Disney World Places to Stay

What are Family Suites and Are They Worth It?

Art of Animation Family Suite

When it comes to picking a Walt Disney World Resort Hotel to stay at, my family and I usually opt for Value Resorts – as we have had great experiences at them all, and plus – you can’t beat the price! For those of you who are considering staying at the Value Resorts but aren’t sure if your whole family can survive a week in a small hotel room – fear not – as there are family suites available at some of the Value Resorts, too! Read on to learn more and figure out if a Walt Disney World Value Resort Family Suite is the right fit for you:

What’s In A Family Suite?  You’ll find a separate “master” bedroom with a queen bed, as well as two full bathrooms, and kitchenette with a microwave, small refrigerator, sink, coffee maker, and some cabinet storage. Additionally, there are 2 TV’s and a living/dining area as well. They measure in at 520 -565 square feet (vs 260 sq ft in a standard Value Resort Hotel Room), and can sleep 6 (plus a baby in a pack n play)

Cost: As with any other Disney World resort room – the cost varies largely depending on the time of year you visit – but the starting price range for the family suites is approximately $250-$350 a night during “non-peak” times. To put this in perspective, a standard room starts at about $150-$200 a night. So – is it worth it? Well – let’s look at some benefits of the “Suite” Life:

Benefits Of Staying In A WDW Family Suite:

  • TWO bathrooms – this is a HUGE HUGE benefit – as having multiple adults and children of varying ages sharing just one bathroom can get a bit tricky!
  • Kitchenette –  allows you the ability to store and prepare simple meals for you and your family – you can easily enjoy breakfast in your suite before heading to the parks, or grab a quick sandwich for lunch, or even just store some drinks in the fridge. Either way – the money saving potential is HUGE – as the markup on every-day items like bottled water or Nutri Grain/granola bars is pretty big at Disney – and why pay that if you don’t have to?
  • Separate “Master” bedroom – After a long day of walking, sun and sweat, tantrums, breakdowns, waiting in line, and trying to find a table at lunchtime – I think it’s safe to say that most parents will happily close that bedroom door come lights out time and breathe a small sigh of relief that they have their own space to relax and decompress.
  • Space – As stated above, Family Suites are essentially twice the size of a standard hotel room – so that means more space to spread out, which might not seem like a big deal, but if each kid has a spot to play in not to mention a bed of their own, many tears, fights and headaches can be avoided

Of the 5 WDW Value Resorts, you will find Family Suites at the All Star Music Resort and the Art of Animation Resort. Different themes, but same idea – giving families the ability to enjoy an alternative to your standard hotel room experience. Hopefully this can help your family decide if a family suite might be the best fit for your WDW vacation!

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Catie H

Catie H

Catie H is an avid Walt Disney World lover who has been vacationing there since she was (just barely!) tall enough to ride Space Mountain. She believes there is something for everyone at Disney World - and especially enjoys writing about the benefits of WDW for adults
Catie H

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