Mom with infant
  • On Jan 17, 2024
    Emily from GA Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    We have an infant going for the first time. How can we plan a vacation for an infant at Disney? Should we book through a planner, or is it better to book directly through Disney’s website?

    Hi there, Emily, and welcome to planDisney! 

    Taking my babies to The Most Magical Place on Earth was the best thing I could have ever done. Although my kiddos only remember through our thousands of Disney PhotoPass Service photos, those memories of watching your infant’s eyes light up at the sight of Disney characters and fireworks displays are priceless. I am more than happy to point you in the right direction, Emily. 

    Emily, you can most definitely book your vacation using an Authorized Disney Vacation Planner. These helpful folks are travel planners who have been given Walt Disney World Resort’s stamp of approval, but they are not directly affiliated with the Resort. On their individual websites, you’ll find their EAR-Marked status. They’ll be able to book your Disney Vacation Package, Disney dining plan, and more.

    Personally, I book my Disney stays on my own. I grew up with Walt Disney World Resort practically in my backyard, so once I had kids of my own and planned longer vacations, it wasn’t as daunting as it could be said to be. With a little one, start by visiting the Planning Guide for Parents of Preschoolers webpage to get a taste of what Walt Disney World Resort has to offer for both tiny Mouseketeers and the entire family. Then, you can book your Disney Vacation Package directly through the official website. You’ll want to keep in mind that little ones aged 2 and under are included in the count for hotel and dining reservations, but they eat at All-You-Care-To-Enjoy restaurants for free and do not need theme park tickets or Lightning Lane reservations. 

    By the way, children are never too young to enjoy this Happy Place for all. Most attractions have little to no minimum height requirement, there are many character meet-and-greet opportunities, and most importantly, each theme park has a Baby Care Center. These centers are located near the front entrances. They have changing rooms, rocking chairs in private nursing rooms, and even a kitchen with a microwave and sink. It’s a vacation game changer. 

    AN EXTRA GEM: If you’re coming with an additional adult or two, I highly recommend using the Disney Rider Switch Service while you’re at the theme parks. This means that if your little one is too small to ride a more thrilling attraction, the adults can still enjoy it by letting a Cast Member know that you’d like to use Rider Switch. One adult can stay with your baby, while you ride, and then vice versa. 

    Emily, if you have any other questions during your Disney vacation planning journey, please don’t hesitate to revisit us here at planDisney. I’m all ears! 

    Magic always, 
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Meet the Panelist: LeAndra, Florida

Hey, Mouseketeer! I'm LeAndra, a wife, mom of two, and content creator from beautiful Central Florida. I've lived near The Most Magical Place on Earth for my entire life; so, I like to say that I'm a Guardian of this galaxy! My love of all-things-Disney has also taken me on multiple cross-country road trips to Disneyland Resort and on a few flights over to Disneyland Paris. I am oh-so-grateful to be a part of your world by helping you plan your magical vacations.  Learn More About LeAndra

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