Mom And Kids Animal Kingdom
  • On Jul 21, 2013
    Gina Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    My husband and I will be making our annual trip to Disney in October and this trip will be our first as parents, we are so excited! Our son will be 8 months old and I am just looking for some ideas on what we can (and cannot do) with our little guy.

    Hi Gina! This will truly be a memorable trip for you. I too remember the first with my own children and then again with grandchildren and the memories are locked away in my heart forever.

    The first thing to remember is to not try to do it all with an infant. Bring a simple but comfortable stroller or rent from an outside company as the park strollers are not really geared for the young children. Besides you will want a stroller at your resort too.

    At that age they will either be terrified of dark attractions and loud noises or won't care at all. You may carry infants on the rides with you as long as they don't have height restrictions which are usually the thrill rides. If you are not sure about one please stop and ask the cast member standing out front about the lighting and sounds and anything else that might scare a little one. You can also stop by the Guest Relations in the parks and go over the attractions with them before you tour the park. Most young children love lots of music so there will be plenty of things for you to enjoy.

    Each park has a baby center so be sure and find that on the maps.  It is a quiet and cool place to feed infants or change diapers or simply to take a rest for a few minutes. They offer many supplies for sale if you have forgotten something.

    Always stay hydrated including your son and have lots of sunscreen. Take a change of clothes for the oops accidents that will happen no matter what you think! Take breaks from the parks back at the resort and rest when they rest.  Introduce him to the characters slowly as you have to step in their shoes to try to visualize this big non speaking "thing" coming at them!!!!!  

    I am sure this will be a magical trip for all of you...enjoy!
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Meet the Panelist: Kay, Indiana

Hello Adventurers and travelers! I am Kay and a past Adventures By Disney mom for the panel. But now I am excited to share vacation planning tips for those heading out for an incredible vacation to Walt Disney World. Learn More About Kay

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