5 Best Disney World Accommodations for Large Families on a Budget

With over 30 different on-site Disney vacation 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 find a room that fits your family. These are our picks for the best Disney World Accommodations for large families.

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Walt Disney World in Orlando Florida offers many on-site Disney resorts. I always suggest staying on-site when visiting Walt Disney World because of the extras for on-site guests. Disney World offers resorts in the Value, Moderate, and Deluxe category to fit any budget with themes from playful to sophisticated.

Check out these posts where I go into details about the Disney Value Resorts and the Disney Moderate Resorts.

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 Disney World resorts but with more people the cost increases.

Keep in mind that budget friendly at Disney World is a bit different than staying off-site. You will most likely find more frugal options off-site and you will usually get a lot more space, but you will not be on Disney property.

As a family you need to decide if staying on-site is worth the upcharge.

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Art of Animation murphy bed in the Family Suites.

Best Disney World Accommodations for Large Families

When deciding which Disney vacation resorts made our list we created a criteria based on the following:

The Disney resort must fit the five of us. This sounds obvious, but it is important to read about the bed situations. As the kids get older we need space for all five of us.

Also consider the comfort of sleeping on a pull-out sofa for a week. We did use the pull out sofa at Art of Animation and it was comfortable. Consider the length of your stay and who will be sleeping where.

The resort must be within our family vacation budget. Honestly- our budget changes for every trip.

If we are staying for a week we try to save more money on the resort. If we are staying for a night or two and are planning a lot of resort time, we may splurge a little on the accommodations. 

My best recommendation is to price all the resorts that you like and then decide. The $100 difference of two resorts might be worth it if you plan on spending a day at the pool and water slides. 

The convenience and the magic of staying on-site is the best. I know I didn’t need any convincing, we love spending time at Disney World, 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 Accommodations for Families of Five: Disney Caribbean Beach Resort

Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort is an island themed resort in the Epcot area.  It is a moderate resort and prices range from $200 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.

Disney’s Caribbean Beach resort is also on the Disney Skyliner transportation system. This is a gondola system that transports guests between select resorts, and Epcot and Hollywood Studios. Because of this addition the resort prices have seen an increase.

Check out Caribbean Beach Resort prices.

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The murphy bed is below the TV in the standard room at Caribbean Beach Resort.

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.

Disney Caribbean Beach Resort Details:

Location: Epcot Area/Moderate Resort

  • Room Details: 2 Queen Beds & a Murphy Bed
  • Food Details:
    • Counter Service- Centertown Market
    • Table Service- Sebastian’s Bistro + Spyglass Grill
  • 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
    • Skyliner to Epcot and Disney’s Hollywood Studios.
  • Extras:
    • Pirate Adventure Cruise(This requires reservations/extra fee.)

Family of Five Accommodations at 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.

Currently Disney’s Port Orleans is temporality closed due to capacity limits.

Check out Port Orleans prices.

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Standard Rooms at Disney’s Port Orleans. Photo Courtesy: Have Diapers Will Travel.

Port Orleans-Riverside 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)

Family Suites at Disney World: Disney’s Art of Animation Resort

Art of Animation Resort is one o the most “Disney” resorts on property. It is full of fun photo ops and Disney characters from the lobby to the rooms.

There are 4 themes at Art of Animation: 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.

Art of Animation is one of my favorite resorts because the theme is so fun and all Disney. You can read more about it in our full review: Why Art of Animation is Awesome for Families.

Art of Animation is also along the Disney Skyliner system that offers guests a gondola ride to Epcot and Hollywood Studios.

Check out Art of Animation prices.

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Cars area at the Art of Animation resort at Disney World.

Art of Animation 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
    • Skyliner to Epcot and Hollywood Studios.

My only issue with Art of Animation 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.

Disney Accommodations for Family of 6: Disney 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.

Check prices here.

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Photo Courtesy: WDW News

All Star Music 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.)

Camping at Disney World The Cabins at Fort Wilderness 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 and it is a great choice for Disney World accommodation for large families that need some space. They have a resort bus to take you around the resort as well as bus and boat transportation to the theme parks.

Check prices here.

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Photo Courtesy: Walt Disney World

The Cabins at Fort Wilderness Resort Details:

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)

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.

Planning Tips for Disney World Accommodations for Large Families

  • Always run the numbers on every sale that is offered. Check each promotion and see what is the best one for your family. I have shared links above to my partner Get Away Today that offers great deals for tickets and resorts!
  • Figure out what you really need. Will you be spending time at the pool or in the hotel room? Will most of your days be spent at the parks?
  • 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. There is a nightly charge for resort parking and you can find that here.

Read Next: The Best Disney Resort for Kids on Any Vacation Budget

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