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  • On Feb 6, 2009
    Kris from IL Asked

    Love the panel! We took our 3 girls to WDW for the first time in Dec 08. Fabulous time! Ready to plan our next trip.:) We're looking to stay in a larger space for the 5 of us next time (were in ASM suite in 08). Maybe 2br villa? What would you suggest

    Hi Kris,

    I had the opportunity to see a family suite at the All Star Music Resort in December of 2008.  I was very impressed.  They are very spacious.  Each suite has a master bedroom, kitchenette (with a mini fridge, microwave, sink and storage), two full bathrooms and a living room with a pull-out sofa and a  pull-out chair.  I think they are perfect for a family of five.

    Two-bedroom villas at any of the Disney Vacation Club Properties (e.g. Old Key West, Saratoga Springs, the Boardwalk Villas, etc.) are much larger than the family suite, include a full kitchen (with oven, full-sized fridge dishwasher and dining area) washer/dryer, two bathrooms (one has a jacuzzi-style tub) and living room in addition to two bedrooms.  I'm a DVC member and frequently stay in the two bedrooms when we visit with my parents.  The properties are lovely, all have elaborate, well-themed pools and some are in amazing locations (like the Beach Club and Boardwalk).  Renting one will be more expensive than a family suite, but certainly a lovely way to spend a vacation.  The kitchen is fully stocked with everything you need to make and eat meals, so it's a great way to save money on food in the parks.

    Another option for your group is a cabin at Fort Wilderness Campground.  Each cabin has a master bedroom, full kitchen, dining area and a living room with a murphy-style bed.  They have one full bath and a private deck with barbecue.  My kids love "the Fort" as it gives the impression of being camping in the woods while vacationing at Disney.  (The best of both worlds as far as they are concerned!)  Cabins are in the moderate resort category.

    I think all three options are wonderful for a family of five or six, and any will be a wonderful "home" while on your Disney vacation.  I would base my decision primarily on budget, as any would provide ample space and amenities.

    I hope you have a magical trip!

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Meet the Panelist: Tanya, New Jersey

I am Tanya from FL, full-time mom to two fun-loving boys. I have an array of planning tips and believe I offer a unique perspective on how to make Disney an amazing adventure for individuals with a variety of needs and abilities. Learn More About Tanya

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