Scrooge or Splurge
FAMILY SUITES IN THE VALUE RESORTS
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.