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View Poll Results: What option would you choose?
Rent DVC Points for a 1BR 15 41.67%
2 Value Rooms 4 11.11%
Value Suite 2 5.56%
Cabin at FWR 6 16.67%
Offsite 9 25.00%
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Old 11-28-2012, 02:02 PM   #1
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Onsite Options for a family of 5 +1

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We have stayed onsite since our second trip to WDW. We are considering offsite as our family has grown. We both really enjoy the Disney "bubble" though, so we're still looking at how it could work. We will have 2 adults and 3 kids ages 5, 3, and 1 plus another adult will be joining us for part of the trip. We would like 4 sleeping spaces. We would have 2 adults and an infant in 1 bed, 1 adult in another bed, and the 2 kids each in a bed. We wish the older kids could sleep together. In the past, they haven't done well in bed together. In order to expand our options, we would also consider bringing either a child size or twin size air mattress to have a separate sleeping space for one of the kids.

We are planning on going during the first two weeks in June. We have rented points before as well as just getting a room from Disney. Our last trip we split our stay between AKV and OKW in a 1BR. We don't do a dining plan but pay OOP for Disney dining and bring snacks and breakfast foods. We come out ahead doing food this way. These are the options I've come up with and pricing for 8 nights/1 weekend. Our budget is tighter this year, so our main motivation for staying offsite is financial. We'd like to pay $2000 or less for lodging but can stretch our budget a bit.

Rent Points $13/point $10/point
AKV 1BR $3016 $2320
OKW 1BR $2977 $2290
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ASM Suite $2870
ASM 2 rooms $2518
AOA Suite $3245
AOA 2 rooms $2776
Cabins FWR $3222

We need 3 sleeping spaces and a refrigerator. We would like to have a washer/dryer, zero entry pool, and kitchen. We prefer the more low key resorts as opposed to the amped up Disney resorts. We love Key West, like AKV, love POFQ.

My questions are the following:

1. What would you choose with our group onsite?
2. Would you split your stay to save money and how?
3. These are rack rates. Anyone have any predictions on how much of a discount there will be if a promotion is done for these lodging options? I know nothing is guaranteed. I'm just not sure what would be typical for each level. I only see wide ranges on sites with historical discounts info.
4. Would you stay offsite given our needs?

Any other recommendations are welcome including offsite suggestions.

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Old 11-28-2012, 03:18 PM   #2
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We have stayed onsite since our second trip to WDW. We are considering offsite as our family has grown. We both really enjoy the Disney "bubble" though, so we're still looking at how it could work. We will have 2 adults and 3 kids ages 5, 3, and 1 plus another adult will be joining us for part of the trip. We would like 4 sleeping spaces. We would have 2 adults and an infant in 1 bed, 1 adult in another bed, and the 2 kids each in a bed. We wish the older kids could sleep together. In the past, they haven't done well in bed together. In order to expand our options, we would also consider bringing either a child size or twin size air mattress to have a separate sleeping space for one of the kids.

We are planning on going during the first two weeks in June. We have rented points before as well as just getting a room from Disney. Our last trip we split our stay between AKV and OKW in a 1BR. We don't do a dining plan but pay OOP for Disney dining and bring snacks and breakfast foods. We come out ahead doing food this way. These are the options I've come up with and pricing for 8 nights/1 weekend. Our budget is tighter this year, so our main motivation for staying offsite is financial. We'd like to pay $2000 or less for lodging but can stretch our budget a bit.

Rent Points $13/point $10/point
AKV 1BR $3016 $2320
OKW 1BR $2977 $2290
Disney Resort
ASM Suite $2870
ASM 2 rooms $2518
AOA Suite $3245
AOA 2 rooms $2776
Cabins FWR $3222

We need 3 sleeping spaces and a refrigerator. We would like to have a washer/dryer, zero entry pool, and kitchen. We prefer the more low key resorts as opposed to the amped up Disney resorts. We love Key West, like AKV, love POFQ.

My questions are the following:

1. What would you choose with our group onsite?
2. Would you split your stay to save money and how?
3. These are rack rates. Anyone have any predictions on how much of a discount there will be if a promotion is done for these lodging options? I know nothing is guaranteed. I'm just not sure what would be typical for each level. I only see wide ranges on sites with historical discounts info.
4. Would you stay offsite given our needs?

Any other recommendations are welcome including offsite suggestions.
I voted for 2 values. That would give you 4 beds, 2 bathrooms.

