Inside the Walt Disney World Baby Care Centers
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Traveling with a baby can be rewarding, but it comes with its own set of challenges. From feeding, to changing, to even yes, dealing with blowouts, there are some expected challenges that can be planned for to some degree.
Walt Disney World is sort of the master of making family travel as easy and enjoyable as possible, in part by anticipating needs, and so it should be no surprise that each of the four major Walt Disney World theme parks in Orlando has its own baby care center.
However, it probably will be a surprise to many of you because the baby rooms are a little secretive since they are off to the side and not exactly advertised in big bright lights within the parks. In fact, even though I have been to the parks many times, I didn’t really know about the baby care centers until our most recent trip with our Baby S.
Now having used two of the Walt Disney World Baby Care Centers myself, I want to shout from the rooftops about how fantastic they are for families with little babies and little kids – especially those looking for a calm and private place to nurse or pump for your little ones.
Here are the officially listed amenities and a link to the Disney World Baby Care Center website.
- Private nursing room with rocking chairs
- Changing room with tables and a unisex bathroom
- Feeding area with highchairs
- Kitchen with microwave, oven and sink
- Main room with television, table, chairs and sofa
- On-site shop offering formula, baby food, juice, diapers, wipes, sunscreen, over-the-counter medications and clothing for purchase
All of those things are true and very appreciated, but my favorite Baby Center perk was one that can’t be as easily quantified. The best perk was feeling like you have a home base while in the parks. For me, venturing out with an infant is a time limited affair between nursing sessions, diaper changes, etc. and having a space to retreat to when those tasks came about was mentally priceless.
Of course the parks are huge are there is only one baby care center per park, so we didn’t do all of our diaper changes and nursing sessions in there, but it was just fantastic to have that option and meeting point when the baby and I broke off from daddy and the “big kid”.
While the baby care centers may be relatively easy to find if you know to look for them, the private nursing rooms, especially in the Magic Kingdom can be a little hard to find.
In the Magic Kingdom, the nursing room is behind a sliding door on the right-hand side soon after entering the baby care center. There were dim lights and multiple rocking chairs in that room as opposed to in the Animal Kingdom when there were a couple individual nursing/pumping rooms.
We were at the parks on a relatively busy weekend for Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party and the Disney Baby Care Centers were never super busy during our stay. I imagine when it is very hot outside or rainy or otherwise less than ideal for babies and small kids that these centers may be busier. Nursing a hot sticky baby outside on the concrete doesn’t sound near as ideal as in a rocking chair in an air-conditioned room!
Did you know about the Disney Baby Care Centers? Have you visited one on a Walt Disney World trip?