Best Places To Stay With A Big Family

There are lots of choices when it comes to accommodations for big families (3 or more children). You can get suites; 1,2 or 3 room villas; or multiple adjoining rooms at any resort. All of the deluxe hotels can accommodate up to 5 in a room except WL and Swan & Dolphin. Of course along with a big family usually comes a tight budget. Here are some suggestions for the budget conscious.

Fort Wilderness Cabins - This is my best recommendation for a  family with 6 or less people. Each cabin is on its own campsite with a parking space. The cabin can sleep 4 in the back room between a double bed and bunk beds. The other double bed is a pull down bed in the living area. The living area has a sofa, TV and DVD player. There is a fully equipped kitchen including full size refrigerator, stove, microwave, coffee pot, dishwasher, toaster, cookware and dinnerware for 6. There is also a table inside that seats six and picnic table and grill outside on the deck. The cabins include daily housekeeping and more. This is a great option because you can cook breakfast every day and even lunch or dinner if you want. Groceries can be purchased at one of two trading posts at the resort. Other advantages are the closeness to the MK. I know I am always talking about that but the MK area is really the best when you are traveling with small kids. You can get to lots of character meals from here to. The campground offers lots of fun things to do and a great retreat from the business of the parks. You can fish, rent boats and bikes, enjoy the pools, playgrounds, sing-a-long, campfire and outdoor movies and much more. Two of the dinner shows are here to Mickey's Backyard BBQ and The Hoop-Dee-Doo Revue. The cabins are about $270 a night. This is considered a moderate option.

All Star Music Family Suites - This resort is in the value category. Each suite sleeps up to 6 guests. Each suite has a separate bedroom, pull-out sofas in the living room, 2 bathrooms and a kitchenette. This resort is located near Animal Kingdom and is much further out from the rest of the attractions. All Star Music has several pools, playgrounds, a large food court, housekeeping services, etc. These rooms run about $190 a night.

Adjoining rooms - You can also do 2 adjoining rooms at any of the 4 value resorts (Pop Century being the best option). You will not have a mini fridge and the kitchenette like in the suite. These rooms start at $82 a night so that would be $164 a night and you can sleep up to 8.

Generally a baby in a pack and play (provided by Disney for free) doesn't count in your room total.

Remember there are specials and other incentives. Right now there is 20% off moderate rooms and 15% off value. That brings the price between the Cabins and Family Suites closer together. If you are planning to cook and want to save money on meals by eating in a lot it may be best to go with the cabins. If you don't plan on cooking any meals and just want the cheapest price then 2 adjoining rooms may be the way to go. I personally think the rustic appeal of Fort Wilderness and the atmosphere is worth the splurge if you can.

Thanks to Kerry from All Things For Mom for this great topic. You can offer suggestions for great topics too by commenting on this or any post.

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