There are more than 30 value, moderate and deluxe hotels in Walt Disney World, giving you many options. However, if you’re traveling with three or more kids or extended family and need more space, your options can be limited. However, there are still choices that will be “just right” for the plus-sized party of travelers. Consider Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort, which has adjoining rooms and suites, and is located just minutes from Disney theme park gates.
When our three kids were little, it was easy for the five of us to stay in one hotel room.
Now when we travel – and especially if grandparents are joining us – it’s necessary to stay in a suite or adjoining rooms, depending on the number in our group and which option is most affordable for us.
At a recent TravelingMom retreat, I stayed in a single guest room with two queen beds at the Coronado Springs Resort. It was perfect for me: lake views and a pool around the corner. Had my family been with me, we definitely would have needed more space.
Fortunately, the majority of rooms are adjoining at Coronado Springs Resort. But we probably would opt for a junior suite, which offers more space for about the same rate as two adjoining rooms.
Rates start at about $200 for a waterfront room with two queen beds. Rooms with courtyard or parking lot views run about $175.
My room had a small sitting area, a work desk with power outlets, and a dressing area by the vanity.
The next step up is a junior suite, which has two queen beds, a queen-size sleeper sofa and two bathrooms. The suite comfortably sleeps up to six adults, and has a sitting area and a mini fridge. With rates starting at $399, this is a good option for families needing more space than they’ll get with two adjoining rooms.
Casitas One-Bedroom Suites
These suites also have two queen beds and a queen-size sleeper sofa, but with more living space the rate jumps to $803.
Tips for Traveling with Extended Family
For group discounts and special events, book 10 or more rooms for at least one night through Disney Group Getaways. Once your trip is booked, Disney provides several planning tools, such as a free vacation planning DVD, Save the Date fliers to share with family, and in-depth planning guides to organize a private celebration. Get the party started by ordering matching T-shirts in advance and picking up “Family Reunion” buttons upon check-in at the resort or at guest relations.
A Disney specialist will also assist with dining, recreation, golf tee times, and creating special touches for family gatherings. For example, Disney can decorate your hotel room with a princess or pirate décor and gifts, and arrange a private dessert party set against the backdrop of fireworks in Epcot Center. Special events, such as Disney’s Family Magic Tour, take your group on a scavenger hunt through the Magic Kingdom Park.
About Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort Amenities
Located in the general Animal Kingdom area (not in the park itself, but about a 15-minute drive), the resort has an American Southwest and Mexican ambiance and nearly 2,000 casitas, ranchos and beachfront cabanas that encircle a 22-acre, man-made lake.
A scenic walking path dotted with benches and lush landscaping throughout the property make it a pleasant walk to onsite restaurants, shops and pools.
The resort is quite expansive, so getting around can be tiring for small children. Fortunately, free resort shuttles are available for transfer from one part of the resort to another. Be sure to ask about shuttle locations and schedules when checking in. These are the same shuttles used to transport guests to the four theme parks, two water parks and Downtown Disney.
More amenities include complimentary WiFi, free parking, bike rentals, 24-hour self-service laundry rooms, and childcare services.
Mayan Ruins-Themed Dig Site
A popular pool with families, this five-story replica of a Mayan temple features a 123-foot water slide. There’s also a pool bar, white sand volleyball court, Iguana arcade, a kiddie pool, and Disney World’s largest hot tub, with room for 22 people.
It was quite a hike from my room in the casitas to the Dig Site, but the resort also has three leisure pools located at the casitas, ranchos and cabanas. The proximity of my room to the casitas pool gave me opportunities to refresh after morning retreat workshops and hot days at the parks.
There are plenty of good dining options, which include the Maya Grill full-service restaurant, Pepper Market dining court, Rix Lounge, Laguna Bar lounge and the Siestas Cantina poolside bar.
What do you look for in a Disney hotel when planning your Disney World family vacation?