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  • On Jan 2, 2009
    Kristy from WI 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 want to stay in VWL on our next trip with my family of 6; Myself, DH, 4 kids: 7yrs, 3yrs, 18mos and 11weeks. I'm reading conflicting info. on different sites. Some say we could stay in a 1 bed. villa, some say it has to be a 2 bed. Can we do a 1 bed? THX

    I have stayed in the Wilderness Lodge Villas many times; it's my Disney Vacation Club home resort.

    The answer is that with kids as small as yours, you could stay in a one-bedroom villa, but you will be much less comfortable there than in a two-bedroom. You could fit all four of your children in the bedroom of the one-bedroom villa and have you and hubby sleep on the pull-out be in the living room. (You can also obviously keep the newborn near you.) The two youngest children will be in cribs so they don't factor into your bed count. One pack-and-play crib is standard in the room and you could request a second be delivered.

    So, you will all fit, but with your luggage, two cribs, strollers, and related gear, you're going to be stepping over things a bit.

    Also, the reason that I suggested putting you and hubby on the pull-out is that this is the only way for you to have nighttime access to the kitchen without disturbing the kids. (I'm assuming that with a newborn, you'll be up at least some during the night and will either need to warm a bottle or get a snack for yourself if you are nursing). I have slept on those pull-out couches several times. I have to say that while they are perfectly adequate, they are not nearly as comfortable as sleeping on a real bed.

    My family of five feels most comfortable in a two-bedroom villa. This allows everyone to sleep on a real bed. It also gives us two bathrooms. We have found this to be a real timesaver when trying to get a larger group bathed and dress. Having an extra bathroom can also be critical if you have a newly potty-trained child who needs a bathroom "right now."

    If reducing costs is the priority, then you'll be fine in a one-bedroom. If comfort is the priority, then you'll be much happier in the two-bedroom.

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Meet the Panelist: Erin, New York

I have three teenage daughters. We're DVC members obsessed with Disney travel. We've been to Walt Disney World countless times and have visited Disneyland & Disneyland Paris. We've taken several Adventures by Disney and Disney Cruise trips. Learn More About Erin

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