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Old 09-03-2013, 04:10 PM   #16
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What time of year are you looking at and for how many nights?
We are looking at the 3rd or 4th week in January for 5 nights.
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Old 09-03-2013, 04:21 PM   #17
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We are looking at the 3rd or 4th week in January for 5 nights.
After a quick check for the 20 - 25 Jan 14, you could get AoA Family Suite, five nights, for $1063.13 (with 30% discount, including tax, weekend night at higher rate). 1 Q bed, 1 D table bed, 1 D sofa bed.

For the same dates, you could get 2BR at OKW for $2085.75 (with 40% discount, including tax). 1 K bed, 2 Q beds, 1 Q sleeper sofa, 1 T sleeper chair. Full kitchen included.

For the difference in space, privacy, etc., and with a few months to save, I would try for the 2BR, if I could make the numbers work.
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Old 09-03-2013, 04:31 PM   #18
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Do you think we would be comfortable in a family suite at AOA? It has 2 baths & 2 fold out beds in the living/dining area. I'm thinking 1 could sleep with me & 1 with my mom.

The reason I'm sticking with on property is we can get military rates so I'm not sure how that would affect us if we stay at separate resorts or if we stayed at DVC.
All of you in the family suite? I personally wouldn't be comfortable with that, but you may be fine. Are you comfortable giving your brother and his wife the bedroom and you and your mom staying in the living room? A pullout couch for an adult for a few days doesn't sound very comfy to me. I would be pretty cranky after a few days, but that is me. Will your brother be understanding when your kids need to sleep and he has to stay out of the living room area, or can your kids sleep through anything. BTW, you don't have to be in separate resorts, you can still get a standard room while he gets a suite in the same resort. What is his wife like? Tensions can start rising in close quarters.

About DVC resorts, if you aren't booking through the DVC desk by renting points, the reservations work like any other Disney resort reservation. The military discount only works at certain resorts, but it doesn't hurt to call and find out if the villas are included in that.
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All of you in the family suite? I personally wouldn't be comfortable with that, but you may be fine. Are you comfortable giving your brother and his wife the bedroom and you and your mom staying in the living room? A pullout couch for an adult for a few days doesn't sound very comfy to me. I would be pretty cranky after a few days, but that is me. Will your brother be understanding when your kids need to sleep and he has to stay out of the living room area, or can your kids sleep through anything. BTW, you don't have to be in separate resorts, you can still get a standard room while he gets a suite in the same resort. What is his wife like? Tensions can start rising in close quarters.

About DVC resorts, if you aren't booking through the DVC desk by renting points, the reservations work like any other Disney resort reservation. The military discount only works at certain resorts, but it doesn't hurt to call and find out if the villas are included in that.
The military discount works at all resorts, including villas, although a particular resort may not have availability on a given date.
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Old 09-03-2013, 04:44 PM   #20
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All of you in the family suite? I personally wouldn't be comfortable with that, but you may be fine. Are you comfortable giving your brother and his wife the bedroom and you and your mom staying in the living room? A pullout couch for an adult for a few days doesn't sound very comfy to me. I would be pretty cranky after a few days, but that is me. Will your brother be understanding when your kids need to sleep and he has to stay out of the living room area, or can your kids sleep through anything. BTW, you don't have to be in separate resorts, you can still get a standard room while he gets a suite in the same resort. What is his wife like? Tensions can start rising in close quarters.

