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Large Families at Walt Disney World

By Dave Shute


A large family is one that will not fit into a standard Walt Disney World hotel room—more than 4 people for standard rooms at the values and most moderate rooms, and more than 5 for most deluxe resorts.

(See this for the distinctions among the resort classes at Walt Disney World.)

The problem with connecting, adjoining, or nearby rooms as a solution is that Disney won’t guarantee that you will get them.

When you show up at Walt Disney World, your “connecting rooms” may be not connected, and in fact may be in completely different buildings at your resort.

Your chances of getting connecting rooms are best during the slow season—which is when this site recommends you go, see this for when to go—but even then, there are no guarantees.


The links below present the best options–by price and family size–for large families at Walt Disney World

Room capacity figures on the pages  linked below always exclude one child under 3 in a crib, which can be added to any Disney room—so always read, when a capacity figure is given, “plus one child under three at time of check in, in a crib.”

These links cover large family options

  • Large families looking for low-priced rooms—what Disney calls “Value” rooms—see this page
  • Large families looking for deluxe level accommodations can see recommendations on this page
  • Some recommendations involve reserving Disney Vacation Club rooms, or even renting points from current Disney Vacation Club members to use. See this for more on Disney Vacation Club rooms in general, and this for more on renting points
  • For suitessee this
  • For staying off-site, see this








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1 Anonymous { 09.08.18 at 7:10 pm }

Hi Dave My friend is going to Disney on Feb 2019 with his 2 son 13 and 20 yr.old .The will be staying Polynesian resort 6 nights first time. need help to write a plan for them. I bought your book today I am so excited. Thanks for all your advice when I went to Disney with my grand girls 2013 . Thanks Maria

2 Dave { 09.09.18 at 8:53 am }

Thanks Maria and good luck!!

3 Jess { 02.09.20 at 12:33 pm }

Connecting rooms ARE guaranteed for large immediate families. It will need to be called in and both rooms will be on one reservation and it will say right on the reservation, ‘CONNECTING ROOMS GUARANTEED FOR FAMILIES’. We have 5 kids and for all of our trips we had guaranteed connecting rooms (my husband, myself and our 5 kids). This DOESN’T apply with extended families with more than two adults.

4 Dave { 02.10.20 at 8:15 am }

Jess, you are correct, and I need to update this page. The rule is something like 1) you can’t fit a standard room. 2) you have to have more kids than adults. Your “doesn’t apply to extended families” I can’t confirm, (that doesn’t mean you are wrong, just that I can’t confirm) unless it means something like “also, no more than 2 adults.” I will follow this up and correct–all my $/night numbers are ancient as well…

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