Guide to Childcare at Disney World

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It’s your vacation at Walt Disney World,

you’ve saved and planned,

packed and arrived.

While it is a blast with the whole family it’s also important for the grown ups to get a little child free time.

One way and the easiest is to bring along a baby sitter. Grandparents work best, especially if they are free to be on their own schedule as well as be your in house babysitter. Another idea is for older children to watch the younger ones, maybe even pay them or order pizza in the room for a kids night in.

If bringing a babysitter just isn’t in your plans then Disney has their own solution.

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Freedom Playground

official address: 230 N Stone Street, DeLand, FL – see my map at bottom of post –

Huge playground with a large area for the older kids and another area for the younger kids with a multi-level jungle gym area in between the two. Nice rubber surfacing throughout the whole playground. Handicap accessible, with the largest variety of accesible activities I’ve seen at a playground. You gotta check out the merry-go-round.

Picnic tables and pavilions are outside, but right next to, the park; no food inside park.

Clean bathrooms and water fountain.

Sensory Butterfly Garden, Geocache and a paved walkway around the whole of Bill Dreggor’s Park.

Large open grass areas.

On site is the restored, Historic Hospital Building built in 1920.

Great place for ALL to visit.

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Enchanted Forest Sanctuary

 

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West of Kennedy Space Center off of FL 405 lies a small track of land you may miss if you blink.

The small brown sign as you head east or west on FL 405 has “Enchanted Forest” printed across the top marking the entrance to this slice of the Florida outdoors.

Brevard County’s Enchanted Forest Sactuary is a nice place to spend half a day.

Free to visit it has a great visitor center with hands-on exibits, a library, air conditioning, clean bathrooms and a small gift shop.

We visited this last week with freinds and enjoyed having an impromptu talent show on their ampitheatre stage, we were also VERY happy that the majority of the hiking trails were under the canopy of Florida trees.

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DeLand Mural Walk

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DeLand, Florida is a quaint little town with history,  and some amazing murals sprinkled through out it’s eclectic, charming downtown.

To see these beautiful murals and town first go to Main Street DeLand.org’s Mural Walk page and print out your own map AND brochure. (you may want to just print the map page and use your phone to read the brochure)

Second, pick a dateinvite some friends and go!

May I suggest you do it sooner rather than later and a Monday-Thursday would be best to see all the murals, we did a Saturday and it was still great! You’ll enjoy 3 or so hours walking outside in beautiful DeLand, Florida while laughing, visiting and having fun!

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Classic Florida

The Sunshine State.

People have been flocking to Florida long before Walt Disney discovered it’s potential.

With an average of 230 sunny days Northerns and Southerns alike enjoy visiting – chances are it’ll be a sunny day!

Here I have compiled a list of the classic Florida attractions, so you can slow down and take a step back in time in Classic Florida.

Slow down and take a step back in time, visit Classic Florida.

I-75 South Classic Florida Attractions:

Silver Spings

Weeki Wachee Springs

The Citrus Tower

Cypres Gardens, now Legoland

 

I-95 South, old US-1 Classic Florida Attractions:

Marineland

Daytona Beach Boardwalk

Sugar Mill Botanical Gardens, former Bongoland