Traveling with Infants to Walt Disney World
This morning my 3 year old asked to go to “Dinny World” again. Being 17 weeks pregnant now, we won’t be going as a family for a while. But, the next time we do go we’ll have an infant in tow! Thinking about this “next trip” made me consider how different a trip with an infant will be. Here are a few “tips” and things to consider when traveling with infants.
My first tip is be flexible! Traveling with an infant will require the entire family to be flexible. If you miss an ADR (Advanced Dining Reservation), need to go back to the resort or if your baby is too fussy, don’t stress! Just be prepared to roll with the punches.
Second, be familiar with the Baby Care Centers at all of the parks. This is a special place where parents can spend time with their baby to breastfeed, rock, change diapers and rest. If you are traveling with younger kids too, they have activities for toddlers and preschool age children too. TVs show Disney cartoons and Disney Junior shows throughout the day. Toys, child size chairs and puzzles are there to keep kids occupied. If you forget any of your baby supplies in the resort or at home, there is a small “gift shop” here to purchase last minute supplies: formula, diapers, wipes, snacks, etc.
Third, utilize the Rider Switch program at WDW. This can be used on rides your infant is too small to ride on but your other children (if you have them) are tall enough to ride. Tell the cast member at the entrance to the attraction that you want to use the rider switch option. One parent will stay outside with the baby while the other parent rides alone or with your other children. When the first parent exits the attraction, you “swap” the baby and the second parent has a chance to ride. Bonus for the other kids in your party since they will be able to ride with both parents!
Forth, I suggest bringing your own stroller from home. Your baby will be familiar with it, you won’t have to spend money renting a stroller each day (which aren’t good for infants anyway) and you’ll have your stroller to use outside the 4 parks. You can stash all the extra “stuff” your infant needs in the basket underneath! If you like to “wear” your baby, don’t forget to stash that under your stroller as well.
Remember, if you stay on Walt Disney World property, you can use their pack n play beds for you infant instead of bringing one from home!
What additional tips do you have for parents traveling with infants to Walt Disney World?
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