Methods to do Disney World with a Child, the Final Information by a former Solid Member

Disney World a baby: tips, tricks and advice from a former Cast Member for visiting Disney World with an infant.

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When Jeremy picked Disney World for his thirty fifth birthday journey, I used to be nervous. I imply, we’ve achieved Disney World lots of instances – and I used to be there just about each single day once I was a Solid Member. However we’d by no means, EVER achieved Disney World with a child. And this journey, we’d be bringing alongside Child A for child’s first Disney journey!

Would she hate it? Would we hate it?! I had no concept, however I feared the worst. We each braced ourselves for a cranky, overstimulated child that we’d be spending 5 days straight entertaining within the parks whereas switching off driving our favourite Disney rides.

However to my absolute shock, Child A LOVED Disney World. She beloved rides. She beloved exhibits. She beloved characters. She was actually into birds abruptly, and for some purpose, lamps? She beloved Solid Members, she beloved dancing to music as we walked by way of the parks. She LOVED Disney World! And we beloved attending to see it by way of her eyes. Disney with a child is so price it, y’all!

On this (huge) information, we’re sharing ideas and methods for visiting Disney with infants, together with the most effective (and worst) parks and sights for infants, the place to remain, and some necessities to pack. Let’s dive in!

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Suggestions for Visiting Disney World with a Child

Earlier than I dive in, a small disclaimer: all infants are completely different, and child wants differ wildly by age. In the event you learn one thing that doesn’t apply. to you – like in case your child isn’t on solids but, as a result of we spend a lot time desirous about feeding Child A today – be at liberty to skip it. You understand your child finest!

That stated: whereas Child A was 10 months previous throughout our journey, I’ve additionally achieved my finest to include ideas from our travels with Child A when she was youthful (we began touring along with her round 3 months) within the hopes to make this a extremely useful information even for youthful infants. And truthfully, y’all – the youthful they’re, the simpler they’re to journey with!

Another factor: I contemplate us fortunate that in our journey Child A was not but terribly cell – she’s crawling and standing, however shouldn’t be but strolling or crawling lengthy distances. So I didn’t have to fret about chasing after her. In case your child is on that mobility life, you’ll need to take into consideration some baby-wrangling methods (no disgrace in a cute leashed backpack)!

Oh, and at last – can I simply apologize for the standard of images on this put up? Usually I take advantage of a DSLR digicam once I’m taking footage for a weblog put up, however all I used to be in a position to handle this journey was to make use of my cellphone! Nonetheless adjusting to this entire working/mother factor, y’all. Thanks for not judging me!

OK – onto the ideas for visiting Disney World with an toddler:

