A.C. asks from Barrington, NJ on September 05, 2009
Going to Disney in Jan- Magical Gatherings
We're going on a family vaca in Jan 2010 with my husband, MIL and 2 dts (will be 3 1/2 and almost 2). Also going are my sister, BIL, and 4 y/o twin boys. And my other sister, BIL, 8 1/2 y/o son (with autism) and 7 y/o dtr. We are planning to stay in the park, but here is our dilemma: With so many people, we are wondering which is best to book for accomodations- rent adjoining hotel rooms (1 per family) with doors that open and hope for the best when it comes to sleeping (the cheapest version), but tight quarters. MIL does snore, however! Other option would be a much more expensive suite or apartment-style setting with several bedrooms for privacy and large central gathering area (living room, kitchen) which is good if we need our space & kids have room to run & play, but at least one couple would probably have to sleep on sofa bed (or put the kids there when we want to go to sleep). Am I missing another option? Money is a consideration of course, but I need my sleep for sure and would like to have a little room to spread out.
Other concern would be the amount of visual/auditory stimulation with my nephew- gets easily overwhelmed and I know the transition on the monorail/bus rides to parks everyday & crowds will be tough for him already & I don't want to make it worse.
I've beeen to WDW many times in the past but never w/a large group. Any ideas? Experience with the timeshares? Thanks Moms!
P.H. answers from Philadelphia on September 15, 2009
Rent a house outside of Disney instead. My co-worker is going in December with a large group of people (children included). The house has an enclosed pool, 5 bedrooms...Kissimmee Rental Company...They are paying $1000 for the week. Good luck!
J.B. answers from Allentown on September 06, 2009
My family goes to Disney every year and we have found the best is to rent a house. This way everyone has thier own space and we can cook some meals there instead of going out. Right now there are some really good deals in the Kissimmee, Clermont and Davenport area (like 20 minutes to Disney). Also for your nephew with autism, they will bring you to front of all the lines (for rides) with a Dr's note, my nephew also has autism.
K.W. answers from Philadelphia on September 06, 2009
I vote for getting a house, its more room plus with the kitchen and laundry facilities it will would be great with the amt of people and children that are going. It maybe a little more expensive in price but if you add up the hotel costs with meals. You will come out even or cheaper in the long run. Oh by the way I total agree that you will be tired of you in-laws and family by the end of the week so go with the house.
M.D. answers from Philadelphia on September 06, 2009
I second the suggestion of renting a house. In addition to the extra room, kitchen and laundry facilities, many of the rental homes in that area also have private pools. The last time I was there, we rented a 4-BR, 3-BA house with private pool for around $800 for the whole week. Total, not per family. Try vacationrentals.com.
M.H. answers from Philadelphia on September 06, 2009
Your trip sounds fun!!!! I don't have any experience with the facilities and am not sure if Disneyland does this but I know that there are some parks that give accommodations for the long lines at the park for children with special needs - some call it "fast pass". A lot of places now are more aware of children with disabilities and give free passes to families when they come to visit because they know that the children can't wait in long lines. You might want to call to see if they have such a program and if so what you need to do to get the passes. It might make the trip more enjoyable for everyone!
K.B. answers from Philadelphia on September 05, 2009
I've been to Disney with In-Laws as well. Not as many people though. The last trip there were 10 of us. My husband, my 3 kids (14,8,1), MIL, FIL, BIL, SIL, and their 1 year old. We did Disneyland this summer. It's ALWAYS nice to have a kitchen and laundry in your room, especially with kids. It's also nice to be able to "get away" from people. This past trip, my MIL and FIL had their own room. The rest of us were in a 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom place. There was plenty of room and grandparents were close by, but not too close.
We've also done Disneyworld many times. My MIL and FIL have Disney timeshare. We stay at the Boardwalk and LOVE it! Last summer both babies were 4 months old. It would've been nice to have more room, but it was do-able. My family stayed in studio room (bed, pull-out sofa, mini fride, coffemaker, microwave). All of the in-laws stayed in a 1 bedroom with pull-out sofa. Kind of tight with 2 adults and an infant sleeping in the living room. I know there are some nice places with multiple bedrooms there. We once spent a night at Old Key West. Very roomy, but probably pricey. I was actually just looking up some prices today to see if we could swing ever going on our own. (In-laws pay most of the $) You could always get rooms near each other. That way you can be close, but not too close. Trust me, by the end of the vacation, you will be tired of them.
Good luck, do some searching on the Disney site to see what's available. They do have some suites in the lower priced resorts.
J.F. answers from Philadelphia on September 08, 2009
Yeah Disney! We LOVE Disney! We are Disney Vacation Club (DVC) members so we stay at the DVC villas.
With this many people I would avoid the Value Resorts - they can be very overwhelming as the crowds are always great. They can also be very overstimulating.
Moderates offer some suites which may work well for your group but if you are determined to stay on property (which has many advantages - free transportation from airport & around property being the most obvious) I would try to go with renting someone's points for Villa accomodations. The rack rates are outrageous but you can usually find points for rent for anywhere between $8-11 each...lots of people are forgoing a vacation and are happy to do a contract to rent their points for the year. Go to DISboards.com, and check out the "DVC Rent/Trade" board there to see if you can make a match.
Finally, I have also stayed at an off-property rental home which was fabulous. We had a 15-passenger van and traveled together everywhere so it worked well for saving on parking and whatnot but if you are not planning to have a vehicle - on-property is the only way to go. All the best and feel free to contact me directly if you have specific questions.
- J. :)
D.P. answers from Pittsburgh on September 06, 2009
I've not gone to Disney yet, but I just wanted to mention that having a private house might allow some quiet "down" time options for your nephew and a bedroom he can get comfortable with....