8 Tips for Doing Disney World With Little Ones
As a seasoned Disney traveler, I knew I wanted to take my baby to Disney, but I wasn’t sure how to manage it all as a new parent. Now that my little guy is 5, and we have been to Disney World multiple times, I have it down to an inexact science.
For all the mamas who are ready to take their littles to Disney World, but aren’t sure where to start, here are a few quick tips that I’ll pass along.
Tip 1: Pack the Birth Certificate
Get a certified copy of your child’s birth certificate, and take it with you. If you are flying this is extra important. We put ours in a sheet protector and hid it inside a secure pocket of the diaper bag. You may not need it, but it’s always better to have it and be prepared.
Tip 2: Take Advantage of Baby Care Centers
Each of the four Disney parks has a Baby Care Center. They are fabulous! They have multiple changing tables, high chairs, nursing/pumping rooms, and an air-conditioned area for other family members to wait. If you need to store food or milk, they can do that for you. They also have several baby items available for purchase if you need anything.
Tip 3: Use the My Disney Experience App
The My Disney Experience App is an amazing tool, so use it to your advantage. Check wait times so you aren’t waiting in long lines while your little one gets antsy. Mobile Order so your food is ready when you arrive. Use the maps to locate baby changing stations, restaurants, or quiet places to take a break.
Tip 4: Pack Snacks
You are allowed to bring snacks and small coolers to the Disney Parks. Simply notify the security guard at the security checkpoint. They will search your bags and cooler and send you on your merry way.
This way you don’t have to find a restaurant or food cart every time your little one gets hungry. This also comes in handy for adults who need energy boosts throughout the day.
Tip 5: Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate
It is HOT in Florida! All Quick Service locations will give you a cup of ice water for free.
Refill Sippy Cups with cool water whenever possible and offer your little one a drink more often than usual. Staying cool and hydrated will make everyone feel better.
Tip 6: Take Wipes
You won’t always have soap and water nearby, but you will always have germs. Many companies make Hand and Face wipes that are great for quick clean-ups throughout the day.
Take disinfecting wipes for wiping done tables, benches, and changing tables.
Tip 7: Take Advantage of Slow-Moving Rides, Dark Rides, and Theater Shows
Oftentimes little ones will fall asleep while you’re on the go. Use your My Disney Experience App to check wait times, and find a place to escape the heat.
Theater shows and slow or dark rides are a great way to cool off, rest your feet, and let your little one sleep.
Tip 8: Strollers are Not Permitted in All Areas
In many areas of the parks, strollers are not permitted. You will be asked to park your stroller in a designated Stroller Parking area and leave it.
That being said, be prepared to carry and/or wear your little one throughout large portions of your trip.
Now obviously I didn’t cover everything. For that, I’d need a novel. You’ll also need sunscreen, extra clothes, a stroller fan, and all of the other items you would normally stick in your diaper bag.