08-07-2009, 05:03 PM
We are not DVC owners, but took advantage of the lower cost for the first time and "bought points" and are staying at the WL Villas in March 2010.
We are WDW regulars, but this resort is completely new territory for us. :confused: Any "inside" information, pointers, things we should know but wouldn't necessarily be aware of, would be greatly appreciated! Thanks!
08-08-2009, 02:35 AM
The villas are located in a separate building from the hotel, but it's right next to the hotel. You pass it going to and from the bus stop. You use all the hotel amenities. If you are staying in a studio, it is basically like a hotel room, with a small kitchenette. You use a laundry room. The larger units have their own washer and drying, and kitchen facilities. The gift shop at the Wilderness Lodge has some grocery items, which are not inexpensive, but if you only need a few things, it's handy. DVC offers members it's own grocery service, but the selections are limited, and it's expensive. I've never used it. If you plan on doing more extensive cooking, or want to buy bottled water, snacks, etc., you can either shop for groceries off-site (if you have a car), or many of us use a grocery delivery service. Gardengrocer is a popular one-you can order your groceries from the website, pay for them, and arrange delivery. I often order other items, like sunscreen, from the site, so I don't have to pack as much. Bell Services will hold your groceries for you, and will refrigerate perishables. The Wilderness Lodge is a beautifully themed resort. There are good restaurants, for family and more upscale dining. The pool is very nice. There is both bus and boat service to the parks (the boat goes to the MK, from there you can take the monorail to Epcot).