Family of 5 - Where to Stay?

Discussion in 'Disney Resorts' started by disneyfansx5, Apr 29, 2008.

  1. disneyfansx5

    disneyfansx5 DIS Veteran

    Mar 4, 2006
    On our last trip we stayed at the Poly. I got spoiled by the monorail. I want to do the Deluxe Dining plan this trip so we probably need to cut back on our hotel expenses. We are also paying for our 3rd child since he will be 4 when we go. So here is my dilemma.

    Do we throw caution to the wind and stay at the Contemporary in the Garden Wing or Poly? Or do we try to be more frugal and stay at either the Port Orleans Riverside or get a Family Suite at the ASMU?

    I do have a concern about the construction at the Contemporary. Our trip is not until Jan. 2009. Will construction be going on then?

    I look forward to your responses.
  2. Missouri Disney Fan

    Missouri Disney Fan Earning My Ears

    Apr 29, 2008
    I've heard that there are a few rooms at one of the Value resorts that will hold five people. However, I've also heard that it's pretty close quarters.

    I think the Family Suite sounds like a good way to go if expense is an issue.
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  4. Aliceacc

    Aliceacc DIS Veteran

    Jul 2, 2007
    We went for broke (Not literally, but close :) ) and went with the Poly.

    Depending on the ages of your kids, the DDP may end up saving you money; we'll at the very least break even.

    And being on the monorail with a tired 4 (or in my case, 5) year old is probably worth it's weight in gold.

    I say go for the Poly and eat lots of pasta between now and then to save money.
  5. minnie61650

    minnie61650 <a href="" targ DIS Lifetime Sponsor

    Jun 7, 2005
    Just an FYI

    There are no standard rooms at the value resorts that sleep 5 people.
    They only sleep 4 persons plus one child under 3.

    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.

    Also a fridge is included in AS Suite.

    Fridges cost $10 a night to rent when staying at a value . Don't forget the Queen size bed,a coffee pot and microwave are also in Family Suites.

    The Family Suites start at $184 a night duing value season.
    Most of the Disney resorts (excluding DVC) charge extra for more than 2 adults in a room.
    The Family Suites do not charge extra for extra adults.
    1-6 adults can stay in the Family Suites for the same et price.
    The Family Suites have discounts available also so if you keep your eyes open you just may snag a great deal.


    Family Suite info:

    DH and I stayed in a Family Suite at All Star Music ( a value resort) in Sept. of 2006.

    We really enjoyed the Queen size bed, the kitchenette with the microwave, having a sofa and cushioned chair to sit on and relax after a day at the parks before retiring for the evening.

    I thought the pullouts very comfortable.

    They are designed so the back cushion and seat cushion of the pullout support the pullout. There is no metal bar to hurt the sleepers back.

    Info thread--Pullouts in Family Suites at ASMU with photos of how the pullout is supported.

    Here is the layout of the Family Suites:



    -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 my review of the Suites:

    For more photos and info please see this info thread:

    Have fun at Disney wherever you choose to stay!:wizard:
  6. brentalex

    brentalex DIS Veteran

    Oct 27, 2000
    I would go with the garden wing at the contemporary. Being close to the MK, with no long bus ride will be great for the kids. I would think that by Jan most of the construction on the new building will be internal and not really noticable unless you want to look.
  7. mama03

    mama03 DIS Veteran

    May 18, 2001
    Since you are planning in advance, have you thought about renting from a DVC owner? I think what we charge for points is nothing compared to the prices you pay to Disney. Plus we dont charge taxes, which can add up. Check out the DVC boards. The two bedroom would be fantastic for you, even a one bedroom would work better than a regular room. You would get a full kitchen and a WASHER/DRYER. I have been a DVC member since 1999 and no I dont have any points to rent :rotfl: , just giving my two cents.

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