||05-04-2013 09:26 AM
Your absolute best bet if you don't care which resort would be a suite at shades of green, they have three suites, I think o e is for 6 people and o e is for 8 and one is for up to 14. You did not say how young the youngest is so maybe the 6 or 8. The suites have kitchens and queen beds, and sofa beds. The price for the 6 and 8 is $250 or $275. I am sure this will be even cheaper than any resort rooms, and it may be cheaper than renting points for a family that large, because the price is it, no taxes, no resort fees, nothing added. You would have to book it as close to the year out as possible, so June 22, 2013 I would book the hotel room, you do have to pay one night upfront, but then the room will be held for you for a whole year, and if you cancel you do have to do it before the 30 day out mark to get you money back. I can say, the resort is beautiful and by next year both pools should be redone, I am told they will have a slide in the Mickey pool by next year. The resort does not have the Mickey bedspreads or the light fixtures, but I find it a very nice peaceful resort, plus how much time do you spend in your room. The kitchen have full size refrig, stoves, micros, you can order food from garden grocers and save money on snacks and breakfast if you wish. He food at evergreens near the pool is great and cheap, by Disney standards. Some say the food in the restaurants is not great, but we find breakfast is good and cheap, and dinner, is buffet, could be better but it was okay. They have buses, but for us we walk the 5 minutes over to the poly and catch the monorail there, we find the walk so easy, it was no further and I think actually shorter to walk from SoG to poly than it was to walk from the mansion at POR to the bus stop. Staying at SoG also make it easier to get the military discounted tickets, the stars and strips are great since they are length of stay and are cheap, they might have the salute tickets but won't know until sept, and if all else feels you can get discounted myw tickets, you can now preorder them and pick them up at the front desk, we just did this and it was easy and got an email that the tickets will be ready at check in on Wednesday.
With shades of green you get buses around the world, you get extra magic hours and you getto be right inside Disney. You do miss the free ride from the airport, but to us it is worth the extra $100 because we get to stop at the grocery store, and we still save a lot of money. You get to use poly monorail so you are right next to the action. You get free parking at mk main parking but you do have to pay for parking at the other parks, you get free at mk main parking only because you are behind the toll booth, so you can go and park at and take ttc if you want, we always just walk there, it takes 5 minutes.