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Weekly Focus: Top 5 Tips for Visiting with Young Children

Baby Care Centres

Located in each of the Walt Disney World theme parks there are Baby Care Centres. These offer safe and quieter areas to feed and care for your little ones before heading back into the magic of the theme parks. Facilities offered are:

  • 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

Be sure to check your park map for their locations.

Stay On Site

If your budget allows, staying on site is a must when travelling with young children. The proximity of the hotels to the parks allows you the ease of taking breaks throughout the day. Transportation links are also less hassle if you decide not to hire a car.

As well as the logistical ease of staying within the magic, there are several benefits that staying on site entitles you to. With both Walt Disney World and Universal Orlando Resort, by staying at their hotels you get exclusive extra time in the parks. These extra hours are near enough guaranteed to be quieter than the regular park hours, allowing you and your children to spend quality time together enjoying your holiday.

Select hotels also offer children's activity clubs and in room babysitting services if mum and dad would like a date night without the kids!

Beat the Heat!

It is no secret that Florida can get very hot in the Summer months! Young children can be particularly susceptible to the hot temperatures. It is advisable to make the most of the long theme park hours by visiting early, returning to your hotel or going out for lunch when the temperatures are peaking, before returning to the parks for the cooler evening hours.

As well as planning your days around the temperatures, make sure that you and your children put on plenty of sun cream! This is especially true if visiting the water parks or enjoying the thrilling water based attractions. A wide brimmed hat and sunglasses are also a must!

Stroller Rental

We all know that little legs get tired during a busy day! All of the main theme parks in Orlando offer stroller rentals with strollers of various shapes and sizes. The prices are available on the theme park websites. Strollers are available for single day or multi day hire.

You can of course bring your own stroller as well. Just be aware that it will be subject to a search along with your bags and pockets at the security points before entering the park. Remember that your strollers will be parked in the designated sections prior to experiencing any rides and attractions so we recommend that you do not leave any personal or valuable items in the stroller, just in case!

Bring Snacks

The Orlando theme parks are renowned for not having the cheapest of snacks. If your visiting with young children that will soon develop the munchies for a snack, you may wish to bring your own. It is worth checking the Disney list of restricted personal items prior to planning your visit. Note that coolers are not permitted into any park as well as glass containers (with the exception of baby food and perfume). Disney's Animal Kingdom theme park will also not allow any straws in due to the safety of the animals so it is worth being aware not to pack cartons of juice etc on days when visiting.

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