Disney With A Baby

Tips For Going To Disney With A Baby

Let’s face it … life is interesting enough as a new parent without adding in a family vacation.  When we were planning our trip to Disney I reached out to family, friends, and Tweeps on Twitter to get their best tips for surviving the most magical place on Earth with an infant.  Some of their tips are included here … others are ones that we learned on our own.  Either way, here are my favorite tips for going to Disney with a baby.


 

1.  Get to the park EARLY

We were there before the park opened every day.  It allowed us to get to the areas we wanted to see/do before the crowds came and the lines formed.  This was essential for keeping our 8-month old entertained and happy.

 

2.  Utilize the Rider Swap Pass

Disney does this awesome thing where they will give you a “rider swap” card.  One parent waits in line for the ride while the other stays with the baby.  When the first parent is done, the second can take the pass and access the ride via “Fast Pass” so they don’t have to wait in the line again.  This is how we managed to ride ALL the big people rides without wasting a TON of time in lines.

 

3.  Know where the baby care centers are.

Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Animal Kingdom, and Hollywood Studios all have a baby care center available in a central location.  These centers are AH-MAZING!  There is a private room for breastfeeind mamas, a kitchenette available for preparing food, nice changing tables, and high chairs.  Plus, they are nice and air conditioned making it a welcomed escape from the perpetual heat of Florida.  These centers were a lifesaver when it was time for me to nurse Emmie.  I could go in there, sit in a rocking chair, do our thing, and get on with the day.  You can look up the Baby Care Centers HERE.

 

4.  Know which rides your baby can go on too.

This thought was completely foreign to me but babies can go on a lot of the rides at Disney.  As long as there isn’t a seat belt or restraining safety device they are good to go.  Emmie rode Buzz Lightyear, Toy Story Mania (even though there is a lap bar babies can ride), Jungle River Cruise, and Pirates of the Caribbean.  They are plenty of other rides that babies are allowed on as well.  She LOVED participating with us and seeing all the fun things.

 

5.  Bring a reusable grocery bag.

These bags are awesome for so many reasons but in the case of Disney they are pretty neat.  Since they fold flat they are easy to bring along with you.  Since you have to fold up your stroller to get on/off buses they are awesome for throwing the loose times you inevitably gather quickly into a carrying container.

 

6.  Bring your own snacks/water.

We brought enough water to last us throughout the day.  Water is SO expensive in the park and we didn’t have a single problem bringing it in with us to save $$.  We also packed all of Emmie’s meals for the day as well as snacks for us.  Planning ahead and thinking smart can save you money in the long run and allow you to make healthier choices.

 

7.  Bring your own stroller.

Yes, you can rent a stroller but if nothing is quite as easy as your own.   Not to mention it saves you TONS of $$.  For one day a single-stroller costs $15.  If you are renting multiple days the cost drops to $13.  Way better to bring your own … plus I guarantee yours is nicer.

 

8.  Go with the flow.

Not everything is going to go perfectly … and that’s ok.  Try to be flexible and just go with it.  We left the park early some days because Emmie was done.  We lasted longer other days than planned because she was a rockstar.  We followed her cues and it worked well for us.

 

9.  Make dining reservations early.

If you are wanting to eat a sit-down restaurants make your reservations EARLY … IE: MONTHS before you go.  We were lucky to get reservations a week out.  If your child is under 3 they should be able to eat from your plate without cost at many of the restaurants.  Look up the policy of each place so you know ahead of time what to expect.  We got charged for Emmie at a restaurant when we shouldn’t have.  (Edited to add: It’s now 2014 and we are planning our next trip to Disney with two kids …. the Princess dinners were reserved by June for our September trip!)

 

10.  HAVE FUN AND TAKE PICTURES

These memories will last a lifetime so soak it up.  Even though Emmie won’t remember this trip, I will.  And I have the photos to prove that we took her.  I honestly got teary when we walked into the Magic Kingdom with her.  Disney is a place that I honestly love and bringing my own child for the first time was kind of emotional.  Call me crazy 😉

 

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Do you have any tips for theme parks with babies?  

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28 thoughts on “Tips For Going To Disney With A Baby”

  1. I’m so glad you had such a fun time with Emmie!! And I totally understand the Disney love, I would get teary eyed too! I just visited Disney this past February and I remember walking around thinking about how I can’t wait to bring a family back there some day. Its such a magical place!
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  2. I am so glad you guys had a good time! We took Jackson last Thanksgiving and he was almost 2. He loved it and I loved watching him enjoy it. I grew a Disney World kid. My parents took us like every other year so taking Jackson was emotional for me too! This year we are going to be out in San Diego so we are going to go to Disney Land. It should be interesting with a 2 year old and a 9 month old!
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  3. What a great post! We are headed to Disney in November and our baby will be approx 3.5-4 months (depending on when they arrive-due in July) so this is a wonderful resource. We have been a few times ourselves but never with a little one!
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  4. These are fabulous tips! We’re in the planning stages of a Disney trip and while Jordyn will be older, she’ll still be at the point where a lot of this will apply. I’m pinning this so I can look at it when the trip gets closer
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  5. Wonderful post! I am so glad you had a great time and have these helpful posts to share.

    My first job at Disney was in strollers, lockers and wheelchair rentals. In addition to the tips you mentioned regarding bringing your own stroller, I’d also add the fact that at the end of the day, you get to take the stroller all the way back to your hotel/bus/monorail – with the rentals, (often sleeping) children are forced to get out before leaving the gates which can cause a HUGE meltdown!!
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    1. You could TOTALLY do it! I have faith in your awesomeness 😉

  6. Love those tips! I would also recommend anybody going to Disney world with a baby for the first time to be prepared for ran. It rans all the time in Florida, especially the summer, and soaking wet babies are not so fun. There are several solutions to this like a rain cover for your stroller. This one solution can make a big difference on how happy your day at Disney can be.

  7. I have been to Disney several times with my kids at various ages and the one thing I won’t ever go without is the $5 battery powered clip on fan!! They clip right on the stroller providing a continuous air flow for the little one in the stroller.

  8. If you ask for a free water at the counter, they give you lots of free water! so bring an empty sippy cup and fill it up!

  9. Bring a beach towle to put over the stroller..so when the kid is sleeping the sun is out of their eyes and it makes much darker…plus it helps with the noise… we did this with our 1.5 year old

    Also I use to work for disney… Use kids nite out for a night out on the town..they come to sit in your room while the parents have a nice dinner. ( i use to work for them, and disney)

  10. My husband and I are Dis fanatics and DVC members too 😉 We plan on taking our child (when we have one) at a young age, like… 3-7 months. My question is did you have any issues with people making comments to you about bringing a baby to the parks? I’ve read several forums where people made rude comments. I’m just curious what your experience was.

  11. The only thing I can add is that making dinning reservations “weeks” before you go is NOT a good idea. Try MONTHS before you go. We tried making reservations last month (April 2014) for our trip in October (2014) and all of the really fun/popular places were already booked full for the entire week we will be there.

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