2 Standard Rooms -vs- ASMusic Family Suites

Discussion in 'Disney Resorts' started by eswill, Apr 7, 2007.

  1. eswill

    eswill I Am the Rebel Spy

    Aug 19, 2001
    My party includes 3 adults and 3 children. Would it be better to book 2 connected rooms at an All Star or get the ASMusic Family Suites? It would basically be the same $ wise. I havn't stayed in the suites before, so Im not sure if they can handle 3 adults and 3 children.
  2. not-too-old4fun

    not-too-old4fun Mouseketeer

    Oct 14, 2006
    I haven't been there yet either but we booked the AS suite. we'll be 3 adults and 2 children. I was uneasy about booking the 2 rooms because they told me they couldn't guarantee adjoining rooms.
    I'm positive the suite can accomodate 3 adults and 3 children as long 2 sleep in the sofabed.

    There is a queen size bed in the bedroom and then there is the sofabed that could sleep 2 and the 2 twin sized pull out chairs.

    Basically the suite is 2 standard rooms opened up into one big suite.
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  4. TinkerbellLuvr7

    TinkerbellLuvr7 Tinkerbellluvr7

    Feb 11, 2007
    my cousins and their 3 children ages 7, 5, and 3 used the suites last summer and loved them, but i know when we were debating the suites or 2 rooms, we would have gone for 2 rooms because my brother is 20 and i'm 22 and we liked the appeal of having our own "bed" as opposed to a pull out sofa and pull out chair, but the pics of the suites are very nice and look nice to stay in, theres also the issue like the other post of making sure you have connecting rooms, for our family we are old enough to have our own rooms so thats not really an issue but for small children it might be nice to have everyone contained in one room if you arent 100% sure of a connecting room.
  5. Amy&Dan

    Amy&Dan DIS Veteran

    Feb 19, 2004
    The suites have the queen bed in the master and a small kitchenette. In your case, you say "children" which leads me to think these are kids, not teens. I would totally go with the suite. Contrary to popular belief, WDW does NOT guarantee connecting rooms. There have been many times when disboarders who requested connecting rooms didn't get them. Which entailed splitting up families, not a good thing in my book. Now with your three adults that might not be a problem.

    I also noticed a few days ago a thread where posters reported the pullouts in the suites slept adults and teens comfortably.
  6. tinkerbell615

    tinkerbell615 DIS Veteran

    Aug 28, 2005
    We are two standard rooms. The idea of two bathrooms as opposed to one is a great sell for us. Also, if you use AAA discount you can not get them on the suites, so we are saving a bit of $ also by doing two standard rooms.
  7. camouseketeer

    camouseketeer DIS Veteran

    Jun 6, 2005
    Don't the family suites have two bathrooms?
  8. mnasmom3

    mnasmom3 <font color=darkorchid>Dear mnasmom3,<br>You are n

    Mar 26, 2007
    According to the disney website, they do indeed have two full baths.

    We're in a similar debate here....2 connecting rooms or a suite. :confused3
  9. TinkerbellLuvr7

    TinkerbellLuvr7 Tinkerbellluvr7

    Feb 11, 2007
    ya the suites have two bathrooms, i guess its really up to the ppl you are with, children dont usually tend to mind sleeping on a sleeper sofa b/c they are on vacation and dont really see the difference but say you are traveling with your kids and maybe their grandparents, they may have different opinions about sleeping on a sleeper sofa. And for the time you really spend in your room which is really worth it?? theres also the issue with the kitchen if you are traveling with a baby and need to heat up a bottle, its nice to be able to do it in the comfort of your own room but if that is not an issue, is the kitchen in the suite worth it or is it better to have 2 rooms?? I think if disney could 100% give you connecting rooms, more ppl would trust it and try it, but the suites are a nice option for a family of 5 that need some extra space and more bathrooms too!!
  10. minnie61650

    minnie61650 <a href="http://www.wdwinfo.com/dis-sponsor/" targ DIS Lifetime Sponsor

    Jun 7, 2005
    Here is some info on the Family Suites:

    *** They are 520 square feet.

    *** The Family suites are located in the Jazz and Calypso buildings at All Star Music.(these are the closet buildings to the food court and the bus stop.

    *** They cost less than a standard room at AKL or WL.

    ***1-6 adults may stay in a suite for the same set price.
    (There is an additional fee of $10 per night for a 3rd or 4th additional adult in a standard value room.)

    *** They have a QUEEN size bed (the other values and even the mods do not have a queen bed.

    ***The fridge is included (if you booked 2 connecting value rooms you would need to pay $10 extra for a night for a fridge if you wanted one.

