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autismgoesdisney
01-24-2010, 06:07 PM
Ok I have two questions...my husband and I currently have 3 kids. We are going to Disney in 12/2010`but my youngest daughter will be under 3 so we can stay in the All Stars room. However, I'm curious about our future. What is the cheapest option for a family of 5?

second question, we are contemplating a fourth child. One of our favorite things to do is vacation and we currently go to Disney every other year. We are wondering what options parents with four kids have. What is the cheapest resort we can stay at?

Pricewise does it really make a huge difference in resorts if you have 3 or 4 kids?

Thanks!

bxtx
01-24-2010, 06:17 PM
we camp at Fort Wilderness... with 3 boys (and another on the way) and 2 dogs, it has been the best money we've ever spent on a Travel Trailer... kids settle quickly and easily in their familar bed, and the view out the window changes :goodvibes And its not really "Camping" with a/c, microwave, fridge, own bed, tv and dvd player!! :cool1: I don't do tents! Just a thought!

luvmy3
01-24-2010, 06:18 PM
We are a family of 5 and stayed at POR, otherwise it would have had to be a deluxe and I didn't feel the price difference was worth it. It was a tight fit with the 5 of us, I don't think I could have done it with 4 kids.

3BoysRDisneyFreaks
01-24-2010, 06:20 PM
The problem is, you are limited. There are the cabins, camping, family suite, DVC. All get rather expensive. Especially since they consider a kid aged 10+ and adult for ticket prices and dining plan.

It seems for us, off site is the answer.

Pixieflip
01-24-2010, 06:23 PM
We ended up buying into DVC when expecting #4 because of this exact situation. Best purchase of our lives. Seriously, ever.

autismgoesdisney
01-24-2010, 06:34 PM
We ended up buying into DVC when expecting #4 because of this exact situation. Best purchase of our lives. Seriously, ever.

I don't understand DVC -- how can you fit a family of 5 into a DVC room? Or family of 6?

Deb & Bill
01-24-2010, 06:37 PM
I don't understand DVC -- how can you fit a family of 5 into a DVC room? Or family of 6?

You get a two bedroom villa.

autismgoesdisney
01-24-2010, 06:42 PM
You get a two bedroom villa.

But how does the $$ work?

Deb & Bill
01-24-2010, 06:45 PM
But how does the $$ work?

Getting a DVC villa on points tends to be a little cheaper over time than paying Disney cash outright.

patchchild
01-24-2010, 06:51 PM
How about the family suites at All Stars?

pacrosby
01-24-2010, 07:05 PM
Sadly Disney doesn't have any "affordable" on-property options for families with more than 3 children (unless they are infants). You either have to get two rooms at a value (twice the price) and HOPE they end up being connecting (if they aren't you and hubby could be kissing each other good night at the stairway and playing single parent every night), paying for a family suite at a value (MORE than double the money but not double the room) or moving up to the big buck properties (not an option for many bigger families). These families are already paying almost an extra thousand dollars or more for a weeks vacation for these two extra little buggers when you figure in park tickets and food and incidentals (we won't even talk about those who have to fly:eek:). It really leaves me scratching my head.

So the solution? If you're working with a budget it's off-property (but don't forget the increased expense of that rental car). Of course I'm sure you know what many people do who are in this exact situation. They just would never be fool enough to admit it here on the Dis:rolleyes1

natashag76
01-24-2010, 07:13 PM
We're a family of 5 and we rent DVC points for a one bedroom. DH and I get the bed, DD6 and DS4 get the pullout and DS1 gets the pack n play and sleeps in the laundry room. Sounds weird, but then we can move around w/o disturbing him. We have a full kitchen and a beautiful room. If you can negotiate a good point price sometimes it comes out less than the 1 bedroom suite at ASMu. Admittedly, DH and I are not interested in the value resorts, it's too crowded for us. However, the advantage of the suite at ASMu is when they're offering free dining. Good luck!

brewcrew
01-24-2010, 07:20 PM
We also have 4 children and belong to DVC. Two bedroom villas with a full kitchen are the way to go for us. If you wanted to do All Stars still, you could get two rooms. Mom in one room, Dad in the other. We do this now when we travel outside of Disney. Good luck!

