Lower-Priced Options for Large Families at Walt Disney World
By Dave Shute
OVERVIEW: LARGE FAMILIES LOOKING FOR DISNEY WORLD VALUE PRICING
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.
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.
MORE ON WHERE TO STAY AT DISNEY WORLD
- For where to stay, see this
- For what you get in each resort price category, see this