32 responses

  1. Kim
    January 10, 2016

    Do you have any suggestions on a family suite for 3 adults and 2 children? We would prefer at least on of the rooms to have 2 queen beds.


    • Dave
      January 11, 2016

      Kim, in Disney lingo for multi-sleeping space spots there’s three different things: “suites,” largely in deluxe resorts, which are fancy and expensive, and don’t have full kitchens; “family suites,” in value resorts which are not fancy and much less expensive, and have mini-kitchens; and one and two bedroom “villas” which are in between in expense but as nice as the suites, and have full kitchens.

      None of the family suites have two queens in a room. It’s rare for regular suites to have two queens in a room, but often you can book a one bedroom suite with a connecting standard room with two queens. Two bedroom villas typically have a king in one bedroom and two queens in the other.

      Now that you know the lingo, and some of the features, lemme know what you are looking for!


      • Kim
        January 11, 2016

        Thank you your response. It looks like we may just have to get two rooms. We thought we might could save a little money but it doesn’t look like the value family suites have what we need. Thanks again!


      • Dave
        January 13, 2016

        Kim, another option worth considering if the kids are short enough for bunk beds is a one of the refurbed cabins at Fort Wilderness. These will be less expensive than two moderate rooms (which you’d need for two queens per room) but more expensive than two value room with full beds.

        An overview of the refurbed cabins is here

        And an overall review of the cabins–including their many negatives–is here.


  2. David
    November 27, 2015

    We are starting planning for a trip with 2 grandparents, 4 parents and 3 kids who will be about 7, 6 & 5. Will it be crazy expensive to try and stay on-property in some sort of 3 bedroom villa with a common area? What is the best thing to look at for this grouping?


    • Dave
      November 29, 2015

      David, yes, it will be. Your least expensive option will be renting a house off property. On property your options vary by amenity level. See this for links to both lower cost and higher cost options for large families.


  3. James
    October 4, 2015

    Love your informative site!

    We are a family of 7 with kids raining from 18-8. We want to “splurge” on a Disney World on site stay. We want a 10- 12 person suite so we have plenty of room and no kids sharing beds. What resort options do you suggest we consider?


  4. Yvonne Heritage
    June 15, 2015

    Hi. We want to have a Disney holiday next year in July 2016
    In our party we have myself (mum), my oldest adult daughter and her little boy who will be 3yrs old, my adult son, my younger adult daughter who is profoundly disabled, and possibly my 11 year old nephew. Obviously the only people who can share a bed are my eldest daughter and myself.
    We have previously stayed at Port Orleans in the days of adjoining rooms and at Old Key West. (Minus my nephew)
    Both were great holidays but Port Orleans don’t have big enough accommodation and although there were a lot of pluses about the Old Key West accommodation, not least the washer/dryer and full kitchen but we found the food, especially the Quick food menu, not very good. Also my disabled daughter had to sleep on a fold out bed which was very low for getting her washed and dressed in.
    Can you advise of anywhere which is disabled friendly and also can accommodate the rest of us?
    Best wishes


    • Dave
      June 17, 2015

      Yvonne, all the resorts offer disabled-friendly rooms, focused on issues with mobility.

      I am guessing you stayed in a one bedroom at Old Key West? A two bedroom villa is likely your best choice…Those with the best dining will be attached to one of the deluxe resorts.


  5. Lisa
    February 6, 2015

    Hi Dave,
    I’m recently widowed and wanted to take the kids, two 21 year old girls and an 18 year old boy to Disneyworld in June/ July 2015 for a week. We live in San Diego so we’ve been to Disneyland many times and would now like to visit Disneyworld. We would prefer to stay clear of the resorts that are geared for the younger kids. I would greatly appreciate your recommendations?


  6. Dave
    January 8, 2015
  7. Dauna
    January 8, 2015

    Hi. Been coming to wdw since it opened & trying various resorts on-site. Been wanting to try Coronado Springs. Heard that resort has drawbacks but cannot hammer down what they are. A Disney reservation agent after almost booking a reservation there asked why i picked it……because it looked nice. She suggested riverside moderate resort…we took that. You could tell she didn’t want to say why. Can you tell us? Are there obvious drawbacks here? Thank you.


