PDA

View Full Version : Families with 3 (or more) children, where do you stay?


100AcreWood
04-28-2011, 02:35 PM
Our last trip we stayed at the CSR and loved it. But our 3rd child was only 2. Now what do we do? I assume we can't stay at CSR again.

KatMark
04-28-2011, 02:38 PM
Our last trip we stayed at the CSR and loved it. But our 3rd child was only 2. Now what do we do? I assume we can't stay at CSR again.

The All Star suites, Ft. Wildnerness, POR-Riverside with a trundle bed or one of the deluxe resorts are your choices if your third child is now over 3.

Monorail Bob's dd
04-28-2011, 02:40 PM
It does get tricky as your family gets bigger. :) Your cheapest option is Port Orleans Riverside where they have 2 full-size beds and a small trundle bed. Next cheapest is 2 rooms at a value. After that would be a family suite at All Star Music. Next would be a cabin at Fort Wilderness. After that, most deluxe hotels except for Wilderness Lodge and Animal Kingdom Lodge hold 5 in a standard hotel room. We are staying in a deluxe room at the Boardwalk this summer, is it a bit larger than a standard room and should fit our family of 5 well. :wizard:

packofprincesses
04-28-2011, 02:41 PM
We are doing a split stay between a ASMu Family Suite and the Poly.

We have also rented a house twice in Indian Creek.

DrMomof3
04-28-2011, 02:44 PM
We've stayed at Poly, Contemporary, BC, SSR, and this summer we're paying cash for BLT. good thing our 3rd child is cute!!! :lmao:

Amanda

Upatnoon
04-28-2011, 02:53 PM
We now stay at Wyndham Bonnet Creek.

bluezy
04-28-2011, 02:56 PM
We do two rooms at a Value (usually Pop). We like the extra space; a bed for each kid (they are all restless sleepers and wake each other up if they share a bed); two bathrooms; and two TV's.

williamson_ja
04-28-2011, 03:01 PM
We loved the suites at ASMU. There is a separate bedroom for the adults. NO need to worry about getting adjoining rooms. 2 bathrooms is great in the morning. I loved the little kitchenette for quick snacks and breakfast in the room. All that, plus the suites are close to everything! The location is fantastic! And, they are very budget friendly. :)

pixarmom
04-28-2011, 03:11 PM
We love the Beach Club and Poly, and we're trying BWI before our cruise in August. We stayed at CSR several times (long before we became a family of five) and enjoyed it - it's our favorite among the moderates. But we really love BC and Poly!

OP, I think much of the decision of where to go next depends on a combination of budget and need for space. We're fine in a regular room at a deluxe resort because we spend lots of time out and about. The deluxe resorts also work well for us because we like the transportation options. I know some families really need the extra space and prefer a villa, a suite at All Star Music or two rooms. But for us, a standard-sized room at a deluxe resort is the best fit.

Happy Planning!

andee515
04-28-2011, 03:55 PM
We have stayed at the POLY and had no problems fitting, rather roomy for a hotel room. We stayed at 1 bedroom MK view at the BLT and that was super sweet! We prefer the POLY theming by far, but having a washer and dryer, seperate rooms and fireworks in our PJs ( or :rolleyes1 in the tub) is just too good to pass up!:woohoo:

twoplustwins
04-28-2011, 05:02 PM
Staying at Bonnet Creek this year. We will have two bedrooms, two baths, a full kitchen, living room, and washer and dryer. At $120 a night, this was the best deal we could find.

DisneyMomx7
04-28-2011, 05:39 PM
Deluxes! We've stayed at BC, YC, the Polynesian and the GF.

Miaka
04-28-2011, 05:58 PM
We are doing two rooms at a value this time. Last year only 3 of the kids came so we stayed at kidani village because their one bedrooms sleep 5.

DsnyMom36426
04-28-2011, 10:54 PM
Our last trip we stayed at the CSR and loved it. But our 3rd child was only 2. Now what do we do? I assume we can't stay at CSR again.

Port Orleans Riverside ask for Alligator Bayou. We also have 3 kids and its the only place we stay!

Blackbeltdisneygirl
04-28-2011, 11:43 PM
It does get tricky as your family gets bigger. :) Your cheapest option is Port Orleans Riverside where they have 2 full-size beds and a small trundle bed. Next cheapest is 2 rooms at a value. After that would be a family suite at All Star Music. Next would be a cabin at Fort Wilderness. After that, most deluxe hotels except for Wilderness Lodge and Animal Kingdom Lodge hold 5 in a standard hotel room. We are staying in a deluxe room at the Boardwalk this summer, is it a bit larger than a standard room and should fit our family of 5 well. :wizard:

We stay at POR! We have seven in our family though, so we have to do two rooms. We asked Nana and Papa to.come along since we had the space at POR. When we move over to CSR, they will stay in my brother's room at POR it is just him and two kids. Firat time at CSR for us, but like I said, we HAVE to do two rooms unless we do a villa.

