I hear it all the time. “We’ll go to Disney when the little one isn’t a baby anymore”. Why punish your older children because you have younger ones? When child #2, or #3, or #4….is still a baby is the BEST time to visit Walt Disney World! Why do I say that? Well for starters, because they’re FREE! Children aged 2 and under are free to visit Walt Disney World. This includes the resort stay, the park admission and the Disney Dining plans. FREE! What is better than FREE?
While no, they can’t hop on any thrill rides, your infants and toddlers will still thoroughly enjoy themselves. The sites, the colors, the castle, the characters. Little ones can recognize all of these items as “good” things, and you’ll certainly notice their enjoyment on their faces. With pre-planning and tips from your travel agent, traveling with the littlest ones can be much easier than you think. And the older ones don’t have to wait until the younger siblings grow up a bit!
A few simple tips to mention are to make sure you bring along items like baby carriers and strollers. These items make nap time on the go a achievable thing. And I am sure I don’t need to tell you that you would need things like diapers, wipes, baby food and formula because you wouldn’t leave for a trip to the grocery store without them. These are the obvious things. But how do you plan for the unexpected? You run out of diapers. Baby needs to nurse right now (or mom needs baby to nurse right NOW.) Toddler is having a melt down and really needs a quite spot with no commotion for about 20 minutes. What do you then? Believe it or not, Walt Disney World anticipates all of this, and they have you covered.
Introducing….the Baby Care Centers at the WDW Parks.
Baby Care Center at Magic Kingdom
Magic Kingdom – Located next to the First Aid Center (Between Casey’s and The Crystal Palace), the Baby Care Center here has 4 rooms. There is a nursing room that can accommodate 4 mothers at a time with rocking chairs, side tables and even electrical outlets for mothers needing to use a breast pump. The changing room has 5 changing tables and a unisex bathroom. The feeding room has several high chairs and regular chairs for adults who need to bottle feed. There is also a television and small table and chairs for older children to be entertained while baby is eating. The kitchen has a microwave, large counter space and a sink. You can purchase items here like Huggies diapers, Carnation Good Start Formula and Gerber foods and juices. Other items are also for purchase like over-the-counter medicines and bottles and sunscreen.
EPCOT – The baby care center in Epcot is located in the Odyssey Center (Between Test Track and Showcase). This center has 5 rooms. Much like the MK center, this one also includes a play room with television, toys and coloring books. You will find the same access to feeding needs and changing needs, and items for purchase. This center also has separate Men’s and Women’s restrooms.
Hollywood Studios – Inside Guest Relations, near the entrance of the park, is where you’ll find this baby care center. This center is relatively smaller than the above mentioned ones. It can accommodate two nursing mothers at a time, though not entirely privately. There is only a curtain separating the two nursing areas. You will find only two changing tables here, but there is a children’s bathroom here. This center doesn’t have a separate high-chair feeding area, so you will need to most likely feed baby during your meal times in restaurants. The for purchase items like the other centers are actually located in the gift shop directly adjacent to this baby care center.
Animal Kingdom – This center is the largest of them all. The center is located to the left of the tree and immediately before the bridge to Africa. There are only three rooms here, but each have more space than the previous listed. There are two nursing rooms here, but each have their own changing tables and rocking chairs in them. These rooms are private and there is room for another child to share the room with you. The back room is where you feed and change baby, with multiple high chairs, a microwave and 6 changing tables. There is also a sink here. The front room has table and chairs for little children. The entry room here is where you would find the for purchase items as listed above.
Disney with babies may seem like a huge feat to undertake, but with the help of the Disney Baby Care Centers, you can certainly make it work. Your older children will get to start building those memories of family vacations with you a little earlier, and you’ll enjoy the bonding moments that Disney can help create. A travel agent can help with additional bits of information to make sure your family vacation is a truly memorable and successful vacation!
Melissa Furches is a travel agent who specializes in Disney travel. If you are interested in booking your own family vacation to Walt Disney World, Disneyland or Disney Cruise Line, please contact Melissa at firstname.lastname@example.org or on facebook at http://www.facebook.com/Must.Meet.Mickey. All travel agent services are free, and can take the questions and worries out of planning your family vacation! Contact Melissa today!