  • Hearken to Disney music earlier than your journey, particularly songs which can be on rides (suppose “It’s a Small World” or the Tiki Room). I believe this actually helped Child A get excited on the parks, as a result of she was listening to a lot of acquainted songs! There’s a nice Disney Parks playlist on Spotify that we performed for a few weeks earlier than the journey.
  • Splurge on Genie +. Genie+ is a paid service that lets you guide “Lightning Lane” passes to undergo a shorter line (principally a paid model of FastPass, in the event you’re aware of its former incarnation). It’s price it with a child, particularly because you received’t want to truly purchase one to your toddler since they don’t want a park ticket. The longest we waited for a experience throughout our 4-day journey was half-hour for It’s a Small World, and that felt like an eternity – more often than not we just about walked on or solely waited a few minutes. Occupying a child in line sucks. Get the cross.
  • Deliver a journey excessive chair for meals. This foldable excessive chair was a HUGE assistance on our journey. We used it in our resort room for all of our meals, and if we’d had area for it in our stroller, we’d have introduced it into the parks too. Whereas all Disney eating places have excessive chairs, they’re not child sized. Child A is extraordinarily tall, and she or he discovered herself chin-heat at most. of the tables within the parks. Undecided if the tables are weirdly excessive or the excessive chairs are weirdly low, but it surely made meals within the parks tough. This transportable excessive chair that straps on prime of a chair at eating places or can sit on the bottom anyplace for snacks is the right answer.
  • Babysitting is out there at Walt Disney World by way of a service referred to as Children Nite Out. They’ll watch your baby when you take pleasure in your personal internal baby on the parks! Children Nite Out also can give you a sitter to accompany you within the parks in the event you want an additional set of arms. Assessment:
  • You may go to Disney World and not using a automobile seat in the event you keep in a Disney Resort resort. In the event you fly with a lap toddler, you’ll be able to  take a shuttle bus  from the airport, and stick with Disney’s free transportation between the parks and resorts together with buses, the Skyliner, and boats. In a pinch, you can too take Minni Vans, which come geared up with Graco 4Ever automobile seats. That stated, we had been actually glad that we had a automobile as a result of it made attending to and from parks fairly fast (aside from Magic Kingdom, which is a schlep and a half it doesn’t matter what).
Baby Care Center in Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World Resort in Florida
The Child Care Heart in Magic Kingdom is admittedly cute and effectively themed, however distant from a lot of the park with restricted nursing rooms.
  • Use the infant care facilities in every park for nursing, altering, snacks, cool-down time, microwave, and to purchase any emergency child provides you will have left at residence! They’re normally subsequent to the primary support facilities too that are additionally essential to find out about.
  • Use Rider Change. One dad or mum rides whereas the opposite one hangs out with the infant. Simply ask a forged member on the entrance of any experience to assist get you arrange.
  • Use single rider, too! Solely 4 rides formally have a single-rider lane, however a lot of rides will search for single rider to refill uneven gaps, which suggests you’ll get to experience sooner. Maintain an ear out for a forged member searching for a solo rider close to the entrance of most thrill rides. We bought to experience plenty of stuff with out standing in lengthy strains this fashion.
  • Minnie Vans come geared up with rear-facing Graco 4Ever seats. In the event you don’t have a automobile throughout your journey, this service is implausible! Mainly, Minnie Vans are Disney-owned SUVs (themed to Minnie) pushed by Disney Solid Members, which you can order by way of the Lyft app. They arrive with TWO automobile seats! They’re implausible for getting round Disney property, although they aren’t very low cost. To make use of them, open up the Lyft app, and select Minnie Van because the experience kind. Straightforward.
  • Swap who does bedtime so one dad or mum will get to roam across the park solo whereas the opposite one chills within the room with child. We switched off and every had 2 nights free out within the parks!
  • Deliver hand sanitizer and sanitizing wipes and do your finest. We used sanitizing wipes on each lap bar and anyplace child would put their arms on a experience, realizing that a whole bunch of children had just lately put their arms there, too. Mixed with us carrying KN95s masks, none of us bought sick throughout our journey. However simply in case, carry toddler Tylenol/Motrin with you so you’ve it readily available.
  • Deliver your personal stroller. Those they lease on the parks aren’t good for infants. We advocate one which folds down simply, like this one, since you’ll must fold it up on Disney transport. That stated, you’ll be able to’t take your strollers inside in all places, and stroller parking isn’t all the time proper exterior of the doorway – like, in the event you’re going to The Land pavilion in Epcot, your stroller must keep at Nemo and Mates. Carriers are useful in these conditions, and so is the Tushbaby.
Dad with baby napping in a carrier at Hollywood Studios in Disney world
We introduced our travel-friendly stroller to Disney World, however we wished we’d introduced our common large stroller as an alternative as a result of we needed extra cupboard space!
  • In the event you make an Advance Eating Reservation at a Disney sit-down restaurant, cancellations must be made 24 hours upfront. In any other case, you will be charged a cancellation charge of $10 per particular person (3 and up). Except you go to the restaurant in particular person on the identical day and beg your case, through which case they waive the charge. Nonetheless, that coverage is …not very best for infants. But additionally, Disney meals is well worth the threat! So drop these expectations by way of the ground and do your finest to only flow.
  • Meltdowns at Disney are inevitable, and I’m not speaking about your child. Keep in mind that most marital disputes at Disney may be solved by some mixture of snacks, A/C, sitting quietly for some time, and/or a Mickey Bar.
  • Deliver Snacks! In case your toddler is round 8 months or older, you’ll want snacks for them in between meals. If not, you’ll want snacks for your self – parenting whereas hangry isn’t a good suggestion! Listed below are our favourite baby-friendly snacks for Disney:
    • Pouches! We love the natural fruit and veggie pouches from Costco. They’re hydrating, pretty nutritious, and assist infants follow advantageous motor abilities like sucking by way of a straw and squeezing!
    • Freeze dried fruit: soften in your mouth fruit! What’s to not love? Er, aside from the value. It’s costly!
    • Yogurt melts: Child A loves them, however they’re laborious to search out with out added sugar, they make child’s arms very sticky, and so they appear to make her spit up. And it’s all the time brilliant pink and has that bitter yogurt odor. They usually stain. Not our favourite snack however works in a pinch.
    • Cheerios. Traditional. Straightforward. At all times a success. Not a choking hazard. 10/10. We’ve got realized to all the time have a ziploc baggie of cheerios on us always!
    • Bombas or Gerbers puffs. We discovered some natural Gerber puffs which have a sprinkling of veggie powder in them and that made us really feel good although I’m positive they provide little or no precise vitamin. However they’re enjoyable to eat and assist infants follow their pincer grip!
  • Don’t go away snacks out in your stroller, particularly at Animal Kingdom. We noticed a number of uninvited critters making the rounds at stroller parking in Animal Kingdom, and no person desires squirrels and their germs on their strollers! Clear up stray Cheerios and tuck snacks away in a bag to verify your stroller isn’t a goal.

Disney World with Infants: Which Parks Are Greatest?

One factor I want we knew earlier than our journey is which Disney World parks are finest to go to with an toddler. Because it seems, not each park is equal in relation to visiting Disney with an toddler. Some parks skew extra towards adults, some extra towards older youngsters. Some parks are sorely missing in shade and air-conditioned indoor areas to take naps or cool off.

To my shock, there was a transparent winner as the most effective Disney World park with an toddler: Epcot! Epcot has the most effective stability of baby-friendly sights

Jeremy with baby on Tushbaby in the Toy Story section of Hollywood Studios in Disney world
Psst: See that factor round Jeremy’s waist? That’s a Tushbaby and it’s ESSENTIAL for greater infants at Disney! It’ll save your again and arms in strains and on rides.

Hollywood Studios with a Child

Hollywood Studios does one factor higher than the opposite parks: dwell exhibits. Child A LOVED the Magnificence  and the Beast dwell efficiency. And that was … about it. The remainder of the park simply isn’t actually designed for infants. That stated, it is likely to be price a day go to only for the few sights it does provide – or so that you and your accomplice can do rider change and experience all of the actually great things.