4 The Love Of Disney
04-28-2011, 11:52 PM
can't wait for the new resort - Disney's Art Of Animation Resort- to open up in 2012. The will have larger rooms and suites and be considered a value hotel. We are a family of 5 and currently stay at POR and Boardwalk. But it would be nice to save some $

NatsFan15
04-29-2011, 05:53 AM
We're one of the families that enjoys th ASMu Family Suites. We find them to have plenty of room and the kids really enjoy the theming and activities at the resort.

I've never had a bad experience with buses that were any different than the typical wait for any type of public transportation. I find it worth it to not have to worry about driving/parking etc.

The food court is okay (just okay in my opinion) but we do dining plan and eat mostly at the parks anyway.

Good luck with your decision :)

Blackbeltdisneygirl
04-29-2011, 07:09 AM
can't wait for the new resort - Disney's Art Of Animation Resort- to open up in 2012. The will have larger rooms and suites and be considered a value hotel. We are a family of 5 and currently stay at POR and Boardwalk. But it would be nice to save some $
I am looking forward to it as well! It looks so cute! Any word on when exactly it is opening in 2012? I haven't checked lately.

Grumpy92
04-29-2011, 07:48 AM
The Wilderness homes at Ft Wilderness. Roomy, quiet, so much to do at the resort and we love having a kitchen.

blessedby3
04-29-2011, 08:48 AM
We have 6 in our family...our youngest turned 3 after our trip last May. We are staying at POP in 2 rooms for our trip in 33 days:cool1: but we also have 2 extra kids going with us. That is still my favorite "value" option at this point. The Music suites dont hold any appeal to me, but I am anxiously awaiting the opening of the Art of Animation Resort. We will probably stay there for value trips once it opens.
Our prefrence is to stay deluxe. We were at BLT in a 1BR on our last trip and that is hands down my favorite place to stay. I love the convienence of walking to the MK and the monorail to boot. We have also done one room at the Poly and the CR. I just love being on the monorail line!
We never do moderates. Its either value or deluxe for us...mainly because 2 rooms at a mod really jack up the price and I dont feel like its worth it.

Colleen27
04-29-2011, 11:03 AM
We're trying the cabins at Fort Wilderness next.

POR sleeps 5 and I think would be fine with younger kids, but ours are 13, 9, and soon-to-be 3 so packing into one room is not at ALL appealing. Suites/villas or two rooms are much better from a privacy standpoint, so we don't plan to switch over to the sleeps-five deluxes. Instead we'd like to try the family suites at the new Art of Animation, the 1 bedroom villas at AKL and OKW (OKW only sleeps 5 if booked on points), and once the kids get a few years older and there's less stress about whether or not we get connecting, two rooms at the mods because that's the level of resort we've been happiest with overall.

creativeamanda
04-29-2011, 03:41 PM
We have in the past stayed at POR. We enjoyed it--the trundle bed was never a problem, and had we not received a bonus this year for achieving National Board certification in teaching, we would still be there. As it is now, we will be at the Beach Club.

TheTXTaylors5
04-29-2011, 07:00 PM
:dance3: This is why we bought into DVC. All of the Deluxe resorts sleep five. However, you are paying a premium. When DH did the numbers, DVC was saving us money on our WDW lodging.

When we run out of DVC points, we stay at Port Orleans - Riverside. Like a previous post mentioned, stay in Alligator Bayou. The rooms have a trundle bed for the fifth person. The room is small for five people. But, we don't spend too much time in the room. So, POR is a great back-up resort for us.

We've never stayed in an All-Star Music Family Suite. But when I have priced it, it always comes out to "around" the same price as a Fort Wildnerness Cabin. So, if I had to choose between the two, I'd want to stay in a Fort Wilderness Cabin. We splurged one year and stayed in a Fort Wilderness Cabin. We loved it! It had room for the whole family and a FULL kitchen.

Example pricing during "peak" season:
ASMU Family Suite - $322
Fort Wilderness Cabin - $377
Port Orleans (Riverside) - $208
Pop Century - $140 x 2 = $280

(Above pricing for summer 2011 weekday.)

