Walt Disney World. The happiest place on earth is their tagline, and they couldn’t be more correct. I’ve visited Disney every year since I was a little child and as I got older, I realized how much of a blessing that was. Disney is indeed a fantastic place. What is crazy is that no matter how many times you go, there’s something new each time. When I went away to college, the trips became few and far between and after a few years, we finally made our way back to the magical land, and we had our baby boy with us. There was so much back and forth on should we take him to Disney and even should we even drive him in a car that long to Orlando. The drive to Orlando from Atlanta was only about six hours which isn’t bad, but it was the longest drive we would do as a first with KJ. After much preparation and getting everything we needed set up, we decided he would be just fine to go. I’m so glad we got the chance to take him even if he doesn’t know what’s going on yet, it’s a blessing. We plan to keep the tradition to take him at least once a year as he gets older and we are looking forward to seeing Disney through his eyes which I know will be amazing. With this first trip, I was gifted two-day park hoppers from Walt Disney World, and we are thankful to work with such an amazing company on KJ’s first trip.
So, I know you’re probably wondering if you haven’t traveled to Disney, what are the park hoppers? Park hoppers are just what the name says. It’s a pass that allows you to jump from park to park all day long as many times as you’d like. This was amazing for us because our original plan was only to do one park with KJ and start early in the am and take him back to the resort with my in-laws, and we’d come back out to another park later that evening. Let me tell you plans are just that, plans. Some people do this park hopping thing like a pro, but we were SO tired and ended up staying at the first park almost all day. Tired doesn’t even describe what I was. I took a nap when we got back to the resort. Regardless, we had a great trip, and we’ll be heading back to Orlando in a few months, so I am excited about that. If you’re traveling to Disney with a baby soon here are a few tips for a smooth visit.
Tips For Traveling To Disney With A Baby
- Plan your park days out as far in advance as possible. We haven’t visited Disney in years so when we found out you can pick each Disney park, the date you’re planning on traveling there and select each ride up until the ride time, we were caught off guard. So, if you are visiting Disney anytime soon, definitely download the app and plan your day(s).
- Take your stroller. This was a hard one for me. I struggled with the thought of someone taking off with our stroller. I know crazy, but anything can happen. I know I didn’t want to rent a stroller either because I wasn’t sure if it would be comfortable for him. Once I got into the park, I noticed almost everyone had their stroller, so I felt better seeing this. It also makes it easier when you’re taking in multiple items, and you know the compartments and where everything is.
- Don’t feel bad if you can’t get to every character meet. There are so many every few minutes but let’s be honest, will the little one really know what’s going on? You can always plan this for another day or even another trip.
- Wear comfortable clothing and shoes. The days are long, and the walking is even longer. Make sure you’re comfortable.
- When babies napping, spend time eating and resting. For us, we were able to catch a few rides but if you can’t leave your baby with someone while you step away for a second, spend that time sitting and resting at one of the many restaurants.
- Pack the essentials. Bottles, snacks, diapers, wipes, changing pad covers, sunblock, pacifier, pacifier cover, hand sanitizer, hat and any other essentials you think your baby will absolutely need. I probably had five of everything plus more and didn’t really need half of the things I packed. We had two bags. Don’t make that mistake. That’s more stuff you have to try and pull around in the huge crowd of people. One bag with the essentials is all you need.
I promise if you keep it simple and not overthink it, you’ll have a fun and stressfree trip. I’d love to know if anyone has any other tips on how to do Disney with a baby that you’d love to share. Also, I’m trying to get better with sharing content on my Youtube channel so I decided to share a little glimpse into our trip.