It’s time for another Tuesday’s Tip from a Dream Makers Travel Agency vacation planner! This week Deb Holcomb is giving tips on traveling to Disney World with a baby.
Deb has been visiting Disney World ever since she can remember. So she has experienced Disney World at many different stages in her life. She’s also run a few of the runDisney events. Beginning in 2012 she trained for her first event. Then in 2013 she ran the Princess Half Marathon, her first 13.1 mile race. And just this year she ran her first 26.2 mile race during Marathon Weekend. Coming up in a few months she and her husband will be running the Wine & Dine at the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival!
Without further ado, here is Deb’s tip for this week!
Thinking of a trip to Disney World with a baby? It’s not as daunting as it seems, with some preparation and some serious list making you can have a magical vacation with your little one! Disney really makes it easy to bring children of any age to the resort and that includes your baby. For example, no matter which Disney Resort you stay at there are complimentary pack ‘n plays. Just ask for one at check in or have your travel agent add it to your special requests.
One of the biggest concerns families have is how to get your little one around the parks all day. In my experience baby wearing is key to an enjoyable trip to the parks, baby is nice and comfortable and you still have your hands free to enjoy all the delicious Disney snacks. As long as your carrier allows you to be mobile you can do almost any ride or attraction that doesn’t have a height requirement without having to take the baby out of the carrier. Many of the queues for the rides have air-conditioning as well, so you and the baby won’t be too hot.
For rides that have a height requirement you can take advantage of Disney’s Rider Switch Service. Just ask the Cast Member at the Fast Pass entrance and you’ll get a Fast Pass with a return time. Don’t forget to have the whole family there the first time so the Cast Member can see everybody. Bonus for the other kids in the family, they get to ride twice!
When the baby carrier inevitably needs a break, strollers are also common and convenient around Walt Disney World. You can bring your own, rent one from any local stroller rental company (they will drop off and pick up at your resort), or rent right in the park for the day. I would avoid renting in the park if you can, because the strollers are hard plastic and definitely not made for a little one.
Disney also provides many stroller parking areas located close to attractions. Decorating your stroller so that it stands out is a good idea, because Cast Members will move your stroller to keep the parking areas neat and organized. Strollers are also a great way to carry everything you need for the day. Don’t forget you can bring in all the food and supplies you need for your baby, no questions asked, just leave the glass at home!
Thanks for the tips Deb! We brought our kids to Disney when they were babies. Our daughter was 6 months during her first trip and our son was four months during his first trip. It’s always good to prepare when traveling with a baby though. I’ve heard so many people question whether “it’s worth it” to go to Disney World with a baby, but with some planning (and some good tips!) it can be a magical time for all!
Have you traveled to Disney World with a baby?
Thanks for reading!