Disney World certainly knows how to cater to families, especially when it comes to onsite accommodations. Most Disney World hotels -- all of which are themed -- provide arcades, swimming pools, restaurants, transportation, special park privileges and more. So how do you decide which hotel is best for your family? Consider our top picks, based on family ratings.

Written by Lissa Poirot and Amanda Geronikos

Boulder Ridge Villas at Disney's Wilderness Lodge

TripAdvisor Rating: TripAdvisor Owl
359 Family Reviews
Part of Disney Vacation Club, the recently renamed Boulder Ridge Villas at Disney's Wilderness Lodge provide ample space, with 2-Bedroom Villas -- the largest variation -- sleeping up to eight people. They also have kitchenettes or full kitchens for in-room meals. Guests enjoy views of the woodlands, courtyard, pool or Disney's Wilderness Lodge Resort, where they have access to all onsite amenities -- a children's activity center, restaurant and the aforementioned pool, which also features a waterslide.

In 2017, the hotel will welcome a new, zero-depth entry pool (former quiet pool), as well as new dining options.

Bay Lake Tower at Disney's Contemporary Resort

TripAdvisor Rating: TripAdvisor Owl
1177 Family Reviews
Within walking distance of the Magic Kingdom (though also accessible by complimentary monorail), Bay Lake Tower at Disney's Contemporary Resort features an unparalleled backdrop that includes Cinderella's Castle and Space Mountain. Another Disney Vacation Club Property, the 295-room resort offers up to three-bedroom villas with kitchenettes (available to the general public), accommodating up to nine people -- the maximum occupancy at Disney's Villa Properties. It also has a restaurant and pool with a waterslide, so you and your family won't be bored when taking a break from gallivanting around the Disney parks.

The Campsites at Disney's Fort Wilderness Resort

TripAdvisor Rating: TripAdvisor Owl
1105 Family Reviews
Want to camp -- or shall we say "glamp" -- in Disney World? You can do that at this budget-friendly favorite. The Campsites at Disney's Fort Wilderness Resort provide 784 campsites, some of which are fully equipped with electrical hook-ups, cable TV, picnic tables, charcoal grills and even "privacy-enhancing landscaping." They sleep up to 10 people. Extra perks include a playground, bike rentals, canoe rentals, horseback riding, archery and a pool with a waterslide.

Disney's Port Orleans Resort - French Quarter

TripAdvisor Rating: TripAdvisor Owl
3030 Family Reviews
Two Port Orleans properties are available at Disney World, but it's the smaller property -- modeled after New Orleans' French Quarter -- that wins with families. Disney's Port Orleans Resort - French Quarter has 1,008 accommodations, most of which sleep up to four or five guests. Guests have access to bikes, boats, carriage rides, cane pole fishing and a pool, located on 325 acres that feel worlds away from the theme parks. It is still considered one of the hotels near Disney World, though, so fear not!

Disney’s Wilderness Lodge

TripAdvisor Rating: TripAdvisor Owl
2294 Family Reviews
Disney World vacations can be stressful to plan, but once your arrive at this property, you can kiss all that stress goodbye. Disney's Wilderness Lodge resembles a classic national park lodge, yet features added perks such as a beautiful pool and children's activity center -- shared with guests of The Villas at Disney's Wilderness Lodge. Rustic, yet luxurious rooms sleep up to four guests, and some include bunk beds. Onsite dining and waterfront views are available at Artist Point.

Disney's BoardWalk Inn

TripAdvisor Rating: TripAdvisor Owl
847 Family Reviews
The best feature at Disney's BoardWalk Inn is, of course, a boardwalk. Situated along Crescent Lake, the boardwalk features carnival games, restaurants and shops, plus bike rentals. Other hotel perks include a pool with a waterslide and guestrooms that sleep up to five or six guests.

Disney's Art of Animation Resort

TripAdvisor Rating: TripAdvisor Owl
4987 Family Reviews
Disney's Art of Animation Resort, which debuted in 2012, has something few Disney World Resort Hotels offer: Family Suites. It's also the only Disney Value Resort Hotel to offer accommodations that sleep up to six guests. Themed Family Suites ("Cars," "Finding Nemo," "The Lion King") include kitchenettes and two bathrooms, while added hotel perks include three swimming pools (including the largest one in Disney World), an arcade, food court and drawing classes.

Disney's Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa

TripAdvisor Rating: TripAdvisor Owl
2199 Family Reviews
You won't find horses roaming the grounds of Disney's Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa, inspired by Saratoga Springs, New York, but you will find an old-fashioned, relaxed environment. The campus-style property, located on 107 acres, offers 1,320 units, from studios to three-bedroom Treehouse Villas. Many villas provide fully equipped kitchens and washers and dryers, with the largest variation sleeping up to nine guests. The hotel, decorated in horse-inspired flare, also features a full-service spa and pool with a waterslide.

Disney's BoardWalk Villas

TripAdvisor Rating: TripAdvisor Owl
749 Family Reviews
At Disney's BoardWalk Villas, families share amenities with guests at Disney's BoardWalk Inn -- bike rentals, a swimming pool and the boardwalk, of course, lined with amusements, restaurants and shops. The difference, however, is Disney's Boardwalk Villas provide more amenities -- full kitchens and balconies -- and space, sleeping up to four (Deluxe Studio) or eight (2 Bedroom Lock-Off Villa) guests.