Greatest sights and rides for infants at Hollywood Studios:

  • Magnificence and the Beast Dwell on Stage: Child A misplaced her rattling MIND singing and clapping alongside at this present. The dancing and songs initially are enjoyable and upbeat and actually well-done, visually – suppose 1930’s period showcase dance numbers. However she kinda misplaced curiosity when issues bought unhappy and gradual (“story as previous as time” shouldn’t be a child bop, it seems). Fortunately we sat on the finish of the aisle so we may make a fast getaway. This was undoubtedly Child A’s favourite exercise at Hollywood Studios.
  • Halfway Mania: We had been involved about bringing her on this experience as a result of it’s 3D, and we had been afraid it’d make her nauseous with out the glasses on. However she beloved going across the monitor and didn’t appear bothered by the blurry, non-3d photographs on the display screen. She needed to drag the string to shoot too! Nonetheless, she didn’t like among the loud noises, and cried and squirmed a bit in the course of the loudest half – breaking plates – however settled after we stopped and lined her ears for a bit. This one undoubtedly verges on overstimulating, but it surely’s kinda not that enjoyable in the event you aren’t in a position to be aggressive and play towards your accomplice.

… and that’s it. Yeah: this park actually wasn’t designed for infants.

Mom and Baby in Hollywood Studios, Walt Disney World Resort
Please simply take a look at this lovely image of me with Child A and ignore the hand-sanitizing wipes protruding of my pocket…

Rides to Skip in Hollywood Studios: 

  • Mickey’s Runaway Railroad: We held Child A on our laps for this experience, however none of us loved it a lot. The experience is very loud and somewhat too intense/scary for her. She bought scared at a lot of the “battle” components of the story and all of us hated the automobiles dancing – I believed she was going to fall out at one level. Overstimulating, loud, jarring – this experience is only a lot.

Suggestions for Hollywood Studios with a Child

  • There’s a pleasant place to nap on the entrance to Galaxy’s Edge proper on the border with the Toy Story part. It’s a quiet facet space with ambient fowl noises enjoying and no loud noises, and it’s off the principle path so there are not any crowds. There’s additionally a conveniently positioned bench.
  • One other nice nap spot is within the tunnel on the opposite facet of Galaxy’s Edge. It’s absolutely shaded and has a pleasant breeze and ambient spa music (I suppose Star Wars is all about ambient spa sounds). It’s the right afternoon nap/nurse spot, although you’ll see that a lot of dad and mom have the identical concept – it’s not as quiet as the opposite spot we discovered.
  • The Child Care heart is on the very entrance of the park and also you’ll have to chop the Visitor Relations line to get to it, which is irritating and inconvenient. Not price it, truthfully.

Hollywood Studios Verdict: if you must choose a park to skip, that is the one. It’s simply not the most effective park for infants!

Epcot with a Child

Ahhh, Epcot. My favourite park. And never simply as a result of this was *my* park throughout my time as a Solid Member, once I labored at Soarin’ within the Land Pavilion. I imply positive sure, there may be plenty of completely happy nostalgia tied to the park for me. But additionally? I LOVE journey – hi there, that’s my job now – and an entire half of Epcot is all about celebrating journey and letting you step foot into immersive miniature lands representing completely different international locations. The World Showcase is sort of a mile of pure journey gasoline, and I completely like it.

And on the opposite half of the park are lands celebrating Earth and area. And, er, the Guardians of the Galaxy, which … truthfully, doesn’t match in any respect, but it surely’s an superior new experience so we’ll go together with it.

Anway: the park is beautiful, effectively laid out, stuffed with attention-grabbing issues to see and do, and – drumroll please – the BEST Disney World park for infants!

Why did we rank Epcot on the prime? For starters, 3 phrases: AIR CONDITIONED PAVILIONS. There are TONS of pavilions all through the park, and most of them are enormous and air-conditioned. There’s additionally ample seating – like Connections Cafe, which is actually an infinite Starbucks crammed with benches and tables – each indoors and outside.

The Child Heart is conveniently positioned within the excellent heart of the park, with a big, comfy nursing room that has area for a number of households. And there’s a large number of baby-friendly actions, from baby-friendly rides to a big playground to a implausible aquarium. Epot makes it simple to entertain or nap a child on a scorching Florida day!

Let’s get to the tea:

Greatest sights and rides for infants at Epcot:

  • The Seas with Nemo and Mates: 10/10 excellent child experience and Child A LOVED it. Darkish! Cool! Enjoyable! Fish! Songs! Nothing scary or loud or jarring. And afterward, AN AQUARIUM! Child A misplaced her thoughts on the aquarium and we returned right here time and again. One dad or mum stayed on the aquarium with the infant whereas the opposite one rode Soarin on the Land Pavilion subsequent door, and the Guardians of the Galaxy experience close by. Child A may have stayed right here taking a look at fish all day lengthy (and with the A/C, we had been completely happy to remain right here too). There are tons to see in right here and it’s an amazing spot to chill off for some time. Plus, that is additionally the place you’ll discover Turtle Speak with Crush which is one among our favorites, although we sadly didn’t try it out with Child A this time.
  • Grand Fiesta Tour Starring the Three Caballeros: This was one among Child A’s favorites! Numerous scenes of Mexico and upbeat music, and the tip portion is principally simply It’s a Small World however with extra of a deal with Mexico. Plus, there may be just about by no means a line, and you must undergo the Mexico pavilion to get right here which is completely beautiful.
  • Frozen: I believe she wasn’t a fan of the songs switching each scene, however Child A did get pleasure from this experience. She particularly beloved the large backward drop (it’s actually not that massive of a drop, however it’s to a child!) and appeared to benefit from the music too.

