• On Oct 29, 2019
    April from LA Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    How do I pack for a day in the park for a one year old? I’m so overwhelmed!

    Hi, there!

     April, we just love helping you plan your upcoming Walt Disney World Resort vacation. Keep those questions coming! 

     Your heart is sure to melt when you watch your 1-year old experience the magic of the Walt Disney World Resort. What magical memories you'll make! I'll never forget when my 1-year old met Mickey Mouse for the first time. He nearly leapt out of my husband's arms with excitement! It was just precious. 

     I can understand why you feel overwhelmed. You've put in a lot of time and energy into planning this visit, but as we both know, traveling with a baby in tow requires some additional preparation. No need to fret! I'm happy to share my best tips with you.

     For a day of pixie-dusted adventures in the theme parks, you'll want to pack a well-stocked diaper bag or backpack. I usually pack diapers, wipes, extra clothes, ponchos, sunscreen, hand sanitizer, and a few Ziploc bags (these come in handy for all sorts of reasons!). I'm also sure to pack my kids' favorite drinks and snacks in a small, soft-sided cooler. Oh! And don't forget to pack a changing pad in your park bag. The public restrooms in the theme parks do not have disposable changing pad sheets - my baby and I learned that lesson the hard way!

     You'll absolutely need a stroller. Strollers are available to rent at all four theme parks, but I prefer to take our own stroller. We always rely on our City Mini Stroller when we visit the theme parks! I love this stroller because the seat reclines completely flat which makes it the perfect place for a quick and comfortable snooze. The shade is extra-long which keeps my little one protected from that Orlando sun, and the stroller folds quickly and easily making it convenient to travel with on Disney buses! If you choose to take your own stroller, measure it before leaving home to make sure it meets the size requirements.  

     Should you be without something you need at the theme parks, don't worry! Just head to a Baby Care Center. There's a conveniently located Baby Care Center in each of the theme parks and it's the perfect place to take your 1-year old for a quiet diaper change or feeding. Each Baby Care Center has a changing room, private nursing room, living room area with comfortable seating, kitchen, and on-site shop with baby care essentials available for purchase. We once ran of diapers while we were at Magic Kingdom Park, and boy were we glad we could buy more at the Baby Care Center!

     To save precious space in our luggage, I always place an order with Garden Grocer, an Orlando-based delivery service. I order diapers, wipes, snacks, juice boxes, a case of water, and even fresh fruit! Garden Grocer delivers our order right to our Disney Resort hotel. Talk about convenience! Guests also use other services like Instacart and Amazon Prime to have items delivered to their hotel. 

     I hope this was helpful, April. Please let me know if you have any other questions about your Walt Disney World Resort vacation!

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Meet the Panelist: Ashley, Pennsylvania

Hi, there! I'm Ashley, and I have been a fan of all-things-Disney for as long as I can remember. My family and I enjoy sprinkling Disney magic into our everyday lives, but we most love making memories together on a Walt Disney World Resort vacation! The unique entertainment, fantastic dining, and incredible attractions completely immerse our family in the magic of Disney storytelling and keep us coming back to "The Most Magical Place on Earth" year after year.  Learn More About Ashley

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