Selecting the perfect Walt Disney World resort for a family of five takes thoughtful consideration. The key is to find the best accommodations that offer a balance of spacious comfort, family-friendly amenities, immersive theming, and convenience to the parks – all within your vacation budget. The following guide features 13 top-recommended resorts for larger families seeking that Disney magic, ranging from value to luxury tiers.

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Our Ranking Criteria

When evaluating Disney resorts for groups of five, we consider factors such as:

  • Tier Category: Disney classifies its resorts spanning Value $ to Deluxe $$$$ price points. This indicates general room rates and amenities.
  • Room Types & Bed Configuration: Details on the number and size of beds, overall square footage, and room layout indicating capacity and spaciousness for families.
  • Family-Focused Amenities: Kid-friendly theming, recreational features like themed pools, playgrounds, and recreation activities that appeal to children.
  • Location & Transportation: Proximity and access to Disney’s theme parks via free transportation options like buses, monorails, boats, and walking paths.
  • Unique Theming & Perks: Distinct architecture, decorative styles, dining options, and special services that enhance the resort’s atmosphere and experience.

For each resort, we share feedback from families who have stayed there and determine who each resort is best for. The resort overviews provide details on how the offerings make them great lodging choices for families of five. Let’s get started!

Our Top Recommended Resorts for Families of 5

1. Disney’s Art of Animation Resort

Disney’s Art of Animation Resort transports guests to the magical world of Disney and Pixar animation through whimsical theming and design. The spacious family suites are perfect for larger families, especially those who will appreciate the playful atmosphere.

Best Family Suites at Disney World - Living Room of a Finding Nemo themed suite

The Finding Nemo Suites at Disney’s Art of Animation Resort | Image © Disney

  • Value Tier: $ (Disney Value Resort)
  • Theme: Immersive Disney and Pixar animation
  • Room Type: Themed Family Suites (Finding Nemo, Cars, Lion King)
  • Square Footage: Approx. 565 sq ft
  • Bed Configuration: 1 Queen, 1 Double Table Bed, 1 Double Sofa Bed
  • Capacity: Up to 6 adults
  • Amenities: Two bathrooms, kitchenette, themed pool, arcade, food court
  • Location: Near ESPN Wide World of Sports
  • Transportation: Buses, Skyliner access
  • Unique Features: Largest resort pool in Disney World, themed dining
  • Pros: Affordability, spacious themed suites, extensive family amenities
  • Cons: Distance from some parks, crowded pools

Feedback: “Our Finding Nemo suite was a huge hit with our kids. Having the kitchenette and extra bathroom was so convenient,” says Emily W., a mother of three.

Best For: Budget-conscious families looking for more space and a fun place to relax after a day at the parks.

2. Cabins at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort

Artist rendering of updated exteriors for Wilderness Cabins

Artist Rendering of the new style of Wilderness Cabins | Image © Disney

The Cabins at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort immerse families in nature’s rustic charm while still delivering Disney magic. Nestled in forest serenity, these homey cabins blend cozy comfort with outdoorsy adventure. Featuring full kitchens, separate bedrooms, family areas, a fun-themed pool, and scenic vistas, they allow kids to revel in camp-style activities amidst hospitable woodland repose. Thanks to major renovations for 2024, the older “log cabin” style cabins have been completely refreshed inside and out.

Artist rendering of the new interiors of the Wilderness Cabins | Image © Disney

  • Value Tier: $$ (Disney Moderate Resort)*
  • Theme: Rustic wilderness and American frontier
  • Room Type: Wilderness Cabins
  • Square Footage: Approx. 504 sq ft
  • Bed Configuration: 1 Queen Bed, 1 Double Sofa Bed, 1 Bunk Bed
  • Capacity: Up to 6 adults
  • Amenities: Full kitchen, outdoor grill, pool, horseback riding, archery
  • Location: Nestled in a serene, wooded area
  • Transportation: Bus service, boat to Magic Kingdom
  • Unique Features: Unique outdoor setting, home-like cabin experience
  • Pros: Outdoor activities, privacy, family bonding
  • Cons: More transportation time to certain parks

Feedback: “The cozy cabin gave us a peaceful retreat, and the kids loved the bunk beds.” – Dan A., father of three

Best For: Families wanting home-like amenities and more space in a unique, scenic setting.

