- For very large families (I'm going to define that as 2 adults and 5+ children) on a tight budget, adjoining rooms at the Value Resorts are your best option. You can sleep 4 (+1 infant in a crib) in each of two rooms for a total occupancy potential of 10 people. I'm going to be honest here and say if my family was that large, I'd seriously look at staying offsite, but onsite v. offsite is a blog post for another day.
- For families of 5 or 6 (+1 infant in a crib) on a moderate budget, the new Art of Animation resort's Family Suites are an excellent choice. They have one queen bed in a separate bedroom and a double-sized sleeper sofa and double-sized "table bed" in the living/kitchen area. Another good option is the Cabins at Fort Wilderness. They sleep 6 with a double bed and bunk beds in the bedroom and a double-sized pull-out sofa in the living area.
- For families of 5 (+1 infant in a crib) with fewer budget restrictions, I recommend the 1-bedroom Deluxe Villas. There are a number of factors that go into the decision of which villa is right for you, but two of my favorites are the Animal Kingdom Villas and Bay Lake Tower at the Contemporary Resort. These are typically set up as a king bed in the bedroom and a queen-sized sleeper sofa and a twin-sized sleeper chair in the living area. I should mention that in a few of the Deluxe Resorts, the standard rooms sleep 5 with two queen beds and a day bed. I know that works well for some people, but I prefer a separate bedroom from my children if I'm going to be in a hotel for more than a couple of days. Remember, it is your vacation too!
- For families of 6-9 (+1 infant in a crib) with few budget restrictions, I recommend the 2-bedroom Deluxe Villas. These typically have one king bed in one bedroom, 2 queen beds in another bedroom and one queen-sized sleeper sofa in the living area. Again, I prefer the Animal Kingdom Villas or Bay Lake Tower, but you may have some preferences that would lead me to suggest another option.
- For families of 10+ with few budget restrictions, your best onsite options are to get multiple rooms at the Deluxe resorts (standard or suites) or Deluxe Villa Resorts. Another alternative is to rent a house offsite.
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