Top 5 Reasons You Should Bring Your Baby to Disney

by Casey Morris on July 27, 2016

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Do your older kids (or even YOU and/or your spouse) really want to experience Disney, but you’re hesitating on planning the trip because you have a baby?  Maybe you’re worried that the littlest member of your family won’t have anything to do, or will be so fussy that no one will be able to enjoy the trip.  Well, put your worries aside, because Disney is the best vacation destination there is for children of all ages, including the under two crowd!

Full disclosure:  I don’t recommend taking your baby on your family’s one and only Disney vacation.  If this is the case, wait until everyone in the family is old enough to experience all the attractions and remember the trip, if at all possible.  But, if you see yourselves being repeat Disney vacationers at some point there is no reason to hold back on your little one’s behalf.  Here’s why:

  1. Disney Baby Care Centers

Each of the four Theme Parks  has a conveniently located, air conditioned facility for parents and babies to relax and refuel.  These centers are open for the entire duration of the park’s operating hours, and include:

  • Full time staffing by friendly Cast Members (please note they don’t provide childcare, but they are there to help with anything you need to make your baby comfortable and happy)
  • Private nursing rooms with rocking chairs
  • Changing Tables
  • Restrooms
  • Feeding area with high chairs
  • Full kitchen with microwave, oven and sink
  • Shop stocked with formula, baby food, diapers, wipes and clothing
  • Sitting area with television, table and comfortable seating

With easy access to these amenities at any of the parks, there’s no reason to stress!

  1. Babies LOVE Disney Attractions

Did you know that any attraction without a posted minimum height requirement is baby-safe?  So, with the exception of about four to six attractions at each park, your little one can enjoy any ride or show, seated next to you or on your lap.  Most attractions feature bright colors, cute characters and catchy tunes that little ones LOVE.  My favorite attractions for babies are:

  • Country Bear Jamboree – Big cuddly teddy bears that sing will have your little one in awe!
  • Tomorrowland Transit Authority People Mover – Stretch out, kick back and take in the sights and sounds of Tomorrowland
  • Dumbo the Flying Elephant – This classic is brightly colored, soothing, and makes for great photos of baby’s first Disney trip!
  • It’s a Small World – The motion of the boat puts babies at ease, and they love the dolls and music.
  • The Many Adventures of Winnie The Pooh – An adorable ride for babies and toddlers, with an equally adorable gift shop next door!
  • The Seas with Nemo and Friends – There is something about water and fishies that babies can’t get enough of.
  • Spaceship Earth – The slow movement and dark environment are perfect when you want to get your baby settled down for naptime!
  • Journey Into Imagination with Figment – Lots of colors and neat things to look at.
  • Disney Junior Live On Stage – This is a show where everyone sits on the ground, so it’s a great opportunity to let your baby stretch out and crawl a little, plus the Disney Junior characters will be a joyful and familiar sight.
  • Finding Nemo The Musical – Brightly colored puppets and live singing will have babies squealing with delight
  • Festival of the Lion King – Your baby won’t be able to take her eyes off the Tumble Monkeys!
  • Prince Charming Regal Carousel – Enjoy the breeze as ride on one of Prince Charming’s Horses!

If you don’t want to limit your touring to only baby-friendly attractions, Disney offers a convenient Rider Switch system, to allow the older members of your family to ride thrill rides without having to worry about what to do with the baby.

  1. Opportunities to Stroll

Sometimes babies are happiest when  they can just kick back in the stroller and watch the world fly by.  The immense Walt Disney World Resort has plenty of space for strolling, with lots for adults and older children to do along the way too.  Take in the international culture as you walk around the World Showcase at Epcot, visit wild animals on the Maharajah Jungle Trek and Panganai Forest Exploration Trail at Animal Kingdom, browse the shops on Main Street, U.S.A. in the Magic Kingdom, or explore Disney Springs.  The On-Site Resort hotels all have beautiful trails and pathways for walking as well!

  1. Photo Ops!

Your baby may not remember her first visit to Walt Disney World Resort, but she will be able to look back on tons of adorable photos to commemorate the occasion!  Disney Characters love babies and will give them lots of extra special attention.  Use Disney’s Memory Maker to get family photos taken, and even some special “Magic Shots” starring your baby.

  1. Babies Are FREE

That’s right, all of these baby-friendly perks and attractions won’t cost a penny – children two and under stay and play free of charge at Walt Disney World Resort. Babies and young toddlers can also eat off their parents’ plates at restaurants with no added expense, and Disney will provide complimentary pack ‘n plays to give them safe and comfortable sleeping arrangements in the Resort Hotel rooms.

Bonus reason to take your baby to Disney:  She can get her first haircut at Harmony Barber Shop on Main Street, U.S.A. and it’s simply adorable!  For $25, they will cut her hair, give her her first pair of Mickey Ears and a commemorative certificate, dole out Mickey Stickers, blow bubbles, and generally make the experience into a big affair.  Have your camera ready, and ask your Pirate and Pixie Dust Destinations agent to schedule an appointment in advance.

Many of our agents have been taking our babies to Disney for a long time. Here are some photos of Casey’s youngest daughter enjoying Disney at different ages, while doing different things:

  • Her first visit was at the young at of 11 weeks old! Many people were telling Casey “I can’t believe you would take a baby that young to Disney”. She said “Honestly, that was one of the easiest trips! All she did was sleep while we were still able to have fun with her older sister which was 2 at the time.”
    • She used this baby wrap, which is awesome! She was able to eat, walk around and even ride many of the attractions while keeping the baby asleep.

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her first picture with Minnie!

her first picture with Minnie!

Stitch was trying to take her paci!

Stitch was trying to take her paci!

  • Her second visit was when she was 6 months old.
    • She LOVED interacting with the characters!

      meeting Stitch again a few months later

      meeting Stitch again a few months later

    • She enjoyed every attraction.

      riding Prince Charming Carousel

      riding Prince Charming Carousel

    • She relaxed in the stroller often.
      relaxing in the stroller

      relaxing in the stroller

      big sissy helped push

      big sissy wanted to help push

      she even napped often in the stroller

      she even napped often in the stroller

    • Still baby wearing!SONY DSC
    • She was literally this happy the whole trip.SONY DSC

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Her third visit was when she was 14 months old.
    • She still enjoyed loving on all the characters.
      kisses from Mickey

      kisses from Mickey

      "oh Goofy, I missed you so much!"

      “oh Goofy, I missed you so much!”

      playing with Pluto

      playing with Pluto

  • The only thing she was afraid of the entire trip was the fish at The Seas with Nemo and Friends, which was hilarious!

Contact me, Marissa Selner, or any of the Pirate and Pixie Dust Destinations agents to book your vacation with a FREE custom itinerary meant to please children of all ages!

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