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Old 06-16-2013, 12:24 PM   #1
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Ok...this is just a curious question. If a resort room maximum is four and you only have four people staying...why do they charge an additional charge each night per guest. For example guests one and two are included but guests 3 and 4 have to pay extra. Just didn't know why this is.
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Old 06-16-2013, 12:30 PM   #2
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As long as guests 3 and 4 are children, there is no additional charge.

I think that the "extra adult" charge applies at most hotels (not just at Disney).

I'm just guessing here, but I am thinking that most hotel rooms don't contain more than 2 adults as the majority of people travel with a significant other and don't wish to share their room with others. The hotel loses money on people who elect to share a room with another individual or couple instead of getting their own room, so perhaps they are trying to recoup some of that lost revenue by charging the extra adult fee. It's still cheaper than 2 rooms...
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Old 06-16-2013, 12:30 PM   #3
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This also occurs with other hotel chains in cases where more than 2 adults share a room. They advertise that kids under 18 are free so a family of 4 can stay in the room for an attractive rate. But they figure that the slightly extra cost for the 3rd and 4th adult is affordable for them as well.
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Old 06-16-2013, 12:35 PM   #4
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Makes sense...Thanks....I would pay whatever for Disney...just wondered if there was a "reason"
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Old 06-16-2013, 01:30 PM   #5
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At WDW, they charge extra even for 2 adults it seems. I priced out (at multiple resorts) our Christmas vacation this year with DD and I in 1 room and my parents in another. Their room was more expensive. We are ending up staying together in a 1bed at BLT, as that was cheaper than 2 rooms.
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Old 06-16-2013, 01:44 PM   #6
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At WDW, they charge extra even for 2 adults it seems. I priced out (at multiple resorts) our Christmas vacation this year with DD and I in 1 room and my parents in another. Their room was more expensive. We are ending up staying together in a 1bed at BLT, as that was cheaper than 2 rooms.
This is not correct. If your daughter is 3-9 years old and you added tickets or dining to your room, than, yes, the cost will be less for your room as your daughter's tickets and dining are less than an adult's. If you price room-only for the same room category, the price will be the same for 2 people - doesn't matter if it's two adults or 1 adult and 1 child.
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Makes sense...Thanks....I would pay whatever for Disney...just wondered if there was a "reason"
It's also because Guests 3 & 4 could book another room themselves. Disney is losing out on that additional revenue, and the additional per-adult charge is still significantly cheaper than having to book another room.
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Old 06-16-2013, 02:03 PM   #8
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It's also because Guests 3 & 4 could book another room themselves. Disney is losing out on that additional revenue, and the additional per-adult charge is still significantly cheaper than having to book another room.
Exactly and that's why many (most) have the same policy. The extra adult represents an unsold room.
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Also most hotel rates are based on double occupancy where children stay free. If there are more than 2 adults it is no longer considered double occupancy.
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For us its a moot point. We have to pay extra for out 19 y/o daughter / "adult" , but at least having a roll-away bed is free. At most other hotels there is an extra adult charge and a roll away bed charge.
So, we just try to look at the positive side of everything, although paying an extra $25. per night for our daughter seems silly. If its an immediate family member, I/E direct son or daughter, I think Disney should wave the extra fee if they are staying with the family or parents.
Its different if it were adult friends staying together. I could see that as a money scrimping saving for that situation. "hey lets all stay together so we can save some money on the room" vs a family that really does stay together because they are......... well ..........a family!

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Old 06-16-2013, 04:06 PM   #11
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This is not correct. If your daughter is 3-9 years old and you added tickets or dining to your room, than, yes, the cost will be less for your room as your daughter's tickets and dining are less than an adult's. If you price room-only for the same room category, the price will be the same for 2 people - doesn't matter if it's two adults or 1 adult and 1 child.


Something else was causing the difference in price, definitely.
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For us its a moot point. We have to pay extra for out 19 y/o daughter / "adult" , but at least having a roll-away bed is free. At most other hotels there is an extra adult charge and a roll away bed charge.
So, we just try to look at the positive side of everything, although paying an extra $25. per night for our daughter seems silly. If its an immediate family member, I/E direct son or daughter, I think Disney should wave the extra fee if they are staying with the family or parents.
Its different if it were adult friends staying together. I could see that as a money scrimping saving for that situation. "hey lets all stay together so we can save some money on the room" vs a family that really does stay together because they are......... well ..........a family!

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totally agree! Example too- my 18 year old that is still in highschool is not going to get her own room. It would be nice if that's the way they did but what you going to do?
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totally agree! Example too- my 18 year old that is still in highschool is not going to get her own room. It would be nice if that's the way they did but what you going to do?
But your 18 year old could get her own room. The law recognizes her as an adult, able to enter into a contract.

Your child will always be your child. Where does it end? When your 'child' is 21? Thirty? Fifty? Your entire lives?

Why should hotels treat families different than non-related guests?
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For us its a moot point. We have to pay extra for out 19 y/o daughter / "adult" , but at least having a roll-away bed is free. At most other hotels there is an extra adult charge and a roll away bed charge.
So, we just try to look at the positive side of everything, although paying an extra $25. per night for our daughter seems silly. If its an immediate family member, I/E direct son or daughter, I think Disney should wave the extra fee if they are staying with the family or parents.
Its different if it were adult friends staying together. I could see that as a money scrimping saving for that situation. "hey lets all stay together so we can save some money on the room" vs a family that really does stay together because they are......... well ..........a family!

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First a question, would you say that for all hotels or just Disney? From a hotel point of view, Disney is just a hotel chain following common practices and the common practice and most objective thing is to do this by age.

The problem is, there are all kinds of people who try to scheme on everything and you meet up with them all the time in the hotel. there are those who try to argue exemptions or flat out lie about everything. But age is very difficult to fake or argue about. Show picture ID and the age argument ends. The fairest and least controversial criteria is age.
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Old 06-16-2013, 05:25 PM   #15
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I'm just glad Disney doesn't start charging the extra person fee until a person actually reaches 18 years of age. Last year we had to pay the extra person fee for my then 13-year old when we stayed in Yellowstone. That seemed a little silly, but I've seen other hotels do the same. Be glad Disney's policy is 18!
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