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  • On Jan 29, 2009
    Holly from PA Asked

    My husband and I are planning a trip with 4 children (ages 4 & 6 and 14 & 16). Would you suggest 2 separate rooms, a cabin at Fort Wilderness, or a villa resort? Also, any suggestions on handling the age differences of the kids?

    Holly:

    First, let me be upfront and let you know that my family is a huge fan of Fort Wilderness. But there are several options from which to choose:

    Two rooms: while it sounds good, Disney doesn't guarantee connecting or even adjoining rooms. They try their best, but if I was in your shoes and because Disney offers other affordable options, I'd do something else.

    Family Suites: This is your most economical option. The advantage over the cabins is that it has two bathrooms--if you have teenage girls, this might be a necessity. It has a small kitchenette with a microwave and dorm-size refrigerator. It offers a separate bedroom, a pull out sofa and a chair and ottoman that transform into cots that are similar to roll-aways--perfect for wiggly children!

    Cabins: Their advantage is spaciousness. The bedroom offers a double bed with a set of bunks. The large living area has a full-size kitchen with dishwasher along with a Murphy bed. It sports a sizeable deck and grill. Our family ranges in ages from 4 to 13 and enjoys the nightly campfire and sing-a-long with s'mores, bike trails, boat to the Magic Kingdom, not to mention the fireworks of Magic Kingdom from its beach.

    The Villas: The two-bedroom villas create memories! Added amenities like Stormalong Bay at the Beach Club Villas with its water slides and lazy river offer both the teenagers and the youngsters much to do. The rustic theme at Wilderness Lodge Villas appeals to all ages. It's pool blows geysers and The Whispering Canyon Cafe provides lots of laughs--even for cool teens.

    The bottom line to deciding accommodations may be, well, the bottom line and your pocket book.

    Wishing you a magical vacation!
    Whitney
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Meet the Panelist: Whitney, Mississippi

My family of 6 appreciates Disney's value! Although Ft. Wilderness is our second home, we've enjoyed the resorts for business, reunions and romantic getaways. For me, Disney also means dining: last count, I'd eaten at 55 restaurants around the World! Learn More About Whitney

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