Advice on Infants at WDW

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Advice on Infants at WDW
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Fri, 05-09-2003 - 10:17am
Does anyone have any advice on touring WDW with an infant? We are leaving in 21 days with DH, DD3, and DS 5 months. We will be meeting SIL and BIL with sons 8 and 11. I am pretty clear on the baby swap issue, but was wondering about taking the baby on rides with me (within reason, of course - no roller coasters or anything like that). Also has anyone ever had any problems with taking in your own stroller - is it likely to be taken when you are in a ride? I have been lurking for about a week now and have already learned a lot here. Any other advice would be very appreciated. Thanks.

Andi

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Fri, 05-09-2003 - 11:13am
I've taken a baby to Disney. There is a great Baby Center located near Crystal Palace. They have a great changing area, rocking chairs, high Chairs, Area to nurse, plus they sell formula, pacifiers...anything else you might need. I've taken my children on certain rides ( like Small World, Pooh, Peter Pan, etc) and they've sat on my or DH's lap, with no problem. I've always taken my own stroller and it has never gotten stolen...although a lot of other People have the same stroller..so I put something on it ( like a balloon, sticker, piece of ribbon) so that we can tell it is ours. Now Cast Members will move your stroller while you are one rides...so it may not be in the same place..but it's always nearby.

Good Luck and Have Fun!!

Dawn

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Fri, 05-09-2003 - 11:23am
Andi~

Taking an infant to Disney World is a hard thing to do. But everyone does it anyways. I work at Disney World so I have a little advice for you. Yes, you can take your stroller with you. When you go on the ride, someone takes it and puts it at the end of the ride for you to pick up when you get off of it. Or you can rent one if you don't want to bring your own. I don't think they have the best strollers for infants-they are more for toddlers and up. So I would suggest bringing your own. About the rides-most of the rides at the magic Kingdom are ok for babies. Winnie the pooh, snow white, peter pan, it's a small world, tiki room, and the carousel would be alright. The Jungle cruise is outside and would be too hot. The pirates of the carribbean ride has a drop at the beginning in the dark-not a big one-but it could be unenjoyable for the baby. Rides like Dumbo and Aladdin go up and down "flying" so it's up to you, motion wise. You can control the height at which your ride flies. At MGM studios, there are mostly shows. Little mermaid, indiana jones, (INDIANA JONES has a lot of explosions and gun shots-very loud) Bear in the big blue house is good. The backlot tour is also outdoors and loud. At Epcot Center-Figment, Spaceship Earth, Universe of Energy are all slow moving rides ok for babies. Universe of energy is about dinosaurs and is the longest-about 40 minutes so plan accordingly. The mexico boat ride is nice and slow but Norway has a lot of drops. At MGM (muppets) and at epcot (honey i shrunk the audience) are both 3D shows so it's up to you. The Land boat ride at Epcot is also outside partly but is nice and slow, as is the Living Seas with the dolphins and fish to look at. At the Animal Kingdom, it's really not a place for babies. You can go, but mind you everything is outside and it gets very very hot. I wouldn't suggest going there with your infant. Well, let me know if you want any other ideas on character breakfasts or best times for anything. Good luck!!
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Fri, 05-09-2003 - 2:32pm
I have to agree that the baby centers are wonderful! The one I least liked was in MGM since it was so small and it was hard to find plus no one was in there to throw so pixie dust at you. But is still served it's purpose. And all but the one in MGM had bathrooms for us big people too and the one in EPCOT and AK had a play area for the kids too. MK had one too but it wasn't as big and MGM didn't.

I also have to agree on your own stroller. Your baby will be more comfortable in it and you know how much storage you have. And like the other poster who works in WDW said, they will move your stroller too. Also, don't forget a rain coat/plasic bag of some sort to put over your stroller in the event the weather turns ugly this way your baby won't have a wet tush!

And as for rides I think all are fine with the exception of the ones that have height requirements. I think a 5 month old will love all the lights and things to look at.

Have fun,

Kerri

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Fri, 05-09-2003 - 3:14pm
Hi, I'm Kandi. I took my youngest to DW when he was only 8 weeks old (had to take advantage of the Maternity Leave somehow!). I even took my infant on the safari ride at AK, in a snugli. And I have to say it was MUCH easier dealing with him at DW at 8 weeks than when we took him again at 19 months! I've always brought my own stroller and never had a problem with it.

I'm sure you'll have a wonderful time ... and I have to agree with you, this board provides you with TONS of information and tips.

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Fri, 05-09-2003 - 7:04pm
Take your own stroller. You and baby will be much happier. As another poster said, have a poncho, etc. to cover it with if it looks or is rainy. I made personalized postcard-size decorative cards (on Printshop or other home publishing software) for stroller ID tags. I made more than one and took it with me in case it was torn off. I put our name and our resort name on them, laminated them, punched a hole in one corner, and attached with one of those plastic zipper ties that must be cut off once it's on. I'm glad I did. When we came out of Spaceship Earth, we could not find our stroller in the "lot". There was one just like it, and we had given up and decided that those people took ours by mistake. Then I saw it...the blue cloud background with the ice cream cone...our stroller tag!

Now, our DD was 5 at the time (umbrella stroller) and she couldn't have made it on foot for 4 days. Your 3 yr. old will need to ride too! When she wasn't riding, the backpack rode. Our poor aching backs needed a break too. I saw everybody leave their diaper bags and purchases in the storage compartments under the seat. I would never do that, although I never knew of anyone stealing anything. Hope this helps, Melanie

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Fri, 05-09-2003 - 10:38pm
I would also take along a Baby Bjorn, Snuggli, whatever baby "wearer" you have. You will spend a lot of time in lines and it's just easier to handle the little guys with some help. When you aren't using it, just stuff it in the stroller. When my little one was 3 mo, I actually rode Dumbo, Carousel, and many of the character rides with him in the Baby Bjorn.

I've never had anything taken from my stroller. We leave our little baby cooler in there with sippie cups and an ice pack & snacks... much easier than carrying them around.