Large Family Accomodations that won't break the bank

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  1. Reese

    Reese DIS Veteran

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    I have a house booked in Orlando but after reading this board I would really like to stay on site. We have five kids and don't want to book two seperate rooms. We're looking at maybe camping but I'll be about seven months pregnant at the time so camping is not my first choice. I was just wondering how people with large families stay on Disney economically?
     
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  3. Okiemom

    Okiemom Mouseketeer

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    IF you have 5 kids, you will most likely need to get two rooms. You can do the value resorts, 2 rooms, maybe with AAA discount. But not sure it will be as cheap as doing offsite. But the convience would be nice with that many kids. We have 3, and enjoyed being on site, using their own transportation.
     
  4. Kacey

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    Have you considered Disney Vacation Club? You could rent points for a 2 bedroom villa at any of the Vacation Club Resorts. There is a DVC Rent/Trade Board in the forums that will give you more information.
     
  5. indylaw99

    indylaw99 Disney-loving Mom!

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    I would definitely look into DVC points. You get a kitchen, a porch, and multiple bedrooms. We love it!!
     
  6. bonkos6

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    At the value rooms, you could ask for 2 adjoining rooms. That's what we did last April and it worked great for us. :goodvibes
     
  7. disneysteve

    disneysteve You have to enjoy life, not go

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    They don't. As noted, with 7 people you either need 2 rooms or DVC rental, neither of which is economical compared to renting a house offsite. Plus, with the house you get a full kitchen, living room, private pool, maybe even a computer and videogame system. I'd stick with the house. You won't be sorry.
     
  8. RichNKatHolly

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    Having strictly stayed on site until this past January, I am very excited at the idea of booking a private pool home whenever we decide to visit again. So much more room. Onsite is great too, but there is the price. You would need two rooms at any resort or a DVC rental. Can get pricey unless you do 2 rooms at AS.

    Good luck deciding. You'll have fun wherever you go. Staying offsite this past trip did not take anything away from our experience IMO. We did rent a car though.
     
  9. princess mom of 4

    princess mom of 4 They call me MomPossible

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    My family has booked two connecting rooms at PopCentury this October. Used rack rate to get free dining, so each room is $77 = $154/night. I doubt you could book a house/condo for that. Y :cool1: ou get two bathrooms, two Tv's, etc. I don't want a kitchen or laundry as I am not doing any cooking (other than making coffee!!) or clothes washing - I am on vacation for crying out loud!
     
  10. mareed

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    I've booked a 3 bedroom/3 bath townhome at Windsor Palms over Thanksgiving for
    $95 per night. It sleeps 8, and those 3 bathrooms will sure come in handy! I love being able to do a quick load of laundry and eat breakfast at "home" before heading to the parks. We do no other cooking. Have also rented a 5 bedroom/4 bath villa with pool over XMAS for $170/night (slept 12), so you can definitely find quite a few options to handle your 7 for way less than 2 rooms at Disney!
     
  11. disneysteve

    disneysteve You have to enjoy life, not go

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    Actually, you can rent a house for considerably less than $154/nite. For about $100/nite, you can definitely rent a 3-bedroom house and can probably get a 4-bedroom house in October for that price. That gets you sleeping accomodations for 8-10 people, 2-3 bathrooms, multiple tvs, a kitchen, laundry room, garage and tons of space.

    You may not plan to cook, but it is nice to have a full size fridge and freezer to keep snacks, drinks, freeze water bottles, etc. Even nice to have a dining table if you want to do takeout or have a pizza delivered.

    Plus you get a private pool and maybe a hot tub just for you and your family and it is totally screened in which is nice.
     
  12. paladin

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    Note though that the $154.00 per night does include dining.
     
  13. my3kids

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    Is one of the 5 a cild under 3? If yes, you can book the Ft. Wilderness Cabins. While in the campground, these most definatley are not camping. You have 1 bedroom with a double bed and a set of bunks. The living room has a double murphy bed. We put our kids in the bedroom and we took the murphy bed. This worked great because we could cook breakfast (Full kitchen) and shower before waking up the children. Housekeeping comes daily, just like the hotels. They will even do your dishes! There was a nice bathroom with plenty of towels and Mickey soap. :sunny:
     
  14. disneysteve

    disneysteve You have to enjoy life, not go

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    Thanks. I missed that fact. That would tip the scales financially in favor of the onsite accomodations. Though I still prefer the convenience and accomodations offsite over the onsite rooms, that's just personal preference.
     
