Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Disneyland, the suite life - part 2

Part 2/3

So here's a Disneyland Hotel perk you might not know about: Disney daycare! Well, not really but it does provide a quite night out for adults, should you need a break while on vacation.
Right inside the Grand Californian is a place called Pinocchio's Workshop. It opens at night from 5pm to midnight and you can drop your kids off at any time. Much like a regular daycare you check in and they take all the kid's info as far as allergies, preferences, etc.

Since it is in the evening they suggest you buy a meal for the kids. It's an extra $6 which is a deal by Disney standards and it's from room service. Talk about living the 'Suite Life' dream. They also provide healthy snacks like fruit and yogurt if the kids want it.
When you drop off the kids you can come back anytime before midnight but you must stay on the Disney premises. That means you can go to any of the parks or Downtown Disney, you just need to stay on Disney Property. My cousin and I decided to go shopping and to a movie at Downtown Disney. When we checked the kids in they gave me a cell phone to carry with me should there be an emergency. This is nice so there's never any privacy issues or fumbling around looking for phone numbers. Possibly a tracking device? Hm...

And if you have even more paranoia (like me) don't worry because they take a picture of you when you drop off the kids. Whoever is in that picture is the ONLY person allowed to pick them up. Smart.

The price for this child care is $13 and when you think about a night out sans kids, it's a pretty good deal and let me tell you why...
Typical Disney they have TONS of cool things for the kids to do. There's a game area, an art room, computers with games, Round the clock Disney movies and a Playstation Move full of Disney games (which is pretty awesome!).
Not only that, the staff is engaging and friendly - of course, it's Disney! And they bring in storytellers for the kids which breaks up the night.

Now here's the cherry on top, at 9:30 they take all the kids up to a private balcony to watch the fireworks at the Grand Californian. How cool is that? Put me in daycare too!

Everyone got to take home goodie bags filled with coloring pages, crayons and stickers. The kids had a fantastic time and I got to relax and enjoy the Disney nightlife. A little break from the kids was nice on our four day trip.
The day we returned home from our trip I opened the mailbox to find personalized thank you notes to the kids from the staff at Pinocchio's Workshop. Disney thinks of everything!

Tomorrow - a nice dinner! (to be continued...)

Disneyland, the suite life - part 1
Disneyland, the suite life - part 3

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Blogger Margie said...

This is awesome!

Tuesday, July 10, 2012 5:18:00 AM  
Blogger connie said...

Child care for an evening out for the adults? Disney really does think of everything!

Tuesday, July 10, 2012 8:45:00 AM  
Blogger Xenia G. said...

$13 an hour or $13 per kid total? It looks like a great time! I could use a staycation there!

Tuesday, July 10, 2012 8:08:00 PM  

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