There’s never a bad time to visit Walt Disney World. You will even enjoy your trip if you’re bringing along a baby. Here are some tips to make the most out of your trip.
Last week I talked about visiting Walt Disney World while you’re pregnant, but you can even have a wonderful time at Walt Disney World with a baby in tow!
Whether your baby is little enough to be wrapped in a sling and carried through the park or old enough to take in a few sights, we’ve got some tips and tricks that will make planning a trip with your littlest family members a breeze.
Tips for Visiting Disney World with a Baby
You NEED a stroller, but not a car seat
You will want a stroller for anyone up to at least age 5. Even if your kids typically walk at home, Disney World is a LOT of walking. Sometimes 20 miles a day. That’s enough to make the adults grumpy, let alone the kids. They will be most comfortable in your stroller from home, but there are lots of options to rent strollers in Orlando.
If you plan to use Disney’s Magical Express and Disney transportation to the parks, you might be able to leave the car seat at home.
Strollers and car seats fly for free
On most airlines, they will gate check your stroller and car seat for free. That means you can use your stroller throughout the airport and they will check it for you right at the gate before you board the plane. They will bring it back to you before you leave the gate, so you can stroll your kids through the airport again.
You can bring a diaper bag (and bottles of milk or medicine) on the plane
On most airlines, baby will get a diaper bag in addition to your carry ons and personal items. You also don’t have to worry about bringing milk or medicine for the baby on the plane – it doesn’t follow the same “liquid” rules. Just make sure you tell the attendant at the x-ray machine so they can scan it seperately.
Strollers aren’t allowed in lines
Whether it’s attractions or entertainment, you won’t be allowed to bring that stroller into the line with you. This means a lot of stroller parking and running back to find the stroller. Make sure you bring something to make your stroller unique (a tag with your name on it or a colorful ribbon) and make a plan to carry your child through the lines.
Find the Baby Care centers
They are wonderful as a cool place to take a break. There are rockers for a quiet nap. You can also breastfeed in here, of course, but don’t forget that you can breastfeed anywhere in Walt Disney World. They stock baby essentials (for a hefty price) that are nice in case of emergency.
There are lots of rides for babies
There are so many things babies can do! You’ll be surprised at the number of rides with no height requirements, especially at Magic Kingdom. We have a list of the Top Rides for Everyone. Older babies especially seem to love “it’s a small world” and Kilimanjaro Safari. For other rides, just use rider swap so that parents and older kids can ride!
Plan for naps
Whether you want to head back to the hotel room for nap time or not, you’ll want to have a plan. With my daughter, it was best that we took time out of our day to go back for a nap. This left us rested for late night adventures.
My son can nap in the stroller, so with him it was easier to plow through the day and maybe head back to the hotel a little earlier for bedtime.
Plan a rest day
Disney is an amazing, but overwhelming place. Little ones will get overstimulated very quickly. Plan a rest day in the middle of your vacation – I recommend Day 3. Just stay at the resort, hit the pool, or hit Disney Springs for awhile to allow yourselves a chance to catch up. Your whole family will appreciate it!
You are definitely allowed to bring food into Walt Disney World, so take advantage of it! Bring pouches, PB&J sandwiches, puffs in a snack cup – whatever will make your trip a little easier. We stocked up on snacks that we knew our little one would love before we left. You can also order snacks and necessities through Amazon Prime Now.
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