Tips for Visiting Disney World with a Baby
(1) Visit one Disney park per day and preferably one park per trip
Not everyone has the opportunity to visit Walt Disney World multiple times, but I strongly recommend shorter visits when possible. A full day at the parks is exhausting for adults and even more for children. Choosing one park ensures that you can focus on enjoying all that the park has to offer without exhausting yourself and your child.
(2) Book a suite or villa, if possible
Traveling to Disney is expensive but I highly recommend booking a suite or villa, if possible. The extra space is money well spent. We love the Waldorf Astoria Orlando for many reasons, but mostly because their suites are priced well compared to similar options. The rooms are comfortable, luxurious and suited for an entire family. The best thing about the additional space is that you can relax in the other room while your baby sleeps without worrying about waking them up.
(3) Be flexible
Prior to baby, my trips included detailed plans with dinner reservations, excursions and more activities. While I still plan, our trips are a lot more flexible with a baby. I never really know what to expect each day and find that being flexile means a more relaxing trip. The best thing about Disney is that even when I don’t have dinner reservations, I can usually find something baby friendly at the last minute. On our most recent trip to Disney with our baby, we still enjoyed lunch at one of our favorite Disney restaurants, Sanaa, that I booked 30 minutes before dining.
(4) Pack efficiently
When in doubt, don’t bring it. Trust me on this one. You really don’t want to carry around any more items than you need. A hat, sun protection, a few diapers, wipes, food, carrier or stroller and perhaps an extra set of clothes are all that you need. You can purchase almost anything you forgot at the parks.
(5) Visit the Baby Care Centers
The Baby Care Centers at Walt Disney World are a hidden oasis. Before I had children, I never knew they existed. When I was planning my trip, I was concerned about where I would be able to pump and feed my daughter. Not only do the baby care centers have large clean changing tables, they also have private rooms to nurse or pump and high chairs for feeding. The First Aid Center is located right next door to the Baby Care Center so if you need to pump, you can drop off your pump and pick it up again when you need it. We visited a few times throughout the day and it was easy, clean and efficient.
(6) Bring a familiar baby carrier or stroller
Our family loves baby carriers. In fact, we have only used our stroller maybe a handful of time since our little one was born last summer. We love the Ergobaby 360 Carrier or Ergobaby 360 Cool Air Mesh Carrier. Because our daughter is still under one year old, she is easy to carry. We are in relatively good physical shape so it’s easy walking with her on us all day long. We just switch back and forth between both of us. It’s much easier to maneuver through the crowds with a baby carrier, however a stroller is a necessity if a baby carrier isn’t an option for you. A stroller might be better for hot summer days and to protect your children from the sun if you don’t have other sun protection. Keep in mind that Disney does not rent infant strollers, although there are a number of local stroller rental companies in Orlando. I recommend either a carrier or stroller that you are familiar with to make visiting the parks easier.
(7) Take breaks
Give yourself and your baby a break. Babies like to stretch their legs as much as you do. The Baby Care Centers are a great place to take a break. Or stop and relax at a restaurant while you enjoy something to eat.
(8) Travel in the spring and fall
Florida in the summer is hot. While I love visiting the beach in the middle of summer, the last place I want to be is at a theme park. Spring and fall are not only the best times to visit for good weather, but also overlap some of the slower months at the parks.
What are your tips for visiting Disney World with a baby?
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