Mom with infant
  • On Dec 30, 2019
    Theresa from NJ Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    I will be pumping breastmilk during my stay at POP Century, which doesn't have a freezer to freeze ice pack to keep the breastmilk cold while at the park. Can I use ice to keep my breastmilk cold in the park? Or another way to freeze my ice packs?

    Hi Theresa! As a mother who has nursed and pumped breast milk while on a Walt Disney World vacation, I am happy to help with your questions.
     
    First, let's talk about your resort. I love Disney's Pop Century, and now that it's connected to the Disney Skyliner, I'm even more excited to return there soon. You are correct that your resort room will have a refrigerator, but not a freezer. If you would like to keep your breast milk or ice packs frozen during your trip, speak with a Cast Member at the front desk upon check-in who will be able to place your breast milk or ice packs in a resort freezer. If you are uncomfortable with the idea of handing things over, you could also bring a cooler for your resort room and keep it replenished with ice from the ice machine - this is what I did when pumping breast milk for my infant daughter on vacation. Here's a pumping mom tip: bring zip lock bags from home for bringing ice to and from the parks! There is at least one ice machine on every floor of every building at Pop Century, typically located near the elevators. Each room has an ice bucket to put the ice in as well.

    Now for the parks. Have you ever visited the wonderful Baby Care Centers located in each of the four theme parks? They are truly a hidden gem for parents traveling with children. While they are not able to store expressed milk for you, there are outlets in the nursing rooms, and you are welcome to use your pump there. I have used the nursing rooms, and they were clean, quiet, and most importantly - air conditioned! All Baby Care Centers are conveniently located next to First Aid Stations that will provide ice packs to keep your breast milk cool during your time in the parks.

    I hope my answers and experience make you feel confident about pumping and storing breast milk during your upcoming vacation. I have traveled to Walt Disney World while pregnant, nursing, and holding infants in my arms, and in my opinion it is THE best place for a vacation during those magical stages of life.

    Best wishes, Theresa, and have a totally radical time at Disney's Pop Century Resort!

    Betsy
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Meet the Panelist: Betsy, Maryland

Greetings! I'm Betsy, a middle school teacher, wife, and mom of two. My family and I love to travel the world, but our best memories are those made when we're visiting Walt Disney World. No matter how many times we visit, there is always something new to see, ride, or eat at the Disney Parks. Learn More About Betsy

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