Big Thunder Mountain Railroad; Magic Kingdom; mother; daughters
  • On Dec 20, 2023
    Aena from TX Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Logistically how do parents navigate the parks with a 1year old? Which park? How are rides feasible with two parents? Where do you put the strollers?

    Howdy Aena! 

    As a fellow Aena, also from Texas, I'd like to wish you the warmest planDisney welcome! Did we just become best friends?! 

    Along with having an awesome name and home state, you've asked an excellent question! My Mouseketeers have practically grown up at Walt Disney World Resort, and I can assure you, navigating the theme parks with your little one is not only doable, but you'll love it!

    My first recommendation would be to stay at a Disney Resort hotel. The proximity of the Disney Resort hotels to the theme parks, along with benefits like Early Theme Park Entry, makes it feel much more convenient. This is helpful especially if your little one has a nap or bedtime schedule you like to adhere to. Another recommendation is to visit one theme park per day instead of adding the Park Hopper Option to visit multiple parks. 

    Logistically, you may want to list your top priority must-do activities for each theme park. Because Walt Disney World Resort is massive, you won't be able to do it all in one visit. So, creating a priority list of about five must-dos per day is great because you'll feel like you've accomplished your primary goals, and no one in the party will feel overwhelmed. 

    I'm glad you've asked about strollers because they were a must for my family! You can rent strollers at the theme parks; however, because we knew our kids found their own stroller seats more comfortable and could nap in theirs, we opted to bring our own. For each attraction or restaurant, there is a designated stroller parking area. Because there are many parked, I recommend making yours stand out so it's easy to find. Just tying different colored ribbons on the stroller handle will do the trick.  

    There are many resources for parents with little ones at Walt Disney World Resort that I'm excited to tell you about!

    Baby Care Centers: There is one located in all four theme parks. They offer large changing tables, a kitchen with a microwave and sink, a private nursing room, an on-site shop in case you run low on wipes, diapers, baby food, etc., and more! 

    Rider Switch Service: This feature allows Guests to take turns waiting with children who cannot or do not want to ride. With Rider Switch, one adult stays with the kiddo while the rest of the party enjoys the attraction. When the other adult returns, they can supervise the kiddo, and the waiting adult can board the attraction without having to wait in the regular line again!

    Height Requirements: Your Mouseketeer will be able to experience most attractions that mention "Any height" on this list. This may help when planning your day and making your priority list! 

    Lastly, let kids be kids. You'll want them to be able to get out of the stroller, run around, and play. A few great areas for kids to run around at Magic Kingdom Park are Casey Jr. Splash' N' Soak Station, the play area in the queue of Dumbo the Flying Elephant, and the hub grass area, which is in front of the castle and offers a comfortable, grassy area. In EPCOT, my kids love playing in the Journey of Water, Inspired by Moana. There is a wet path and a dry path, but I was sure to bring a change of clothes since my kiddos couldn't pass up splashing around.  

    Wishing you an enchanting visit, Aena!

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Meet the Panelist: Aena, Texas

Hi friends! Consider me your own Fairy Godmother, full of helpful tips to make your Walt Disney World Resort vacation magical. I'm Aena, wife to my Prince Charming, mom to future Imagineers, and forever a kid at heart. I call Walt Disney World...I mean, Texas home, and spend my time singing Disney tunes. One of my favorite things to do is to stay on property and explore everything the resorts have to offer. I'd love to help you find the best Instagram-worthy spots for your Walt Disney World Resort vacation! Learn More About Aena

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