Mom And Son Safari
  • On Apr 17, 2008
    Jaime from OH Asked

    we are going to Disney at the end of July with 10 people (our own magical gathering) My youngest son will only 5 months old. Any suggestions on how to help him with the sun and heat?

    I just returned from Walt Disney World and spoke with a few Cast Members about strategies to “beat the heat”. My family is traveling this Summer so I was also looking for some survival tips.

    A VIP Tour Cast Member told me to tour in the mornings and evenings. Avoid the hottest touring time between Noon to 5 p.m. as much as possible. He recommended staying hydrated and never overestimating the amount of water the family should be drinking.

    I spoke with a Cast Member at the Baby Care Center in Epcot and she recommended escaping to the air-conditioned Baby Care Centers. There is one at Animal Kingdom, Magic Kingdom, Animal Kingdom and Epcot. Epcot’s Baby Care Center is tucked away in a quiet corner of Future World just before heading into World Showcase. You enter a small lobby area which provides magazines to read where older kids, grandparents and others could wait. However there are only 2 chairs. There is a private feeding room which would be a welcome retreat from the sun. There is another area with kid chairs and a television playing Disney cartoons.

    Don’t forget the sunscreen, hats and covering your young sun in a shaded stroller. There are misters throughout the parks. You could carry your baby through these wonderful areas where you are refreshingly misted with cool water.

    Stick to the shade as much as possible. Bring a soft-sided cooler to keep teething items and cloths cool. These can be a nice way for baby to cool down. Wiping down baby with a cool cloth is always nice. Dress your son in cool cottons and retreat indoors or to the pool when everyone seems to be wilted. After a rest or swim, your gathering will continue refreshed and ready to take on the parks again.
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Meet the Panelist: Kimberly, Tennessee

I am a stay-at-home mom with a 12 year old son. I thrive on planning vacations, especially to WDW. Inspiring families to vacation at Disney with a memorable itinerary and budget-saving tips is extremely rewarding for me. Learn More About Kimberly

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