Resorts for families of 5 at Disney World (from least to most expensive)

(Article last updated: April 13, 2016)

Families of more than 4 people often struggle to find an affordable resort for their Disney World trip, so today I've listed the resort options (onsite and offsite) from least to most expensive to help families of 5+ decide what will work best for them.

Let's take a look...



Yes, that's a pic of Darius Rucker at Disney World, or as I call him, Hootie, which always prompts my kids to ask things like "What was Hootie anyway? Some kind of kid show?" and call me old because obviously he's a country singer.

First things first

Before deciding to stay offsite
This list includes all onsite resort options, as well as some of the closest offsite resorts. There are obviously many more offsite options than what I've listed, but these are the ones that are very close to Disney World.

People staying offsite should consider that many/most offsite resorts have daily resort fees, parking fees, etc., and you need to review the perks of staying onsite to make sure it is your best option.

2 rooms might be better
Though the list below covers the rooms that accommodate 5+, it's often much cheaper to just book 2 rooms at a resort that has a max capacity of 4 per room and then request connecting rooms.

If you have a family of 5+ with kids under 18, Disney will guarantee that you'll get connecting rooms. If you decide to do that, it'll just be 1 reservation and require the same deposit as if you booked just 1 room.

See the pros and cons of every Disney World resort for info on all of the onsite resorts.

About the numbers listed below

  • The rates I've listed are full rack rates and don't include tax or reflect any promotional discounts which are often available.
  • The "max capacity" is the number of people age 3+ allowed per room. A child under 3 is usually allowed in addition to that max capacity number.

B resort

Offsite or onsite: Offsite, Disney Springs resort area
Room type: Captivating Queen
Max capacity: 5
Square footage: Just over 300 sq. ft.
Beds: 2 queen beds and a sleeper sofa
# of bathrooms: 1

Prices starting at: $95/night


 

Wyndham Bonnet Creek

Offsite or onsite: Offsite, but very, very close to Disney World
Room type: 2 bedroom condos
Max capacity: 8
Square footage: 1257 sq. ft.
Beds: King bed, 2 double beds, and queen sleeper sofa
# of bathrooms: 2

Prices starting at: $100/night through VRBO.com


 

Doubletree Guest Suites in the Walt Disney World Resort

Offsite or onsite: Offsite, Disney Springs resort area
Room type: 1 bedroom suite
Max capacity: 6
Square footage: 540 sq. ft.
Beds: 2 queen beds and a pullout sofa
# of bathrooms: 1

Prices starting at: $159/night


 

Swan/Dolphin

Offsite or onsite: Technically offsite, but located onsite between other Epcot-area resorts and has many onsite perks like making FastPass+ reservations 60 days beforehand and Extra Magic Hours
Room type: Deluxe Alcove (Standard Dolphin rooms w/a rollaway bed can also accommodate up to 5 people)
Max capacity: 5
Square footage: 500 sq. ft.
Beds: 1 bed in sleeping area (queen bed at the Swan, double at the Dolphin), sofa bed, and optional rollaway bed
# of bathrooms: 1

Prices starting at: $175/night


 

Caribbean Beach Resort

Offsite or onsite: Onsite
Room type: All rooms except Pirate and King rooms
Max capacity: 5
Square footage: 300 sq. ft.
Beds: 2 queen beds and a twin Murphy bed
# of bathrooms: 1

Prices starting at: $187/night


 

Port Orleans Riverside

Offsite or onsite: Onsite
Room type: Alligator Bayou rooms (all buildings except the Mansion buildings which are buildings 80, 85, 90, and 95)
Max capacity: 5
Square footage: 314 sq. ft.
Beds: 2 queen beds and a twin Murphy bed
# of bathrooms: 1

Prices starting at: $214/night


 

Hilton Orlando Resort Lake Buena Vista

Offsite or onsite: Offsite, in Disney Springs resort area
Room type: Junior suite
Max capacity: 6
Square footage: Around 500 sq. ft.
Beds: 2 double beds and a sleeper sofa
# of bathrooms: 1

