Doing Disney With A Baby
So, you want to take an infant to Disney World?
First of all, I applaud you for allowing life to continue and not halting everything because a new little person entered your world. Second of all, if you have never taken an infant to Disney you are in luck. I have created a survival guide all mommas need to read to thrive at Disney with their precious bundle of joy[s].
Disney has done pretty good job of making their parks mommy and baby friendly. I give them a 7 out of 10. They have Baby Care Centers in everyone of their parks, almost all of the restrooms have a changing table or tables, and they have stores that offer baby items like diapers, food, wipes, etc. However each park only has one Baby Care Center. This is a little inconvenient at times, especially if you are on the opposite end of where it is located. My suggestion for Disney is to set up little hubs where mommas can go in and nurse if they aren’t comfortable doing it in public. Nonetheless Disney is great at accommodating people, especially mommas and their littles.
Now, lets cut straight to the chase. Walt Disney World has put a Baby Care Center in each of their four parks. These centers are there for your convenience and to provide a quiet, comfortable, and AIR CONDITIONED place for you to nurse, feed, change, and rest your little one.
Baby Care Center Locations at Walt Disney World:
- Magic Kingdom: Between Casey’s Corner and The Crystal Palace.
- Animal Kingdom: In a building just to the left of The Tree of Life.
- Hollywood Studios: Inside Guest Relations
- Epcot: In the Odyssey Center.
If you are unfamiliar with any of these locations ask a Cast Member and they will be able to direct you to where they are. These centers are there for your convenience so use them!
Amenities Offered at Baby Care Centers atDisney World:
- Nursing rooms with rocking chairs.
- Air conditioning.
- Changing tables.
- Unisex bathroom.
- Feeding area with highchairs.
- Kitchen with microwave, oven, and sink.
- Room with a sofa, tables, and television to entertain the older kids while you tend to the little one.
- On site shop offering any supplies you may have forgotten.
Now that you know that these centers exist and what they offer how are you possibly going to survive a whole day in the parks with a baby?! Take a breath, you got this!
Feeding at Disney Parks:
Disney allows you to bring your own food and beverages into the park. Really the only thing you CANNOT bring is alcohol and glass containers (baby food jars are permitted). This means bring as much food as you need as long as it fits into a bag that isn’t bigger than 24″ x 15″ x 18″. While that is the biggest size bag aloud at Disney, I don’t believe there is a limit as to how many, but you should not need anything bigger than this for a tiny tot. This is good to know if you want to bring in baby food or snacks.
When it is time for you to feed or nurse your baby you can pretty much do this anywhere. My personal recommendation is if you are nursing head to the Baby Care Centers to nurse in the air conditioning and in private. While you can nurse anywhere in the parks it is nice to be able to sit in a comfortable chair and enjoy a little air conditioning. Let’s be real, you already have a small human hanging off of you, worrying about sweaty clothes is really the last thing you want to deal with.
If you are not nursing or your baby is old enough for baby food you can still use the Baby Care Centers to feed, as well as pretty much anywhere in the park. This could be a good opportunity (if you are traveling with other family members) to get in some quality ride time with your other kids while dad, or grandma, or grandpa, or whoever feeds the baby.
You know your baby’s schedule better than anyone, so if they are accustomed to eating at a certain time everyday I would avoid scheduling FastPass+ during that time. Being realistic, your baby’s schedule will get a little messed up on vacation. However this is one way you can keep things relatively normal for them.
Resting at Walt Disney World:
This is a big one! Lack of rest can ruin a day if you aren’t careful. Babies need a lot of sleep and just because you are on vacation means nothing to them, literally nothing. There are a few different options to get your baby the rest they need. Again, you know your baby’s schedule so adapt these tips to fit your baby best. Keep in mind some parts of their schedule may have to change a bit.
The first option you have is to bring a stroller and a fan and try to keep them napping as normal. It will be very hard to find a “quiet” place in the park so do the best you can. Babies are aloud on any ride that does not have a height requirement, so if they are having a tough time falling asleep try a ride on the People Mover. The motion may be just the push they need to close those little eyes. Brining your own stroller is also good for the little cat naps they will end up taking during the day.
Option 2: Maybe your little one is stubborn and just wont go down at the parks. Head on back to the hotel and let them get a quality nap in. Lets say you get to the parks at 8:00am for a character breakfast, by 2 o’clock you have put in almost a 7 hour day. That’s enough to make anyone tired! If you head back to the hotel around that time, baby can get a good nap in and older brother or sister can get some pool time in. This is a win win situation. Everyone gets to regroup and your night plans will thank you.
Option 3: Sleep in! Try this: let everyone sleep in, do your pool time in the morning, go down for a nap and then go into the parks. The parks are open for a good chunk of the day (not including Extra Magical Hours) so don’t worry you won’t miss a thing. Another advantage of going in late is that by the time you are going into the parks a lot of people will be leaving to rest up. The later afternoon hours tend to be less busy at Walt Disney World. This does’t mean they clear out by any means, but the crowds do decrease slightly with people getting tired and needing a break.
Don’t let lack of sleep ruin your day, be flexible and go with the flow. If you have to take the little back to the hotel to get a nap in that’s okay. Travel with family, especially grandparents they will usually volunteer to watch them while they nap so you and the other members of your family can enjoy a little extra park time.
Changing a Diaper at Disney World:
This is probably the easiest thing you will encounter, and by easy there are just a lot of places to do it. Besides the Baby Care Centers almost all of the restrooms offer a changing table.
Riding Rides With A Baby:
Surprisingly enough there are a lot of rides that do not have a height requirement which means littles are welcome. I mentioned The People Mover above, but the following rides at Magic Kingdom also do not have a height requirement:
- Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin
- Country Bear Jamboree
- Dumbo the Flying Elephant
- Enchanted Tales with Belle
- Haunted Mansion
- It’s a Small World
- Jungle Cruise
- Liberty Square Riverboat
- Mad Tea Party
- The Magic Carpets of Aladdin
- The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
- Mickey’s PhilharMagic
- Peter Pan’s Flight
- Pirates of the Caribbean
- Prince Charming Regal Carrousel
- Swiss Family Treehouse
- Tom Sawyer Island
- Under the Sea: Journey of the Little Mermaid
- Walt Disney World Railroad
For a full list of height requirements go here!
While taking a baby to Disney may not be the easiest task, it is definitely not impossible. Stay organized, go with the flow, and be flexible. You got this momma!
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