This is a topic that I feel pretty passionate about. I have had many people tell me how they would never take their kids to Disney until they are old enough to remember it, or how babies are just too much trouble at Disney. I do feel like this is a family decision based on budget, vacation preferences, interests, etc., but there is absolutely no reason to feel that you can’t enjoy a trip to Disney World with a baby of any age. We have brought our boys on Disney vacations since they were as young as 8 weeks old, and they were probably the easiest to deal with at the younger ages. We have amazing photos, memories, experiences and keepsakes that we can share with them as they grow and still treasure once they are grown and making memories with their own children. Here are the top 5 reasons why I definitely feel that your baby is NOT too young for Disney World:
5. You Are Never too Young for Disney Magic & Memories
Disney is an amazing experience and magical regardless of how old you are. The characters and cast members go extra gaga over the babies and toddlers. Our kiddos have always received extra attention from the cast members and treated like they are the royalty of our vacation, which is much appreciated by us. It makes for amazing videos and photographs of our vacation. I like to believe that even at 8 weeks old my baby recognized Mickey between all of the pictures in his nursery and Mickey Mouse Clubhouse that he watched, but I’ll never know! When he met Mickey, he did smile, grab onto Mickey’s nose and wouldn’t take his eyes off of him. It’s one of my favorite Disney memories, and even though my son won’t remember it, I definitely will. I fully believe that there is no minimum or maximum age limit to enjoy Disney and make family memories that last a lifetime.
4. There Are Plenty Opportunities to Experience “Firsts”
I will never forget the look in either of my kids’ eyes the first time that they met Mickey, saw Happily Ever After at the Magic Kingdom, rode their first Disney attraction, etc. When my 1 year old saw Festival of Fantasy Parade for the first time and was so animated in his love of the experience, the ladies in the party next to us were in tears over his reaction even more than the awesome parade (and it was awesome!). You can even schedule you baby’s first haircut at Harmony Barber Shop on Main Street in Magic Kingdom. They have a special package that includes “First Haircut” ears. It is one of my favorite memories of taking my babies to Disney!
3. There Are NO Height Restrictions on Many Rides and Attractions
One question I get asked regularly about my youngest is, “what can he do?” Well the answer to that is, TONS of things! There are attractions that have height restrictions, but a larger portion of the attraction do not and are completely safe for babies to ride in a lap. My babies have been riding Haunted Mansion and other attractions since 8 weeks old, and it was a blast. Watching them experience the attractions and the amazement in their eyes from taking in all of the sites are memories that I will always treasure. There are also many shows at Disney that babies can also experience. The shows aren’t incredibly long, so most babies do just fine for 15-30 minute experiences, especially if you plan ahead and change/feed them before the show. Experiencing shows and attractions at an early age help them get used to the experience and we feel it has made our kids early Disney pros, so as they grow they adapt to just about everything Disney has to offer.
2. Rider Swap is Available on Rides with Height Restrictions
So on the rides that your baby isn’t old/tall enough to ride, Disney does offer rider swap. This is where one (or member) member of your party waits in the standby line, so the other member(s) can wait comfortably with the baby and then they will request a rider swap pass that will allow the other party members (up to 3) to enter the FastPass line while the party members who already rode the ride wait with the baby. This way you don’t have to wait in line near as long for everyone to experience the attraction, and no one has to wait in line with the baby. It’s super simple and allows everyone to still experience the thrill-rides and let baby be comfortable. Win-win!
1. All Disney Parks are Equipped Baby Care Services
Disney makes baby care really easy. They allow you to bring in your sippy cups, milk, food supplies, etc. So there are no issues with bringing all of the supplies that you need into the park. (Just don’t bring any hard-sided coolers for products that need to stay cool. Use an insulated bag.) Security will still check these items, but won’t give any issues with bringing them in. The parks are very stroller friendly with ramp access to every attraction and stroller parking locations with attendants. The most impressive service is they offer is the Baby Care Centers. There is one in each of the four major theme parks, located toward the front of the parks. This is a quiet, comfortable place where you can feed your baby, let them cool off and rest, let them run around a little and work off energy in a safe place, etc. There are cartoons on for a little entertainment in the main room. This offers a bit more comfortable location if you are a nursing mother where you can beat the heat and ensure your baby is also comfortable. Utilization of the facility is free, so definitely check it out. If you run out of diapers, formula, or other common baby supplies, the center also has supplies available for purchase to get you through the rest of your day in the parks. This service really erases any fear that your baby won’t have everything that they need while enjoying all of the attractions in the parks.