Disney World Resorts for a Family of 5

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Do you have a family of 5? If so, then this article is for you. Traveling with a party of more than 4 does require a bit of extra planning when visiting Disney World. Thankfully, you do have options and there are options for every budget too. I hope this list is helpful in helping you choose the Disney Resort that is right for your family. (This list does NOT include the properties that are Deluxe Villas or Disney Vacation Club properties such as Saratoga Springs, the Boardwalk Villas, Bay Lake Tower at the Contemporary Resort and others).

First up are the Deluxe properties. Nearly all of the Deluxe properties have the ability to sleep 5 to a room. From the Grand Floridian to the Animal Kingdom Lodge, there are deluxe properties in a variety of different themes and pricing. The properties are: Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge, Beach Club Resort, BoardWalk Inn, Contemporary Resort, Grand Floridian Resort and Spa, Disney’s Polynesian Resort, Wilderness Lodge and the Disney’s Yacht Club Resort.. Most of the Deluxe properties have rooms with a day bed or a suite configuration to sleep a family of 5. (Wilderness Lodge and Animal Kingdom Lodge have some rooms with bunk beds too). The Deluxe properties are located in close proximity to parks. The BoardWalk area resorts are within walking distance to Epcot or Hollywood Studios. The monorail resorts are located a hop, skip and a jump away from the Magic Kingdom! These resorts offer more recreation options such as boat rentals, a gym, a pool waterslide and more. They also have multiple restaurants (table service and quick service) on property (with the exception of the BoardWalk Inn which has the entire BoardWalk area at its feet). These resorts are generally more expensive properties. But oftentimes if there is a room rate discount available, these resorts can provide a wonderful option for larger families.

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Day bed in room at Yacht Club Resort

Next are the Moderate Resorts. This list includes Port Orleans – Riverside and the Cabins at Fort Wilderness. Port Orleans – Riverside has rooms with a small murphy bed to accommodate a party of 5. The Cabins can sleep 6 with a double bed and bunk beds in the bedroom and a Murphy bed in the living area. Both of these resorts offer some great features not found in the value resorts. Port Orleans has bus transportation to all parks and boat transportation to Downtown Disney. You can share amenities at its sister resort – Port Orleans French Quarter, giving you access to 2 pools, 1 table service restaurant and 2 food courts! Fort Wilderness is almost an experience of its own. There is boat transportation to the Magic Kingdom and bus transportation to all other parks. There are 2 restaurants, 2 dinner shows and snack bars available. Fort Wilderness is also home to horseback riding, bike rentals and more. AND it is the only pet friendly resort on property.

Murphy bed in Alligator Bayou room at Port Orleans Riverside

Cabins at Fort Wilderness

The last resorts with rooms for families of up to 6 people are the Value Resorts – the family suites at All-Star Music and Art of Animation. The family suites at All-Star Music have a bedroom, 2 bathrooms, a mini-kitchenette and a sleeper sofa and sleeper chair. The family suites at Art of Animation are set up slightly differently with a bedroom, 2 bathrooms, a mini-kitchenette and a sleeper sofa and a table that turns into a bed (Murphy bed style). Both of these resorts provide bus transportation to all parks. Also, no table service restaurant is available on property. But they both have great quick service food courts. The suites at All-Star Music are located in the first two buildings on either side of the guitar shaped pool, giving you quick access to the main building and the bus stops. There are two pools – the main guitar shaped family pool and the piano shaped quiet pool as well as a kiddie pool near the guitar pool. There is also a playground available. The suites at Art of Animation are themed – Cars, Finding Nemo or Lion King. The Finding Nemo wing has the main attraction pool but there is also a pool in the Cars wing, the Little Mermaid wing and a play area in the Lion King wing. There is also a splash area near the Finding Nemo pool.

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Cars themed Murphy bed

So just because you have a larger family doesn’t mean that staying on property at Disney World is impossible! I’d love to help you and your family find the best resort for you. Please email me at Amy@TravelwiththeMagic.com or you can find me on Facebook. You can also call me at 1-800-670-4312, ext 129. I can’t wait to plan your family’s MAGICAL vacation!