If you can't stay at a Fort Wilderness Cabin, my second choice would be Port Orleans - Riverside Resort.

Have a magical trip! :wizard:

yesiamcrazy
04-29-2011, 07:06 PM
We have 6 kids. We stay in 2 rooms at a value. It's the only way we can go on our budget. I'm thinking as the kids get bigger/older we may have to stay off site.

mickey&minniealways
04-29-2011, 07:48 PM
We like the dvc resorts. AKV, BLT and OKW 1 bdrm sleeps 5. Having the option to cook your meals can make a big difference. Love having a real living room and a washer and dryer. Then there is the king bed in the master and the jacuzzi tub in the master bath. If you are renting points from a member it can actually make it quite affordable. BLT is right next to the MK but the points are high. AKV has that wonderful splash area for the little ones an then there is the animal viewing. BLT 1 bdrms will also give you 2 bathrooms. OKW is our favorite. The master bath is split in 2 sections. That jacuzzi tub is huge. Put the kids to bed and enjoy. The villas are the largest on property. You get a laundry room with full sized washer and dryer as opposed to the apartment style in a closet at the others and the kids wil love the sandcastle slide at the main pool .

mickey&minniealways
04-29-2011, 07:59 PM
:dance3: This is why we bought into DVC. All of the Deluxe resorts sleep five. However, you are paying a premium. When DH did the numbers, DVC was saving us money on our WDW lodging.

When we run out of DVC points, we stay at Port Orleans - Riverside. Like a previous post mentioned, stay in Alligator Bayou. The rooms have a trundle bed for the fifth person. The room is small for five people. But, we don't spend too much time in the room. So, POR is a great back-up resort for us.

We've never stayed in an All-Star Music Family Suite. But when I have priced it, it always comes out to "around" the same price as a Fort Wildnerness Cabin. So, if I had to choose between the two, I'd want to stay in a Fort Wilderness Cabin. We splurged one year and stayed in a Fort Wilderness Cabin. We loved it! It had room for the whole family and a FULL kitchen.

Example pricing during "peak" season:
ASMU Family Suite - $322
Fort Wilderness Cabin - $377
Port Orleans (Riverside) - $208
Pop Century - $140 x 2 = $280

(Above pricing for summer 2011 weekday.)

If you can't stay at a Fort Wilderness Cabin, my second choice would be Port Orleans - Riverside Resort.

Have a magical trip! :wizard:

We are renting points for our trip in may. 2 bdrm for 255 points standard view at AKV for 7 nights at $10 per point. A 1 bdrm would be 200 points in May here or at OKW. According to the rates that this poster is quoating dvc seems a better choice.

Aliceacc
04-30-2011, 06:09 AM
Warning: reading the following post will probably convince you that I'm desperately in need of therapy.

We're planning for August 2012. It will be myself and my husband, and my 3 kids, who will be 14, 12 and 9.

I've agonized over this way more than I should. But here's what I considered and what we eneded up with:

- I LOVE the Polynesian. It's a whole counterpoint to the frentic craziness of the parks. It's a lush tropical paradise, We've stayed there the last 2 trips, and I adore it. But it's REALLY expensive. I figured we should explore other options.

- The Dolphin has a great teacher's discount. But my son would end up on a rollaway for the whole week. And if he's not happy, no one is. So much for the Dolphin.

- The Family Suites at All Star Music look really nice. But I'm a bit of a spoiled brat, I suppose-- the pool looks incredibly average. (We go back to the resort every afternoon so my 3 water rats can swim.)

- Fort Wildnerness accomodates 5 in the cabins. But I HATE anything to do wtih camping. I don't want a kitchen and the expectation that mommy will cook. It's great for some people, but not for us.

- Port Orleans Riverside has rooms with a trundle bed that will accomodate 5. But my son is already taller than me and outweighs me by quite a bit. (We always kid that his birthparents must have been Sumo wrestlers.) So POR is out.

- I had decided on the Contemporary. It's one of the cheapest Deluxes, it's on the monorail and you can WALK to the Magic Kingdom-- how cool is that??? The Garden Wing rooms look real nice..... but that pool just looks so HOT surrounded by endles concrete. I couldn't get past the idea that we were spending a fortune and settling.

- Finally one night at dinner, my daughter's friend started talking about her stay at the Beach Club, how it was "right across the street from Epcot" and had the "coolest pool (she) had ever seen!" When Disney says that, I take it with a grain of salt. But when my daughter's friend says it, I believe it. I took a look and I'm hooked.

As soon as the 2012 prices come out in August, we're booking the Beach Club.