Walt Disney World is for the young and the young at heart. As much as we love bringing smiles to our children’s faces, sometimes grown-ups want to do Disney without their kids. That’s me! I’m people. When we go to Disney World, we like our kids to take a break halfway through the trip and have a resort stay while my husband and I have a full Disney Date Day! Scroll to the bottom of the article for the perfect Disney World Date Day itinerary.
If you have kids, you know how hard it is to get date nights alone, let alone on vacation. Kids’ Nite Out is a nanny service that gets you your very own Mary Poppins. Seriously, these ladies are all practically perfect in every way. Kid’s Nite Out is such a solid and dependable service that both Walt Disney World and Universal Studios Orlando endorse their services!
Kids Clubs & Childcare at Disney World (and Universal Orlando)
Walt Disney World used to host its own kid’s clubs and childcare programs in the deluxe resorts. The programs started slowly shutting down in 2018, and the final program closed in 2019. We can’t blame this closure on the pandemic.
Prior to the pandemic, Universal Studios hosted a childcare program in their resort, but it was fulfilled by Kid’s Nite Out. Both theme parks recommend this company for in-room nanny services. Perhaps this is one area the two competitors agree on!
About Kid’s Nite Out
Kid’s Nite Out has been helping families since 1998. This is a family-run business that has strict guidelines and exceptional service. All nannies are over 18 years of age, are CPR certified, have previous childcare or teaching experience, and endure rigorous screening and background checks. Many of the nannies also possess advanced training or teaching certificates. Services include theme park mommy helper, convention childcare, kids camps, and in-room nanny.
Want to have a date day with your hubby? Call up Kid’s Nite Out at least two weeks in advance to set up your date for in-room babysitting. The nanny will come to your room and spend the day with your kids! Note: They are not permitted to do any activities involving water, like baths, pools, or even splash pads.
If you are interested in having a date day, try to choose a resort with a playground! The nanny can take your kids on a walk through the resort and play for a while to take a break from the room. FYI: All Disney resorts have playgrounds.
There is no time limit to the number of hours you stay out. On our last trip, we stayed 12 hours one day, and then had a nice evening of 4 hours on another night. There is an additional fee if your care starts before 7:00 AM or after 8:00 PM. Attention RunDisney fanatics! Kid’s Nite Out also has services for those ungodly hours!
What Do They Do
Real talk: The first time I planned a day out I panicked the day worrying about what my kids were going to do all day. We were on vacation so we had no toys with us or anything! Seriously, I almost canceled the whole day because I couldn’t picture my kids sad, bored, and miserable while mommy and daddy were off having a blast.
I heard a knock on the door and I knew it was too late to back out. Well… our nanny may not have had a magic carpetbag, but she had multiple bags of fun stuff!!! She knew that she was going to be with a 6-year-old and 18-month-old, so she brought two big bags of age-appropriate toys. In addition, she brought games to play all together and craft time ideas!
I also had an older child in the room as well. Since he was 13, I essentially had eyes on everything that went on. According to him, the nanny was extremely hands-on and did great at keeping both kids happy. She took turns with one-on-one time with them, and also played with both at once. I thought it was especially thoughtful that one of the crafts that the nanny brought was a keepsake craft.
How Do You Handle Meals?
Once again, I was slightly ill-prepared for this part of the day, so learn from me! This may come as a shock, but if you plan on being gone for about 12 hours, your kids (and the nanny!) will need to eat. If your resort room has a kitchen or kitchenette then this is easy-peezy, but even if it doesn’t, don’t worry, you can still make this work. You can’t be worse than me only having a loaf of bread, a jar of Nutella, and a box of popcorn. Learn from me, be prepared with a meal game plan so you’re not scurrying the day of making sure your poor Mary Poppins doesn’t go hungry.
First things first: Procure some food before your date day. There are a number of grocery delivery and/or pick-up services available in Orlando. There is Garden Grocer (our favorite), Instacart, UberEats, Walmart, and Amazon Fresh, to name a few. Frankly, I have had the best luck with doing a Walmart pick-up order and picking it up myself.
Disney Vacation grocery must-haves whether you having a date night or not:
- Milk & cereal: save money and time by eating in your room before going to the parks
- Coffee creamer, because this is vacation. You deserve goodness, not plain black bean water
- Kiddie snackies like goldfish, gummies, and granola bars
- WATER, WATER, WATER – Do not buy water in the parks at $3 a bottle when you can get a case for the same price!
Let’s face it… this all sounds too good to be true. It has to be insanely expensive, right? NOPE! Using this service is cheaper than any kids’ club on any cruise ship or vacation resort. I know, because I like my mommy time, and I have looked! Starting at $30 per hour for one child, but maxes out at $42 per hour. It says “5 or more children”, but you can request clarification on the limit.
Think about it, if you had a reasonable amount of kids, say 7 or 8, between 3 families you could split the cost! There is a 4-hour minimum for the service, but no maximum! You also must pay a transportation fee of $15 as well. Figure a full Disney Date Day will cost you about $350 for one child when everything is said and done. Sure, it’s not cheap, but the way we justify it is that $350 is WAY cheaper than trying to wiggle in a weekend getaway just the two of us. This way, we sneak in a little us time in the middle of our family vacation.
Disney Date Night and Day
Okay, now you’re all excited for a little alone time with your hubby in the most magical place on Earth, but you’re overwhelmed. The world is your oyster!
Now, you don’t want to spend the day saying, “I don’t care. What do you wanna do?”. Plan to do things that you couldn’t, or wouldn’t want to do with your kids. A whole day at the Kingdom? Drink around the world? Full Star Wars day? What about extras and tours?
My Perfect Disney Date Day (In a Perfect World)
- Rope drop Animal Kingdom
- Hop on the first safari!
- Ride Expedition Everest and Dinosaur while sipping a Joffrey’s cold brew with Bailey’s (Animal Kingdom Joffrey’s offers shots of alcohol in your coffee!)
- Hop on the train to Rafiki’s Planet Watch to go to 10:00 AM Animation Experience
- Go to Nomad Lounge at 11:00 for cocktails and snacks. (Try the gluten-free churros!!)
- Park hop to Hollywood Studios
- Ride Tower of Terror and kick my husband’s butt on Toy Story Mania
- Take a bus over to the Polynesian Resort for late lunch at Ohana
- Roll ourselves over to Magic Kingdom for Haunted Mansion, Splash Mountain, and Pirates of the Caribbean
- Take the monorail over to EPCOT for drinking and snacking around the world and enjoying the new nighttime spectacular, Harmonious.
This Perfect Disney Date Day takes advantage of all the fun things that you might gloss over when you’re with your kids, or just want to enjoy them with your best friend. This day would be about a 15-hour day, but in the end, you would be happy and more connected with your husband, and your kids would be happy and rested. Everyone’s happy happy happy.
What would your Perfect Disney Date Day look like?
I am a mother of three that has refused to grow up. Adulting is for the birds, so I go to Disney World every chance I get for that magical escape from reality. I believe that Haunted Mansion is the best ride in all of the Disney Parks, and I am fervently in team Happily Ever After for fireworks spectaculars, (sorry, not sorry, Enchanted). Finally, I hope I never grow tired of skipping down Main Street, USA, and my dream come true would be “friends with” the Fairy Godmother in my old age.