Walt Disney World is the perfect place for a family vacation! You can stay on property at the Walt Disney World Resort and rely on Disney to take care of everything you need from transportation to dining. This is ideal for a family, and helps Mom and Dad to enjoy the vacation as well as the kids! Of the more than 25 resorts at Walt Disney World, all of them are fantastic, but there are a few that are better suited to cater to the needs of a family than the others. These resorts all have some specific perk that makes them great places to spend your family vacation.
The benefit of a Value Resort to a family comes in the form of its price. These rooms are considerably cheaper than many others on property. The theming around all of the Value Resorts is generally larger than life and perfect for family fun. A negative when looking at the value resorts, is that these rooms tend to be smaller than the rooms at the more expensive resorts. These resorts are a great choice for families looking to save money and stay comfortable.
Disney’s Art of Animation Resort
Disney’s Art of Animation Resort is perfect for families because of the suite-style rooms. These rooms are more spacious than a typical Disney resort room and each of them has a fun theme. These suite-style rooms can sleep six people rather than the standard four. Another major perk is the inclusion of a kitchenette with a microwave and mini fridge. This benefit can save a family some additional money, as you can store some food in the resort room.
Other than the resort rooms, the theming at Art of Animation makes it ideal for families. This resort is themed to Disney animated films like Cars, The Lion King, Finding Nemo, and The Little Mermaid. Keep in mind that The Little Mermaid rooms are not suites. The main pool area is themed to Nemo, and features a massive pool and some really fun decorations and interactive elements.
Disney’s All Star Music Resort
Disney’s All Star Music Resort is another value resort that offers suite-style rooms. Having this extra space is a major benefit for families staying at this resort. The theming here features huge musical icons. Walking by a massive drum set or an electric guitar as tall as a building is a fun experience for any Guest. It is great for a family to have more space at a cheaper price point, which is what you get at Disney’s All Star Music Resort.
The moderate resorts at Walt Disney World are just what the name implies; these resorts are priced between the value and deluxe resorts and have amenities that are just between the other two resort categories. These can be perfect for families since the price is not overly exorbitant, the rooms are a bit more spacious than at the value resorts, and the pools are well themed and fun.
The Cabins at Disney’s Fort Wilderness
For a family, the benefit of a cabin at Disney’s Fort Wilderness is the kitchen area. Here guests can actually prepare an adequate meal and avoid a meal in the parks. There is also a little more privacy at a Fort Wilderness cabin since these are not part of a larger resort building but are separate buildings themselves. In addition, these rooms have been refurbished over the past few years, and have now been nicely upgraded. While having more room and a kitchenette is fantastic, there is a downside; these cabins are a little off the beaten path and extra time should be allotted when traveling from the cabins to the parks.
Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort
Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort is huge and beautiful. This resort has typical resort rooms with two beds and a bathroom, but they are a bit larger than the Value Resort rooms. The benefit for a family at this resort are the pirate-themed rooms. These rooms are decorated with pirate ship beds, carpet that looks like a ship’s deck, and other pirate-themed elements. The fun of these rooms will have the whole crew ready to sail away on the ocean blue. This can add an extra touch of magical fun to a family vacation, as you never leave the fully immersive theming that is present throughout Walt Disney World.
Disney’s Port Orleans Resort
Disney’s Port Orleans Riverside is similar to Caribbean Beach in that it has themed rooms. The rooms at Port Orleans Riverside are themed towards princesses rather than pirates! These royal rooms are perfect for any family with princess lovers, and again will keep the family immersed in the magic of a Disney vacation. Disney’s French Quarter side of Port Orleans resort also has great amenities for families. This side of the resort has a really awesome pool area that is a ton of fun for the whole family. The size of the two Port Orleans resorts are really nice, but it may be beneficial to request a specific room at these resorts because of the internal bus transportation system here that can add a little time to traveling to the parks.
The Deluxe Resorts are all amazing in their own ways. These each have spectacular theming and amazing attention to detail. These resorts are mostly very close to the parks, have table-service restaurants in the resort, and have pools with slides. All Deluxe Resorts are conducive towards a fantastic family trip, and that means that guests will pay quite a bit more to stay in these special places. The resorts listed here each have something special that makes them extra family-oriented as compared to the other deluxe resorts.
Disney’s Beach Club Resort
Stormalong Bay sets Disney’s Beach Club Resort apart from all of the other deluxe resorts. This pool is basically a water park reserved for guests staying at the resort. Stormalong Bay is amazing! The word “pool” does not fully encompass the enormity of this area. There is a huge body of water with a sandy ocean-like floor and a zero-entry slope instead of stairs or a ladder. Not to mention the huge shipwreck with a slide that all kids will love. Stormalong Bay is a special perk for guests of the Beach Club, and this is something to keep in mind when choosing a resort for the family. It’s also important to remember that this resort is within walking distance of Epcot; another great benefit of the expensive deluxe resort!
Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge
If the zoo is a perfect place for families to take a day trip, then Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge is the perfect resort for families at Disney. This resort is on a savanna, where guests can view zebras, antelope, and more all throughout the day and night. There is so much activity at this resort that a resort day is strongly encouraged just to take in all of the experiences. Just imagine walking out on the balcony of your resort room and being face to face with a giraffe! Now that is being immersed in the magic and away from the real world!
Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort
Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort is fantastic for families in that it is so close to the Magic Kingdom. Of the four Magic Kingdom resorts this is the most family friendly because of the Hawaiian theme and laid back atmosphere. There is a huge Volcano themed pool adjacent to a beach area. In the evenings, there is a fire twirling performance. At the doors of this resort guests are greeted with “Aloha!” and a lei. These features are in addition to being a boat or monorail ride away from the Magic Kingdom. The proximity to the premiere park at Walt Disney World makes the Polynesian resort an excellent choice for a family trip. Being able to walk out the doors and board a monorail to the Magic Kingdom is a special treat for guests visiting this resort.
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