I’m a wife, mother, and Walt Disney World fanatic! With a family of five, we don’t fit the Disney World “quad occupancy” mold, so we have to get creative when visiting our favorite place. I’m hoping to share my ideas with others, and learn from those who have tackled this issue.
The most obvious issue with an odd-sized family is, where do you stay? While there are many off-site hotel options in the Orlando area, I’m a big fan of staying right at the Walt Disney World resort. The perks and convenience can’t be beat, and we’re willing to pay the price! However… we still try to make our vacations as reasonable as possible. Therefore, when booking my first trip to Disney as an adult (I’d been there many times while growing up), I went immediately to the Value Resort category of the Walt Disney World website. I soon found that we wouldn’t fit in a “standard” room (which only sleeps up to four people). Our only other option in the Value category was a Family Suite, currently only available at the All-Star Music Resort. These suites sleep up to six, which sounded great, until I realized how much more expensive they were than the standard rooms. So, it was back to the drawing board (and the website) for more research. I clicked on “Rooms for 5 Guests or More” under “Places To Stay,” but couldn’t find anything more affordable than the Family Suites. The only other options listed were the Cabins at Fort Wilderness, Deluxe Villas, and Treehouse Villas. While these sounded quite cool, they were all well beyond our price range.
Feeling that there must be some other option out there, I called the contact number listed on the website. A very nice lady informed me that the most affordable option for a party of five is Port Orleans Riverside. This resort features trundle beds in some (not all) of their rooms, making five fit (as long as the fifth person is relatively small). It had taken some digging, but we finally had our lodging issue solved – and could start planning our trip in earnest!