How My Family of 5 Stays On-Site at Walt Disney World On a Budget

Finding on-site Disney resorts on a budget can be a challenge for larger families. Most think a stay on-site at Walt Disney Resort in Orlando, Florida is out of reach. This may not always be the case. If you do a little research and planning staying on-site at Disney can happen. Here are my 5 best on-site Disney resorts on a budget for families of 5(or more).

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What On-Site Disney Resorts Fit a Family of 5 or More? 

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 a little limited if you are trying to stay within a budget. There are places to stay at each level of resort but as you move into deluxe 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 resorts on-site that are within budget and don’t skimp on any of the Disney magic.

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Top 5 On-Site Disney Resorts that Help You Stay on a Budget

Disney Caribbean Beach Resort

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. (Update as of November 2017-Disney Caribbean Beach Resort is going through a major refurbishment. It will not be completed until late 2018 at the earliest. To read more about it check out a great update from Disney Tourist Blog.)

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.

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All the Details:

Location: Epcot Area/Moderate Resort

  • Room Details: 2 Queen Beds & a Murphy Bed
  • Food Details:
    • Counter Service-Old Port Royale Food Court
    • Table Service- Shutters(Reservations Recommended)
  • Resort Entertainment:
    • Large Pool with 2 Waterslides
    • Splash Area for Children under 48′
    • Smaller Pools across the Resort
    • Playground
    • Evening Movie Under the Stars
    • Ongoing Daily Activities by the Pool (Check your resort schedule.)
    • Arcade
  • Transportation:
    • Bus to All Theme Parks and Disney Springs
  • Extras:
    • Pirate Adventure Cruise(This requires reservations/extra fee.)

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Disney Port Orleans Resort-Riverside

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.

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All the Details:

Location: Disney Springs Resort Area / Moderate Resort

  • Room Details: 2 Queen Beds & a Murphy Bed
  • Food Details:
    • Counter Service-Riverside Mill Food Court
    • Table Service- Boatwright’s Dining Hall(Reservations Recommended)
  • Resort Entertainment:
    • Large Pool with Waterslides
    • Splash Area for Children under 48′
    • Smaller Pools across the Resort
    • Playground
    • Evening Movie Under the Stars
    • Ongoing Daily Activities by the Pool (Check your resort schedule.)
    • Arcade
  • Transportation:
    • Bus to All Theme Parks
    • Water Taxi to Disney Springs
  • Extras:
    • Pirate Adventure Cruise(This requires reservations/extra fee.)
    • Horse Drawn Carriage Rides (Fee)
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Disney Art of Animation 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.

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All the Details:

Location: Wide World of Sports Resort Area/Value Resort

  • Room Details: 1 Queen Bed and 1 Double-Size Table Bed and 1 Double-Size Sleeper Sofa
  • Food Details:
    • Counter Service-Landscape of Flavors Food Court(I have read great reviews of the food here.)
    • Table Service- None
  • Resort Entertainment:
    • Largest Pool at any Disney Resort (No waterslides)
    • Splash Area
    • Smaller Pools across the Resort
    • Playground
    • Evening Movie Under the Stars
    • Ongoing Daily Activities by the Pool (Check your resort schedule.)
    • Arcade
  • Transportation:
    • Bus to All Theme Parks and Disney Springs

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. I wrote a post about my experience using Undercover Tourist for our last vacation. Read More: Orlando Vacation Tips to Save Money

If you are ready to compare prices check out 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

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.

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All the Details:

Location: Wide World of Sports Resort Area/Value Resort

  • Room Details: 1 Queen Bed, 1 Twin-Size Sleeper Chair, 1 Double-Size Sleeper Sofa, 1 Twin-Size Sleeper Ottoman
  • Food Details:
    • Counter Service-Intermission Food Court
    • Table Service- None
  • Resort Entertainment:
    • Themed Pool Area (No waterslides)
    • Splash Area
    • Smaller Pools across the Resort
    • Playground
    • Evening Movie Under the Stars
    • Ongoing Daily Activities by the Pool (Check your resort schedule.)
    • Arcade
  • Transportation:
    • Bus to All Theme Parks and Disney Springs(At times buses are shared between all 3 All-Star resorts.)

The Cabins at Fort Wilderness Resort

The cabins are located at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort. It is themed like a 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

  • Room Details:1 Queen Bed and 1 Bunk Bed and 1 Double-Size Sleeper Sofa
  • Food Details:
    • Counter Service-P & J’s Southern Takeout
    • Table Service- Trail’s End Restaurant(Reservations Recommended)
    • Dinner Shows- Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue & Mickey’s Backyard BBQ (Reservations Required)
  • Resort Entertainment:
    • Large Pool with Waterslides
    • Splash Area
    • Smaller Pools across the Resort
    • Playground
    • Evening Movie Under the Stars
    • Ongoing Daily Activities by the Pool (Check your resort schedule.)
    • Arcade
  • Transportation:
    • Bus to Epcot, Disney Hollywood Studios, & Disney Springs
    • Water Taxi to Magic Kingdom
  • Extras:
    • Archery
    • Tri-Circle-D Ranch
    • Chip & Dale Campfire Sing-Along(Free. Bring your own Marshmallows. Can be purchased on-site)
    • Horse Drawn Carriage Rides (Fee)

On Site Disney Resorts on a Budget

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.

