• On May 23, 2016
    Katherine from MA 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.

    We've gone to Disney with toddlers but our next trip will be our first one as a family of 5! (5 yr, 3yr and 3 months) Any tips or tricks? Are character meals doable with an infant?

    Hi Katherine,

    How exciting to be heading to Walt Disney World for the first time as a family of five! Since you have been to Walt Disney World in the past, I am sure that you already have some great ideas for your trip. Let me offer you some thoughts on traveling with little ones including an infant.

    First, when my family traveled with our daughter as an infant, we always found it best to keep her on her schedule as much as possible. For us this meant returning to our resort for midday naps. If your oldest child does not nap, perhaps this would be some special time for that child to spend with an adult in the theme parks while another adult takes the little ones back to your resort to rest. Along the same lines, if you have your own stroller that you can travel with, I suggest that you do so. While you can rent a stroller at Walt Disney World, sometimes children are comfortable in the stroller that they know.

    Be sure to take advantage of the Baby Care Centers in each theme park. These provide a place to feed and change little ones, as well as just a nice, cool place to relax outside of the hustle and bustle of the theme park.

    Finally, yes, I think that character meals are absolutely appropriate for infants! We took my daughter to many when she was a baby. The sweetest was at Cinderella's Royal Table, where the princesses kissed her forehead and left lipstick kisses on it!

    I would love to help you plan more Katherine; however, I am limited in the amount of space that I have to answer. Please do write back if you have any further questions.
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Meet the Panelist: Mona Leigh, Maryland

I am a wife and mother who works in children's technology design and research. When I'm not at work or with my family, I'm often planning a Walt Disney World trip for my family or friends. I'm a Disney Vacation Club Member, and am excited to help you plan your Disney vacation!  Learn More About Mona Leigh

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