Mother, Son, Giraffe, Kilimanjaro Safaris, Animal Kingdom, Savannah
  • On Mar 28, 2012
    Jared from LA 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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    Hi! We are a family of 8 with children from 2-10. We're trying to decide the best route for lodging for our big family for our trip next fall to WDW, which will be our first. Any advice? Budget is somewhat of an issue.

    Hi, Jared!  This sounds like a vacation that will be a lot of fun!  

    In the interest of budget, you might want to consider two rooms at a value resort.  The one caveat I would have is that they cannot guarantee room requests such as connecting or adjoining rooms, however, they absolutely do try to honor those types of requests, especially where children are concerned.  

    If there is just one two year old, you are still seven people, which is too many for even the family suites or the Wilderness cabins at Fort Wilderness, so two rooms is probably going to be your best bet.  The family suites will accommodate up to six (and children age two or younger don't count towards the total), and the advantage there is that you'll have a small kitchenette, with microwave and refrigerator.  The drawback is, though, that you will still need a second room.

    A less budget friendly option is going to be a two bedroom villa at one of the Disney Vacation Club properties.  HUGE advantage there for a family of this size would be the in room washer and dryer; a full kitchen with dishwasher, refrigerator, oven, and microwave, plus a master bedroom with jacuzzi tub, so Mom and Dad can relax when the kids go to bed.  The two bedroom will probably cost at least double what you would pay for two rooms in a moderate resort, but you can save money by preparing some meals in your room.

    I hope this gives you at least a few things to think about!  If there are by any chance two children aged two or younger, those family suites are back in consideration! 
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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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