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Top Walt Disney World Resorts for Families

Beach Club Pool
Pool at Disney’s Beach Club Resort

Walt Disney World is the perfect place for a family vacation, and here are the top resorts for families at Walt Disney World Resort! 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 29 resorts at Walt Disney World, there are a few that are better suited to cater to the needs of a family than the others. Here are the top resorts for families at Walt Disney World recommended by The Mouse For Less!

Value Resorts     Moderate Resorts      Deluxe Resorts

Value Resorts

The benefit of a Value Resort to a family comes in the form of its price. These rooms are considerably less expensive, than many others on the property. In addition, the theming around all of the Value Resorts is generally larger than life and perfect for family fun! Choose one of these top Value resorts if your family is looking to save money and stay comfortable.

Disney’s Art of Animation Resort

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Disney’s Art of Animation Resort is perfect for families because of the family suite-style rooms. These rooms are more spacious than a typical Disney resort room, and each of them has a fun theme. Consequently, these family 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 amusing decorations and interactive elements.

Disney’s All-Star Music Resort

Disney's All Star Music Resort
Family Suite at Disney’s All Star Music Resort

Disney’s All-Star Music Resort is another value resort that offers family suite-style rooms. Having this extra space is a significant benefit for families staying at this resort. The theming here features large musical icons. Furthermore, walking by a large drum set or an electric guitar as tall as a building is a fun experience for any Guest. It is excellent for a family to have more space at a cheaper price point, which is what you get at Disney’s All-Star Music Resort.

Moderate Resorts

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. Choose one of these top Moderate resorts that are 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 and all have pool slides, or in the case of Port Orleans Riverside, have access to a pool slide at Port Orleans French Quarter.

The Cabins at Disney’s Fort Wilderness

Disney's Fort Wilderness Resort
Bedroom at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort

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.  Also, the cabins can sleep up to 6 guests plus one infant (3 and under) in a crib or pack and play.  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.  The resort itself has many additional activities available as well.  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
Child Bede at Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort

Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort is vast and beautiful. This resort has standard resort rooms with two beds and a bathroom, but they are a bit larger than the Value Resort rooms. Most importantly, the resort rooms at Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort were refurbished in 2023 and are more functional than ever for families! The fully immersive theming of Caribbean Beach sets this resort apart! Some of the standard view rooms will sleep 5 guests, although the 5th guest should be a child under the age of 9.
You need to make sure you reserve a room for 5, as not all the rooms will sleep 5. 

Disney’s Port Orleans Resort

Royal Room at Disney’s Port Orleans Riverside Resort

Disney’s Port Orleans Riverside has Royal Rooms that are perfect for any family with princess lovers and will keep the family immersed in the magic of a Disney vacation. Disney’s French Quarter side of Port Orleans resort also has excellent amenities for families. In addition, French Quarter has an impressive pool area that is a ton of fun for the whole family. The size of the two Port Orleans resorts are large, so it may be beneficial to request a specific room at these resorts. The internal bus transportation system here that can add a little time to traveling to the parks. Some of the standard rooms (all views) in Riverside will sleep 5 guests, although the 5th guest needs to be able to sleep on a small fold down bed.  You need to make sure you reserve a room for 5, as not all the rooms will sleep 5. 

Deluxe Resorts

The Deluxe Resorts are all fantastic in their own way. 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

Disney’s Beach Club Resort

Stormalong Bay sets Disney’s Beach Club Resort apart from all of the other Deluxe resorts, which makes it a top resort for families. 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 massive body of water with a sandy ocean-like floor and a zero-entry slope instead of stairs or a ladder. Not to mention the enormous shipwreck with a slide that all kids will love. Stormalong Bay is a special perk for guests of the Beach Club. 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

Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge Resort

If the zoo is a perfect place for families to take a day trip, then Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge is the ideal top resort for families at Disney. This resort is on a savanna, where guests can view zebras, antelope, and more throughout the day and night. There is so much activity at this resort that a resort day is strongly encouraged 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 Room

Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort is fantastic for families because 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. Some of the rooms are even themed to Disney’s Moana! There is a colossal 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. 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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