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Finding an affordable family of five Disney World resort can be tricky!
Most of the pricey Deluxe resorts at Walt Disney World have rooms that sleep five people, but if you can’t shell out $500/night for one of these rooms (and I certainly can’t) then you’ll need another option.
In this post, I’ll share my tips and tricks for finding rooms at Disney World that sleep five (at no extra cost). You might be surprised at all of the options families of five have and how affordable they can be!
Family of 5 Disney World Overview
There are five different approaches for families of five who want to stay on Disney property on a budget. They are:
- Stay in a room at a Moderate resort that sleeps five
- Rent DVC points to stay in a Studio Villa that sleeps five
- Book connecting rooms at a Value resort
- Stay in a Family Suite or Cabin
- Camp at Fort Wilderness
Next, I’ll share details on each of these options including how to book these rooms at the lowest possible prices!
Disney Moderate Resorts That Sleep Five
Two Disney World “Moderate” resorts have certain rooms that sleep five at no additional cost as long as there are only two adults in the room. These resorts are:
- Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort
- Disney’s Port Orleans – Riverside Resort
It’s important to note that not all rooms at these resorts sleep five, but if you make a reservation for five you will be guaranteed one of these rooms.
These rooms have two queen beds and one pull-down “Murphy” bed that is narrower than a twin bed (picture of one below). This bed folds up into a storage unit leaving you more room to move around. I think it is best suited to kids 12 and under.
Rooms at Caribbean Beach start at around $160/night plus tax (this includes the typical Disney room-only discount) and rooms at Riverside start at around $190/night plus tax.
Caribbean Beach will stay lower priced until the Skyliner is finished, then expect these rooms to increase in cost. Click here for my full review of Caribbean Beach resort.
My recommended way to book these rooms is through Undercover Tourist. You’ll get the current Disney discounts (you can find the current Disney discounts here) plus additional discounts from Undercover Tourist on top of that!
Rooms through Undercover Tourist are often cheaper than when booked directly through Disney. Plus if you get your discount Disney World park tickets in the same transaction you’ll qualify for yet ANOTHER discount!
If you want to get these rooms as part of a package that includes the Disney Dining Plan (such as during the super popular “Free Dining” offer)
I suggest getting a free quote from my recommended Disney travel agency, Destinations in Florida. Their expert agents can help you with dining and FastPass reservations all at no additional fee.
DVC Studio Villas That Sleep Five
The way that my family most often stays at Disney is by renting Disney Vacation Club (DVC) points. It is hands-down the best way to save money at Disney World and have an incredible vacation!
Many DVC resorts now have Studio Villas that sleep five. These rooms have one queen bed, one full-size sleeper sofa, and one single Murphy bed.
Here are the resorts that currently have Studio Villas that sleep five:
- Disney’s BoardWalk Villas
- Disney’s Beach Club Villas
- Boulder Ridge Villas at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge
- The Villas at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa
- Disney’s Polynesian Villas & Bungalows
These rooms are larger than standard hotel rooms and have a kitchenette, both helpful for large families. Plus the pools and other amenities at these resorts are amazing!
My recommended way to book these rooms is through David’s Vacation Rentals. They handle all aspects of making the reservation for you, you’ll get access to all of your Disney benefits (Magical Express, FastPass priority window, free MagicBands, etc.), and you’ll even be able to add a Dining Plan to your reservation.
A Studio Villa at the Boardwalk starts at $160/night (including tax) when you book through David’s. These are popular rooms so I suggest booking at least six months in advance.
The BoardWalk has the most economical villas that sleep five and other resorts will be more expensive. The Beach Club and Boulder Ridge villas start at $240/night, and the most expensive resorts, the Polynesian and Grand Floridian, are around $270 and up.
Connecting Rooms at a Value Resort
Another affordable strategy for staying at Disney World with a family of five is to book connecting rooms at a Disney Value Resort.
I have done this myself at Pop Century when my dad joined my family for a trip one year and it was fantastic! I love the Value resorts for how kid-friendly and “Disney” they are – check out my post on what the expect at the Value resorts here.
The Value resorts I recommend for booking two connecting rooms are (in my preferred order):
- Disney’s Pop Century Resort
- Disney’s All-Star Movies
- Disney’s All-Star Music
- Disney’s All-Star Sports
Rooms at the All-Star Resorts start at around $95 plus tax (with the typical room-only discount) and Pop Century starts at $105 plus tax. I suggest booking these rooms at a discount through Undercover Tourist.
So while this approach will cost more than booking one room at Caribbean Beach or a Studio Villa at the Boardwalk, it will be less than some other options. AND you will have two bathrooms and lots of space!
Family Suites & Cabins
Another fantastic option for a family of five is to splurge for a family suite. These are located at All-Star Music and Art of Animation.
While these will be one of the more expensive options, you will have more room and multiple bathrooms which can be a huge help when getting a family ready in the morning!
The suites at All-Star Music are the most affordable and start at $269 plus tax. Room-only discounts of 15-20% off are sometimes available for these suites. The suites sleep six and have two full baths – check out pictures and details here.
The suites at Art of Animation start at $354/night and discounts are almost always available for these rooms. They are huge, incredibly themed, have two full bathrooms, a dining table that pulls down into a full-size bed, and more. Check out my full review of these rooms here.
There are also cabins located at Disney’s Fort Wilderness resort that sleep six and start at $364 per night. They are almost always included in discounts and you can check out pictures and details from Disney here.
I suggest booking any of these rooms with Undercover Tourist for the best prices!
Campsites at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort
And finally, the most affordable option for a family of five to stay on property is to camp at Fort Wilderness. Campsites start at only $55 per night and sleep up to TEN people at no additional cost!
Check out my full review of camping at Fort Wilderness here (coming soon). I only recommend this during the cooler months of the year, generally November through March.
If tent camping isn’t your thing, or you want to visit when it’s hot at night, another option is to rent an RV for your stay! While I haven’t done this myself, I have read reviews of others who say it is a great way to go. You can rent an RV (with air conditioning) at Fort Wilderness that sleeps five from $70/night at RVShare.com.
Campsites are rarely if ever included in a discount so the best way to book is direct with Disney here.
I hope this post gave you some ideas for finding affordable family of five Disney World rooms! Any questions? Join our community over at The Budget Mouse Facebook group!