Does Disney Penalize

I was recently doing some travel research on hotels at Disney World and I noticed something. Almost all the reasonable priced Disney properties only accommodated 4 people.

To be more specific, I was searching for a family of 4 and seeing what the top hotels were in the area and what the prices were. I was excited to see that the Animal Kingdom Lodge was a low as $203 per night. Wow. This is one place I would want to stay if I ever get to go with my family (maybe in a few years). But then I saw that, even though rooms had two queen beds, it only accommodated 4 people. If I want to accommodate 6 people, I have to spend $400 per night.

Yet, if I stay at a property outside Disney (like Hampton Suites, Embassy Suites, Holiday Inn, etc…), I can get a room with two queen beds that will allow us to put 6 in the room – not that we would want to unless they had a roll-away bed or a pull out sofa bed (which some do), but still, they allow me to accommodate my whole family, in one room, for around $100 per night.

Then I discovered something really startling – When I changed my search from a family of 4 (what I was doing the research for) to my family of 6 (soon), the prices of most of the Disney Properties went up. Before, I was seeing prices around $300 to $500 per night, now they were $500 to $700 per night. Wow! $200 – $300 per night increase, just because I have two more children. And there are NO discounts that I am aware of on tickets, food, etc… if you have lots of children.

If I go to do some local activities, I see people giving large families a break. Our local water park, Roaring Springs, offers an annual family pass and it is a flat rate for up to a certain amount of people in the family. Our local YMCA and Rec Center have the same thing, family passes that do not matter if there is 4, 6 or 8 in the family. I have seen places that are kind enough to discount 10% or 20% off of activities / attractions after paying full price for the first couple of children.

It seems most business have found ways to be affordable to large families and still make a profit. So, why doesn’t Disney embrace this concept? Leave me you thoughts!

2 comments on “Travel: Does Disney Penalize Large Families?”

  1. I’m a mother of four, and a Disney travel agent. There are lots of rooms available that accommodate big families – we stayed in room with 6 people this past January for a really reasonable rate (think $150 per night).

    Get a travel agent, then don’t cost you anything, because rates for everything at Disney are set. Our commission comes out of Disney’s pocket. Doesn’t have to be me, but get someone! Any good agent can get you a WAY better deal than booking yourself. There are tons of tricks and loopholes that you only know if you’re in the know.

    Great article!

    • Thank you Autumn! If you are saying you stayed at a Disney property for $150 a night with a family of 6, then I hope everyone with a big family that reads my post and wants to go gets in contact with you! It will be a couple of years for us (I am due to have baby number 4 this week), but I will take your advice at that time.

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