Bambi Topiary at Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival
  • On Jan 5, 2023
    Jill from NJ Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    For moms with toddlers who nap early afternoon, what options do we have for day-of-arrival at a Disney resort since early check-in requests can't be guaranteed? Any tips, or are there spots in any parks they could nap if they won't nap in stroller?

    Welcome to planDisney, Jill! Your visit to Walt Disney World Resort will be here soon, so I hope you're getting excited! Spring is a beautiful time to come to the theme parks. Be sure to check out the EPCOT International Flower and Garden Festival which typically starts in March. Children are sure to love Bambi's Butterfly House and Garden!

    It's been a few years since I've had a toddler in need of naps, but boy oh boy, do I remember life without a nap! Let's see if we can figure out a way to get your baby some much-needed rest so your family can have a magical time in the parks.

    The first tip I have is to complete the check-in service for your resort prior to your arrival. This is easy to do on your My Disney Experience Mobile App. Just go to your Future Plans and scroll to your Resort Reservation. Tap the Check-In button and follow the prompts. Most resorts have a Special Request section where you can choose from options like the location where you'd prefer to stay or your floor preference. But this is also the spot where you can specify that having your room ready as early as possible is your top priority. Choose that option and maybe you'll get lucky with an early check-in.

    If that doesn't work and nap time is looming, you could find a comfy spot in your resort lobby for your little one to get some shuteye. Some resorts have sofas or padded chairs that might do the trick. But you also mentioned heading to the theme parks, so I have a great idea for a sleep spot there.

    All four theme parks have Baby Care Centers where families can come to grab a snack, change a diaper, or just have some downtime away from the stimulation of the parks. Each center has a nursing room complete with rocking chairs, and I think that might be the perfect spot to rock your youngling to sleep. 

    I hope this has given you some options for lulling your little one off to la-la land! Please stop by planDisney anytime, Jill!

    Magic awaits,
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Meet the Panelist: Elaine, Florida

Bright Suns! I'm Elaine, a retired teacher dividing my time between my home state of Kentucky and the Sunshine State. I married my college sweetheart, and now that our only son is grown, we are exploring the empty-nest life. My family has been visiting Walt Disney World Resort for over 25 years, so if you have questions about adult-only visits, plant-based meals, thrill attractions, and Florida-resident perks, I'm here for you in full Force. Like Yoda would say, "Trips, we will plan!" Learn More About Elaine

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