Rides we didn’t have time to expertise however I guess Child A would have loved:

  • Spaceship Earth: I completely love this experience, however we nervous that Child A may discover it boring because it doesn’t have a lot music. Nonetheless, we absolutely deliberate to attempt it … till we realized we’d must stroll alllll the best way again to the very entrance of the park after we had been already within the World Showcase near the Skyliner. Too far. I’d give it a attempt in the event you enter on the massive ball, although!
Dad and Baby at Aquarium in Epcot in Disney World
Child A may have stayed on the aquarium within the Seas pavilion ALL DAY LONG. She was enchanted! We took benefit to change off and experience Soarin’ and Guardians of the Galaxy.

Rides to Skip in Epcot 

  • Figment: That is undoubtedly a baby-friendly experience by way of the mechanics of the experience (good and gradual, stress-free), however the experience itself was simply okay. There was plenty of speaking and all of it went over her head. And albeit, there wasn’t sufficient music to maintain her , both. This experience is extra geared towards barely older youngsters.
  • Dwelling with the Land: One other experience that Child A simply discovered kinda boring. There’s a lot of speaking about vegetation and the surroundings and such (not thrilling for a child, however very cool for the remainder of us) and there’s no music. That stated, a really small child would doubtless get pleasure from this gradual, stress-free experience.

Suggestions for Epcot with a child

  • Make a lunch reservation at one of many eating places within the World Showcase. Choose a delicacies from the 11 international locations and guide a desk for lunch! The meals right here is phenomenal – all the Cooks are professionally educated and from their respective international locations. Your servers will probably be from the nation you’re consuming in, too.
  • Connections Cafe is a huuuge Starbucks stuffed with tables and benches! It’s an amazing place to chill down and rejuvenate.
  • The fountain in Morocco – not the one on the entrance, the one within the Riad contained in the plaza – is a superb place to chill down within the shade and do some refreshing water play, or a pleasant shaded nap with built-in white noise.
  • Epcot has a really good child care heart, proper in between the World Showcase and the remainder of the park. There’s an enormous comfy nursing room with a lot of chairs and footrests. It’s cool, darkish, and quiet – the right spot for a nap. (Epcot is stuffed with good nap spots!)
  • There’s an enormous playground exterior of the Creations store. Even when your toddler can’t play simply but, they’ll most likely get pleasure from watching massive youngsters enjoying!

Epcot Verdict: arms down the winner of Disney World’s most baby-friendly park! From the large air-conditioned pavilions to the ample seating to the centrally positioned child care heart to the baby-friendly rides and sights, we discovered ourselves returning to Epcot time and again.

Baby looking at Kevin the bird from Up in Animal Kingdom, Walt Disney World Resort, Florida
This journey woke up a brand new love of birds in Child A. Possibly it was Kevin, or Tiki Room, or Donald Duck, or the egrets and flamingos throughout Animal Kingdom. Both manner, she’s an enormous fowl fan today.

Animal Kingdom with an Toddler

Animal Kingdom is a implausible park for infants, particularly in case your toddler has taken an curiosity in animals like ours (she’s an enormous fan of birds, particularly). It’s lush and inexperienced and stuffed with locations to see animals – plus some enjoyable rides, too.

For fogeys, there’s additionally my favourite experience, Everest, which occurs to have a single-rider line that’ll get you on nearly instantly. It’s nice to experience in the course of the child’s nap! There are a number of different nice thrill rides too, however there are many sights and exhibits for infants.

The caveat? There aren’t many locations indoors to flee from the warmth – and Animal Kingdom is definitely about 10 levels hotter and extra humid than the opposite parks by design, for the wildlife – form of like of a tropical rainforest. So we advocate visiting Animal Kingdom very first thing within the morning and leaving earlier than or proper after lunch. Right here’s the tea:

Greatest sights and rides for infants at Animal Kingdom:

  • Kilimanjaro Safaris: That is such an amazing attraction! You’ll be on an enormous open-air truck driving by way of the savannah and seeing animals up shut – nearly like a zoo however with none of the enclosures. Child A LOVED Kilimanjaro and was clapping for all of the animals! This experience is finest early within the morning when the animals are most energetic and being fed, so head straight right here very first thing when you arrive. Every journey is completely different so it’s nice to experience over and over, too.
  • Na’vi River Journey: A bioluminescent deal with for the eyes. The whole lot on this slow-moving river experience was completely stunning, magical, glowing, and nature-y. The music is calm. It’s an entire vibe. And I believe this was Child A’s FAVORITE experience in any of the parks. She was completely enchanted your complete time and by no means scared. This experience is unquestionably price a Lightning Lane cross.
  • Competition of the Lion King Present: Child A loved the lion king present, however misplaced curiosity in the course of the slower components and appeared overwhelmed throughout among the villain songs. We ended up nursing a lot of the present (it’s an extended present) however may simply have left as an alternative.