*Note: While the Cabins have traditionally been considered a Moderate resort, they have been transformed for 2024 into Disney Vacation Club accommodations. This technically would put them in the “Deluxe Villa” category — though there is some debate about the classification going forward.

3. Bay Lake Tower at Contemporary Resort

The exterior of Bay Lake Tower

Bay Lake Tower blends modern luxury with exceptional convenience. Located within walking distance of the Magic Kingdom, it offers stunning views and contemporary accommodations, making it a favorite for families seeking elegance and proximity to the parks.

  • Value Tier: $$$$ (Disney Deluxe Villa)
  • Theme: Modern, sleek design
  • Room Type: One Bedroom Villa
  • Square Footage: Approx. 803 sq ft
  • Bed Configuration: 1 King Bed, 1 Queen-Size Sleeper Sofa, 1 Twin-Size Sleeper Chair
  • Capacity: Up to 5 adults
  • Amenities: 2 bathrooms, full kitchen, fitness center, pool, water sports
  • Location: Walking distance to Magic Kingdom
  • Transportation: Walking path to Magic Kingdom, monorail, bus service
  • Unique Features: Stunning Magic Kingdom views, Contemporary Resort amenities
  • Pros: Modern amenities, incredible park proximity, spacious villas
  • Cons: Higher price point

Feedback: “The view of the fireworks from our room was breathtaking, and the easy park access was a game-changer,” remarks Laura B., who visited with her family of five.

Best For: Families desiring luxury, space, and convenience near the Magic Kingdom.

4. Disney’s All-Star Music Resort – Family Suites

A giant drum set and saxophone on the exterior of a building at All Star Music resort

While All-Star Music’s standard rooms run quite small and may feel cramped for larger groups, the resort’s Family Suites offer an affordably priced, spacious lodging option better catering to the needs of families of 5. With details and icons celebrating various music genres, these accommodations hit the right notes for budget-conscious larger families seeking ample room to enjoy Disney’s musical magic.

  • Value Tier: $ (Value Resort)
  • Theme: Celebration of various music genres
  • Room Type: Family Suites
  • Square Footage: 520 sq ft
  • Bed Configuration: 1 Queen, 2 Queen Pull-Down Beds
  • Capacity: Up to 6 adults
  • Amenities: Kitchenette, two bathrooms, pool, arcade, playground
  • Location: In the Animal Kingdom resort area
  • Transportation: Bus service
  • Unique Features: Music-themed pools, larger-than-life icons
  • Pros: Budget-friendly suites, ample space
  • Cons: Sometimes busy and noisy, less frequent transportation

Feedback: “The All-Star Music family suite was an excellent fit for our budget. The kids loved the pool, and we really appreciated the extra bathroom.” says Mike Z.

Best For: Larger families needing spacious, budget-friendly accommodations.

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5. Caribbean Beach Resort

A building at Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort is reflected on the lake surface at sunset

Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort takes families to the islands with colorful tropical scenery. Both peaceful and playful, it mixes relaxation and entertainment. Families enjoy kicking back at the pirate-styled pool and slides. Or dining at the islands-inspired sit-down restaurant and food court. With vibrant flair at a middle-tier price, Caribbean Beach surrounds families in an exotic yet easygoing island paradise vibe.

  • Value Tier: $$ (Moderate Resort)
  • Theme: Tropical island paradise
  • Room Type: Rooms with 5th Sleeper
  • Square Footage: Approx. 314 sq ft
  • Bed Configuration: 2 Queen Beds, 1 Pull-Down Bed for Children
  • Capacity: 4 adults and one child
  • Amenities: 1 bathroom, themed pool with water slides, dining options
  • Location: Centrally located within Walt Disney World
  • Transportation: Buses, Disney Skyliner access
  • Unique Features: Pirate-themed pool, Disney Skyliner access
  • Pros: Tropical theming, family-friendly pool area, Skyliner access
  • Cons: Smaller room size for families of five, one bathroom

Feedback: “Our kids loved the Fuentes del Morro Pool at Caribbean Beach Resort, and the Skyliner made getting to the parks easy,” says Sarah P.

Best For: Families wanting tropical theming with solid amenities at a moderate resort price point.

