This post is at the request of a reader. (Yup, that’s a first, and I’m thrilled!) I’ve talked about various Disney World resort room (or suite) options that accommodate five (or more) people, but I’ve never done it as a list. So, here goes!
– All-Star Music family suites: my current favorite Walt Disney World hotel, specifically because it works so well for our family. If you have three kids, and they don’t like to share beds, this option is perfect. However, if you can get them to share, the suite does sleep up to six. You have a master bedroom, a living room (with a pull-out couch, pull-out chair, and pull-out ottoman), a small kitchen, and two bathrooms. See my review here.
– Art of Animation family suites: I’ve yet to stay here, but would do so in a heartbeat (if I could get my kids to share a bed). These suites sleep up to six, with a master bedroom, living room with a pull-out couch, dining area with a convertible bed/table (kind of like a Murphy bed), small kitchenette, and two bathrooms.
– Port Orleans Riverside, Alligator Bayou section: These rooms sleep up to five people (if one of them is small) in two queen beds and a bench that turns into a Murphy-type bed. The Murphy bed is rather small, about 65″ long, but my son slept on it comfortably up to age 12. See my review of Riverside’s refurbished rooms here.
– The Cabins at Fort Wilderness: The cabins sleep up to six, with a double Murphy bed in the living room, plus a double bed and a set of bunk beds in the bedroom. There is only one bathroom, as compared to two bathrooms in the family suites at the Value level, but you get a full (though small) kitchen area. I haven’t stayed in the cabins since the 1980s, and they’ve changed quite a bit. My brother and his family stayed there in 2013. You can find his review here.
– Deluxe Resorts: Rooms featuring two queen beds plus a day bed can be found in: the Contemporary, the Polynesian, the Grand Floridian, the Boardwalk Inn, the Beach Club, and Yacht Club. Like the cabins, these rooms have one bathroom. Of these hotels, I have stayed at the Beach Club and the Polynesian. They’re both, as expected, quite lovely. At Animal Kingdom Lodge and Wilderness Lodge, the rooms only sleep up to four, but the Club Level suites have space for bigger groups.
– Deluxe Villas: These are Disney Vacation Club (DVC) properties, but can be rented like any hotel room. They come in studios, one-bedroom villas, two-bedroom villas, and three-bedroom grand villas. Most of the studios only sleep four; the Grand Floridian, however, sleeps up to five people in a studio (though the fifth person is in a small Murphy bed, somewhat like that in Port Orleans Riverside). The Grand Floridian villas also sleep up to five people in a one-bedroom villa, nine in a two-bedroom, or twelve in a three-bedroom. The other DVC properties that sleep up to five people in a one-bedroom villa are at Animal Kingdom (Jambo House and Kidani Village), Bay Lake Tower (located at the Contemporary), and Old Key West. These locations also have two- and three-bedroom villas for even larger families. The DVC properties that only sleep four people in a one-bedroom villa, and will thus necessitate bumping up to a two-bedroom villa to accommodate a big family, are Boardwalk Villas, Beach Club Villas, Wilderness Lodge, and Saratoga Springs. I have stayed at Saratoga Springs with a group of seven, and we were quite comfortable in a two-bedroom villa.
Remember, for more space, you can always book two rooms that sleep up to four, and request that they are connecting. However, I understand that Disney World does their best to accommodate these “connecting room” requests, but cannot guarantee them.
Thank you to WDW Vacation Hub for prompting this post. Check out their site for lots of great planning info!