Using the Kids' Clubs

I would like to try something like this on our upcoming trip. I have a couple of questions that I did not see on the Disney website:

  1. do you need to be a guest at that resort?
  2. is there a minimum (or maximum) number of hours?
  3. what are the hours of availability?
  4. do they tend to fill up? It states that reservations are not required.

Related, has anyone ever done the in-room babysitting? If so, how did it work out?

You do not need to be a guest at the resort. There is a minimum number of hours. I think it is two but I am not completely sure. They will tell you when you make the reservation. I’m not sure what time they open, but I think it is maybe 4:00. There is no maximum that I am aware of but I think they close around midnight. I have always made a reservation. I don’t know what the maximum number of kids is for the night, but there have always been a fair number there when we have gone.

I would also add that it is good to ask when they serve dinner. The last time we went, we dropped DS6 off around 6:15. Dinner was at 6:30 but because we had missed the ordering time, he wouldn’t get his dinner until the later time which was around 8:30. He was okay, but he never eats that late so I was a little worried. I think he had a snack. The other two times we took him, we dropped him off closer to 5 or 5:30 so I hadn’t even thought about it.

I’ve never tried in room babysitting but we’ve been happy with the Sand Castle Club at BC and Lilo’s Playhouse at Poly. Those are the only two we’ve tried. It is nice to have a night out!

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I can confirm that the minimum is 2 hours. And you do not need to be a guest of the resort. Or even on property.
Hours are usually 4-midnight every day, but occasionally they might be different (i.e. 4:30 to midnight or 4-11) so it’s always good to call to confirm hours in advance.
They can fill up in busier seasons. It is best to call for reservations just in case. But we have just walked up sometimes, but that usually works best during the week, not weekends.
My kids loved the two kids clubs we’ve been to. They even scheduled a specialist the night my son was there the first time (he’s got sensory issues) which made his experience even more enjoyable and gave me piece of mind. The kids loved having a night with no lines, and no rules and no crowds and we loved having a leisurely dinner. Win all around!
We did the old neverland club at the poly and the kids club at AKL.

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