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Traveling to Walt Disney World With A Baby

One of the best things about Walt Disney World is, it was truly built for the whole family! Here are a few tips and hints to make the most of your time (and money) when traveling with a baby!

1) Most airlines will check your car seats for little or no cost. It's a hassle to bring the car seats BUT some car rental companies can charge you...Alamo wanted $10 per DAY so it adds up fast! Most airlines don't charge a fee to check car seats (and we gate check our stroller), but check with yours!

2) Many people opt to rent a stroller when they arrive. We bring ours with us. While it does have to be folded up to go through Security, it keeps both girls in place when we need them to be. Plus we can easily gate check-it...making it a bit faster when we arrive at the airport in Orlando to get off and running!

3) If you aren't renting a car, consider using a grocery deliver services. Some items you might want to consider include:
Diapers and Wipes
Formula (too heavy to pack...we'll bring enough for the flight)
Bottled water (much cheaper than buying in the parks)
Breakfast items (we eat a quick breakfast in the room and then use our dining plan for lunch and dinner)
Snacks (a few things for the baby to have on hand for meals and in the parks)

Amazon Prime is a great way to order some things beforehand!!

4) Be Flexible...but know what works for your family. My girls are very adaptable...Kennedy has traveled quite a bit. We don't stick to their normal routines while on vacation. They'll sleep in the stroller on more than one occasion. There will be late bed times.

5) Know where the Baby Care Centers are as well as the First Aid Stations. The Baby Care Centers are stocked with everything you might need (and might not know you need). They are also a cool, calm place to go if your baby gets overwhelmed or maybe just needs to be rocked for a little while. 

6) Take advantage of Rider Swap so you don't have to miss out! Rider Swap is an awesome FREE feature that allows everyone to ride. Read about it HERE.

7) Consider using your Fastpass's on non Family friends rides in combination with Rider Swap. It could speed up the time your baby needs to wait.

8) Remember that character meals can take 60-90 minutes...not all babies have the tolerance to sit through a meal that long. Plus some aren't fans of the Characters at that age so avoid planning too many.
 She LOVED Cinderella

Not so much with Santa Claus!!

9) Kids under 3 are free...that means you don't have to pay for a ticket or a dining plan. You'll do best at buffet and family style meals since kids under 3 can eat off your plate. If your little one is a bit eater (mine is) make sure you budget for extra food.

10) Disney offers Pack-n-Plays. If you are not staying in a Villa be sure to request one in advance. We prefer to bring an extra blanket for some cushion and our own sheet.

Disney is an amazing place for little ones with all the lights, colors and sounds. Even if they don't remember it, the memories you make with them will last a lifetime for you!

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