on the side opposite the construction, but we never heard any construction noise. Our main frustration was getting food. The Geyser Springs Bar and Grill was very nice but there is no access from the DVC side during the construction. My husband uses a wheelchair so it required us to go all the way through the lobby, down past Roaring Forks and then all the way through the first floor wing and outside as that is the only accessible route out there. It was also unexpectedly cold and (rainy one day) so going out through the uncovered pool area was a bit of a pain to get food. They will pack up food to go so I would usually go down and grab it and bring it up to the room. Other that that we had a great trip and enjoyed the resort. The new pool seems like it will be nice when it is finished. They told us everything is supposed to open in July.
     
  15. s&k'smom

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    Thank you for the update kellygirl, we will be there in August and glad it will be done. I will admit when they were working on the GF we were there any barely heard a thing.
     

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