Bringing your baby to Disney is a walk in the
park down Main Street USA. I know that sounds crazy, but really, you’ve heard it and you probably have said it, “We are going to wait until our kids are a little older to go to Disney.” Now, while babies don’t necessarily have the most stamina or ability to run through the park to get to Star Wars: Galaxy Edge, they might not be as difficult as a Disney guest as you think. Remember Disney was dreamed up with families in mind, so you better believe they accommodate all ages and stages of life. Here are five great tips for bringing your little, one under one to Disney.
1.) Stroll that Stroller Down Main Street, USA.
Bring a stroller! Strollers and Disney go together like Mickey and Minnie. Honestly, my mom would bring a stroller to the parks until my younger sisters were at least five years old. The stroller became our walking back pack that no one had to carry. We’d pack that thing with snacks, extra clothes, shoes, and souvenirs, and Disney has tons of stroller parking so that was never an issue. Rethink it, the stroller is not an inconvenience at Disney.
When one of the littles get tired, it’s the perfect place for a mid day nap while the parents stop for a refreshing cocktail or Mickey Bar. That midday nap might even let your family be able to stay for the whole fireworks spectacular- without a total monorail meltdown. (Parents you know what I’m talking about.)
2.) Mama’s Accommodations
For those littles that are not old enough for Mickey Bars and still need breast milk, Disney has you COVERED, literally and figuratively. Each park has an air-conditioned feeding room for nursing moms, that can be found on the park map. Disney moms also have said that the shows are the perfect place for feeding time while most are air conditioned and dark. (Full disclosure, I may have fallen asleep in The Hall of Presidents a few times…as an adult.)
3.) Babies Eat For Free
Okay, I admit this headline is a little misleading, they don’t really eat for free because they don’t really eat at all. When making a Disney Reservation make sure to count your little ones under 3 for the reservation, but you won’t be charged for them.
4.) YOU CAN STILL GO ON THE RIDES
Ride Switch. It’s a beautiful family thing. It’s been around for a while, but it’s still surprising how many people don’t know about it or use it. Disney understands the importance of making memories, and does not want you to miss out on them, so they have Ride Switch. Ride Switch lets the child old enough to ride, ride two times in a row while switching between parents who are staying back with the little one. Rides that have Rides Switch currently are:
Magic Kingdom Park:
• The Barnstormer
• Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
• Seven Dwarfs Mine Train
• Space Mountain
• Splash Mountain
• Tomorrowland Indy Speedway
• Frozen Ever After
• Mission: SPACE
• Test Track
• Alien Swirling Saucers
• Millennium Flacon: Smugglers Run
• Rock’n’Roll Coaster Starring Aerosmith
• Slink Dog Dash
• Star Tours- The Adventure Continue
• Twilight Zone Tower of Terror
• Avatar Flight of Passage
• Expedition Everest-Legend of the Forbidden Mountain
• Kali River Rapids
• Na’vi River Journey
• Primeval Whirl
5.) To “Infant”ity and Beyond: Rides your little can ride.
There are way more rides than you’d think that the whole family can go on at the same time. And yes, one of them is Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin.
• Astro Orbiter
• Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin
• Country Bear Jamboree
• Dumbo the Flying Elephant
• Enchanted Tales with Belle
• Haunted Mansion
• It’s a Small World
• Jungle Cruise
• Liberty Square Riverboat
• Mad Tea Party
• Mickey’s PhilharMagic
• Monster’s Inc. Laugh Floor
• Peter Pan’s Flight
• Pirates of the Caribbean
• Prince Charming Regal Carrousel
• Tomorrowland Transit Speedway
• People Mover
• Carousel of Progress
• Walt Disney’s World Railroad
• The Hall of Presidents
• The Magic Carpets of Aladdin
• The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
• Under the Sea- Journey of the Little Mermaid
• Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room
• Frozen Ever After
• Gran Fiesta Tour Starring the Three Caballeros
• O Canada!
• Journey into Imagination with Figments
• Living with the Land
• Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure
• Spaceship Earth
• The Seas with Nemo & Friends
• Turtle Talk with Crush
• Muppet Vision 4D
• Toy Story Midway Mania!
• Walt Disney Presents
• Beauty and the Beast-Live on Stage
• Disney Junior-Live on Stage
• For the First Time in Forever: A Frozen Sing-Along Celebration
• Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular
• Voyage of the Little Mermaid
• Affection Section
• Animal Encounters; Winged Encounters- The Kingdom Takes Flight
• Conservation Station
• It’s Tough to be a Bug!
• Feathered Friends in Flight!
• Festival of the Lion King
• Kilimanjaro Safaris
• Kite Tails
• Maharajah’s Jungle Trek
• The Boneyard
• Tricera Top Spin
• Wildlife Express Train
• Na’vi River Journey
You are never told young or old to experience Disney Magic, and Disney’s goal is to create a world of imagination, dreams, and memories for you and your family. The only regret with bringing your little ones to Disney is realizing that you’ve should have done it a lot sooner. And one more fun tip, find a spot that is yours at Disney and take a picture there every trip that you’ll have to look back on over the years. To show you how fast times goes by, Frozen came out almost a decade ago! Having a new family member is a beautiful magic thing and celebrating families are one of Disney’s specialties.