Well, if you’re looking to save money…
Your best deal would be the family suite at the AllStar Music. Then the trundle option at POR Alligator Bayou and Fort Wilderness cabin.
Now renting DVC points, though it’s a great way to save money on accommodations, it can be expensive, especially with the 2-bedroom (it’s only a good deal considering how much you would’ve spent if you hadn’t booked through DVC). Sarasota Springs and Old Key West appear to be the least expensive DVC options.
However, the price (depending on what time of year you book) of a 2-bedroom DVC room that sleeps 8 will most likely exceed the price of a standard room at a deluxe resort that sleeps 5 (Contemporary, Poly, GF, Boardwalk, etc.). That’s when you have to look at what you need… (in economics, this is called “opportunity cost” :laugh:)
If all of you are guys except for your mother, I’m assuming you’ll probably want your own beds (I’ve learned that guys can be weird about sleeping together). And two bathrooms would be nice. And, with the 2-bedroom, your mother could have her own room and the rest of you could be divided among the living area and other bedroom. That’s three beds, so two would still have to share a bed, but it would still be more comfortable than all squeezing into one hotel room.
Let’s also factor in cost… who is paying for this? Are you splitting the price five ways, or is mom covering it all? This will probably have a lot of impact on your final decision.
If you’re curious as to how much per person per night it is at the AllStar Music Suites and several Grand Villas, I’ve actually worked it out on a spreadsheet for April 2009 (Thursday-Saturday… keep in mind that weekends are more expensive, typically $20, totalling at $150/night), and it comes to $75 per person for the 3 night stay (with 6 people in the room). For the same nights, the Grand Villa at Old Key West was the least expensive, totalling around $169.34 - 211.67 a night per person with 12 people in the room ($8-$10 a point, typical selling range on Disboards…). Quite a difference.
I definitely suggest creating a spreadsheet with all of your possibilities (and if you’re too lazy, PM me and I’ll do it for you! :laugh:)!
Good luck with your accommodations and have fun at Walt Disney World!