Rides we didn’t have time to expertise however I guess Child A would have loved:

  • Wildlife Specific Prepare to Rafiki’s Planet Watch: The Wildlife Specific Prepare is a peaceable 7-minute journey – a experience in and of itself – to Rafiki’s Planet Watch, a quiet, air-conditioned pavilion devoted to the preservation and conservation of animals. You’ll see some attention-grabbing stuff right here and a few animals. Most of it’s going to most likely go proper over child’s head, however hey, there’s A/C! Once you’re prepared, take the prepare again to the remainder of the park.
  • Winged Encounters – The Kingdom Takes Flight: Just like the Tiki Room however with actual birds (and fewer singing). I believe Child A would have actually loved seeing the colourful macaws hovering and swooping overhead!
  • Animal Encounters: From lions to tigers to gorillas (oh my!) there are TONS of locations to see animals right here! There’s even a petting zoo. I want we took extra time to stroll by way of the opposite animal sections. Actually, we may have fortunately spent a number of mornings at Animal Kingdom.
  • Drummers of Harambe: Child A is an enormous fan of drumming and dancing to a beat, and this dwell road efficiency within the Africa part of the park would have been superior for her to see. They pull up massive youngsters to bop too which infants love to look at! I want we’d made it a degree to catch one among their present instances.
  • Discovering Nemo: The Large Blue… and Past: This dwell present is stuffed with massive colourful tune and dance numbers! In case your toddler enjoys music and dancing too, this will probably be an enormous hit.
Family on Kilimanjaro Safaris in Animal Kingdom, Disney World Resort, Florida
Child A misplaced her MIND on Kilimanjaro. She was so excited to level in any respect the animals! We sat her on the Tushbaby so she may see higher.

Suggestions for Animal Kingdom with a child

  • For lunch, Tusker Home is nice. It’s character eating with Mickey and mates (Child A was tentatively within the characters as soon as they began enjoying peekaboo along with her) and the meals is buffet model, with a lot of baby-friendly meals and yummy meals for everybody.
  • Napping right here and being right here within the afternoon is a problem. It’s 10 levels hotter and extra humid than the opposite parks. And there are not any massive, quiet indoor locations with A/C to chill off and calm down (apart from Rafiki’s Planet Watch). When naptime hit, it took us fairly some time to search out a great spot. We ultimately discovered some picnic tables beneath a tree that was kinda shaded and quiet… after which some loud a** water present began up and I about misplaced my f***king thoughts.
  • The Child Care Heart is centrally positioned and fairly good. It has non-public nursing rooms, which is useful in case your child is well distracted.

Animal Kingdom Verdict: It is a nice baby-friendly park in case your toddler enjoys animals, and there are many baby-friendly rides, sights, and exhibits. However go away earlier than midday or simply after lunch, when the warmth turns into insufferable. The animals are most energetic early within the morning anyway.

Mom and Baby in Magic Kingdom, Disney World
Visiting Magic Kingdom with a child was .. quite a bit tougher than we thought it will be. (Psst: there’s our beloved Tushbaby once more! Severely, it was SO USEFUL on the parks!)

Magic Kingdom with an Toddler 

After we had been planning our journey and looking out into which Disney Park has probably the most rides with out top necessities, Magic Kingdom appeared like it will be the most suitable choice for us: there are TONS of rides which can be applicable for all ages! … Nicely, in principle, anyway.

What we really found was that the beloved Magic Kingdom was one of many WORST Disney Parks for infants. It’s crowded as hell, takes longer to get to than every other park, doesn’t have many choices for cooling off, and people all-ages rides? A lot of them are so outdated that they’re simply not secure to experience with an toddler. A lot of the enchantment of Magic Kingdom is all in regards to the characters and beloved Disney properties, which frankly, infants don’t care about in any respect.

Right here’s the tea on Magic Kingdom:

Greatest sights and rides for child at Magic Kingdom:

The winners for us in Magic Kingdom had been colourful, slow-moving rides with upbeat, acquainted music:

  • Beneath the Sea – Journey of the Little Mermaid: That is a darkish conveyer belt experience in a shifting clamshell. Child A LOVED the Beneath the Sea scene, which is brilliant and colourful and enjoyable. It helped that we’d been enjoying the tune for her within the weeks main as much as our journey so she instantly acknowledged it. The Mad 
  • It’s a Small World: We really waited longer for this experience than anything throughout our journey – and we had a Lightning Lane cross. The experience itself is quarter-hour lengthy, so with a 30-minute wait this finally ends up being fairly a time suck. That stated, Child A LOVES the tune (we’d been enjoying it for her) and was REALLY excited on this experience. She completely beloved it! It ended up pushing her bedtime again about an hour however I believe it was price it to see her clap with glee and dance for 15 straight minutes.
  • The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh: This darkish experience was nice! There are some small mild up-and-down hills. The music is usually very calm, and the colourful/trippy Huffalumps and Woozles scene was Child A’s favourite. It’s undoubtedly price a lightning lane cross!
  • Tiki Room: One other attraction that we prioritized based mostly on Child A’s music preferences. And he or she was actually into most of it! Plus, it’s good and lengthy and had fantastic A/C, so we relished the chance to sit down in cool air for some time. After which get a Dole Whip (which we needed to eat out of her sight).

As a result of the strains in Magic Kingdom are SO lengthy, we didn’t get to experience all the pieces we needed to. We want we may have ridden on Folks Mover, a slow-moving prepare that lightly glides round Tomorrowland – excellent for infants! And we want we’d had an opportunity to attempt Buzz Lightyear Spin since Child A loved Halfway Mania (largely).

Different rides we thought-about however finally determined to skip as a result of lengthy strains and Child A’s chance of having fun with them had been:

  • Jungle Cruise: no music, the experience largely consists of speaking and jokes that may simply go proper over her head
  • Pirates of the Caribbean: frankly she may need loved it due to the music, however we didn’t really feel like standing in an extended line
  • Haunted Mansion: Child A shouldn’t be a fan of music in a minor key – I believe she will inform it’s presupposed to be spooky/scary/off – and she or he doesn’t like issues which can be chaotic and loud. I believe she would have loved the large graveyard music scene, and located the remainder of it both boring or scary.
  • The Mad Tea Get together: Child A didn’t actually appear to get pleasure from fast-paced spinning or shifting. She’s extra into the visuals, music, and gradual, mild rides. So we’ll wait on this one till she’s somewhat older.

