We have a family of 9 (3 children and 6 adults) planning to go to WDW in May 2010. We're talking about staying in one of the Disney area hotels. We're thinking three rooms. The Tree House Villas look appealing but seem remote from everything and that's not a good thing for us.
There's no small struggle with this dad wanting to save some coins and at the same time concerned about travel time between the hotel and the parks. Two of our group might need to return in the afternoon and rest.
We're thinking the Yacht/Beach Club would be the best for travel time since its centrally located. Is that correct?
and ... we're wondering if the Caribbean Beach or the Port Orleans would be more dollar savings and still give us the benefit of the best travel times.
and.... if we put more than two adults in a room what does Disney charge for extra adults?
Dad's Very Complicated Answer
Thanks for the question. First Disney charges $10.00 for extra adults in the rooms.
Dad has several possibilities for Disney area hotels.
Number 1 -
I agree with your idea about staying at one of the moderate resorts. They will give you the most value for your money.
Number 2 -
If you plan to spend most of your time at Epcot and Disney's Hollywood Studios, then the Yacht/Beach Club would be very convenient. However if your PLAN includes time in the Magic Kingdom, I'd suggest you stay at the Polynesian or Contemporary or even Bay Lake Towers. It would be much easier to return to one of those hotels from both the Magic Kingdom and Epcot.
Number 3 -
I know you didn't mention this but, you might check out staying off-site. You can save a lot of money by staying in one of the Disney area hotels that are in Downtown Disney or in Lake Buena Vista.
Another option is to rent a house. It gives you a lot more space for a large group, and can save a bundle on meals.