k. Special Circumstances
By Dave Shute
This page summarizes Walt Disney World recommendations for four types of families with special circumstances:
- Large Families
- Families on a Tight Budget
- Families with Difficult Transportation Challenges, and
- Military Families.
For each family type, links are provided to additional pages with more detail and specifics.
Families with unique physical, health or other challenges should review PassPorter’s Open Mouse for Walt Disney World and the Disney Cruise Line: Easy Access Vacations for Travelers with Extra Challenges.
LARGE FAMILIES AT WALT DISNEY WORLD
A large family is more than 5 for those who otherwise would stay at the Polynesian and most other deluxe resorts, or more than 4 for those who would be thinking Pop Century, other value resorts, or most moderates.
(Large Military Families: review the Military Families section.)
The problem with large families at Walt Disney World is that Disney will not guarantee connecting or adjoining, or nearby rooms.
Given that, see Large Families for answers to where large families should stay.
FAMILIES GOING TO WALT DISNEY WORLD ON A TIGHT BUDGET
This site has two sets of guidance for families going to Walt Disney World on a tight budget.
- Guidance for all other families can be found in the links on this page.
FAMILIES WITH DIFFICULT WALT DISNEY WORLD TRANSPORTATION CHALLENGES
Some families will have difficulty arriving early Saturday afternoon, and/or departing Sunday afternoon. The best answer is to take a vacation a day or two longer to allow for the full recommended time on site, following the basic itinerary as is.
If you can’t take a longer vacation, you can skip the first Saturday night in Orlando (losing because of this your much-needed off day on Thursday), the second Saturday night in Orlando (losing your morning off that day, and depending on your travel plans, a few hours in the Magic Kingdom, plus the Gospel Brunch Sunday) or both.
If your plans allow you to skip only one night, skip the second Saturday night if you can arrange to depart Orlando in the late afternoon or evening, as the full off day on Thursday is much more valuable than what you will lose on the second Saturday and Sunday.
See Families with Difficult Transportation Challenges for details and changes to the basic itinerary from shortening your trip.
MILITARY FAMILIES AT WALT DISNEY WORLD
The general advice for first time visitors to Walt Disney World provided on this site applies equally to military families.
However, military families have access to deals and discounts that other families don’t, and also have access to Shades of Green.
See Military Families at Walt Disney World for links to details and advice about these options.