Most visitors assume that the Value resorts are most cost effective for families wishing to stay on Walt Disney World property (aside from the Fort Wilderness Campgrounds).
However, the reality depends on your family size.
We’ve crunched some of the numbers, so you don’t have to. Check out our findings below.
Four People: Typical rooms at Disney resorts hold up to 4 people, though there is a per person surcharge for more than 2 adults in a room.) For families of 4, Value resorts are typically the cheapest option for Disney hotels. though you might find specials directly on the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin website that are less expensive.
Five People: Surprisingly, families of 5 or more may find better values at higher-end Disney resorts. Often, the best value for families with five members is the Alligator Bayou section of Port Orleans Riverside. Rooms there can be as little as $34 per person, per night. Compare that to a suite at Art of Animation which starts at $53 per person per night.
Six People: Art of Animation comes in as the best value for families of 6. Expect to spend $44 per person per night. However, you may wish to consider an upgrade to The Cabins at Fort Wilderness for $49 per person per night. The Cabins gives you a full kitchen, rather than the small kitchenette at Art of Animation, allowing you to save a bundle if you plan on making your own meals.
Seven People or Above: There aren’t great, inexpensive options for groups this size. The least expensive option normally is simply to rent multiple rooms at a Value resort. However, you may consider renting Disney Vacation Club (DVC) points. (You can find point rental websites with a quick online search.) You may find a great deal for enough points to rent a 2-bedroom suite for less than the cost of 2 studios at a Value resort.
Family Size: 4
Suggested Resort: Any Value Resort (Non-Suite)
Family Size: 5
Suggested Resort: Port Orleans Riverside (Alligator Bayou Section)
Family Size: 6
Suggested Resort: Art of Animation (Suite) or The Cabins at Fort Wilderness
Family Size: 7
Suggested Resort: 2 Rooms at a Value Resort or Rent DVC Points for a DVC Suite
All prices listed are based on rack rates for standard room categories during value season, excluding tax. Disney sometimes runs specials on their room rates with a sliding scale.
Greater discounts are given to Moderate and Deluxe resort reservations than to Value resort pricing. This means your per person cost during one of these specials could be less if you upgrade to a nicer room! Look for special offers during your planned vacation here: disneyworld.disney.go.com/special-offers.
So the next time you need an excuse to pamper yourself, remember that the cheapest option may not always be the most cost-effective option. And heck, why not splurge a little!
This and other great advice can be found in the soon-to-be-released VIP Tours Disney World Guidebook (vipdisneytourbook.com). Keep an eye out on World of Walt for additional information about this exciting new book.
What Disney Resort do you think is the best deal for larger families?