Podcast Episode 153: Babies At Disney

So you may be thinking “My baby is way too young for Disney” but it’s just not true!  Disney is for families of every age and size!  You should absolutely bring your baby to Disney and we give you great tips on how to make the most of your baby’s Disney vacation!

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What Can Babies Ride at Walt Disney World?

One of the most common misconceptions I hear about babies at Disney World is: But he/she won’t be able to ride anything while we’re there. Not true! In fact, babies can ride most things at Walt Disney World. The short answer is that babies can ride anything without a heigh restriction. Let’s break it down by park!

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Magic Kingdom

  • Astro Oribter
  • Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin
  • Carousel of Progress
  • Dumbo the Flying Elephant
  • Enchanted Tales with Belle
  • it’s a small world
  • Jungle Cruise
  • Liberty Square Riverboat
  • Mad Tea Party
  • Monster’s Inc. Laugh Floor
  • Peter Pan’s Flight
  • People Mover
  • Pirates of the Caribbean
  • Prince Charming Regal Carousel
  • The Haunted Mansion
  • The Magic Carpets of Aladdin
  • The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
  • Under the Sea: Journey of the Little Mermaid
  • Walt Disney World Railroad
  • Plus stage shows and other non-ride attractions like Country Bear Jamboree and the many parades of the Magic Kingdom.

So that leaves: Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, Splash Mountain, Space Mountain, Tomorrowland Speedway, The Barnstormer, Seven Dwarf’s Mine Train and Stitch’s Great Escape the only rides babies can’t enjoy at Magic Kingdom!

Epcot

  • Ellen’s Energy Adventure
  • Frozen Ever After
  • Gran Fiesta Tour featuring the Three Caballeros
  • Journey Into Imagination With Figment
  • Living with the Land
  • Spaceship Earth
  • The Seas with Nemo and Friends
  • Turtle Talk with Crush
  • Plus stage shows and other non-ride attractions like The American Adventure!

Babies are excluded from Soarin, Mission Space, Test Track, and Sum of All Thrills at Epcot.

Hollywood Studios

  • Disney Jr. Live on Stage!
  • For The First Time In Forever
  • Muppet Vision 3D (though this may not be too fun without the 3D googles!)
  • The Great Movie Ride
  • Toy Story Midway Mania
  • Voyage of the Little Mermaid
  • Plus stage shows and other non-ride attractions like Beauty and the Beast and Indiana Jones!

At Hollywood Studios babies can’t ride: Tower of Terror, Rock ‘n’ Rollercoaster or Star Tours.

Animal Kingdom

  • It’s Tough To Be A Bug
  • Kilimanjaro Safari
  • TriceraTop Spin
  • Wildlife Express Train
  • Plus the MANY shows and non-ride attractions at Animal Kingdom including Festival of the Lion King, Finding Nemo the musical, Flights of Wonder, The Boneyard, the Maharaja Jungle Trek and many more.

At Animal Kingdom babies can’t ride: Kali River Rapids, Expedition Everest, Primeval  Whirl or DINOSAUR.

So there you have it! All the rides your baby can enjoy at Walt Disney World. Have you taken a baby to Disney World? What was their favorite ride?

 

 

 

Preparing for Baby’s First Trip to Disney World!

With my daughter’s first trip to Walt Disney World rapidly approaching I find myself worrying a bit about how preparing for a trip with a baby will be quite different from planning one for just myself! Here are some tips I’ve found to be helpful so far when thinking about baby’s first trip to Disney World.

Packing

Because we live in Massachusetts my husband and I prefer to fly to Disney rather than drive. This trip we’re taking Southwest Airlines, which is especially great because each ticketed passenger is allowed 2 pieces of checked luggage. This means the baby can have her own luggage for no extra charge! Packing things like diapers and formula will save us money instead of buying while we’re in Florida (no worries though, if you don’t have room for this stuff in your luggage I’ll still tell you how to get it).

Gear

Most Disney hotels will be able to supply a Pack ‘n Play and clean sheets upon request. If this won’t do for your baby there are services where you can rent full size cribs. Baby will only sleep in a bouncer? That’s fine too! Check out A Baby’s Best Friend, they rent both of these things and much more for babies. I’ll personally be ordering an exersaucer and Bumbo seat for our trip, so baby girl has a place to hang out that isn’t mom and dad’s arms!

Photo courtesy of ABBF

Photo courtesy of ABBF

Another major piece of gear is a stroller. With all the walking we do around Disney a sturdy, comfortable stroller is a necessity. We’ll be bringing our Baby Jogger City Mini from home, but if you don’t feel like lugging yours to Florida there are several stroller rental services in Orlando that can help you out. Kingdom Stroller Rentals and Orlando Stroller Rentals are two of the Dole Whipped recommended (simply because we’ve used them before!) companies. One thing you may want to consider purchasing ahead of time is a stroller fan. It can get pretty hot in those strollers, and a fan is a good way to keep baby cool!

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Other Necessities

As mentioned above, because we’ll be able to pack an extra bag we’re going to be packing our diapers and formula. If you don’t have the room in your luggage or simply don’t feel like packing it though, no worries. We here at Dole Whipped have recommended Garden Grocer before for groceries, but they also carry many baby necessities. Several brands of diapers, wipes, baby formula, jarred food, and even some medicines are available for delivery straight to your hotel room. We recommend making the order a few days before you leave on your trip because Garden Grocer does fully book for deliveries and you’ll want to make sure these items are there when you arrive!

Have you taken a baby to Disney World before? How was planning different for you and your family?