Planning a Walt Disney World vacation can be a complicated process for any guest as there are endless experiences to enjoy including attractions, entertainment, dining, and more. Those who are traveling with babies have even more to plan and figure out as babies require a schedule feedings, naps, and a vastly different approach to just adults exploring the parks. Thankfully Walt Disney World is full of amazing amenities and ways for families, including babies, to enjoy everything together, making traveling much easier and more enjoyable. Still, guests who are traveling with babies need to do some planning ahead of time to make their vacations as perfect as possible. Here are some tips and tricks for those traveling with a baby to make their vacation completely amazing!
1. Send Supplies Ahead of Time
Babies require a lot of gear and supplies such as strollers, diapers, wipes, formula, bibs, and much more. One of the best ways to avoid having to lug all of the supplies and items on a plane or in a car when traveling to Walt Disney World is to send it ahead. Guests can place orders through Instacart, Amazon Prime, and other delivery services that are sent directly to their Disney Resorts. By sending supplies ahead of time, guests don’t have to worry about forgetting anything and also have the convenience of having everything ready for them when they arrive for vacation.
2. Be Flexible
Guests traveling with babies also have to be flexible in their vacation planning and daily exploration. This might mean opting to not make table service dining reservations as babies might be cranky or sleeping at meal times. By leaving schedules more open and being able to be flexible, guests with babies can take each day one hour at a time and truly enjoy exploring in the moment instead of planning ahead and having to cancel plans.
3. Take Breaks
In addition to being flexible, guests traveling with babies should make it a priority to take plenty of breaks to avoid everyone getting overwhelmed. Temperature breaks should be taken where guests simply get out of the heat and enjoy something in the air conditioning to make sure everyone cools down a little. Nap breaks in a quiet area, such as the resort room, should also be taken to make sure that babies don’t get overwhelmed and have a meltdown in the parks. By taking lots of breaks and making sure that everyone is cool, rested, and happy, guests with babies will actually ensure that they make the most out of the time that they are on the go and enjoying the parks.
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4. Utilize the Baby Care Centers
One of the best tips that guests traveling with babies should embrace is utilizing the Baby Care Centers. There is one Baby Care Center in each of the four Disney Parks – near Casey’s Corner in the Magic Kingdom, next to the Odyssey in Epcot, just inside the entrance on Hollywood Boulevard in Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and behind Creature Comforts in Disney’s Animal Kingdom. Each Baby Care Center features private nursing rooms, changing stations, feeding areas with highchairs, small kitchens with microwaves and sinks, and a small shopping area with supplies such as diapers, wipes, sunscreen, and more. Baby Care Centers are the perfect locations to take breaks in while in the Disney Parks and they also offer a great place to stop and feed or change babies while on the go.
5. Consider To-Go Meals
With being flexible and taking lots of breaks might come the feeling of sacrificing a lot of normal activities and experiences that adult guests might have done if traveling by themselves. A great way to feel like adult guests are having some time alone without sacrificing tat flexibility is embracing to-go options for dining. After babies are settled for the night at their Disney Resort, adult guests can opt to pick up food from a dining location at the resort and take it to go back to their room to enjoy a meal together while the baby sleeps. An even more indulgent option is planning ahead and picking up a special dessert like something from Karamell-Kuche in Epcot or Gideon’s Bakehouse in Disney Springs and bringing it back to enjoy at the end of the day as baby sleeps.
6. Slow Down and Explore
Another great way to reframe looking at taking the days more slowly and taking lots of breaks when enjoying Walt Disney World with a baby is to embrace the new pace. While the baby is sleeping or resting, take time to simply walk around the Disney Parks and enjoy all of the small details and atmosphere that might be overlooked when traveling with just adults. There are many quiet and beautiful areas of the Disney Parks just waiting to be discovered and explored and a great time to do so is when traveling at a slower pace with a baby.
7. Use Rider Swap
Guests who are traveling with a baby or small children should also plan on using the Rider Swap service which allows guests the chance to enjoy thrilling attractions with height requirements one at a time. Essentially the first guest waits on line and enjoys the attraction and then a pass is given to the second guest who is able to utilize the FastPass entrance and enjoy the attraction as well. This ensures that guests traveling with babies are still able to enjoy attractions that babies cannot.
8. Take Photos
One of the most important things to remember when traveling to Walt Disney World with a baby is to take tons of photos! There will be so many unforgettable memories and moments throughout the vacation that having plenty of photos will certainly be a cherished thing years down the line. Whether on a DSLR camera or simply with the camera app on a phone, taking lots of photos and even videos throughout a Walt Disney World vacation is an important thing to remember and enjoy when traveling with a baby!