While researching touring Walt Disney World, I’ve been listening to many podcasts and reading many tips about travelling to Disney World with babies, kids and toddlers. One tip that comes up time and time again is Baby Wearing at Disney. But we want to share a few more to make your Disney Vacation easy. Because if you are organised and have all the tips then family travel is much easier.
Baby Wearing at Disney World
As the parks are busy and many people have pushchairs, the pushchair or stroller parks get incredibly busy and it can be hard to re-locate your pushchair when you come out of a ride. A pushchair might be the only option for a toddler, but you might want to consider a baby carrier at Disney if your child is a little younger.
We recently published a travel tips post on baby wearing which you can see here, but why is baby wearing at Disney so useful and what tips might you find useful if you decide to?
Reasons for Baby Wearing
- Babies can stay sleeping when you are queuing for the rides. If you have your baby in a stroller or pushchair, you must take them out when you enter the queue as you must put the pushchair in the ‘stroller park’. If you are already baby-wearing, you don’t have to wake or carry them in your arms while waiting.
- It’s also great for parades/fireworks as the baby is on an adult level to see, and it gives them reassurance in the crowds.
- You can take your baby in a carrier on most rides that don’t have a height restriction. Again this means you don’t have to wake baby to ride things like Peter Pan’s Flight or similar if they are already sleeping. Baby can remain content in the carrier.
- Carrying your baby makes it easier to get on the monorail and car park transportation at busy times, too, as you don’t have a stroller/pushchair to fold down!
- You can borrow slings from lending libraries before you travel but if you are borrowing make sure you are used to using it, and have practice runs, a bit like wearing shoes in.
- You are able to enjoy taking your baby on rides you might not have thought possible and have lots of fun!
Tips When Baby Wearing at Walt Disney World
- Take and use (if necessary) two different carriers. If you alternate between two different carriers (and you aren’t used to carrying your baby), you should avoid pressure points on your hips, or chaffing in the same place after miles of walking. It helps spread the load on all your muscles too.
- Share the load between the adults in your touring group, if possible, again to share the load.
- Use the hot tub or pool in the evening to release muscles from Baby Wearing at Disney.
- If you aren’t used to doing this, Practice wearing and walking with your baby in a sling for hours before you go. It uses very different muscles, and you will walk miles in the parks.
More Tips for Taking a Baby to Disney World
1. Plan Ahead
Research the park’s facilities, including baby care centres, nursing rooms, and stroller rentals. Check the park’s website or contact guest services for specific infant information. Utilize the Baby Care Centers
Each Disney park has a Baby Care Center, which offers private nursing rooms, changing tables, feeding areas, and a shop with baby essentials. These centres are great for caring for your baby’s needs in a comfortable and convenient environment.
Where are the Nursing Rooms and Baby Care Centers At Walt Disney World Resort
The baby care centres at Walt Dinsey World offer parents the opportunity to te chard and refresh in comfort offering….
- Private nursing room with rocking chairs
- Baby changing room with tables
- Feeding area with highchairs
- Kitchen with microwave and sink
- Main room with television, table and seating
- On-site shop offering formula, baby food, juice, diapers, wipes, sunscreen, over-the-counter medications and clothing for purchase
- Bathroom facilities
Magic Kingdom Baby Care Center
Just off Main Street USA to the left of The Crystal Palace.
Baby Care Center At Epcot
Just as you enter the World Showcase turn left just before Mexico.
Animal Kingdom Baby Care Centre
The baby centre is on the left of Discovery Island. Just before you cross the bridge to Africa towards the Kilimanjaro Safaris
Hollywood Studios Baby Care Centre
As you enter Hollywood Studios at the Crossroads Of The World turn left and the Baby Centre is just after the entrance.
2. Take Breaks and Relax
Pace yourself and take breaks throughout the day. Find shaded areas or quiet spots to rest and recharge at nap time. Consider booking a table-service meal or taking advantage of the Baby Care Centers for a peaceful break.
