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Affordable Disney Resort Options For A Family of 5

June 21, 2018

If you’ve ever tried to plan a Walt Disney World trip with a family of 5, you know how frustrating it is to find a Resort that accommodated everyone. Since most Disney Resorts can only sleep 4 per room, this leaves Guests with more than that wondering where to stay.

Luckily, there are options for a family of 5 to stay at a Disney Resort without completely blowing your budget.

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Children Under 3 Years Old

Children who are under 3 years old travel to Walt Disney World for free. Although they do need to be included on the reservation, they won’t count towards your room occupancy.

This means that even if you’re traveling as a group of 5, you are allowed to book a room meant for 4 Guests.

Whether or not this arrangement will work for you is a personal choice. Remember: most beds on Disney property are queens. Also keep in mind that your room is going to be tight on space, especially once you add strollers and pack and plays.

However, if you’re on a tight budget, it’s a great solution to get all of the perks for staying on property, without blowing your budget.

5th sleeper pull down bed at Disney's Port Orleans Riverside

5th Sleeper

If there was one room category at a Disney Resort specifically made for a family of 5, it’s the 5th sleepers.

They’re only found at the Moderate Resorts, which automatically gives you more amenities than the Value Resorts. But, because they don’t have anything more than standard hotel rooms, other than an extra twin sized pull down bed, they’re the best bang for your buck, budget-wise.

Although anyone with 5 or less Guests can stay in these rooms, they are best suited for families with younger kids. The murphy bed is small (calling it a twin size bed is a stretch). So, unless you’re on the shorter side, you’re not going to be comfortable.

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Campfire Sing a long with Chip and Dale at Disney's Fort Wilderness

Cabins at Fort Wilderness

Each cabin has all the modern conveniences of home. Forget about “roughing it” – these cabins redefine the camping experience.

Each cabin has a dedicated bedroom with a queen sized bed and a bunk bed, a full kitchen, and a queen sized pull out couch. You also get your own parking spot, right in front of your cabin.

If you’re traveling with strollers or energetic kids, the extra room to move around is a game-changer. Traveling with older kids? They’ll be happy to hear that there’s enough beds that they don’t have to sleep with their siblings.

Rafiki at Disney's Art of Animation

Family Suites

If you need extra space and love Disney décor, Family Suites are the way to go. Not only do they have a separate living area and bedroom, you also get a 2nd bathroom.

Ever tried getting everyone ready in a standard hotel room? After one too many late mornings, you’ll understand why many families consider a Family Suites a must-have.

Family Suites also have a kitchenette. While it’s not a full kitchen, you do have a microwave, coffeemaker, and a fridge. As of 2023, All Star Music have upgraded to larger refrigerators, while Art of Animation still has a mini fridge. You also get disposable cups, plates, bowls, and silverware.

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