Family Suites

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  1. vanreg

    vanreg Mouseketeer

    Jan 7, 2006
    Has anyone stayed in any of these? Please tell me the pros and cons of staying in the family suites at All Star Music. This will be our first trip to disney :cool1: and as a family of 5, I am thinking that this is our best option.
  2. Trekker

    Trekker I've gone to find myself, If I return make me stay

    Feb 1, 2001
    minnie61650 aka Linda has a great FAQ thread all about the suites located HERE
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  4. momoftriplets

    momoftriplets DIS Veteran

    Aug 24, 2005
    We were at WDW a year ago this week. This was before the Family Suites. We are also a family of 5. We got 2 connecting rooms as ASMo. LOVED IT! The kiddos had their space & we had ours. When we return next year, we will probably use this option again. IMO - the drawback of the family suites is that the kiddos will be sleeping on pullouts all week. I know in "regular" hotels, that can be very uncomfortable. I couldn't imagine sleeping on one for an entire week. (If someone has slept on them recently, I would love to hear about it.) The plus for the suites, of course, is the refrigerator & the microwave. They would have been nice to have, but we managed without them. I don't know what the price difference would be between the 2 connecting rooms & the family suite. Just my 2 cents worth. Happy planning & have a great trip!
  5. Deb & Bill

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

    Mar 20, 2000
    Where's Linda with all her photos? She has great photos and has stayed there. She loved it.
  6. minnie61650

    minnie61650 <a href="" targ DIS Lifetime Sponsor

    Jun 7, 2005
    Here I am. :wave:
    Thanks Deb & Bill. :)


    Dh and I stayed at new Family Suites at All Star Music September 21,2006.
    Our Suite was $169 a night plus tax

    We stayed in 0416 which is on the ground floor. Room 0418 which was next door was not a Suites so the Suites are not all grouped together.
    The living area was the best. There was a small table with 2 blue modern looking chairs by the window area.

    The chairs had a small amount of cushioning and curved backs and seemed more conformable (to me) than the old straight back chairs they had in the old All Star Music rooms. The table top was wood grain and there were silhouettes of Mickey all abound the edge in a darker wood color.


    The living room area is very roomy when the furniture is the closed position.

    When you first enter the room you get a feeling that you can take time to relax and spread out in these rooms. The cramped feeling is not there. there is a sofa, chair and ottoman which fold out into beds. There are two small end tables and soft foot stool for the sofa.


    The TV was a 27 inch flat screen and the cabinet had three drawers under the TV area. There were two shelves next to the TV and a cabinet door which opened to reveal 2 more shelves.


    I opened up the chair bed and it was very comfortable to lay down on. The back of the chair actually rests on the floor supporting the chair bed when it is folded out into the bed. It was pretty amazing the way they designed the pull out furniture!
    The frame of the bed is metal so when I went to get of the chair bed I did feel the metal bars at the edge of the bed.



    I tried to get the ottoman into the master bedroom area but I am sorry to say the ottoman is just too wide and will not fit through the door jam.

    The sink and closet areas in the suites also have privacy curtains.
    The sink areas have 2 shelf cubbies under them for storage and a Kleenex tissue area under them. There are wall mounted hair dryers with the built in amber night lights on the walls by the sinks.



    Each dressing area has a privacy curtain, closet area, iron, ironing board and wall safe. The wall safes are the standard size which will hold a wallet a cell phone a small DVD player, a personal CD player, or a few CDs but it is not large enough for a lap top or anything that is more than a couple of inches wide.


    Remember the Suites have 2 bathrooms, 2 dressing areas with privacy curtains, 2 safes, 2 hairdryers, 2 closets, 2 TVs, 2 separate sleeping, areas and 2 TVs.

    Here is the layout of the Suite:


    The kitchenette has a lot storage area also.
    There was an ice bucket with 6 plastic cups on the countor and a coffeepot with 6 of the throw away foam hot cups.
    There were 6 paper plates, 6 paper bowls, Paper towels and a silverware tray on an upper shelf.
    The silverware container had 6 sets of plastic ware and a can opener in it.


    The kitchenette has a nice size microwave, and the fridge is the larger under the counter dorm fridge. The fridge has small freezer on the top which was big enough to freeze my 3 small ice pacs for my meds. The area for the freezer is not very high. You might be able to put a couple of small water bottles in it to freeze them but a larger water bottle would not be able to fit in the freezer area.


    The Master room was nice size and it was nice to have a desk area with a mirror over it so it also sure as a make up area if one chose to it as such.
    The TV cabinet had 3 nice size storage drawers. The easy chair next to the bed was nice addition. I enjoyed being able to sit there instead of using a table chair or bed to sit.

    The queen size bed was conformable. The AC at newly refurbished has been updated to Cental air style instead of the old under the window style. It worked fine while we were there. Our room was very quiet.



    The Master area had enough room for a twin size aero bed if you placed the bed with one end by the window and had it running between the desk and the foot of bed. (You would need to move the desk chair out of the way. )The aero bed would block the access of the Queen size bed from the far side, however. The bed was a Queen.


    There were only a few things in our Suite that were different from those pictured on the DIS resorts homepage.

    1) The headboard was smaller than the one pictured here taken from the DIS resorts homepage.

    2) The tile on the kitchen floor and bathroom floor was tan and navy blue instead of the tan and white in the pictured room.

    3) Ironing boards and iron were in each closet area.

    Mousekeeping was great.

    Mousekeeping left plenty of towels and we were pleasantly surprised by a pair of love bird towel animals when we returned to our room on evening midway through our stay!

    The Calypso pool was never crowded even though the Fantasia pool at Movies was closed during the time we stayed Music.

    We never waited more than 5-10 minutes for bus and only shared buses on the way back from some of the parks. Music always had its own bus back from MK.

    Any questions? Just ask and I will try to answer them.
  7. minnie61650

    minnie61650 <a href="" targ DIS Lifetime Sponsor

    Jun 7, 2005
    It costs about $11 more a night for the Family Suites than for 2 standard rooms.

    *** 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.

    *** 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.


    Here are a few more reviews:

    Guess I should of just posted it in this thread, since its the FAQ thread So I'll just quote them here.
    Originally Posted by whetstone
    I'm posting this from the AS Music Family Suite. It's a nice layout. It's been quite a while since I stayed at the value resorts (like ~1995-96) but I might have to stay here more now. Nice space for the money. The only downside to our stay, is we requested a first floor room and got stuck up on the 3rd. The CM that checked us in said it would be 1st floor (have a 3 month old baby, first floor would of be nice). But since the room wasn't ready she couldn't give us the room #. When it was ready at ~3:30pm and I found out it was on the 3rd the other rooms were full. The CM I talked to claims the CM that checked me in noted it in the computer but forgot to actually switch us. Or something like that. All they did was say "sorry".

    Looks like the calypso wing is currently being redone right now, one of the buildings are completely shut down and being worked on. Converting some of the rooms to Suites.

    Originally Posted by whetstone
    The pull out beds seem nice, our 11 year old son is sleeping on one right now. I looked around a bit today, the FS rooms seem to be all over the building. I've seen them on the 1st and 3rd floor (haven't looked at the 2nd floor). They put in quite a few of them it looks like.

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