About DVC resorts, if you aren't booking through the DVC desk by renting points, the reservations work like any other Disney resort reservation. The military discount only works at certain resorts, but it doesn't hurt to call and find out if the villas are included in that.
I knew it was a long shot trying to fit us all in there . I would love to stay at AOA but military discount does not include the standard rooms. I'm sure we could make it work in the family suite but I want everyone to be happy for a better trip! I am thinking 2 standard rooms at All-Stars will be our best option plus it will cost less. I really don't know what he needs a kitchenette for. He's not going to cook. I guess I could just price them for him & let him know. Do any of the AS resorts have kitchenetts? I may look into Shades of Green but I'm sure their family suites are like AOA, only 1 br.
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The military discount works at all resorts, including villas, although a particular resort may not have availability on a given date.
Good to know, Disney's website said select resorts so I didn't want to assume.
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After a quick check for the 20 - 25 Jan 14, you could get AoA Family Suite, five nights, for $1063.13 (with 30% discount, including tax, weekend night at higher rate). 1 Q bed, 1 D table bed, 1 D sofa bed.

For the same dates, you could get 2BR at OKW for $2085.75 (with 40% discount, including tax). 1 K bed, 2 Q beds, 1 Q sleeper sofa, 1 T sleeper chair. Full kitchen included.

For the difference in space, privacy, etc., and with a few months to save, I would try for the 2BR, if I could make the numbers work.
Thanks for pricing it out for me! I will look into both of those. Do you know if any of the DTD hotels have 2 br suites? I stayed somewhere one time that had 2 brs & a kitchen in the middle. That would be perfect! Not sure how the bus service is for the DTD hotels compared to the resorts either. Thanks for all of your help!
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Thanks for pricing it out for me! I will look into both of those. Do you know if any of the DTD hotels have 2 br suites? I stayed somewhere one time that had 2 brs & a kitchen in the middle. That would be perfect! Not sure how the bus service is for the DTD hotels compared to the resorts either. Thanks for all of your help!
Someone here mentioned Bonnet Creek yesterday, said they have great prices. It isn't DTD, but I think it still on Disney property.
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I knew it was a long shot trying to fit us all in there . I would love to stay at AOA but military discount does not include the standard rooms. I'm sure we could make it work in the family suite but I want everyone to be happy for a better trip! I am thinking 2 standard rooms at All-Stars will be our best option plus it will cost less. I really don't know what he needs a kitchenette for. He's not going to cook. I guess I could just price them for him & let him know. Do any of the AS resorts have kitchenetts? I may look into Shades of Green but I'm sure their family suites are like AOA, only 1 br.
It's really a matter of personal comfort. When I was younger we stayed with a ridiculous amount of people in a room when we went skiing. Now that I'm 41, I need a touch more privacy and a real bed, not a pull-out couch.

A lot of things depend on the personalities of the people involved. Can you rent 2 rooms under the military rate? I was under the impression that the military person (or spouse) had to be in the room.

I have no idea what he needs a kitchenette for either, the only thing it really adds is a microwave, all the rooms have fridges (I guess I should say, will have their fridges back by then). He isn't going to be cooking much in a microwave. They are more helpful for those with young kids who need to heat up baby food or something. The villas have full kitchens which I do see the point of, and as someone else pointed out, you may want to run the numbers and see if you can swing saving for them. If not, I would go with two standard rooms.
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It's really a matter of personal comfort. When I was younger we stayed with a ridiculous amount of people in a room when we went skiing. Now that I'm 41, I need a touch more privacy and a real bed, not a pull-out couch.

A lot of things depend on the personalities of the people involved. Can you rent 2 rooms under the military rate? I was under the impression that the military person (or spouse) had to be in the room.

I have no idea what he needs a kitchenette for either, the only thing it really adds is a microwave, all the rooms have fridges (I guess I should say, will have their fridges back by then). He isn't going to be cooking much in a microwave. They are more helpful for those with young kids who need to heat up baby food or something. The villas have full kitchens which I do see the point of, and as someone else pointed out, you may want to run the numbers and see if you can swing saving for them. If not, I would go with two standard rooms.
Agree. FYI, up to three rooms can be booked at the military rate. Makes it nice to be able have family/friends join in the fun!
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Agree. FYI, up to three rooms can be booked at the military rate. Makes it nice to be able have family/friends join in the fun!
Oh that's great. I guess i shouldn't have turned down that Air Force ROTC slot.
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