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Old 01-06-2013, 10:45 PM   #1
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Best villa for family with 8, 4, and 2 1/2 year old?

Lets hear it friends. Which one is best and why?!
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Old 01-06-2013, 11:06 PM   #2
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well do you have a specific location you would like to stay at?
BLT is a MK resort and is connected to monorail.

BWV and BCV are in EPCOT area. You can walk/boat to EPCOT/HS.

I think these three are the more popular ones bc of their locations. All have great pools and restaurants.

Out of those three I have only stayed at BCV - which is one of my favorites.

I have also stayed at OKW (2) SSR (2) and Kindai (1) this past summer.

They were all very nice also. OKW/SSR has a boat to DTD and Kidani/Jambo has the animals roaming on the property which is very nice.

Have fun deciding on where to stay!!

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What park do you go to most? How much space do you need? Is a full kitchen and washer and dryer important? What other things are important to you as a family?
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Old 01-06-2013, 11:19 PM   #4
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Thanks for the great and patient replies

This is our first time, so we're feeling a bit overwhelmed about everything and trying to gather as much info as possible. Sounds like we first need to decide where we will spend most of our time and go from there. I'm guessing we will be mostly in animal kingdom and the princess places (4 year old daughter

Kitchen would be great. But most important two things will be getting to and from since we will have young kids and also price.

For what it's worth, we will be there 7 days so should be able to enjoy and not be frantic.
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For us, AK is a half day park, at most one day. If this is your first visit, I would think you would spend the most time at magic kingdom. I would recommend staying at bay lake tower. It offers the comvenience of a walkway to the MK or a monorail (walking is the way to go) and you can take the monorail to Epcot. Bus to AK and Hollywood studios.

A one bedroom villa will give you a full kitchen and washer a dryer. A separate bedroom with king bed, master bath with separate shower and jacuzzi. BLT offers 2 full bathrooms as well. One thing to understand is that studio villas are about the size of a hotel room and offer me queen bed and a full size sleeper sofa. The one bedroom villas have a king bed and a queen size sleeper. Some (BLT, OKW, and AK Kidani have a sleeper chair). OKW does have two queen beds (the ony one that does this) in the studios. It wouldn't be my first choice for your family for a first stay. We hae slept on the pullouts and have found them quite comfy.
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Bay Lake Towers at the Contemporary is walking distance to the Magic Kingdom, as well as on the monorail, however you mentioned price. BLT is one of the most expensive places to stay on WDW property. You should think about renting DVC points for your stay. Mousesavers.com has good information about how to do that. Villas at Wilderness Lodge is a beautiful resort where you can also rent points. It is a boat ride away from the MK. The cabins at Fort Wilderness would also work for your family. A boat ride away from the MK, but they have an internal bus system because it is a large campground, so that isn't a great thing for transportation. Check out the DVC rental info. and decide if that appeals to you.
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Old 01-07-2013, 08:21 AM   #7
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My sincerest gratitude for the replies. After looking at the DVC point charts, it looks like bay lake tower and wilderness would both cost about $350 total more than a week at animal kingdom. Is this extra money worth the convenience and lack of stuff "on site" for our kids?

I was thinking with a 2 1/2 and 4 year old that we would have quite a bit of downtime at the villa which might make the safari with animals one a better fit with more to do. But if its incredibly inconvenient, and will take us 30-45 min each way to get anywhere, then I'd rather stay closer.
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