Rides to Skip in Magic Kingdom

  • Prince Charming Regal Carousel

Child A really loved the carousel. That stated, that is simply your commonplace carousel. It’s older than the parks, so it’s not terribly Disney-themed (although we did get to see the Ugly Stepsisters from Cinderella driving it and insulting onlookers) and, extra importantly, there is just one baby-safe seat: a single bench amidst a sea of carousel horses that infants can not safely experience. 

If there isn’t a line, give it a whirl. In any other case, put it aside for a county truthful.

  • Don’t experience Peter Pan’s Flight

For causes that no person fairly understands, Peter Pan is the most well-liked experience in all of Magic Kingdom with wait instances persistently topping 60 minutes. It’s a very common experience, so my working principle is 1) nostalgia, 2) child enchantment, and three) poor experience design that didn’t account for the demand it will be experiencing 70 freaking years after being constructed.

Mainly, this experience has lengthy ass strains. And Child A was not impressed – the experience is a nap and never price a Lightning Lane cross.

Worst of all, it’s downright harmful for an toddler. How did we understand how unsafe Peter Pan’s Flight was? As a result of we had been despatched by way of the experience and not using a lap bar on our child. Which was terrifying. And very harmful.

You see, most flying rides are geared up with a harness for security. The experience I used to work on, Soarin’, has a harness, a number of security checks, and even a video digicam on each seat, which Solid Members monitor repeatedly all through the experience searching for any kiddos attempting to wriggle out – that’s a fall threat from 50 ft. If anybody is getting too wiggly, Solid Members can hit the emergency cease button on the experience and convey it again down manually.

However Peter Pan was inbuilt 1955, earlier than anybody considered security rules on rides, I suppose. So regardless that your car goes manner up into the air, it simply has a lap bar, not a harness. The lap bar routinely lowers about .5 seconds earlier than you permit the sight of a Solid Member – which isn’t sufficient time to make sure everyone seems to be safely seated. There’s additionally no lap bar test (which just about each different experience within the parks has). 

So, what occurred to us? Child A was seated on the Tushbaby going through me after we boarded the experience. Jeremy was wiping down the lap bar with hand sanitizer and I used to be on the brink of flip Child A round and sit her on my lap, when – shock! The lap bar closed, and we took off. Earlier than we had an opportunity to get Child A seated beneath the lap bar. She was simply sitting on me, above the lap bar. 

We screamed for assist, however the experience took off so rapidly that no person heard us. And, as we discovered, there are not any video cameras. So no Solid Members may see that Child A was squirming round attempting to see and pushing backward off of me with stunning energy whereas I clung to her with each arms for pricey life, realizing that if she twisted out of my arms, she would fall. (Keep in mind: this can be a flying experience. We had been up within the air. Simply holding our child. With nothing to maintain her from falling.)

Actually? It was fucking terrifying. As quickly as we bought off the experience I burst into panicked sobbing and it took fairly some time to settle down. We made an incident report with the affected person Solid Members, however apart from that there wasn’t a lot we may do. 

The incident reviews go to the higher-ups, and I hope it will get escalated to whoever makes selections about upgrading rides, as a result of this experience is frankly horrifyingly unsafe. There must be an extended sufficient time period between the lap bar decreasing and take-off for Solid Members to do a security test. My guess is that they’ve averted doing it as a result of the experience already has such lengthy wait instances and that can add main time, but it surely’s completely needed. This experience is horribly outdated.

So, till it’s up to date? Don’t experience Peter Pan’s Flight with an toddler.

  • Additionally keep away from the Dumbo the Flying Elephant experience, and its copies, in case your child is cell.

That is one other older Disney experience that takes fliers up into the air … in a automobile with open sides, and nothing safer than a lap belt. A crawling, squirming child may simply and rapidly decrease themselves to the ground and slip proper out the facet of the automobile. (In case your child shouldn’t be but cell, you don’t have anything to fret about as lengthy you retain a good grip on them.)

So, yup – yet one more older Magic Kindom experience that’s not secure for infants! I do know, I used to be shocked too. Disney is normally the highest of the road in relation to security – I imply hi there, I even have footage of myself as a Solid Member in entrance of one of many many indicators backstage that claims Secure D Begins with Me (see them on this put up)! WHERE IS THE SAFE D ON OUTDATED MAGIC KINGDOM RIDES, Disney!?!?!

Anyway. Because you’re avoiding Dumbo, go forward and add the Flying Carpet experience and Astro Orbiters, too. And Triceratop Spin in Animal Kingdom. They’re literallly simply the identical experience with completely different theming.

Cinderellas Castle in Magic Kingdom  at Walt Disney World
It will not be the most effective park to go to with a child, however Magic Kingdom positive is fairly.

