Disney has been an important part of both my childhood and adult life. Now that I have little ones, it’s important to me that they also get to experience the magic that Disney brings to life. We love to visit the theme parks and stay at the resorts for our summer family vacations!
Resorts To Stay With Kids On A Disney Vacation
While there are many Walt Disney World Resorts, a few are catered more towards adults than children. Picking the perfect stay for your entire family can leave you with a ton of questions. Are there activities for everyone? Do we want to stay in a deluxe resort or a standard resort? How close do we want to be to the theme park? Does the resort have a pool or splash pad? To help you weed out the best for you and your little ones, here are six resorts to stay at with kids on a Disney vacation.
Disney’s Animal Kingdom Villas – Jambo House, inspired by the traditional African kraal, allows you to experience your safari adventures. From the Jambo House, you’ll have stunning views of four savannahs filled with 200 roaming animals and birds!
We stayed at this resort, and you’re transported to an African safari adventure in the middle of Orlando, Florida. This resort is inspired by the traditional African design and provides fantastic views of 4 savannas, where over 200 hoofed animals and birds freely roam. You have the option to enjoy your stay in a spacious Studio, multi-bedroom Villas, or indulge in a Club Level service for added luxury!
To continue with the Africa-theme, there are also a few restaurants inspired by the world’s second-largest continent. Jiko – The Cooking Place, Boma-Flavors of Africa, and Sanaa all highlight the beautiful, varied cuisines of Africa. Also, there are a handful of bars and lounges at the Jambo House. The unique dining experience at this accommodation is the Wanyama Safari and Dinner. Take a private safari with an experienced guide before settling down for a tasty multi-course meal.
As with the majority of Disney properties, the Jambo House is very family-friendly. Complete with themed pools, campfire activities, the Hakuna Matata playground, Disney movies under the stars, and Pumbaa’s Fun and Games Arcade, your kids will be living the dream.
Rooms at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Villas – Jambo House start at $352 per night.
Disney’s Art of Animation Resort focuses on the magic of Disney Pixar star movies, including Finding Nemo, Cars, The Lion King, and The Little Mermaid!
Boasting the largest resort pool in the Walt Disney World Resort, Disney’s Art of Animation Resort is a family-friendly resort. It is one of the only resorts that are dog-friendly as well, so feel free to bring your furry family member along with you on your trip! There are also a few dining options offered at Disney’s Art of Animation Resort, including Landscape of Flavors, The Drop Off Pool Bar, and Disney Resorts Pizza Delivery.
Rooms at Disney’s Art of Animation Resort start at $157 per night.
Embracing the spirit of the Caribbean, Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort is an excellent place for a combination of both relaxation and fun. This resort is the only Walt Disney World Resort that offers pirate-themed rooms!
As implied by these pirate rooms, Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort is another one of Disney World’s family-friendly resorts. Your kids will also be able to enjoy six pools, campfire activities, movies under the stars, a pirate adventure cruise, fishing, and even solving pirate-inspired mysteries!
The dining options at Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort also embrace the island vibe. Sebastian’s Bistro, Centertown Market, and Spyglass Grill all offer dishes that will please adults and children alike.
Rooms at Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort start at $208 per night.
Disney’s BoardWalk Inn has something for everyone. Inspired by Atlantic City and the boardwalk at Coney Island, this resort boasts fantastic food options and games!
Try your hand at mini-golf, take a dip in a pool, or test out your video game skills. And once you and your little ones need to fuel up from all that fun, you’ll have your choice of casual food joints or fine eateries. If you’re hoping for something fast and delicious, head to the Funnel Cake Cart, the Pizza Window, the To-Go Cart, Ample Hills Creamery, BoardWalk Bakery, or ESPN Club. On the other hand, if you want something a little bit more formal, make a reservation at Flying fish or Big River Grille & Brewing Works.
Rooms at Disney’s BoardWalk Inn start at $450 per night.
Grab a beignet and head down south to Disney’s Port Orleans. Port Orleans allows you to pack out your day with activities that everyone loves including a swimming pool area, horse-drawn carriage rides, movies under the stars, Campfire on de’ Bayou, playgrounds, jogging trails, video games, pinball, air hockey, and more. Whether you enjoy New Orleans styled cooking or more traditional, there are plenty of restaurants both at the resort and nearby for you to try at the Port Orleans French Quarter.
Enjoy your stay with views of the Pool, River, Woods, Garden or Bayou. You can also upgrade to a Royal guest room that include regal touches from Tiana and her prince and princess pals!
Like other select Disney properties, Port Orleans is dog friendly! No family member (furry or not) is left behind this vacation!
Rooms at Disney’s Port Orleans start at $236 per night.
Get transported to the great outdoors at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort. There are two options for this particular resort: the campsites and the cabins. At the campsites, choose between four types of fully equipped campsites, all of which accommodate some tents and some vehicles: tent or pop-up campsite, full hook-up campsite, preferred campsite, and premium campsite. The cabins, on the other hand, are fully furnished and filled with rustic charm! You can even arrive at a pantry full of fresh groceries the moment that you enter! Both of these are fantastic for large families.
Regardless of if you and your family choose to stay at a cabin or a campsite, there will be tons of activities that you can do only at this Walt Disney World Resort. Spot ducks, deer, armadillos, and rabbits! Train like an archer! Hop on a pony! Or even rent a couple of kayaks or canoes!
As for the dining options at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort, there are quite a few. Trail’s End Restaurant, The Chuck Wagon, P & J’s Southern Takeout, and Crockett’s Tavern are all fantastic options. However, the most exciting choice of all is the Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue. While enjoying buckets of fried chicken and smoked BBQ pork ribs, watch a fun Southern-style show filled with fun skits and songs.
Campsites at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort start at $56 per night. Cabins at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort start at $341 per night.
Disney brings the South Pacific to Orlando, Florida through Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort. This resort has been a favorite for children and adults alike since its opening in 1971 and is super close to the Magic Kingdom Park.
As with many other resorts on this list, enjoy movies under the stars, pools, fishing, boat rentals, and campfire activities. The dining options are where Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort truly shines. The character breakfast served at ʻOhana will allow your little ones to meet Lilo & Stitch from the Hawaiian Islands of Kauaʻi. The Pineapple Lanai serves up a local favorite, the refreshing Dole Whip. There is also Oasis Bar & Grill, Kona Café, Kona Island, Capt. Cook’s, and so many more! By far, the most entertaining dining option has to be Disney’s Spirit of Aloha Dinner Show. In addition to the fire dancers and hula dancers, there are also delicious dishes, including Aloha pulled pork, Polynesian ribs, and pineapple-coconut guava cake with chocolate crunch!
Once you’re ready to hit the sheets, the Polynesian Villages offers a variety of room styles like family suites, standard rooms, over water bungalows and more!
Rooms at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort start at $495 per night.