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  • On Apr 25, 2011
    Takara from NY Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

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    Hello! I will be taking my son to WDW in May for his 5th bday. Are there any babysitting opportunities so I can have a bit of time to myself? Or any single parent discount or activities? Please answer, I can't find any other question about this. Thanks!!

    Hi Takara! I can't think of a better 5th birthday present for your son than a trip to Walt Disney World! Of course, your vacation should be fun for you as well, and Disney does have childcare available if you need a little time to yourself. 

    Several of the resorts have drop-in childcare centers where children ages 3 to 12 can play games, do crafts, and have dinner while their parents enjoy some adult time. These Children's Activity Centers are located in the Grand Floridian, Polynesian, Beach Club, Dolphin, Animal Kingdom Lodge, and Wilderness Lodge resorts. The centers are available to Disney resort guests, even if you're not a guest at the particular hotel where the activity center is located. The fee is $11.50 per child per hour, with a two-hour minimum. Most of the child care centers are open from 4:30 pm to midnight. For more information or to reserve spots for your children, call 407-939-3463. 

    The agency Kids Nite Out offers in-room babysitting services as well as a helping hand in the parks.
    For more information or to reserve this one-on-one childcare, call (407) 828-0920.

    If you want a few hours of free time in the morning, you can send your son off on a Pirate's Adventure. On this two-hour cruise he'll learn about pirates while he has a light snack and sails around searching for pirate booty. For more information, call 407-WDW-PLAY.

    I'm not aware of any special discounts or activities for single parents, but you might try checking out some of the unofficial Disney fan forums, such as, where solo and single travelers often arrange meet-ups in the parks.  
    Hope you have a magical vacation! Come visit us again at the Moms Panel if you have more questions -- we're happy to help!
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Meet the Panelist: Amanda, North Carolina

I'm a busy mom of two from North Carolina who loves to find ways to stretch a Disney Dollar so that I can enjoy the luxury of Disney's deluxe resorts and fine dining. Learn More About Amanda

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