• On Aug 4, 2009
    Pam from OH Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    i'am planning a vacation for next year and wanted to stay at the all star resorts and was wondering if it is better to get the family suite or 2 rooms side by side it's for 3 adults and 4 kids ages 11,10,5,2 thanks


    Even though both come with equal space and bathrooms, I would probably go for the family suite for several reasons:

    1. Disney doesn't guarantee that your two separate rooms can be connecting or even adjoining....Although they try their best, if the resort is booked, you could run the chance of having to split up your party not only by room, but by floor.
    2. The family suite's living area provides you with a "gathering" place if you need to put the younger ones down for an afternoon nap or just for visiting in the evenings without having to lounge on the beds in the two separate rooms.
    3. The biggest plus: the kitchenette.  The microwave and mini-fridge helps keep the cost of breakfast (or any meal for that matter) down and is a budget saver.
    The disadvantages I see with the suite: first, there is only one true bed.  The other sleeping arrangements are a sofa bed and fold-out ottoman and chair.   Second: theming.  The suites are located at All-Star Music, probably my least favorite value resort, as I opt for All-Star Movies.  But if you're a planner like me, the assurance of knowing you'll all be together trumps two rooms near Buzz Lightyear or Herbie!

    Wishing y'all a magical vacation!
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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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