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!

Polynesian Concierge Level

I recently got a wild hair over the summer and I decided to take the kids to Disney World by myself.  I planned the trip in 4 days which is very unlike me. My kids are ages 8 and 2 which can be a bit tricky at times with the large age gap and different interests.

I contemplated on where to stay as a mother with two young children traveling solo.  I wanted to be in a safe location and I wanted things to be as convenient as possible.  I decided to splurge and stay somewhere I’ve always wanted to stay, Polynesian Resort Concierge Level.  Some of the reasons I enjoyed this experience are:

 

All concierge rooms are located in the Hawaii building.  The Hawaii building has it’s own card reader so only guests staying there can enter.  It is has a wonderful location that is extremely convenient to the volcano pool, beach as well as the Grand Ceremonial House which features a quick service restaurant, table service restaurants, a sushi bar, coffee bar, and retail stores. This was important to me when wrangling kids to and from places.

Upon arrival, there is no need to go to guest services in the Grand Ceremonial House.  Instead they whisk you away on a golf cart to the Hawaii building.  Concierge cast members will be waiting to check you in at the lobby of the building.  I typically saw 3 cast members at the various desks located on the first floor tending to guests in the Hawaii building.

They can make reservations for you, answer questions, purchase tickets and more.You receive a special gift in your room upon arrival.There is a lounge on the second floor of the building that you are given access to with an amazing view of the castle, perfect for fireworks viewing in a comfortable setting.  They even have music piped in.The lounge provides treats during various times of the day.

    7:00-10:30AM: Continental breakfast featuring pastries, bagels, cereal, fruit, oatmeal and coffee.

                    Noon-4PM: Cookies, goldfish, trail mix, jelly beans, sodas, juice, tea, coffee, water.

                    5:00-7:00PM: a variety of hot and cold Hors d’oeurves, wine and beer.

                 8:00-10:00PM: Desserts and cordials

                 If you don’t see something you’re looking for, you can knock on the door and a cast member will be happy to assist you.You can receive nightly turn down service. It’s always a treat to find chocolates waiting on the bed in the evening!If you purchase items in the parks, they will deliver it not only to your resort but to your room.

I found the extra convenience to be worth it.  I’m glad I made the decision to stay concierge level and I look forward to doing it again in the future.

Are you curious about concierge level? Thinking of trying it for your next Disney vacation?  Contact me and I’ll be happy to assist!

Welcome to Disney’s Polynesian Resort

 

Picture a world full of palm tree lined paths, fragrant tropical flowers, a sandy beach with hammocks and cabanas, tiki torches, a peaceful lagoon and Hawaiian music playing softly in the background at every turn.  No, it’s not the pacific islands ~ you’ll find this tropical paradise just a stones throw (and quick monorail ride) from the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World.  Welcome to Disney’s Polynesian Resort!

My love affair with the Polynesian happened during my first visit to Walt Disney World in 1974 when I was just 6 years old.  They had me at Aloha.  After trying various resorts all over the Disney property over the years and finding reasons to love each one I still find myself pulled back to the Polynesian time after time.  There’s a reason it’s one of the most beloved resorts with the highest percentage of returning guests.  To many of us it’s become our home away from home at Walt Disney World.

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One of Disney’s “Deluxe” category resorts, the Polynesian sits on the shores of Seven Seas Lagoon directly across from the Magic Kingdom.  You can see Cinderella’s castle from the pool and the beach and if you listen closely you may even be able to hear the train whistle from Main Street USA.

The central hub of the resort is the Great Ceremonial House where you’ll find a beautiful indoor tropical forest, the check in desk, guest services, several shops and the monorail stop. Also located in the Great Ceremonial House are the Polynesian’s two table service restaurants.  Kona Café offers a laid back atmosphere with seafood, beef and vegetarian offerings for lunch and dinner but is probably best known for it’s mouth watering “Tonga Toast” which has been served at breakfast since 1971.  This banana stuffed, cinnamon sugar coated, fried French toast bundle of wonderfulness is a must try for any first time visitor.  ‘Ohana is the other table service restaurant located here and serves up an all you care to eat Polynesian meal featuring meats cooked in an open fire pit. ‘Ohana is also home to a character breakfast hosted by Lilo and Stitch.  For a quick meal or snack check out Captain Cook’s located on the first floor of the Great Ceremonial House.  The Polynesian’s location on the monorail line also makes dining at the restaurants at the Grand Floridian and Contemporary Resorts quick and easy.

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The 847 guest rooms are located in 11 “longhouses”.  These longhouses are 2 and 3 story buildings scattered around the grounds of the resort.  Several room views are available at the Polynesian which include Garden, Lagoon and Magic Kingdom views.  Club Level (concierge) rooms are offered and have access to a special concierge lounge serving light food and beverages throughout the day. There are also several suites available at the resort. Non-suite rooms sleep up to 5 with two queen beds and a day bed.

The Polynesian is loaded with water fun for kids of all ages.  There are two pools including the “Volcano Pool” – a zero entry pool area with a 40 foot high volcano complete with a slide.  For a quieter day of relaxation check out the quiet pool or the lovely beach complete with hammocks and cabanas.  Guests may also rent various watercraft from the Polynesian’s own marina.

A special offering of the Polynesian Resort is the Spirit of Aloha Dinner show featuring authentic hula dancing and a Polynesian feast.  There are also children’s activities offered each day along with the Never Land Club, a nightly kids club service so that parents might enjoy a special night out.

Guests may also enjoy the Electrical Water Pageant from the beach of the Polynesian each night (weather permitting) and can get a glimpse of the Magic Kingdom fireworks from the beach as well.

The Polynesian is a quick and easy trip to the four Disney theme parks.  The Magic Kingdom is minutes away via the monorail or boat.  Epcot is also a monorail ride away with a quick change at the Ticket and Transportation Center or guests can make the beautiful, easy walk to the Ticket and Transportation Center and catch a direct monorail to Epcot.  Buses service Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Animal Kingdom, Downtown Disney and the water parks.

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When you are within the relaxing grounds of the Polynesian Resort you’ll find it hard to believe you are in the center of one of the busiest vacation destinations in the world but with easy monorail, boat and bus services available to guests of the Polynesian you’ll find yourself in the heart of the action whenever you’re ready to play!  Aloha!

I would love to help you plan a magical vacation to the Polynesian or one of the other fabulous Walt Disney World resorts ~ there’s something for every budget and my personal concierge services are always FREE!  You can contact me at SusanH@travelwiththemagic.com or 1-800-670-4312 ext. 131.  Also follow me on  for shttp://www.facebook.com/susanheidenrichtravelwiththemagicpecials, tips and tricks!