Taking your baby on their first trip to Central Florida’s Walt Disney World complex can be an exciting and rewarding experience for the whole family. Here are some things to consider when planning your baby’s first visit to help make your trip as easy and stress-free as possible.
Guests under the age of three do not require a ticket or guest reservation to enjoy Walt Disney World. When planning your day, reservations for dining and attractions should be made using the headcount of ticketed parkgoers without including the baby. As long as the baby is traveling with a ticketed guest (which of course they always will be!) the smallest member of your group can always be included without reservation.
What to Bring
As you pack for your day with baby at Disney, be sure to follow the current park guidelines regarding what is and is not allowed through the gates. Backpacks, purses, and tote bags are permitted, though they are restricted to 24” long by 15” wide by 18” high and may be subject to screening by entrance security. Food and drinks are allowed, including baby formula and small glass containers of baby food (though other glass containers are strictly prohibited). Coolers are also allowed but may not contain loose ice (opt instead for a reusable ice pack). For in-park transportation, the guidelines around stroller sizes change frequently, so you may want to plan to rent one inside the park.
Disney’s Baby Care Centers are a valuable resource that you’ll want to take advantage of once you are in the parks. Baby Care Centers are tucked-away, air-conditioned facilities that offer a quiet space to cool off with your little one. The rooms include sinks and microwaves for bottle preparation as well as rocking chairs and changing tables. There are even on-site shops that carry essentials that you may have forgotten to pack or run out of including formula, medicine, sunscreen, diapers, and wipes.
Though many park attractions have height restrictions, there is an abundance that is suitable for bringing along babies as well. You can plan for your visit by searching the Disney park website for “all ages” or “any height” attractions. There you’ll find a summary of the more than 100 attractions that allow babies and toddlers to join in the fun, including playgrounds, character viewing opportunities, and animal and aquatic entertainment.
Make your time outside of the park carefree and convenient by staying at a trusted facility that can accommodate all of your family’s needs. Just outside the Disney parks complex are several options including the Crowne Plaza Lake Buena Vista and the Fairfield Inn Orlando Lake Buena Vista. Other nearby choices are the Wyndham Orlando Resort & Conference Center/Celebration, Staybridge Suites Orlando Royale Parc, and Fairfield Inn Orlando Airport. You may also consider staying near the many dining options along International Drive, such as Aloft Orlando International Drive, Comfort Inn International, Element Orlando International Drive, or Best Western International Drive.