Children seeking a few hours escape from their parents (and vice versa) will soon have fewer options during their Walt Disney World vacation, because Disney’s three resort hotel Children’s Activity Centers will permanently close after July 31, 2018.
Currently, Walt Disney World operates three Children’s Activity Centers at their resort hotels: Simba’s Cubhouse at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge, Sandcastle Club at Disney Beach Club Resort, and Lilo’s Playhouse at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort. These facilities offer a full evening of activities and interactive entertainment for children ages 3-12, allowing their parents to enjoy some adults-only time in exchange for fees that start at $15 per child hourly.
Citing declining attendance at the extra-cost childcare facilities, Disney has set July 31 as their final day of operation, as the resort reevaluates its babysitting services. All current Children’s Activity Center reservations will be accommodated through July 31, after which the centers will be closed.
The paid Kid’s Night Out in-room babysitting service will still be available (starting at $18 per hour for 1 child). In addition, the Walt Disney World Dolphin hotel (which is not owned and operated by Disney) says it currently has no plans to discontinue its Camp Dolphin children’s activity center.