Prices starting at: $239/night


 

All-Star Music

Offsite or onsite: Onsite
Room type: Suites
Max capacity: 6
Square footage: 520 sq. ft.
Beds: 1 queen, 1 twin sleeper chair, 1 double sleeper sofa, and 1 twin sleeper ottoman
# of bathrooms: 2

Prices starting at: $244/night


 

Art of Animation

Offsite or onsite: Onsite
Room type: Suites
Max capacity: 6
Square footage: 565 sq. ft.
Beds: 1 queen, 1 double Murphy table bed, and 1 double sleeper sofa
# of bathrooms: 2

Prices starting at: $312/night


 

Buena Vista Palace Hotel and Spa

Offsite or onsite: Offsite, in Disney Springs resort area
Room type: 2 bedroom suite
Max capacity: 6
Square footage: 800 sq. ft.
Beds: 2 queen beds and a sofa sleeper
# of bathrooms: 1.5

Prices starting at: $339/night


 

Ft. Wilderness

Offsite or onsite: Onsite
Room type: Cabins
Max capacity: 6
Square footage: 504 sq. ft.
Beds: 1 double bed, bunk beds, pull-down bed
# of bathrooms: 1

Prices starting at: $348/night


 

Beach Club and Yacht Club

Offsite or onsite: Onsite
Room type: Standard
Max capacity: 5
Square footage: 400 sq. ft.
Beds: 2 queens and a twin daybed
# of bathrooms: 1

Prices starting at: $400/night


 

Contemporary Resort

Offsite or onsite: Onsite
Room type: Standard
Max capacity: 5
Square footage: 437 sq. ft.
Beds: 2 queens and a twin daybed
# of bathrooms: 1

Prices starting at: $400/night


 

Villas at Wilderness Lodge

Offsite or onsite: Onsite
Room type: Studios and 2 bedroom villas
Max capacity: 5 for studios, 8 for 2 br villas
Square footage: 356 sq. ft. for studios, 1080 sq. ft. for 2 br villas
Beds: Studios: 1 queen, 1 full sleeper sofa, and 1 twin Murphy bed. 2 br villas: 1 king, 2 queens, and a queen sleeper sofa
# of bathrooms: 1 for studios, 2 for 2 br villas

Prices starting at: $421/night for studios, $928/night for 2 br villas if booked through Disney, usually less if renting points


 

Boardwalk Inn

Offsite or onsite: Onsite
Room type: Standard
Max capacity: 5
Square footage: 434 sq. ft.
Beds: 2 queens and a twin daybed
# of bathrooms: 1

Prices starting at: $459/night


 

Coronado Springs

Offsite or onsite: Onsite
Room type: Junior Suite, Casitas - 1 Bedroom Suite, and Casitas - Executive Suite
Max capacity: 6
Square footage: Junior Suite is 628 sq. ft., 1 bedroom suites are 942 sq. ft., and Executive Suite is 1570 sq. ft.
Beds: 2 queen beds and 1 queen sleeper sofa in all rooms except the Executive Suite which has 2 queen beds and a king bed
# of bathrooms: Executive Suite has 2.5 baths, others have 2 baths

Prices starting at: $460/night for Junior Suites, $811/night for a 1 bedroom suite, and $1171/night for Executive Suite


 

Old Key West

Offsite or onsite: Onsite
Room type: 1 bedroom villas (larger villas also available)
Max capacity: 5
Square footage: 942 sq. ft.
Beds: King bed, queen sleeper sofa
# of bathrooms: 1

Prices starting at: $508/night if booked through Disney, usually less if renting points


 

Polynesian

Offsite or onsite: Onsite
Room type: Standard (or consider a Studio in the Villas section - graphic comparing the 2 shown below)
Max capacity: 5
Square footage: 404 sq. ft.
Beds: 2 queens and a twin daybed
# of bathrooms: 1

Prices starting at: $508/night


 

Animal Kingdom Villas (Jambo and Kidani)