6. Beach Club Resort

Pool and rockwork as part of Stormalong Bay at Disney's Yacht & Beach Club Resorts

Disney’s Beach Club Resort gives families of five luxury, convenience and aquatic fun. Sophisticated coastal-hued rooms meet lively recreational adventuring across this family magnet. The spectacular shipwreck-styled Stormalong Bay pool complex thrills kids. Convenient walking access lets everyone enjoy Epcot and Hollywood Studios’ attractions with ease. For families seeking deluxe proximity thrills immersed in beachy relaxation, the Beach Club Resort hits the sweet spot.

  • Value Tier: $$$ (Disney Deluxe Resort)
  • Theme: New England beachside resort
  • Room Type: Standard View, Garden or Woods View, Water View, Deluxe Rooms
  • Square Footage: Approx. 380 sq ft
  • Bed Configuration: 2 Queen Beds and 1 Day Bed or 1 Queen-Size Sleeper Sofa (Deluxe Rooms)
  • Capacity: Up to 5 adults
  • Amenities: Stormalong Bay pool complex, various dining options
  • Location: Adjacent to Epcot, near Hollywood Studios
  • Transportation: Walking path, boat, bus service
  • Unique Features: Access to Stormalong Bay, one of Disney’s best pools
  • Pros: Close to Epcot, fantastic pool area, range of dining options.
  • Cons: It can be expensive, and standard rooms might feel cramped.

Feedback: “The Beach Club’s location and amenities were perfect for our family. The kids couldn’t get enough of the sandy-bottom pool!” – recommended by Lisa G., a mother of three.

Best For: Families who want Epcot proximity and great amenities, especially water features.

7. Polynesian Village Resort

Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort transports guests to a South Pacific tropical paradise, surrounding them with its lush, laidback charm. Families revel in the exotic theming from Tiki-inspired lodges to Pacific Islander cuisine. This uniquely luxurious Disney resort offers an escapist island ambiance conveniently located near the Magic Kingdom theme park.

  • Value Tier: $$$ (Deluxe Resort)
  • Theme: South Pacific island escape
  • Room Type: Standard View Rooms
  • Square Footage: Approx. 415 sq ft
  • Bed Configuration: 2 Queen Beds, 1 Day Bed
  • Capacity: Up to 5 adults
  • Amenities: 1 bathroom, Lava Pool with waterslide, dining options including character dining
  • Location: On Seven Seas Lagoon, across Magic Kingdom
  • Transportation: Monorail, boat, bus service
  • Unique Features: South Pacific immersion, monorail access
  • Pros: Exotic theming, excellent dining options, monorail access
  • Cons: Higher price point, one bathroom

Feedback: The Polynesian was a great choice for Tonya P., who stayed there with her sister and nieces. “We enjoyed the lush grounds, the restaurants, the pools, and the short monorail ride to Magic Kingdom.”

Best For: Families desiring exotic immersion with deluxe amenities and close park access.

8. Contemporary Resort

The Contemporary Resort exterior at sunset, with Monorails approaching the building

Disney’s Contemporary Resort iconically wows families with sleek modernist-style conveniences. This premium-tier resort allows guests to walk to Magic Kingdom via its signature monorail running through the lobby. For families seeking deluxe accommodations, ultimate park access, and contemporary amenities, this resort seals the deal.

  • Value Tier: $$$ (Deluxe Resort)
  • Theme: Modern, iconic design
  • Room Type: Standard Rooms
  • Square Footage: Approx. 394 sq ft
  • Bed Configuration: 2 Queen Beds, 1 Day Bed
  • Capacity: Up to 5 adults
  • Amenities: 1 bathroom, pool, fitness center, dining options
  • Location: Adjacent to Magic Kingdom
  • Transportation: Walking path to Magic Kingdom, monorail, bus service
  • Unique Features: Monorail through the main building, stunning Magic Kingdom views
  • Pros: Prime location for Magic Kingdom access, modern amenities, and unique dining experiences.
  • Cons: It can be pricey, and rooms may feel less thematic than other Disney resorts (though some décor now includes nods to Disney-Pixar’s Incredibles).

Feedback: “The convenience of being so close to Magic Kingdom was incredible. The kids were fascinated by the monorail zipping through the lobby!” remarked Taylor S.

Best For: Families wanting deluxe amenities and ultimate ease of park access.