new2disx3
01-24-2010, 07:51 PM
When researching I came across this problem. We have 3 kids... And almost everywhere ( not just Disney) seems to cater to 2 adults, 2 kids. I priced out 2 value rooms, the suite at the value resort and POR, which is a moderate resort. Guess what was cheaper?.... POR!! The alligator bayou area has rooms with 2 queens and a trundle.

new2disx3
01-24-2010, 08:00 PM
When researching I came across this problem. We have 3 kids... And almost everywhere ( not just Disney) seems to cater to 2 adults, 2 kids. I priced out 2 value rooms, the suite at the value resort and POR, which is a moderate resort. Guess what was cheaper?.... POR!! The alligator bayou area has rooms with 2 queens and a trundle.

kpgriswold
01-24-2010, 08:01 PM
As mentioned, the Alligator Bayou section of POR works for a family of 5 because they have the pull out trundle under one of the beds.

For a family of 6, you can do:

1. 2 rooms at one of the values. This is our usual choice, as we LIKE the over-the-top outdoor decor. Oh, and we're cheap. :rotfl:

2. A family suite at ASMusic: 2 baths plus a kitchenette, but fewer real beds. Out big kids say the pull outs are uncomfortable, but the little ones were fine. This is about $20 more per night than 2 regular rooms.

3. A cabin at Fort Wilderness. The cabin has the added benefit of not having noisy neighbors on the other side of the wall, and having a full kitchen. This can help save $$ on food. It is pricier than the prior two options, though.

4. 2 bedroom DVC accomodations. WAY out of our price range, so I can't speak to these.

sixAMmom
01-24-2010, 08:17 PM
I would have to agree with OP "camping" is the way to go. We are a family of 6 and when we discovered camping at the Fort it was the best. The people are friendly and there is LOTS of space. We 1st camped in a tent and decided if we were going to do Disney often( which of course we were;)) we should get a POPUP. It has A/C and a stove so we save on cooking. Look into it, I think you will be surprised at how affordable it can be.:thumbsup2

Pixieflip
01-24-2010, 10:07 PM
Okay, I had this nice long post and then I got shut out from the website for over an hour. :confused3

There are options for families of 6, but they are few and far between. DVC might not be for everyone, but I will tell you that we financed it and have worked very, very hard to finish paying it off - we are not super wealthy. But last payment, next month! :cool1: Some families eat out, some shop a lot, we do none of it. DVC has been such a blessing to our family that we pretty much will do anything to be able to afford it. We just came home from a dream trip in a two bedroom savanna view villa at Kidani Village. It was amazing. On the morning of checkout, my husband walked around with his hand on his heart, wishing it wasn't over. Yeah, it was that amazing. Plus we have stayed at 4 other DVC resorts and gone on a Disney Cruise...we have MORE than payed for our initial investment and we still have 32 years of vacations left. If you want more info on how DVC works you can PM me or visit the nice people over on the DVC boards. Our only regret is not joining sooner.

Good luck to all the larger families trying to find a great place to stay! :cheer2:

PrincessTiffany
01-24-2010, 11:22 PM
Okay, we are a family of six and the CHEAPEST way to stay on-site is to get two connecting rooms at a value resort. The CHEAPEST way for a family of five to stay on-site is at POR. You can rent the villas or the cabins or the suites, but they are all a fortune and a waste of money in my opinion. The only economical suites are the ones at All-Star Music, but two connecting rooms is still cheaper. We have ALWAYS gotten our request for connecting rooms - always. If you go at a super busy crowd time, then there is a miniscule chance that you may not get a room request, but it's not enough to worry about in my opinion. And as for the WDWcamping suggestion, I'm sure it's great for some of ya'll, but it's just not my idea of a vacation. Also, we love, love, love the Disney Dining Plan and you can't get that at the campsites.

BuzznBelle'smom
01-25-2010, 06:01 AM
We're a family of six, and the hotel rooms DO get crowded when we squeeze into them.

We own DVC. If that's not in your budget, you could look into renting points. There are whole DVC sections to this board if you're curious.