    *** They come with a microwave and coffeepot (If you booked 2 connecting value rooms you would not even be be able to rent a microwave and coffeepot.

    ***They have 2 TV's (if you book POR or a Deluxe room which sleeps 5 you will have 1 TV)

    ***They have 2 bathrooms (if you book POR or a Deluxe room which sleeps 5 you will have 1 Bathroom.)

    For more info and photos please see the FAQ thread and feel free to PM me with any questions.

    Here is the FAQ thread:*Note you can also find it on the resort sticky



    Here is some info about the Family Suites:

    The Family Suites will be located in the Calypso and Jazz Inn Buildings. When complete:

    Calypso Building 1 has 32 suites
    Calypso Building 10 has 54 suites
    Jazz Inn Building 2 has 52 suites
    Jazz Inn Building 9 has 54 suites

    The suites are located on all three floors, and are near each other, but none offer connecting suites. There is no price difference between the buildings.

    Check here for the 2007 rates:


    For comparison, the price of a Family Suite is $9-11 more then 2 Standard Rooms, or $13-15 less the 2 Preferred Rooms, depending on season.


    The new family suites offer an affordable and convenient option for larger families with the amenities of a studio apartment.

    Families can be together in the suite while enjoying separate sleeping areas with added privacy. Having two bathrooms will not only save time, but makes getting ready easier for the whole family. Plus, extra amenities like a microwave enable guests to prepare warm snacks and meals. With the extra room, guests can relax and recount the memories of the day before falling off to a goodnight’s sleep.


    -Sleep up to 6 (plus one child under age 3 in a Pak-n-Play crib)
    -Studio amenities and separate sleeping areas giving more privacy than a standard room.
    -Queen bed, full-size pullout sofa, convertible ottoman & chair sleepers (4 separate sleepers)
    -Private master bedroom and family room have 27” flat CRT TV and high speed internet access.
    -Kitchenette with microwave, small refrigerator (4.3 cu. ft) and coffee pot
    -Two-full bathrooms
    Here is the layout:


    Here are some link to photos from the DIS resort website:

    ** NOTE there is a wall mounted hair dryer next to the bathroom sink.

















    For more info about the All Star Resorts Please visit the FAQ thread:



    Disney may say they guarantee connecting rooms but in reality....

    As a mother of 4 (All grown now. My oldest is in her 30's and my youngest is 22) I often wished Disney had more options for larger families.
    When the children were younger and we would go to Disney they did not have DVC or the family suites. In fact Disney did not have a Moderate until CBR opened in the late 1980's so if we wanted to stay onsite we either rented 2 rooms at a deluxe or stayed in the cabins.

    I wrote to Disney many times over the years asking for more options for families so when I heard they were building the New Family Suites at All Star Music it just made me so happy!

    In the late 80's I booked 2 connecting rooms at CBR for my family.
    When we checked in there were no connecting rooms left but we were able to get rooms next to each other on the second floor.
    Our two oldest were teens so I put them in one room and the 2 little ones who were 5 and 7 stayed with us. It worked for us because our older children were able to stay in a room without us but if they were younger DH and I would have had to split up.

    Disney may say they guarantee connecting rooms but in reality Disney does not guarantee connecting rooms.

    If there are 2 adults Disney can split the adults and children into two rooms that are not connecting. They try hard not to do this but it can and does happen sometimes. If however it is one adult with 5 children Disney should try harder to find connecting rooms since some of the children cannot be left in a room without an adult. But if you look at the threads posted below you will see that sometimes even Disney mixes up.

    It does happen. Far too often IMHO.

    From this thread;


    Here are a couple more threads about guests not getting connecting rooms:



    From this thread:


    That is one of the main reasons if my family were young I would choose a Suite over 2 connecting rooms or I would be prepared that I may need to split the family up and sleep in a different room than DH.


    From this thread posted in Feb. 2007



    Please do not shoot the messenger. I am only posting this because I do not want others to be as disappointed as we were.

    Have fun at Disney!:wizard:
  11. minnie61650

    minnie61650 <a href="http://www.wdwinfo.com/dis-sponsor/" targ DIS Lifetime Sponsor

    Jun 7, 2005
    Actually , the pull outs were the most confortable I have ever tried.

    The pull out beds in the living area were very confortable.

    This is a paragraph taken from the All Star Music Family Suites review this of the DIS resorts page:


    All Star Music Resort Family Suites

    by Kevin Klose
    DIS Content Editor


    Both the chair and the ottoman open into beds. The chair opens to a twin size bed and the ottoman opens to a “junior” sized bed….about the size of a cot. The bed and the chair are amazing designs. The kids will think they are cool and Disney’s competitors are going to steal this idea. Watch for different versions of this to spring up everywhere.


