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Kids Nite Out: In Room Babysitting During Your Disney Vacation.

If it’s your first vacation to Disney World, you might be surprised to learn once you get there that there are a lot of fun, grownup things to do, whether you want to enjoy a quiet dinner at one of Disney’s signature restaurants, see a show like Cirque de Soliel, or just explore the parks without the kids.  But unless you’re travelling with a sitter or your in-laws, chances are you don’t have childcare. For kids ages 4-12, you can use Disney’s on site child care available at some of the deluxe resorts. At $10 per hour with a three hour minimum, it’s an economical way for parents to enjoy a night out, but the hours are limited, only 4:30 until midnight.  If your kids are older or younger or if you need more flexible hours, this option won’t work. 

One alternative is to use an in-room babysitting service. We used Kids Nite Out on our last two trips to Disney World and have been  very happy with them.  Kids Nite Out, which works with both on and off site hotels,  is one of several well-known babysitting services in the Orlando area.  All their sitters are screened and have undergone thorough background checks through state law enforcement.  You can request a male or female sitter, but make sure you let them know when you make the reservation that you have a preference.   They show up at your hotel wearing a Kids Nite Out T-shirt and name tag and will feed, entertain, and put the kids to bed. They’ll even take them to play areas around the resort, but they won’t take them to the pool. They also don’t bathe kids.  Most sitters arrive with a bag full of age-appropriate activity books and toys.   Rates run from $16 per hour for one child to 23.50 per hour for four children.  There is a four hour minimum and a $10 transportation fee per sitter.  There is a $2 per hour fee for sitting services that begin after 9:00 pm. 

On the plus side, Kids Nite Out works around your schedule, whether you need them during the day or night.  Since they aren’t at a set location for a set number of hours, they’ll stay as long as you need them.  If you’ll be out late, it’s nice not having to move a tired, cranky child from a Kids Club back to the room.  To me, it’s a huge plus having the kids put to bed at their usual bedtime.

Of course, using a service like Kids Nite Out requires a lot of trust on your part.  It can be nervewracking leaving a total stranger with your kids, but we’ve been very comfortable with the sitters we’ve had. Many of the young women are college students; one sitter was actually a law student on her winter break.  All of them have been super-friendly and immediately interacted with the kids.  They took notes on what the kids’ schedule was like and asked the kind of questions you’d expect an attentive sitter to ask.    We actually used two sitters because with really young twins, it’s easier on everyone, particularly me and my husband (Okay, me.  I’m a worrier.). When you consider the hourly fee for three kids, it’s not that big of a jump to split it between two sitters.

If you hire an in-room sitter, make sure you provide a meal (we usually order a pizza) if your sitter is going to be there longer than eight hours. We want the people taking care of our kids to be happy, so we leave plenty of snacks as well.  If you want to tip your sitter, Kids Nite Out doesn’t let you put it on the credit card you left with them, so you’ll need cash or a check. 

We’ll definintely use Kids Nite Out again.  We had a really fun night riding attractions we can’t go on with the kids and loved coming back to the resort and seeing three sleeping children. We also got a great report from our older son the next morning.  Excellent service.

Note:  Several posters on the Dis have successfully used this coupon for a free hour of babysitting from Kids Nite Out.  Google turned up a few others as well.

8 Comments

  1. Thanks! I just used this coupon.

    Suzanne

  2. Would NEVER use this babysitting service again! The sitter we had seemed really annoyed that she had to be there. My 6-year-old son said he was nervous around her, he had a new toy that he wanted her to help him with, but he said she just sat and ignored him and was reading MY BOOK! My other 2 children were sleeping, so I didn’t hear anything from them, but I was really, REALLY disappointed in this service, for what we paid, we should have gotten a top-notch, fun and energetic babysitter.

  3. elizabeth123, that is so sad to hear. We are considering a trip to Disney and I was exploring babysitting options. Your experience will definitely make me reconsider that option. :(

  4. We’ve used KNO. We were very happy and will use them again on future trips. Our babysitter was great. One of our kids has Asperger’s and SPD, so he can be a handful.

  5. There are a lot of wonderful companies in Orlando besides Kids Nite Out who is in violation of the Sherman Act

  6. It is the Clayton Act —

    Exclusive Deals with hotels limiting hotels to only KNO caregivers, then allowing them to choose other companies with the condition that KNO cannot provide a caregiver for one of their guests.

  7. what a crappy service. everytime I call them they put me hold FOREVER. they are way to expensive and don’t pay their sitters but minimum wage. How awful. I would never use this company THey suck!!!! they ask for your credit card to hold a reservation and if u cancel within 24 hours they charge u for the 4 hour minimum. Hello-we have kids ANYTHING can happen. Poor business policy if you ask me. I have several other friends that have used this service and all have been completely dissatisfied. Look for another company if you need a sitter. There are better one out there. TRUST ME.

  8. Clayton Antitrust Act

    Clayton Antitrust Act, 1914, passed by the U.S. Congress as an amendment to clarify and supplement the Sherman Antitrust Act of 1890. It was drafted by Henry De Lamar Clayton. The act prohibited exclusive sales contracts, local price cutting to freeze out competitors, rebates, interlocking directorates in corporations capitalized at million or more in the same field of business, and intercorporate stock holdings. Labor unions and agricultural cooperatives were excluded from the forbidden combinations in the restraint of trade. The act restricted the use of the injunction against labor, and it legalized peaceful strikes, picketing, and boycotts. It declared that “the labor of a human being is not a commodity or article of commerce.” Organized labor was as heartened by the act as it had been dejected by the doctrine of the Danbury Hatters’ Case, but subsequent judicial construction weakened the act’s labor provisions. The Clayton Antitrust Act was the basis for a great many important and much-publicized suits against large corporations. Later amendments to the act strengthened its provisions against unfair price cutting (1936) and intercorporate stock holdings (1950).

    Read more: Clayton Antitrust Act | Infoplease.com http://www.infoplease.com/encyclopedia/history/clayton-antitrust-act.html#ixzz2ddrrBXxJ

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