With over 30 different on-site Walt Disney World resorts, it can be difficult to find the right one for your family. If you have a family of 5 or more it becomes even more complicated to stay within a budget and find a room that fits your family. I’ve looked at many WDW resorts for our family of 5 and came up with this list of my 5 favorite Disney World accommodations for large families.
Walt Disney World in Orlando Florida offers so many on-site Disney resorts. They range from Value to Deluxe to fit any budget with themes from playful to sophisticated. If you are a family of 5 or more, your hotel options are limited if you are trying to stay within a budget. It is not impossible but you have to do a little more research. There are places that will accommodate large families at most resorts but with more people the cost increases.
I love staying on-site and I always recommend people price it out and see what they can do. I wrote about Why I Like to Stay On-Site When Visiting Walt Disney World if you need to be convinced!
The convenience and the magic of staying on-site is the best. I know I didn’t need any convincing but I was concerned about how we could make it happen within a budget. Luckily there are some amazing Disney World accommodations for large families that stay within a budget and don’t skimp on any of the Disney magic.
Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort is an island themed hotel in the Epcot area. It is a moderate resort and prices range from $160 and up. They offer themed pirate rooms at an added expense. This resort is huge. There are multiple bus stops and many different villages.
I was a little concerned about the size of it when we arrived but I was pleasantly surprised. Before we arrived, I did some research about what house I wanted to stay. We chose Martinique and were very happy with the resort. I would definitely stay there again.
Update as of January 2018-Disney Caribbean Beach Resort is going through a major refurbishment. It will not be completed until late 2018 at the earliest. Please do your research if you book this resort. To read more about it check out a great update from Disney Tourist Blog. Caribbean Beach Resort prices are currently the best if you are looking for a budget deal.
Quick Tip: Take a look at the map of the resort and decide what is important to you. We wanted to be close to a bus stop and the food court. The bus stop was more important because we would be spending more of our day at the park then at the resort.
Location: Epcot Area/Moderate Resort
Disney Port Orleans Resort-Riverside is all about the charm. This resort can be confusing because there is a Port Orleans-Riverside and a Port Orleans-French Quarter. Port Orleans-Riverside has the rooms that accommodate 5. If you stay at one resort you can walk between the two and use the pools at both. They also offer Royal Guest Rooms that have a Royal Princess theme and can be booked for an extra charge.
Location: Disney Springs Resort Area / Moderate Resort
Art of Animation Resort is one of the newer resorts on Disney property. It is also the best “Disney” themed in my opinion. Art of Animation has 4 themes: The Little Mermaid, Finding Nemo, Cars, and The Lion King. The Little Mermaid is a standard room and fits up to four people. The other three sections are 6 people suites.
Location: Wide World of Sports Resort Area/Value Resort
My only issue with this hotel is that it is not really a value price. During peak seasons, I have seen it as high as $400 a night. I feel like this is a little steep for a night at a hotel that you often don’t spend much time in. If you can visit in the off-season it is worth a look. I have also seen it as low at $220 a night. Still a little expensive but the space of the suite is a really nice perk.
I would highly suggest looking into booking this resort through Undercover Tourist. They offer discounts on room and tickets and it is a seamless process. You feel as if you booked through the Walt Disney World site. You can read about my experience using Undercover Tourist for our last vacation. Read More: Orlando Vacation Tips to Save Money
Ready to book: Compare prices at Undercover Tourist and see how much you can save. This could help your family stay on-site and stay on budget.
All-Star Music Resort is all about the music. Fun music themed décor are all over this value resort. Similar to Art of Animation this hotel offers suites that fit up to a family of 6. All-Star Music is among 3 of the All-Star hotels. These include All-Star Sport and All-Star Movies. Each resort is themed around this topic. It is not specific to Disney characters like Art of Animation but kids love the larger than life decorations that you find throughout this hotel.
Another perk of All-Star Music is it is less expensive then the suites at Art of Animation. When I searched, it was about $75 less than the suites at Art of Animation. If you are looking for a family suite on a budget this might be the right pick for you.
Location: Wide World of Sports Resort Area/Value Resort
The cabins are located at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort. It is a themed campground and they offer campsites as well as on-site lodging. This resort is huge. They have a resort bus to take you around the resort as well as bus and boat transportation to the theme parks.
Location: Magic Kingdom Area/ Moderate Resort
If these resorts are not in your budget, do not let that stop your family from planning a Walt Disney World vacation. Another great option is to book 2 adjoining rooms at a value resort. At times the Value Resorts can be booked as low as $97 a night. We have booked adjoining rooms in the past and the cast members were very helpful and accommodating.