A 1 bedroom at OKW or AKV (except value) would give you 1 king, 1 queen sleeper sofa and a twin sleeper chair. OKW and AKV Jambo would have 1 bathroom, AKV Kidani would have 2 bathrooms.
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Old 11-28-2012, 03:28 PM   #3
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i vote for 2 bed villa at okw and/or offsite villa.
full kitchen, laundry facilities, extra beds,bathrooms, more space!
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Old 11-28-2012, 03:52 PM   #4
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Given your budget constraints, plus your desire for a kitchen and laundry facilities, I think you will need to look offsite. None of the suites or villas at WDW will come in at $2,000, and the ones that are close will be (IMO) cramped with that many people.
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Old 11-28-2012, 05:17 PM   #5
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csr has suite options and club level beginning in 2013
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Old 11-28-2012, 05:22 PM   #6
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Art of Animation suite gives you three sleeping spaces, but only three beds, laundry by pools.
All Star Music suite gives you two sleeping spaces, but five pieces of furniture on which to sleep, laundry by pools.
Two Value rooms = two sleeping spaces, four beds, no kitchen, laundry by pools.
Fort Wilderness cabin gives you two sleeping spaces, with five sleeping units (family in bedroom with older children in bunkbeds, adult guest on Murphy bed in living room.
OKW/AKV, five plus one may exceed the one-bedroom occupancy.
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Old 11-28-2012, 06:44 PM   #7
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The DVC one bedroom villas won't give you three sleeping spaces. They will give you one king bed, one queen sleeper sofa and one twin sleeper chair, but the two sleepers will both be in the living room. Right next to each other. You cannot move the sleeper chair out of the living room.

OKW does not have a zero entry pool.

What about Bonnet Creek Resort? You might be able to get a two or three bedroom but it would not be considered a WDW resort.
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Old 11-28-2012, 08:04 PM   #8
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We stayed in the cabins over the summer. My mom joined me and DH and the kids were 13, 8, and 4 at the time. We loved it BUT the bathroom was a bit cramped.
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Old 11-28-2012, 10:14 PM   #9
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If the adult doesn't mind sleeping in the living room sleeper chair, I'd vote for a 1 bedroom at AK-Kidani. You get two full baths, the kids on the sofa, and the infants sleeping with you. Keep the kid's stuff in the master bedroom, its a nice set-up. We don't have that many kids, but we've done 5 in a 1 bedroom with 4 adults an a child which was the same setup as Kidani, and it was very comfortable for everybody.

Of course 2 bedroom would be ideal, but since you're going for bang for your buck I think you'll be fine at Kidani. If you can find points to rent far enough out that there are rooms available for your entire stay, they'll probably be on the higher side ... but you might find someone willing to rent for $11 or $12 instead of $13, especially since you're looking for one of the larger resorts rather than BCV or BLT.
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Old 11-28-2012, 10:34 PM   #10
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I voted rent 1 bedroom, a washer and dryer would be great with the age of your kids. OKW - rooms are a bit larger, AKV - Animals, great pool

1. What would you choose with our group onsite? OKW or AKL

2. Would you split your stay to save money and how? No, that is a lot of work with a toddler and a baby

3. These are rack rates. Anyone have any predictions on how much of a discount there will be if a promotion is done for these lodging options? I know nothing is guaranteed. I'm just not sure what would be typical for each level. I only see wide ranges on sites with historical discounts info. IDK when you are going, free dine maybe of room discounts

4. Would you stay offsite given our needs? no, never, onsite is so much easier
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Old 11-28-2012, 10:41 PM   #11
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Kidani

As others have said, Kidani gives you two bathrooms. Those sleeper chairs are nice.
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I voted for offsite. You should rent a condo/townhouse/house somewhere. The extra space for three adults and three kids is invaluable. We've rented in Windsor Hills several times and love it! WH is extremely close to WDW, it's a safe, gated community and there will be plenty of room for your family to stretch out and not be cramped in a hotel room/villa. Plus it's reasonably priced.

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I voted for offsite. You should rent a condo/townhouse/house somewhere. The extra space for three adults and three kids is invaluable. We've rented in Windsor Hills several times and love it! WH is extremely close to WDW, it's a safe, gated community and there will be plenty of room for your family to stretch out and not be cramped in a hotel room/villa. Plus it's reasonably priced.

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not far away at all, and plenty of space with everything your family needs-all cramped together=not much of a vacation in my mind.
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Old 11-29-2012, 09:38 PM   #14
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As much as we love Disney resorts when it's just our family of 4 (and understand the need for separate beds for the kids... exactly why we bought DVC last year), when we travel with others we prefer to stay offsite for the extra space. We've rented a house in Windsor Hills twice and honestly it's no more trouble than staying onsite. For $200 a night you can get a 4 bedroom house with plenty of space and your own pool.

We stayed at OKW last month and LOVED it, but I can't imagine an adult sleeping on the pull-out couch. DS11 survived, but it looked pretty miserable. I'd definitely pay the extra for a 2 bedroom if you decide to go that route.
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Old 11-29-2012, 11:01 PM   #15
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We just returned from at 10 night stay. We did 2 rooms at AoA and would not hesitate to do it again.
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