  15. Reese

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    How did you book the adjoining room and is there an extra charge for this.

    Also about the Cabins, does it come with linen and everything like that? I can't help but think cottage where you have to bring your own pillow, sheets and dishes ect. Also do they have heat and a/c? In Feb. never know what you'll need from what I've heard.

    I'm just thinking that the convenience of being onsite and not having to drive to get anywhere would save us on renting a van. Also the perks of being on resort sound fun.
     
  16. my3kids

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    Absolutely, the cabins are fully furnished. There is daily maid service to clean the unit, the bathrooms have corian or corian like counters, the kitchen is a full size. There is a grill on the porch and neighbors aren't right next to you if one of the kids gets fussy. There is room to stretch out. The beds get made each day by housekeeping, just like a hotel; same with towels, tey get switched. It was a really nice place to stay. We stayed in AKL concierge last time, but the kids all said they did miss the cabin. Even down to the phone....just a regular phone with 1 button dialing to housekeeping, dining reservations...whatever. Yes, heat and air conditioning, all dishes, etc.:flower:
     
  17. kizmac

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    Get your in-laws or parents to go with you and let them pay for the other room and board some of your kids with them. :teeth:

    That's what we're doing because we have 6 kids. Our parent's always travel with us though. If we were going ourselves, I would be booking a house off site I believe or doing two rooms at Pop or Movies.
     
  18. MELSMICE

    MELSMICE Hi Ho, Hi Ho, to Disney World we'll go. It'll be

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    There is no additional charge for adjoining rooms. You just mention that you need them connecting/adjoining when you make your reservation. I think it would be connecting you would want - where you have a door between the 2 rooms.

    The cabins are just like staying in a resort room. All linens, heat, a/c, daily mousekeeping. You'll also have a full kitchen if you want to eat some meals in your rooms.

    Yes, it would save you from renting a van. When you figure out the cost of your accommodations on-site remember you wouldn't need a van. When you figure out the off-site cost remember to include a van rental.

    You are going in February? If you rented a 2BR at OKW for a full week it would be 196 pts. @ approximately $10/pt would be $1,960 divided by 7 nights would be about $280/night. This is the final cost, as there is no tax when you rent points.

    You may be able to get 2 rooms at a Value for less - don't forget to take tax into consideration. Also, take into consideration that a cabin would have 1 bath but include a kitchen; 2 rooms would obviously have 2 baths, no kitchen; & a 2BR would have 2 baths & a kitchen. If you would want a fridge you can rent them at the values for about $10/day (unless the price has gone up).

    Good luck. I'd put everything on paper & weigh the pros & cons of each place. :)
     
  19. Reese

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    You guys have given me a lot to consider. We originally booked the house because the in-laws and my parents would be coming. The in-laws got a new dog they can't leave and my grandma's health isn't the greatest so my parents have decided they can't come either. So it seems we don't need this huge house and if we cancel and they rent it we get everything but $25 back.

    With this being our first and last major family vacation for awhile I want to make it wonderful. I also don't want to be doing dishes and cleaning, that's what I found appealing with the dining plan.

    It seems we can get a better rate if we move our vacation up by about three weeks too. We're from Canada so the weather should feel pretty nice to us even if it is chilly. I like the idea for the fridge though since we are water junkies it would be nice to have cold water in the room and possibly frozen waters for in the park. Do you just request a fridge when you make your reservation?
     
  20. can'twait

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    Wait? They do the dishes?! Sign me up!

    :rotfl:
     
  21. MELSMICE

    MELSMICE Hi Ho, Hi Ho, to Disney World we'll go. It'll be

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    FYI - If you did go with renting points, you don't get daily mousekeeping. You'd get trash & tidy 1/2 way through the vacation. On the other days you would need to make your own beds & straighten up. Pluses, however, they do have a dishwasher & a washer/dryer.

    Yes, you request the fridge when you make your reservation. These are dorm size - not full size. Again, I think they are $10/day, unless the cost has risen. You pay for these in the values only - not the moderates & deluxes.
     

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