Last summer, we stayed offsite in a 4BR home. I couldn't believe how nice it was, and how much we fell in love with it! It made for a very relaxing vacation. We had 4 bathrooms, a private pool and jacuzzi--the only "complaint" was, the kids wished they could spend more time in the house rather than out at parks. Our experience is making us reconsider our DVC purchase, believe it or not.

We did rent cars (2 compacts, cheaper than one minivan), and there are cheaper offsite options. We would have all fit in a 2BR townhouse or condo, and we could have gone further away from WDW than Windsor Hills. Those options would have significantly lowered our price. However, we didn't want to scrimp and feel like we were on top of each other, plus our kids span 11 years, so we were mindful of different needs and space requests.

I recommend checking out the "Oralndo area" boards also--people are very friendly and can point you to some good deals.

formill
01-25-2010, 07:29 AM
We are a family of 6. Have stayed offsite in villas 4 - 5 bedroom with pools and hot tubs and LOVED it- can not imagine staying in a hotel room for more than a night. We have had from 3- 4 bathrooms each time. The kids have more memories of the houses than they do of Disney- they just LOVE LOVE being able to walk out the patio door and jump in their own private heated pool......we love watching them from the hot tub with our drinks...... no crowds......no is there any lounges close enough to the pool......it is all just ours.

For hotels offsite we have to find ones that are a suite (which often means 2 beds plus sofa bed) or I have done priceline/hotwire to get a cheap rate and get 2 rooms (for overnight at airports before we go etc). This year we had one night after we landed in Florida before getting into villa- we stayed at Seralago Suites that first night ($70)- 1 separate bedroom with 2 beds-a kitchen area/murphy bed/sofa bed in living room- it was great for that night then at the end of our trip we had 2 nights after checking out of villa and we stayed in a 4 bedroom condo for $79 a night- Villas at Seven Dwarf Lanes. There was no way we could stay in a hotel for that kind of money and again we had 4 bedrooms, a full kitchen, 3 bathrooms. Sometimes at restaurants we have had to sit at 2 different but close tables as they won't have any seating left for 6 people. The only other issue having 6 people is having to rent a mini van or 2 cars......and now our kids our older this trip included my son's girlfriend......so we were up to 7 people! But 7 suitcases (8 on the way home too much shopping!), 7 carry ons (laps) all fit in the mini van! :cool1:

Jasperann
01-25-2010, 08:24 AM
And as for the WDWcamping suggestion, I'm sure it's great for some of ya'll, but it's just not my idea of a vacation. Also, we love, love, love the Disney Dining Plan and you can't get that at the campsites.

We are getting the Dining Plan and we are camping. So your last sentence is not true. However if it was FREE dining and we were camping we would still have to pay for it.

For the OP, camping as a family is usually cheapest where ever you go. Flying usually isn't an option for our family, because it would cost a ton more. So where ever we go for vacation. (the beach, ocean, or our next trip WDW) We camp. FW has tons of things to do even if you didn't go to a park everyday. Good family time. :cloud9:

Millermom0606
01-25-2010, 08:30 AM
You know, I keep tossing around DVC or a camper and I'm still stuck..... the DVC may seem like more, but it also has maint. and up keep like twice yearly and I know it won't last for 50 years.... so yea.... I'm still deciding LOL..... O and altho it looks like we're a family of 5, by the next trip we will be 6 :)

BTW, we stayed in a AKL Villa and it was OMG amazing!!!

mjkacmom
01-25-2010, 08:40 AM
4. 2 bedroom DVC accomodations. WAY out of our price range, so I can't speak to these.

We rented DVC points for a 2 bedroom BCV, and OMG - it was enormous! It costed about the same as 2 moderate rooms, but was SO much better. Sure, it's more expensive for the bigger family, but I wouldn't trade any of my children for a cheaper vacation! :goodvibes

PrincessTiffany
01-25-2010, 09:02 AM
We are getting the Dining Plan and we are camping. So your last sentence is not true. However if it was FREE dining and we were camping we would still have to pay for it.

