Best Deal for Family of Five


#1

So in my attempt to convince my DH (a numbers guy by trade) that free dining is not the be-all end-all best deal at WDW, I’m asking for help/suggestions from other MBers … what’s the best deal for a family of 5 - Our DD12 is of course now a Disney adult, & we have DS7 & DD4. I was thinking maybe the kids play & stay free but since we always stay at value resorts that’s not much of a discount for us… any ideas??


#2

The best deal? They do have the gift card packages going on right now that will come in handy. Of course you have to go before 8/14. Having five in your family, you are going to need to stay at a deluxe, cabin, villa or get two value rooms or a family suite at All Star Music. I think the two values is the best deal for you and having the kids have their own room and bathroom is nice. Get the Counter Service DDP so everything is paid for in advance. DH, being a numbers man, will like that he only has to worry about spending money. The counter plan will cover all meals, but doesn’t include any sit-downs which really isn’t necessary in my opinion unless you have a special meal you must do.

You could also look into renting points at a one-bedroom villa. Kids can crash in the living room.


#3

Thanks Dana- We’ve always done 2 adjoining rooms at a Value in the past & it’s worked well. The big plus for us with the free dining has been the character meals- in each trip we’ve been able to do 1 character meal a day. I think if we could make that sacrifice (& maybe pay out of pocket for CRT), another deal would work, like the counter service free dining…


#4

If saving money is the goal, stay at POR (the only mod to accept 5 in a room). It’s cheaper than a suite at the values (so long as you don’t mind sharing a bathroom).
Stay at POR and go when free dining is available…that’s a great savings for a family of five, especially with kids over 10!
The buy4get3 deal is the one that our family has used the past two years. It works well for our family of five, but our kids haven’t reached 10 yet.


#5

[QUOTE=Dana;1027635]The best deal? They do have the gift card packages going on right now that will come in handy. Of course you have to go before 8/14. Having five in your family, you are going to need to stay at a deluxe, cabin, villa or get two value rooms or a family suite at All Star Music. I think the two values is the best deal for you and having the kids have their own room and bathroom is nice. Get the Counter Service DDP so everything is paid for in advance. DH, being a numbers man, will like that he only has to worry about spending money. The counter plan will cover all meals, but doesn’t include any sit-downs which really isn’t necessary in my opinion unless you have a special meal you must do.

You could also look into renting points at a one-bedroom villa. Kids can crash in the living room.[/QUOTE]

How do you rent points? we’re not DVC members:ohmy:


#6

DVC members can make reservations in any name (yours) and you would pay that members an agreed upon price for that reservation. It’s a private transaction between you and the member and Disney offers no protection in the deal. The current price is usually between $10-12 per point. With 5 people you would need a 2 bedroom unit, it will run about 278 points for a week long stay (in July). Point charts vary by season so it could take fewer points or more points depending on when you want to go.

You can add the dining plan to your reservation but DVC members and their guests do not get free dining.


#7

This won’t help if you’re considering DVC, but I just had to consider all of these options for the trip I just booked for this summer, and I used one of the Disney specialist travel agents, like the ones recommended on this site. She looked at all the options, all the specials, and checked prices with and without the various dining plans so that I could pick the best price for our family’s situation. It saved me a lot of work and she did all the math for me (and they don’t charge). Just a suggestion…


#8

Good advice. It’s nice to have someone else do all the work sometimes.


#9

[QUOTE=Mickey Mom;1027677]If saving money is the goal, stay at POR (the only mod to accept 5 in a room). It’s cheaper than a suite at the values (so long as you don’t mind sharing a bathroom).
Stay at POR and go when free dining is available…that’s a great savings for a family of five, especially with kids over 10!
The buy4get3 deal is the one that our family has used the past two years. It works well for our family of five, but our kids haven’t reached 10 yet.[/QUOTE]

that is what we did for a few years- it was the cheapest way to go since you dont have to have two rooms and you still get to use discounts and package deals.


#10

I called Disney about booking rooms. Well, I had a free dining code that I thought was expired… Well, the reservation agent looked into it and for where we were staying, the room discount was cheaper than the free dining. He said it usually works out that way on a deluxe room, but that free dining may be cheaper if you are at mods or values. It depends on what you are doing…


#11

Thanks for all the tips guys~ I’ve at least convinced DH to price it several ways just to see how the numbers work out, although I think he’s still holding out for full free dining (at least that way we wouldn’t have to sacrifice all the character meals we love!) now we wait…


#12

I got a card recently for free dining, but it was for free counter service, which character meals wouldn’t qualify. I did hear somewhere that Disney is leaning towards counter service dining rather than the regular, so just suggesting to have a plan B, if the free dining plan isn’t the one that includes character meals.


#13

I agree. So far I keep hearing Free QS, etc. I think this has become their cheaper alternative. But that’s fine for us. I hate having to plan around the ressies.


#14

anyone know if disney will offer any specials for december?


#15

DVC 1 bedroom units in AKV Kidani and BLT have sofa bed and chair bed (twin size) in the living room area, and 2 bathrooms so mom and dad can have some privacy. It’s like getting 2 hotel rooms and a kitchen.

Renting points and paying for DP & passes USUALLY works out about the same as value resort and sometimes a little less. And if you need 2 rooms it should come out way ahead. 2010 QSDP is $32 per/night/person and Std DP is $42 p/n/p.


#16

Well, even though they released “free dining”, it doesn’t look like we’ll be heading back to the World this year- the airfare is still too high for DH’s liking (he got spoiled by getting it $59 each way last year!)… I’m still holding out hope…he’s pretty hooked on WDW & I can see the wheels turning in his head trying to figure out how to swing it this year!!


#17

what disney travel specialist did you use?


#18

We always use our AAA agent- she’s a Disney expert - but we book the airfare ourselves.