Offsite or onsite: Onsite
Room type: 1 bedroom villa (larger villas also available)
Max capacity: 5
Square footage: 710 sq. ft.
Beds: King bed, queen sleeper sofa
# of bathrooms: 1 at Jambo, 2 at Kidani

Prices starting at: $534/night if booked through Disney, usually less if renting points


 

Grand Floridian

Offsite or onsite: Onsite
Room type: Standard
Max capacity: 5
Square footage: 448 sq. ft.
Beds: 2 queen beds and a twin daybed
# of bathrooms: 1

Prices starting at: $640/night


 

Bay Lake Tower

Offsite or onsite: Onsite
Room type: 1 bedroom villas (larger villas also available)
Max capacity: 5
Square footage: 727 sq. ft.
Beds: King bed and queen sleeper sofa
# of bathrooms: 2

Prices starting at: $655/night if booked through Disney, usually less if renting points


 

Saratoga Springs

Offsite or onsite: Onsite
Room type: 2 bedroom villas or Treehouse villas
Max capacity: 8 for 2 br villas, 9 for Treehouse villas
Square footage: 1075 sq. ft.
Beds: 2 br villas: 1 king, 2 queens, and 1 queen sleeper sofa. Treehouse villas: 2 queens, 1 bunk bed, 1 twin sleeper chair, and 1 queen sleeper sofa.
# of bathrooms: 2

Prices starting at: $695/night if booked through Disney, usually less if renting points


 

Wilderness Lodge

Offsite or onsite: Onsite
Room type: Deluxe Rooms (club level)
Max capacity: 6
Square footage: 500 sq. ft.
Beds: 2 queen beds and 1 queen sleeper sofa
# of bathrooms: 1

Prices starting at: $736/night


 

Beach Club Villas

Offsite or onsite: Onsite
Room type: 2 bedroom villas
Max capacity: 8
Square footage: 1083 sq. ft.
Beds: 1 king, 1 queen, and 2 queen sleeper sofas
# of bathrooms: 2

Prices starting at: $890/night if booked through Disney, usually less if renting points


 

Boardwalk Villas

Offsite or onsite: Onsite
Room type: 2 bedroom villas
Max capacity:
Square footage: 1226 sq. ft.
Beds: 1 king, 1 queen, and 2 queen sleeper sofas
# of bathrooms: 2

Prices starting at: $890/night if booked through Disney, usually less if renting points

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Brandy Muhn

Hi Shannon,

I’m not sure if you’ll respond, but have a question. We’ve stayed at AoA both of our trips so far. We’re planning for next year again. We have 3 adults (me, hubby, and mother in law) and our 4 kiddos (7,6,5, and our youngest turns 3 in May). So, that puts over the 6 adults permitted in the suites at AoA. We really want to go in September like our previous two trips (heat is killer, but crowds were amazing). I really do not want to stay offsite (I almost considered it until I remembered the fastpass difference-which I feel could really put a damper on things, especially with all the new openings coming up). I have considered getting 2 Little Mermaid rooms, although then we would have no chance of free dining if it becomes available. I’ve considered saying son is still 2-although I don’t think I could and feel good about myself during the trip! I’ve considered getting one suite and one Mermaid room, and essentially not even use that room. I’ve considered going in first week of May, prior to son’s 3rd birthday-but it looks like crowds are WAY higher during that time. A villa is COMPLETELY out our budget. I suppose I don’t have a specific question, but I am looking for any suggestions your may have 🙂 I have used your site to help plan our previous two trips, and I am forever grateful for all you do!!

Terri Jensen

There’s also the Saratoga Springs Treehouse Viillas starting at $741. From the Disney website — 2 Queen beds, one bunk bed, and 1 Twin-Size Sleeper Chair and 1 Queen-Size Sleeper Sofa
Sleeps up to 9 Adults.

In addition, answering other comments above, all DVC 1 bedroom and larger accommodations include a full kitchen with a full size fridge.

Nicole

Please confirm if this is correct, but of all the onsite Disney properties you’ve listed, only the DCV ones will have a fridge/microwave or more correct? Or said another way, all the rooms that are 2 queen beds with some sort of day bed/murphy bed….those are regular hotel rooms so to speak?

