Disney World is a magical place where everyone, no matter their age, can have an unforgettable experience. But if you are traveling with a baby under 2 years old, the trip can require a little bit more preparation and planning. Here are some tips to make your visit to Disney World with a baby stress-free and enjoyable.
Plan ahead: Before you even leave for your trip, make sure to plan ahead. Check the Disney World website (or the App!) for attractions, shows, and events that your baby can participate in. You can also make a list of the rides that are suitable for babies and the ones that require height restrictions. Planning ahead can help you avoid any unpleasant surprises when you get to the park.
Pack smart: When packing for your trip, make sure to bring all the necessary items your baby needs, such as diapers, wipes, and formula. You can also bring a stroller or rent one at the park. A baby carrier can also be useful if your baby wants to be close to you while you explore the park.
One thing you should also consider when you pack is the amount of time that you will spend away from your stroller as you wait in line for rides and attractions, or watching shows. For this reason, you'll want to have a smaller bag that can keep valuables close to you while you ride. (Find my favorite here, they even have disney prints!)
Diapers, wipes, and other non valuable baby related items or snacks are usually safe staying in the stroller until you return to it. And speaking of strollers...
Remember Stroller Requirements: Understanding the rules of Disney & strollers is its own blog post. You can find that here (link coming soon!).
Take advantage of the Baby Care Centers: Disney World has Baby Care Centers located throughout the park, which provide a quiet and comfortable place to change diapers, nurse, or just take a break from the crowds. These centers also offer baby food, formula, and other baby supplies for purchase.
For more information on the Baby Care Centers, check out my blog here!
Find the Playgrounds: Three of the four parks have playgrounds for toddler and older children to play around before they go stand in their next line or move onto the next attraction.
Magic Kingdom - Near Dumbo Ride & Tom Sawyer’s Island
Epcot - One near the back entrance to Mission Space & one outside the new creations shop near Guardians of the Galaxy
Animal Kingdom also has a giant playground in Dinoland. It is called The Boneyard and it is HUGE.
Plan for nap time: Make sure your baby has a comfortable place to take a nap during the day. If your baby needs a quiet and peaceful environment to sleep, consider taking a break from the park and returning to your hotel room for a nap. If they are capable of taking a stroller nap, bring along a stroller that will provide a comfortable place to rest.
Take all of the snacks: There is no limit to the amount of food you can bring into the parks. And speaking of food, most restaurants don't allow strollers in the restaurant so have a plan if baby is unable to sit up in a high chair.
Stay hydrated: Florida is hot and humid, so it's essential to keep your baby hydrated. Make sure to bring plenty of water and other liquids for your baby. You can also take advantage of the water fountains located throughout the park. Another highly recommended addition would be a good portable stroller fan.
Be flexible: Traveling with a baby can be unpredictable, so be flexible with your schedule. If your baby needs a break or has a meltdown, take a break and come back to the park later. Remember, the most important thing is to make sure your baby is comfortable and happy.
And most of all...
Enjoy the experience! Enjoy your time at Disney World with your baby. Take lots of photos, make memories, and have fun. It's a magical experience that you and your family will cherish for years to come.
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