Depending on your level of crowd tolerance, you may be spending a lot of time at your hotel. Thus, it pays to choose a place where there’s enough to keep you entertained.
Disney’s Yacht and Beach Club comes with the huge bonus: you can take a boat (or walk) to both Epcot and Hollywood Studios. Kids will love the pool, which is sand-bottomed like a real beach, and features a life-size replica shipwreck with a water slide. Everyone can stroll over to the neighboring Disney’s BoardWalk to rent a surrey bike or watch the game at ESPN Zone, and adults can also take advantage of BoardWalk’s restaurants, dueling piano bar, and nightclub.
For animal lovers, there's Animal Kingdom Lodge, where watching the wildlife roam the hotel grounds will keep kids quiet, while adults can channel their inner Steve Irwin on one of the safaris that are only available to hotel guests.
Though billed as a campground with sites for everything from tents to tour busses, Fort Wilderness also rents cabins for those less inclined to rough it. And there’s almost no limit to the activities both kids and adults can get into: horseback trails, pony rides, wagon rides (!), archery lessons, canoeing, dinner shows, you get the gist. After the sun goes down, everyone can watch a movie and roast s’mores around a campfire with Chip and Dale.