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    Question Family of Five

    I tried a search to see if this topic has been discussed but didn't get much specific so I was hoping to start a discussion on staying on site with a family of five. We've stayed on property 3 times in the past 3 years, and quickly realized there aren't a lot of non-deluxe options out there for five people.

    So this is a call out for others like myself, are there other options you like when staying on property? Right now the kids are 4, 6, and 8 so trundles and fold outs are fine but there will be day when it's not. I really think Disney is missing out on a demographic with limited value choices.

    Personally, of the 3 places we stayed (CT, Poly and BC) we thought CT and Poly were best due to the size of the room and the "true" bed that you get with the fold out couch. I was really disappointed this last time with the "daybed" at the BC after experiencing the fold outs previously.

    Love to hear other's thoughts, opinions and experiences on the subject.

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    Re: Family of Five

    Have you looked into the cabins? I haven't stayed there but have been at the camp grounds and they are very nice. Also All Music have family suites which are nice. We had lots of room to move around. Allears.net is a great place to get more info on them! :0) I hope this helps.

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    Probably one of my biggest frustrations is that if you have a large family you are limited to deluxe resorts, villas, cabins or multiple rooms. I was soooo thankful to find out that Port Orleans Riverside's rooms are "big enough" by law to allow booking 5 people (which is why we're staying there in September). I couldn't agree more that it'd be a wonderful thing to make some larger rooms, in non-Deluxe settings.
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    Re: Family of Five

    Sorry, our family of 5 switched to vacation homes a few years back. A couple of teenage daughters requires more than one, preferably 3, bathrooms to get ready in the morning.

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    Re: Family of Five



    We are a family of 6 and always have this problem- because there is no option available. We looked at the value suites as an option but read where one of the "beds" was a chair and ottoman. My children couldn't have fit on that.

    Two rooms worked well with that second bathroom but that was only because the youngre two were okay with taking a bath in the evening. Once everyone wants a shower in the morning, I don't know what we will do.

    And I don't get how you would want people to be uncomfortable sleeping on a piece of furniture. That might make them cranky, have a bad experience, and not return. (good for the rest of us but not good business sense). Apparently whoever designs these rooms doesn't have children or has never slept on these furniture items.


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    Re: Family of Five

    Aren't the new Animator's Palate next to POP Century going to be family suites? I'm not sure what the dynamics are going to be.
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    Re: Family of Five

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    Aren't the new Animator's Palate next to POP Century going to be family suites? I'm not sure what the dynamics are going to be.

    Yes they are! I believe all rooms can sleep up to 5 people, so Disney is listening to these issues. My family swtiched to DVC membership because we are a family of 6 (who likes to take extended family with us) and the price was just becoming too much. We own a 2BR Villa at Boardwalk and it is well worth it if you visit often. I am glad to see they are making a more affordable option for larger families.
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    Re: Family of Five

    Buying a DVC reservation (commonly referred to as "renting DVC points") is a good way to get a room to sleep five or more. The 1 bedroom suites of some of the DVC resorts (Bay Lake Tower, Animal Kingdom - Kidani Village, and Old Key West) were designed to handle five people with a fold out sofa and fold out chair in the "family room" part of the suite.

    Or you could move up to a 2 bedroom villa once your family gets a little larger. Those nominally are designed to handle 8 or 9 guests, though personally we get them for our family of four.

    Buying these reservations through DVC members has some risk, since it is not a transaction with Disney or any accredited travel agent. But it is a good way to save money on deluxe accommodations. And with those accommodations that I described you get a full kitchen to save money on food if you like. Also a washer/dryer in the room.

    Just another option for a family of five. Good luck!
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    Re: Family of Five

    The only thing is, and I'm sure it'll be the case of the suites at the new value resort, the whole chair bed and sofa bed are still part of the plan. If you have small children that's fine but definitely a family of 5 or 6 that is all over 13 is still cramped even in those.

    Seems to me that they really have an opportunity here to bring in more money, and they are missing it. Most families would rather pay more for a larger room. Two rooms at a value resort is still way less than they could charge.
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    Re: Family of Five

    Great input so far, thank you all very much! Unfortunately though I'm getting the reinforced of what I already assumed.

    We've been real fortunate over the past 3 years or so with usually getting 40% of the deluxe rooms and/or free dining (the room discount is typically better we find) but as of late it feels like the discount opportunities are drying up, which is now starting to make DVC a little more attractive.

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    Re: Family of Five

    Quote Originally Posted by zark72 View Post
    Great input so far, thank you all very much! Unfortunately though I'm getting the reinforced of what I already assumed.

    We've been real fortunate over the past 3 years or so with usually getting 40% of the deluxe rooms and/or free dining (the room discount is typically better we find) but as of late it feels like the discount opportunities are drying up, which is now starting to make DVC a little more attractive.
    We are a family of five. After squeezing into the regular WDW resort rooms for years, we took a DVC tour on a whim. We had a down day and the in-park DVC Agent promised child care, fastpasses and free ice cream. Plus, I wanted to know "Disney's Best Kept Secret". Well, that's all it took. After seeing the space with a two-bedroom villa, I was sold. Also, having the full kitchen and washer and dryer in the room was a BIG selling point for me. I throw the wet bathing suits in the dryer or a load in to wash while heading out to a park. It has really cut back on how much we pack. I wish we had done it sooner!

    Now, you don't have to be a DVC Member to stay in a DVC Villa. Walt Disney World Resort pulls aside some of the room to book as a regular room. However, they are expensive. We've found renting points from a DVC Member is a lot cheaper! There is a great reputable site that does just that . . .

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    Re: Family of Five

    Just was at the Starwood Hotels site getting rates for Sawn / Dolphin and noticed that no where did they ask how many children would be staying. Since my kids are still young (and small) enough to fit 3 in a bed, I'm wondering if this is an option. Has anyone here ever brought 2 adults and 3 kids to a room at the Swan / Dolphin or is there a rule somewhere that I missed that limits the guests per room to 4?

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    Re: Family of Five

    And it just isn't family of five plus. Once the kiddo's are bigger you are not putting teen boys and girls in the same bed. We have traveled with 5 and have had the best experience with the Contemporary. The extra bed is a nice bed and the rooms in the tower a bigger than most for a standard room.

    We have used the Trundle in Riverside however note the trundles are going away when the the animation suites open. We have had the best of luck with renting two rooms at POR. It got even better when they added the thick and heavy curtain that can divide the bath/sink area from the sleeping area. Blessing for changing. When we stay at POR with just our family of 4, we usually book near the pool. I'm not really good at waiting my turn as the family trips over each other to use the facilities.
    I can often be found in the bathhouse by the pool. Quick, done and off to the parks.

    I've looked into the Cabins and they are also a great alternative.
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    Re: Family of Five

    I have never stayed at the Family Suites but I think with a family of 5 that 2 value rooms would be better. With 2 Value rooms you get 4 beds…actual beds. The Family Suites gives you one bed, a sleeper sofa and a sleeper chair. It's not like you're saving a lot of money for the suite over 2 rooms.
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