  8. Candice
    May 31, 2014

    Hi! I am so thankful for you and this website!!! We are first timers. A family of 5 + my mom who is coming with us to keep the 1 year old while we spend time with the 5 and 4 year olds. I am having a hard time figuring this resort thing out for some reason. We are wanting 2 br’s 2 ba’s an ample space to “stretch out”. Especially since my mom will be at the room a lot with the baby. Please suggest the best resort to stay at, ( or better yet, your top 3 picks) regardless of price. We’d prefer monorail for convenience. Thanks a ton!!!


  9. Megan
    September 17, 2013

    Hi Dave, I am so over whelmed by the choices of accommodation, I really need help.
    My husband and I are travelling with my 19 and 16 year old 6 foot 5 sons.
    Plus my brother and his 18 year old son.
    Do you recommend magic kingdom as the best park to go to, we are only there for a couple of days in January.
    Plus what accommodation would be ideal for us, we have no car.
    Thanks heaps megan


  10. karen
    June 8, 2013

    I plan to visit disney july2014 with a group of twelve want to stay at value resort eit a jooning rooms.this is my thitd visit also need shuttle and free breakfast. Does any of tye resort have that. Service. And does any resorts have com servicr from amtrack.


    • Dave
      June 9, 2013

      Karen, no Disney hotels have free breakfast, and none have free transport from Amtrak…Otherwise, my reviews of and recommendations about the value resorts start here: https://yourfirstvisit.net/2010/08/04/the-value-resorts-at-walt-disney-world/

      Be sure to note the 6-person Family Suites (lower on the page) when you look–two of these are more expensive than three 4-person standard rooms, but there’s a lot to recommend them if you can afford them…

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  11. Linda
    March 25, 2013

    Wanting to bookn’either 2 or 3 rooms at Poly or might be better to book 2 berm Princess suite not sure. Have read you can book 500’days out but when I called reservations 3/24/13 was told to call back in July We are planning to be in Disney for 6 nights arriving aroun the 2 may 2014 I understand they have not determined the rates but would still like to have our rooms booked as early so we can get what we want. Any suggestions would be appreciated


  12. Anu
    January 7, 2013

    Hiii, we are first time visitors to Disney. We are from the Caribbean and really excited! My family is 3 adults and a 4 yr old, 3 year old and a 1 year old! Where would you recommend us stay if we are looking for great value, not too expensive. We do have a car to get around if that might help. Also what about meal plans etc. Thanks soo much!


  13. Nikia
    January 3, 2013

    I am hoping to take the kids back to disneyworld (2nd visit) in January of 2014. We have a large family 2 adults and children (at time of travel) ages 12, 10, 9, 7, 6 and almost 3. I want to stay on site because I do not want to rent a van and deal with driving and I am hoping that they offer room only discounts or free dingin plans during the time that we go (historically they have). What do you suggest as the most economical solution to our room situation?


  14. April
    November 3, 2012



  15. Bonnie
    October 8, 2012

    We are looking for accomodation for three adults and three young adults. We would like somewhere with not too much “character” stuff but still fun and family orientated, and two bathrooms. Close proximity so that it is easy to get everywhere. We have been to Disneyland many times, so in your opinion do we concentrate more on the other parks? Or is there no comparison. Dates are hard because of school and university but will end of August be unbearable as far as weather? Thanks so much.


    • Dave
      October 8, 2012

      Hi Bonnie–some of the options that fit precisely six have some shorter beds–how tall are the three young adults?

      Of the 4 WDW parks, MK and HS have the most overlap with DLR, and Epcot and AK the least. I would aim for at least a day in each of the four parks, with an extra day to return to your favorite.

      Late August is typically very hot, very humid, and is also in the peak of the hurricane season. See this for more on August–it’s 2012, but the basics will be the same in 2013: https://yourfirstvisit.net/2012/01/22/august-2012-at-walt-disney-world/


  16. Dave
    September 26, 2012
  17. june
    September 26, 2012

    Hi staying at OKW next August, 2 bed villa. 4 adults 2 teens. We would like to be top floor and quite near to main pool etc., what no`s are best and who should i make requests to is it disney or OKW. thanks


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