Disney World is one of the world's most beloved theme parks, annually drawing millions of visitors from across the globe. While older kids will be certain to love seeing the characters and experiencing the thrill of the intense rides, parents of a young baby can also enjoy all Disney has to offer. From snapping photos with Mickey and Minnie to enjoying the more mellow rides with the little one, Disney World has plenty to offer parents with children of all ages. Use the following tips to discover some of Disney's most baby-friendly activities.
Exploring the Magic Kingdom
Of the 4 parks located within the Walt Disney World Resort, the Magic Kingdom is by far the most accessible to parents with young babies and toddlers. In fact, almost all of the rides and attractions here are suitable for the youngest children, making it an ideal location to spend the day. From walking up Main Street U.S.A. to exploring the magic of the Cinderella Castle, there is plenty to see and do in Disney's most-popular park.
From the moment you enter the park, it's best to hit the ground running. Visitors who don't want to miss a single instant of fun will likely want to arrive early, as things can be slow going with a baby. Although a single day in the park is perfect for most parents with young children, some opt to spend a few days at the resort, allowing them to take a more leisurely pace while seeing all that Disney World has to offer.
Visiting Popular Favorites
Some of Disney's most popular rides are open to babies and toddlers. It's a Small World never fails to disappoint, with its animated characters and whimsical theme song. Parents can hold their child on their lap while traveling through this majestic world, and ride attendants will be happy to stow strollers and diaper bags during the ride. Depending on the size of the baby, the Dumbo the Flying Elephant ride can be a fun attraction to enjoy. Moms and dads can hold their little one securely during the ride.
Even more intense rides, such as the Pirates of the Caribbean and Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin are open to young infants. Before riding one of these attractions, it is important to make certain a child will not be scared by the lights and sounds of the ride. Of course, certain rides will likely be a no go during the visit. Examples in this category include Space Mountain, Splash Mountain, and the Big Thunder Mountain Railroad. For parents who don't want to sacrifice the thrills, the parent swap program is a valuable resource. Simply stand in line together, and tell an attendant that a parent swap is desired. One parent will hold the child while the other rides the attraction, swapping positions once he or she had returned.
Baby Amenities in the Park
At some point during the day, a little baby or toddler is likely going to need some special attention. The Magic Kingdom, along with every other park in the resort, offers a Baby Care Center. Located near the Crystal Palace restaurant, this care center has necessities like baby food, wipes, and diapers. A collection of equipment, such as baby rockers, high chairs, and toys can also be useful in keeping a small baby happy. Nursing mothers can use these rooms to feed infants, or take care of diaper changes and other issues.
Exploring Disney with a young baby can be a great experience. By equipping oneself with the necessary tools and resources before the big adventure, parents can help ensure the trip is a success. The memories made on this special day will no doubt last a lifetime.
Patrick Wilson is a regular contributor to the blog at BabyStations, an online store selling diaper changing stations and helping companies make their facilities more family friendly.