Help! I don't know where to stay!

Discussion in 'Disney Resorts' started by Spanky2, Dec 27, 2009.

  1. Spanky2

    Spanky2 Earning My Ears

    Mar 2, 2008

    I am planning our first trip to WDW for Sept 2010. We are a family of 5, me, husband, kids will be 9, 7 and 5.

    I can't decided between the Carribean, which is my first choice among the moderate value resorts, or Animal Kingdom Lodge, which seems to be the lowest priced of the deluxe resorts.

    I want a spectacular pool, but is location more important (I have little patience and I'm worried about constantly having to wait for a bus).

    Any advice or recommendations?

  2. fottafamily05

    fottafamily05 Mouseketeer

    Jan 21, 2009
    I could be wrong but with a family of 5 I do not think you can stay at the Caribbean Beach!
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  4. Harlemgirl720

    Harlemgirl720 DIS Veteran

    May 27, 2007
    The only moderate that sleeps five is Port Orleans, Alligator Bayou section which sleeps 5 because of the trundle bed and the Cabins at Fort Wilderness.

    All Star Music has a suite that can fit 5.

    The only other option is to book a 1 Bedroom Villa at one of the Deluxe Villas. Or book two rooms.
  5. weswife

    weswife DIS Veteran

    Feb 15, 2009
    Hi, its fun making plans!!!!! We are also a family of 5. If you stay at CBR you will need 2 rooms. 4 is the total in a room. The pool is great! The quiet pools are good to swim and relax at. The beach is also a great place to spend a little time. We stayed there May/09! If you want 1 room for all 5 then you should visit the Walt Disney resort site and click on a group of 5. It will list all of the choices for a family of 5! We have styed at FW cabins you can have 5 in one cabin! CR also has 1 room for 5. I know there are others as well! Have fun planning!:goodvibes
  6. Sue M

    Sue M DIS Veteran

    May 27, 2009
    For families of 5 POR Alligator Bayou section is the only moderate that can sleep 5. They have a trundle bed in the rooms.
    If you want to go to another moderate you'd have to book 2 rooms adjoining.
    Some of the deluxe resorts sleep 5, 2 queen beds + a day bed- CR, Poly, GF, BC/YC and Boardwalk.
    WL or AKL just sleep 4, unless you get a very pricy deluxe room.
    If the Deluxe options, the CR-Garden Wing is prob. the least expensive option.
    The other option would be the Cabins in Ft. Wilderness.
    Good luck!
  7. DisneyMomx7

    DisneyMomx7 DIS Veteran

    Mar 26, 2004
    If you have to get two rooms at CBR I would book a room at a deluxe resort like BC which sleeps 5. You will have access to the best pool on Disney property and you can walk to EPCOT and take the ferry to DHS.
  8. Micca

    Micca SAHG: Stay At Home Grandfather

    Dec 5, 2000
    Many Dis-ers are far more knowledgeable about such matters pertaining to # of people in a room. I would only submit that being crammed into a room with one bathroom and everyone sleeping in the same area is far from ideal.
    Please consider everyday conveniences when booking your trip. :earsboy:
  9. B-Ride

    B-Ride Getting My Disney Fix

    Apr 7, 2008
    Good recommendation. I would also suggest the Polynesian which has a pull out for the 5th person and easy access to both MK and Epcot with the monorail.
  10. danceintherain

    danceintherain DIS Veteran

    Oct 2, 2007
    Yup... unfortunately having more than 2 kids doesn't work out so well at Disney, unless of course one of those kids is under 3.

    Since you're going during Value season at least the rooms will be as inexpensive as they get all year.

    Prices start at (for rooms that sleep at least 5):
    A Family Suite at AS-Music : $184 (520 sq.ft)
    Port Orleans - Alligator Bayou: $149 (340sq.ft)
    Ft. Wilderness Cabin - $265 (504sq. ft)
    2 Rooms Value Resort - $82x2 = $164 (520sq.ft)
    2 Rooms Moderate - $149x2 = $298 (680sq.ft)

    Animal Kingdom Lodge - $735
    Beach Club/Yacht Club - $335 (380sq.ft)
    Boardwalk Inn - $335
    Contemporary - $280
    Grand Floridian - $399
    Polynesian - $355
    Wilderness Lodge - $525

    Staying Deluxe would be more expensive, but the location is ideal. However, it may not be pleasant to be in a room with 4 others. The rooms aren't large, and they lack storage space.
    Shades of Green is also an inexpensive option if you're military affiliated.

    I tried to find room size information, but couldn't find some.
    Anyways... the Contemporary is the only Deluxe hotel that would be less expensive than getting two standard rooms at a Moderate.
    Two rooms at a Value Resort or a Family Suite would be the least expensive option overall, with a Cabin at Ft. Wilderness coming in second.

    The Beach Club and Yacht Club have the coolest pool, though all the Deluxes have really cool pools except the Contemporary in my opinion.

    None of the regular rooms at the Animal Kingdom Lodge can sleep 5 people, so you'll pay quite a bit to stay there.
  11. DisneyMomx7

    DisneyMomx7 DIS Veteran

    Mar 26, 2004

    We've stayed at the Poly, BC, YC and GF with five in a room with no problem at all! In fact BC and YC had lots of drawer and closet space and the Poly room is huge. The transportation convenience, indoor corridors, better themed pools and access to ts restaurants definitely tips the scale for me.
  12. Whidbey5

    Whidbey5 Mouseketeer

    Oct 10, 2007
    We just got back on Thursday and stayed at both OKW and SS. I'd have to say that on our next trip, I'd just stay at OKW. Our suite was near the Hospitality House and on the third floor. When we looked out the window, it felt like we were in a tree house! The staff was pleasant and helpful (except for one woman at the bell station, but that's another story)

    Both resorts are huge, but OKW felt smaller to me. When we rode the busses between parks the SS busses were often standing room only, which the OKW busses were not.

    I really did like SS, but OKW would be my future choice.

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