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Old 11-10-2012, 05:39 PM   #33
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Hmm, lots to consider.

It's not essential that our rooms are nearby - would be a bonus, but totally doable being on different floors. We spent a long weekend in Hershey with the grandparents, we had a 2 bdrm and they each had a studio and we were all on different floors - we all just met up in the lobby and hung out in our 2 bdrm, so it worked fine.

It's not a big deal if we have a sleeper sofa instead of a 2nd queen - will have 2 small kiddos in it, and we've used a sleeper sofa for that purpose at other hotels on other trips without a problem.

Convenience is important but not a dealbreaker. As I said earlier, whether we're "allowed" to or not, we WILL be folding up any strollers on the monorail - I would never want to inconvenience other people, and trust me we take up enough space as it is!

Our top choice for dates, weather aside, is Thur 11/7 to Sat 11/16. We can book 1/2. That would put us at 10 months out. If everything we want is booked, we'll go from there. We know it's nonrefundable and are considering trip insurance with a cancel-for-any-reason add on, we're booking through the one that charges $7.50/point for deposit, not Dave's which wants the whole amount. But to be honest, the cost of plane tickets for us (also nonrefundable and expensive to change for so many!) locks us in as it is. We would not cancel for anything less than catastrophe. And the risk of some catastrophe is small enough to take the chance

The Stormalong Bay issue is tricky since I've never seen it...are there ANY shallow areas for small kids to play? What would probably happen is me and Grandma would sit in the shallow area with the little ones while DH and grandpa took the three big kids to the bigger areas.....Are you allowed to have life jackets on kids there? When we took the crew to the nearest waterpark we split up as I said and put life jackets on the toddlers - we were on our toes but they had fun!

If there really is no good area for toddlers at all, then that will definitely impact our decision.
Maybe then an AKV-Kidani/BLT split? My biggest concern with AKV is the distance. We are on DxDP and love being close to a lot of restaurants - either monorail ones or the Crescent Lake/Epcot ones. Anytime we want to eat outside a park, staying at AKV really limits our choices, basically no breakfasts at resorts unless we want to make a 45-60 min trek at 7am...did that last time from POFQ to Ohana, were late for the ADR, missed RD and started that day tired and frazzled and wishing we'd stayed somewhere else LOL!

So...should we just deal with our theme woes and do BLT? Or experience AKV for 4 nights and then switch to BLT for the last 5?

Thanks again, love the experienced advice!!
Christina, wife to Matt, mom to 2 princesses and 7 dwarfs!
(11), (9), (8), (7), (5), (4), (2), (1) & a surprise born 11/4/14!!

Past trips:
Jan 2001: 5 nights @ CBR, Us - Honeymoon
Feb 2012: 6 nights @ POFQ, Us + 6 1/2 (and grandparents)
May 2013: 5 nights @ CBR, Me + DSis
Jan 2014: 1 night @ POR + 9 nights @ VWL, Us + 8 (and grandparents)

Future Trips :
Feb 2015: 6 nights @ ASSp, Me + DS5 and DS4 ~ booked and in planning!
May 2015: 5 nights @ BWV, Graduation trip w/DD8! ~ booked and in planning!
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