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Old 03-07-2014, 09:03 AM   #16
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We are a family of five too. We are looking into POR or renting points as well. I looked at renting points and it ended up only being $24 more than POR but we haven't decided what we are going to do for sure yet. Our family consists of 16, 12 and 8 year olds.
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Old 03-07-2014, 10:10 AM   #17
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We are a family of 5 and have stayed at the AoA Family Suites and at the Beach Club. We had a blast at each of these resorts, though the experiences were very different. We

Details for the AoA:

1. Separate room with a queen bed and master bath for the parents. This was a fantastic perk! We had our own TV, and we could close the door and have some privacy from the kids.

2. Two separate sleeping areas for the kids. I had my boys sleep on the fold out couch in the living room and my daughter sleep on the table bed. Both of these are double beds, and were very comfortable. The kids loved that they had their own TV.

3. During the day the table and chairs were nice. We could sit and drink coffee in the morning and spread out our park info. The suite is very spacious and well-designed.

4. The Food Court has some interesting things, but also has a good selection of the typical breakfast and dessert items.

5. The bus stop is covered, and has circulation fans above.

6. The pools are nice, though they don't have slides. My kids absolutely adored the big blue pool. We could see some of the Epcot fireworks from the pool.

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1. The pool is absolutely amazing!

2. The rooms are decent sized for a family of 5. There are two queen beds and a daybed.

3. Walking distance to Epcot, easy boat access to DHS.

4. Lots of things to do and see at the resort. Boat rentals, the close proximity to the boardwalk.

5. We stayed on the club level, and we loved having a quick place for breakfast, snacks and drinks.

6. The staff at the Beach Club is top notch.

7. Beaches and Cream, Hurricane Hannah's, The Marketplace are decent for quick service, though you won't have the same selection at the AoA. Cape May has great character breakfasts, and the dinner buffet is great!
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Old 03-08-2014, 11:23 AM   #18
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What do you think??

We have been to Disney plenty of times, but when our family became 5 our choices of places to stay dropped. We love the AKL but upgrading to a larger room could be stretching the budget just a bit. As I was looking at prices and comparing rooms,I started chatting with Disney's online help.
I questioned why i could fit 5 people (one is a 2 year old) in a value but not in a standard room at ALK. SHe advised me to leave the baby off of the reservation and book AKL. When I asked about the magical express she said I would not have a problem getting him on the bus. That makes me nervous. WHat do you think
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Old 03-08-2014, 11:27 AM   #19
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We have been to Disney plenty of times, but when our family became 5 our choices of places to stay dropped. We love the AKL but upgrading to a larger room could be stretching the budget just a bit. As I was looking at prices and comparing rooms,I started chatting with Disney's online help. I questioned why i could fit 5 people (one is a 2 year old) in a value but not in a standard room at ALK. SHe advised me to leave the baby off of the reservation and book AKL. When I asked about the magical express she said I would not have a problem getting him on the bus. That makes me nervous. WHat do you think
As long as your little one is less than 3 at travel time, it is fine. You can call and book it with all 5 but for some reason, you can't book that online.
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Old 03-08-2014, 12:21 PM   #20
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We're also a family of five with three teen DDs. We've done Ft. Wilderness cabins, POR multiple times, and two connecting rooms at Pop most recently over New Year's. The best set up with older kids has been the two rooms at Pop--two bathrooms are great, not to mention having night owls in one room so those of us who prefer an early evening can turn out the lights and sleep. While we enjoyed Pop, we felt it lacked the magic of even the moderate resorts and probably wouldn't stay there again. On the plus side, the bus service was excellent and the rooms were fairly quiet.
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Old 03-09-2014, 02:46 PM   #21
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I also have a family of 5. I really enjoyed the family suites at AoA!

I would not recommend POR. I just returned from a trip that consisted of DD 3 and my mom and myself and it was fine for us, however, I don't think I would cram my family of 5 in there!

DH really wants to try offsite. We are looking into renting at Windsor Hills for our next family vacation. You get 3+ bedrooms for around the price of a mod.
Since family harmony is important, I'd avoid cramming 5 into a regular room. Either two rooms or a suite will be a much nicer option. The extra bathroom and space are worth it for us.

Also, if off-site is an option, we did Windsor Hills a few years ago and it was awesome! We had a large townhouse, each kid had their own bedroom, we had our own small pool and washer/dryer and were very close to Disney property. We generally stay on-site but this was a great alternative.
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