*This is an update to my May 2014 post.*
For the past few years, it seems that Disney World has been coming up with more options for families of five. Let’s check out the current selection.
- All-Star Music family suites: Before we became DVC members, this was my favorite WDW hotel, specifically because it worked 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 have done a walk-about of this beautiful property. 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. You can find my review of Riverside here.
- Caribbean Beach: Similar to Riverside, here you can find rooms that have two queen beds and a small Murphy bed (about 64″ long).
- 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 (and thus sleeping up to five) can be found in: the Contemporary, the Polynesian, the Grand Floridian, the Boardwalk Inn, the Beach Club, and Yacht Club. Of these hotels, I have stayed at the Beach Club, the Contemporary, and the Polynesian. They’re all, 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. At one point, the studios only slept four, though this is changing. The DVC studios at the Grand Floridian, the Polynesian, Wilderness Lodge, and Boardwalk sleep up to five people. However, the fifth person is in a small-ish Murphy bed (around 72″ long). The Beach Club Villas are currently undergoing a refurbishment that adds a Murphy bed to these DVC studios. Beyond studio-sized accommodations, the DVC properties that sleep up to five people in a one-bedroom villa are at the Grand Floridian, Animal Kingdom Lodge (Jambo House and Kidani Village), Bay Lake Tower (located at the Contemporary), and Old Key West. The DVC properties that only sleep four people in a one-bedroom villa 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.
Keep in mind that, for more space, you can always book two rooms that sleep up to four, and request that they are connecting. However, I understand that while Disney World does their best to accommodate these “connecting room” requests, they can’t guarantee them.