• On Jun 1, 2019
    Jodi from BC Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Contemplating a first visit to Walt Disney World. Do any hotels have kids clubs like at Aulani or on the cruise lines? For during the daytime, not just for dinner and not in room babysitting. Thanks!

    Hello, Jodi, and welcome to the Disney Parks Moms Panel!

    Although there used to be several Children’s Activity Centers at Walt Disney World Resort, most of them have closed within the past year. The only one left is Camp Dolphin at the Walt Disney World Dolphin Hotel. This is only open from 5 p.m until midnight, though. There is a two-hour minimum, and rates are by the hour. However, if you book an appointment at the Mandara Spa or dinner at Shula’s Steak House, Todd English’s bluezoo or Il Mulino New York Trattoria, you can receive up to two hours of complimentary child care! 

    Another option that is also in the Boardwalk/ Epcot Resort area might be Captain Hook’s Pirate Crew. This is the most recent option available for kids ages 4-12, and it is a flat rate for three and a half hours of pirate fun. Offered nightly at Disney’s Beach Club Resort, Captain Hook’s Pirate Crew includes dinner for your little one in addition to “pirate training” (with the infamous Captain himself) and a sail along Crescent Lake.

    I’m sorry there aren’t any options available during the daytime, but you can drop off the kids for Captain Hook’s Pirate Crew as early as 4:30 p.m. If you need an option for earlier in the day and/or for kids under 4, your best bet would be the Kid’s Nite Out in-room babysitting service (which is available 24 hours a day and can be pre-booked at any official Walt Disney World Resort hotel).

    Hopefully you’ll find an option that will work for you and your family, Jodi. In the meantime, please let us know if you have any additional questions about your Walt Disney World Resort vacation.

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Meet the Panelist: Amy, South Carolina

Hiya, pals! I'm Amy from South Carolina. I'm married to my Disney-loving best friend, and together we've raised two princes and a princess. Whether I'm teaching my high school journalism students, planning Disney Bounding outfits with my daughter, or researching which new adventures we'll encounter on our next Walt Disney World Resort vacation, I find a way to incorporate a little Disney magic into everything I do. I look forward to helping you discover the magic, too!  Learn More About Amy

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