    The sofa opens into a double bed.

    Here is a photo I took of the pullout chair when we stayed at All Star Music September 21.

    Notice the seat and back of chair support the foldout bed.
    There are no metal bars running under your back area.

    I laid down on it and it was very comfortable.


    In fact I was so happy with the fold outs that I wanted to buy a pull out sofa and chair for my spare room but they are made exculsively for Disney.:sad2:

    Here is a link to a thread about my quest for the pull outs.


    Here are a few reviews from some of our DIS members:

    From this thread:


    You can find this info on the Family suites FAQ thread:


    Have fun at Disney wherver you choose to stay!
  12. fla4fun

    fla4fun DIS Veteran

    Nov 12, 2006
    You see a lot of people commenting on the lack of privacy when going from the bedroom to the bathroom in the suite. Has anyone ever tried taking a tension rod and a sheet to make a privacy curtain between the two? Just wondered if it would work. It looks like it should, if you put it straight across where the walkway is between the living room and the kitchenette.
  13. coastermom

    coastermom <font color=red>Proud Redhead<br><font color=peach

    Feb 14, 2006
    we are a family of 5 with the same problem . We usually stay at the POR but it is a small room for 5 people. At least it was to us the beds are full size beds and kind of small and there is only one full bathroom. We were also happy to see a microwave and dorm size fidge in the room. We like the atmosphere at POR but after seeing the ASMU Suites we were convinced it was for us. Our kids are 15,12 and 5. They are looking forward to the suites , before our 5 year old was born we stayed at the regular all star rooms and enjoyed the resort then so we are going back now. Our trip is the end of july begining of aug. I have read good reviews and am looking forward to the suite. :cool1: Keep searching the web :surfweb: for more reviews and information everyone i have asked has had a good review :banana: .
  14. tinkerbell615

    tinkerbell615 DIS Veteran

    Aug 28, 2005
    Thanks guys for clearing that up for me. I better make sure I keep asking everyone on here with all the info I need. You all have given me some great info and really cleared up some things that I originally had wrong! I would say the idea if two bathrooms in the family suites really makes a difference !

    Thanks a bunch!!:thumbsup2
  15. minnie61650

    minnie61650 <a href="http://www.wdwinfo.com/dis-sponsor/" targ DIS Lifetime Sponsor

    Jun 7, 2005
    I though about that also. Like some guests have used at Pop and the other values by the vanity -closet area.

    There are privacy curtains by the vanity-closet areas in the Suits and the newly refurbished rooms at All Star Music just like the mods have.

    Also if a family was sharing one room at a value,mod , or a deluxe there would not be any privacy on the way to bathroom. There would not even be a private sleeping area for a couple.

    Have fun at Disney
  16. TinkerbellLuvr7

    TinkerbellLuvr7 Tinkerbellluvr7

    Feb 11, 2007
    ~ Minnie

    really?? maybe we should have looked into this better b/c we love the rooms at like an embassy suites, I just wish that the suites at AS had 2 queens in the bedroom like at ES and then the couch in the living room b/c my brother is a HUGE night owl, even in disney and loves to sleep w/the tv on which I cant stand and its always an issue when we are in 1 room at WL when we stay there lol. Thanks for the info tho, we are thinking about trying them on our next trip but my dad just loves the lobby and hotel feeling at WL so I have a feeling that he will prolly not switch and we cant afford a deluxe there but we're getting to the point where 4 adults in 1 room (even w/bunk beds) is getting to be too much.
  17. minnie61650

    minnie61650 <a href="http://www.wdwinfo.com/dis-sponsor/" targ DIS Lifetime Sponsor

    Jun 7, 2005
    Just an FYI

    If you have 4 adults staying at WL than you have to pay the extra adult fee for 2 adults. $20 a night per extra adult ....so $20 x 2= $40 extra night.

    There is no extra adult fee at the Family Suites.
    I-6 adults can stay for the same set price!

    Have fun at Disney!:wizard:
  18. TinkerbellLuvr7

    TinkerbellLuvr7 Tinkerbellluvr7

    Feb 11, 2007
    figures, and my dad is paying 300+ a night for one bunkbed room which i'm kinda curious to see if my nearly 6'5''+ brother will fit in the bed, 2 yrs ago when we went he seemed a little smushed, I can only imagine what it will be like now lol, but when dad is paying $$$ for the trip, I really cant comment, i tried to convince them to stay at BC but the prices were much higher and we were going for cheapest deluxe which was WL or 2 rooms at POFQ, now I'm starting to think we should have done a little more convincing about the suites and I am just thankful we're going b/c after our last trip, dad said we'd never go back and well hopefully the light May crowds will please him!!!

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