Lower-Priced Options for Large Families at Walt Disney World



By Dave Shute

OVERVIEW: LARGE FAMILIES LOOKING FOR DISNEY WORLD VALUE PRICING

This page recommends Walt Disney World accommodations for large families seeking lower prices, sorted by family size.

See this page for an introduction to Large Families at Walt Disney World.

(For staying off-site, see this.)

Click on the image above (when open, click again once or twice to enlarge) to see the recommendations below in chart form.

The chart also includes additional information—for example, number of bathrooms, nature of any kitchen facilities, and total square feet.

As always, with one exception, when more than one similar option is available, recommendations are made based on appeal to kids and transportation convenience. The exception is advice regarding Old Key West resort–which is not the most kid appealing of the DVC resorts, but is the least expensive!

All prices are for the 2013 Fall price season, the season when this site suggests you go–see this for when to go to Walt Disney World. Prices will be higher during most other parts of the year, but in similar proportions. See this for price seasons at Walt Disney World.

RECOMMENDATIONS FOR LARGE FAMILIES SEEKING VALUE PRICING

Basic Recommendation: Families with 4 people of fewer: Standard (Little Mermaid) room at Disney’s Art of Animation Resort. For 4 people, you will pay $34 per person per night.

5 people: Best choice= Art of Animation Family Suite, $62/person/night.

You get two baths, a private bedroom with a queen-sized bed, a microwave and mini-fridge, and a couple of living areas with couches and tables that convert into sleeping space for 4 more people.

The next best choice is the Alligator Bayou section of Disney’s Port Orleans Riverside Resort, which hold four in two queen beds plus a fifth person in a small (~66 inch by ~31 inch) fold-down bed, for $41/person/night. This option is not recommended for first-time visitors, as the resort not nearly as kid-appealing as Art of Animation.

The final option is a 6-person cabin at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Campground and Resort. This option is not recommended for first-time visitors, as it is very inconvenient, and not nearly as kid-appealing as Art of Animation. The cost is $74/person/night. You get a full kitchen and two sleeping spaces. One sleeps 4 in a full bed and bunk beds–the bunk beds are 70″ long. The second sleeping space is in the combined living room/dining room/kitchen, where a full bed folds down from the wall.

6 people: Best Choice:   Art of Animation Family Suite $52/person/night. See above for details.

Next best choice–a cabin at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort, for $61/person/per night. See above–not recommended for first time visitors.

7 people: there are no good options for value pricing at this family or party size—or for 8 people either. You can try for connecting Little Mermaid rooms at Art of Animation, with no guarantees. Your cost for these will be $39/person/night.

Your best choice to guarantee you will all be in the same space is harder to pull off.

It requires renting enough points (NOT reserving this villa from the WDW website—this will cost MUCH more) from a current Disney Vacation Club owner to get a Two Bedroom Villa at Disney’s Old Key West Resort.  You can rent points from Disney Vacation Club members on websites like SellMyTimeshareNOW.com, a sponsor of this site. See this page for how to do so.

Success will get you a great space for $54/person/night. Disney’s Old Key West Resort is neither kid appealing nor convenient, but is the cheapest of the DVC resorts, and thus, when paid for using rented points, the only one that comes even close to the Value pricing range.

For your money you will get two bedrooms, one with a king that sleeps two, and one with two queens that sleeps 4. In addition, you get a huge (compared to other DVC resorts) kitchen/dining/living room combination with a sleeper sofa that sleeps two more and a fold-out chair that sleeps a ninth person.

8 people: See “7 people.” Two (perhaps) connecting Little Mermaid rooms at Art of Animation: $34/person/per night. Rented points for a Two Bedroom Villa at Old Key West: $47/person/night

9 people: Rented points for a Two Bedroom Villa at Old Key West: $42/person/night.

Otherwise, your only choices are rooms that don’t connect. One option is two rent to Family Suites at Art of Animation.  These may be a hike apart–even if they are in the same section. Two suites will cost $69/person/night for a party of 9.

Less expensive, but possibly leading to some family jealousy, is renting both a Family Suite and a regular Little Mermaid room at Art of Animation. (The Lion King suites are closest to the Little Mermaid section.) Both together will cost $50 per person per night.

10 people: No value-priced options guarantee you will all be in the same space.  Two Family Suites at Art of Animation will cost $62/person/night. a Family Suite and a regular Little Mermaid room at Art of Animation will cost $45/person/night.