For the OP, camping as a family is usually cheapest where ever you go. Flying usually isn't an option for our family, because it would cost a ton more. So where ever we go for vacation. (the beach, ocean, or our next trip WDW) We camp. FW has tons of things to do even if you didn't go to a park everyday. Good family time. :cloud9:
Actually free dining is what I meant. The last three times we have gone we have been able to get the free dining discount. And for a family of 6, I don't think there is any greater discount. We can be on-site at All-Star Movies with two rooms and two bathrooms for 8 nights with 7 day hopper passes, 48 Counter Service Meal, 48 Table Service Meals and 48 Snacks, free transportation and EMH for about $2,700.00. That's a good deal for us.

southtexasmom
01-25-2010, 01:09 PM
We are a family of 6, we are DVC members so we will always have a large enough room for our family. We always stay in a 2 bedroom, the 2 bathrooms, washer and dryer and full kitchen are so worth it. The cost of our DVC points paid for itself after our 3rd trip. Coming home with no dirty clothes is worth every cent.

Deb & Bill
01-25-2010, 01:19 PM
When researching I came across this problem. We have 3 kids... And almost everywhere ( not just Disney) seems to cater to 2 adults, 2 kids. I priced out 2 value rooms, the suite at the value resort and POR, which is a moderate resort. Guess what was cheaper?.... POR!! The alligator bayou area has rooms with 2 queens and a trundle.

POR has double sized beds, not queen sized beds. The trundle is small. You are allowed five in this room, but it will be tight.

autismgoesdisney
01-25-2010, 01:36 PM
Actually free dining is what I meant. The last three times we have gone we have been able to get the free dining discount. And for a family of 6, I don't think there is any greater discount. We can be on-site at All-Star Movies with two rooms and two bathrooms for 8 nights with 7 day hopper passes, 48 Counter Service Meal, 48 Table Service Meals and 48 Snacks, free transportation and EMH for about $2,700.00. That's a good deal for us.

2700 WOW What month did you go in? That's a GREAT deal.

PrincessTiffany
01-25-2010, 01:45 PM
2700 WOW What month did you go in? That's a GREAT deal.
Free Dining is typically offered to the general public in late August through September, give or take a few days (this year's free dining bounceback dates are August 15 - October 2). We got the free dining discount in September of 2007 and 2009. In December of 2008 we got a free dining discount pin code through our Disney Visa and were able to get free dining for our trip during the thrid weekd of December.

Sgt Mickey
01-25-2010, 02:09 PM
We are a family of 6. This will be our second time staying at the ft wilderness cabins. We like them plenty of room. Not super cheap BUT just as much as two rooms would be PLUS we get a full size kitchen so we save on food.

PrincessTiffany
01-25-2010, 02:26 PM
We are a family of 6. This will be our second time staying at the ft wilderness cabins. We like them plenty of room. Not super cheap BUT just as much as two rooms would be PLUS we get a full size kitchen so we save on food.
In value season the FW cabins are about $260.00 per night. Two connecting rooms at a value resort is about $164.00 per night. That's almost $100.00 cheaper than the cabins and about $700.00 more for a week stay at WDW.

Mouse House Mama
01-25-2010, 04:46 PM
In value season the FW cabins are about $260.00 per night. Two connecting rooms at a value resort is about $164.00 per night. That's almost $100.00 cheaper than the cabins and about $700.00 more for a week stay at WDW.

Yes but if you get a code and stay in off season it can be very cheap. We have stayed at the cabins for $140 a night.

PrincessTiffany
01-25-2010, 08:00 PM
Yes but if you get a code and stay in off season it can be very cheap. We have stayed at the cabins for $140 a night.
And in that same turn, you can get a 40% discount code on two connecting value rooms and pay about $92.00 per night - for two rooms. 40% off, free dining or whatever discount, two connecting rooms at a value is the cheapest way for a family of 6 to stay on-site.

Mouse House Mama
01-25-2010, 09:19 PM
And in that same turn, you can get a 40% discount code on two connecting value rooms and pay about $92.00 per night - for two rooms. 40% off, free dining or whatever discount, two connecting rooms at a value is the cheapest way for a family of 6 to stay on-site.

