Recently, I have had many clients that have large families or are traveling with extended family. Trying to decide the best option for resorts can prove a challenge at Walt Disney World. When you have grandparents traveling with you, it can bump your family up to an even larger number.
Here is the lowdown on which Disney Resorts will fit your happy gaggle at the Walt Disney World Resort.
You have several options here. If you are a family of 6 or less, the family suites at both Art of Animation and All Star Music are great options. The master bedrooms have queen sized beds which is unlike any of the other value resorts. There is plenty of room for everyone to sleep and even has a kitchenette to make breakfasts and snacking a piece of cake. Another item to note – this configuration allows for 6 people plus one child under age three in a crib…totaling an actual 7.
Another option is to book adjoining rooms. This can be your most cost effective option, keep in mind you cannot connect a suite to a standard room….nor can you connect two suites. Here’s the kicker – adjoining rooms can only be requested – but if you make sure to specify that the one room will have only the kids in it, they will do everything short of giving you a magic wand to make sure your rooms are connecting.
Here is the sweet spot for families of five – if you have two adults and 3 kids, at least one being under the age of 10 (depending on their size)…Port Orleans Riverside is a fantastic option. They have rooms that have 2 queen beds as well as a trundle bed for your littlest prince or princess. It’s a great room and solves the problem for most families of five. Additionally, this configuration allows for 5 people plus one child under age three in a crib…totaling an actual 6. (If you have a baby.)
Another option at the moderate resort level are the Cabins at Wilderness Resort. These are very, very cool. Don’t worry – it’s not camping. Although they are log cabins in the woods, they have every amenity and do not require a sleeping bag! Excellent for larger families, Wilderness Cabins feature such amenities as a living room, full bathroom, private patio, charcoal grill and fully equipped kitchen. The Cabins are spacious enough to comfortably sleep 6 adults. They include: 2 double beds and 1 bunk bed. Unfortunately…no queen beds in this set up.
Finally, you can request two adjoining rooms. Always an option!
At the deluxe level, you have many more options.
At the Animal Kingdom Lodge, Yacht Club, Boardwalk Inn, and Grand Floridian, a limited number of Suites are available. These suites have a four-to-eight-person occupancy per suite, depending on the type of suite.
Deluxe Villas – these are an animal unto themselves. They offer studios, one bedroom, two bedroom, and Grand Villas. Technically, these accommodations are a part of the Disney Vacation Club community, but are available for non-members to rent for most of the year. Although pricey, these villas are probably your very best bet if you are traveling with a family reunion or larger group that wants to stay all together in one space. Their configurations are very generous, offer kitchens, laundry facilities, and are the fastest growing segment of Disney Resorts.
Picking a resort to accommodate a larger group can be tricky, but there are plenty of options if you just know where to look!
Do you need help booking your group or larger family at Walt Disney World? Cameron Fisher is a Travel Specialist with Destinations in Florida, an Authorized Disney Vacation Planner. Providing tips for traveling with a large family or group is Cameron’s favorite niche. You can contact her at: email@example.com