Mom With Kids After Run
  • On Dec 31, 2011
    Meriah from AZ Asked

    Hello, I will be coming to WDW to celebrate my daughter's first birthday and wanted to know if there are any rides or attractions she can experience.

    Hi Meriah! 

    This is a great question!  Unlike most regional amusement parks, your daughter can experience most of the attractions and shows with you at Walt Disney World.  In fact, my wife and I have taken our children to Walt Disney World at least once a year and we started taking them when they were babies; both visited before turning 1.  My wife and I wanted to visit and we didn't want to wait for the children to grow up; we also wanted to capture the memories of our babies visiting the theme parks with us and interacting with Disney characters. 

    Disney makes it very easy to travel with a baby.  There are baby care centers in each of the parks.  There are also changing places in all of the restrooms.  My wife and I carried our babies on a lot of the attractions and stayed together.  For the few attractions where that was impossible, we utilized "child swap" to allow each of us to experience the attraction with minimum wait.

    A few pointers based on our experience:  slow down and enjoy the experience of visiting with a young child instead of running from attraction to attraction; take your own stroller because your child will be familiar with it; consider staying at a monorail resort or renting a car to allow you to return to your hotel quickly to take a nap, rest, etc; consider a character meal, but don't rush character interactions until you see how your child responds; do those things that your child finds most interesting.  The most important thing of all is to just have fun!

    I hope this helps!  Write back if you have any more questions!
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Meet the Panelist: Bernie, Maryland

I am an engineer with NASA with prior Air Force service. My wife and I have two boys, ages 13 and 8. At home, I'm known as the "Disney Guy" and I've enjoyed helping guests plan their Walt Disney World, Disney Cruise Line, and Disneyland vacations. Learn More About Bernie

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