Out of the Mouths of Babes Part 2

Here we go, as promised!  Here are my 5 (almost 6) year old’s favorite things about Walt Disney World!  Ever the little politician, she actually said that “spending time with my family” was her most favorite thing.  J

1.  The Dumbo Ride – “I like riding on it.  I like to make it go up and down!”  I can’t COUNT the number of times we’ve ridden this ride.  On our last visit, during morning Extra Magic Hours, Dumbo wasn’t operating yet (because of rain).  She REFUSED to ride anything else until Dumbo opened up.  This is from the OLD Dumbo ride (and her first visit at 2 ½ years old).  We can’t wait to experience the new attraction!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2.  Cinderella’s Castle – “I like eating at it.  I love seeing the Princesses.  It’s my most favorite part of all!”  When Belle came to our table, my daughter leaned in and told her, “You’re my FAVORITE princess!”  Belle, not missing a beat, said, “Shhhh….it’s okay.  I won’t tell the others.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3.  The swimming pool – This is the big family pool at All-Star Music.  The kids LOVE it!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4.  Meeting the characters and having them sign my autograph book – I love watching the characters with my kids.  I will never forget my oldest daughter’s first meeting with Mickey and Minnie.  She loved having the characters “color” in her book.  I made them autograph books that we used to make photo albums when we got home.   They both love looking through their books!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5.  Magic Carpets of Aladdin – Can you see a trend in her favorite rides?  She’s also a big fan of the TriceraTop Spin.  Watch out for the camels while on the Magic Carpets of Aladdin – remember, they spit!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I hope you have enjoyed hearing what my preschoolers love most about Walt Disney World.  Contact me today to help you make YOUR family’s magical vacation dreams come true!  Contact me today at amy@travelwiththemagic or 1-800-670-4312, x129.

Learn about Disney’s All-Star Resorts

 

Who says you can’t experience the magic of Disney without breaking the bank?  Disney’s All-Star Resorts puts you in the middle of the magic for an affordable price.  While these resorts promise to be big on savings, they are also big on fun.  The brightly colored buildings and larger than life icons will appeal to any age.

 

Here’s what Disney’s All-Star Resorts have to offer:

 

 

  • Disney’s All-Star Music Resort has themed sections that capture the feel of country, Broadway, jazz, rock ’n’ roll, and calypso.  You won’t have to look far to find large scale musical icons like a neon-lit jukebox, giant cowboy boots, adorned top hats, guitars, trombones, saxophones, and much more. You can enjoy taking a swim in the guitar-shaped calypso pool or the grand piano-shaped pool.  The main building, Melody Hall, has a food court, gift shop, and arcade.  Standard rooms will accommodate up to 4 guests plus a child under the age of 3 in a crib.  All-Star Music also offers suites that will sleep up to 5 guests comfortably, 6 if there is a small child.  The suites have a small kitchenette area, two rooms, and two bathrooms.   

 

  • Disney’s All-Star Movie Resort has five themed sections that pay tribute to classic Disney films – including Disney Pixar’s Toy Story, Fantasia, The Love Bug, The Mighty Ducks, and One Hundred and One Dalmatians.  Toy Story lovers will be in awe at the large Buzz Lightyear and Woody at the resort.   You will also enjoy seeing Herbie, Pongo, and Fantasia paraphernalia.  The Mighty Ducks area will appeal to the sports fans with its hockey icons.  You can enjoy the magic by making a splash in the Fantasia pool or the Duck Pond pool.  The main building has a food court, gift shop, and arcade.  Standard rooms will accommodate up to 4 guests plus a child under the age of 3 in a crib.

 

  • Disney’s All-Star Sports Resort caters to the sports fans with football, tennis, baseball, basketball, and surfing as its themes.  You will be ready to cheer when you see the large icons such as a football helmet, megaphones, baseball bats, scoreboards, basketball, tennis racquets and more.  You can keep cool in the Surfboard Bay pool or the baseball diamond-shaped Grand Slam pool.  The main building, Stadium Hall, has a food court, gift shop, and arcade.  Standard rooms will accommodate up to 4 guests plus a child under the age of 3 in a crib.

 

Services/Amenities

  • Babysitting/Childcare Services
  • Coin-Operated laundry facility
  • Valet dry cleaning
  • High Speed Internet
  • Refrigerator rental
  • Poolside bar
  • Voice mail
  • ATM
  • Luggage service
  • Disney bus transportation

 

To learn more contact me at MichelleT@travelwiththemagic.com

Michelle T