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stitches4kids
08-10-2012, 10:21 PM
Trying to figure out the cheapest place to stay for 2 adults and 4 kids ages 8,11,11,12... 2 value rooms, family suite ??? Any suggestions???

softballmom3
08-10-2012, 10:49 PM
Hi. We are a family of 5 and will be getting 2 rooms. It was cheaper than a suite by far :)

MMS1125
08-10-2012, 11:17 PM
I'd do 2 rooms too :)

kcmickey
08-10-2012, 11:32 PM
2 value rooms would give you the most space (4 beds vs. 3), but the suites at Art of Animation are awesome!

Upatnoon
08-11-2012, 02:19 AM
Trying to figure out the cheapest place to stay for 2 adults and 4 kids ages 8,11,11,12... 2 value rooms, family suite ??? Any suggestions???
2 values is cheapest. I would suggest reading about Wyndham Bonnet Creek in the Orlando Hotels and Attractions Board as well.

DisneyRookie2007
08-11-2012, 08:44 AM
Trying to figure out the cheapest place to stay for 2 adults and 4 kids ages 8,11,11,12... 2 value rooms, family suite ??? Any suggestions???

2 rooms and request a connecting room as well. We did it on our last stay. For families with "minors" I believe they will guarantee a connecting room.

ZeoliFamily
08-11-2012, 09:13 AM
I agree with everyone that said two rooms at a value resort. We have done it many times- this arrangement is a better value than a suite and we have always been able to get adjacent or connecting rooms.

-Jim

BLTtinkerbell
08-11-2012, 09:15 AM
I would price out:

2 value rooms

FW Cabin

Swan/Dolphin

Renting DVC points

Rooms off site

Best of luck. I'm sure you will find the perfect match.

party-of-five
08-11-2012, 09:19 AM
We are a family of 6 too. We are also doing two rooms. It was cheaper and in my opinion, offers more space and more "real" beds!

Call Disney directly to make your reservation. You will have two rooms booked under one reservation number. This means you will only need to make one $200 deposit instead of a deposit for each room. Also, the rooms will be "guaranteed connecting". Note: I've been cautioned many times on this board that that isn't truly a guarantee... But we've never had a problem doing this.

mommytodarlings
08-11-2012, 09:21 AM
We stay in 2 rooms. The kids love having their "own" room, with connecting door. We have stayed offsite as well and we enjoyed the space, but the free dining offer is a great deal for our family.

We had a house booked for this Christmas, but changed to 2 rooms at the CSR when the free dining offer was released. We considered a cabin, but after doing a lot of research decided that it was probably too spread out for us for this trip.

stitches4kids
08-11-2012, 12:30 PM
Thanks everyone! I'll start my research!

maxiesmom
08-11-2012, 01:09 PM
2 rooms and request a connecting room as well. We did it on our last stay. For families with "minors" I believe they will guarantee a connecting room.

Connecting rooms are never guaranteed 100%. They try to give them out when asked for, but sometimes they have more requests then they have connecting rooms. People need to realize that when they book asking for connecting rooms there is a small chance of not getting them. Out of many times requesting connecting rooms we have been denied them one time. So while the odds are good you will get them, it is not guaranteed.

Also, my Dinsey TA cautioned me to stay away from the Music resort when I want connecting rooms. They used many of them to make their Family Suites, so they have fewer of them to go around than the other value resorts. The Contemporary resort too is limited on their number of connecting rooms.

twinboysmom
08-11-2012, 01:41 PM
Connecting rooms are never guaranteed 100%. They try to give them out when asked for, but sometimes they have more requests then they have connecting rooms. People need to realize that when they book asking for connecting rooms there is a small chance of not getting them. Out of many times requesting connecting rooms we have been denied them one time. So while the odds are good you will get them, it is not guaranteed.

Also, my Dinsey TA cautioned me to stay away from the Music resort when I want connecting rooms. They used many of them to make their Family Suites, so they have fewer of them to go around than the other value resorts. The Contemporary resort too is limited on their number of connecting rooms.

This exactly.

monorailmom
08-11-2012, 05:53 PM
We are also a family of six. We used to do two rooms at POR..always requested connecting rooms, luckily always got them. It's tough with this size family, isn't it?!

We ended up buying into DVC in 2008. We knew we'd want to keep coming back, and the kids weren't getting any smaller! We started with a small contract, and have added on twice since then.

Our oldest daughters are headed off to college in a couple of weeks, right after we get back from Kidani. (we leave tomorrow!) This has been very worth the investment. Our girls know that if they're looking for somewhere to go for Spring Break, the DVC is there for them. ( and our peace of mind. They know how to get around WDW.. no driving, etc.)

