How To Take A Disney Vacation With An Infant



Baby and parents at Disney World

Going to Disney with an infant is a lot easier than it sounds. Actually, from my experience, 0-6 months is the easiest age to take, I am not joking! Throughout the years I have taken my four kids at all different ages, and my favorite and easiest so far is when my second child was only months old. Other than packing a few extra items, infants are really easy to push around the parks and enjoy the attractions and shows while your little one is snoozing in their stroller or carrier, or snuggling up in your arms. Here are a few ways on how to take a Disney vacation with your infant!

infant at Magic Kingdom
The hub grass at Magic Kingdom is a great place for your infant to sit, play, and rest.

Pack for Every Worst Case Scenario

You are going to have the best day if you pack accordingly. First things first; you of course need a stroller and baby carrier. Pack extra clothes for the dreaded blowout. Don’t pack just one set of extra clothes, because if you do you know your little one will surprise you with two blowouts that day! Extra diapers and wipes! Don’t forget the bottle and milk, or anything you need when breastfeeding.  Also bring a long a fan that can clip onto the stroller. If your little one is taking a snooze, keep them cool from the Florida heat by giving them a breeze. If you happen to forget anything there is a baby care center at each park!

Feel Free to Feed

Disney accommodates the breast feeding Mom anywhere you feel most comfortable! I found it really easy to find a shady spot for me and baby to get comfortable and feed in each park. If you have an infant over 5/6 months, you may want to find a less busy spot since that is around the time they have a hard time feeding if there is a lot to see around them! As mentioned; each park has a baby care center that has an air-conditioned room for feeding. This may be ideal if the Florida heat is getting to you and baby. A show is a great time to sit and let baby get their milk lunch on!

Don’t Skip the Rides

Rockin' Roller Coaster at Disney World
Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster is located at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Photo by Haydn Blackey (CC BY-SA 2.0).

Just because you have an infant with you, don’t think you need to skip any rides! In each Disney park, most rides have rider switch which allows adult guests to take turns waiting with youngsters or guests unable to ride. Here is a list of attractions that offer Rider Switch:

Magic Kingdom Park:
  • The Barnstormer
  • Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
  • Seven Dwarfs Mine Train
  • Space Mountain
  • Splash Mountain
  • Tomorrowland Indy Speedway
Epcot:
  • Frozen Ever After
  • Mission: SPACE
  • Soarin’
  • Test Track
Hollywood Studios:
  • Alien Swirling Saucers
  • Millennium Flacon: Smugglers Run
  • Rock’n’Roll Coaster Starring Aerosmith
  • Slink Dog Dash
  • Star Tours- The Adventure Continue
  • Twilight Zone Tower of Terror
Animal Kingdom:
  • Avatar Flight of Passage
  • DINOSAUR
  • Expedition Everest-Legend of the Forbidden Mountain
  • Kali River Rapids
  • Na’vi River Journey
  • Primeval Whirl

There are several rides your infant can do! Here is a list of rides  and shows (with some helpful tips) that have no height requirements and that your infant can enjoy while in your arms!

Magic Kingdom
  • Astro Orbiter
  • Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin
  • Country Bear Jamboree
  • Dumbo the Flying Elephant
  • Enchanted Tales with Belle
  • Haunted Mansion **loud sounds at the beginning show that could scare baby
  • It’s a Small World **An easy ride to feed baby on
  • Jungle Cruise
  • Liberty Square Riverboat
  • Mad Tea Party
  • Mickey’s PhilharMagic **water is sprayed on audience at various times, so be sure to cover baby up
  • Monster’s Inc. Laugh Floor
  • Peter Pan’s Flight
  • Pirates of the Caribbean **At the beginning there is one quick rush and sometimes a water splash
  • Prince Charming Regal Carrousel
  • Tomorrowland Transit Speedway **the fumes from the cars can be a bit much at times
  • People Mover
  • Carousel of Progress
  • Walt Disney’s World Railroad
  • The Hall of Presidents
  • The Magic Carpets of Aladdin
  • The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
  • Under the Sea- Journey of the Little Mermaid
  • Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room
Epcot:
  • Frozen Ever After
  • Gran Fiesta Tour Starring the Three Caballeros
  • O Canada!
  • Journey into Imagination with Figments
  • Living with the Land
  • Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure **This is a fast ride and can be a little scary for little ones
  • Spaceship Earth
  • The Seas with Nemo & Friends
  • Turtle Talk with Crush
Hollywood Studios:
  • Muppet Vision 4D
  • Toy Story Midway Mania!
  • Walt Disney Presents
  • Beauty and the Beast-Live on Stage
  • Disney Junior-Live on Stage
  • For the First Time in Forever: A Frozen Sing-Along Celebration
  • Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular
  • Voyage of the Little Mermaid **You can get splashed so cover up baby!
Animal Kingdom:
  • Affection Section
  • Animal Encounters; Winged Encounters- The Kingdom Takes Flight
  • Conservation Station
  • It’s Tough to be a Bug! **This can get loud and scary for sensitive ones!
  • Feathered Friends in Flight!
  • Festival of the Lion King
  • Kilimanjaro Safaris **Don’t plan during nap time, this is a long ride and you cannot get off
  • Kite Tails
  • Maharajah’s Jungle Trek
  • The Boneyard
  • Tricera Top Spin
  • Wildlife Express Train
  • Na’vi River Journey

Last Minute Tips

Family at Disney's Hollywood Studios
When traveling with an infant you can bring your own stroller or rent one from Disney.

Remember when making restaurant reservations to include your infant in the head count! You will not have to pay for them if they are under 3, but it gives them a spot at the table. Disney Resorts have pack n’ plays and highchairs available upon request, so be sure to call ahead of time. And last but not least; don’t expect to be at the parks from open to close. Take breaks, don’t push your infant past their limit! Know when it is time to go home and everyone rest! Enjoy your baby’s first time at the most magical place on earth!

Featured photo: @disneyphotopass instagram.

Written by

Erin Bonsall


Contributing Writer

Erin is a stay at home mom of 4 little boys outside Charlotte, NC. She remembers one magical Disney trip at a young age, but having children made her want to bring her own kids to the happiest place on earth! One trip 7 years ago started a love for everything Disney! Now her family visits Disney World as much as possible and it is their favorite place to make magical memories!

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