by JollyFrogger Diva
Traveling with a child to Walt Disney World is a relatively new experience for my family. When we took my daughter for the first time when she was 11 months old, I spent countless hours researching other people’s tricks and tips for traveling with a baby. One thing that popped up in almost every search I did was Disney’s Baby Care Centers.
In all my trips to Walt Disney World, I had probably walked past the Baby Care Centers hundreds of times and not known they were there. Each park has a Baby Care Center, but they aren’t necessarily centrally located, so it’s important to consult each park’s map. The Baby Care Center at Hollywood Studios, for example, is located at the front of the park, next to Guest Relations. Likewise, Magic Kingdom’s is near the front of the park, between Casey’s and Crystal Palace on the left side of Main Street USA. Animal Kingdom’s is located on Discovery Island, as you heading to Africa, between Creature Comforts and Terra Treats. Epcot’s is probably the most out of the way in my opinion, located in the Odyssey Center which is on the walkway between Test Track and the Mexico pavilion. To find the Baby Care Center on your park map, look for a white pacifier with a blue square background. You can also look for the First Aid symbol, as each Baby Care Center is located next to a First Aid station.
So what exactly are the baby care centers? They are a one-stop shop for pretty much anything you’d need to care for your baby while in the park. You can find a quiet, dimly lit room for nursing that also has electrical outlets if you need to use a pump. There are high chairs and tables if you want to feed your child in a less stimulating environment. They even have a food prep area with a sink and microwave if you need to heat something up.
Did you forget something or use all your diapers quicker than expected and don’t want to make the long trek back to your hotel? No problem, Disney has you covered! Each Baby Care center sells diapers, wipes, formula, baby food, a small selection of clothing, and anything else you might find yourself needing for your baby. My husband and I recently visited a local theme park with our youngest and ran out of diapers, and found ourselves wishing their Baby Care center sold necessities like Disney’s does.
In addition to selling things you might find yourself in need of, the biggest bonus I’ve seen at the Disney Baby Care centers that I haven’t found anywhere else is that each center has an area for older kids to entertain themselves with cartoons, books, and coloring pages as well as seating for other family members so you can focus on caring for your baby without also having to entertain your other children. This would also be a great place to take a break if your toddler is hot or needs a quiet place to decompress from all the excitement of the parks. DIVA TIP: It’s important to note that strollers are not allowed inside, so you’ll need to park them outside and bring what you need in with you.
The baby care centers are air-conditioned which makes them a nice, cool place to focus on caring for your baby or toddler. When traveling with our daughter, we found them to be very useful. In fact, my only issue with the Baby Care Center is that it’s sometimes a long walk to one if you’re on the other side of the park when your baby needs one. If you’re traveling with your little one, be sure and check out the Baby Care Center at each park. It’s a great place to take a break and give baby a little TLC.
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