Childcare Options at Walt Disney WorldI know what you are saying.. “you come to Disney World to be with the kids, why do you want to get rid of them?”

Now that is true but on occasion you may find yourself needing (ok wanting) to spend some adult time alone.  Maybe it is for a nice dinner, a visit to the spa, or to participate in a runDisney event.

There is no shame in it so let’s take a look at what you can do.

 

Activity Centers

These are supervised child care facilities that are open 4:30 pm to midnight (some exceptions).  Children ages 3 (who are potty trained) through 12 are welcome.

Childcare Options at Walt Disney World - Simba's Clubhouse at Animal Kingdom LodgeThe cost is currently $11.50 an hour (2 hour minimum) per child and includes dinner.  Dinner is child friendly food like hot dogs or PB&J.

In addition, there are organized activities like crafts, games, and Disney movies to watch.  They will not be bored!

The Activity Center are located at the following resorts:

You do not need to be staying at the resort to use this service.  In fact if their is availability those staying off property may also use them.  Therefore it is recommended that you make reservations ahead of time by calling (407) WDW-DINE.  They can be made up to 180 days in advance.

Hint:  If you happen to be eating at one of the restaurants at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin, you can receive two hours of complimentary child care at Camp Dolphin.

My thoughts… We have yet to try these.  Our oldest was too old and our youngest was not potty trained.  Since we have added a new one, we are going to be waiting a bit longer.  But when the time comes we are going to utilize that Camp Dolphin!

In Room Sitter

Childcare Options at Walt Disney World - In Room Sitter from Kid's Night OutAt the time of this article Disney is only recommending one in room sitting service, Kids Night Out.

Independent childcare professionals watch your children from the comfort of your Walt Disney World Resort hotel room. They can watch children 6 months to 12 years of age.

And these sitters are a bit like Mary Poppins.  The come pulling a suitcase filled with toys, crafts, books, and games.

Rates (as of March 19, 2014)

 1 child             $16 per hour

2 children       $18.50 per hour

3 children       $21 per hour

4 children       $23.50 per hour

After 9:00 PM, a $2 charge will be added per hour. Additionally, a one-time transportation fee of $10 is also required.

To contact Kid’s Nite Out, please call (407) 828-0920, 8:00 AM to 9:00 PM, 7 days a week.

My thoughts… We have done this now on 2 occasions.  I can tell you that your children will not miss you at all as these people are great.  They also can help with odd hours as one time we used them for the runDisney Wine and Dine half marathon which is held at night.

I can also say they are extremely careful with your children.  Some of the rules they have that make me comfortable are:

    • Children cannot go out onto balconies whiled under their care.
    • The child care provider will not give your child a bath.
    • The child care provider will not take your child outside the room.

Community Halls

The following resorts have community halls filled with activities to keep kids occupied while you are out.

Childcare Options at Walt Disney World - Conch Flats Community Hall at Old Key West ResortLocation amenities vary but tend to include foosball, air hockey, pool, ping pong, crafts, TV viewing areas, computers, gaming stations, etc.  There really is no reason for them to say they are bored.

Community Halls are located at the following resorts:

This option is for older children as there is no organized supervision.  There is an adult present but kids can come and go as they please.

My thoughts… We have used this when we have stayed at a location where there was a community hall available.  Our son was 13 at the time and we trusted him to get back to the room on his own.

He is now older and still spends a lot of time in the community halls.  In fact he has many pen pals from friendships he made while hanging out there.

 In the end there are quite a few options for you to get away for a bit to recharge and enjoy being with family.

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