Select Page

By British Diva

As a busy wife & Mum to four (2 teens & 2 tweens),  I really feel that I’m well qualified to give my tuppence worth on travelling to Disney ‘en mass’;

I mean, we’re already a rowdy family of 6 without adding in any other family members!!

Sourcing appropriate, yet cost effective lodgings for a large family group can be problematic as the vast majority of rooms are structured to accommodate today’s usual family of four.

Making a connection….

British Diva’s family of six have taken up residence both at the Animal Kingdom Lodge and The Beach Club at Walt Disney World and also at the Disneyland Paris Hotel.  Each time, altogether in two interconnecting rooms.

Arranging connecting rooms is simple – by making the request at the time of booking: either direct with Disney or through a Disney specialist Travel Agent or local travel company.

Unfortunately,  Disney policy does not guarantee your family connecting rooms.  Therefore upon checking in you will be allocated the next available rooms most appropriate to your parties needs.
If you’re anything like me; a control freak,  I like to personally re-enforce my behest by telephoning the resort hotels reception one week before we are due to check in to reiterate my request.

Only once has Disney denied me;  however, they did manage to switch our rooms within the first 24hrs of our stay!


The Beach Club Resort

Facts for families of five….

A great choice for a family of 5 would be staying on Alligator Bayou at Port Orleans Riverside (a moderate resort).  Here you have the cost effective option of requesting a ‘put-you-up’ (trundle) style bed for the 5th member of your party. This choice will lose you some room space, but you do gain back in economy!  As above with the connecting rooms, you should make this request at the time of booking & reiterate with a phone call one week before check in.

A tip worth remembering: for a family of 5 where the youngest is aged under 3 years, a cot (crib) is provided (free of charge) at Disney resorts & does not count towards room occupancy.

Vacation villas galore!


When I was a small child and first visited Walt Disney World in the late 1970’s my family holidayed (vacationed) both in the Vacation & the Fairway Villas. Both are now sadly consigned to the Disney history books.  These wonderful lodgings were perfect for large groups as they offered a real ‘home from home’ feel, which  can be especially important to overseas guests like us who like to stay for 2 weeks or more.
Thankfully, you are still able to stay in similar style accommodations at WDW that amply provide a family group with plenty of room to relax and spread out in- with separate bedrooms, living areas, kitchenettes and bathrooms.


Here’s a list of suggestions for WDW Resorts that provide family suites to sleep 5 or more:

Value Resorts: All Star Music Resort & the new Art of Animation Resort.

Moderate Resorts: The Cabins at Fort Wilderness.

Deluxe Resorts: The Animal Kingdom Lodge, The Beach & The Yacht Club, The Boardwalk Inn, The Contemporary, The Grand Floridian, The Polynesian, & The Wilderness Lodge.

British Diva’s family have enjoyed a stay in the cosy pioneer style cabins at Fort Wilderness.  There’s lots of family fun – country style to be found at the Fort!

Our wilderness cabin at Heron Hollow

The suite life….

Opt for a family gathering on a rather grander & much more expensive scale & book a Deluxe Villa that will easily accommodate parties of up to 9 guests.  These very spacious luxury villas boast full kitchens with laundry facilities, DVD players & a jacuzzi (whirlpool)!

Villas that sleep parties of up to 8 are found at:

The Saratoga Springs Resort, The Beach Club Villas, The Boardwalk Villas, Animal Kingdom Villas (Jambo House) & The Wilderness Lodge Villas.

And villas that sleep parties of up to 9:

The Old Key West Resort, Animal Kingdom Villas (Kidani Village) & The Bay Lake Tower at The Contemporary Resort.

Sleep up to 9 in a treehouse – Disney style!

The Treehouse Villas at The Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa are detached (stand alone) 3 bedroom holiday (vacation) homes.  These most attractive villas are constructed on lofty wooden stilts some 10 feet off the ground and are designed to both complement and blend into their leafy forest surroundings.  Inside opulence abounds with vaulted ceilings and deluxe fixtures and fittings throughout.

Read more useful Disney Diva villa reviews & tips here.


Disney Vacation Club

Generally speaking visitors from the United Kingdom aren’t investors to the Disney Vacation Club; so much so, that most would not have even heard of it!
However, it is hugely popular amongst American guests to purchase Disney Vacation Club (DVC) points, or as we would refer to it here in the UK- time share. You can read Princess Diva’s wonderful & very explanatory DVC article here.

“Home is where the heart is”  & my heart’s always at Disney!