11 people: No good options that put your party all in one room at value pricing. Your best bet is to rent two Family Suites at Art of Animation. Cost $56/person/night

12 People: As in 11 people, rent two Family Suites at Art of Animation. $52/person/night.

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19 comments

1 Terry { 12.17.10 at 11:51 am }

Wow this is a great resource.. I’m enjoying it.. good article

2 Ginger { 07.15.11 at 1:03 pm }

Thanks for all this helpful information ! ! My family is planning a Disney vacation in 2012 during week 11. We have 4 children spanning from 4 to 11 and are currently attempting to book a reservation for the 6 of us. Recently I have given a lot of thought to inviting my niece who is 17 years old because she has never been to WDW and could also assist us with the small children. From my brief research in the planning process, large family accommodations are limited. It is especially the case with 7 people. I am trying to decide whether the cost of going from 6- 7 people specifically regarding hotel expenses would make it not feasible on our budget to invite her along. Do you have any recommendations on this? We have not ruled anything out as far as type of reservation we are looking to book-IE, value, moderate etc. Any input would be appreciated.

3 Dave { 07.15.11 at 2:53 pm }

Hi Ginger–you are right, there’s a real break in the quality of options at lower-priced levels when you cross from 6 to 7.

For the higher priced properties, the break is from 5 to 6, as most of the good higher-priced 6 person options have capacities of 8 or 9 and prices to match.

Your family structure is also an issue with the niece on board, in terms of number of private sleeping spaces.

If you can afford it, with your niece I’d advise the Treehouses–see http://yourfirstvisit.net/2009/08/16/review-the-treehouses-at-disneys-saratoga-springs-resort-and-spa/

PS–by week 11–you mean by my rating? The week beginning 2/25? If so the treehouses would be about $715 a night then, and two rooms at Pop Century with a total of 4 full beds would be around 250 a night (total, not each), both pre-tax.

4 Lisa { 07.18.11 at 5:05 pm }

Hi Dave, thank you for all your hard work on the site! I am planning on going to Disney 10/12-10/21/2011(one of the cheaper times to go), with myself, my husband, and kids(14, 4, and 4). I do understand that your website is JUST a guide, but I am finding huge differences on the pricing. So I am wondering if I am doing something wrong? I do understand that I have a family of 5, but just wanted to check out the pricing at Pop Century since my twins can sleep with their older sibling. For 2 adults and 2 kids the price quoted on their website was $2067.44 for our week, which is $258.43 per night and $64.60 per night per person. Your pricing table quotes fall rates at Pop Century at $28/person/night(which is the rate I would like to get). We are on a very fixed income and none of my children or husband have ever been to Disney, so I am looking to cut costs where I can, but still meet our needs. Please help me locate where I can find these prices, thank you!!!!

5 Lisa { 07.18.11 at 5:40 pm }

Oh Dave, I am so sorry!!! I just figured it out, they had automatically included park tickets in that price. I found the price for Pop Century to be $1013 for 8 nights in Oct for 4 people!!! :-D

6 Dave { 07.18.11 at 6:38 pm }

Hi Lisa, glad it all came together. Let me know if I can help with anything else! Dave

7 faye { 10.02.11 at 11:30 am }

any suggestions for a family reunion. 10 adults and 6 children. The adults have all been before but not the children ages 6-11. I have looked into old key west and Sarotoga suites as well as multiple rooms in port orleans. Also is dining plan really worth it??

8 Dave { 10.02.11 at 2:21 pm }

Hi Faye!
It’s hard to advise not having some insight into your budget and family structure (ie. how many private sleeping spaces would you prefer.)

Besides the ideas you already have and the stuff on this page, 3 Family Suites (sleeping 18) at All-Star Music (or the Art of Animation Resort if you are arriving after 6/1/2012) is another option. See this: http://yourfirstvisit.net/2010/07/27/review-disneys-all-star-music-resort/

Also consider three cabins at Fort Wilderness also sleeping 18: http://yourfirstvisit.net/2009/10/26/review-the-cabins-at-disneys-fort-wilderness-resort/

If you go the DVC route there’s a lot to be said for two treehouses as well as you get extra bedrooms: http://yourfirstvisit.net/2009/08/16/review-the-treehouses-at-disneys-saratoga-springs-resort-and-spa/

The dining plan is only worth it if you would have eaten that number of sit-down meals anyway. With a party of 16, that’s unimaginable to me. The options that include a full kitchen–the DVC villas, and Fort Wilderness–may be a real help to you.