3. Pack Essential Items
Bring your baby’s necessary items, such as snacks, diapers, wipes, bottles, formula, extra clothes, and a lightweight stroller. It’s also a good idea to bring a portable changing pad and small toys to keep your baby entertained.
4. Follow a Flexible Schedule
Babies have their own routines, so try to plan your day with their nap and feeding times in mind. Be prepared to take breaks and find quiet areas when your baby needs rest or quiet time.
5. Book Lightening Lane Passes
Lightning Lanes and Disney World Genie+ are an extra cost but a great way to cut down queue times when you are at the parks.
6. Take Advantage Rider Switch
The Rider Switch service, allows one adult to wait with the baby while the other rides, and then switch without waiting in line again.
Magic Kingdom Park Rides That Offer Rider Switch
- The Barnstormer
- Seven Dwarfs Mine Train
- Space Mountain
- Tomorrowland Indy Speedway
- Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
- Frozen Ever After
- Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind
- Mission: SPACE
- Test Track
Disney’s Hollywood Studios
- Alien Swirling Saucers
- Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run
- Rock ’n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith
- Slinky Dog Dash at Toy Story Land
- Star Tours® – The Adventures Continue
- Twilight Zone Tower of Terro
Disney’s Animal Kingdom Park
- Avatar Flight of Passage
- Expedition Everest – Legend of the Forbidden Mountain®
- Kali River Rapids
- Na’vi River Journey
7. Stay hydrated and cool
Florida can be hot and humid, so keep your baby hydrated and protected from the sun. Dress your baby in lightweight, breathable clothing and use sunscreen designed for infants and take a battery fan to click onto your buggy or stroller.
8. Be Mindful of Noise and Stimulation
Disney parks can be crowded and noisy, which may overwhelm some babies. Bring noise-cancelling headphones or a favourite blanket or toy to help soothe your baby if they get overstimulated.
9. Book Advance Dining Reservations
It’s a great idea to book your dining in advance. Character dining is fun and stimulating for little ones, but it is a good idea to book in advance.
10. Enjoy the Baby-Friendly Attractions In The Theme Parks
While some rides have height restrictions, there are plenty of attractions that are suitable for babies and young children. Look for slow-moving rides, character meet-and-greets, and interactive play areas designed with infants in mind.
- The Walt Disney World Railroad is a great way to cool down around the park. But to little ones, the also the best train ride.
- “it’s a small world”: This gentle boat ride takes you through scenes depicting different cultures and features the iconic “It’s a small world” song you will sing for months afterwards.
- Peter Pan’s Flight: Take a journey to Neverland on this classic dark ride that features scenes from the Peter Pan story.
- The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh: Join Pooh and his friends on a whimsical adventure through the Hundred Acre Wood in this gentle ride.
- Dumbo the Flying Elephant: Take flight on a colourful Dumbo-themed elephant and soar above Fantasyland.
- Under the Sea – Journey of the Little Mermaid: Embark on an undersea adventure with Ariel and her friends in this slow-moving dark ride.
- Gran Fiesta Tour Starring The Three Caballeros: Join Donald Duck and his amigos on a boat ride through the Mexico Pavilion, featuring scenes from the Three Caballeros movie.
- “The Seas with Finding Nemo & Friends” takes you on a journey with Nemo and his friends through colourful scenes inspired by the Finding Nemo film. Guests board clamshell-shaped ride vehicles and follow a track as they encounter various characters and settings from the movie.
Disney’s Hollywood Studios:
- Toy Story Mania!: While your baby may not be able to participate in the interactive game, they can still enjoy the vibrant visuals and 3D effects on this ride.
- Alien Swirling Saucers: Climb aboard an alien saucer for a gentle spin in this Toy Story-themed attraction.
Disney’s Animal Kingdom:
- Kilimanjaro Safaris: Take a scenic safari tour in an open-air vehicle to see various animals in their natural habitats.
- TriceraTop Spin: Similar to Dumbo the Flying Elephant, this ride allows you to control the height of your dinosaur-themed vehicle as it spins around.
11. Capture the Memories
Don’t forget to take plenty of photos and videos to document your baby’s first visit to Disney World. These memories will last a lifetime.
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