Which would you choose BC or AoA suite with rental car?

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  1. Suzanne74

    Suzanne74 DIS Veteran

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    Staying in a 1 bdrm villa at SSR for 1wk. We are staying 3 extra nights after and I am still so undecided. Initially wanted to do BC/YC for the last 3 days but with an 11yr old and almost turning 4yr old (who still naps) I am now leaning towards AoA suite. My 11yr old thinks it looks "awesome" as she loves all those movies and I feel like SAB might be too much for the 4yr old. Thinking that should be our next resort in 1-2yrs. My husband is debating renting a car with the money we save (about $320)

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  3. Suzanne74

    Suzanne74 DIS Veteran

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    Also we have stayed at Pop and loved it. We aren't deluxe snobs all the time :)
     
  4. kpm76

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    If I am basing the decision on what I want, it would be BC. But my kids (6 and 2) and absolutely love the theming of AoA and can't wait to stay there. Since you are going to be at SSR for a good amount of time, I would probably go with AoA.

    I stayed at YC in May with my mom and DD6 and DD loved SB. It is very large though and I do think it can be overwhelming for little ones. She's a swimmer and is confident in the water, but I still follow her around and it's not relaxing because SB is so big.
     
  5. glocon

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    Though I love the BC I think you should do AoA. After being in a one bedroom villa at SSR, going to a one room option at BC will be rather difficult (vs a family suite at AoA). AoA sounds like your best bet. There will be more room in a family suite and you can save BC for when both kids are older. SAB is HUGE and the interests of a 4 yr old and an 11 yr old will vary widely (just guessing that you don't want to let your 11 yr old wander around by herself).

    Either way, you will be at WDW, so you will have a blast.
     
  6. Suzanne74

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    That is what I keep thinking. The 4yr old makes me nervous at SAB. I trust the almost 12yr old
     
  7. pamkat1820

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    We toyed with the thoughts of staying at AOA but the price was so close to the price of a deluxe that we went with the YC. I wanted the extras you get at a deluxe resort.

    More room is nice but our Family likes the perks more.
     
  8. stargazertechie

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    The pool at AOA looks fantastic. We were at POP on our last trip and we've decided even though we think the building exteriors at AOA are ugly (I'm not a fan of the sketch look- to me it looks like they just ran out of time to paint the buildings :lmao:) the look of the pool area makes up for it in our minds.
     
  9. That's So Raven

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    I'm in something like the same predicament as you are. I changed my dates a little so I ended up booking a AoA suite for a few nights because I thought that my 2 year old niece would enjoy all of the colorful things and the pool there before I drag her to the Polynesian for 8 nights.
     
  10. SpaceMtMan

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    Id say AoA, you don't necessarily need a rental car, you can use the Bus system and use the 320$ for souvenirs or just save it. We haven't rented a car in years and enjoy the bus system, not sure about your family. have fun!
     
  11. Babsy

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    I wondered about the same thing - an Epcot resort room or AoA suite. We decided on 2 connecting rooms at the Dolphin. (The Dolphin will guarantee connecting rooms - unlike Disney) I wanted to have a balcony to sit on during naptime. It doesn't look like AoA has balconies or even exterior corridors. I just don't like sitting around inside for a couple of hours every day. I decided to bring a couple of good books to read on the balcony.

    Just our decision, thoiugh. I can see many pluses to AoA. The theming looks awesome!

    Babsy
     
  12. DisneyFansInNYC

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    Like other people said I would stay at BC but my kids would love the themes of AoA. The only issue tht I heard is that several friends have tried to pick the theme and when they got there, they didn't get them. So as long as you don't care which theme then go with AoA.
     
  13. kmb584

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    It's a tough decision to make because the price of the AoA suite is more than a room at a mod and close to that of a deluxe. However, I would choose the AoA suite without a second thought.

    BC is a fantastic resort and within walking distance of both Epcot and HS but is more, I guess I'd say refined, than AoA. SAB is a massive hit with children and adults but since you're weary about your 4-year-old taking advantage of it, it isn't a factor in the decision making process.

    Your kids will LOVE AoA, you'll love AoA. The Big Blue Pool is awesome as is the splash area for the littler ones. Not to mention that there's something magical seeing a resort centered around wildly popular movies. I think the transition will be easier as well. You'll be coming from a 1 bedroom villa at SSR. That villa is almost twice the size of a standard room at BC. The AoA suite is comparable in size to the villa. Going from a lot of room to not a lot of room may be tricky.
     
  14. ZehnJahren

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    For only $320, I'd take the deluxe. You are paying for proximity to the parks,which makes ALL the difference! AoA may have fantastic theming, but you're still a distance from the parks - there's NOTHING like rolling out of bed and strolling to DHS or Epcot.

    I'd probably try to go BC over YC for kids!
     
  15. mdinme

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    Tough decision. For us, we will not vacation wo a rental car. Like to have a full cooler with us, change of clothes since we do TL and BB a lot and we like to load up on groceries. Plus BC is what the kids pic when we give them the choice.

    For your gang though it sounds like aoa is a better call, you need the bigger space. Have a great time.
     
  16. WisconsinDad

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    This is a tough call. We were originally booked in an AoA suite for this August and switched to CR-GW because with the RO discount the price wasn't much different. We chose because of convenience to MK. Having a suite with two bathrooms would be nice though.
     
  17. Suzanne74

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    I looked at CR GW and WL standard too. I honestly think if it was before our week of SSR, we wold have done CR. But after having the extra room, space, laundry, kitchen, I am not sure if going to one room our last 3 nights would work and if being near MK after going to it all week would be a big deal. That said, I love that BC/YC are great relaxing hotels. AoA, not so much. I think the room will be great and the kids will go crazy for it. I think DH and I would like the boardwalk area more. Sigh - so unsure :(
     

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