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Old 10-04-2015, 06:38 AM   #16
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If your big boys are too crowded on the sleeper, can't one sleep on the floor? Maybe take a thermarest camping mattress for one just in case.
Thanks....They say they'll be fine. We'll see. Our contract is paid off in a few months......I think I'm going to have to start looking at adding on soon lol.
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If this was me I'd book a 1 bedroom Standard view at Kidani, lower points, two bathrooms and separate beds for the boys. My beds won't share a bed ether and the Kidani 1 bedrooms work great.

Alternative is 1 bedroom at BLT.
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I would base my decision on how much time you plan to stay in your room. It is really nice to have the extra elbow room and somewhere to "escape" when you just need a little time for yourself (if only on the porch! ). If you'll be busy all day, I think you would be okay with the studio.
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Thanks again, everyone. We decided to go with the studio. I may need the extra points. I have decided to plan on running the full WDW marathon in january 2017....and will need a studio (I need a microwave to heat up some gluten free carb loading meals because I have auto immune/arthritis and diet really helps manage my pain....so need a dvc room rather than a regular room for the racecations. My husband and boys said we'll be fine with a studio...they're not worried....so I'm gonna go with that. Thanks so much for all of the input though! Appreciate it.
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Just want to let you know standard rooms can have microwaves upon request if that's a concern.
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Dina I will say one thing. Are you crazy like me and make meals on vacation? Yes I do-cooking is my relaxation so we always go with the one bedroom for the full kitchen. If you don't, then a studio for sure to save points. However I will also sadly admit now that our oldest son has moved in with his girlfriend we no longer have family vacations with the 4 of us. Him and his fiancé have gone DVC with Tom and I but not with our other son. That being said, the last family vacation we took with both boys was 2012 and they were 20 and 22 and still slept fine in the pull out bed in a studio. They were 6 foot and 5'11".
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There is no "wrong" decision when it comes to visiting Disney! We face the same dilemma, as we have two big teenagers and a relatively small number of points. We go back and forth. The 1 bedroom (especially at Kidani) is awesome, with the space and extra bathroom, but we usually prefer a longer trip in a studio to a shorter trip in a bigger villa. We don't spend a lot of time in the room. We just make more use of the resort. Feel good about your choice and enjoy your trip!!!
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