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Old 04-10-2013, 05:38 PM   #1
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Question WLV or Split Stay (AOA/Poly) with kids and In-Laws?

This is to follow up on a question I raised yesterday about whether an AOA family suite would be comfortable for 4 adults and 2 small children. With apologies to people who already read the preliminaries in that post, I am planning a 1-week trip in early May 2014 with me, DH, our two boys (4 and 7), and DH's parents. I'm torn between two options which I estimate will be fairly close in price:

1. 2 bedroom villa at Wilderness Lodge with rented DVC points for the entire stay; or

2. Split-stay with 4 nights in AOA Family Suite (most likely Cars) and 3 nights at the Poly

WL looks lovely and relaxing, and I'm sure we would enjoy the pool with the waterslide, having a spacious villa, and not having the hassle of a mid-week move with 2 little kids and 2 older folks who might, frankly, be a little difficult to manage doing a split stay. The transportation options also seem good from WL. The dated interiors would perhaps be a bit of a disappointment, but not a deal killer.

On the other hand, my true first choice if price were no object is the Poly. The restaurants seem fabulous, the pool looks beautiful, and I love the idea of easily watching the fireworks from the beach and then just going to bed without managing late night transportation with 2 wee ones (and 2 older folk). Even if there is a spring sale next year (which I know we can't count on), I know we couldn't afford a full week at the Poly, in which case a split stay at the AOA may be the best of both worlds. I'm sure my little guys would ADORE the theming at AOA, as well as the splash pad, etc., and it sounds from the responses I got yesterday and from other research that the 6 of us could all put up with each other in a family suite for 4 nights.

I think both options could be great. This will be our first Disney trip with our little guys, and none of the rest of us have been to WDW for many, many years. We probably would not plan to go back to Disney for another 5 years, so it isn't a matter of going one route this year and one the next.

So? What would you do?

Thanks in advance for your thoughts!
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Old 04-10-2013, 08:24 PM   #2
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This is to follow up on a question I raised yesterday about whether an AOA family suite would be comfortable for 4 adults and 2 small children. With apologies to people who already read the preliminaries in that post, I am planning a 1-week trip in early May 2014 with me, DH, our two boys (4 and 7), and DH's parents. I'm torn between two options which I estimate will be fairly close in price:

1. 2 bedroom villa at Wilderness Lodge with rented DVC points for the entire stay; or

2. Split-stay with 4 nights in AOA Family Suite (most likely Cars) and 3 nights at the Poly

WL looks lovely and relaxing, and I'm sure we would enjoy the pool with the waterslide, having a spacious villa, and not having the hassle of a mid-week move with 2 little kids and 2 older folks who might, frankly, be a little difficult to manage doing a split stay. The transportation options also seem good from WL. The dated interiors would perhaps be a bit of a disappointment, but not a deal killer.

On the other hand, my true first choice if price were no object is the Poly. The restaurants seem fabulous, the pool looks beautiful, and I love the idea of easily watching the fireworks from the beach and then just going to bed without managing late night transportation with 2 wee ones (and 2 older folk). Even if there is a spring sale next year (which I know we can't count on), I know we couldn't afford a full week at the Poly, in which case a split stay at the AOA may be the best of both worlds. I'm sure my little guys would ADORE the theming at AOA, as well as the splash pad, etc., and it sounds from the responses I got yesterday and from other research that the 6 of us could all put up with each other in a family suite for 4 nights.

I think both options could be great. This will be our first Disney trip with our little guys, and none of the rest of us have been to WDW for many, many years. We probably would not plan to go back to Disney for another 5 years, so it isn't a matter of going one route this year and one the next.

So? What would you do?

Thanks in advance for your thoughts!
I would stay at the 2BR villa. I love a villa with the full kitchen, washer/dryer, a whirlpool tub in the master bath, and most important of all, privacy. I'm a grandparent and even though I love the little ones, it is nice to have a separate space. We've stayed in a 2Br villa with our married son and two grandchildren and it worked out extremely well.

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Old 04-11-2013, 08:43 AM   #3
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Thank you for your input. It is very helpful to get an opinion from someone with the same family composition as us. I think you are right about having the extra space and privacy. I think the problem is that I really want to try so many of the resorts and it's hard to pick just one!
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Old 04-11-2013, 09:06 AM   #4
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I'd go for the DVC rented points at WLV. You can always visit the poly for an afternoon and your room at the DVC is going to be a lot more comfortable.

I wish they would make a DVC at the Poly.....best of both worlds.
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Old 04-12-2013, 02:20 AM   #5
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Would you all be staying in one room at the Poly? That for me would be a deal breaker, and I would go with the two bedroom villa.

Going to DW is pure magic, no doubt about it! The memories you will make with your family will last a lifetime and the whole experience is such a tremendous blessing. But, it is also, in my opinion, a difficult trip at times, especially for a Mom. You are the one doing the intense planning pre-trip. There is a lot of ground to cover, tons of decisions to be made: when to eat and what to choose, what attractions when, is everyone happy and comfortable. There are lots of people in your group to keep happy! This is my opinion and leading up to this: We LOVE split stays and have done them and will do them again. It's like two vacations in one! But, I haven't done them with little kids AND in-laws. I'm thinking that may put me over the edge. If you do decide to do a split stay, I would talk very openly with your in-laws on how they feel about it. For example, my own Mom is very sweet but her unnecessary comments grate on me. I can totally see her saying something like "Oh, you LIKE doing this? This seems like a lot of work to me....." I would hate for you to decide on something then have your in-laws comment sour the whole experience for you. If they are supportive and mostly keep their opinions to themselves, then it sounds like a split stay could work out well.

Having said all of that, this is YOUR vacation, too, and there is an awful lot to be said for you being to experience your dream resort and it sounds like it is the Poly. I hope everyone here gets to experience their dream resort at some point! If you do decide to go with the VWL, I hope it something you think you would really enjoy in addition to it working out well logistically.

And, finally, hopefully you and DH will get a date night on your trip since Grandma and Grandpa can watch your little ones. Talk about magical, date night at DW is it!!! LOL!!

Wishing you all the best as you make your decisions.
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Old 04-12-2013, 08:54 AM   #6
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Hi Carrie in AZ! Thanks for your thoughts. That is a good clarification to make--we would have separate rooms at the Poly. I agree that would be a dealbreaker to share a regular hotel room with my in-laws.

You are right that I deserve my dream resort! However, I talked to DH about the split stay idea and he was pretty unenthusiastic and thinks it sounds like a hassle . I also showed him pics of AOA and although he agreed the kids would love it, he found a lot of negatives, too, like that it looks like that there isn't much shade on the grounds and he would feel so exposed to the sun at the pool, etc. Also, since he hasn't been doing the research and this is our first WDW trip, he doesn't understand why I am so driven to the Poly. He did say that he trusts my judgment and he acknowledged he hasn't been doing the research and he is sure we will have fun no matter what I decide, but it was obvious he was not thrilled with the idea of a split stay. I can imagine my in-laws would probably feel similarly. And you are right that after all this work and planning, I don't want people moaning and grumpy at me!

So, maybe the villas are the way to go. Although now I am second guessing VWL and thinking maybe AKV. This is why I started planning early, so I could change my mind a bunch of times before I'm locked in!


Thanks again for your advice!
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