• On Dec 10, 2019
    Bethany from TX 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.

    How old to children have to be to walk around the resort unaccompanied? I’m particularly thinking of if my oldest can go play at the arcade at Art of Animation while I’m in the room with a napping sibling.

    Hi Bethany!

    Thanks for reaching out to the Moms Panel! Staying at Disney's Art of Animation Resort is still on my Disney bucket list. I have yet to stay there, but it is a resort I've been very much looking forward to lounging at..someday. :-)

    Disney's official property rules when it comes to minors are more tied to their theme parks. This is their official verbiage:

    "Children should be supervised. Guests under age 14 must be accompanied by a Guest age 14 or older to enter a theme park, water park or NBA Experience."

    Although it doesn't explicitly state the same for resort hotels, I generally use the same rule of thumb wherever I am on Disney property with my children. That being said, staying at Disney resorts countless times, I have seen children of various ages wondering around by themselves. For me, I always err on the side of caution and safety. My son is 12, but I still make him walk with his 16 year old sister if they go anywhere in the resort without Mom or Dad.

    In the end, my suggestion is that parents use their best discretion when it comes to children moving around by themselves, always keeping safety at the forefront.

    May you and your family have a magical time at Disney!

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