Just HOW cramped are the standards with 5?

mommymanda

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Sep 23, 2012
I'm looking into my options. Up until recently my heart was set on a family suite at Cabana Bay, or even the endless summer. Fit budget, and my family of two adults and three teens could sleep comfortably.
Except now I'm wondering if an express pass resort would be beneficial, possibly even club level.

Plan will be a late August trip, four or five park days. We are NOT gate open park goers. More like 9-10am arrival. Rooms are for showers and sleep.

In 2019 we all squished into a basic cruise ship room. We survived...kids were two years smaller though. Before that we fit into a standard room at Disney's CBR.

So if we get a standard two room and bring an air mattress. How cramped is cramped?
Do I splurge on luxury and sacrfice space, or focus on space and skip the higher resort perks?

In the end it will also come down to funds...but so far the price differences are not extreme enough to shut down the idea.
 

TommyJK

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Aug 12, 2015
I've responded in your Canadian thread but now that you're more porentially considering a Deluxe I'll say this.

Here are the standard room sizes for the 3 Hotels:

Royal Pacific - 335 sq feet
Hardrock - 375 sq feet
Portofino - 450 sq feet

Having stayed at Royal Pacific, 5 is "do-able" but would be quite cramped. With 3 teens if you are going this potential route I would definitely recommend Portofino as 450 sq feet would be much more spacious. But Portofino is more expensive.

Personally, for when you are going, I would say you're still probably ok with your previous 2 bedroom at Cabana Bay plan. BUT with that I would say you should take advantage of the early entry perk that all of the hotels. But I know in the other thread you said you guys aren't rope droppers.

So in the end, if the budget works out I would go with Portofino. But I think you'd still be fine with Canabana Bay.

Edit: For comparison sake, it says that Disney CBR Standard rooms are 314 sq feet, so slightly smaller than Royal Pacific. But that might at least give you an idea of size comparison
 

Gr8t Fan

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Jul 7, 2009
PBH has the largest rooms of all the express pass resorts, at 450 sq. feet. RPR has the smallest with 335 sq. feet. HRH is in the middle. Not sure if you have an AP or not, but the AP rates at PBH have been surprisingly lower than the other two resorts in August.

Maybe you could book 2-3 nights at an express pass resort at the beginning or your trip and the others at Cabana Bay near the end of the trip (when everyone is tired of the togetherness)?

We are like you guys, the room is to shower and sleep only, so we book the lowest rate and make do.
 

cfoxga

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Jul 14, 2009
We stayed at RPR when our kids were small and it was quite tight for the 4 of us. The larger rooms at PBH would definitely be a plus. We're not fans of Club Level, as we like to try all of the different eating options, but it would certainly be a cost effective option for 5 people. At PBH, I think that gets you in a 490 sq ft deluxe room, with a very spacious bathroom that might come in handy...
 

georgina

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Apr 21, 2003
With 4 or 5 park days, look into getting at least one AP for the room discount. Agree the bigger room at PBH would be most comfortable of the EP resorts. I know you said rooms are for showers and sleep, but August is hot, you can get so much more done with the EP and spend time cooling off mid-afternoon.

With our family together in one room we found club level to be worth it for breakfast and evening snacks. That's going to depend on your eating habits.
 

Magical2017

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Jul 2, 2016
I would recommend upgrading one of your tickets to an AP and trying to get an AP discount at PB. We stayed in a standard garden with 2 queens and there would have been more than enough room for a rollaway or air mattress.
 
  • Explore

    Earning My Ears
    Joined
    Jan 15, 2012
    We stayed 5 to a room: 2 teen boys, 3 women at HRH in a standard 2 queen room in November. We have stayed 4 to a room at RPR and I don’t think we would consider putting a fifth in there. We paid for the rollaway with the five of us and it fit fine. I would gladly do that for the EP and being close to the park over having more room.
     

    starry_solo

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    Nov 19, 2010
    Since you are not rope droppers and it sounds like you're unlikely to take advantage of the extra hour for resort guests, spring for one of the hotels that has Express Pass included. Think of it as a $100 per person savings (at least) per day, especially if you like the big rides. Plus, August when it's hot, do you really want to spend that much time standing in line.
     
  • mvansear

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    Oct 9, 2006
    I have stayed HRH with family of 5 it was fine.. Highly recommend the queen deluxe room as it is bigger and has a pull out couch… they have those rooms club level but you cannot book them outright so when we went in May booked club 2 queen brought an air mattress and asked at check in if they had any deluxe club rooms…. They did!!! We love the club and wouldn’t stay w/o it!!! See my post about club https://www.disboards.com/threads/universal-hard-rock-club-level-food-covid.3821892/post-62781099
    There are pics of the food in that thread as well
     

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