Do I really have to get a family suite?

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  1. tripleup05

    tripleup05 Mouseketeer

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    Call my wife and I crazy, but we have had two pleasant experiences with babies at the World, and now that the third is on her way, we would like to go again later this year.

    Little did I know that a third child would raise the price $1000. The baby is causing only Family Suite rooms to show as available at the value resorts. For my wife and I, a three year old, and two infants (20months and 6 months) it will be $2400 at All Star Music. For my wife and I, the three year old, and 20 month old, its only $1500.

    I realize a regular room would be crowded with the five of us, but my wife and I are simple, easy to please folk. It wouldn't be a problem. Especially to save $1000! So...how strict is the 5th person thing? I can't wrap my head around spending another grand so we have a little more elbow room.
     
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  3. CanadianGuy

    CanadianGuy <font color=green><br><br><font color=blue>Me and Moderator

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    Call and ask. The new website ain't been the best. Horribly unreliable is the nicest thing I can say about it. The other night while dining at WL it tried to tell me the only thing in the menu at Whispering Canyon was salmon...?!!?!
     
  4. lililoo12

    lililoo12 Mouseketeer

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    the values are sooo tiny that two playpens would be tight, unless you have the toddler sleep with the other sibling in the bed
     
  5. davedmaine

    davedmaine DIS Veteran

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    Don't mention the baby in the reservation. He or she won't need tickets for anything, so you'll be all set.. Congrats..
     
  6. spiceycat

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    children 2 or under - does not count - as has been say the website has problems.

    you can also go to the dreams unlimited -the travel agency that sponsors the Dis

    http://www.dreamsunlimitedtravel.com/

    sorry you are having problems but that seems to be about average with the new website.
     
  7. StitchandPooh'sMom

    StitchandPooh'sMom <font color=magenta>Now if only I could think of s

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    Definitely call instead of trying to book online. Standard occupancy for most Disney rooms (excluding king rooms) is four plus one child under the age of three. You are legal in any Disney two double or two queen room at any price point - values, moderates or deluxes.

    You don't need to try to sneak a child in, and I wouldn't advise you try anyway (besides, it is against DIS rules to suggest ways to break Disney rules, so just ignore those posters :thumbsup2). You will be fine with two adults and three kids as long as at least one child is under three years old.
     
  8. bigbabyblues

    bigbabyblues DIS Veteran

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    What about one of the POR rooms that holds 5? Not sure if you have to call to book those or not.
     
  9. Mousemommy1

    Mousemommy1 DIS Veteran

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    Both good suggestions. Just call and find out. :goodvibes
     
  10. StitchandPooh'sMom

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    Just FYI, OP the value rooms are about 260 square feet (not sure if the Art of Animation Little Mermaid rooms are the same size as the others). Moderates except Caribbean Beach are 314 square feet and have queen beds instead of doubles. Caribbean Beach has the largest moderate rooms (I think they are 340 square feet), but they also have double beds.
     
  11. Deb & Bill

    Deb & Bill DVC-Trivia Contest, Apr-2006: Honorable Mention

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    If you have multiple children under the age of three, one of them will not count towards occupancy requirements. The rest will. So in your case, you would be a family of four, plus one under the age of three. So you fit in any resort that sleeps four until the youngest turns three.
     
  12. twinboysmom

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    Think it has already been said but you are legal (for now at least) for a regular value room. I just wanted to add as someone who has done it (twice) you will all fit in the room with the baby gear and yes, with 2 pack n plays. We did it with our twins (and one more infant won't take up anymore space). Good luck and have a great trip.
     
  13. jimjenkids

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    I know when we traveled with the kids and they were younger and only had the 3, we were all in a room at ASMu, the youngest was under 2. we always book through disney travel and not online-never had any trouble. we are however this trip, looking at the moderates(POR that sleeps 5 or even possibly doing 2 rooms again)
     
  14. alecshawn

    alecshawn WDW Fanatic

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    If the "5th" person is under 3..meaning they dont need a ticket. I say. Stay in one room. :thumbsup2
     
  15. jfoster

    jfoster Earning My Ears

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    Yes, lucky you...you are all set! We went last year with three children, ages 2 (who turned 3 just 1 week after we got home!), 6 and 8. We were able to stay at AKL in a Savannah View Room as a family of 4. Our youngest didn't "count" because he was under 3. This year, we faced a challenge...We wanted to do AKL again, but couldn't without getting a villa. So, we are trying POR, since it is the ONLY moderate that can hold 5 people. We are not in the room much, so considering one of the more expensive deluxe resorts didn't seem to make sense!
    Have fun....enjoy your littlest being under 3...it opens a lot of options!
     
  16. tripleup05

    tripleup05 Mouseketeer

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    We resolved the problem.

    Wife called this morning to ask about the baby. She was in another room, and I couldn't hear what was being said. She came into the living room after finishing the call, where I was doing some finance homework, and told me the baby won't be a problem, and we won't have to sneak her. I said "good, so they will let 5 of us in a standard room?" She said "Not at the values, but they do at yacht club, where I booked it!"

    The finance student in me is bending over sick to his stomach at the extra cost, but the Disney nerd in me is doing cartwheels for staying in a Deluxe resort for the first time:rotfl:
     
  17. Sandi

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    That's hilarious! You'll enjoy the extra space and the location. The real problem now is that it will be hard to go back to a value or a moderate resort. (They should have been able to put you in a standard value room, too, but you're staying at the Yacht Club.)
     
  18. Missytara

    Missytara I'm all ears!

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    As stated by PP's, you can stay in a value or moderate as a family of four, until the last child turns 3. That CM gave you incorrect information.

    If there are two infants under the age of three, only one will count towards occupancy per fire codes. It is assumed in the code that the 6 month old will be carried by one adult and the other adult will take the 20 month old and the 3 year old - the adult with the 6th month old is not considered taking up room in the fire corridor during exiting. The second adult would because most likely she would be carrying the 20 month old on her hip and guiding the younger child in the corridor, thus taking up the room of three people.
     
  19. Deb & Bill

    Deb & Bill DVC-Trivia Contest, Apr-2006: Honorable Mention

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    She got bad info. As long as one is under the age of three, you are a family of four plus one under the age of three. You book the four of you and call to add the infant. You should be fine in any hotel room that sleeps four. Save the money if you don't really want to spend it on the Yacht Club.
     
  20. TDC Nala

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    One child under age 3 will not count toward room occupancy (they will not extend that to two children - only one child.)

    They will let you into a room with a capacity of 4 since one of the infants will not count toward room capacity. The cast member who told you otherwise was in error.

    Once all your kids are 3 and older, you will need to find rooms with a capacity of 5 or more.
     
  21. Moodyzblu

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    We stayed at All Star Movies with myself, my 2 daughters, my niece and my twins (age 10 months) with no problems. That was 6 of us .. but the babies didn't count ..
     

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