Don’t let having an infant or toddler hold you back from visiting one of the happiest on Earth! Surviving a day at Disney Parks with infants and toddlers is not an easy task but it can be done.
During our first visit to Disney World in Florida, we had no idea what to expect. Also, we didn’t know what to take for the kiddos! Along with Mom and Dad we had a 5-year-old, a 2-year-old ,and a 10-month-old in tow.
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Surviving a Day at Disney Parks with Infants and Toddlers
Aside from the essentials already packed (diapers, wipes, bottles, formula, sippy cup, and a change of clothes.) Make sure and think about these few items you may need for a full day at one of the parks.
For our infant we packed:
- A stroller
- A baby sling/carrier
- Sun screen
- Bag of snacks (squeezable pouches, gold fish, Cheerios, puffs)
- A jacket
For our toddler we packed:
- A stroller
- Sun screen
- A jacket
- Bag of snacks (gold fish, pirate booty, applesauce)
- A water bottle/special cup
If your children are anything like mine they will be up at 6:30 am every morning. Even when we are on vacation. Just to prepare you for what a normal day at a park might be. I will tell you what I experienced on a day out at the park.
A morning at Walt Disney World
7:00 am – Since everyone was already up, we all got dressed and ready to eat breakfast. For breakfast you have several options, quick service, sit down buffets at the hotels and resorts, There is even room service if you don’t want to go anywhere yet.
8:30 am – After breakfast pack every thing you need on to your strollers and in your bags. Catch a ride to the park you want to visit. There are several options to get to the parks. You can catch a bus from your hotel, ride the monorail, take the ferry, or walk. You will be walking a ton inside the parks. So if you want to take it easy in the morning, I suggest hitching a ride to the park. If you stay close enough to a park like we did, you can easily walk to a park. We ended up staying at The Yacht Club. Epcot was an 5 minute walk (I am from Texas we judge the distance in time, don’t hold that against me).
9:00 am – 11:00 am – All parks open at 9:00 am. If you really want to be first in line to see the latest attraction a park has to offer get there right when it opens. During our second day at Hollywood Studios we saw people running from the entrance to Star Wars Launch Bay to meet Kylo Ren and Chewbacca. More popular attractions will have a wait. Be prepared to wait in line for a while. Bringing snacks along will really help while you are in line. During this time enjoy the parks. Check out what each park has to offer and enjoy the cool morning. Also, around this time was our kids like to nap. So while we were walking around they took a nap in their strollers.
Inside every park there is a Baby Care Center. Each baby care center comes equipped with changing tables, microwaves, sinks, play area for kids, and nursing rooms for Mom.
Baby Care Center Dad Tip
If you are taking your baby alone inside the Baby Care Center, there is not a men’s restroom located INSIDE the baby care center. There IS a men’s restroom located right outside the baby care center. Also, if you need to use the facilities I would recommend using the restroom first then taking baby inside the Baby Care Center.
An Afternoon at Walt Disney World
11:00 – 1:00 – Lunch time. Around the park there are tons of options to eat. There are quick service stops and sit down restaurants that do not have a wait time or need a reservation. Check out fellow Traveling Dad Daym Drops talk about Nine Dragons. A good restaurant he discovered at Epcot that was nearly empty.
1:00 – 5:00 – Continue on experiencing the parks! Also, have fun!
5:00 – 6:00 – Dinner time! Again there are tons of food options at every park so scope out what exactly you want to eat. Also, if you need a reservation make sure and try to set it up in advance to ensure you get a spot for dinner. There are many family friendly sit down and table service restaurants. I mean it is Disney and there are going to be tons of children at the parks.
6:00 – 10:00 – Now after dinner you have a few options. If the kids are too tired head back to the hotel and get ready for bed or try to tough it out and enjoy the night-time activities! For the first two nights we had the kids tough it out and enjoyed some fireworks. If you decide to leave and head back to your hotel to relax and call it a night, you still can enjoy the fireworks but from a far. Head out to your patio or stand outside your hotel. There is probably a spot where you can see the fireworks display.
Heading back to your hotel after the park closes
When it’s time to head back to your hotel be prepared to wait for the bus, ferry, or monorail line! Also, if headed to a more popular hotel you may have a longer wait than other lines.
At this point if the bus or ferry is full you, will have break down your stroller and hold it in your hands or stow it.
Does having a toddler and infant discourage you to visit Walt Disney World? If it does, I say go; you can do it!