Hi! We are going to Disney World but we have more than 5 people in our family (6). We are on a very tight budget. Do you know what way works best to stay in a Disney resort but have the most value out of our trip?
Every new hotel Disney builds seems to get smaller. They really aren't making affordable rooms for larger families. It's truly a shame. Even the "Family Suites" only have one real bed in them and it's a queen size bed.
Here's what I would recommend for a family of more than 5 when staying at Disney World. Lately we've been staying at the Pop Century Resort and renting two rooms. The rooms at the Value Resorts have 2 beds and will sleep 4 each. If you have the right mix of children, you could get the room with the king size bed and the connecting room with the double beds.
Yes, you have to request connecting rooms, (someone told me that if you have more than 4 in your party you're guaranteed connecting rooms) but that's no problem. Disney does a great job of keeping families together.
An alternative would be a cabin at the Ft. Wilderness Campground. They come with kitchens, but would be considerably more than the 2 rooms at the Value Resort but less than 2 rooms anywhere else.
Other alternatives are staying offsite or renting points from a Disney Vacation Club member (which has some risk to it) like Dad did and stay at one of the Disney Deluxe Villa Resorts. Neither of those is a really good option when your going to Disney World with more than 5 in the family.