Extra ideas for Magic Kingdom with a child

  • We ate lunch at Tony’s City Sq., which is correct by the doorway of the park. Child A likes pasta, we like pasta, we simply figured we’d have some respectable pasta. We had been NOT ready for a way shockingly good it was. I imply!!! It was AMAZING. I extremely advocate the Orecchiette With Spicy Italian Sausage and the Butcher’s Steak, which was among the finest steak I’ve had in a very long time (and Child A beloved the crispy roasted yukon potatoes.) We additionally ordered a Bellini to take the sting off the entire Peter Pan fiasco, which was scrumptious. 
  • Storybook Circus is an entire part in Magic Kingdom crammed with kid-friendly stuff (although kid-friendly doesn’t additionally imply baby-friendly). You may choose up a prepare to experience across the park right here, which is a pleasant stress-free experience in and of itself. However most significantly, there’s a splash floor. On scorching days, a splash floor and a crawling child are a match made in heaven. However apart from that, this space is usually for older youngsters.
  • Child care heart: Magic Kingdom’s Child Care Heart is by Predominant Avenue, which is … kinda removed from a lot of the park, truthfully. There are benches out entrance and the middle itself is admittedly cute and well-themed. It’s an amazing quiet place for a snack or a diaper change. It’s not as nice for nursing although, as a result of there are solely 2 non-public nursing rooms. 

Magic Kingdom Verdict: We thought this park can be a success as a result of it has probably the most all-ages rides, but it surely’s crowded, the rides are somewhat outdated and missing in baby-proof security checks, and it’s heavy on the characters and film properties which infants actually don’t care about. Plus, it takes longer to get to and from MK than every other park. Value a visit for it’s a small world and among the exhibits, however not a lot else.  We’re wanting ahead to experiencing Magic Kingdom with Child A when she’s older.

Its a Small World ride in Magic Kingdom at Disney World
We waited in line for It’s a Small World longer than every other experience, however man, it was a HIT. Child A beloved it!!

Full Listing of Child Rides at Disney World

After we had been researching for our journey and searching for issues for infants to do at Disney World, we struggled to discover a full checklist of baby-friendly, all-ages rides at Disney World. So, to save lots of you time, right here it’s.

I marked the rides that we loved probably the most with 10-month-old Child A in daring and put those we advocate skipping in italics. Our two favourite parks at Disney World for infants are Epcot and Animal Kingdom, which I marked with asterisks.

Hollywood Studios

  • Sundown Boulevard
    • Lightning McQueen’s racing academy
    • Fantasmic!
    • Magnificence and the Beast – Dwell on Stage
  • Hollywood Boulevard
    • Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway
  • Echo Lake
    • For the First Time in Without end: A Frozen Sing-Alongside Celebration
    • Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular
  • Grand Avenue
  • Animation Courtyard
    • Voyage of the Little Mermaid
    • Disney Junior Dance Get together!
  • Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge
  • Toy Story Land


  • KidCot Stops
  • Future World East
    • Spaceship Earth
    • Splash Pad exterior Mission: SPACE
  • Future World West
    • The Seas with Nemo and Mates
    • Turtle Speak with Crush
    • The entire aquarium space
    • Dwelling with the Land 
    • Journey into Creativeness with Figment 
  • World Showcase
    • Gran Fiesta Tour (Mexico)
    • Frozen Ever After (Norway)
    • The American Journey
    • Magnificence and the Beast Sing-Alongside (France)
    • Remy’s Ratatouille Journey 
    • Canada Far and Vast

Animal Kingdom*

  • Wilderness Explorers stops
  • Pandora
  • Africa
    • Kilimanjaro Safari
    • Gorilla Path
    • The Competition of the Lion King
    • Wildlife Specific Prepare
    • Rafiki’s Planet Watch
  • Discovery Island
    • Winged Encounters – The Kingdom Takes Flight
    • Discovery Island Trails
    • It’s Robust to be a Bug
  • Asia
  • Dinoland
    • Discovering Nemo: The Large Blue…and Past!
    • TriceraTop Spin
    • The Boneyard

Magic Kingdom

  • Tomorrowland
    • Monster, Inc. Snicker Ground
    • Buzzlight Yr’s Ranger Spin
    • Astro Orbiter
    • Carousel of Progress
    • Folks Mover
  • Storybook Circus
    • Dumbo the Flying Elephant
    • Casey Jr Splash N’ Soak Station
    • WDW Railroad
  • Fantasyland
    • Beneath the Sea – Journey of the Little Mermaid
    • Enchanted Tales with Belle
    • Mad Tea Get together
    • The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh 
    • Prince Charming Regal Carousel 
    • Mickey’s PhilharMagic
    • Peter Pan’s Flight
    • It’s a Small World 
  • Frontierland
    • Nation Bear Jamboree
    • Tom Sawyer Island
    • WDW Railroad
  • Liberty Sq.
    • Liberty Sq. Riverboat 
    • The Corridor of Presidents
    • Haunted Mansion 
  • Adventureland
    • Pirates of the Caribbean
    • The Enchanted Tiki Room
    • The Magic Carpets of Aladdin 
    • Jungle Cruise 
    • Swiss Household Treehouse
  • Predominant Avenue USA
    • WDW Railroad
    • Reveals and Parades

The place to Keep at Disney World with an Toddler

I will not be a Solid Member anymore, however I nonetheless have plenty of ~opinions about all issues Disney, and plenty of ideas to your subsequent journey. One among my very sturdy opinions? It is best to undoubtedly keep at a Disney World resort, even in the event you’re on a good funds! It’s SO price it.