Santino Garza

This statement is wrong. I have stayed at value resorts for the last to years. (Sports and Movies). Neither of the rooms had refrigerators, and if they had them in the past they may not get them back.

Nicole

Are the fridges full size or are they mini fridges? And do they have freezer compartments ? My family and I are planning on staying for a week when we finally go, and I wanted to know what type of groceries I could order for the room.

Nushin

This spring we stayed at Art of Animation. For our family of five it was the best. The murphy bed and sleeper sofa were comfortable enough for the kids, no complaints (and my older son is pretty tall for 12). We loved having two bathrooms plus a kitchenette. We were deciding between this and the Double Tree. The Double Tree would have been cheaper but I really wanted to stay on site at least once. I don’t regret it at all. Being onsite, we were able to get fast passes for the Frozen sisters plus some must have dining experiences like breakfast at Cinderella’s Castle. We probably won’t go again for awhile, so it was nice to be able to do all of that while my daughter is still in the princess phase.

808momof4

I hope you respond, but I’ve read that Disney WON’T guarantee connecting rooms for larger families? I have 4 children 10, 8, 7, and 2 at time of travel and really just wanted two rooms with a connecting door.

Lynn Knight

Our family of 5 is already booked at the Ft. Wilderness Lodge. One of us is planning on taking our toddler back to the Lodge for naps, daily. I’m really nervous this will require a fair bit of time to go from any one of the parks to the room. Can someone give me an idea of how long this might take?

Kacie

We rented DVC points to stay at Boardwalk Villas in a deluxe studio. This was Dec. 2015. The resort was undergoing renovations, and some rooms had a pull-down twin bed by the TV, so the capacity was 5 (two queens and that pull-down). Substantial cost savings!

Not sure if all BWV studios have this option, but I wanted to mention it for those who were looking to rent points. We paid $244/night.

Mary Lauren DeShazo

We stayed in a finding nemo suite at art of animation the week before thanksgiving 2015. We are a family of 5. Kids 8,6&4. We are a tall family… My husband and I are both 6ft tall and we were all very comfortable. My husband said at 1 point ” I don’t know why anyone would pay more $ for a nicer room, this is great and your never in it!” Obviously the kids loved the theming and the pool! Great transportation to and from parks… Also easy parking… We requested a room close to the transportation and that wish was granted! I give aoa a def thumbs up!!

crystal

Ok, so I have been looking at the Extended stays, what I need for next year is accomodations for 5 with 2 bathrooms we were thinking about going to universal studios as well, the stay would be for 7-8 days any suggestions. we would like to have a full size refrigerator and microwave

Carissa

Do you know if an infant (under 1) counts on the room capacity? Looking to book AKL studio for two adults, 6, 3, and baby next year.

Dan

We took our 5 kids plus my mother in law to Disney last year and got adjoining room at All-Star Sports (4 in each room) and we enjoyed it. We were spending the whole day at the parks and really just needed the rooms for sleeping so it worked out great for us! Great post as always.

Nilton

Hi Dan! I want to do the same next year. Do you relember how much did you pay? Thanks!

Cindy Martin

We traveled in June with 2 adults and 4 teens. We booked two connecting rooms at Port Orleans French Quarter which was expensive, but still cheaper than the suites. You can squeeze into Art of Animation, but my requirement was that everyone had a real bed and not a sofa bed or chair bed. It was also great having two bathrooms.

gina

thank you so much for this post Shannon! I have been to Orlando 2 times with my kids so far (ages 4 and 5) I will be there again this weekend. I have stayed off property only because I NEED a two-bedroom suite that’s affordable, and most of the rooms on site are too small for my liking, lest I dish out $600/night! I am tempted to try staying onsite next time, but I truly believe the cons outweigh the pros personally, but I will give onsite a try… thanks again for this post

Amy

BLT one bedrooms have a second bathroom. Also Kidani Village 1 bedrooms have 2 bathrooms.

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