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  • On Dec 4, 2019
    Shannon from NY Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Tips and Suggestions on taking a 1 year old daughter on her first trip to Disney world.

    Hi, there!

     Shannon, I'm so very excited to hear your little girl will be making her first visit to the Walt Disney World Resort this Spring. Magic will be blooming all around you!

     My daughter experienced her first Disney vacation when she was about a year old. It wasn't a visit that she remembers, but we'll never forget seeing her face light up with joy as she rode popular attractions for the first time and recognized Mickey and Minnie! Traveling with a little one in tow isn't always easy, but I'm happy to share some tips with you that will make your visit a breeze. 

     Arrive to the theme parks early. I don't know about your daughter, but mine doesn't wait well! The theme parks are the least crowded in the first hour of the day, so that's the best time to experience popular attractions with little to no wait time. Lines will begin to get longer mid-morning, so that's when you should start using FastPass+!

     Pack a well-stocked diaper bag before heading out to the theme parks. I'm sure to pack diapers, wipes, extra clothes, sunscreen, snacks, a sippy cup, binkies, and a few gallon-sized Ziploc bags (these come in handy for all sorts of reasons!). Don't forget to pack a changing pad! All the public restrooms feature changing tables, but they do not have disposable changing pads at the ready. 

     You'll most definitely want a stroller on hand. Strollers are available to rent from all four theme parks and Disney Springs, but I prefer to take our own. Our City Mini stroller is perfect for pixie-dusted adventures in the theme parks! The seat reclines nearly flat making a perfect place for a quick snooze and the extra-large shade keeps my little princess protected from that bright Orlando sun. The City Mini also folds quickly and easily making it convenient to take on Disney buses! If you choose to take your own stroller, make sure it meets the size guidelines

     Stop by the Baby Care Centers. There's a conveniently located Baby Care Center in each of the four theme parks, and it's the perfect place to take your baby for a quiet diaper change or feeding!
     Leave the theme parks in the afternoon to return to your Disney Resort hotel for a much-needed nap. Once everyone is well-rested, you'll be ready to return to the theme parks for nighttime magic! My kids inevitably fall asleep on our way back to our Disney Resort hotel at the very end of the day, so I change them into pajamas before hopping on a bus or the monorail. When we return to our hotel at night, I can slip them quickly into bed!

     Book a few Character Dining Experiences with buffets like Chef Mickey's and The Crystal Palace. Children under the age of 3 can eat for free at these restaurants! They usually offer soft, baby-friendly solid foods like mac and cheese, french fries, and chicken nuggets - perfect options for a 1-year old. As an added bonus, Characters will visit your table for priceless photo ops!

     I hope this was helpful, Shannon. Please let me know if you have any other questions about traveling with your little princess!

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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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