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Old 11-17-2012, 03:42 PM   #1
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Where to stay for a large family?

We have DH and I, and our 5 kids (10, 8, 5, 5 and 2) and are thinking of staying on-site or very closeby for 3 nights in May. What hotel options do I have for a larger family? Or do I have to get 2 connecting rooms? Will any hotel be more family-friendly than another? We will have a car, so driving won't be a problem if needed, but I think that staying on-site might be better for going back and forth from the room to the park.

We also will go for 3 nights near Busch gardens if anyone has any large family recommendations for there!
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Old 11-17-2012, 04:35 PM   #2
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All the hotels at Disney are very family friendly. Because your youngest is two I don't think he/she counts in your total occupancy number. If that is the case you could look at the family suites at Art of Animation or All Star Music (occupancy is 6).

Your other option is two adjoining rooms at any of the resort hotels.

Another option is doing a 2BR DVC rental. You rent points from a DVC member and they book your stay.

Lastly, you could look off site at Bonnet Creek. Its actually the closet non Disney resort and is on Disney property.

And finally, you could do a rental through VRBO. Most of those are weekly rentals, but you might be able to find something for 3 nights.
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Old 11-17-2012, 04:40 PM   #3
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Here is the place my brother and family are renting in June

http://www.vrbo.com/328705

He still has some days open in May. The rates are very reasonable. My bro has 4 kids, so he understands your dilemma. He has spoken with the owner at length and my brother is thrilled about this property. He actually invited me to go along so it will be my first off site stay. Supposedly this place is very close to AK and there is a back route to get there.

Good luck!
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Old 11-17-2012, 04:53 PM   #4
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I'm going to assume that you are going to Universal and not Disney like the previous poster.

There are a few suites hotels that are just offsite but very, very close to Universal. However, you won't get the unlimited express passes like you do by staying onsite. Personally, I would get two connecting rooms at the Royal Pacific as it will probably be the cheapest and has a great pool for your little ones.

If price isn't an option, you might consider getting a two bedroom villa or portofino suite at the Portofino. It will give you three bathrooms.

One thing I do recommend if you are going in May is to avoid going on a Friday if possible. The parks can be over run with school groups.
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Old 11-17-2012, 05:05 PM   #6
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Yes, Universal, not Disney. We did Disney last summer and DH insists we do something different. We are thinking driving down (1 night stay in hotel somewhre along the way), arriving late Saturday night, Sun, Mon, at IoA and Universal, then part of a day Tuesday, and move to Tampa for 3 nights of Busch gardens and beach and an ecotour of some sort.
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