Why You Should Wait Until Your Kids Are 3 Before Booking Your Disney Trip to Hawaii
Disney trips come at a premium, so for most families, there's absolutely no budget to bring along an extra set of hands – in the form of a helpful grandparent or nanny – so that your vacation can actually, well, feel like one.
But if some quality adults-only time is high on your list of priorities, there is one option you probably didn't know existed.
Aulani, a Disney resort in Hawaii, offers child care. Free child care. Unlimited free child care.
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Yes, if you book a trip to Aulani, which opened back in 2011 on the island of Oahu, your stay automatically includes access to Aunty's Beach House, a multi-age "activities club" that provides free child care from 9:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. every day of the week.
Sure, this isn't to encourage guests to leave their children for an entire day – why book a Disney vacation if not to spend most of it experiencing the magic with your little ones? Still, it's an amazing perk for those adults craving a few well-deserved breaks, whether it's to have dinner at a restaurant that doesn't keep ketchup packets on the table, relax in the adults-only pool, or go for a couples massage at Disney's first-ever spa, Laniwai. And because Aulani is nestled in a tropical paradise, it can allow parents and older kids to go on an afternoon excursion – like swimming with dolphins, or a zip-lining tour – without worrying about age restrictions for their younger kids.
Because safety is such a big priority at Disney, Aunty's Beach House is no exception. Not only are all the kids supervised by childcare professionals known as Disney Youth counselors, but their secure check-in and check-out procedures – which include a child-sized "keiki" wristband tracker – ensure that your child remains safe in their care.
If the idea of dropping your kid off has you feeling guilty, don't worry — they likely won't miss you. The 5,200-square-foot facility has complimentary programs and themed activities, a costume closet filled with nearly every Disney princess dress, a movie room showing Disney favorites, and a constant flow of Hawaiian arts and crafts, like lei-making with real orchids.