Disney World certainly knows how to cater to families, especially when it comes to onsite accommodations. How do you decide which one is best for your family though? Take a look at our top picks.

Written by Lissa Poirot
Within walking distance of the Magic Kingdom, this resort features a backdrop of Cinderella's Castle and Space Mountain. A Vacation Club Property, the 295-unit resort also 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.

Read our review of the Bay Lake Tower at Disney's Contemporary Resort.

Located in Downtown Disney (soon to be Disney Springs), this 549-room resort overlooks the Lake Buena Vista Golf Course and provides beautiful sunset views reminiscent of those in Key West. One of the oldest and most affordable villa properties, it's also one of the most spacious. It offers a remote location, which might make theme park access more difficult, but provides a quiet place to relax after a long day in lines.

Read our review of Disney's Old Key West Resort.

The 847-room Polynesian Resort was one of Walt Disney World’s first, and remains a favorite with today’s families, who enjoy spacious rooms; the kid-favorite Volcano Pool with zero-entry, a waterfall and tube slide; and a sizable soft-sand beach. A real plus for families, Lagoon View Rooms offer a direct view of the Magic Kingdom, allowing your tuckered-out tikes to watch the fireworks from the comfort of the room or balcony.

In 2015, the popular resort plans to add over-the-water bungalows and a new restaurant. It also plans to revert to its original name, Disney's Polynesian Village Resort.

Read our review of Disney's Polynesian Resort.

Another seaside-themed property -- this time modeled after waterfront, turn-of-the-century towns -- Disney's Beach Club Resort offers exclusive access to Stormalong Bay at Disney's Yacht Club Resort, as well as Sandcastle Club, a supervised activity center for kids. Nightly New England Clambakes, volleyball and campfires round out the fun for families.

Read our review of Disney’s Beach Club Resort.

Modeled after a seaside New England town, guests will enjoy this nautical-themed resort, which offers complimentary boat rides to Epcot and Hollywood Studios. The 621-room resort features a kids’ club for children 3 to 12 -- Sandcastle Club -- and the Stormalong Bay Pool, a three-acre water park-style pool and lake with waterslides, lagoons, waterspouts and a lazy river.

Read our review of Disney's Yacht Club Resort.

Want to camp or "glamp" in Disney World? You can do that at this budget-friendly favorite. The Wilderness Lodge is a massive 727-room resort made to look like the type of lodges seen in National Parks, with onsite “rangers” providing property tours. Meanwhile, Fort Wilderness Campground provides 784 campsites and 409 air-conditioned cabins. Extra perks include a swimming pool, playground and bike rental facility.

Read our review of Disney's Wilderness Lodge and Fort Wilderness Campground.

Disney's Boardwalk Inn & Villas is another themed property meant to remind families of the famed boardwalks of Mid-Atlantic coastal towns. Just steps from Epcot, the hotel gives families an array of accommodations, from standard rooms that sleep up to five to apartments that sleep up to nine. Onsite facilities include Luna Park Pool Complex, with a slide that resembles a rollercoaster, and a bayside marina, where half-hour boat and bike rentals are available.

Read our review of Disney's Boardwalk Inn and Disney's Boardwalk Villas.

Two Port Orleans properties are available at Disney, but it's the smaller New Orleans' French Quarter-styled, 1,008-room, 325-acre resort that is the favorite. Guests have access to bikes, boats, carriage rides and cane-pole fishing in a peaceful setting that feels worlds away from the theme park hustle and bustle.

Read our review of Disney's Port Orleans Resort – French Quarter.

This is the famous hotel where giraffes really do come up to your guestroom window. The AKL, as it's commonly called, provides 20 lodges with thatched roofs, mud fireplaces, and a 43-acre wildlife preserve. The Lodge is actually the first four floors of the property, and the fifth and sixth floors are referred to as the Jambo House Villas, which are studio to three-bedroom Disney Vacation Club Villas.

Read our review of Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge Resort.

Although you won't find horses roaming the grounds of this resort, inspired by Saratoga Springs., N.Y., you will find an old-fashioned, calm environment, decorated in horse-related fare. The campus-style property is spread over 107 acres and offers studio, one-, two-, and three-bedroom villas. True to the theme, it also offers Horsing Around Recreation Rentals, with surreys and bikes for rent.

Read our review of Disney's Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa.

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10 Best Disney World Resorts for Families
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
Disney's Old Key West Resort Reviews
solbravman - Jun 4th, 2013

1. Good bus transportation by Disney. 2. Accommodations were fine except that the furniture needed updating or renewal. 3. The purchase of anything was super expensive at the different parks or hotels. 4. The employees were very good and ... read more
webcs - Jul 5th, 2012

Old Key West is the oldest and first Disney Vacation Club resort. Created to resemble a village in Key West Florida, Old Key West gives renters the feeling that they are renting homes dotted in pastel colors along a river corridor. Although Old ... read more
Disney's Old Key West Resort reviews
Disney's Polynesian Resort Reviews
LauraS - Sep 11th, 2013

My sister, nieces and I just got back from a short, four-night, five day stay at The Poly, as it is called in Disney fan circles. I've stayed here twice in the past and enjoyed this stay as much as the other two. We choose this resort as my teen ... read more
ehrin - Jun 25th, 2013

For my Daughter's birthday w went to Disney World and stayed at the Polynesian Hotel. We paid extra to stay at the Concierge level. She had dreams of watching firework and eating dessert. Upon our arrival we were greeted by name. Our name ... read more
Disney's Polynesian Resort reviews
Disney's Beach Club Resort Reviews
chris8591 - May 29th, 2014

I honestly can not say one bad thing about Disney's Beach Club resort!! I have been a Disney fan for 22+ years and have went every year. I have stayed all over property and off of property and hands down the Beach club resort is my home from now ... read more
kcottom - May 17th, 2014

Been to Disney many times. We always stay at Disney properties. Contemporary, Animal Kingdom Lodge etc. The Beach Club was the BEST! Ideal location, walk to Epcot, ferry to Hollywood Studios. LOVE the pools. Great service. Nice rooms. Will ... read more
Disney's Beach Club Resort reviews
Disney's Yacht Club Resort Reviews
lanietally - May 13th, 2014

From the moment we entered the hotel until we left we were treated like royalty. Great restaurants, cool waters, and easy transportation to the attractions. Loved it.... read more
Brine6415 - Feb 9th, 2014

For starters we are a family of 4 with 2 boys, ages 4, and 6 months. This is our second trip to Disney with our 4 year old. We stayed for 5 nights and 6 days at the Yacht Club. 3 of those nights were paid for by me, and the remaining 2 were on a ... read more
Disney's Yacht Club Resort 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 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 Animal Kingdom Lodge Resort and Jambo House Reviews
nburi - Jun 2nd, 2014

We took our boys to a surprise visit in 2011 and stayed at the beautiful anmial kingdom. Animals right out our window. It was the best time we ever had. We saved for years and would like to go back and create some new memories.... read more
ckelsay - Apr 23rd, 2014

Animal Kingdom Lodge - Jamba House was excellent! Stayed on the first floor where we were very close to an observation area, swimming pool with a slide, the lower level restaurant was just across the way and the hot tub was just a few feet away. ... read more
Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge Resort and Jambo House reviews
Disney's Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa & Treehouse Villas 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 & Treehouse Villas reviews


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