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A real-life Mary Poppins! Florida 23-year-old launches career as a ‘THEME PARK NANNY’

A recent college graduate who started a lucrative career as an “amusement park babysitter” is paid to attend Disney World after turning her unique babysitting service into a full-fledged business.

Cyan Nardiello, 23, of New Jersey, was a senior at the University of Central Florida in 2020 when she Once upon a time there was a babysitterwhich provides theme park child care for families visiting top Florida and California attractions, including Disney and Universal Studios.

The CEO and her “fairy god nannies” charge $40 an hour for their services, which range from helping parents with their kids in the parks to hotel babysitting for couples looking for a date night.

“If the family I work for wants an extra pair of hands, I’ll stick with them through the park,” she said. Insider† “I can also take the kids to do age-appropriate activities while the parents go on longer rides or drink the world at Epcot.”

Cyan Nardiello, 23, from New Jersey, has embarked on a career as an 'amusement park babysitter'

Cyan Nardiello, 23, from New Jersey, has embarked on a career as an ‘amusement park babysitter’

She was a senior at the University of Central Florida in 2020 when she founded Once Upon a Nanny, which provides theme park childcare for families

She was a senior at the University of Central Florida in 2020 when she founded Once Upon a Nanny, which provides theme park childcare for families

When hired to care for the hotel, Nardiello and her team take kids to the pool or play board games with them in their room, while their parents spend some time alone.

“These holidays are expensive and I think parents should be able to have as much fun as their kids,” she explains.

Nardiello first visited Disney World with her family when she was 13 and fell in love with it. She was so enamored that she chose to attend the University of Central Florida simply because it was close to the theme park.

She was working as a nanny for a seven-year-old when she offered to take her to Disney World to celebrate her last day of school, which became a tradition for them.

Nardiello would post about their adventures on the Walt Disney World Annual Pass Holder page on Facebook, according to: Fox Business

Nardiello documents her life as a theme park nanny on TikTok and Instagram, where she shares funny photos and videos of herself with her accusers

Nardiello documents her life as a theme park nanny on TikTok and Instagram, where she shares funny photos and videos of herself with her accusers

Nardiello documents her life as a theme park nanny on TikTok and Instagram, where she shares funny photos and videos of herself with her accusers

Nardiello was working as a nanny for a seven-year-old when she offered to take her to Disney World to celebrate her last day of school, and the outings became a tradition for them.

Nardiello was working as a nanny for a seven-year-old when she offered to take her to Disney World to celebrate her last day of school, and the outings became a tradition for them.

When families started reaching out to her about watching their kids at the theme park, she realized there was an untapped market for her services.

“I decided to turn it into a business before someone stole my idea,” she told Insider. “I didn’t really set out to make Once Upon a Nanny what it is, but I realized there’s a demand for it.”

But just as business was booming, the COVID-19 pandemic struck and Disney announced in March 2020 that its theme parks would be temporarily closed.

Nardiello was able to restart her business with new security measures, including masks, once the parks reopened in phases in July.

She shares videos of her babysitting trips at the theme park TikTok, where she has nearly 50,000 followers. She also posts whimsical photos of herself and their staffers with their charges on Instagram

Nardiello posted about their adventures on the Walt Disney World Annual Pass Holder page on Facebook, leading to other parents asking her to babysit their kids at the theme park

Nardiello posted about their adventures on the Walt Disney World Annual Pass Holder page on Facebook, leading to other parents asking her to babysit their kids at the theme park

The nanny realized she had stumbled upon a business venture with an untapped market and launched Once Upon a Nanny

The nanny realized she had stumbled upon a business venture with an untapped market and launched Once Upon a Nanny

The business owner shared what her company has to offer in a TikTok video in December.

“You’re probably thinking, “What’s a Disney nanny?” We help families in the theme parks with literally everything they need,” she explains. “This could look like a family with a large number of children who need an extra pair of eyes and hands.

“This could look like some parents who just want a few hours alone. This can also look like parents wanting to ride the bigger rides their little ones can’t get on,” she continued. ‘We can do anything. We meet the families in the parks, we have fun, and then we leave.’

Nardiello now has 26 caregivers with CPR and first aid certifications, theme park knowledge and at least three years of childcare experience of varying ages, according to the Once Upon a Nanny website.

They also have their own entrance tickets to the parks, which is one less worry for parents.

The CEO and her 'fairy god nannies' charge $40 an hour for their services, which range from helping parents in the parks to babysitting in hotels

The CEO and her ‘fairy god nannies’ charge $40 an hour for their services, which range from helping parents in the parks to babysitting in hotels

Nardiello now employs 26 caretakers who have knowledge of all theme parks

Nardiello now employs 26 caretakers who have knowledge of all theme parks

Once Upon a Nanny offers three different services for both local and visiting families.

The ‘helping hands’ option is for parents who want to have a nanny with them when touring the parks with their kids.

With ‘Parent Play’, adults can enjoy older activities while their caregiver takes their little ones to age-appropriate activities.

And those who book a ‘hotel hangout’ can enjoy some alone time while a nanny looks after their children at their resort accommodations.

Nardiello told Insider that the service is a hit with both parents and their children.

“Parents will reach out and say, ‘Our kids can’t stop talking about the time they had to go to Disney with a fairy god nanny,” she said.

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