Pixar Play Zone is the last remaining kids club on Disney property (except for one located at the Swan and Dolphin). Recently the Drennon boys made their first visit to Pixar Play Zone, their third time at a Disney kid club. Read on to find their candid review.
First, let me give you the details: the Pixar Play Zone is located in the Contemporary Resort in the space previously occupied by the arcade. The kids club is an evening “babysitting type service.” Parents drop their kids off for a set amount of time in this kids-only space. It is open to children 4-12 who are fully toilet trained. The cost is $65 per child and there are currently no discounts for Annual Passholders or DVC members (believe me, I asked). You do NOT have to be staying on Disney property to participate in the Pixar Play Zone. The evening does include dinner and snacks. Plus, the kids leave with any crafts they make, a set of stickers to indicate the activities of the evening, and a very nice cloth drawstring bag. Doors open for registration at 5pm and programming starts at 6pm. The children must be picked up by 10:30pm.
The kids are able to pick out their dinner from a menu. There is also an allergy friendly menu available, if needed. The little guy has outgrown some food allergies (woo!). Thankfully, in the past they were able to accommodate his four food allergies. He currently has one food allergy that is not listed on any of the allergy menus because it is not as common. No fear: the chef was literally at the front desk speaking with the families who needed allergy-friendly menus. The children are then given a special red bracelet to indicate the presence of an allergy.
The inside of this area is bright and open. The hand washing station is themed to Monsters Inc. and the sinks have decontamination tanks next to them to dispense paper towels. It is all very cute. The parents are not permitted to walk back into the play area with the other children, but there is an area to drop the kids off and present them with the ground rules. I was straining my neck to get a look around.
It’s clear the space offers a lot of fun to be had! I could see a large ramp for the Piston Cup Challenge Activity. For this activity, the kids are able to design and test out cars made from Duplo bricks. The perimeter of the room is lined with what I presume is remnants of the previous arcade. All the games are set to free play! Say what?! That part made my husband jealous. There is also an area for arts and crafts. We knew that our boys would have nothing to do with this after the cast member said “free video games.”
Throughout the evening special Pixar-themed events take place: The Piston Cup Challenge, Space Ranger Training (Buzz even makes an appearance1), and Woody’s Round-Up (Woody and Jessie also visit).
My five-year-old said he didn’t want to “Waste all his time dancing with Woody, because there were arcade games.” I will let you decide for yourself what they thought was the most valuable experience of the evening.
There are no pictures allowed in the kids club area, so the boys will do their best to recount the most important details of the evening for you below.
I know that Disney is a family vacation destination. We don’t use the kids club too often. However, my husband and I were able to sneak up to The California Grill and share some appetizers and wine before heading off on a short monorail crawl. We got to spend some time together and the boys had way more fun at Pixar Play Zone then they would have had at the California Grill.
If you would like to add this experience as part of an upcoming vacation, contact Cj.firstname.lastname@example.org.
What do you think about kids clubs on vacation? Do your kids enjoy them? Have mine convinced you to sign up your kids?