Scrooge or Splurge

FAM­ILY SUITES IN THE VALUE RE­SORTS

WDW Magazine - - Contents - BY CARL TRENT

Fam­ily Suites at Walt Dis­ney World are all the rage. Fam­ily Suites were first in­tro­duced in 2006 at the All-star Mu­sic Re­sort. They be­came very pop­u­lar, so much so that Dis­ney turned most of the Art of An­i­ma­tion Re­sort into Fam­ily Suites.

But are Fam­ily Suites a good deal? Should you Splurge on a Fam­ily Suite or just Scrooge it and book two rooms in a Value Re­sort?

Let’s check it out.

Fam­ily Suites are ba­si­cally two con­nect­ing ho­tel rooms that have been re­con­fig­ured into a “suite”. The ba­sic dif­fer­ences be­tween a Fam­ily Suite and two stand ho­tel rooms are:

The beds – Stan­dard rooms have 2 full size or 1 king bed. Fam­ily Suites have 1 queen bed, and a mix of sleeper so­fas and chairs.

Oc­cu­pancy – Two Stan­dard rooms can sleep up to 8. Fam­ily Suites sleep up to 6.

Din­ing – Stan­dard rooms have a re­frig­er­a­tor and a cof­fee maker. Fam­ily Suites have a kitch­enette area with a re­frig­er­a­tor, mi­crowave and cof­feemaker.

Sit­ting area – Stan­dard rooms have a small ta­ble and 2 chairs in each room. Fam­ily Suites have a “liv­ing room” with a couch, and a easy chair.

Room – Fam­ily Suites seem a lot roomier be­cause of the open space but in ac­tu­al­ity the room size is ex­actly the same as two Stan­dard rooms.

Price – Typ­i­cally Fam­ily Suites are a lit­tle more ex­pen­sive than 2 Stan­dard rooms.

The main dif­fer­ence be­tween the two is the sleep­ing ar­range­ments. The Fam­ily Suites only have one “real” bed and can sleep a max­i­mum of 6 and the Stan­dard rooms have up to 4 “real” beds and can sleep up to 8. (Both can have an ex­tra in­fant un­der 3.)

So back to the ques­tion should you Splurge on a Fam­ily Suite or Scrooge and go with two Stan­dard rooms?

There are some good rea­sons to Splurge on a Fam­ily Suite. In a Fam­ily Suite, you are guar­an­teed to have ev­ery­one in the same room. With Stan­dard Rooms, most of the time you do get con­nect­ing rooms if you re­quest them, but not al­ways.

Fam­ily Suites are just cool. They are hip. They are an ex­pe­ri­ence. Stan­dard Rooms are cramped; they are drab and life­less (yes, it’s a bit of an ex­ag­ger­a­tion). The Art of An­i­ma­tion has some of the coolest, hippest, must be ex­pe­ri­enced rooms at Walt Dis­ney World.

Fam­ily Suites are roomier and have a “liv­ing room”. Un­like the Stan­dard rooms, most of the

“beds” in the Fam­ily Suites fold up and get out of the way leav­ing mak­ing things a lot less cramped.

If you need ex­tra liv­ing space, if you like cool and hip, and are will­ing to pay a few (not a lot) ex­tra bucks for it, then Splurg­ing on a Fam­ily Suite is a good idea.

But on the other hand, they are more ex­pen­sive. They can be a lot more ex­pen­sive. I did a check this morn­ing for one night (in Septem­ber) for a Stan­dard room at the All Star Mu­sic Re­sort. It was $100 (I was shocked). For the same night, the Fam­ily Suite’s ranged from $234 at the Mu­sic to $343 for Nemo Suite at the Art of An­i­ma­tion.

So you can pay $200 for two rooms, or $343 for the same two rooms with some fancier wall cov­er­ings, a mi­crowave, and only one “REAL” BED! The choice is yours.

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