If, like mine, your family busts the nuclear family model of 2.5 kids (how does one get half a kid anyway?) then you know that staying in standard hotel rooms can be a bit of a challenge. I’m going to give you some suggestions that will make choosing a Disney resort for a large family much easier.
Basic hotel room setup: beds in the main room, one bathroom
A family of five can easily stay at most any Deluxe level resort as they typically have two queen size beds and a day bed. Some even have a queen size bed and a set of bunk beds (Animal Kingdom Lodge and Wilderness Lodge). Kids love bunk beds.
There is one Moderate level resort that can accommodate a family of five, and that’s Port Orleans Riverside. If you can get a room in the Alligator Bayou section, some of those rooms have 2 queen size beds plus a pull down banquette bunk. The bunk is only designed to sleep one child aged 9 and under, so keep that in mind.
Several of the resorts have suite style rooms which include a master bedroom and bath, a main room with sofa beds and or sleeping chairs and a second bathroom. The most affordable of these options are the family suites at Art of Animation and All Star Music. These suites will sleep up to six guests.
Many of the Deluxe level resorts offer villas that come in different sizes: studio, one bedroom, two bedrooms, or three bedrooms. These rooms will have a fully stocked kitchen plus in room laundry facilities. These rooms are great at accommodating large families, as well as big extended families.
One last thing to keep in mind that children under 3 in a crib can be accommodated at all Disney resorts with out affecting the guest count. So technically a family of four plus a baby can stay in a room designated for only four people.
Be sure to contact one of the Dole Whipped team for further explanation or help deciding which resort is right for you. We love to help!