Traveling to Walt Disney World is an exciting adventure for any family with young kids. Yet some families worry about traveling with infants to “The Most Magical Place on Earth.” I’m here to tell you, have no fear! I recently returned from my first experience traveling to Walt Disney World. I did so with my five month old son and have some tips to share with those of you planning Baby’s First Disney Trip.
Accommodations – Regardless of whether you are staying in a value resort, a deluxe villa, or anywhere in between, be sure to request either a crib or a pack-and-play that Disney will be happy to provide free of charge. This will save you checked bag fees when flying since you don’t have to bring your own from home. Disney also provides sheets and infant bedding. I recommend bringing a white noise maker or downloading an app with a white noise maker to your phone or tablet. White noise can block other noises in the room and let your little Mouseketeer get the rest he or she needs.
Managing the Florida Heat – Traveling to Florida means dealing with sunshine, heat, and humidity – particularly in the Summer. When packing for your infant, remember lightweight clothing is best. We opted for Disney onesies most days. Don’t forget to also pack baby sunscreen and a hat. Also, Walt Disney World has Baby Care Centers in each of their Parks. These are great retreats to get out of the sun and into air conditioning when your little prince or princess needs a break. In addition, I recommend purchasing a stroller fan. They are pretty inexpensive, available from many online retailers, and are perfect to clip on a stroller to keep baby cool.
Feeding Your Infant – Speaking of the Baby Care Centers, they are also perfect spaces for feeding an infant – especially if you’re a nursing mom. Each center features highchairs for older infants, changing tables, and rooms with rocking chairs and low lighting for moms to nurse (or pump) in a quiet location. Most also have many baby items for sale if you run out or realize you forgot something, including formula, food, bibs, diapers, and medicine.
Getting Around the Parks – Depending on the age of your infant, you will need to decide if you want to use a stroller, baby wear, or use a combination of the two. Our trip included our three year old in addition to an infant, so we made use of a double stroller that we brought from home for navigating outdoor areas of the Parks. Strollers are not permitted in many indoor areas including the pavilions at Epcot, select attractions, and most restaurants. With that in mind, be prepared that you may need to carry or baby wear your infant for a good part of the day.
Infants are actually fairly easy to travel with as long as you are prepared. The Characters and Cast Members loved interacting with our son and, even though he won’t remember them, mommy and daddy have lots of pictures and memories to share so that he can get excited about his next Walt Disney World vacation!