Deluxe Options for Large Families at Walt Disney World
By Dave Shute
OVERVIEW: LARGE FAMILIES LOOKING FOR DELUXE ROOMS AT WALT DISNEY WORLD
(Click here for an introduction to Large Families at Walt Disney World.)
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DISNEY WORLD DELUXE ROOM OPTIONS FOR LARGE FAMILIES
Basic Recommendation for families of up to 5 people: Disney’s Polynesian Resort. Cost/ Person/ Night: $105, for families of 5.
These concierge service rooms hold 6 in a mini-suite, with two queens in the bedroom and a queen sized sleeper sofa in a sitting room. Cost is $130/ person/ night. For a review of these rooms, click here.
Another great option, a little easier to reserve (as there are more such to choose from) is a Two Bedroom Villa at the Disney Vacation Club (DVC) property the Villas at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge. See image to the right.
If you reserve through the WDW website, this will cost $155/ person/ night (but see below for renting points).
The Villas at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge are not as convenient as the Polynesian, but are even more kid appealing. A Two Bedroom Villa provides one bedroom with a king bed that sleeps two, and one with two queens that sleeps 4. In addition, you get a kitchen/dining/living room combination with a sleeper sofa that sleeps two more.
The least expensive way to get a 2 Bedroom Villa at the Wilderness Lodge is to rent points from a DVC member. If you are successful at this, you will pay $78/ person/ night. See this for details on how to do so.
7 people: The Two Bedroom villas at the Wilderness Lodge don’t hold 7 (or 8) well.
A better choice for parties of these sizes is a Two Bedroom Villa at Kidani Village.
Cost of Two Bedroom Villa at Kidani Village: via Disney Website, $147/person/night; via renting points, $68/person/night.
8 people: Same approach as “7 people” above. Two Bedroom Villa at Kidani Village: via Disney Website, $128/person/night; via renting points, $59/person/night.
9 people: Same approach as “7 people” above. Two Bedroom Villa at Kidani Village: via Disney Website, $114/person/night; via renting points, $53/person/night.
10 People: If the group must all be in the same space only a Grand Villa will work. Grand Villas at Jambo House are the best choice for first time family visitors.
A Grand Villa is an amazing space, having twice as much room as a Two Bedroom Villa, and three distinct bedrooms—two sleeping 4 in two queens, and one sleeping two in a king. Two more sleeping spaces are available in sofa-beds in the common rooms.
Grand Villas are remarkable. If you think (as hotel designers do) of a standard room as being one “bay,” then the DVC Studios that sleep 4 are one bay, the One Bedroom Villas that sleep 4-5 are two bays, and the two bedrooms villas that sleep 8-9 are three bays.
(Disney’s Old Key West Resort is an exception. Because its architecture yields such a large kitchen/dining/living room, a one bedroom is 2.5 bays, and a two bedroom is 3.5 bays.)
Grand Villas are 6 bays—almost twice as big as the Two Bedroom options.
The 2.5 to 3 extra bays include one more bedroom that sleeps 4 more people on two queens, a dedicated dining room with a table for 8 or more, a larger kitchen, and either a second or enlarged living room area, a game room, and/or open two story space.
They range from 2113 square feet at Saratoga Springs to 2492 square feet at the Boardwalk Villas.
A Grand Villa at Jambo House will cost about $207/person/night for 10 people if your reserve though the WDW website; if you can manage to rent points, the cost drops to $95/person/night.
Another less expensive option for a group this size is to have most of the group together but up to 4 nearby but not in connected space.
There are some families or parties for which this might actually be a benefit. For example, they may want to group the littlest children and their parents into an 8 person space, and reserve a 4 person space for childless couples, grandparents, and/or teenagers, all of which may either benefit from the privacy and/or contribute to the peace of mind of the party of up to 8 by being in a separate space.
If this describes your group, then your best bet is both a 2 Bedroom Villa and a separate Studio at the Villas at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge.
This gives 4 bays, not 6 as in a Grand Villa, and of course one of the bays will not be connected to the rest. But the price will be much lower than a Grand Villa.
This same option works for families that don’t necessarily want this separation of part of their party, but are willing to accept it because it is cheaper than a grand villa.
In cash, renting both a Two Bedroom and a Studio will be in total $136/person per night for 10 people; if you can rent points, the cost drops to $65/person/night.
11 People: Your basic options are a Grand Villa at Jambo House or a Studio and a Two Bedroom Villa at Kidani Village.
A Grand Villa will cost $188/person per night if you reserve through the website, and $86/person/night if you rent points.
A Studio and a Two Bedroom at the Villas at Kidani Village will cost (in total) $141/person/night if you reserve over the website, and $59/person/night if you rent DVC points.
12 People: Your basic options are a Grand Villa at Jambo House or a Studio and a Two Bedroom Villa at Kidani Village.
A Grand Villa will cost $172/person per night if you reserve through the website, and $79/person/night if you rent points.
A Studio and a Two Bedroom at the Villas at Kidani will cost (in total) $129/person/night if you reserve over the website, and $54/person/night if you rent DVC points.
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