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Old 03-13-2013, 03:52 PM   #1
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Three questions: Which? Just How? And When?

We are a family of 5, and we're looking at staying on-site vs. other options. So far, off-site seems to be the better option mostly due to the price of the resorts that will allow 5 people per-room, or that we'll have to get 2 rooms, the 1 we simply will not use.

My questions are these: Which resort would you stay if you had a family of 5 and had to be budget conscious? Just how strict are they on how many people can be in a room? And when should one book their stay if they are going to be on-site?
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My questions are these:
1.Which resort would you stay if you had a family of 5 and had to be budget conscious?

2Just how strict are they on how many people can be in a room?

3And when should one book their stay if they are going to be on-site?
1.POR Alligator Bayou is the least expensive option.

2. Very strict. Room occupancy is a firm limit. If you exceed the limit and are found out you will be thrown out of the resort.

3. As soon as you have firm dates. This avoids the problem of the resort being booked up if you wait too long. You can always change your booking at a later date to take advantage of any special offers or discounts that come up.
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Old 03-13-2013, 04:08 PM   #3
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1.POR Alligator Bayou is the least expensive option.

2. Very strict. Room occupancy is a firm limit. If you exceed the limit and are found out you will be thrown out of the resort.

3. As soon as you have firm dates. This avoids the problem of the resort being booked up if you wait too long. You can always change your booking at a later date to take advantage of any special offers or discounts that come up.
Thanks! I tried searching for my dates (April 2014) via the website and it won't let me access more than 1 year to the day. Should I call directly or is it only possible to book 1 year in advance?
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Old 03-13-2013, 04:33 PM   #4
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Thanks! I tried searching for my dates (April 2014) via the website and it won't let me access more than 1 year to the day. Should I call directly or is it only possible to book 1 year in advance?
As minniemum stated, the Alligator Bayou section of POR is the least expensive option. Plus it's a lovely resort. The prices for 2014 have not been release yet so you can't look online for packages or room only reservations. You can call and reserve a room only and will be charged the cost of one night at 2013 rates. Then when the 2014 rates are released, your reservation will be adjusted to reflect the new rates.

They usually release the new rates around June or July.
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Old 03-13-2013, 05:57 PM   #5
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I'm confused, in your signature you have 6, people, in your post you say 5, just want to make sure the info is right. Since there are three adults, have any of you ever served in the military. Even if you do not serve now, if you ever served you are eligible for SoG in sept and jan, of if one of you serve now you are eligible all year. They have extra large rooms that fit 5 easily, for some of the best rates especially those two months. They also have suites for 6. Just a thought, you said April, but if you can save hundreds it may be worth changing dates.
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I'm confused, in your signature you have 6, people, in your post you say 5, just want to make sure the info is right. Since there are three adults, have any of you ever served in the military. Even if you do not serve now, if you ever served you are eligible for SoG in sept and jan, of if one of you serve now you are eligible all year. They have extra large rooms that fit 5 easily, for some of the best rates especially those two months. They also have suites for 6. Just a thought, you said April, but if you can save hundreds it may be worth changing dates.
DBiL has gone with us to DL, but will not be accompaning us to WDW because of unpredictable college situations (meaning we can't plan too far out which is a basic requirement, it seems, at WDW). He usually does EVERYTHING with us so I feel kinda weird taking him out.

No one has ever served in the military, although my oldest daughter is an ex-dependant of an ex-military member, does that count?!
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Old 03-13-2013, 07:41 PM   #7
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I'm confused, in your signature you have 6, people, in your post you say 5, just want to make sure the info is right. Since there are three adults, have any of you ever served in the military. Even if you do not serve now, if you ever served you are eligible for SoG in sept and jan, of if one of you serve now you are eligible all year. They have extra large rooms that fit 5 easily, for some of the best rates especially those two months. They also have suites for 6. Just a thought, you said April, but if you can save hundreds it may be worth changing dates.
I hadn't heard that prior military could stay at SOG in Sept and Jan. My husband was in the Navy, but did not retire from the Navy. He did 4 years before going to college. Where can I find information about this option. It might just be a good excuse to make a Sept. or Jan. bonus trip.
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We are a family of 5, and we're looking at staying on-site vs. other options. So far, off-site seems to be the better option mostly due to the price of the resorts that will allow 5 people per-room, or that we'll have to get 2 rooms, the 1 we simply will not use.

My questions are these: Which resort would you stay if you had a family of 5 and had to be budget conscious? Just how strict are they on how many people can be in a room? And when should one book their stay if they are going to be on-site?
Have you looked into the new Art of Animation suites? They are designed for larger families. Off site is an option but once you get there you realize that it is worth staying on property. Even if you want to go back to the room for a break its so much easier. You can also take advantage of EMH and dining plans. You would also have to rent a car. You would have to add that into your budget. I would try to tally what it would cost for both options. Good luck!
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