Bringing a baby or a toddler to the Walt Disney World Resort can be a dream vacation. Of course, that depends upon how well you (or the adult bringing the child) plan it. Taking a few moments to prepare, plan, and research can be invaluable. So, let’s explore some of the best tips for taking a baby or toddler to Disney’s Hollywood Studios.
Strollers are often a must when visiting a Disney Park. Although Hollywood Studios is the smallest of the four theme parks, there will be a lot of walking. However, if there’s one day or one park you’re going to skip a stroller, this one would be it. But please take that with a grain of salt. (It all depends on your little one’s ability and stamina to walk!)
Regarding strollers at Walt Disney World, you can rent one from the theme park or bring your own. Some guests find it easier to bring their own (even if flying) so their little one can enjoy the same comfort level they would have at home. However, if you rent from Walt Disney World, just keep in mind they will not be the most comfortable strollers and come with little storage space.
If you choose to go with a stroller, it’s always a good idea to label it with your name or mark it in some way with stickers or balloons. Few things are more frustrating than spending 20 minutes after a show trying to find your stroller in a sea of hundreds that look just like it.
Baby Care Center
Each Walt Disney World theme park has a Baby Care Center. These helpful facilities provide roomy changing tables, baby supplies such as snacks, diapers, and wipes (at a cost), nursing areas, and often family restrooms. However, the Baby Care Center at Disney’s Hollywood Studios is not the best.
It’s one of the smallest out of all four parks and is oddly located in the Guest Services building. It’s definitely a step up over changing a little one’s diaper in a public restroom, but it’s not the biggest or most convenient. You’ll see what I mean if you visit other Disney park Baby Care Centers.
Scheduling mini-breaks throughout the day can be a game-changer. Although it may be smaller than other Walt Disney World theme parks, you will still find the same challenges, such as places to escape the sun, long lines, and the unpredictable Florida weather. Taking a few moments to relax, cool down, and decompress can help keep everyone calm and happy, especially a baby or toddler.
An indoor show or even a trip back to your resort or hotel for a midday break is a great way to do this.
Baby/Toddler Friendly Attractions
It must be said that the best theme park to take a baby or toddler to is Magic Kingdom. There is a large number of attractions that will appeal to little ones and many rides without height restrictions. However, when visiting Disney’s Hollywood Studios, there are still some options that are baby and toddler friendly.
Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway
This dark ride has no height restrictions, making it a fun adventure for the whole family. Although it can be rough at times (so hold onto your child!), it’s a unique experience that most young children will enjoy. Just keep in mind that it may have a long line.
Toy Story Mania!
This too has no height requirements, making it an excellent attraction to bring your baby or toddler on. It’s an arcade-style ride where guests wear 3D glasses and shoot at screens, knocking over bottles and breaking plates like an old-fashioned midway.
Disney Junior Play and Dance!
This is a fantastic indoor attraction for young kids to enjoy. Characters from various Disney Junior shows hop up on stage and teach simple dances for little ones. The fact that it’s indoors makes it a great way to get out of the sun (or rain) and it’s location in Animation Courtyard also makes it a spot where there are few crowds. It’s also near many Disney Junior meet-and-greets.
Disney’s Hollywood Studios has many shows for guests of all ages. But if you’re bringing a baby or toddler to the park, there are three that will likely captivate them the most.
For the First Time in Forever: A Frozen Sing-Along Celebration
This live action show retells the story of Frozen. It includes all the songs from the movie and projects lyrics so guests can sing along to “Let it Go” and every other song from the movie!
Beauty & the Beast – Live on Stage
This is another live action show that retells an animated Disney classic. Shorter than the Frozen show and less interactive, it retells the story of Beauty and the Beast with all the characters.
There is no better way to cap off a trip to Hollywood Studios than staying for the nighttime show Fantasmic! If your little one can stay awake for it, it’ll definitely be one that wows them. The nighttime show features fireworks, fire effects, projections on water, and a large cast of Disney characters.
Having recently visited Disney’s Hollywood Studios with a baby, I can definitely say it’s not the easiest in the world, but definitely doable and worth it. We did also find it helpful to splurge on Disney Genie Plus and Individual Lightning Lanes so us adults could enjoy attractions such as the Tower of Terror and Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance while our little one napped.
But at the end of the day, you know best what your baby or toddler will need and what they can handle. Pushing them (or yourself) to the limit will only make things worse.