Disney’s Beach Club Villas

TripAdvisor Rating: TripAdvisor Owl
537 Family Reviews
Guests at Disney’s Beach Club Villas receive exclusive access to Stormalong Bay at Disney's Yacht Club Resort, a 3-acre park with pools, lagoons, waterslides, a "shipwreck" and more. Disney's Beach Club Villas also provides Sandcastle Club, a supervised activity center for kids, as well as villas with fully equipped kitchens and in some cases, room for up to eight people. Nightly clambakes, volleyball and campfires round out the fun for families.

1 of 12

Boulder Ridge Villas at Disney's Wilderness Lodge Reviews
Be the first to write a Boulder Ridge Villas at Disney's Wilderness Lodge review!
Bay Lake Tower at Disney's Contemporary Resort Reviews
krismorz - Jun 29th, 2012

Location, location, location!!! I always wondered if it was worth the money to stay on Disney property. YES, without a doubt. Walking to and from Magic Kingdom itself is worth the price. Everyday we would take a break from the parks and go back ... read more
asiamommi - Jun 2nd, 2012

Great location! Can walk or take Monorail to Magic Kingdom, take Monorail to EPCOT and the bus stop is right out the front door. Reserved a Studio with a Lake View, but asked if one had a partial view of Magic Kingdom and was able to see fireworks ... read more
Bay Lake Tower at Disney's Contemporary Resort reviews
The Campsites at Fort Wilderness Resort Reviews
Be the first to write a The Campsites at Fort Wilderness Resort review!
Disney's Port Orleans Resort - French Quarter Reviews
Swanfam - May 13th, 2014

Every trip to Disney lands us a stay at Port Orleans French Quarter. We love this hotel for its moderate price that still has huge doses of Disney magic. It is calm and quiet and best of all, small. After all the walking in the parks, the last ... read more
LauraS - May 17th, 2012

President's Week at Disney's Port Orleans French Quarter Resort This was my third stay at POFQ, as it's called on various Disney sites! This time, I was traveling with my sister (very close to my age of "old") and her daughter, aged ... read more
Disney's Port Orleans Resort - French Quarter reviews
Disney's Wilderness Lodge Reviews
Sharon D - May 30th, 2014

Great place. Very relaxing. Great customer service. Transportation was good; even though we were not on the monorail.... read more
jrw175000 - Dec 10th, 2013

We have stayed at the Wilderness Lodge 3 times over the past 7 years. We love it. It is cozy and comfortable feeling. The restaurants are great for all parties (casual and fine dining). the location to MK is the best-kids LOVED taking the boat ... read more
Disney's Wilderness Lodge reviews
Disney's BoardWalk Inn Reviews
LBH219 - Nov 9th, 2014

If you are not planning on spending a ton of time at the MK, then this resort is for you! We were able to leave our room and be in England/France of Epcot in 10 minutes. It was a nice short walk over. We could also be in Hollywood Studios in 20-30 ... read more
jrdsld - Jun 20th, 2014

My children, ages 28 and 30 love Disneyworld. We have been 4 times and always stayed at a Disney Resort. Why? Because of that extra hour you get in the park. When they were younger they did not understand it wasn't worth it for the extra $1000 to ... read more
Disney's BoardWalk Inn reviews
Disney's Art of Animation Resort Reviews
disneyworldmom1 - May 19th, 2016

If you are staying in the Little Mermaid ones, you are going to have a long walk to the busses and to the food court. The rooms are beautiful.... read more
Hunnibear - Dec 10th, 2015

We lived it here! The staff was helpful and friendly. Family oriented atmosphere with beautiful landscaping.... read more
Disney's Art of Animation Resort reviews
Disney's Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa Reviews
Belle2010 - Jun 3rd, 2014

We had visited Disneyland before and this was our first WDW trip, using the WDW site was so helpful, we booked everything through the site and loved the pictures of Saratoga so we decided it was about time we stayed at a Disney property, since ... read more
michaeltigue - Jul 19th, 2013

We've stayed at Saratoga Springs Resort many times, but this time we used www.saratooga.com, which connects normal people with un-used Disney Vacation Club nights. We paid like $170/night for a studio. It was unbelievable. The resort was perfect as ... read more
Disney's Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa reviews
Disney's BoardWalk Villas Reviews
Be the first to write a Disney's BoardWalk Villas review!
Disney's Beach Club Villas Reviews
randallfamily8 - May 13th, 2014

Beautiful grounds, amazing pool area, great location. We have stayed at many of the Disney resorts, but this one has become our favorite! We stayed in a studio in the villas which came with a small kitchenette area, and also had a balcony. The room ... read more
nicolegorman - Nov 30th, 2011

The list of plus reasons to stay at Disney's Beach Club Villa's would indeed be seemingly endless, however here are just a handful: - Best pool at Disney - Fantastic location - walking distance to Epcot and Disney's boardwalk area - Villa's are ... read more
Disney's Beach Club Villas reviews