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  • On Nov 17, 2011
    Debora from VA Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Hello. We will be a group of 8 people (6 adults and 2 kids ages 3.5 years and 11 months). Which is the most cost effective way to book accomodations, a big suite and stay all together or book different rooms? Thanks!

    Hi, Debora (how could I resist this question?)!

    What a great dilemma: where to stay for a Disney vacation!

    The first option is to go BIG and share the cost of a Deluxe suite!

    The 3-bedroom TreeHouse Villas at Saratoga Springs Resort sleep up to nine Guests. Amenities include a fully-equipped kitchen with granite countertops, washer and dryer, flat-panel TVs, a DVD player and a private upstairs deck.

    The following accommodate up to eight Guests: Animal Kingdom Villas (Jambo House and Kidani Villas), Beach Club Villas, BoardWalk Villas, Old Key West Resort, Saratoga Springs Resort, the Villas at Wilderness Lodge, and Bay Lake Tower at the Contemporary. Availability may be a factor, as these are predominately Disney Vacation Club homes, so you will want to call (407) W-DISNEY to ensure space.

    A Cabin at Fort Wilderness (in the Moderate class of Resorts) and the Family Suite in the All-Star Music Resort (Value class) can each accommodate up to six people. At either place, you'll get the world-class theming and amenities that make Walt Disney World Resorts so special. Be advised that each Cabin has one bathroom, while the Family Suites have two per suite.

    The rest of the options on property sleep up to five.

    You'll find that rates do vary from Resort to Resort based on the time of year of your visit. I'd suggest a call to (407) W-DISNEY to get the specifics. My own opinion, though, is that you err on the side of restrooms. Sharing a restroom - especially for morning preparations! - can become a nerve-wracking experience. My advice is to max out the number of showers and commodes available to your party; that might mean booking two adjacent Family Suites, which, as Value class rooms, would likely be the most budget-friendly of the options.

    Have a great time!

    See you later, celebrator,
    -Deborah B.
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Meet the Panelist: Deborah, Florida

As a Florida native, my life has always included Walt Disney World. Now I share that magic with my husband and my sons, ages seven and eight. In between trips to the World, I teach for the Department of English at the University of South Florida. Learn More About Deborah

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