Out of all the attractions, restaurants, resorts, and experiences on Walt Disney World property, want to know what one of my absolute favorites is? The Baby Care Centers!!! Yes, that’s right! As a mom to two young children (3 and 1), the Baby Care Centers are a MUST visit every trip.
I am one of those people who do not believe that any child is too young for Walt Disney World. My oldest daughter made her first trip at 6 months old, and my youngest daughter was only 8 weeks old. One might think taking a child that young would be a hassle, but Walt Disney World has done everything possible to make vacations easy breezy for parents with small children. Cue the Baby Care Centers! Each of the four theme parks has a Baby Care Center located within. In each center, you will find changing tables, highchairs for feeding, a television with a Disney movie playing, and a room for nursing mothers. Magic Kingdom and Epcot are the parks we visit most often, so I will mainly be speaking of those two Baby Care Centers. You can find the Baby Care Center for each park by looking for the symbol on the park map, or by asking the nearest Cast Member who will be able to direct you there. They are typically found next to the First Aid stations throughout the parks.
If you’ve ever had to wedge your wriggling child into one of the hard, confining changing areas located in regular restrooms, then the Baby Care Center’s changing room will definitely be a welcome treat for you! The changing room area has changing tables nearly as nice as mine at home. The several tables in the Baby Care Centers are large, and can accommodate any size child needing a diaper change. Each individual table is nicely padded, making changing time comfortable for your child. I also feel a little more at ease with the sanitary conditions in the Baby Care Center since there is sanitary paper covering each table, as well as a Cast Member who regularly sanitizes each table.
In the Baby Care Center there is always a TV with a Disney movie playing to keep children occupied. Sometimes Walt Disney World can be an over stimulating place for little ones, and the Baby Care Centers are a great place for a child to relax and take a break when needed. They are also a great place to beat the heat in the summer months or warm up in the winter. In the Magic Kingdom Baby Care Center, there is a small table with chairs as well as high chairs. It provides an atmosphere similar to home, which is needed for some kids in order to make meal time as easy and focused as possible.
The nursing rooms were invaluable for me as a vacationing breastfeeding mom. Walt Disney World is VERY breastfeeding friendly, as you can nurse freely throughout the parks. However, it was always easier to nurse my girls in the nursing room. It is dimly lit, equipped with rocking chairs, and provides a very relaxing atmosphere for mom and baby. There are also electrical outlets available in the nursing room for mothers who need to use a pump.
As I mentioned earlier, there is always at least one Cast Member attendant in the Baby Care Centers. They always provide a welcome smile and offer any assistance you may need. If you forgot any baby necessity, the Baby Care Center has several items available for purchase including diapers, wipes, baby food, formula, extra changes of clothing, and even children’s Tylenol and Ibuprofen medications.
Walt Disney World thinks of everything possible to make vacationing a relaxing and enjoyable time for even their smallest guests, as the Baby Care Centers are definitely an above and beyond luxury for small children and their parents.