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Families of 5

A common problem when it comes to accommodations at Walt Disney World, and even on a Disney Cruise, is where can a family of 5 stay without breaking the bank?  Due to Fire Code, many Disney resorts limit the number of occupants to just 4 people. There are a  few exceptions however.

What are the ages of the children in your family?
If you are family of 5, but one of your children is younger than 3, you can occupy a standard room at a Value or Moderate resort just fine. While it might be a tight squeeze, there is enough room for a pack-n-play in addition to the 2 Double or Queen beds. My suggestion, while it restricts use of the bathroom at night, if you have a little one who isn't used to sleeping in the same room as other family members, is to move the pack-n-play to the bathroom area and close the curtain :)

Are you a family of 5 with older children or are you looking for a small kitchenette?
Then a family suite is right for you! While a little pricier, it will afford your family more space and more conveniences. There are 2 types of family suites at Walt Disney World.

All Star Music
These are the original family suites at Disney.  The suites were remodeled by combining two standard rooms into one.  They include a Master Bedroom, 2 bathrooms, a small kitchenette and a living room area. These suites sleep up to 6 people.

The success of the All-Star Music suites lead to the creation of the Art of Animation family suites.  They looked at what worked and what didn't and created these amazing themed suites! These suites are slightly larger but offer similar amenities. They also sleep 6 people.

The Master bedroom has a Queen size bed and it's own bathroom

The Inova Table bed is one of the coolest parts of this suite...

Do the suites offer more amenities then you need?
If you are still in search of a standard room for your family of 5 but the suites offer just more than you need, or you don't want to stay at a value resort, you have more options. The following resorts will accommodate a family of 5 in a standard room.

-Port Orleans Riverside Resort 
-Grand Floridian Resort and Spa
-Polynesian Resort
-Contemporary Resort
-Yacht and Beach Club Resorts
-Boardwalk Inn Resort

Port Orleans offers a trundle bed while most of the others will offer a day bed.  The square footage of moderate and deluxe resorts are slightly larger than a value, but similar amenities are offered within the room.

Do you like the idea of a kitchenette but want MORE?
If you are willing to splurge and looking for a bit more than a family suite, you might want to consider a Deluxe Villa resort. These resorts offer Deluxe Studio, 1, 2 and 3 bedroom Villa's that come complete with full kitchens, split bathrooms, jacuzzi tubs and balconies. The price point is higher on these rooms but they offer a lot more space.  If you have more than 6 people and don't want to split rooms, the Villa's might be a great options for you as well!

Deluxe Studio at Disney's Boardwalk has a Queen bed, Double Sleeper Sofar...

and even a pull out trundle for kids 9 and under! This is similar to the  type of trundle Port Orleans Riverside offers.

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