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9. Port Orleans Resort – Riverside

White columned building exterior at Port Orleans Riverside resort

Inspired by Louisiana’s bayou charm, Port Orleans Riverside immerses guests in Disney-style Southern hospitality. Families adore the picturesque scenery, from verdant landscapes to riverboat cruises. With tranquil scenery, royal suites, and rides to Disney Springs, this resort offers families a decidedly genteel yet magical getaway.

  • Value Tier: $$ (Moderate Resort)
  • Theme: Old Southern charm, rural Louisiana bayou
  • Room Type: Rooms with 5th Sleeper
  • Square Footage: Approx. 315 sq ft
  • Bed Configuration: 2 Queen Beds, 1 Child-Size Pull-Down Bed
  • Capacity: 4 adults and one child
  • Amenities: 1 bathroom, themed pool, horse-drawn carriage rides, fishing
  • Location: Along the Disney-created Sassagoula River
  • Transportation: Bus service, boat to Disney Springs
  • Unique Features: Royal Guest Rooms, boat rides to Disney Springs
  • Pros: Beautiful scenic setting, Royal Guest Rooms, boat access to Disney Springs
  • Cons: One bathroom, farther from some theme parks

Feedback: “Port Orleans – Riverside has a relaxing atmosphere that’s great after a day at the parks. The kids loved the pool and the boat ride to Disney Springs,” says Jen K., visiting with her family.

Best For: Families seeking a more scenic, tranquil resort setting with modern room comforts.

10. Yacht Club Resort

Disney’s Yacht Club Resort immerses families in upscale New England nautical theming. Its expansive Stormalong Bay pool complex thrills kids with a mini water park vibe. Sophisticated rooms and amenities create an inviting home base for enjoying Epcot and Hollywood Studios via convenient walks or quick boat rides. For families desiring deluxe accommodations and activities in a relaxed yet access-friendly setting, it hits the mark.

Two queen beds and a sleeper sofa in a room at Disney's Yacht Club resort, offering bedding for a family of five

  • Value Tier: $$$ (Deluxe Resort)
  • Theme: Nautical New England yacht club
  • Room Type: Standard View Rooms
  • Square Footage: Approx. 380 sq ft
  • Bed Configuration: 2 Queen Beds, 1 Day Bed
  • Capacity: Up to 5 adults
  • Amenities: Stormalong Bay pool complex, boat rentals, fitness center
  • Location: Walking distance to Epcot, short boat ride to Hollywood Studios
  • Transportation: Walking, boat, bus service
  • Unique Features: Stormalong Bay mini-water park
  • Pros: Luxurious amenities, Stormalong Bay pool, walking distance to Epcot.
  • Cons: Higher price point, smaller rooms, and theme may not appeal to kids.

Feedback: “Our stay at the Yacht Club was fantastic. The pool was great for the kids, and we loved walking to Epcot.” – shared Alexis and Alejandro S..

Best For: Families wanting deluxe thematic immersion with excellent recreational amenities and prime park proximity.

11. BoardWalk Inn

Exterior of Disney's BoardWalk Inn, with boats on the water nearby

Inspired by vintage Atlantic City, Disney’s BoardWalk Inn entertains families with lively recreational pursuits against a charming seaside backdrop. Its prime location allows walking to Epcot and Hollywood Studios. And carnival-style theming, dining and activities induce smiles when not in the parks. For families wanting deluxe fun with quick access to everything, this resort delivers magical memories.

  • Value Tier: $$$ (Deluxe Resort)
  • Theme: Turn-of-the-century Atlantic City
  • Room Type: Standard and Deluxe Rooms
  • Square Footage: Approx. 380 sq ft
  • Bed Configuration: 2 Queen Beds and 1 Day Bed or 1 Queen-Size Sleeper Sofa (Deluxe Rooms)
  • Capacity: Up to 5 adults
  • Amenities: Carnival-themed pool, fitness center, BoardWalk entertainment
  • Location: Walking distance to Epcot and Hollywood Studios
  • Transportation: Walking path, boat, bus service
  • Unique Features: Vibrant boardwalk with entertainment and dining
  • Pros: Vibrant atmosphere, close to two major parks, diverse recreational options.
  • Cons: Sometimes busy and crowded, especially in the evenings.

Feedback: “The BoardWalk Inn was a delightful surprise. The evening entertainment on the BoardWalk was a great way to end our days.” – recounts Michael P., father of three.

Best For: Families wanting deluxe iconic theming with quick access to multiple parks, dining, and entertainment.

