Sunday 4 October 2015
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Taking on Disney With a Large Family

Traveling with a large family to Disney comes with its own set of challenges. By Disney standards, a large family is a family with more than 5 people. So my family of 8 is downright gigantic. We have been going to Disney a couple times a year for the last 10 years and we have learned the tricks of traveling with a large pride. In this 4 part series I will tell you all our secrets for lodging, dining, tickets and enjoying the park. Big families can have an awesome time at Disney, all it takes is faith, love and a little bit of pixie dust (sorry, I couldn’t resist!).

Part one – Lodging 

I do have a map over the Cozy Cone Motel. And if you do stay, 
we offer a free Lincoln Continental breakfast”- Sally, Cars
The most difficult part of planning your vacation will be finding lodging. Staying on property is an option but can be an expensive or inconvenient one. Here is the scoop. You can stay in a larger room on property, but that will cost you a pretty big chunk of money. You could stay in two separate rooms and request that they are connecting. That doesn’t always work, Disney will not “guarantee” connecting rooms, they will process your request but will not guarantee anything. We had this happen to us once and my husband and I ended up at separate ends of the hotel and it made for a not as enjoyable a trip. 9 times out of 10 Disney can accommodate your request, but we found that it was a gamble we weren’t willing to take.
The best bet in my opinion, both for price and being able to guarantee that you stay together, is staying off property. There are many hotels and resorts around Disney (most offer shuttles right to Disney) that can accommodate larger families and for a lower price. Our favorite hotels are:

Residence Inn, Lake Buena Vista – They are an official Disney World Good Neighbor hotel, they have spacious rooms that start at 109 per night in the off season. The largest room they have is a 2 bedroom suite and that goes for around $149 a night (great deal!) We have stayed here a few times and have always been very happy. 

Doubletree Suites by Hilton Hotel, Lake Buena Vista – This was a favorite of our family before we had to graduate to the 2 bedroom suites at the Residence inn. These rooms are spacious and more than accommodating. A room that will easily sleep 6 starts at only $89 in the off season. 

This past January was the first time that we didn’t stay in a hotel, we really went rogue and rented a house for the week. This is now my absolute favorite option! We were able to rent a 4 bedroom house (with a private pool) that was 10 minutes from Disney World, for only $750 for the entire week! We found the house on and it was perfect! I doubt we will go to Disney any other way now. It was great to be able to spread out after a day of crowds at the park. It was nice that the kids could play in the pool while my husband and I were able to watch from the living room. It really was ideal for our large family.
Now you know where to stay with your large family, look for the next part in the series to find out how to dine with your large family.

Mom of 6, blogger at Almost Supermom and wannabe Mouseketeer. 

Terri is owner, creator and an author for WDW Hints. She enjoys taking less-traveled paths of WDW and sharing her lesser-known discoveries with you!

  • Shauna Torres

    Thank you, Thank you, Thank you… we have a family of 5 and have a hard enough time finding a place to accommodate us. Why don’t more places realize we need two bedrooms without shelling out all our vacation funds on a hotel… Love these recommendations. Thanks so much

  • Shauna Torres

    THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! We struggle so much as a family of 5 in that most places don’t realize that we need two rooms… These are great ideas and recommendations, so thank you

  • Pam W

    Both of those places look lovely. I stayed in the Rosemont the last time I was in Orlando and it would only sleep four.

  • Ave T

    Recidence in looks like a really great place to stay! Thanks for sharing great tips!

  • Jennifer B

    This looks like a beautiful place to stay! We have a large family as well and are always looking for tips to make trips smoother!

  • Victoria H

    This hotel looks awesome. Thanks for the great advice.

  • Helene Bludman

    Great to get these recommendations. Both hotels look really nice.

  • Wendy Kaufman

    I have to admit, I’m terrified of going to Disney! It’s just overwhelming to me.

  • kim

    We love regal palms..We have rented through vrbo multiple times. 4br townhouses with pools, lazy river and water slide for about $700 per week. It’s about 15 mins from Disney.

  • Jenny

    I don’t think I could have doing Disney with my family. I skipped it this summer.

  • Francine Morrell

    That is quite a feat! We went last year as a family of four and it was crazy at times.

  • Danielle

    We just went to Disney this past June but we are wanting to go back. We have a family of 8 so this is such great info for me… I’d love to know more about the 4 br house you rented for $750!! I would still love to try out the Residence Inn too.

  • Cynthia L

    Wow, what a great deal for a house. We recently traveled to Germany and rented apartments instead of hotels and we just loved it. There was so much more room and we could actually do the laundry!

  • Liz @ A Nut in a Nutshell

    I couldn’t agree more about how much more comfortable a suite is than a regular hotel room. I haven’t tried those properties, but I’ll certainly remember them now!

  • homemakinghacks

    Love your post, this will come in handy for future vacay planning! I can’t wait to read about dining w/ large families.. that is always a huge challenge!

  • Katherine Bartlett

    I’m keeping this handy for future reference!

  • Danyelle

    I only have 3 kids and can’t afford such a journey. Thank you for the great article, looks possible!

  • TheNewClassy

    I have never been to Disney {either of them} but if we ever go, I will be sure to keep your suggestions in mind. :)

  • Mommy2Jam

    I live locally and I am bookmarking this page because my kids alway love an adventure and staying at a hotel. thanks for sharing

  • malia p

    I can’t wait to go to Disney with my family

  • Milena Milani Barrett

    Maybe someday, but not this year. I only have 2 kids and I can’t imagine having more-LOL!

  • Virginia @thatbaldchick

    Now that we are a family of five, we’re rethinking some f our vacation plans. So many places have discounts for families of four, but not five or more. Disney is on our bucket list.

  • brett

    you definitely have to be creative with large families- it is doable, esp when folks like you help with posts like this!!

  • Shanna

    We want to go to Disney soon! Great tips! Thanks!

  • MrsDiamondiva

    I love Disney everything!!!! I even worked there along time ago. Looks like a lot of fun.

  • Kimi Steinbaugh Hagans

    love your hotel post. pinning this. I only have a 6 pack, but we decided to take one kid our first time, and planning to add one at a time per visit. my Disney house rule is you must have no potty training ‘accidents’ all year and ( hopefully as close to 48″ as we can get). it was kind of a pain to switch riders. I didn’t like waiting!