Family of 9: Where to stay?

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Family of 9: Where to stay?

So I am headed to the world in 30 days yay but before I leave my family decided to also go vacation...in June!

So that means in the next 30 days I need to figure out where to stay and make the reservation..I am going to rent DVC points so I would like to make the reservation in the next week or so.

We are a family of 9: Me (27), my husband (29), my mom (56), my dad (57), my sisters (19 and 23), my bother (25), my grandmother (78) and my aunt (50).

We are planning to stay in one room and are looking at rooms that sleep 9. The rooms that sleep 12 are out of our budget because my one sister is in college, the other a teacher, my brother is in vet school, and I am in graduate school..we are all paying our share..Oh and my dad is recently retired so my parents can't pay for everything...I know it will be tight but we have staying in close corners before so that is a not issue. muchlove

Last time we went we stayed at POP and as much as I loved the resort..We all think I would be neat to stay at a Deluxe and renting points makes that possible.

I am looking at the following resorts and would like your to hear your pro and cons of each...I also realize I may not get them since I am renting DVC points.

AKL: Savannah View, Standard, or Value View (2 Bedroom Villa)

SS: Treehouse Villas

CR: Bay Lake Towers Standard View (2 Bedroom Villa)

Any insight would be greatly appreciated!

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I've never stayed at any villas but personally would LOVE to try one of those treehouses! The layout especially looks fantastic for a large group, and according to the site they fit exactly nine people so...

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Treehouse Villas would be my pick for that size group, too!

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I'd go for the Treehouse Villas. You'll feel like the "Swiss Family Robinson". That looks very spacious, especially for a group as big as yours. Doesn't look like you'd feel cramped. Lovely setting too.

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The only thing I would warn you about with the treehouses is the sleeping arrangements. 5 of the 9 sleep spots consist of a set of bunk beds (2) in the third bedroom , a pullout couch (2) and a pullout chair (1) both in the living room area.

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scrappy wrote:
The only thing I would warn you about with the treehouses is the sleeping arrangements. 5 of the 9 sleep spots consist of a set of bunk beds (2) in the third bedroom , a pullout couch (2) and a pullout chair (1) both in the living room area.

So in other words you better be very close and really feel comfortable with the others. laugh I didn't know about the pull outs being part of the sleeping arrangements.

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We looked into these when we went with our adult children and grandchild. No one wanted to sleep in the bunk beds (grand daughter was way to young at that point) nor did they really want to sleep in the living area on a pull out couch. We ended up in AKL in 3 seperate studios and about the same cost (points) as the treehouse.

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Smile Thank you for all the replies...Unfortuneately, the treehouses are no longer an option because of the proximity to the buses. Once we get there we don't drive any place else. What do you think of the resorts in general..AKL and CR?

Thanks again for all the resonses.

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Animal Kingdon Lodge is a great resort, but it is the farthest away from everything, so that makes the bus ride longer I imagine. As far as the Contemporary Resort, heck you got the Monorail, and look how close you are to the MK.

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I've done a 2 bedroom Villa at Animal Kingdom several times and I love them. This is my "home" resort and I can't say enough good things about it. It has so many dining options and special activities and it's just so beautiful. Yes, the bus ride is a little further but once you're on a bus, you're on a bus. I guess I don't pay attention to how much time the trip takes once I'm on board.

I've always wanted to stay at Bay Lake Tower because of it's location, but I haven't been able to yet.