12. Grand Floridian Resort & Spa

Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa defines upscale Victorian luxury, making it the ultimate choice for families wanting an opulent Disney vacation experience. Grand lodges exude charm amid lush grounds, pools, and dining worthy of royalty. Monorail access to Magic Kingdom and attentive Disney service add to the appeal of the resort for families. For those desiring pampered park pursuit adventures steeped in Victorian romance, the Grand Floridian sets the gold standard.

  • Value Tier: $$$$ (Deluxe Resort)
  • Theme: Victorian elegance and sophistication
  • Room Type: Standard Rooms
  • Square Footage: Approx. 440 sq ft
  • Bed Configuration: 2 Queen Beds, 1 Day Bed
  • Capacity: Up to 5 adults
  • Amenities: Spa, lush pools, fine dining (including Disney Character Dining)
  • Location: On Seven Seas Lagoon near Magic Kingdom
  • Transportation: Monorail, boat, bus service
  • Unique Features: Upscale dining, monorail access
  • Pros: Luxurious setting, excellent service, monorail access.
  • Cons: High price, and its regal theming may not appeal to children.

Feedback: “Staying at the Grand Floridian was like stepping into a fairy tale. The level of service and luxury was exceptional,” said Heather C., who visited with her husband and three children.

Best For: Those who are okay with paying more for an opulent Victorian family vacation with monorail access.

13. Coronado Springs Resort

Coronado Springs Resort immerses guests in vibrant Spanish, Mexican, and American Southwestern cultures through its architecture, cuisine, and lush grounds. The suites at its newer Grand Destino Tower particularly appeal to families desiring more spaciousness. With upbeat theming spanning Mayan pyramids to Spanish colonnades, these multi-bedroom suites fuse comfort with cultural discovery.

  • Value Tier: $$ (Moderate Resort)
  • Theme: Blend of Spanish, Mexican, and Southwest American cultures
  • Room Type: Casitas – 1-Bedroom Suite
  • Square Footage: Approx. 1070 sq ft
  • Bed Configuration: 2 Queen Beds, 1 Queen Sleeper Sofa
  • Capacity: Up to 6 adults
  • Amenities: Large pool with a Mayan pyramid, full-service spa
  • Location: In the Animal Kingdom Resort area
  • Transportation: Bus service
  • Unique Features: Gran Destino Tower, Mayan pyramid-themed pool
  • Pros: Unique cultural theming, spacious suites, modern amenities.
  • Cons: Some may find the resort too large and spread out.

Feedback: “Coronado Springs offered a different kind of Disney experience. The suite was spacious, and the kids loved the Mayan-themed pool,” noted Dave W.

Best For: Families wanting spacious suites and unique cultural theming at moderate prices.

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Saving Money and Maximizing Comfort

Offsite Resort Options: Consider nearby resorts like B Resort or Wyndham Bonnet Creek. Evaluate extra costs like resort fees and parking. See our guide to Hotels near Disney World with Shuttle Service for options.

Meal Deals and Groceries: Look into Disney Dining Plan options or consider suites with kitchenettes to save on dining. Nearby grocery services can stock your room with snacks and breakfast items.

Travel in Off-Peak Seasons: Off-peak times, such as late winter, early spring, and late autumn, tend to have lower rates and fewer crowds.

Bundle Packages: Investigate vacation package deals that include hotel, tickets, and/or dining. These bundles offer savings compared to booking separately.

Other Special Discounts: Beyond package deals, consider additional savings opportunities like Florida resident specials, military discounts, and various promotional rates. Check with The Vacationeer for details.

Final Thoughts on Picking Your Family’s Ideal Resort

Choosing the perfect Walt Disney World resort for a family of five requires balancing factors like budget, room comfort, amenities, and location convenience. Determine which attributes like theming or luxury services matter most for your family’s enjoyment.

Additionally, consider these tips:

  • Seek Savings on Stays: Look for seasonal packages and discounts, especially during lower crowd off-peak times.
  • Plan Downtime Diversions: Pick a resort offering leisure amenities to help you relax and recharge.
  • Evaluate Transportation Ease: Make sure the resort you chose is easily accessible to the park via transit.

Most importantly, select a resort reflecting that special Disney magic you seek. For stress-free planning, connect with an Authorized Disney Travel Planner whose expertise and guidance ensure your family’s vacation delights.

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