Big families, little families, multigenerational families, families with teens and families with toddlers. Families come in all different sizes, but which Disney World Resorts are best for families? With over 30 different Disney Resort properties it can be difficult to pick the right resort for your family. Here are my top 5 resorts that I love specifically for families!
#5 Disney’s Art of Animation Resort
Disney’s Art of Animation Resort is a value resort. This means they have elaborate, larger than life theming in the common areas and more basic rooms with primarily double beds. These are a fantastic option for families on a tighter budget. They are also perfect for families who want to maximize their time at the parks and the resort hotel is only a place to rest your head and stick that cupcake in the fridge that your daughter wanted so badly. This resort has dedicated buses to the parks which means less waiting for you!
There is a large food court in Animation Hall, as well as a poolside snack bar. Kids will also love the pizza delivery!
Several of the newly refurbished rooms maximize the smaller space by having a murphy bed that goes down for sleeping and up during the day revealing a desk. There are also 2 room family suites available that can accommodate up to 6; perfect for larger families!
My favorite family suite is the newly refurbished “Nemo” themed suites that sleep 6. There are 2 bathrooms and 3 separate sleeping areas.
#4 The Cabins at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort
Do you love camping? How about glamping? Wilderness Cabins are air-conditioned cabins that sleep up to 6 people and feature vaulted ceilings, fully equipped kitchens, full bathrooms, television, DVD players, outdoor grills, picnic tables, and a private patio deck. You can also rent a golf cart to drive around in!
These cabins are perfect for families who want to have a resort day. There are so many fun activities for kids to participate in, like watercraft, beach, fishing, tennis courts, two heated swimming pools, and an arcade game room. Kids will also love the campfire and marshmallow roast with Disney characters and a Disney movie.
There is a grocery store and camping supplies at Meadow and Settlement Trading Posts. There are several dining options available including Crockett’s Tavern, Mickey’s Backyard BBQ, Trail’s End Restaurant and “Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue” nightly dinner show at Pioneer Hall.
Bus and boat transportation connect the cabins and campground with all Walt Disney World Resort areas.
#3 Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – Riverside
Port Orleans Riverside is a moderate resort. This category of resorts is a wonderful middle ground in all categories. Port Orleans Riverside has beautiful expansive grounds as well as the Riverside Mill food court and Boatwright’s Dining Hall.
Kids will love Ol’ Man Island, a 3 ½-acre old-fashioned swimming hole with slides, rope swings, and playgrounds! There is also quiet pools, boat rentals, game room, lounges and gift shop. Plus, you can actually fish off of a dock here!
Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – Riverside’s theme is Antebellum Louisiana plantation, bayou-side retreat. I could sit and stare at the paddle wheel for hours! I also love that you can walk along a beautiful trail to Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – French Quarter and enjoy both resorts! And while you’re over at French Quarter make sure to try a Mickey Beignet!
You can take a riverboat to Disney Springs and a bus to other Walt Disney World attractions and resorts.
#2 Copper Creek Villas & Cabins at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge
Copper Creek Villas & Cabins at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge is a Deluxe Villa Resort and is perfect for multigenerational families vacationing together. Deluxe Villas provide the comforts of home with full kitchens, laundry, and relaxing common areas.
Copper Creek Cabins at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge is my favorite because of the close proximity to the Magic Kingdom and the beautiful view of Bay Lake. These 2-bedroom cabins can accommodate up to 8 adults. Plus, what I love most: the built-in hot tub on your private screened-in deck!
#1 Disney’s Beach Club Resort
Disney’s Beach Club Resort is a Deluxe Resort and is known for its luxurious rooms, superior dining, and extensive recreational activities and ease in getting to and from the parks. This resort doesn’t scream Disney, but there are subtle hints of Disney sprinkled throughout. I love the airy blue colors and immersive New England beach club of the 1870s theme.
This resort is perfect for families with kids because it is within walking distance to Epcot. Taking a break during the day is invaluable to many families and being able to quickly get back to your resort hotel for naps or a break at the pool can make all the difference in your family’s vacation.
Stormalong Bay Pool is the absolute BEST pool at any Disney Resort! It is the perfect place to enjoy a much-needed rest day during your vacation and kids (and adults) will love sliding down the thrilling pirate ship slide. There is a marina with motorized watercraft and Disney movies on the beach!
Make sure to take the kids to Beaches & Cream, an old-fashioned ice cream parlor. There is dining in Cape May Café as well as two lounges.
So regardless of the size of your family or the size of your budget, there is a perfect Disney Resort for your magical vacation!
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