Mom and Daughter at Disney's Polynesian Village Resort Room
  • On Oct 10, 2015
    Caroline from OH Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

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    I am in charge of planning a large family trip in June. We will have between 7-9 adults and 4-5 children. Should we get one of the large 12 person rooms in one of the resorts or two rooms in the Cars Art of Animation hotel? Pros/cons of each & other ti

    Hi, Caroline!  There are definitely pros and cons to each of these options, but really, at the end of the day, you're at Walt Disney World - that has to be all good, right?

    Let's start with the Grand Villas, located at Disney Vacation Club resort hotels.  These rooms are true home away from home environments.  You'll find everything from a full kitchen, washer and dryer, high chair, portable crib (pack and play), multiple bathrooms and bedrooms, and lots of room to spread out.  There will be space to have meals together, multiple televisions, and lots of storage for things, including a week's worth of groceries, plenty of luggage, and all of the souvenirs a family can pick up.  You are also in a more "deluxe" resort at the DVC properties, That means you'll have room service availability, table service dining locations in your resort, and usually a more elaborately themed pool.

    The pros of Art of Animation are going to be an awesome food court.  You just can't beat the Landscape of Flavors food court for variety and convenience.  Having separate rooms may offer more privacy, which can become a good thing on a family vacation.  I think you'll also find the Art of Animation resort a more inexpensively priced option.

    The cons for the Grand Villa is probably a more expensive price and fewer food court options.  At Art of Animation, the lack of a table service dining location and less space might be the downsides for some families.

    Whichever you choose, I hope you have an absolutely unforgettable vacation!
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Meet the Panelist: Anna, New Jersey

My name is Anna and I am a retired teacher with a J.D., a proud Navy wife with 30+ years of experience, mom to three daughters and a son-in-law, and grandmom to three tiny Disney fans. I have planned vacations for all sorts of special occasions and celebrations, but I really enjoy DVC vacations, helping military families, and assisting those with special dietary needs.    Learn More About Anna

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