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  • On Dec 2, 2014
    Kelli from TX Asked

    Hi! We are planning a trip in September '15. We'll be staying in a suite at the Art of Animation. Our party will be 4 adults and 3 kids (age 10, 4, 3). The youngest will only be 3 months past her 3rd birthday. Will our party be too big to stay in 1 suite?

    Kelli:

    When our three oldest were about the same age and we went with grandparents to Disney, we were faced with the same dilemma: fudge and get either a cabin or the jazz suite or go with two standard rooms. We went with two rooms, even though they were not connecting. I slept better and it gave us all more privacy. 

    According to Disney, the suites at the Art of Animation sleep 6 with a queen bed, double-sized "table" that converts to a bed and a double sleeper-sofa. When you book online with Disney, you'll be asked to enter the ages of your children at the time of travel: 10, 4, and 3. Because of this, the system won't allow you to book one of the suites with a child that is 3-years-old (nor 2-years-old), even if you plan to put her in a pack-and-play.

    Some may recommend that you fudge and choose "infant" to squeeze everyone in but I like to follow Jiminy Cricket's advice and "Let your conscience be your guide."  The ramifications of "fudging" will prevent you from purchasing a park ticket for her, making FastPass+ choices for her and keep you from including her in the Disney Dining Plan, if you choose to purchase it.

    Honestly, the suites are just big enough for four adults, in my opinion. Adding the trappings that come with pre-schoolers might be too much, even for a close-knit family. If you need to stay within your budget, I recommend booking two standard rooms and asking that they connect (which Disney can't guarantee) or look at the Treehouse Villas at Saratoga Springs or the 2-bedroom villas at Old Key West. You can consider cooking most of your meals to make up the difference in price.

    Wishing y'all 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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