From the $$ you’ll save on parking and a rental automobile (thanks to Disney’s airport pick-up service and big free transportation community) to the unbelievable comfort and Further Magic Hours, the resorts are WELL price it. And much more so, in the event you can rating a reduced fee 😉

There are undoubtedly methods to attain a deal at a Disney Resort, if the place to look. Sometimes, yow will discover Disney World resorts listed on resort deal websites – significantly for low season dates! We as soon as scored a keep at Port Orleans for beneath $150/night time. Whee! So simply in case, have a look – we noticed a BUNCH of them listed just lately on  and  Priceline ! That’s how we as soon as scored a keep at Port Orleans for beneath $150/night time. Whee!

The time of yr that you simply’re visiting and once you guide issues, too. Disney quietly runs deep reductions on low season bookings (normally January by way of April) round October/November, so hold a watch out and  test their particular presents web page steadily. 

And eventually, final minute bookings can web you STEEP reductions! I’ve seen rooms hovering round $150 per night time about 3 days upfront. You may normally rating one by way of  Priceline . My suggestion is to guide a good-enough resort by way of  so you’ll be able to cancel it as much as the day earlier than your journey, then hold checking  Priceline  simply in case you’ll be able to rating a last-minute room at a steep low cost.

Cars themed section at Art of Animation Resort at Walt Disney World with infant
The Automobiles themed part at Disney’s Artwork of Animation resort

We’re massive followers of staying at on the Worth resorts, which actually provide the most effective bang to your buck. Artwork of Animation, one of many latest resorts, is a implausible place to stick with a child. There’s a enormous pool – it’s really the biggest pool at any Disney World resort –  with a child space and an enormous sprayground, plus 2 different swimming pools for good measure. There’s all kinds of meals, and the theming is fairly cute (we ended up getting upgraded to a Automobiles-themed suite).

And better of all, you’ll have simple walkable entry to the Skyliner, which takes you in airborne pods to Epcot and Holywood Studios. Of all of the Disney World transportation choices, the Skyliner is by far the most effective: you’re seated with a pleasant view, it’s not crowded, and there’s a cool breeze. Child A beloved driving on the Skyliner (and so did we!)

 This resort can be thought-about one among Disney’s funds choices – but it surely’s actually the most effective of the funds choices. A detailed second is Pop Century Resort, which is correct subsequent door and in addition has entry to the Skyliner.

I hope you discovered this (huge) information useful for planning your journey to Disney World with a child! Do you’ve questions that we may help reply? Drop us a remark under!

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In this (massive) guide, we're sharing tips and tricks for visiting Disney with babies, including the best (and worst) parks and attractions for babies, where to stay, and a few essentials to pack.

Our High Journey Suggestions & Sources

Listed below are our favourite journey ideas & sources for saving cash and planning journey logistics! For extra ideas, try our journey ideas useful resource web page or our information to planning a visit.

  • Reserving Flights: To attain flight offers, search on Google Flights or Kayak. Cash-saving ideas: fly mid-week or on the weekend; fly carry-on solely on a funds airline; and take red-eyes or early morning flights.
  • Lodging: We normally keep in budget-friendly trip leases, boutique motels or non-public rooms in hostels. We use to guide motels (we love their versatile cancellation coverage) and Hostelworld to guide hostels (low deposit, simple change/cancellation, and wonderful evaluations). For trip leases, we desire to guide utilizing VRBO as a result of they have decrease charges and higher assist than Airbnb, and we’re not followers of Airbnb’s unethical monitor file. You can even guide trip leases on Expedia and We additionally use TrustedHousesitters as each hosts (for our residence and our fur-child) and vacationers!
  • Journey Insurance coverage: We all the time, all the time, ALWAYS purchase journey insurance coverage for worldwide journeys, and we STRONGLY counsel it – go to our Journey Insurance coverage Information to search out out why. We advocate both World Nomads or SafetyWing for worldwide journey insurance coverage. SafetyWing is likely one of the few insurance policies that covers Covid-19, and so they have wonderful month-to-month insurance policies which can be excellent for Digital Nomads and long run vacationers!
  • Journey Credit score Card: We guide all of our journeys on our favourite journey bank card. Not solely can we earn money again that we will spend on extra journey, however the card presents implausible journey perks like journey insurance coverage, journey delay and cancellation protection, misplaced baggage reimbursement, and rental automobile protection, which helps defend us on our travels. Be taught extra right here.
  • Vaccines & Meds: We use the journey guides on the CDC web site to analysis advisable medicines and vaccines for worldwide journeys. We all the time advocate getting each vaccine advisable by the CDC! You may get them at your main care physician’s workplace or a walk-in pharmacy.
  • Excursions: We love reserving guided excursions, particularly meals excursions and strolling excursions, to get a neighborhood’s perspective and a historical past lesson whereas sight-seeing! We guide our excursions utilizing Viator and GetYourGuide.
  • Transportation: We use Rome2Rio to determine get from place to position, and guide native transportation on-line utilizing Bookaway wherever we will. After we guide a rental automobile, we use DiscoverCars to check rental firms and discover the most effective deal.
  • Baggage Storage: Every time we’re trying out early or profiting from an extended layover, we use LuggageHero to securely retailer our baggage whereas we’re working round. Use the code PRACTICALW for two hours of free baggage storage on us.
  • VPN Service: A VPN retains your digital data (like web site login particulars, financial institution data, and so on) secure, even once you’re related to an unsecured community whereas touring. Plus, it permits you to use Netflix & different streaming websites overseas! We use NordVPN. Use the code WANDERLUSTPROMO once you enroll!
  • What to Pack: Listed below are the journey necessities that we carry on each journey. We even have packing lists for scorching climate, chilly climate, and lots of extra. Check out all of our packing guides!


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