Since Walt Disney World is a major holiday destination for young families, it’s no wonder many visitors travel with a baby to their party. Here are ten things that can help you plan your visit with a little one.
1. Babies don’t need tickets. Children under the age of three have free admission to Walt Disney World theme parks. You don’t need to buy them any kind of ticket or pass to enter.
2. You don’t need baby park reservations. While most guests need reservations to enter Disney World theme parks, babies do not. (Note: This point is related to number 1 above. To make a park reservation, you need a ticket. If you do not have a ticket, you cannot make a park reservation.)
3. You can check the indicated room capacity of a WDW hotel if one of the guests is a baby. All hotel rooms at Walt Disney World have a maximum capacity of guests. In most standard WDW rooms, capacity is four or five people (in Disney Vacation Club suites or multi-room villas, capacity may be higher). However, the actual capacity of the room is the capacity indicated PLUS a child under the age of three sleeping in a Pack n ‘Play crib. These cots can be used free of charge at all Walt Disney World hotels.
4. You can breastfeed your baby anywhere on Walt Disney World. Feel free to breastfeed your baby anywhere you feel comfortable at Walt Disney World. Florida Public Health Act 383,015 states: A mother can breastfeed her baby anywhere, public or private, where the mother is otherwise authorized, regardless of whether the nipple on the mother’s breast is discovered during breastfeeding or as a result of breastfeeding. See our full post on this topic for more details.
5. You should include your baby in your head count when making the meal reservation. When making dinner reservations at Walt Disney World’s table service restaurants, you should include your baby in the people count, even if he or she does not eat at the restaurant. This helps the restaurant stay within the capacity limits of the fire code and ensures that you will be seated at a table that can accommodate your entire party. See our full post for more tips on Disney dinners with babies.
6. You will need a stroller. Even if you don’t normally use a stroller at home, you’ll almost certainly want to use one at Walt Disney World. Here are some thoughts on stroller rental agencies, stroller parking, and frequently asked questions about strollers.
7. Your baby can go with you on most walks. Many Walt Disney World attractions have no height requirements. Babies and young children can accompany you on any of these attractions. Check out a list of attractions that have height requirements here.
8. Disney hires babysitting services that can watch over your child or help you in the parks. Daycare is available at Walt Disney World through a service called Kids Nite Out. They can watch your child while the adults at your party go out to a good dinner. Kids Nite Out can also provide you with a child to accompany you to the parks if you need an extra set of hands.
9. Each WDW theme park has a baby care center to help you. Baby Care Centers are an air-conditioned oasis in each of Disney’s theme parks specially designed for families with young children or special needs. They have changing tables, dining rooms, bottle preparation equipment and toilets for young children. And they are free for any visitor to the theme park.
10. Babies can enter Disney World pools. All Walt Disney World hotels have some type of aquatic accommodation for babies and toddlers. Depending on the hotel, it can be a dedicated children’s pool, a shallow end with zero entrance or an interactive water play area. The little ones are welcome to enjoy these areas or join the primary pools, but will need to bring a bathing diaper to the water until they are well trained for the urinal.
Have you ever traveled with a baby or toddler to Walt Disney World? What are your tips?