This is a loaded ??? We are a fmily of 5 also. I understand your pain when trying to book. Lots to consider
We looked into the PO resorts and saw none of the kids would last on the trundle without a fight so we booked deluxe in the beginning. The rooms at CR and Poly are the biggest so CR it was. I got to relive my kids days rowing up. BUt it just got too crowded once we had 2 teenagers fighting over the bathrooom in the am.
Then we realized just how nice it wwould be to have the second bath as at home and that meant booking 2 rooms at a val or mod or DVC. After looking at the price and advantages of DVC we then graduated to a 2BR unit. The washer/dryer alone is worth it. If you do not want to take the DVC plunge I would look into renting points. I have always seen that it is cheaper to rent points than stay at a deluxe. We have a many MB’ers who rent so you could start your research right here. ALSO… The kids have an escape room if they don’t want to hang with parents, or just need some time alone. The 2nd BR alone is a BIG parent sanity assistant we found out.:laugh:
There is always the off site option to consider. Off site 2BR condos can be grabbed most times for less than the price of a single moderate, and sometimes a value per night. We have done this at the Wyndham Bonnet Creek resort right next to CBR and Wyndham Cypress Key. It is not WDW theming and the busses are not anything close to WDW trans every 10-20 minutes, but you can get a 1200 s/f 2BR unit and the family can spread out. One thing to remember is parking. At $14.00 per day it can add up. If you have one AP this can cut that cost along with other discounts in the parks. I would not have stayed off site w/o an AP for parking and we are big on the TiW card. So it did make sense to have one AP.
Again, I feel your pain booking for 5. My ranking would be:
- If they were young I would go with 1 deluxe room. I see there ages and they need an escape room. So # 1 is absolutely out. It can be done but…
- Rent DVC points for a 2 BR unit. You will not be disappointed.
- Do 2 WDW rooms if onsite is a priority.
- Offsite 2BR unit.
If you have any ??? about the offsite resorts drop me a PM. We have done Bonnet Creek a couple of times and actually enjoy the resort.