Disney World can be enjoyed at all stages of life. As a kid, of course, it is a blast! What kid would not love to go to Disney? As a teenager there is so much to do as well, between the parks, water parks and Downtown Disney. You can get married at Disney and have an amazing honeymoon. When you have your first child you can be sure to enjoy navigating Disney with your little bundle of joy. Grandparents, parents with multiple children and single adults can all enjoy the wonders and magic of Disney.
As a parent that just recently traveled to Disney with an infant I thought I would put together a list of some helpful tips to make your trip more fun and less stressful.
First, how will your baby get around in Disney? You can rent a stroller when you get to the parks, but for the price, $15 a day for a single stroller and $31 per day for a double stroller, you will find it much cheaper to just buy an cheap umbrella stroller (they also sell those in the park but expect to pay more).
Most airlines will carry a collapsible stroller for free, in addition to your regular luggage allowance, so just bring one from home. Lightweight umbrella strollers are the best type to use, especially if you intend to use the Disney transportation system, as you’ll have to fold the stroller up as you get on the buses.
Another stroller tip, when you come out of a ride you might find that your stroller has been moved. I thought my stroller was stolen at least 3 times a day while I was in Disney. Cast Members move the strollers to designated stroller parking areas, and sometimes move them to make room for other strollers. If you ask a Cast Member they should be able to help you. Also if you have a cheap umbrella stroller write your name on it with magic marker and do not leave any valuables in the strollers.
While you are enjoying Disney make sure to take advantage of Photo Pass Photographers, you can get some great family photos in Disney. Plus if you hand them your camera they will take pictures on it also, great keepsakes and presents for the grandparents.
After you have strolled around Disney and rode a few rides, baby will need to nurse or be changed. There are a few dedicated rooms for moms with infants called Baby Care Centers. The Baby Care Centers are great places for feeding, changing or just a little quiet time with your baby. They have changing stations, rocking chairs, and some have other amenities. There is a BCC in each park, usually near the first aid stations. Some are nicer than others. The one at Hollywood Studios had little TVs and a microwave even.
Epcot – Odyssey Center in Future World
Now, which rides would be good for an infant? Here is a list of some of the ones we found were good for our kids when they were babies:
Winnie the Pooh
It’s a Small World
Ellen’s Energy Adventure
Journey Into Imagination with Figment
Living with the Land
Circle of Life
The Seas with Nemo & Friends
Turtle Talk – With Crush!
All World Showcase attractions
Great Movie Ride
Beauty and the Beast – Live on Stage
Playhouse Disney – Live on Stage!
Voyage of The Little Mermaid
The Magic of Disney Animation
Walt Disney: One Man’s Dream
Disney-MGM Studios Backlot Tour
Muppet Vision 3-D
Festival of the Lion King
Pocahontas and Her Forest Friends
Maharajah Jungle Trek
Flights of Wonder
Finding Nemo – The Musical
When you book your hotel, request a pak n play crib, and request again at check-in. Disney Resorts provide these free of charge. You’ll also find high chairs in all restaurants and food courts. Plus certain rooms work best for infants. We love the Caribbean because it has an area that a pak n play can fit in privately.
Finally, have fun! You will have such adorable photos to share with your family and friends, and some day when baby grows up you can show them too! And if you need help planning your vacation I can help too! Email me at PlanMagic at hotmail.com for a FREE vacation quote.