Well that all depends on what time of year you are looking to go. Also, the percentage off sometimes vary by hotel rating (deluxe, mod, value) so 40% off may only be at deluxe level and it might be say 30% off at values. Also, in a cabin you have a full kitchen which is also a money saver if you are not going during free dining. I personally would prefer a cabin to two rooms at a value because the floor layout is better and offers more room to move around in. The only drawback is having one bathroom instead of two but that isn't a huge issue to us anyway.
Value isn't always cheapest. It depends on a lot of things.

5 for WDW
01-25-2010, 09:31 PM
We ended up buying into DVC when expecting #4 because of this exact situation. Best purchase of our lives. Seriously, ever.

We have three kids and did the same thing! DVC was one of the best decisions we have ever made! :thumbsup2

Sgt Mickey
01-26-2010, 08:14 AM
In value season the FW cabins are about $260.00 per night. Two connecting rooms at a value resort is about $164.00 per night. That's almost $100.00 cheaper than the cabins and about $700.00 more for a week stay at WDW.

BUT I like the fridge and full ktchen so I wouldn't stay at the value anyway. AND both times we got 40% off.

WAHMto5
01-26-2010, 08:24 AM
IWe are a family of 7 and have stayed at the FW Cabins which were nice but the kids really enjoyed 2 connecting rooms at POP for the best value.

sixAMmom
01-26-2010, 09:38 AM
I would just like to say "camping" @ FW is not like camping in the woods. If you are into meeting your neighbors and being friendly that's FW camping. The comfort staitons are top of the line and the CMs try real hard to put you near one if you have kids. It is not loud and annoying, to us. FW also has it's own mini waterpark and golf cart rentals. Sometimes my family goes and never sets foot in a park!:love:

pooh4evr
01-26-2010, 09:57 AM
We stayed in the Family Suite in Dec with our 3 kids (8, 6, and 2) and really liked the room- I would coution staying in 1 room with all 3 kids - they are really small- we are thinking of tryong a cabin next time.

iwrbnd
01-26-2010, 10:04 AM
Having 4 kids is the reason we bought DVC! Our last trip was in the cabins. We liked it and it would have been perfect w/smaller kids but our kids are getting BIG and we were CRAMPED! Also having just one bathroom was:scared1:

mama4
01-26-2010, 04:54 PM
We are a family of 6. We've stayed in mods in one room before when we had 2 kids and a baby but now with dd 3 and oldest ds is an adult (18) there is no way we can manage a single room. We did stay at AKL right before dd turned 3 as a birthday surprise for ds7. I knew that would be our last chance to stay there since dd was turning 3 soon. Our last trip (just got back yesterday)we stayed in a Family Suite and it was great for a night but if we were there longer it wouldn't be worth it to me. Our best long trip was when we stayed off site in a condo. We had PLENTY of room for the 6 of us and we even brought my mom along. This particular condo had 2 rooms, 2 bathrooms, pullout sofa and even a smaller second apartment with bed, tv, small sofa, bathroom, and kitchenette for my Mom. It was closer to Sea World than Disney but still only took us about 10 min to get there. We were there about 8 days. I would have preferred to be a little closer to Disney but we used my FIL's points to stay there and paid about 62 cents on our final bill so we couldn't complain, right? :rotfl2: Anyway, my vote for the best valus is offsite condo but that might not be the case for folks who have to rent a car. I don't mind cooking a bit (I think it's better for the kids than eating out every meal anyways) and the peace you get from being able to spread out a bit is priceless to us. Onsite, I guess it would be two value rooms because the suites were a bit more. My hopes are that we eventually are able to get an RV and start camping at the Fort!:goodvibes

Jaylin
01-26-2010, 05:49 PM
We went 2years ago and stayed at the Poly, I was preg with #4 at the time. During the week the more we thought about it, if we ever wanted to stay somewhere nice again with all 4 kids we would have to rent 2 rooms. Camping is not our thing, so not even an option. The cost of 2 rooms at the Poly for 9 days...OMG....

So we too are DVC member...the BEST decision we ever made! It will more than pay for itself in a few trips.

It's not as expensive as you think......if you are planning on going to disney many times you really should look into it.