Disney World is the holy grail for most kids, and can be the downfall of many deal-seekers. Having been more than ten times in the last five years, I can at least offer some hope that a trip to see the mouse doesn’t have to be a complete budget buster. Here’s a tip even die-hard Disney fans are surprised to hear: some Disney World Restaurants offer Free Childcare!
That’s right: Camp Dolphin is free for your kid when you eat a meal at one of four on-site restaurants. On our last visit Deal Dad and I left the chaos for a blissful meal at BlueZoo by Todd English while the Deal Kids enjoyed hot dogs and video games with Disney Cast Members. The rules are for an hour per entree per kid, but we were there for close to 90 minutes and didn’t get charged extra. Works for the Mandara Spa too! Be sure to reserve your Camp Dolphin time when you reserve your meal.
Walt Disney World Swan and Walt Disney World Dolphin are many’s favorite of the on-site hotels as they’re in the Starwood Preferred Guest program so you can both earn and redeem Starwood points. I stayed at the Dolphin recently and was not as enthused– it’s a great hotel, just not very “Disney” themed.
I’ve shared many more tips in my Disney World Hacks ebook that have been hard-earned by many many Disney trips.