Are you thinking about a family vacation to the Walt Disney World Resort with your infant or toddler? Are you worried about what will be available for them or if they will remember? Here, we talk about what to expect when traveling to Disney with a young child. Also, we include reasons why you shouldn’t wait to take that trip! Taking toddlers to Disney can be an incredibly memorable experience!
I have always loved Disney. I would even embrace the label “Disney Adult”. Being in the parks makes me happy and I have so many memories throughout my childhood and adult life. When I had my kids, I couldn’t wait to share that happiness with them!
Each of my kids was quite young the first time they came to the parks. Were there challenges taking kids that young? Sure! Would I do it all over again though? Absolutely!
Preparing for the Trip
How do you prepare for the trip and decide when to go? I think any age is a great age as long as you adjust your expectations accordingly. There are a lot of moving parts as you plan any Disney trip and it can be a lot of work. This is especially the case with little ones. You need to pack all the baby gear, diapers, extras of everything, etc. If you are like me, you may overpack! Then, you need to unpack it all! It’s important to be prepared but also figure out what the necessities are.
Other factors to consider as you prepare are those factors that you think about for any vacation. How long do you want to go? Where do you want to stay? How many days do you want to be in the parks? Do you want to do something special/extra during the trip like one of Disney’s “Enchanting Extras”? Are you celebrating anything? One add-on for any trip that I recommend to capture all of those special moments is Memory Maker!
Using a travel advisor can help you plan out all of those details related to visiting the Walt Disney World Resort. Our friends at Key to the World Travel are happy to help!
What to Expect & Travel Tips
There are a few things to keep in mind that are especially important when you are traveling with an infant or toddler.
I mentioned everything you need to bring. For example, if you are traveling with a young baby who is not mobile yet, a baby carrier will be extremely helpful. There are other items though, like a crib or pack ‘n play, that you do not necessarily need to bring with you. One of these is provided upon request at all Walt Disney World Resort hotels. A stroller will also be extremely valuable. Do you want to bring your own? Or would you prefer to rent one and have it ready upon your arrival? If you decide to bring your own stroller, it may be helpful to check it at the gate if you are flying.
Traveling may also mean a change in routine for your baby or toddler and he or she will need to adjust to that. Follow your child’s cues. It may not work to stay in the parks all day and that’s ok! If you want to try to keep a similar routine, take into consideration factors such as any shows or dining reservations you have made at the parks, travel time to and from your resort hotel, etc. If you prefer to stay in the parks, there are many opportunities to go indoors and take a little break from the Florida weather. This may present an excellent opportunity for a nap!
Disney is for all ages so you don’t have to worry about things to do either! Many rides and attractions do not have height requirements, making them very baby-friendly. There are Baby Care Centers in each park and plenty of opportunities for little ones to interact with Disney friends. In addition, children under 3 are always guests of Mickey Mouse.
With the upcoming launch of the Disney Genie service at the parks, there is the opportunity for even more fun.
Why Spend the Money When They Won’t Remember?
One thing that I remember as I planned our first visit to the parks with my young children was people asking why I didn’t wait until they were older. I can’t tell you how many times I heard “they are not going to remember it, why don’t you wait until they are older?”
On one of our family trips, my kids were 7, 4, 2, and 3 months old. It was the first trip we took with all four of them and that is one of the most memorable ones we have taken.
There were a few times where I second-guessed that decision when the baby was screaming or the 2-year-old was in the middle of a temper tantrum. However, there are countless other times that I am so glad I took the trip anyway! I can share so many stories of amazing memories with my kids, even when they were babies.
They won’t remember those early trips but I definitely will! I will never forget seeing the magic of Disney through their eyes. The first time my son ran to hug Minnie Mouse, my infant daughter smiling at Elsa, my kids’ faces lighting up as they watch the fireworks and so many more memories are things I will always cherish. It’s ok to do things for ourselves as parents. Parenting is hard and life can be stressful. It’s pretty amazing to spend time with your kids doing something you both love. You make some amazing memories and get reminded of what it’s all for.
Are you considering a trip? This is a great time to plan your perfect vacation! Having a travel advisor means someone there to have your back in any occurrence. There is no additional cost to you and you have peace of mind knowing that your vacation is in good hands.
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