For solo traveling parents like myself, childcare can prove invaluable at times. Even two parent families sometimes just need a break. Did you know there are plenty of childcare options at Disney World in Orlando, Florida?
Whether you need to attend a conference or meeting while visiting Disney, or just want a night off, there are a surprising number of childcare options available to families of all sizes. Here are some of the best activities and childcare options at Disney World.
Sitters in A Second, Inc.
Since 1994, Sitters in a Second, Inc. has been providing babysitting services to families in various hotels in Florida and California. Frankly, they take the adventure out of finding babysitting, which is a great thing.
Our sitter arrived 15 minutes early and full of ideas of what to do with the kids. I requested a sitter who was a strong swimmer, and she immediately took the kids down to the hotel pool where she swam with them for over an hour. The sitters are also permitted to take your kids into the parks if that is your preference. I returned back to the room about 20 minutes early and the kids were devastated that the sitter would soon be leaving. They showed me everything they had done while I was gone and I was truly impressed.
The sitter gave me a number to text to check in but never disrupted my meetings. I was blown away with the how easy the booking process was but even more impressed with the quality of our sitter. You cannot go wrong using this service while visiting Disney World.
In Hotel Childcare
A variety of hotels on Disney property offer childcare in Disney’s Children’s Activity Centers. These include Simba’s Cubhouse at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge, the Sandcastle Club at Disney’s Beach Club Resort, Camp Dolphin at the Walt Disney World Dolphin Hotel and Lilo’s Playhouse at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort. The Polynesian resort is a Disney Vacation Club property and can be booked using Vacatia.com. Make sure to check the rates on Vacatia before booking!
I checked out the Sandcastle Club with my two kids and was impressed by the club, which is open to all children ages 3 through 12. The club offered nightly programming which included science experiments, cooking school and pirate training. There were also video games, movies and crafts available in the club. You can book in advance or walk-ins are accepted based on availability. Each evening at the club costs $55 per child which includes dinner and a snack.
Reservations for Lilo’s Playhouse, Simba’s Cubhouse and Sandcastle Club can be made by calling (407) 939-3463. Reservations for Camp Dolphin can be made by calling (407) 934-4241.
Kids for All Seasons at the Four Seasons Resort
Another option worth looking into is staying at the Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort. Often an entry room at the Four Seasons Resort is similar in price to some of the higher end Disney properties like the Grand Floridian. Your stay at the Four Seasons Resort includes access to the complimentary Kids for All Seasons club located by the pool. Where the Kids for All Seasons club differs from other clubs on Disney property is in the programming. The club is open daily from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm for kids ages 4 though 12. You can choose to use the club for the day or just a couple of hours. The club itself is incredible, consisting of a giant indoor volcano play place and a large outdoor playground.
Programming includes nature walks, plenty of games and activities and even a chance to hit the waterslides and lazy river on property. For families needing consistent childcare, the Four Seasons Orlando is a great find. Add in the private luxury motor coaches that take you to and from the parks, intimate character breakfasts and ultra luxury rooms and property and it’s hard to resist booking a stay immediately.
Adventures in Babysitting
While childcare may not be your first concern when booking a trip to Disney, it is comforting to know these childcare options at Disney World exist. I used a variety of childcare on our last trip to help while I was in meetings, headed out to a nice dinner and even to spend a little one on one time with each of my kids. Any of the above options will provide a safe and fun environment for your kids while you are not with them.