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Old 12-12-2012, 11:22 AM   #1
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AoA v. FW cabins?

I'm shocked at the lack of less expensive options for a family of 6! I was seriously considering off-resort, but then I settled on the cabins because they have a full kitchen. However, we have now decided that we'd like to do several TS meals, so it looks like the DDP is a good fit for us. There are 6 of us, me, my boyfriend, a 14 year old girl, and 3 boys, aged 9, 7, and 6. We'll spend a lot of time (2 days versus only one for other parks) at MK. So now I'm considering AoA. We will have a car, so location may not be all that important. Although the boys would love the wilderness theme of the cabins, do you guys think AoA would be a better fit? It looks very nice, and it's a little bit less expensive than a cabin (about $300), and it has two bathrooms. Your thoughts?
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Old 12-12-2012, 11:32 AM   #2
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Here are the BIG things to consider IMO (since you said the kitchen doesn't matter and you'll have a car). Only you can decide if any of these things outweight others.

Pro AoA stuff:

AoA = 2 bathrooms
Cabin = 1 bathroom

AoA = adults get a queen sized bed in the bedroom
Cabin = adults get a full sized bed in the living room

Pro Cabin stuff:

AoA = the 14yo girl will have to share a bed with one of the boys
Cabin = the 14yo girl can have a bunk to herself
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Old 12-12-2012, 11:46 AM   #3
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Have you thought about two rooms in a value resort instead? Four double beds and two bathrooms.
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Old 12-12-2012, 01:30 PM   #4
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If it was me, the 2 bathrooms would be the deciding factor!! Especially with 6 people.
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Old 12-12-2012, 04:34 PM   #5
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Yeah, I think I'm sold now on AoA. I did check, however, about two rooms, and, looking online (so that you have to do two separate bookings to do the two rooms), it's looking like two rooms at AoA would be about $370 cheaper than a family suite. I know one major difference is theming, and I don't think the boys will be very excited about Little Mermaid! I was hoping for a Lion King suite (because that's *my* favorite!), so I'm thinking the $370 more for a family suite is probably ok. We'll still have two bathrooms. It looks like it would be about the same price for two rooms at one of the other All-Stars (can't remember which one now). Am I missing any advantages to getting two rooms over a family suite, other than theming?
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Old 12-12-2012, 07:10 PM   #6
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Yeah, I think I'm sold now on AoA. I did check, however, about two rooms, and, looking online (so that you have to do two separate bookings to do the two rooms), it's looking like two rooms at AoA would be about $370 cheaper than a family suite. I know one major difference is theming, and I don't think the boys will be very excited about Little Mermaid! I was hoping for a Lion King suite (because that's *my* favorite!), so I'm thinking the $370 more for a family suite is probably ok. We'll still have two bathrooms. It looks like it would be about the same price for two rooms at one of the other All-Stars (can't remember which one now). Am I missing any advantages to getting two rooms over a family suite, other than theming?
The big difference will be the chances of getting any sort of discount. AoA LM rooms are very popular right now and haven't seen the discounts that have been offered at other value resorts. The AoA family suites have had discounts. If I were you, I would consider two rooms at Pop Century or one of the All Star resorts. You will probably save some more money in the long run if a discount is offered.
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Are the three boys small enough they could share one bed, or does the teen not mind sharing with one of them? I'm thinking an All Star suite might be a better fit because of the sleeping arrangements in the living room. There is a single fold out chair, a single fold out ottoman, and the double fold out sofa at All Star so there would be three beds for the kids instead of just two. You would still have the two bathrooms and the queen bed in the bedroom for the adults, and the kitchenette.

But if the sleeping arrangements in the AOA suite work for your family, I would probably go with the AOA suite.
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Old 12-13-2012, 09:42 PM   #8
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Can't you get the DDP when you're staying at the cabins?

I haven't stayed at either, but have been looking into both. 2 bathrooms would be great, but I love all the stuff there is to do around the cabins (my big girl would love the pool slide) ~ the campfire singalong, pony rides...
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I'm shocked at the lack of less expensive options for a family of 6! I was seriously considering off-resort, but then I settled on the cabins because they have a full kitchen. However, we have now decided that we'd like to do several TS meals, so it looks like the DDP is a good fit for us. There are 6 of us, me, my boyfriend, a 14 year old girl, and 3 boys, aged 9, 7, and 6. We'll spend a lot of time (2 days versus only one for other parks) at MK. So now I'm considering AoA. We will have a car, so location may not be all that important. Although the boys would love the wilderness theme of the cabins, do you guys think AoA would be a better fit? It looks very nice, and it's a little bit less expensive than a cabin (about $300), and it has two bathrooms. Your thoughts?
If you ask for 2100 loop for the cabins there is a comfort station there that the boys could use in the morning.We did this many times in days gone by.Adds that little touch of real camping to the comfort of maid serviced woodland Cabins. I vote for the cabins !
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Old 12-14-2012, 09:46 AM   #10
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As of now, our 14 year old girl doesn't mind sleeping with one of her little brothers. She only sees them every other weekend, so she's great with them. As for the cabins, the more I've thought about it, I was originally interested in them because of all the activities in camp, but we camp several times a year and can go to resorts like Big Cedar in Missouri for that sort of experience. Living in Arkansas, we experience the outdoors quite frequently. So I'd rather spend our time on experiencing the parks than on hanging out at the resort, or at least that type of resort. And since we'll be pressed for time, it would probably save us a little time to have two bathrooms. I've already booked an AoA LK suite, and I'll be on the lookout for discounts. Unless there is a huge moderate discount that would allow me to book two mods, it looks like our only options for a group this size are the cabins, an All-Star Music suite, an AoA suite, or two of the other value standard rooms. That should making keeping an eye out for discounts easy! If the cabins get a good discount, I'll definitely consider them. For now, I've sort of resigned myself to paying full price, so whatever happens I should be happy! Thanks everyone for your help! I love these boards.
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