Girls at Disney's Yacht Club
  • On Sep 25, 2022
    Shana from ON Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    We have a reservation a Yacht Club for a family of 5. At what age can an older child explore on their own or with younger siblings. For example, go to the pool or restaurant on their own or with younger siblings, or babysit in their family's room?

    Hiya Shana,

    Welcome back to planDisney. Great choice on the Disney Resorts Collection hotel. Disney's Beach Club Resort and her sister, Disney's Yacht Club Resort are our family's favorite places to stay at Walt Disney World Resort. We love that EPCOT and Disney's Hollywood Studios are just a short walk or boat ride away, and we think Stormalong Bay is the absolute best pool at Disney World! 

    Disney World Property Rules state that Guests under the age of 14 must be accompanied by a Guest that is 14 or older in order to enter a theme park or water park. Additionally, Guests under the age of 7 must be accompanied by someone 14 or older in order to board an attraction. With regard to the pool area, Guests under the age of 12 must be supervised by an adult at all times.  The rules did not specify if that requirement pertained to children wandering the resort or grabbing something to eat in the restaurant so I called Guest Services for some assistance. The Cast Member I spoke with advised that the policy is not specific with regard to the resort area but it is recommended that anyone under the age of 14, always be accompanied by someone 14 and older. 

    I could not find any specific information regarding an age requirement for babysitting a sibling in your resort room, although it seems 12 or 13 is a common age to begin babysitting for short periods of time. You will want to remember however, that the children will be in a location they are not overly familiar with. Plus, the thought of Disney magic just outside their door may be tempting and could be hard to resist which could cause them to venture out expectantly. While Disney World is not currently offering babysitting services, I would suggest a few options if you were looking for some adult time out. 

    You will actually be staying a short walk away from Walt Disney World Dolphin Hotel which is home to the Children's Activity Center - Camp Dolphin. Depending on the age of your children, this is a great location that is typically available from 4pm to 11pm EST and provides supervised activities like video games, movies and crafts. Advanced reservations are required and can be made by contacting the hotel's Guest Services team. There are also a number of local babysitting options where a childcare provider will provide in-room service. One of the most popular is Kid's Nite Out. You can find rates, reservation information and reviews online. Either of these options will give you plenty of time to enjoy an adults only meal, a stroll around EPCOT or even a few beverages at Jellyrolls, knowing the kids are safe and sound. 

    I hope this information will have the entire family happy as can be. If I can provide any additional information, please stop back and see me

    T-T-F-N (Ta-Ta for now), 
    Margaret 
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Meet the Panelist: Margaret, Illinois

Hiya friends. I’m Margaret, mom to four young men and wife to my Prince Charming. Raised on the southside of Chicago, we have now moved our castle to the suburban cornfields. We are a pin trading, Hidden Mickey hunting, resort hopping family who loves to debate the best Disney World resort or attraction over the dinner table. I am thrilled to share some of our favorite tips and tricks in hopes it will add even more magic to your Disney World adventure. Learn More About Margaret

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