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Last week, we took little H on her first plane ride and first trip to Disney World. To say mom and dad were anxious is probably an understatement.
We had no idea what to expect. Would she handle the plane ride okay? What about germs or her little ears popping with the cabin pressure? Will the heat be too much for her? What about sleep?
Then the day finally got here that we were supposed to take off for Florida, and our flight was delayed 4 hours. Great start.
We decided to make the most out of our delay and peruse around the airport. One thing I found at our airport that I was pleasantly surprised to find was a Mamava pod! Go Houston Hobby!
Once we arrived at the Orlando airport, we hopped on Disney’s Magical Express bus (free Disney transportation) and got dropped off at Pop Century resort, just in time for a quick family dinner at the cafeteria, unpack, and get to bed. We ended up having a wonderful time at Disney World for H’s first trip!
Now that our travel is over, I have a few tidbits of information that might come in handy for your family’s first trip to Disney World with an infant.
For the resort
Disney borrows pack ‘n plays
If you let Disney know on your resort reservation, you can grab a pack ‘n play for your little one. Disney typically drops it off within 30 minutes to an hour of your check-in. In our case, the PNP was there before we even got in our room!
One thing to know is that there is essentially a board with a thin pad on it for the baby’s mattress. If your little one is accustomed to something different than that, it may throw them off.
A Baby’s Best Friend
While doing research on what Disney offers for baby care in their resorts, I found a highly recommended company called A Baby’s Best Friend. This company rents out any gear you could need during your stay and delivers it directly to your resort. They also steam clean every rental before it is delivered to you, which is perfect for this germaphobe!
We did not get to use this service during our trip because they were closed down for the 4th of July holiday. We do plan on using them for our November trip.
No baby bath tubs, so get a room that has a tub
This is something we did not pay close attention to before coming.
We booked a king room at Pop Century, and the lady at the check-in counter told us that most of the king rooms are also considered accessible, so they all have walk-in showers only.
We didn’t even think about this being an issue until we went to give the little one her nighttime bath and had to use the sink! Since the sinks are more of a pedestal style, it was an awkward fit with her in it. A room with a tub would have been much more convenient.
Bring a noise machine!
We wanted the hotel room to be as close to home as possible, so we brought our Hatch Baby Rest white noise machine with us. As it turns out, we were super happy to have that, not only for the home-like environment but also because the resorts can be so loud!
From our bed, we could hear the fireworks shows, people slamming doors, and even talking as they walk past our room. Luckily, the Hatch drowned out most of that for her.
This one is not as important, if you do not already have your baby sleeping in a dark room. Since we do, we needed portable blackout curtains that did not need to be hung up.
We ended up purchasing the Tommee Tippee GroAnywhere travel blackout curtains. These have suction cups attached to the curtains that can be suctioned to the hotel room window. They were very easy to hang up and stayed put the entire night.
We ended up taking them down before we left for the day, just in case there was any off-gasing from them, since direct sunlight hit our window.
For the parks
Bring a stroller cover
This one is huge.
We took our stroller to the parks every day, and there was always a place to park while you went in to do a ride or have something to eat.
Most of the stroller parking is uncovered. About halfway into our vacation, we parked outside of Living with the Land in pure sunshine to have lunch. We walked over to the restrooms after lunch to find that it had been pouring rain.
Since the parking area was not covered, and we had nothing protecting our stroller, the seat, toys, and everything with it got soaked. We quickly learned our lesson and bought a poncho from the gift shop for any subsequent storms. We will likely purchase something made for our stroller for next time.
Baby care centers
There is one baby care center located within each theme park. We went to Epcot and Magic Kingdom during our stay and used the center at both parks. My favorite baby care center of the two was the center at Magic Kingdom, because the nursing room had full-sized rocking recliners that were super comfortable. There were only 5 seats in the nursing room, which was only an issue during one of our times in the center (there was a short wait).
The baby changing area offers large changing tables, and Disney provides large paper liners for the table that you can throw away after use.
Another room has several high chairs and kid-sized chairs available for snacking and having their meals. There is also a TV playing Disney cartoons for the kids to relax and watch TV in air conditioning (important in that Florida heat!).
Finally, the baby care centers have a small shopping area if you forgot anything. There is baby food, bottles, sippy cups, diapers, and other necessities available for purchase. They also have a sink with dish soap and a bottle warmer. Finally, they have free filtered water to fill up your water bottles.
Some closing words
This was our first big trip with the little one, and we were pretty anxious about it leading to the trip. Fortunately for us, Disney makes a trip with kids of all ages as easy as possible.
If Disney World will be your family’s first outing with an infant, you are in good hands.