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17 Best Disney Resorts For Large Families In 2024

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Calling all big families: Sometimes it feels like a Disney World theme parks trip isn’t meant to fit your crew. We get it. As a family of 6 (plus the occasional friend or cousin tag-a-longs), we’ve had to work the budget to make Disney work for us. We road-tested Disney on-site hotel options with our large family over the past year to help decide what works best for a large group. From the family suites at the Value Resorts to the 2-bedroom Villas at the deluxe resorts: here’s a list of the best Disney Resorts for Large Families in 2024. Affiliate links may be included in this post.

Best Disney Resorts For LARGE Families

Why Stay On-Site At Walt Disney World Resort In 2024? Location, Location, Location

When a large family looks for accommodations, it’s easy to be tempted to stay off-site in Orlando.

And to be fair: the budget numbers make it super clear that staying offsite at a condo, Airbnb, or pretty much any other suite hotel will save you money.

But what it doesn’t save you is time, and when it comes to hauling your large family, time IS money. Especially if you have young children in tow.

We think staying onsite is often a great option when traveling with a larger family as long as the budget allows it.

It makes getting back and forth to the theme parks more streamlined, which can be incredibly important when it comes to nap time.

fireworks from contemporary resort

If you choose Disney transportation like the Skyliner or Monorail or have your own vehicle, the location of these Disney hotels can save you precious memory-making time by cutting out unnecessary commuting.

And trust us, at the end of a busy theme park day you will be thankful that your resort is RIGHT THERE because there is no tired like “Disney tired.

You’ll also get a jump on your Genie+ and Individual Lightning Lane reservations when you stay onsite and be able to book your advanced dining reservations for the full length of your stay.

Plus: parking is free for folks staying onsite, at the hotels AND the theme parks.

We do love free parking (but don’t mind paying a little more for preferred Disney parking spots either).

art of animation disney resort for large families

Best Disney Resorts For Large Families In 2024

We’ll run down the options for larger families at Disney World.

We limited the resort options to those that sleep 6 or more in a suite or villa.

Disney Value Resorts For Large Families

Looking to shave a bit off the budget? The Value resorts are what you’re looking for.

The Value resorts have enough amenities to keep most large families happy. They’re basic and have no frills (meaning no water slides or hot tubs at the pools), but the theming can’t be beaten!

We love the access and ease of the nearby food court when we stay at a Value Resort. There are plenty of choices for even the pickiest eaters to grab a meal at the resorts.

Two value resorts offer suites for larger families at Walt Disney World.

We think both work for families with smaller kids, but as your kids get a bit older, you may need more room.

hotel sign all star music. This is a value disney resort for large families.

Disney’s All-Star Music Resort Family Suite

The most affordable family suite option at Walt Disney World is the All-Star Music Resort.

You’ll have two full bathrooms and three queen-size beds, plus a kitchen with a microwave, full sink, and a full-size refrigerator.

It’s perfect for storing cold foods for the week if you want to save food costs by eating in the room.

This option also provides some privacy with a separate master bedroom in each suite and two Murphy bed options in the main living area.

The dining table converts into a queen-size bed, as does the sofa.

all star music disney resort for large families
The bed on the left doubles as a dining room table. The bed on the right doubles as a sofa.

What we didn’t like about this stay: was the noises we could hear through the walls.

The Value Resorts aren’t the best regarding soundproofing and our room overlooks the main pool area. It was convenient and lovely, but it also tended to be a bit loud at the end of the night.

Keep that in mind when choosing this location for your next big family Disney trip.

Disney’s Art of Animation Resort

If you’re looking for the best Disney-themed rooms on property, you’ll find them in the Art of Animation family suites.

You can choose between Finding Nemo, Cars, and Lion King suites. The standard rooms are located in the Little Mermaid section.

We’ve stayed in both the Nemo and the Cars suites and absolutely love the adorable theming and touches!

cars family suite disney resorts for large families

There is a separate master bedroom in each of the suites, as well as 2 full bathrooms.

The Big Blue Pool is always a hit with kids since it features zero entry and water play areas.

We liked the Art of Animation setup a little more than the Music Suites, but the cost savings is pretty significant.

If you’re on a tight budget, the Music Family Suites will absolutely work.

big blue pool art of animation resort for large families at disney

Moderate Resorts For Large Families

There are 2 Moderate resorts at Disney that offer rooms for large families of 6 or more.

We pretty much don’t talk about one of them because the cost is not worth it.

But we’re including it in this guide to Disney World with large families just to be thorough!

Coronado Springs and Grand Destino Tower

We would NOT advise a large family to stay at this one simply due to the cost.

The pricing for these suites is more in line with a Deluxe resort, but Coronado is a Moderate. So, the amenities and location in relation to the theme parks are not there to justify the cost.

coronado springs grand destino tower

You can stay in a one-bedroom suite (sleeps 6) or an executive suite (sleeps 8) with a larger family at Coronado Springs. But as we said, for the price, we suggest upgrading to a deluxe option.

Grand Destino Tower is located at Coronado Springs and offers a Presidential Suite that sleeps 6. Again, for the price point, we vote to upgrade to something on the Monorail or Boardwalk.

fort wilderness campground sign

Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort Cabins

This is the better option if you want to stay at the moderate resort level.

The cabins are “camping chic” and have almost everything your large family will need for a week at Walt Disney World. We like to think of it as two vacations in one: a theme park vacation during the day with a chill, camping experience at night.