9 Andi { 07.22.12 at 5:57 pm }

What a fab site! Our problem is we love staying in Disney hotels but our kids are 17 and 16 so obviously can’t sleep in a bed together. We are staying for 2 weeks (flying from uk) so as you can imagine it’s going to cost a fortune for 2 rooms at a value resort. I did think of renting DVD points for 2 wks in august 2013 but it’s going to cost over $20,000. I really wish Disney would put more thought into their rooms and instead of 2 queens they would have 1 queen and 2 single beds (not sofa chairs) like we do here in the UK. Any ideas what we can do to reduce the price? Ideally we would like the dining plan again as two teenagers eat a LOT.

10 Dave { 07.23.12 at 7:07 am }

Hi Andi, and thanks…I can’t think of any 3 bed no fold-out options that are less expensive than two value rooms…will keep thinking tho…

11 kristy harris { 04.28.13 at 2:57 pm }

I I am looking at taking my nine children thi this Christmas I need to know w I need to know what’s the best route would be with having such a large family we would like to for four for four nights

12 Lauren Esherick { 07.07.13 at 2:02 am }

Hi we are considering a family vacation with 2 adult males, 1 adult female, 2 male and female senior citizens, and 1 female child age 11 ideally we would need 2 queen or king beds and 2 sofa beds. Also if it can be 1 whole suite my dad has a free paid vacation that buying a package with dining included but not park tickets as the 2 senior citizens are not interested in going to the parks but relaxing by the pool and possibly visiting the 2 water parks. His free vacation included free dining so that’s why I would add it to the package then go and buy the adults and child park tickets seperatley. Is this at all possible. We are on a strict budget but our dream is to take my niece the 11 year old to Disney World for the first time. We would like it to be over her birthday which is October 1st but I don’t know if my dad wants to take her out of school so Thanksgiving or Christmas may be our only option.

13 Dave { 07.07.13 at 8:52 am }

Hi Lauren, I don’t understand the free dining deal you are referring to, as all the ones I’ve ever heard of require buying tickets and aren’t eligible over either Christmas or Thanksgiving–which, by the way–are just horrible times to go.

There is no inexpensive way to get what you are looking for in one space. A two bedroom villa (which will have one king, two queens, and one or two fold-out beds) fits, but is expensive. See for example the two-bedroom villas described here: http://yourfirstvisit.net/2013/04/29/review-disneys-old-key-west-resort-2/

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14 Lauren Esherick { 07.07.13 at 12:45 pm }

Hi no the free dining is not a Disney plan but my dads employer is going to pay for both our lodging and if it is packaged with a dining plan he will also pay for a dining plan for us all. Seems like I just need to convince my brother to take my niece out of school. So is the week of September 28 a good week.

15 Dave { 07.08.13 at 7:15 am }

OK, Lauren, thanks for the clarity! I’m not particularly keen on the week of the 28th becasue it’s still in the peak of the hurricane season. For the best weeks later this year, see this: http://yourfirstvisit.net/2011/09/19/2013-weeks-to-visit-walt-disney-world-ranked-in-order/

16 Dior Scott { 07.20.13 at 3:02 pm }

Hello I’m trying to find a deal. I have 4kids to bring & 2 adults. I’m trying to come in 2014 all I will need is a 2bedroom. I would like to stay peobably a week if not 5days.

17 Dave { 07.21.13 at 8:33 am }

Hi Dior, it’s hard to find a good price for 6 on Disney property. Take a look at this: http://yourfirstvisit.net/2012/09/05/review-the-family-suites-disneys-all-star-music-resort/

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18 Annie { 10.06.13 at 10:12 am }

Hi Dave! I’m in the very beginning process of planning a trip that will include me and my sister and her family. Total of 3 adults and 3 kids. I read through the article above and understand for a family of 6 AoA suite is the best option. I do like the 2 bathrooms – that is a must. However, I am a little leery about the sofa sleepers. Kids can sleep anywhere, but are those comfortable for an adult? Wasn’t sure if AoA is still the best option when there are 3 adults. Thanks much!

19 Dave { 10.07.13 at 7:49 am }

Annie, the fold-down bed in the family suites has a 6 inch thick mattress, and is pretty comfortable!

Your next best option is probably to try for two connecting 4 person rooms…

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