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Guide to Disney Resorts with Family Suites

There are many benefits to staying at a Walt Disney World resort hotel. These include complimentary transportation to the theme parks, access to early theme park entry, and the option to charge purchases to your room. Some guests with families would prefer a larger space than a traditional hotel room, whether it’s to accommodate more than four people or to have a little more privacy. Luckily, Walt Disney World offers some family suites with options in varying price ranges.

Interested in staying in a Disney Resort with family suites? Here are the various options you’ll find when booking. There are family suite options in value resorts, moderate resorts, and deluxe resorts, so you’ll want to compare prices when considering the options.

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CARS themed pool with cone cabanas at Disney's Art of Animation.

Guide to Disney Resorts with Family Suites

Disney Value Resorts with Suites

Disney’s All-Star Music Resort 

Disney’s All-Star Music Resort is a value resort at Walt Disney World. While there are three All-Star Resorts (including Movies and Sports), only the All-Star Music Resort offers family suites.

These family suites can accommodate up to 6 guests. They’ve been recently renovated in the style that’s been used in the value resorts (we’ve reviewed the All-Star Movies and Pop Century upgrades in the past), so they are clean and open, with the new-ish style pull-up Murphy beds. We love these beds because you can have much more space during the day, and then pull down the bed when you are ready to sleep.

These family suites at the All-Star Movies include two bathrooms, a kitchenette with fridge, microwave, and sink, and two main rooms. One room has one queen bed and a flat-screen television, while the other room has two pull-down queen beds. One of these beds converts to a small set of table and chairs if you want to eat in the room.

This resort offers a food court, a large feature pool (the Calypso Pool) as well as a smaller pool (the Piano Pool). There’s also a kiddie pool.

The All-Star Music Resort, like the other All-Star resorts, only offers bus service to the theme parks. It’s a fun, lively resort that is great for families. These family suites are typically the most affordable of the options at Walt Disney World.

Colorful Lion King themed bedroom with one bed.

Disney’s Art of Animation Resort

Disney’s Art of Animation Resort has been a welcome addition to the Walt Disney World value resorts. The resort has several different themed areas, including three that are exclusively dedicated to family suites. This whole resort is fun – with loveable themes, bright colors, and great family amenities.

The family suites are located in three themed areas – Disney/Pixar Cars, Finding Nemo, and The Lion King. A fourth section, the Little Mermaid, has traditional hotel rooms rather than family suites.

The family suites in those three themed sections have the same general layout and features but with different decor. Rooms include two main rooms – one bedroom and one living area.

The bedroom has one queen-size bed, while the living room has one double-size convertible TableBed and one double-size sleeper sofa. There are also two bathrooms and a small kitchenette area. The TableBed can be lifted during the day to create a small kitchen table, so you can easily eat in the room.

The family suites at Disney’s Art of Animation can accommodate six guests. There would be two in the bedroom and four in the living area.

In addition to vibrant themes, Disney’s Art of Animation offers the largest resort pool on the property – the Big Blue Pool. There are also several smaller, themed feature pools. It also has a Disney Skyliner station, offering convenient access to EPCOT and Disney’s Hollywood Studios. To reach Disney Springs, the Magic Kingdom, or Disney’s Animal Kingdom, bus service is provided.

Because of the larger-than-life themes, it’s also fun to walk around Disney’s Art of Animation. When we stayed there, my kids loved just checking out the decor. The resort also offers an arcade and a food court.

Dig Site Mayan Pyramid at pool

Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort

There are fewer Disney moderate resorts than value resorts, and there are fewer options for family suites. Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort offers 1-bedroom suites in the Casitas.

These one-bedroom suites include two queen beds and one queen sofa bed. They can accommodate up to 6. The decor of these is more upscale and elegant. These are listed as one-bedroom suites, rather than family suites, but can also accommodate a family.

There are also some suites in the newer Tower part of Disney’s Coronado Springs. Keep in mind, however, that all of these suites are typically more expensive than those at the value resorts. Options include a presidential suite and executive suites.

