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Old 02-05-2013, 11:21 AM   #1
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Choosing between AoA,CSR and the cabins

We might switch our resorts, we are booked at AoA but have been debating about CSR and the Cabins at FW. Which would you prefer between the three? My kids will be 12,9,6,6,and 2. If we choose the cabins what pool do we use? I really don't want to stay at the cabins (we live in NY and I'm not a camping person) but price wise it is the most reasonable including the full kitchen. I'd love to stay at CSR but it will only be affordable if free dining comes available.

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Old 02-05-2013, 11:38 AM   #2
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Fort wilderness has its own themed pool with a slide. I know quite a few people who have stayed there and loved the cabins. To me, the only downside is the transportation in FW, but it does offer a boat to the MK.
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I would choose AOA or 2 rooms at CSR. The cabins only have one bathroom and I think having 2 with that many people is better. The cheapest route would be to book two standard rooms at a value.
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We loved the cabins! It was quiet, We didn't have to worry about people waking up the little ones. And the cabins were really nothing like camping! They were like little houses in a nice wooded area. It was really convenient for us to drive or get things out of the car. I would say to look at the map and request something toward the the ends of the loop, it can be a good walk if you end up in the middle
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Old 02-06-2013, 07:46 AM   #5
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We have stayed at the cabins and at CSR. We have not stayed at AofA.

We did not care for the cabins at all. We thought they were very inconvenient. We rented a golf cart (which cost more per day than our rental car!) and we still thought it was inconvenient to get from the cabin to the place where you get the boat to MK, etc. The pools are very boring. We did find the cabin itself pretty comfortable and the full kitchen was nice. But, if you want to eat out there are only two options -- take out pizza (they would not let us eat it in Crockett's Tavern) and the buffet. Our boys were 5 at the time and paying for a buffet for them for any meal (breakfast, lunch or dinner) made no sense. We decided that staying off-site would be more convenient than staying at the cabins. (ETA: I note that a PP indicates there is a themed pool at the cabins. Our stay was several years ago so if there is a themed pool, that is an improvement in that regard.)

As for CSR, we really enjoyed our stay there. The pool is themed and fun, the rooms are fine and we were able to park our car near our room. We took the car everywhere and found CSR to be centrally located to everything -- easy to get to Epcot, MK, DHS and AK. We weren't crazy about the eating choices, but at least one could go to the Pepper Market and get a variety of things without having to pay for a buffet for a child who eats almost nothing.

You might consider the All Star Music or AofA Family Suites instead of the cabins. They seem more convenient to me since you can park near your room and don't need to take internal buses around the resort or rent a golf cart. They will sleep 6 plus a toddler under 3 in two rooms (queen bed in one room, pull out sleeper sofa and chairs in the other room, and a pak n play), two TVs plus a small kitchenette area. I would do this rather than a cabin.
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Old 02-06-2013, 08:22 AM   #6
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Are the cabins far from everything? We are most likely flying and not renting a car. There are 7 of us 2 adults and 5 young kids, we wouldn't fit in the golf cart and I certainly don't want to walk really far especially at the end of the day after a hours at the parks..:/ I'm leaning towards CSR if FD comes available it equals out to almost the same price compared to upgrading FD to the regular DP at AoA.

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