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Old 08-18-2013, 12:07 PM   #1
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Family Suite or Two Rooms?

We have six people with us, four adults, one teen, and one child. We are going to be staying off property in a condo for most of the trip but the first four nights we planned on staying at Art of Animation.

Should we get a family suite? I know there is two beds and a pull out couch. (Teen and child don't mind sharing a bed for a few nights, and the adults are two sets of married couples. So three beds would be fine).

OR would it be better to get two conjoining Little Mermaid rooms?

We won't be spending too much time in the room, as we plan on not getting back to the room until late. The main concern is which is going to have more space for getting ready in the mornings? Which would you recommend?
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Old 08-19-2013, 01:47 AM   #2
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We stayed in an AOA suite with 6 people, but it was DH and I with our four kids, so it worked out fine. However, given the make up of your party, I would probably opt for two rooms to give everyone a little more privacy if needed. I think it would be tight in one suite with 4 adults plus a teen and child.

Keep in mind, though, that if you go with two rooms, they will not guarantee connecting rooms. It's only a request. So, if it's very important for you all to be together, then you might want the suite instead.

Not sure if I helped you at all LOL!
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Old 08-19-2013, 01:53 AM   #3
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We stayed in an AOA suite with 6 people, but it was DH and I with our four kids, so it worked out fine. However, given the make up of your party, I would probably opt for two rooms to give everyone a little more privacy if needed. I think it would be tight in one suite with 4 adults plus a teen and child.

Keep in mind, though, that if you go with two rooms, they will not guarantee connecting rooms. It's only a request. So, if it's very important for you all to be together, then you might want the suite instead.

Not sure if I helped you at all LOL!
I agree! I would go with 2 separate rooms and hope that you can get as close to each other as possible if you can't get connecting or adjoining. Put a note in the reservation requesting what you want and althought its not guaranteed, they will try their best to accommodate!
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Old 08-19-2013, 06:35 AM   #4
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We stayed in an AOA suite with 6 people, but it was DH and I with our four kids, so it worked out fine. However, given the make up of your party, I would probably opt for two rooms to give everyone a little more privacy if needed. I think it would be tight in one suite with 4 adults plus a teen and child.

Keep in mind, though, that if you go with two rooms, they will not guarantee connecting rooms. It's only a request. So, if it's very important for you all to be together, then you might want the suite instead.

Not sure if I helped you at all LOL!

Although I haven't stayed at either, I agree. Also, in 2 rooms, all the beds are equal (no arguing over who sleeps on a bed vs a pull out). 2 rooms is also less expensive, isn't?
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Old 08-19-2013, 12:53 PM   #5
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I would do two rooms, request they be connecting. Our group of 7 (five adults, two kids) always request connecting and while not guaranteed, we've always gotten them.

I priced out two rooms vs the suite at AOA when it looked like only 5 of us were going and two rooms was cheaper. Either way you get two bathrooms, so I think getting ready would have no impact.
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Old 08-19-2013, 01:01 PM   #6
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I would also do the 2 rooms. We always travel where there are at least 7 of us and request connecting rooms. I have never had an issue with the request. I know its not gaurenteed, but they do a pretty good job with putting them together.
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Old 08-19-2013, 01:29 PM   #7
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Another vote for 2 rooms. We were all set on a family suite at ASMu last year until the CM told us it was cheaper to just book 2 rooms. We were so glad we followed her advice! We had 4 adults (mom, dad, 22 yo, 18 yo)... "kids" in one room, parents in the other. Connecting rooms weren't available when we checked in. but it wasn't a big deal. We got rooms 1 door apart.
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Old 08-19-2013, 01:46 PM   #8
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I would do 2 rooms. Everyone will have an actual bed and I think it's cheaper to do 2 rooms.

We did a Suite at ASMU in June and while it was ok, I would have liked to have 2 rooms instead with 4 actual beds.
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Old 08-19-2013, 03:01 PM   #9
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With the age range of your party, I would get two rooms
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Old 08-19-2013, 03:05 PM   #10
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I am going to vote two rooms as well! We have 5 adults going in December and we opted for two rooms since it was less expensive and gave us more space.
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I would do 2 rooms. Everyone will have an actual bed and I think it's cheaper to do 2 rooms.

We did a Suite at ASMU in June and while it was ok, I would have liked to have 2 rooms instead with 4 actual beds.
It depends. Usually a family suite is cheaper than two preferred rooms. Two standard rooms are usually cheaper than a family suite.
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Old 08-19-2013, 11:59 PM   #12
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2 rooms

We stayed in 2 connecting rooms at AoA. Was cheaper than the suite option. Just request connecting rooms when you reserve, and then call the front desk to confirm the connecting rooms again closer to your arrival date (I called 24 hours before).

The CM told me they move heaven and earth to prioritize families with young children, so they are likely to accomodate your request.

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Old 08-20-2013, 12:49 AM   #13
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we have stayed a couple of times at AOA, and are going back in 83 days.

This trip will be 6 adults.
We were also waffling between 2 rooms or a suite, too.

Really the difference is:
2 reg. rooms = no microwave.
4 full size beds

family suite. microwave, but
only 3 beds
1 queen bed (in the bedroom)
and the other 2 beds-( sofa bed and pull down) are only full size and 'share' the common area.
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Old 08-20-2013, 10:48 AM   #14
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Trying to figure out these hassles is why our travel group usually just rents a house offsite. I'll stomach the 5 minute drive in in order to let everyone have their own room and save $250 a night.
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