Coronado Springs, while known as one of the more popular convention hotels on Disney property, does offer lots of great family amenities. A Mayan pyramid towers over the Dig Site pool area, featuring the Lost City of Cibola pool and a 123-foot-long waterslide. There’s also a large whirlpool, a volleyball court, an arcade, and a kiddie pool.

To get to any of the theme parks or Disney Springs from Disney’s Coronado Springs resort, complimentary bus transportation is available. It’s a large resort, so there are multiple bus stops scattered throughout the resort.

Disney’s Fort Wilderness

While they aren’t advertised as family suites, the Cabins at Fort Wilderness are a great option for families and can accommodate up to 6 guests. These cabins include a set of bunk beds, a queen bed, and a double-size sleeper sofa, as well as a small kitchen. Please note that the original cabins are being renovated into a Disney Vacation Club property that will be opening later this year.

Fort Wilderness guests still have access to the great on-property Disney amenities, including complimentary transportation to the theme parks. When this area reopens, it will be a great place to stay with a larger family.

Living room with kitchen, couch, chair, and dining table.

Disney Deluxe Resorts

If you are interested in staying in a suite in a Disney Deluxe Resort, you’ll find a variety of options that are part of the Disney Vacation Club. While Disney Vacation Club is a time-share-style vacation club, guests who are not part of the program can book a stay in these rooms based on availability. Keep in mind that they are extremely popular, however, so availability may be limited. DVC members get first access.

There are many DVC suites and villas on Walt Disney World property. Some of the popular DVC properties include:

  • Bay Lake Tower at Disney’s Contemporary Resort
  • Disney’s Polynesian Villas & Bungalows
  • Kidani Village at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge
  • Boulder Ridge Villas at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge
  • Copper Creek Villas & Cabins at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge
  • Disney’s Beach Club Villas
  • Disney’s BoardWalk Villas
  • Disney’s Old Key West Resort
  • Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa
  • The Villas at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa
  • Disney’s Riviera Resort
Fireworks over Polynesian bungalows

These DVC suites are appealing to families for many reasons. Deluxe studios are most similar to a standard hotel room. But, these buildings also have one-, two-, and three-bedroom villas/suites offering several family-friendly amenities including a washer and dryer and a kitchen.

DVC villas and suites feel very deluxe and make for a more comfortable stay. You’ll have so much more extra space to move around, and can even plan to have meals in your room. These are great for large families, but this convenience and comfort does come with a significantly higher price.

A few of these properties are especially unique. The cabins at Copper Creek (at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge) are private units located along Bay Lake. They have 2 full bathrooms, a full kitchen, a washer and dryer, and a private porch with a hot tub overlooking the lake.

At Saratoga Springs Resort, there are Treehouse Villas. These properties can sleep up to nine adults, with bunk beds, two queen beds, a queen sleeper sofa, and a twin sleeper chair. They also have nice patios that are great for sitting outside with some privacy.

The Bungalows at Disney’s Polynesian Villas & Bungalows are located in the Magic Kingdom area of the resort, with access to the monorail. These bungalows can accommodate up to 8 guests with 1 King Bed, 1 Queen Bed, 1 Queen-Size pull-down bed, and 2 single pull-down beds. They offer 2 full bathrooms, a full kitchen, a washer and dryer, and a private deck with a plunge pool.

Have you stayed in a family suite at Walt Disney World Resort? Which suite is your favorite?

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it better to get two connecting rooms or a family suite?

It depends on your preferences. The family suites at Disney’s All-Star Music and Disney’s Art of Animation are great for younger families, and the kitchenettes can be useful if you have dietary preferences.

Which Disney Resort is known for family suites?

Since it opened over a decade ago, Disney’s Art of Animation is very popular with families looking for suites. Most of the resort, except for the Little Mermaid section, offers family suites.

Finding Nemo themed bed

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