Child Care Options at Walt Disney World Resort

Child Care Options at Walt Disney World Resort

Child Care Options at Walt Disney World Resort

Sometimes, even in the midst of Walt Disney World, parents need a night out for themselves. Fortunately, there are options for child care at Walt Disney World — child care centers and in-room babysitters. The centers are operated by Walt Disney World, but the sitters are not. Walt Disney World does recommend Kids Night Out for in-room child care, but there are other options available as well. In addition, there are supervised resort activities at select resorts where kids can have some fun and adults can have some down time.

In Room Child Care   Children’s Activity Centers Resort Kids’ Activities Discounts

In Room Child Care

Kid’s Night Out can be contacted at 407-828-0920. Reservations must be made at least 24 hours in advance and up to two months in advance. Kid’s Nite Out in-room child care is available for children 6 months to 12 years old. Reservations may begin as early as 6:30 a.m. and/or may begin as late as 11:00 p.m. There is no limit to the number of hours that you may utilize the services of a caregiver. Services are available 24/7.

Kid’s Nite Out Caregivers provide one-on-one, in-room childcare in the comfort of your Walt Disney World Resort room. They can also provide a fun sitter to just hang out with your family if you need a father’s/mother’s helper. The professional well-trained staff of Kid’s Nite Out gives your child individual attention by playing a variety of fun-filled activities including reading books, coloring, or playing “I Spy” games. The Kids Nite Out sitters are all over the age of 18 years and are certified in child/infant CPR and basic first aid. Water activities are not permitted (bathing, boating, swimming).

Per child rates are based on a 4-hour minimum. Cancellations must be made 24 hours in advance to avoid the 4-hour charge (make sure that you speak to a live person when you cancel a reservation). After 9 p.m. there is an additional $2 per hour charge and there is also a one-time transportation fee of $10. Rates are as follows:

  • 1 child – $18.00 per hour
  • 2 children – $21.00 per hour
  • 3 children – $24.00 per hour
  • 4 children – 26.00 per hour

Nightly Supervised Children’s Activity Centers

Child activity centers are located in the Wilderness Lodge, Animal Kingdom Lodge, the Polynesian Village Resort, the Beach Club Resort and at the Disney World Dolphin hotel, but you don’t have to be staying at these locations to use Disney’s kids clubs. At Disney’s child care centers cast members provide a supervised dining and entertainment club for children featuring games, activities, movies and a chance to make new friends. Dinner is served between 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. nightly and is included in the cost of the child care service. Meals can be ordered for children at check-in (no outside food permitted).

Rates are $15 per hour per child with a 2 hour minimum for Camp Dolphin, Cub’s Den and Simba’s Clubhouse.  A flat fee of $55 is charged per child at Lilo’s Playhouse and Sandcastle Club. There is no discount for booking multiple children. Reservations can be made 90 days in advance (180 days prior at Camp Dolphin) by calling 407-939-3463. A 2-hour minimum length of stay fee will be assessed for all cancellations not made at least 24 hours in advance. Participating children must be potty-trained, and no pull-ups are allowed. Parents are provided with beepers for emergency contact.

Advance reservations are recommended for all locations, except Camp Dolphin where they are required. Same day reservations are sometimes available; call the location directly after 4 p.m. for availability. Reservations are held up to 30 minutes past reservation time and then released for walk-in guests.
Child Care Centers are available at the following locations:

Cub’s Den

Phone: 407-824-1083
Activities: western arts and crafts to take home, video games, Disney movies and a variety of toys and board games.
Location: Wilderness Lodge outside of the main lobby near Wilderness Lodge Mercantile
Hours: 4:30 p.m.–midnight daily
Ages: 3-12 years old, must be toilet trained
Menu: Hot dog with fries and fruit; macaroni and cheese with fruit; chicken tenders with fries and fruit; fish nuggets with fries and fruit; cheese pizza; and grilled cheese with fries and fruit.

Lilo’s Playhouse*

Phone: 407-824-2000 ext. 2184
Activities: The themes inside Club Disney are based on tales in classic Disney Little Golden Books including “Alice In Wonderland,” “Pinocchio” and “Lady and The Tramp.” Kids will enter the activity center through a book-page portal. Storybook pages decorating the walls and floor to help bring the various beloved stories to life. Activities include video game play with PlayStation consoles, arts and crafts, Disney movies, dress up, and a play area.
Location: Polynesian Village Resort in the Tangaroa Building
Hours: 4:30 p.m.-midnight daily
Ages: 3-12 years old, must be toilet trained
Menu: Cheeseburgers and hamburgers; healthy options are also available including grilled shrimp skewers, grilled chicken, grilled fish, a cucumber roll or vegetarian sushi.

