Mother Knows Best is a regular column on Your Highway in the Sky dedicated to celebrating Disney with Kids. Traveling to Disney with kids can be lots of fun. Whether you’re taking a baby or a teen, or any age(s) in between, we’d like to share with you ideas to help you make the most of your family trip. It’s even possible to enjoy a Disney vacation with children of multiple ages!
OK, I am going to start this post off with a confession – I’m kinda obsessive about my kids. There, I’ve said it! Obsessive and overprotective aren’t synonyms though – at least not to me. I just love my kids and I want them to be with me (in most cases). I do homeschool, after all – so my kids are with me 24 hours a day. And I don’t get sick of them!
A few years ago, a good friend of mine (and her hubby) went to Walt Disney World without their kids to celebrate their anniversary. My kids told me – under no uncertain terms – that I better NEVER do that (at least not while they’re still living at home). I can’t really imagine going to WDW without my kids (though I do look forward to visiting again someday, with only an adult’s perspective).
But, we’re planning out next trip to be in celebration of several major happenings at our house – one of which is our 20th anniversary (and because we were married on Leap Day, it’ll be only our 5th REAL anniversary). So, I’m thinking that it might be nice for Brian and I to sneak out for some alone time. Our oldest daughter will be 18 by the time we travel; but she’ll be celebrating some things of her own (namely her upcoming graduation) and has some friends in the area.
So, the question is this: What do we do with the little ones? And I’m wondering: Have you used the childcare option at Disney? We did the tour of the Disney Vacation Club on our last trip, and Gracie and Ian chose to stay in the Kids’ Room. They had an absolute blast! There were all kinds of activities to do that, when we came to pick them up, they weren’t even ready to leave. I was looking at the Kids Programs offered at some of the resort hotels, and they look very similar to the DVC kids’ room.
I’d love to hear of your experiences with various childcare options at Disney – the good, the bad, the ugly – and what you’d recommend. If you’re not staying at one of the resorts that offers the childcare, can you still take advantage of it? Did your child(ren) enjoy it? How long did you leave them there?
Do tell all! Because, in this case, this Mother DoesN’T Know Best!