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Tips for taking babies & toddlers to Disney World

TAMPA (WFLA) -  If you're thinking of taking your baby or toddler to Walt Disney World, you've probably come across advice like this:

"It's too hot and crowded for a baby."

"You won't be able to go on any rides."

"She won't remember it anyway." 

This Disney mom is here to tell you that taking your baby to Walt Disney World is not only possible, it can be fun!

With a little preparation, you and your little one will be ready to visit the Most Magical Place on Earth - and come home with lots of special memories.

Riding With - and Without - Baby

So, just what can you ride with a baby at Walt Disney World? Turns out, the answer is "quite a bit." The key to Disney rides and attractions for children of any age is the height requirement.

For baby, you're looking for attractions that allow guests of all heights to ride (think slow moving rides like Peter Pan's Flight, or theater-based shows like Finding Nemo: The Musical.)

To find them, surf on over to the Attractions page on the Walt Disney World website, and filter by "Any Height." That gives you a complete list of all the attractions you can ride with your baby. As your little ones grow, you can just adjust the filter to include their current height.

From there, all you have to do is choose what you want to ride! 

If the grownups want to hop on a thrill ride or two, you can take advantage of Disney's Rider Switch Service, which lets the adults take turns riding without having to go back through the standby line. And here's a bonus tip: Rider Switch allows two guests to ride at a time, so older siblings could even go twice. They'll thank you later.

Keeping Kids Calm on a Busy Disney Day

The tendency when visiting Walt Disney World is to go-go-go, rushing around to hit all the things you planned to do.

But that's probably not the best way to tackle the parks with little ones in tow. Be flexible, watch their cues, and be ready to slow things down when you sense they may need a break. When it's time to take a breather, head for one of the Baby Care Centers in each park. Inside you'll find essentials like rocking chairs, high chairs, changing tables, a restroom complete with a tiny toilet for littles who are potty training, a microwave and supplies for purchase in case you forgot something.

There's also a private nursing mothers' room with soft lighting and comfy chairs, so mom and baby can nurse in a quiet, soothing environment.

For more advice on taking babies and toddlers to Walt Disney World, or to ask your own question, visit the Disney Parks Moms Panel at disneyparksmomspanel.com.  

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Kathy Karalekas is a past Panelist on the Disney Parks Moms Panel, an online forum where guests can have their Disney vacation planning questions answered by a group of everyday moms and dads who are seasoned Disney travelers. Currently, Kathy is a contributing writer for the Tampa Bay Moms Blog and appears on MouseLife, a Disney-fan podcast. She's also a frequent visitor to Walt Disney World with her husband and 8-year-old son.


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