If you are traveling to Disney World as a large family you have unique challenges ahead. First, find the best Disney resorts for families of 5 or more. As a good rule of thumb, if it’s room you want, you will need a villa or a suite, preferably at an older hotel. The older hotels have the most square footage. Besides that, distance to the parks is important. As a large group, you may want to avoid lengthy transportation waits. With that in mind, here are five excellent choices to consider.
Cabins at Fort Wilderness
These cabins provide the space of the great outdoors. Indoors it sleeps 6. The cabins are not too expensive for the square footage and you are able to do your own cooking there which can help save money as well. The Cabins at Fort Wilderness also provide unique experiences such as horseback riding and Trails End, a restaurant some guests journey far for. A ferry takes guests directly to Magic Kingdom across Bay Lake.
Art of Animation
This is one of those upgraded hotel situations. It is technically a value resort, but it is closer to being a moderate. Art of Animation features family suites which provide room for up to 6 guests. It’s a budget conscious choice that doesn’t feel too much like going cheap on your Disney vacation. Easily one of the best Disney resorts for families, the resort has a highly acclaimed food court which is perfect for large families because it is less expensive and everyone can choose their own thing without worrying about a restrictive menu.
Old Key West
Old Key West was built as the First Disney Vacation Club resort. The accommodations here will satisfy a family of up to nine people. The one bedroom villas sleep 5 and 9 in a two bedroom. Here is another place where you can prepare your own meals in the kitchen. Old Key West is a quiet resort tucked away from the Disney crowds. It is a water taxi away from Disney Springs, but getting anywhere else will require some patience.
Saratoga Springs is one of the lesser known resorts. This is also out of the way and sits near Old Key West. The treehouses are like large huts on stilts. It feels remote, but the amenities are awesome. These treehouses sleep up to 9 guests. This is an ideal resort for larger families looking to have a little bit of space. If you will be on the go a lot to the different parks, you may want to decide on a resort that is closer to your main destinations and convenient, reliable transportation.
The best place to stay from a convenience standpoint is Grand Floridian. It’s just a monorail ride away from Magic Kingdom and a two monorail journey from Epcot. The Grand Floridian also has some of the best square footage for your large family. Between the larger sized standard rooms and the 1 and 2 bedroom suites, you will find this hotel quite comforting and luxurious, with a view of Cinderella Castle across the lagoon. That combination makes it one of the top best Disney resorts for families of 5 or more.
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