Things to remember:

  • Always run the numbers on every sale that is offered. Check each promotion and see what is the best one for your family.
  • Figure out what you really need. Will you be spending time at the pool or in the hotel room?
  • How much will it cost for transportation and parking if you stay off-site? Parking is around $20 a day. This can be a big expense and should be added into your budget.
  • Check out Undercover Tourist for ticket and room prices. We saved so much booking through them.

Need More Planning Tips? Check out all my planning posts for visiting Walt Disney World.

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29 COMMENTS

  1. onepeainthepod | 14th Feb 17

    What great tips to plan an amazing vacation! I can’t wait to take my son to Disney!

    • Leah | 15th Feb 17

      Yay!! Hope they help you plan!

  2. projectlifewellness | 13th Feb 17

    I’m definitely going to bookmark this. My Hubby and I were just talking about planning another trip for next year and this is super helpful!

  3. homeboundbuthopeful | 11th Feb 17

    Oh my gosh, you are absolutely killing me! All this snow outside, and you’ve got me itching to visit a Disney resort and enjoy some fun in the sun!

    • Leah | 11th Feb 17

      HA!! It helps me get through these cold months!!

  4. Harmony,Momma To Go | 11th Feb 17

    We’ve done the port orleans and we’re very happy. I’d love to do the cabins next time!

    • Leah | 11th Feb 17

      There are so many fun options. Thanks for reading!

  5. Amy Crooks | 9th Feb 17

    All so great!! 🙂 We have stayed at most of these. So fun!

  6. 21flavorsofsplendor | 9th Feb 17

    Definitely saving this for when we plan our Disney trip. My girls are still getting over their fear of mascots, so we may have a year or two before we make the big trip.

    • Leah | 9th Feb 17

      Oh no!! Yes you would have to avoid the characters!! Thanks for reading!

  7. Jess | 9th Feb 17

    Great list! We always stayed athere all of these when I was a kid because they fit a family of 5. I have good memories of all of them. This got me extra excited to start planning my twins’ second visit next fall!

    • Leah | 9th Feb 17

      Thanks for reading!! Writing it made me want to plan another trip soon!

  8. babiestobookworms | 9th Feb 17

    These are some great options! It is totally worth it to stay on property!

    • Leah | 9th Feb 17

      Thanks for reading!!

  9. Hi There! | 9th Feb 17

    Great suggestions! You do want to be careful with the murphy bed options if you have bigger (tweens/teens) kids. They may not fit.

    • Leah | 9th Feb 17

      So true!! The murphy bed options are a little tight and more suited to smaller kids.

  10. Meredith from Mommy in Leggings | 9th Feb 17

    OMG I’m seriously drooling over here, I want to go to Disney SO BAD!!!! I haven’t been in years, and not since my daughter was born. She’s only 10 months, but I can’t WAIT to take her!!

    • Leah | 9th Feb 17

      Ha! We took my youngest when he was 10 months!! He had a blast!

  11. Stephanie Lowry | 9th Feb 17

    Certainly saving this one! We are beginning to plan + save for a Disney trip!

    • Leah | 9th Feb 17

      Yay!!! I am happy to help!!

  12. Rebecca | 9th Feb 17

    These are some great tip! Thanks I will definitely save this for when we finally take our family of 5 to Disney.

  13. Elizabeth @ CrazyBusyHappyLife | 9th Feb 17

    I looooove the Riverside Resort. We stayed there on our first family trip to Disney so it will always have a special place in my heart. We like All Star Movies as a value resort. It’s obviously not as fancy as Riverside but for the price, I can’t complain.

    • Leah | 9th Feb 17

      Yes if you are trying to do it as budget friendly as possible the All-Star resorts are a good choice.

  14. Halee | 9th Feb 17

    We’ve done all of these minus the lodges. My daughter loved the princess room at port orleans. The decor is amazing. Since we only had 4 people, we did little mermaid at art of animation. That resort is so beautiful and colorful!

    • Leah | 9th Feb 17

      The Little Mermaid rooms are adorable!

  15. crazylifewithlittles | 9th Feb 17

    Bookmarking this for our next trip! We live about 2 hours away, but I would love to stay on site!

    • Leah | 9th Feb 17

      That’s awesome! Thank you for reading! I wish I lived that close…I would be there all the time!!

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