Mom with infant
  • On Dec 23, 2019
    Xenia from NJ Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Do you have tips/suggestions when bringing a 5 month old baby to disney world? We are planning to do a park hopper option for a day but not sure yet if we should go on dec 31 or jan 1. What do you think?

    Hi, there!

     Welcome back to the Disney Parks Moms Panel, Xenia. We're so glad to see you again!

     I can't think of a better place to ring in the new year than the Walt Disney World Resort. Many Guests must agree because New Year's Eve and New Year's Day are two of the busiest days of the year in the theme parks! While crowd levels are high on both days, I recommend visiting on New Year's Day rather than the day before. It might be just a tad less congested! 

     A visit to the Walt Disney World Resort is always magical, but exceptionally so with a little one in tow. I'm happy to share some tips with you to make the most out of your family's visit!

     Arrive to the first theme park you plan on visiting 30-45 minutes prior to official opening time. This is especially important on a holiday! Getting there early will allow you time to get through security and ticketing without missing out on precious park time. Wait times are generally the lowest in the first hour of the day, so you'll be able to accomplish quite a bit if you're there bright and early! As the wait times increase throughout the day, use FastPass+ to bypass standby lines. You can book FastPass+ experiences from the convenience of the My Disney Experience mobile app or by visiting an in-park FastPass+ kiosk

     There are lots of family-friendly attractions that your 5-month old baby can ride with you. You'll just love seeing that sweet little face light up as you're immersed in the magic of Disney storytelling! As babies, my kids most loved attractions with gentle, easy tracks like Peter Pan's Flight and The Seas with Nemo & Friends. They also enjoyed gentle boat-rides like "it's a small world" and Na'vi River Journey. You can keep your baby in your lap on these attractions or use an infant carrier! 

     For thrill attractions that your little one is just too little for, use Disney's Rider Switch. This convenient service makes it possible for families to experience popular thrill attractions without experiencing multiple wait times while taking turns waiting with a baby!

     Be sure to catch a few stage shows during your visit. A few of my top picks for little ones include Festival of the Lion King and Finding Nemo - The Musical! 

     For a bit of peace and quiet amid pixie-dusted adventures, visit a Baby Care Center. There's a conveniently located Baby Care Center in each of the four theme parks, and it's the perfect place for a diaper change or feeding!

     I hope this was helpful, Xenia. Please visit us again soon with any new questions you may have!

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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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