Disney World Hotels for Families of 5+ (including Art of Animation Family Suites)

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Disney World Hotels for Families of 5+ (including Art of Animation Family Suites)

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If you are looking to travel to Disney World, but are worried there isn’t a room big enough for you – don’t worry! Disney has plenty of Disney World Hotels for families of 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, and even 10! Here are several choices for families with more than 4 people per room as well as in in-depth look at the Lion King Family Suite at Disney’s Art of Animation.
Disney World Hotels for Famlies of 5 and more plus Art of Animation Family Suites

Hotels for Families of 5 – 10 People at Disney World

If you are a family of 5 and your youngest is 2 and under you can still book in any “regular” room. You will just need to call and speak with a travel agent who will just make a note in the system and provide you with a complimentary port-a-crib. SWEET!

If, like us, however you are a family if 5 with kids ages 3 and up you will need to find some other choices. Here are some options for you from least expensive $50/night to most expensive $830/night.
Camping is the cheapest way to go! At the campsites you can have a maximum of 10 people per site. The sites are roomy, private, have a picnic table & grill, plus you have a camp store and pool with waterslide on site (among other amenities). In value season they run about $50. The downside is you will have to bring your camping gear, you may/many not sleep as well depending on the weather (rain or heat), and they do not offer promotional rates/free dining with these sites.
If you book two adjoining rooms there is a door that connects the two room on the inside, but if you have younger kids (like we do) this is not terribly appealing! It will however be much cheaper than the following choices if you get 2 adjoining rooms at a Value Hotel.  In value season these can run $85 each room per night making it $170 a night for both rooms.
This moderate resort has larger “regular” rooms that will accommodate a family of 5. Rooms will run you $184 in value season. There are several pools (including waterslides), play areas, catch and release fishing area, and more.
These family suites (explored in detail below!) offer family suites with 1 bedroom, a living area, kitchenette, and 2 bathrooms all surrounded by the fun whimsical Disney characters your kids love. They will love the many themed play areas and beautiful pools (including under the water pool speakers in the Nemo pool). See my full review here! There rooms run $288 and up in value season.
At this hotel you can book one of their two family suites that sleep up to 6 guests. There is a bedroom, living area, kitchenette and 2 bathrooms. These are older rooms than you’ll find at the new Art of Animation, but they are also cheaper. In value season you’ll pay about $292 a night.
These rustic beauties will accommodate up to 6 guests with 2 double beds and a set of bunk beds. The resort features scenic woodland trails, a white-sand beach, and a pool with a waterslide. This is also the homes of Hoop De Doo Revue  Dinner Show (see my review here!) These will run $296/night in value season.
A family of 5 can stay right on the monorail just a few stops from the Magic Kingdom at the modern Contemporary Resort. It will cost $389 and up in value season. This hotel features a pool with a waterslide, views of the evening fireworks, and Chef Mickey’s Character Dining (see my review here).
  • More Expensive Options

Disney can hit your bank account enough buying tickets and food so we aren’t into spending a lot for a room we will hardly use. But if you are wanting to live it up, there are other options at The Polynesia $438 and up,  The Animal Kingdom Lodge for $830 and up, Wilderness Lodge $629 and up, Villas at Disney’s Floridian $438 and up, and Beach Club Villas $738 and up.

Disney's Art of Animation Family Suites Tour and Review

Lion King Family Suite at Disney’s Art of Animation

Family Suites are perfect for large families who don’t want to get 2 adjoining rooms. 

Disney Art of Animation Lion King Family Suite Review

We stayed in the Lion King Suites at the Art of Animation. The suites are the same layout in the Lion King, Finding Nemo, and Cars area, but are themed differently. (The Little Mermaid offers small sing rooms) The room was very large, well laid out, immaculately maintained, and the theming was amazing!

Master Bedroom

Master Bedroom - Disney Art of Animation Lion King Family Suite Review
The Master Bedroom could leave the door open to to supervise children well and see the door in and out of the suite. The room was very large with it’s own dresser, end tables, in room safe, and large adjoining bathroom.
Master Bathroom - Disney Art of Animation Lion King Family Suite Review
The bathroom was also quite large with a convenient pocket door so it didn’t take up floor space to swing open and shut (very clever!)  When we stayed here we let Grandma & Grandpa take the bedroom for some additional privacy. Grandma was thrilled with the walk in shower! All the restrooms are stocked with shampoo, conditioner, soup, and other toiletries as needed. You will also love the large shower heads – which you’ll need after a long day at the park!

The Dinning Area

Disney Art of Animation Lion King Family Suite Review
The Dinning Area is the first thing you see when you enter your room. It is convenient for sitting down for a quick bite to eat, kids to color at, or for a family game night.
Clever fold down talbe becomes a comfortable bed at Disney ARt of Animation Family Suites
We thought the Art of Animation Pizza you could get that the hotel for 2 dining credits (includes 2 beverages & 2 desserts) was a great deal and fed our family of 5.
The other meal we loved getting was Cinnamon Rolls at Gaston’s Tavern in the Magic Kingdom and bringing them back to the hotel for the next day’s breakfast (check them out they are HUGE!) Plus you can warm them up in your in room microwave, stocked plates/cups/silverware and serve with coffee (in room and ready to go!)
Clever fold down talbe becomes a comfortable bed at Disney ARt of Animation Family Suites
At night this bed folded down with a quick pull to make a really comfortable bed. This is where my husband and I slept. There are 2 night tables and the mattress is incredibly comfortable.

The Living Room

Art of Animation Lion King Room Review
The living room is the largest space in the room. The couch covers seating for 3 plus the really funky, yet comfortable chair adds seating for one more. Plus you can bring over chairs from the dinning room too.  Adjacent is the mini kitchen complete with a fridge, microwave, coffee maker, sink, and stocked with cups/plates/napkins/silverware (and they are really good about replenishing the supplies!)
Art of Animation Lion King Room Review Art of Animation Lion King Room Review
Everything is beautifully themed, down to the lamps! It is a really fun, clever, and well thought out room!
Uncomfortable Sofa Bed at Art of Animation Family Suite
I do want to point out that although the couch pulls out to make additional bedding (which you will need for guests 5 and 6) it is not a comfortable bed! Originally my husband and I were going to sleep here, but after pulling the bed out we moved the kids (horrible I know!)  The mattress is only a couple inches thick and there is a large crease where it folds that is really uncomfortable!
Art of Animation Lion King Room Review The kids loved the Disney Junior and classic Mickey cartoon channels in our room. This was a great way to wake up, rest midday, or wind down from an exciting day! There were 2 TV’s – one in the living room and one in the master bedroom.

I can’t believe I didn’t get a picture, but the main bathroom was wonderful. It is also a pocket door (making less doors to work around). First you go into the sink area which has a blow dryer, sink, shelf, and large counter. Then a separate door leads into the toilet & bathtub. This is a great set-up for families where the bathroom is in high demand. The shower curtain was stunning – the sunrise over the African plains!
art of animation review

Art of Animation – Disney Hotel Review

If you are seriously looking at staying at the Disney Art of Animation don’t miss my review on the hotel itself. Although I wouldn’t hesitate to book the “room” again, the hotel itself was not as magical. Come read the good and the bad about the newest Disney World hotel.


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