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Old 10-03-2012, 07:00 PM   #1
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READY TO SCREAM!!! Someone please point me in the direction I need to go :(

I've researched so much my head is spinning...suite, or regular room? Pool..big, small, close? Transportation? Preferred room...I'm swimming in questions. I have three children to take to WDW in late January. I want a room big enough to breathe in, but not too big as to cost more than what we can afford and/or need. I want something themed for the kids but dont necessarily know that I want to stay in a value resort...so I'm asking for some guidance here. I'm looking at about a 3,000 budget for 7 days (6nights) lodging plus tickets. HELP!
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Old 10-03-2012, 07:03 PM   #2
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I think late January discounts should be coming out soon, so that should help with your budget.

How old are the kids? Is another adult travelling or just you? It'll make a big difference if you're looking for a room for 4 or 5.
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Old 10-03-2012, 07:18 PM   #3
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I've researched so much my head is spinning...suite, or regular room? Pool..big, small, close? Transportation? Preferred room...I'm swimming in questions. I have three children to take to WDW in late January. I want a room big enough to breathe in, but not too big as to cost more than what we can afford and/or need. I want something themed for the kids but dont necessarily know that I want to stay in a value resort...so I'm asking for some guidance here. I'm looking at about a 3,000 budget for 7 days (6nights) lodging plus tickets. HELP!

What ages are your kids? The $3,000 is just for lodging and tickets, or does it need to cover food as well?
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Old 10-03-2012, 07:25 PM   #4
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Okay... ran through a sample package. With 1 adult and 3 kids, you can stay at just about any resort. I picked the moderate level and selected Port Orleans Riverside. Check in January 19th. Check out January 25th. 7 day MYW base tickets (no hopper, no waterparks fun & more). Total is $2323.93 for a standard view room.

You didn't mention if there would be a second adult or not. If there is, then POR is the only moderate resort that can accomodate 5 people, unless one of the children is under 3yo.

I also ran the numbers for Pop Century. Same dates. Same tickets. Preferred room. The total was $1,987.77. You can only have 4 people aged 3 or above in a room at any of the values. Since you are concerned about room size, I think you'd be best to step up to the moderate level.

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Old 10-03-2012, 08:35 PM   #5
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Well, you've come to the right place! First, try to enjoy the "dreaming" process of planning. A suite may certainly make you more comfortable... but you could also consider a double room with an outdoor sitting area (I'm thinking Pop Century) that could give you some quiet time when the kids are settling down. Most locations will have some sort of theming- not just values. Animal Kingdom Lodge (AKL) is a great example. Have you priced the new Art of Animation suites?

You will be fine... there really isn't a wrong decision!
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Old 10-03-2012, 09:07 PM   #6
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I would go to POR. The theming is very nice with it's new Orleans feel. Feels like you just step into a Tom Sawer book. The landscape is breathtaking and very peaceful. The food court is not only beautiful it has great food choices. The rooms are much nicer than value with two queen beds, double sinks and fridge. Take an alligator bayou room with trundle bed for extra sleeping space (can sleep five). If it fits in your budget take 2 connecting rooms, especially if you are traveling with extra adult. You also have boat to DTD and all kinds of fun resort activities like fishing, biking, campfires, etc. You won't be disappointed. It is one of the nicest moderate resorts on property.

My first trip planning I was just like you and in the end, I had fun no matter how imperfect my decisions were. Don't worry, you'll have a blast and the kids too! It is WDW after all!
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OOPS! I should have mentioned Hubby is going with me (I'm lucky to have him!) and my children are all female and ages 10, 3 and 1...but she'll be turning 2 the last day we're there I am now leaning towards and AoA suite I think. I wasn't aware that Pop Century had outdoor seating though...may have to look into that. And the 3,000 is just for tickets and lodging..I plan on a 5 day park hopper as to make dinner reservations easier and so that hubby and my oldest can have some daddy daughter time in the eveings riding things her sisters cant during the day.
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Old 10-03-2012, 09:19 PM   #8
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OOPS! I should have mentioned Hubby is going with me (I'm lucky to have him!) and my children are all female and ages 10, 3 and 1...but she'll be turning 2 the last day we're there I am now leaning towards and AoA suite I think. I wasn't aware that Pop Century had outdoor seating though...may have to look into that. And the 3,000 is just for tickets and lodging..I plan on a 5 day park hopper as to make dinner reservations easier and so that hubby and my oldest can have some daddy daughter time in the eveings riding things her sisters cant during the day.
I went with an 7 month baby and a 4 year old. Then went back again 6 months later. You will love it. AoA might be a good option, the kids will love the theming. If not go to POR in AB room and you'll be comfortable. I personally would avoid the other value resorts. Rooms are small and twin beds made for very uncomfortable nights. I prefer moderate resorts for the room quality and the extra amenities (water slides at pool, play park, boat to DTD). My kids loved POFQ pool with giant dragon slide. If you stay at POR you also have access to POFQ (sister resort). Mod. Prices for luxury feel!

By the way, wait till Jan. Deals come out. Jan is low season and you'll either get room discount or free dining. If you get free dining make sure you stay at Moderate since you'll be able to take advantage of the regular DDP (1 snack, 1 QS meal, 1 TS meal a day) instead of just Quick serve DDP (1 snack, 2 QS meals a day).

Good luck.

Check out my blog http://disneyplaning101.blogspot.ca/ where I give planning tips and travel advise for visiting WDW with young children.

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Old 10-03-2012, 09:47 PM   #9
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Lots of good options so far.
I haven't priced out your dates, but wanted to add some other options.

A cabin at FW. The bedroom has a double bed and set of bunks. The living area has a murphy bed, couch, full kitchen w/eating area. Deck, grill, parking in your own driveway. Nice boat ride to MK, WL, & CR. Very relaxing area.

You could also look at renting DVC points, if you want more space.

Happy planning!
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I think FW is a little rich for our blood..unless we see a discount soon. I'd wait to book until January but want to get our CRT reservation and BBB appointment before they aren't available. Can you do this without already having made reservations for rooms? I think we've nearly decided for sure on an AoA suite in the Nemo section...
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I think FW is a little rich for our blood..unless we see a discount soon. I'd wait to book until January but want to get our CRT reservation and BBB appointment before they aren't available. Can you do this without already having made reservations for rooms? I think we've nearly decided for sure on an AoA suite in the Nemo section...
You can book CRT & BBB now.
Good luck with your room search!
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Old 10-03-2012, 10:33 PM   #12
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I think FW is a little rich for our blood..unless we see a discount soon. I'd wait to book until January but want to get our CRT reservation and BBB appointment before they aren't available. Can you do this without already having made reservations for rooms? I think we've nearly decided for sure on an AoA suite in the Nemo section...
Yes. You don't have to have a room reservation to make ADRs and BBB appointments. You are already within the 180 day mark for January ADRs. I don't know if you were planning to purchase the DDP or not. If you were, then if you had a package reservation (room, tickets + DDP) you'd only have to provide a credit card to guarantee the CRT reservation. Without a reservation including the DDP, you have to pay upfront for that ADR.
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Old 10-03-2012, 10:32 PM   #13
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I'll add my vote for PORFQ. It has queen size beds and enough room for a portable crib. Like others have said, you get two resorts for the price of one as you share amenities with POR. There's also the wonderful boat ride to DTD. This is my family's favorite resort.
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Old 10-04-2012, 08:13 AM   #14
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In late Jan, you may be looking at big room discounts - I think that would make a lot more sense than FD for your family. With that kind of discount, don't be afraid to price out deluxe (you may be surprised) at the cost..
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