These cabins are undergoing some big changes for 2024 and will be part of the DVC properties. Don’t worry, you can still book them even if you aren’t a DVC member!

The cabins have a full kitchen and an outdoor grill on your deck.

The cabins have a separate bedroom, with the 2nd sleeping area being the living room.

The bedroom sleeps 4 (1 queen-sized bed and two bunk beds).

fort wilderness cabin disney resort for large family

The living room offers a pull-out sofa bed that also sleeps 2.

Parents looking for privacy may have to choose this option over the queen bed in the bedroom.

Factor into your budget a golf cart! It’s the easiest, fastest, and most fun way to get around the campgrounds.

There is a limited amount for larger families, so be sure to call and reserve one at the 30-day window.

The Fort Wilderness cabins are a personal family favorite because even the 4-legged family members are welcome. Traveling with our pet is a huge perk for our family.

But after staying at some of the other options, we agree that the sleeping and living arrangements are getting tight for our older teens and tweens.

Plus, there’s only one bathroom, which is a definite issue with kids- from potty training to older ones, having a 2nd bathroom is clutch.

This was a perfect option for us when the kids were smaller, but as they’ve gotten older we think rooms with more space are needed for comfort.

Bay Lake Tower at Disneys contemporary resort. great option for large families.

Disney Deluxe Resorts For Larger Families

Why do we think paying a premium for a deluxe resort is worth it for large families? In most cases, you get easy access to the theme parks due to their locations and some of the largest rooms in terms of square feet.

You’ll be thankful for the extra space after a long day at Disney’s Hollywood Studios or Magic Kingdom Park.

We also love good hot tubs and water slides at the main pool; the deluxe resorts tend to have the best ones.

2 Bedroom villas at the deluxe Disney hotels are a good choice, but hitting up 3-bedroom grand villas is a GREAT choice!

Disney World resorts that have two or 3-bedroom villas include:

  • Bay Lake Tower at Disney’s Contemporary Resort
  • Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort
  • Disney’s Wilderness Lodge (Copper Creek Villas and Boulder Ridge Villas)
  • Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort and Disney’s Polynesian Villas
  • Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge (Kidani Village is a favorite location, but you can never go wrong with Jambo House either!)
  • Disney’s Old Key West Resort
  • Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa
  • Disney’s Boardwalk Villas
  • Disney’s Beach Club Villas
  • Disney’s Riviera Resort

Over the years, we’ve stayed at two and 3-bedroom villas at Animal Kingdom Lodge, Old Key West, and Bay Lake Towers.

By far, our favorite big family option was Bay Lake Towers. Here’s why.

bay lake tower disney resorts for large families

Bay Lake Towers 2-Bedroom Villa

This was our most recent stay, and it’s now moved to the top of our must-return list.

We had three full bathrooms for starters.

With 4 older kids who all love to take long showers, this was a huge benefit and time saver. We were able to have multiple people cleaning up at once so we could get a move on to the theme parks every morning.

There were two bedrooms and a living area that also offered sleeping arrangements. In total, this 2-bedroom villa could sleep 9.

bay lake tower 2 bedroom villa living room

We had plenty of space to spread out.

It also has a full kitchen and- wait for it- its own washer and dryer.

If you’ve ever needed to do laundry while on vacation but had to haul yourself to a separate laundry room on property, then you know what a luxury this was!

We could hop on the Monorail to get to Epcot and walk to the Magic Kingdom every night. Better: watching the fireworks from the skywalk between Bay Lake and Contemporary Resort.

Our family voted, hands down, that this was our favorite location and resort when it came to Disney World hotels.

bay lake tower 2 bedroom villa living room
King-sized bed in the master bedroom at Bay Lake Towers.

It was also, obviously, the most expensive.

As they say: All Magic Has A Price!

However, We managed to stay within budget by using our favorite tip for large families: rent DVC points from David’s DVC Rental.

Large Family Budget Tip For Disney World Accommodations: Rent Disney Vacation Club Points

Full disclosure: I’m a travel agent. I would love to book you for a week at any location on property. However… as a larger family who travels with a budget in mind, I GET IT.

With that in mind, the biggest tip we give to any large Disney-loving family is simple.

Rent the DVC points.

It saves a ton of money and is super easy to do.

Disney Vacation Club is a timeshare program that works on a point system. Each night at a resort is assigned a certain number of points, and the members use their pool of points to pay for their stays.

dvc booth at hollywood studios

Sometimes, DVC members can’t travel or no longer want to go to Disney, so they rent out their points rather than use them themselves.

Enter DVC point renting as a money-saving Disney travel hack.

We like using David’s DVC Rental for any DVC stay.

It’s a simple process to book and pay, allowing us to stay in a Deluxe resort at Moderate resort prices. Or pretty close to it, anyway.

The hardest part of renting DVC points is remembering that any changes or requests you’d like to make must go through the actual DVC member.

But that’s a small inconvenience compared to how much you can save.

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Dorina Flesher

Sunday 26th of November 2023

I would like to know more about a package that would include 2adult couples, 1 adult single and 3 children under 5. I would prefer a 5 day package rather than a week And my dates can be flexible for now I like he idea of three bedrooms and would be interested in the cost difference you mention

Thank you for any help you can provide

Dorina Flesher 765-620-9254

Patty Holliday

Sunday 3rd of December 2023

Hi Dorina!

If you can send me an email at noguilttravel @ gmail.com I'll be able to get some additional information from you! Would love to help you with this.

Patty