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Old 01-14-2013, 01:07 PM   #16
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When we venture off-site we stay at the Staybridge Suites, LBV. You get 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms and a full kitchen. I don't think we have ever paid over $200 a night either. And they have a free continental breakfast, so that would save you a little money too.
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Old 01-14-2013, 09:46 PM   #17
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Are the other two people in your party of 5 kids?

POR Alligator Bayou rooms can fit up to five people (2 in each bed plus 1 in murphybed).

Your next best bet above that are the Fort Wilderness Cabins and the AoA suites or the All Star Music Suites. Most Deluxe Resort rooms have space for 5.
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Old 01-15-2013, 10:02 PM   #18
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Are the other two people in your party of 5 kids?

POR Alligator Bayou rooms can fit up to five people (2 in each bed plus 1 in murphybed).

Your next best bet above that are the Fort Wilderness Cabins and the AoA suites or the All Star Music Suites. Most Deluxe Resort rooms have space for 5.
yes they are kids
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Old 01-16-2013, 08:48 AM   #19
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We have 6 in our family, and my MIL usually drives over from Daytona Beach and stays with us for a couple of nights. We just *can't* afford to stay on property. So, I have booked off-site properties twice and have had good experiences both times. I also have to say that I'm not looking for "resort" type communities with water slides, etc. We usually get tix for all the Disney attractions, so if we want water parks, we go to the Disney ones.

We really like the Sunset Lakes community. It is *very* close to Disney property and very close to shopping, restaurants, etc. Also, these villas do usually have small private pools. I recommend searching on vrbo.com and vacationrentals.com. On vrbo, you can actually type in "Sunset Lakes, Kissimmee, FL" and retrieve properties specific to that community. Take time to read the reviews and communicate with the owners. It takes a little more effort and you don't get Mousekeeping, but for a "large" family, I think it's definitely worth it.

Regardless, I do wish you the best in finding accommodations perfect for your family!
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Old 01-16-2013, 09:16 AM   #20
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No one else mentioned it but the new Art of Animation resorts has three separate beds and two bathrooms. Our family of five is planning on staying in the Nemo Suites the next time we go. They seem like they would be bigger then the All Star suites but still run in the value/moderate price range. Good luck with your planning.
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Old 01-16-2013, 01:22 PM   #21
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No one else mentioned it but the new Art of Animation resorts has three separate beds and two bathrooms. Our family of five is planning on staying in the Nemo Suites the next time we go. They seem like they would be bigger then the All Star suites but still run in the value/moderate price range. Good luck with your planning.
I haven't been in an AoA suite, but they don't look any bigger. Now I am curious if they are bigger or not. Hmm. One reason I won't consider staying in an AoA suite is that the kitchenette is right in one of the sleeping areas, which is very strange. And not very useful, imho. In the All Star Suite it is at least off a bit.

I also don't think that the AoA suites are worth the $50 a night more than the ASMu Family Suites.
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the AoA suites are like $200 in April! I looked the other day - but I have forgotten the price per night - but it was way up there!
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I haven't been in an AoA suite, but they don't look any bigger. Now I am curious if they are bigger or not. Hmm. One reason I won't consider staying in an AoA suite is that the kitchenette is right in one of the sleeping areas, which is very strange. And not very useful, imho. In the All Star Suite it is at least off a bit.

I also don't think that the AoA suites are worth the $50 a night more than the ASMu Family Suites.
The Value Resort rooms are around 260 sq. ft.
The AoA family suite is 560 sq ft, so a little over twice the size. Its got 3 beds and most importantly 2 baths !!
I think kids might like the theme, but I think space wise you should be okay in that price range.
Just my 2 cents, I have not stayed there (yet!).
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The Value Resort rooms are around 260 sq. ft.
The AoA family suite is 560 sq ft, so a little over twice the size. Its got 3 beds and most importantly 2 baths !!
I think kids might like the theme, but I think space wise you should be okay in that price range.
Just my 2 cents, I have not stayed there (yet!).
My bad, I thought the comment was that the All Star Suites were smaller than the ones at AoA.
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My bad, I thought the comment was that the All Star Suites were smaller than the ones at AoA.
Hi, no worries, but what you said would also be a true statement (although not by much !). I read it somewhere that the All star Family suites are 520 sqft, makes sense to me.... just demolish a wall to make it a suite

If you compare the 2 layouts, I would go with AoA, again its my gut feeling !!
Moreover, AoA being a brand new resort is always a plus.
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Old 01-23-2013, 09:10 PM   #26
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the allstar suites had 2 bathrooms it seems like. HA! I've blocked it out of my memory!
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