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In partnership with Pull-Ups®. Planning your baby’s first Walt Disney World vacation? With a dash of pixie dust (and some advanced planning!) you’ll have a wonderfully magical time. Here are a few important tips to research before you dash off to Disney.
Decide on a Season
Winter, spring, summer or fall – Disney has it all! There are special events occurring year-round at Disney World so first decide when you’d like to visit with your baby.
The winter months at Disney are delightful, with the Parks and Resort hotels grandly decorated for the holidays. If you like to stop and smell the roses, consider springtime at Epcot’s International Flower & Garden Festival.
Summer at Disney World is very warm, so plan on lots of pool time at one of the Disney Resort hotels! And the fall months at Disney World are slightly spooky with the addition of Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party.
Consider Bringing Reinforcements
If you’re taking Baby to Disney World, it’s the perfect time to make it a family affair! Consider bringing reinforcements in the way of extra hands – grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins who can help with Baby and enjoy a Disney vacation alongside you.
Keep Time Zone Changes in Mind
Before planning out your travel itinerary, consider the time zone change you may have when traveling to Florida. For my family (coming from California) this means a 3-hour time difference.
I decided to keep my kids on their own time zone schedule and not push them into the change. Not a problem if my baby daughter wanted to stay up until 11 p.m. EST! But then I needed to make sure she slept in until 9 a.m. EST to get her full night’s rest.
Fortunately, it worked out perfectly for my family. My kids closed out the Parks most nights and didn’t get to bed until nearly midnight. However, this meant they slept in late and there were no early mornings in the Parks for us! Consider what will work best for your family in regards to time adjustments with your baby.
No Tickets Needed for Baby!
Your baby (two and under) will not require a Disney Park admission ticket for their visit.
Plan Ahead with FastPass+
When planning your Disney World trip, you’ll have the opportunity to choose FastPass+ for certain attractions, Character greetings and shows in the Parks. This will allow you to skip lengthy standby lines.
FastPass+ is a wonderful way to maximize time and minimize waits, especially important when traveling with a baby! Read more about how FastPass+ works on the Disney World website.
Book Advance Dining Reservations
Another way to plan in advance is with Advance Dining Reservations. Highly coveted dining experiences will not allow walk-up bookings. You’ll need to set up your reservations in advance.
So if you dream of character dining with Baby at Crystal Palace with Winnie the Pooh, be sure to book your dining reservation by calling (407) WDW-DINE in advance of your trip.
Figure Out the Stroller Situation
Disney World is a big place and little legs get very tired! Be sure to read The Lowdown on Strollers at Walt Disney World when making a decision about bringing or renting a stroller for the trip.
I also suggest bringing a front carrier for babies. Standing in long lines while holding a sleeping or wiggling baby can be tiresome. Having the baby in the front carrier freed up my arms and made the trips to Disney World with my baby so much easier!
Pack the Best Baby Diaper Bag
Baby’s Disney diaper bag contents are a curated balance – not too much to lug around all day and not too little that you run out of supplies! Read up on what to pack for a Disney day with Baby.
And if you do forget anything or if you run out, check in at the Baby Care Center. There is one located inside each of the Disney World Parks.
Take Advantage of Amenities at Disney Resort Hotels
The Disney Parks aren’t the only place to take in the magic! Arrange to spend some downtime enjoying the Disney Resort hotels. At check-in your hotel will offer you information on activities happening during your stay, including outdoor movies, bonfires and pool parties.
My baby had a wonderful time sitting in the sand at the Beach Club Stormalong Bay pool. And at the end of the night after she’d fallen asleep, I took advantage of the peaceful balcony and hotel room service!
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