I know you're probably not ready for that decision yet, but consider renting points to see what a DVC villa is like. It's the best decision we've ever made. :)

LilyWDW
08-11-2012, 07:01 PM
Connecting rooms are never guaranteed 100%. They try to give them out when asked for, but sometimes they have more requests then they have connecting rooms. People need to realize that when they book asking for connecting rooms there is a small chance of not getting them. Out of many times requesting connecting rooms we have been denied them one time. So while the odds are good you will get them, it is not guaranteed.

Also, my Dinsey TA cautioned me to stay away from the Music resort when I want connecting rooms. They used many of them to make their Family Suites, so they have fewer of them to go around than the other value resorts. The Contemporary resort too is limited on their number of connecting rooms.

This, this, THIS!!!!

I have seen too many times on these boards where people come back and say they did not get their "guaranteed" connecting rooms. They are NOT guaranteed, no matter what the confirmation says. If you read all the fine print you will see that all you a guaranteed is a room on Disney property. They try their best but things can happen!

If it is 100% imperative for everyone to be in the same room or to be connected, then you need to book a suite. If you can live with being separated, then go ahead with 2 rooms.

gratefulfred
08-11-2012, 07:16 PM
We are 5 people and just booked a wilderness cabin that sleeps 6 for the last week of sept. $213 a night

Missyrose
08-11-2012, 11:08 PM
We had a family of six (though admittedly it was extended family of five adults and a child). And as much as we wanted to stay in the Disney bubble, renting a townhouse in the gated community of Windsor Hills ended up being the right choice. There were three bedrooms, space for everyone to spread out and not be on top of one another and even a pool in the back yard.

Trust me, I tried to make the Disney math work but it was going to be really expensive and the rental house cost about $700 for the entire week.

Good luck with your decision! :goodvibes

DeeUK
08-12-2012, 05:52 AM
I don't know whether you're aware but there is a website that lists hotels available to families of 5 or more in one room, suite or connecting rooms. Room for 5 (just google Room For 5) may list something that you didn't know about, just a thought:)

NJRRK
08-12-2012, 06:31 AM
The Contemporary resort too is limited on their number of connecting rooms.

Every room I've ever stayed in the CR has had a connecting door to the room next door. I've stayed in 8 different rooms, "lucky" I guess.

Try for one of the suites at Music, they are only a little more expensive than two connecting (or not) rooms.

OopsieDaisies
08-12-2012, 11:12 AM
We booked a family suite at ASMusic through Expedia and are paying $160 per night. We didn't use the name your price just booked from what they had listed. We have four kids so as long as the oldest is still going we will be using all of the sleeping space. My kids aren't too particular about real beds vs fold out sofas. They will just be happy they are at Disney. I also like knowing we will have the kitchenette available so we may be able to save some days by having breakfast in the room and possibly lunches.

maxiesmom
08-12-2012, 02:02 PM
Every room I've ever stayed in the CR has had a connecting door to the room next door. I've stayed in 8 different rooms, "lucky" I guess.



My Dreams Unlimited travel agent told me that little nugget of info, so I do believe it is true. The Contemporary is also the one resort I have stayed at that did not meet our request for connecting rooms.:( Another reason I believe it.

jenlov
08-12-2012, 05:00 PM
It also depends on when you are going. I've done the math for many different choices for our family (2 adults, 6 kids, 1 infant). We are going during free dining, so getting 2 value rooms is the cheapest for us. Renting DVC points is not cheaper. Getting a villa or suite (other than ASMusic, maybe) is not cheaper (even renting DVC points it is still $325/night for the cheapest room big enough for us). During FD, you pay rack rate, so value is the cheapest. Even with a 30% room discount off a villa or deluxe, 2 value rooms is still cheaper. We also looked into Windsor Hills. Yes, per night it is cheaper, but after the cleaning fee, parking fees, and food for 8 people for 10 days, we would only be saving at most $500. It's worth the $500 to us to stay on property and get free dining. It's also worth not having to get 7 kids in and out of the vehicle 2-4 times per day, especially since we still have 4 in car seats.

I think when it all comes down to it, you just do what is best for YOUR family. If you want cheapest and are going during free dining, go value....or moderate if you don't want QSDP.

JimS4210
08-12-2012, 05:54 PM
We are 5 people and just booked a wilderness cabin that sleeps 6 for the last week of sept. $213 a night

:thumbsup2 That's what I would do, also. Might be slightly more expensive than two value rooms, but there's no comparison. FW is so much nicer than staying at All Stars or Pop, and you have the option of cooking to save some money!

Jim