Sandcastle Club*

Phone: 407-934-7000 ext. 6191
Activities: arcade games, computers, Sega/Nintendo, board games, Disney movies, “play” kitchen and living room area, dolls and stuffed animals, arts and crafts, and much more!!
Location: Beach Club Resort Resort Lobby near Beach Club Marketplace
Hours: 4:30 p.m.-midnight daily
Ages: 3-12 years old, must be toilet trained
Menu: Hot dog with fries and fruit; macaroni and cheese with fruit; chicken tenders with fries and fruit; fish nuggets with fries and fruit; cheese pizza; and grilled cheese with fries and fruit.

Simba’s Clubhouse

Phone: 407-938-4785
Activities: Toys, free arcade games, arts and crafts, games, Disney movies, and Sony Playstations
Location: Animal Kingdom Lodge 1st Floor, Zebra Trail off of the pool deck area
Hours: 4:30 p.m.-midnight daily
Ages: 3-12 years old, must be toilet trained
Menu: Hot dog with fries and fruit; macaroni and cheese with fruit; chicken tenders with fries and fruit; fish nuggets with fries and fruit; cheese pizza; and grilled cheese with fries and fruit.

Camp Dolphin

Since the Swan & Dolphin hotels are run the Westin hotel chain and not Disney, policies and prices vary slightly for this child care center.
Phone: 888-828-8850 or 407-934-4241
Activities: Games, arts & crafts, a Disney movie as well as special events and a video arcade.
Location: Dolphin on the first level, next to the Health Club; during busier times of the year, the Camp may be moved to one of the resort’s ballrooms.
Hours: 5:30 p.m.-midnight daily
Ages: 4-12 years old, must be toilet trained
Menu: dinner at nearby Picabu restaurant is included for children who are at Camp Dolphin from 7 to 8 p.m. Pre-selected favorites included cheeseburger, mac & cheese, chicken fingers and hot dog. A stop at The Fountain ice cream shop afterwards for dessert is also included.

Magical Resort Kids’ Activities

Wonderland Tea Party

At the Wonderland Tea Party, everyone is delightfully entertained during a 60-minute tea party hosted by Alice and the Mad Hatter at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa. Children between the ages of 4 and 12 are invited to attend, Monday through Friday from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

During the festive celebration, children sip tea, decorate and eat cupcakes, listen to stories and create flower bouquets.

For reservations up to 90 days in advance, please call (407) WDW-DINE or (407) 939-3463.

Disney’s Pirate Adventure

Disney’s Pirate Adventure is for aspiring buccaneers between the ages of 4 and 12. Children board a pirate-themed boat and scour the waterways around Walt Disney World Resort in search of pirate treasure during a swashbuckling high-seas adventure.

On this guided expedition, each participant enjoys a light snack and beverage, learns how to talk like a pirate, visits legendary ports-of-call, and—if he or she is lucky—returns with a bag of pirate booty! Disney’s Pirate Adventure is a 2-hour sailing voyage that takes place each day at select Walt Disney World Resort hotels. Cost is $34 per child.

Cruises currently being offered:

  • Albatross Treasure Cruise – The Bayside Marina at the Yacht Club; Monday, Wednesday, Friday 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.
  • Grand Pirate Adventure – Grand Floridian Marina; Mondays through Saturdays, 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
  • Sassagoula River Adventure Cruise – Port Orleans Riverside; Sunday, Tuesday, & Thursday 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
  • Island of the Caribbean Pirate Adventure – Disney’s Caribbean Resort; Sunday, Tuesday, Friday 9:30am – 11:30am.

Space is limited. For reservations, please call (407) WDW-PLAY.

Discounts

DVC members receive a 15% discount at select Children’s Activity Centers at WDW, except Camp Dolphin. Discount is limited to three children per member. Children must stay for a minimum of two hours.

Those purchasing a 2016 Walt Disney World Resort package will get 15% off the regular hourly rates at the Children Activity Center located at select Disney Resort Hotels. Minimum charge of two (2) hours per child.

Those purchasing a 2016 Walt Disney World Resort Premium or Platinum package will get unlimited childcare at select Children Activity Center without additional charge.

Those purchasing a 2016 Walt Disney World Resort Platinum package will get unlimited in-room babysitting from Kids Nite Out without additional charge (not including gratuities).

The Kids Club at the Dolphin Hotel offers children two hours of complimentary time at Camp Dolphin when parents dine at Shula’s Steak House, Todd English’s bluezoo or Il Mulino New York Trattoria OR purchase a spa service at Mandara Spa. Simply present your receipt as proof of purchase (one child admitted for each adult entrée purchased OR for the purchase of any spa service of 75 minutes or more).

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